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Cancer Purely Man-made, Study Suggests

By Fiona Macrae

Cancer is a man-made disease fuelled by the excesses of modern life, a study of ancient remains has found.

Tumours were rare until recent times when pollution and poor diet became issues, the review of mummies, fossils and classical literature found.

A greater understanding of its origins could lead to treatments . . . → Read More: Cancer Purely Man-made, Study Suggests

Dangerous Supplements

More than half of the adult population have taken them to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, and avoid using prescription drugs. In 2009, we spent $26.7 billion on them, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, a trade publication.

What consumers might not realize, though, is that supplement . . . → Read More: Dangerous Supplements

Magic pixie-dust used for battlefield injuries

A powder nick-named “Pixie Dust” is being used to save the limbs of war heroes who have been wounded in Afghanistan.

Surgeons have already used the dust to save several soldiers so badly mutilated that they were at risk of amputation.

Made from pig bladders it has the ability to help the human body grow . . . → Read More: Magic pixie-dust used for battlefield injuries

Rap music treatment for Parkinson’s disease

By Stephanie Innes

A former vice president of the University of Arizona who’s in her 60s, Sharon Kha is an unlikely rap star.

But a local rap star she is.

Wearing a sideways ballcap and bling around her neck – a plastic clock on a rope, Rotary Club medal and a gold chain – the . . . → Read More: Rap music treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Research into the benefits of hallucinogens

By Mark Kleiman

Among the great tragedies of the culture wars that got started in the 1960s was the loss of the potential benefits of carefully-used hallucinogens: to stretch psychic horizons, to improve creative performance, to worship (or to attempt to encounter something worth worshipping), to help the dying confront the end, and to treat . . . → Read More: Research into the benefits of hallucinogens

Salt Lamps: Healing and Cleansing

By Rowan Pendragon One of the most unique and interesting items for healing and cleansing your home and sacred space is also a very natural and magickal thing as well. It’s mined salt crystal and when used it helps to release negative ions into the air to cleanse and refresh your space and your spirit.

. . . → Read More: Salt Lamps: Healing and Cleansing

Kissing and the Common Cold?

Valentine’s Day always brings the question “Can you catch a cold by kissing?” A 1984 experiment gave this answer: “Casual social encounters or kisses between infected and susceptible individuals are probably unlikely to result in the transmission of rhinoviruses.”

The study is “Short-Duration Exposure and the Transmission of Rhinoviral Colds,” D.J. D’Alessio, C.K. Meschievitz, . . . → Read More: Kissing and the Common Cold?

The Power of Magical Thinking

By SHIRLEY S. WANG

Is the Tooth Fairy real? How about the garbage man? Those questions may seem trivial, but how young children answer them is an important indicator of cognitive development.

For years, make-believe play was thought of as a way for children to escape from reality, and once they reached a . . . → Read More: The Power of Magical Thinking

What is an herbalist?

Cheryl Heppard

Although in the last several years there’s been a deep renewed interest in medicinal plants, the way to use them that has been popularized has been severely lacking. Often, one of two extremes exists; either the herbs are used in a very superficial “take this herb for that condition” manner (echinacea for colds . . . → Read More: What is an herbalist?

Extreme healers

MANY Malaysians are no strangers to the workings of faith/spiritual healers, and there have been numerous TV programmes documenting these healers.

Today I would like to share with you about two female spiritual healers. One is from my home town Kota Baru, Kelantan, and the other is from China. They are among the most fascinating . . . → Read More: Extreme healers