HEALTH

Can transmissible vaccines have a major role in eradicating disease?

Vaccines are powerful, but they are not perfect. In some cases, communities struggle to vaccinate enough individuals to stop the spread of a pathogen.

But suppose that instead of vaccinating most of a population, it were possible to vaccinate just a few individuals. In theory, a benign yet infectious vaccine could effortlessly and silently pass protection from one individual to another.
READ MORE: http://blog.pnas.org/2016/11/journal-club-can-transmissible-vaccines-hav...

Medicinal cannabis crops now legal in Australia

Budding cannabis producers can now apply for a licence to grow the crop legally in Australia, for medicinal use only.

The Narcotic Drugs Amendment Act 2016, which came into effect on Sunday, allows businesses to apply for a licence to cultivate cannabis or manufacture cannabis products for medicinal purposes, or to conduct related research.
READ MORE: http://www.theage.com.au/national/health/medicinal-cannabis-crops-now-le...

Prescription painkiller Tramadol ‘claiming more lives than any other drug’

Prescription painkiller Tramadol, taken by thousands of people every day, is claiming more lives than any other drug – including heroin and cocaine – according to Northern Ireland’s top pathologist.
READ MORE: http://www.itv.com/news/utv/update/2016-10-06/prescription-painkiller-cl...

Hallucinogen Therapy Is Coming

Three years later Daniel Kreitman still chokes up when he talks about what he saw, and how it changed him. Kreitman, an upholsterer by trade, had taken psilocybin, a hallucinogen derived from mushrooms, in a trial at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for nicotine addiction. He was 52, and he’d smoked between one and two packs a day for nearly 40 years. After his first psilocybin session, his urge to smoke was gone. During his third and final session, he had the vision that helped him quit for good.

When Meth Was Medicine: Big Pharma Amphetamine Ads from the Days of Better Living Through Chemistry

Methamphetamine today is widely considered a scourge, its users portrayed as toothless trailer park trash and twitchy tweakers. It's the stuff of meth labs and drug raids, but it wasn't always like that.
READ MORE: http://www.alternet.org/drugs/when-meth-medicine-big-pharma-amphetamine-ads

10 Old-Fashioned Swears to Spice up Your Cussin'

Taboos against what we would today consider pretty mild exclamations like "damn!" "hell!" and "Jesus Christ!" led the swearers of years past to come up with creative substitutions that gave them some measure of emotional release while keeping within the bounds of propriety. These substitutions are called "minced oaths," and they've left their mark on our vocabulary. Gosh, gee, golly, dagnamit, darn, drat, gadzooks, zounds, heck, and cripes are all minced oaths that are still around to charm us with their innocent old-timey ring. But there are others you may not have heard of. They could come in handy when you get tired of ho-hum obscenity and want something with a little more profane zing.
READ MORE: http://mentalfloss.com/article/49652/10-old-fashioned-swears-spice-your-...

Corporate 'Biopiracy' in Peru Threatens Indigenous Knowledge

Foreign corporations have filed over 11,000 patents for a staggering 4,400 Peruvian plant products.

The production and consumption of natural Andean and Amazonian ancestral products in Peru is threatened by the "biopiracy" of foreign companies who have filed over 11,690 patents for the domestic produce of the region, effectively poaching the natural heritage of the country. The resources are said to be rich in nutrients and vitamins and range from those with anti-aging properties to those that act as natural aphrodisiacs.
READ MORE: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Corporate-Biopiracy-in-Peru-Threat...

Why The Government Is Afraid Of Psychedelic Drugs

Some great stuff has been conceived of while on psychedelics: while on LSD, Francis Crick conceived of the double-helix shape of DNA, Steve Jobs cites LSD as one of the major influences of his life's work, and some biblical scholars think the Bible may have been written with the aid of some magic mushrooms. So why does the government hate the stuff? Especially as more research is coming out that says that psilocybin (the active ingredient in mushrooms) does wonders for the terminally ill and MDMA may be the key to curing PTSD.
READ MORE: http://www.cracked.com/podcast/why-best-treatment-ptsd-may-be-illegal-drug/

Inside The World Of Microdosing With Magic Mushrooms & LSD

Microdosing is an emerging trend among young professionals, particularly amongst the Silicon Valley set. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it means to take small amounts of psychedelics during the day in order to enhance focus, creativity, patience, and connection to others. The purpose is not to get high — — a microdose is roughly one tenth of what would be considered a full dose — and the benefits certainly seem to greatly outweigh any potential side effects.
READ MORE: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/10/05/inside-the-world-of-micro...

The Drugs May Be The Problem

One hundred years from now, people will read current psychiatric textbooks with the same incredulity we have about blood-letting and snake oil. Your Drug May Be Your Problem will be remembered as the turning point and as the beacon that showed the way out of these dark days of widespread psychiatric drugging. Breggin and Cohen provide us with critical information we need to know in order to make informed decisions about psychiatric drugs, including when and how to stop taking them.
READ MORE: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1610/S00012/duty-to-warn-the-drugs-may-...

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