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Struggling to find happiness while you’re stuck at home? Experts say contentment is enough.

Many of us are experiencing hardship during the pandemic. This is a time of extreme challenge, and there’s a lot to feel anxious about right now. We’re in the middle of an enormous social experiment, and the results are becoming clearer every day. For a lot of us stuck at home, it’s what we brought into the pandemic that’s causing us unnecessary suffering: an expectation of happiness. No, this doesn’t mean that misery is the answer. What this means is that pursuing happiness … Read at The Washington Post

Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All

When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe… Read at Time

The Biggest Factor Behind Obesity May Be One We Don't Want to Hear

The most likely reason for our obesity epidemic is the one we don’t want to hear. Why are so many of us carrying so much extra baggage? It’s a question that has, ahem, weighed heavily on researchers ever since obesity rates started swelling in the 1980s. The chunk of the U.S. adult population classified as obese…
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UC Berkeley launches center for psychedelic science and education

Fifty years after political and cultural winds slammed shut the doors on psychedelic research, UC Berkeley is making up for lost time by launching the campus’s first center for psychedelic science and public education.

With $1.25 million in seed funding from an anonymous donor, the new UC Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics will conduct research using psychedelics to investigate cognition, perception and emotion and their biological bases in the human brain. … Read at Berleleyside

When Art Is Medicine

In Ojibwe culture, music, dance and medicine are sources of healing.

From our first contact with Europeans to the present, Indigenous people have careened from one public health crisis to another. Our healing process and our historical memory of these moments should not end with vaccinations. Traditions of song and dance help restore the balance that is drained by bodily sickness and deliver spiritual… Read at NYTimes

How ancient remedies are changing modern medicine

Long overlooked by Western science, traditional Chinese treatments are yielding cutting-edge cures.

In my hand I’m holding a warm, beating heart. About the size of a softball, it’s a luminous globe of scarlet, pink, and white tissue. I can feel its chambers contracting and hear the whoosh… Read at NG

Struggling to find happiness while you’re stuck at home? Experts say contentment is enough.

Many of us are experiencing hardship during the pandemic. This is a time of extreme challenge, and there’s a lot to feel anxious about right now. We’re in the middle of an enormous social experiment, and the results are becoming clearer every day. For a lot of us stuck at home, it’s what we brought into the pandemic that’s causing us unnecessary suffering: an expectation of happiness. No, this doesn’t mean that misery is the answer. What this means is that pursuing happiness … Read at The Washington Post

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis, a Regimen for Reëntry

In places around the world, lockdowns are lifting to various degrees—often prematurely. Experts have identified a few indicators that must be met to begin opening nonessential businesses safely: rates of new cases should be low and falling for at least two weeks; hospitals should be able to treat all coronavirus patients in need; and there should be a capacity to test everyone with symptoms. But then what? … Read at The New Yorker

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Book + Product Reviews

“The DeFlame Diet” by David Seaman, DC, MA

“The DeFlame Diet” by David Seaman, DC, MA

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

Dr. David Seaman graduated from New York Chiropractic College in 1986. He quickly migrated from chiropractic practice to a broad range of research. His specialties include inflammation, nutrition and pain. Out of his work has come a series of books focused on the effects of low grade inflammation. In this review, I will focus on his first book, The DeFlame Diet. The central tenet of Seaman’s work is that a vast number of Americans live in a perpetual state of low-grade inflammation; a state he refers to as “flamed.” Seaman notes that…

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Ricky’s Riffs: A blog about health and healing and a world that needs care.

On Impermanence and Illusion

On Impermanence and Illusion

We spend so much of our lives constructing stories; narratives to make sense of our worlds. And we usually cast ourselves as the heroes, the center pieces of what are, all too often, tall tales. As I watch my boarded-up city of San Francisco slowly re-open, I know that it will not be what it was before. Like a tidal wave washing over the city, sweeping away lives and livelihoods, COVID-19 has destroyed so much. I, like millions of others, was comfortable with my illusions of stability and permanence. I have had a practice for more than 30 years on quaint, tourist friendly, Union Street. I was part of an integrative, holistic health center with chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists and many other types of practitioners who have come and gone over the years. But now, just a few years from retirement, I am caught in the wake of a flood…

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Health GroovesA Podcast

On Psychedelic Medicine and Therapeutics with Veronika Gold, MFT (E36)

On Psychedelic Medicine and Therapeutics with Veronika Gold, MFT (E36)

Veronika Gold, a psychologist from the Czech Republic and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California, has an expertise in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. She is a co-founder and CEO of Polaris Insight Center in San Francisco, clinic providing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy treatment for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues. Veronika provides Psychedelic Integration Therapy and serves as a consultant, trainer, and presenter on Psychedelic Assisted Therapies.

