People are Talking About
- Scientists Have Developed A Non-Cannabis CBD Product - Made Out Of Hops. I’m calling this major. CBD is such an ascending product right now and it being sourced from plants other than cannabis could mean lower prices, less legality concern, and greater accessibility. I dig.
- An upcoming Psychedelic Eye-Gazing Flash Mob.
- The "Altered States Economy" as a $4 trillion industry. Fascinating and frightening, this one: Inside Silicon Valley's New Non-religion: Consciousness Hacking
- The new coconutgate: Pret A Manger Pulls Porridge as World Runs Out of Coconuts
- What It’s Really Like to Follow the Ketogenic Diet. I like this review of eating for ketosis, though with some caveats:
- The diet isn’t actually “crazy easy” and may be too extreme for a lot of folks. It’s also not easy for most people to “simply change [their] mindset” but that’s a separate conversation.
- A modified or near-keto diet is awesome and what I recommend to many of my clients. But it should be plant-based - just eating keto can quickly look like the Atkins diet which is no bueno.
- Last week I was invited to preview Well+Good’s 2018 Health & Wellness Trends, which are out now. Several I've written about or taught before, but there're a couple good newbies too. I like best the underlying theme of more deeply understanding why our health habits work - via tech, "biohacking" or a better understanding of body science.
- How Much Nutrition Do You Absorb From Food? An important topic. Digestive health and malabsorption are more common causes of nutrient deficiencies than we often realize. This is often linked with low levels of B12, for example, which is actually produced by bacteria.
- The Healing Potential of Nonordinary States of Consciousness from Stanislav Grof, known for holotropic breathwork, which I’ve tried but would like to work with more in the future.
- Dr. Dan Siegel on Stress, Irrational Fears, Mindfulness and more on The Human Experience Podcast. I liked this podcast so much I immediately read his book, The Neurobiology of “We”. (Here’s a PDF about it.)
- What Really Causes Runner’s High? Forever fascinated by this experience, sorry-not-sorry it’s in every-other newsletter.
- San Pedro in preparation for our retreat to Peru.
B12 is synthesized by bacteria in soil that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots. Humans have been getting their B12 from the dirt for thousands of years by eating plants that still had bits of soil on them, or animals that did the same. Today, however, we wash our fruits and veggies so well that we no longer consume (much) dirt or, possibly, proper levels of B12.
Our News & Events
- I spoke about aphrodisiacs at The Assemblage last month. The full video is here.
- The big-news special-announcement I've been hinting at is almost ready. Expect to hear it from me later this month!!!
- Meanwhile, here’s a favorite recipe that’s really easy to meal prep and modify for any season.
- Oliver Sacks Radiolab: “There’s nothing quite like the sound of someone thinking out loud, struggling to find words and ideas to match what’s in their head. Today, we are allowed to dip into the unfiltered thoughts of Oliver Sacks, one of our heroes, in the last months of his life.”
- Are any of you using Brandless?
- This is a good recap of the benefits of medicinal mushrooms.
- Showering less which was validated a few years ago too, may be as good an idea as quitting hand-sanitizer and playing in/eating a little dirt here and there.
- And, this has been on my to-do list for years: How to Make a Solar Powered Light Bulb for Under Twenty Dollars
“I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers.
Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” ― Oliver Sacks