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Scientists studying psilocybin accidentally proved the self is an illusion Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion. Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms. Researchers around the world are exploring the drug’s transformative power to help people quit smoking; lower violent crime; treat depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder; and trigger lasting spiritual epiphanies in psychologically healthy people, especially when coupled with meditation or contemplative training. There are some limitations to psilocybin studies—they tend to be small, and rely on volunteers willing to take drugs and, thus, open to an alternate experience. But the research could have major implications in an age characterized by widespread anxiety.

The Adrenal Cocktail… Adrenal “Cocktail” (Take 1-2 times/day – an hour before or after food!) Outlined below is a mineral mixture that one of our colleague’s, Susan Blackard, NP, ND, PhD, has developed for her clients at the Rejuvenation Health Center (Springfield, MO) to take to nourish their adrenals when in need of a lift. What is important is that this mixture should be taken at least once or twice/day, and please be sure that it is taken away from food to have the optimal benefit. 4 Oz. of Orange Juice – fresh squeezed is best, but not essential (the Vitamin-C Complex makes sure that the minerals noted below get to the Liver to then nourish the Adrenals)1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar (this is an excellent source of Potassium or you can use Potassium Bicarbonate)1/4 tsp of fresh ground Real Salt or Sea Salt (this is an excellent source of Sodium & 90+ other minerals)

Top 10 Tips for a Meaningful Retirement Investopedia does not provide tax, investment, or financial services. The information available through Investopedia’s Advisor Insights service is provided by third parties and solely for informational purposes on an “as is” basis at user’s sole risk. The information is not meant to be, and should not be construed as advice or used for investment purposes. Oxytocin: The Big “O” in Women’s Well-Being – Naturopathic Doctor News and Review Trina Doerfler, ND, DC Oxytocin is a hormone that has been given too little attention outside the well-known arenas of parturition and lactation, and much too little respect in its power to restore health and well-being in today’s modern women. Far more than an agent of uterine contraction and the let-down response, it is an incredibly important and underutilized ally in the battle waged by women to feel well while keeping their multi-tasking, modern lives galloping along.

What’s Helped Me Get Out of My Head and Do Things That Scare Me “Don’t let the fear of what could happen make nothing happen.” ~Unknown I knew it was coming. But as I sat there on the first day of the seminar, my stomach still did a little turn when the trainer announced the exercise we’d be doing over our lunch break: The dreaded pizza walk! I knew this was the trainer’s wry (but equally as unnerving) riposte to Tony Robbins’ famous fire walks. The Relationship Between Adrenal Function and Menopausal Symptoms – Naturopathic Doctor News and Review Kathryn Retzler, ND Many clinicians have observed the increased severity of menopause-related symptoms in patients who have experienced chronic stress. Since the adrenal glands “take over” sex hormone production postmenopausally, holistic treatment for menopausal symptoms necessitates optimizing adrenal gland function. This article explains hormone changes during the menopausal transition, testing of stress hormones to help determine treatment and enhance compliance, as well as steps to consider for optimizing adrenal gland function. Menopause Defined

Valuable Lessons from My First Year of Freedom Finally, the post I’ve been waiting for. After starting this site back in early 2012, I dreamt of the day I would write my freedom post. I imagined it would be published the day after I left my job and would be the grand finale of my pursuit of financial independence. Well, exactly one year ago today I left my full-time job and yet I’m only now writing about it. Why? There are a few reasons but the main one is that early retirement is a lot more complicated than it first appears.

Are Your Adrenals Sabotaging Your Health? Stress is not your friend Those of us with Hashimoto's often blame our thyroid for the many signs and symptoms we experience. Hair loss? Thyroid! Weight gain? THYROID! Fatigue? Blog – Ernest Becker Foundation Mark Manson is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, and life-advice blogger. His website receives over two million monthly visitors. Mark drew on Ernest Becker’s work for inspiration for his most recent book, The Subtle Art of Not-Giving A F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, which has appeared on both the New York Times’ and Washington Post’s Bestseller List. He graciously took time to chat with EBF staffer Christa Masson about his new book, Ernest Becker, and how to live a good life. Let’s start at the beginning… could you tell us when you first encountered Becker and what that process was like after reading his work?

Boost Up Dopamine for Motivation and Focus Dopamine For Motivation and Focus Dopamine has been called the “motivation molecule,” as it helps provide the drive and focus needed to get stuff done. Dopamine is also involved with the “pleasure system” of the brain and functions to create a feeling of enjoyment and a sense of reward in order to motivate performance.

Meaning Beyond “Heroic” Illusions? Transcendence in Everyday Life – Ernest Becker Foundation My presentation is divided into three sections. First, I will give a brief overview of Becker’s theory of the nature and origin of human evil. Second, since Becker takes it as a given that humans are transcendent creatures I will look at the concept of transcendence as discussed by several contemporary thinkers. Cortisol: What It Does & How To Regulate Cortisol Levels Think of cortisol as nature’s built-in alarm system. It’s your body’s main stress hormone. It works with certain parts of your brain to control your mood, motivation, and fear.

How to outlast a job you hate until you can retire First, the good news: You’re closing in on retirement. After decades of long hours and loyal service, you only have another few years until you can kiss your job goodbye. The bad news is you dread every minute. Even surviving another month will require Herculean effort. Ideally, you’d quit now. But your financial plan dictates that you keep generating income into the early 2020s so that you can retire with a comfortable nest egg.