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The Anatomy of Power

The Anatomy of Power

In the intricate and interwoven systems that govern our world, power structures can be likened to the vital parts of the human body, each playing a crucial role in maintaining the overall function and control of the global order. This analogy helps to illuminate the complex relationships and dependencies among different sectors and how they sustain and perpetuate the current state of affairs.

The Plastic Apocalypse

The Plastic Apocalypse

In an age where the convenience of plastic has led to its omnipresence in our daily lives, the unintended consequences of this synthetic marvel have begun to cast long shadows over environmental and public health landscapes. The microscopic fragments known as microplastics and nanoplastics, measuring less than 5mm and 100nm respectively, have infiltrated ecosystems worldwide, from the peaks of mountains to the depths of oceans, and alarmingly, into the very air we breathe and the food we consume.

Scents of Danger: Unveiling the Hidden Health Risks of Air Fresheners

Scents of Danger: Unveiling the Hidden Health Risks of Air Fresheners

Imagine opening the door to a home filled with the inviting scent of lavender or vanilla, only to realize that this pleasant aroma might mask a hidden danger. Our go-to spray and plug-in products, those little guardians of freshness, could be silently polluting our indoor sanctuary with an array of chemicals like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

The Cure for Low Back Pain

The Cure for Low Back Pain

Low back pain stands as a pervasive affliction, touching the lives of countless individuals worldwide. It is estimated that up to 80% of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime, underscoring its prevalence as a leading cause of disability and discomfort. Despite its commonality, the conventional treatment for low back pain often falls short of addressing the root cause of the issue.

Debunking You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment

Debunking You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment

You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment, is a slick, emotionally driven Netflix documentary series positing that two key problems—the degrading health of the human species and ecological destruction—are both addressed by eating less meat.

The Easy Way to Get More Greens in Your Diet

The Easy Way to Get More Greens in Your Diet

Are you eating these greens on a regular basis? If the answer is no, there is an easier way. All of the plants listed above are crops organically grown on the Standard Process® farm and compose their flagship green powder supplement, SP® Power Mix.

Uncovering the Cancer-Trauma Connection

Uncovering the Cancer-Trauma Connection

Conventional medicine prefers to study that which can be neatly categorized. Emotional trauma is messy, nuanced, and requires a holistic approach to wellness. It entails a philosophical shift from the disease affecting the person to a focus on the person experiencing the disease.

Book Review of “Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity”

Book Review of “Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity”

Attia has distilled his wisdom into an actionable tome on the science and art of longevity. I applaud his integrity and will only offer two contrasting points I wish to make my readers aware of. The first is related to Attia’s approach to cardiovascular disease (CVD), and the second concerns an omission in our understanding of cancer.

Let Some Sunshine into Your Anticancer Strategy

Let Some Sunshine into Your Anticancer Strategy

Sunlight is a force that can heal or hurt the body. Media attention on sun exposure focuses on two topics on each side of that polarity: either the benefits of vitamin D synthesis from sun exposure or skin cancer from ultraviolet radiation. There is a significant amount of nuance between those poles that will help clarify your optimal relationship with the sun.

Evaluating Different Breathing Systems

Evaluating Different Breathing Systems

Have you ever thought about actively working to improve your breathing as part of your daily routine? When deciding which system to follow, it’s important to consider how the system might fit your individual needs. Here’s a rundown on the different practices according to their strengths.

Artificial Intelligence Is Good for Your Health

Artificial Intelligence Is Good for Your Health

Imagine an AI that can make a detailed analysis of how exposure to this endocrine-disrupting environmental toxicant is interacting with that microbiome-disrupting herbicide, in the context of someone with a certain genetic single-nucleotide polymorphism who is also taking multiple medications.

Constipation Cures: Effective Remedies from Nature’s Pharmacy

Constipation Cures: Effective Remedies from Nature’s Pharmacy

Constipation can be a frustrating condition. There are many reasons for getting backed up, and it can take some detective work to discover the underlying cause.

It is worth the time and effort to investigate the root of constipation and not become reliant on harsh purgatives. Laxatives have side effects, including a loss of bowel tone with long-term use.