In this conversation, we discuss her cutting edge work with psychoactive substances, her evolution as a therapist and the future of these modalities.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

The staff at Polaris Insight Center are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy.  We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

Polaris Insight

The staff at Polaris Insight Center are dedicated to the ethical and compassionate clinical use of ketamine-assisted, and psychedelic-assisted, psychotherapy.  We share a deep interest in, and a broad range of experience working with, the psychotherapeutic potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness and are committed to the integration of alternative and traditional methods psychotherapy.

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- September 18, 2020

US reinfection case raises question: how long does Covid immunity last? How does this complicate the research? https://t.co/GQz1tVZVU5 #Vaccine #COVID19 #Immunity
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- September 16, 2020

UC Berkeley launches center for psychedelic science and education The cutting edge of medicine https://t.co/C5qIoXptSB #Psychedelics #PsychedelicMedicine
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- September 16, 2020

More Americans lacked health insurance last year — even before pandemic hit, census reports. The situation is getting worse by the day. https://t.co/lebvwwkKzP via @politico #HealthInsurance #Healthcare #SinglePayer #PublicOption #MedicareForAll
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- September 8, 2020

Healthcare practices are struggling. Diagnosis for family doctors: Less money, greater hardship, and patients on video https://t.co/6Z2fTc0qKK #Healthcare #PrivatePractice #Struggling
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- September 2, 2020

We need tl get the artists working again. Maryland to enter next phase of coronavirus recovery Friday, opening theaters and concert venues Proceed with caution.https://t.co/w2iYAf3xWG #Concerts #Theater #Movies
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- September 2, 2020

U.S. says it won’t join WHO-linked effort to develop, distribute coronavirus vaccine. WHY???https://t.co/sCXLjII5c9 #GlobalCooperation #COVID19 #Vaccine
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- August 31, 2020

For Kids With Special Needs, Online Schooling Divides Haves and Have-Nots https://t.co/OT8fpGX8eT via @KHNews #Disparities #COVID19 #OnlineSchooling
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- August 27, 2020

Another way COVID is increasing disparities. In Pandemic, More Are Paying for Direct Access to Their Doctors https://t.co/nnQbmTvnB2 #ConciergeMedicine #HealthcareDisparities #HealthcareReform
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- August 25, 2020

Sturgis Rally spreads Coronavirus around the country. Who could be surprised? https://t.co/oh2CrY6Om4 #COVIDSpread #SturgisRally #COVID19 #Pandemic
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- August 25, 2020

Some people can get the pandemic virus twice, a study suggests. That is no reason to panic https://t.co/1rCGEKkO02 #COVID19 #Reinfection #Immunity
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- August 25, 2020

The air is full of danger. Wildfires Provide Another Reason to Mask Up https://t.co/y7puGqjhY8 via @KHNews #Masking #Wildfires #BadAir
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- August 23, 2020

@joybroker @YGBookClub “Stamped From The Beginning “ by Ibram Kendi.
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- August 21, 2020

Hard to conceive of this kind of irresponsibility. As Georgia Reopened, Officials Knew of Severe Shortage of PPE for Health Workers https://t.co/Y4TRi8U8ow via @KHNews #PPE #Pandemic #KempKills #GeorgiaPandemic #COVID19
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- August 14, 2020

'Is This When I Drop Dead?' Two Doctors Report From the COVID Front Lines https://t.co/IlLcgLQSRF via @KHNews #COVID19 #FrontLines #Healthcare
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- August 10, 2020

@cjramin Interesting that none of the practitioners in the study were chiropractors yet your negative statement is aimed at chiros.
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- August 9, 2020

I sold Americans a lie about Canadian medicine. Now we’re paying the price. Time to phase in a version of Medicare-For-All.https://t.co/RHAi79pcjV #MedicareForAll #SinglePayer #PublicOption #HealthcareReform
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- August 8, 2020

Like him or not, Bill Gates is an important voice. https://t.co/IZdbjdqZPM via @WIRED #BillGates #COVID19 #Testing
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- August 7, 2020

Most VA workers see racism against colleagues and veterans, union survey finds; Systemic racism is widespread. https://t.co/Atl8QYPklp #VA #Healthcare #Racism
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- August 4, 2020

Be mindful of assumptions we often make. UC Davis experts detail common mistakes about COVID-19 https://t.co/9KSELl6iER #COVID #Assumptions #StaySafe
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- August 3, 2020

A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away https://t.co/N83gYTS3uL #Vaccine #MagicBullet #COVID #Pandemic
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Ricky FishmanChiropractor, Advocate,Content Curator

Ricky Fishman has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1986. As a leader in the field of integral healing, he has brought together and assimilated the work of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists and others. Complementing his clinical work, Ricky has taught both graduate and undergraduate coursework in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. In addition to the treatment of back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries, he works as a consultant in the field of health and wellness with companies dedicated to re-visioning health care for the 21st century. “Condition” is the culmination of his many years in health care; of practice, teaching and research. For more information about his work, visit www.rickyfishman.com

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