Mushrooms can do more than just please your palette

“Imagine an organism that feeds you, heals you, reveals secrets of the universe, and could help save the planet…today. Now imagine that it’s in the ground beneath your feet.”

Human use of fungi usually goes as far as selecting edibles (like the Oyster mushrooms pictured above). And if we can’t eat ’em, they’re as useful as the dead wood they grow from, right?

But the disappearance of fungi would end life as we know it.

Did you know that all plants are part fungi? Plants cannot even exist without fungi. So you have fungi to thank for that apple you just ate. While fungi are most commonly known for fighting infections (penicillin) and making bread & beer possible (yeast), new discoveries are being made that show fungi are the networks by which plants communicate.

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Verbal abuse found to have similar psychological consequences as physical and sexual abuse

In any relationship, abuse of any kind is an immediate detriment that poisons the dynamic over time.

Of the many kinds of abuse that exist, verbal abuse is probably one of the most influential kinds, because every relationship depends on communication between both partners. If verbal abuse is a constant in the relationship, communication will breakdown all too easily, and neither side is able to properly express their feelings and be able to work together to overcome any emotional problems that arise for either person. Understanding verbal abuse is important not only because one should know how it can occur (even unintentionally), but because it causes an imbalance of power in the abuser’s favor, which can ruin a relationship.

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Ibogaine: The incredible substance that can cure heroin addiction

We have all experienced a time where we may have really craved something. While the craving may have felt intense at the time, it was either satiated through consumption, or self-control was put to the test and eventually the craving was satisfied. Heroin addicts, however, ill continue to crave heroin more after each use, and attempts to quit result in intense withdrawal or a relapse into the addiction, making daily life activities relentlessly challenging.

What if there was some substance that could curb the immediate withdrawal symptoms that heroin addicts, alcoholics or other drug addicts experience? In 1962, Howard Lotsof, a nineteen-year-old college student at the time, found that there was. It was called ibogaine.

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Using neuroplasticity to our greatest advantage

It is compelling to think of how our lives fall into place.

We wonder why or how we got so “lucky” to have met certain people and done certain things, and why at some times we get so “unlucky”. Growing up I always told myself that everything happens for a reason, and recently I have found that it really does. In many ways we control what happens to us, and we can in fact shape our own future. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne explains this phenomena otherwise known as “The Law of Attraction”. This is the idea that a person attracts what they think about. Philosophers, theorists, entrepreneurs and even neuroscientists in The Secret explain how altering our focus can truly alter our lives for the better. Once this book was released in 2006, the law of attraction concept exploded in the media and started to affect the lives of people all over the world. It became a lifestyle and even a religion for so many individuals.

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Tony Robbins on the Science of Achievement

Inside Quest: Tony Robbins on the Science of Achievement features Tom Bilyeu, one of the founders of the successful power-bar company, Quest Nutrition, and one of his biggest inspirations, Tony Robbins, the philanthropist billionaire and master strategist. Tony may have had humble beginnings, but during the interview he discusses the traits and foundations that can be not only the key to success, but also the basis for personal fulfillment in all that you do. His book, Money: Master the Game, offers self-help and a path to financial independence for his avid readers.

The interview between Tom Bilyeu and Tony Robbins is sure to strike a chord with viewers of all kinds.

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Study finds kids raised by gay parents are just as healthy

Over the past few decades, many laws and advances have been made in the world of same sex couples.

Sperm banks were open for lesbian couples trying to conceive, adoption was legalized for gay couples wanting to be parents, and the option of surrogacy has become increasingly popular. Up until the 1980’s, the idea of gay parents having kids was unheard of. Now, it is quite common for same sex-couples to have a bundle of joy. An estimated 690,000 same-sex couples live in the United States, with about 19 percent of them raising children under age 18 . Taking into consideration such a large percentage, many were worried about the negative impacts of parenting outside the social norms we were used to (heterosexual couples).

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What do you mean you don’t enjoy sex?

One of the most misunderstood concepts of human sexuality is the avoidance of sex altogether, referred to as asexuality.

Asexuality is a sexual orientation in which people do not feel any sexual attraction toward others. (Even if they have had sex.) While this comes across as a choice that people make, the definition of asexuality and those who belong to the category is complex.

According to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network asexuality is described as an intrinsic part of a person’s identity, in comparison to the choice of being celibate. This suggests that asexuality is neither a choice nor a lifestyle, but rather a disposition. This does not mean that asexuality can be solely defined as averting sexual behavior from birth, as there are choices involved in being asexual.

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What could ADHD and workaholism possibly have to do with one another?

We’ve screwed up talking about ADHD.

It’s easy to attach your worth to your accomplishments, behaviors, and status. It makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s how we value everything. If something performs well, like an iPhone, then it’s worth a whopping $700. We tend to do that with people, too. If you see someone not “performing” well in their schooling, then it’s easy to label them as stupid, immature, or worthless. Adults and children with ADHD endure the pangs of unreachable standards everyday of their lives.

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY THAT IS TERRIBLE AT ACCOMMODATING OR DISCUSSING MENTAL ISSUES.

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Evansville public housing in for a treat as private developers come to the rescue

Evansville, Indiana is home to a diverse range of citizens.

Business owners, young married couples and families inhabit this unique city. Evansville is known to be a large trade area for Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. The city has many charms; from the beautiful parks overlooking the Ohio River and a unique Main Street downtown that takes on the shape of a winding snake. However, change is occurring in Evansville. Two downtown buildings will be renovated for public housing, thanks to a generous private investment company taking interest and made possible by an Obama administration policy. Three additional properties will also be renovated due to this new initiative.

Evans public housing with the help of Flaherty & Collins Properties decided to reinvest into their properties over the next 18 months to create more suitable accommodations and to integrate with the existing Evansville communities. Evansville will have a total of eight locations for public housing, and will affect over 500 people thanks to the many upgrades some buildings will receive.
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Where do you see yourself at your happiest?

When we think of happiness, everyone’s definition is different.

For some happiness is simple. It could even come down to a single word like: Money, love, travel, more. While there are things we all may want, that we currently do not have, are these things required to be happy now? Are there not things that we could be happy with, in this very moment? “Sure, sure,” some of you may think. “Another self-proclaimed guru here to tell me how I could be happy ‘now’ and don’t need to strive for much more.” But boy, are you wrong. I am all for striving. I am all for doing better, being better and wanting more for yourself. I think we’re all worthy of an evolved life, and of a life of constant evolution. But this happiness thing can be quite the dilemma. I know you may not be where you’d like to be. But what about where you are? I know you may feel it’s far from ideal but isn’t it something?

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