2019 was a year of fantastic reading. Here are the standouts. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino A must read essay anthology for all members of this generation. Jia presents some of the most original thinking around online spaces, identity, and feminism that I’ve read in years. For the short version, listen to... Read More
My singular fierce passion is developing better medicine for our immune and nervous systems. Contemporary life strains these 2 systems, and conventional therapeutics are limited. Interest in immunity naturally brought me to the higher fungi. The complex mixtures of polysaccharides, terpenes, and sterols offer sculptural support for the strained, stressed, and drained immune system. Neurogenic... Read More
It’s been 3 years since I wrote about ghost pipe and harvesting ethics. During that time, the post has been shared widely on social media, contributing to a conversation about foraging ethics in our community. It’s also provoked criticism and defense. Many maintain that it’s common and justifiable to gather like other plants. I’ve been... Read More
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a promising remedy that supports many areas of health and wellness, such as pain, mood, and overall nervous system functioning. A growing evidence base and increasingly progressive medical cannabis laws have thrown CBD products into the mainstream. However, this product space is rife with vague terminology and inconsistent labeling practices, rendering it... Read More
Herb drug interactions (HDIs) have a bad reputation. Negative herb drug interactions have been unfairly emphasized, and the subject has overall served to increase paranoia and suspicion about using herbs in clinical settings. The truth is that these are largely positive–some herbs can synergize with drugs to increase their efficacy or alleviate their side effects.
Mushrooms: there are the good, the bad, and the psychedelic. Most people are familiar with the latter varieties. But another class of mushrooms have been neglected and underutilized: the medicinal mushrooms. Though they have a long history of use in Chinese, Japanese, and Eastern European medicine traditions, Western medicine is just catching up to the... Read More
What is the future of healthcare? The answer to this question depends on whom you’re asking. Within the healthcare system, the answers range from new care delivery options, big data and electronic health records, telehealth technology, and better R&D pipelines. More people are thinking outside of the box in order to develop a new model... Read More
Herbal medicine is enchanting because it’s a simultaneously an art, craft, and science. It’s an art to formulate and be a matchmaker between people and plants. It’s a science to inquire about why and how herbs work the way they do. This post introduces you to the craft of herbal medicine, and demystifies some of... Read More