The Dark Side of Meditation: Can Mindfulness Make Us Ill?The Dark Side of Meditation: Can Mindfulness Make Us Ill?

Aaron Alexis was in search of something. He started attending 
a Buddhist temple and learned to meditate; he hoped it would bring him wisdom and peace. “I want to be a Buddhist monk,” he once told a friend from the temple. His friend advised him to keep studying. Aaron did. He learned Thai and kept going to the temple, chanting, and meditating. But then other things got in the way.On 16 September 2013, Aaron drove into Washington’s Navy Yard. It was eight o’clock in the morning. He’d been

Timothy Goodman

October 19


  • This Sugar Substitute Helps You Lose Weight and Improves Your Health

    November 07

    First thing for the sugar wary or weary is to consider a healthy sweetener substitute. is at the top of the list. It has a low glycemic index. And it can be used in warm water as a daily tonic to enhance our mineral deficient bodies that our minerally depleted topsoil crops have helped create.You see, the cane sugar processed for is made later in the article.Benefits of Usulphered Blackstrap MolassesBsugarcaneecause of its high iron content, many use contains folate, a natural source forGuy Luna

    This Sugar Substitute Helps You Lose Weight and Improves Your Health
  • How to Make a Pizza Frittata

    September 26

    Craving pizza? Try making a pizza frittata like Chicken Tikka Masala Frittata. No carby crust in sight!I’d never quite mastered the technique of making a frittata, but many of my friends rave about what a quick dinner they can be. Craving pizza and finding a jar of tikka masala sauce in the refrigerator encouraged me to try again. Hence, this pizza-style Indian frittata recipe was born. It makes a great brunch or a light Sunday night dinner. Try serving it with a spinach salad with mustardDana Kreuzberg

    How to Make a Pizza Frittata
  • How urban living affects children's mental health

    September 24

    Lower social cohesion among neighbors and higher crime rates contribute to higher rates of psychotic symptoms among urban children, a new study from researchers at Duke University and King's College London finds.Previous research has also identified higher rates of psychotic symptoms among children in cities. The new study, available online this week in Schizophrenia Bulletin, is the first to examine why.Psychotic symptoms include paranoid thoughts, hearing or seeing things that others do notGrace Armstrong

    How urban living affects children's mental health
  • Self-Inquiry and Its Practice

    October 14

    The practice of Self-inquiry, called Atma-vichara in Sanskrit, is the most important meditation practice in the Vedantic tradition. It is the main practice of the yoga of knowledge (Jnana Yoga), which itself is traditionally regarded as the highest of the yogas because it takes us most directly to liberation.Self-inquiry is the primary method through which Self-realization-- the realization of our true nature beyond mind and body--is achieved. Self-inquiry is mainly known today through thePaula Montgomery

    Self-Inquiry and Its Practice
  • Dogen Explains Zazen: Four Translations of the Fukanzazengi

    May 03

    The Fukanzazengi: Universally Recommended Instructions for Zazen by Eihei Dogen Four Translations, three printed texts, and one audio… This fascicle was written by the great thirteenth century master Eihei Dogen. It’s original composition is generally believed to have occurred shortly after Dogen’s return from China in 1227. But he continued to tweak it over the next years. According to the Wikipedia article on the text Carl Bielefeldt hypothesizes it was possibly written sometime after 1242Pam Johnson

    Dogen Explains Zazen: Four Translations of the Fukanzazengi
  • Coconut Water May Help Diabetes

    September 06

    Here's a surprise. Brand new research published in the February 2015 Journal of Medical Food suggests that coconut water improves diabetes. The catch is that it was a rat study, not a human study. Nevertheless, many animal model studies extrapolate to humans so don't dismiss the research just yet okay?! The rats in the study got diabetes from a potent compound called alloxan. Even though alloxan has only been proven to induce diabetes in rats, I'm bothered by the fact you're eating alloxanOliver Parsons

    Coconut Water May Help Diabetes
  • Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain

    August 31

    Recent studies report fascinating results: The words you choose to use can literally change your brain.Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, collaborated on the book, . In it, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”So, when we allow negative words and concepts into our thoughts, we are increasing the activity in our brain’s fearSylvester Dean

    Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain
  • How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep With Crohn’s Disease

    September 26

    Key Takeaways Sleep problems in people with Crohn’s may be caused by anxiety or depression, chronic pain, or psychological trauma. Finding and treating any disease-related causes of pain or discomfort should be a top priority. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, hypnosis, and meditation can all help you achieve better sleep.Getting a restful night of sleep can be a challenge for anyone. But when you have Crohn’s disease, the prospect of sleeping well can be even more daunting and difficult. Even ifDana Kreuzberg

    How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep With Crohn’s Disease
  • Natural and Home Remedies for Bad Breath

    April 30

    Been told you've got bad breath? No worries -- sometimes you can fix it easily on your own, and you don't need to feel embarrassed, either.“It is very difficult to sense your own breath,” says Matthew Messina, DDS. That's why “ need close friends and relatives to be honest with them.”Once you know your mouth could use some freshening up, you might be able to make it better without drowning in mouthwash or visiting the dentist. Try the tips below. If you don’t notice a change in a few weeks, askFreda Andrews

    Natural and Home Remedies for Bad Breath
  • What Is a Ketogenic Diet? Beginner’s Guide to Keto.

    February 28

    Much hype has been generated about ketogenic diet, or simply ‘keto’, over the last year. Over twenty studies revealed unspeakable benefits for general health as well as for treating more specific ailments such as diabetes, epilepsy, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Below is a synopsis on why this high-fat, low-carb diet might deserve its popularity and recognition.What is a ketogenic diet?Ketogenic diet is aimed at changing the body’s fuel source from glucose, or blood sugar, to ketones. KetonesDana Kreuzberg

    What Is a Ketogenic Diet? Beginner’s Guide to Keto.
  • From the archives (1995): Guidelines for interpreting and reporting linkage results : Free Association

    September 26

    In 1995, Nature Genetics published a report by Eric Lander and Leonid Kruglyak, recommending clear statistical guidelines for reporting linkage results for complex traits. The paper had an immediate impact, setting the bar for what could or could not be called “significant” in the literature. Although originally focused on human genetic linkage studies, the guidelines set forth by Lander & Kruglyak influenced fields from model organism genetics to plant genetics, and eventually genome-wideDana Kreuzberg

    From the archives (1995): Guidelines for interpreting and reporting linkage results : Free Association