“I was riding my bicycle home from the swimming pool where I swam almost daily, and a car coming from the other direction turned left in front of me and cut me off. I do not remember what happened next, but I fell to the ground hitting my head on the curb of the sidewalk. I was not wearing a helmet, so the impact of my head on the cement must have been considerable. I was able to get up, but the paramedics noticed that one of my eyes had started blinking erratically, so they decided to take me to a local hospital. The MRI showed that a hematoma had developed in my brain; I underwent surgery to remove it, but a second MRI showed that I had another hematoma developing deeper in my brain, so I underwent another brain surgery. After that second surgery, I was in a coma for six weeks.” … [Read more...] about Living Purposefully After Trauma
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Women in this study noted that when they had sex when they were younger - again using the "sex as intercourse" definition - it was for their husband's sake and/or in order to procreate. Their descriptions of sex were functional and void of any discourse around pleasure. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?
This may seem like a somewhat cold-blooded calculation, but it is, in a sense, the kind of balancing act our leaders, and we as a society, are making right now. The suicidal, given the stigma surrounding mental illness and suicidality, tend not to stand up for themselves, and fight their corner as robustly as others affected by governments' new restrictions. … [Read more...] about Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19
The latest amazing data, announced, but not published: Particular strains of cannabis that are high in cannabidiol decrease cells' expression of the gene for the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor that SARS-CoV-2 (the scientific shorthand describing the virus that causes COVID-19) uses to enter cells. Cannabis sativa, especially one high in the anti-inflammatory cannabinoid cannabidiol, has been proposed to modulate gene expression and inflammation and have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. … [Read more...] about Gargling Marijuana?
After that, little serious research was possible because, like most psychedelics, LSD was made illegal in most countries in the 1960s. However, Stanislav Grof (1975), the American psychiatrist and founder of transpersonal psychology, reviewed the early experiments with LSD and some included OBEs. OBEs also occurred during LSD therapy for the dying and may have contributed to the reduction in fear and death anxiety that these experiments revealed (Grof and Halifax 1977). Half a century later, research on LSD for the dying has at last begun again (Gasser et al 2014). In a previous post, I wrote about how a young man’s LSD trip led him to become a pioneering near-death experience researcher. … [Read more...] about Psychedelics and the Out-of-Body Experience