Leigh Martinchek

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What A Surgeon General Learned From The Opioid Crisis Could Help Fight Loneliness

“Part of the reason people don’t talk about their loneliness is that they feel they will be judged for it,” Vivek Murthy says.<p>During his tenure as surgeon general, Vivek Murthy was known for his work battling the nation’s opioid crisis, including issuing a 400-page report on addiction and mailing …

Staten Island Fought Back Against the Opioid Epidemic

Suburbs and small towns in middle America may be the poster children for the opioid epidemic, but there was an equal storm brewing five miles south of Manhattan.<p>Andrew Winslow is constantly surrounded by people with addiction. As a staff member and recovery coach at Carl's House, a nonprofit …

‘What Were You Wearing?’ Exhibit Proves Victim Blaming Is Bullsh*t

Red leggings and a white T-shirt. That’s what I wore the night I was raped. It was 1985, and I was 15 years old.<p>You may be trying to picture what my …

Can You Outgrow a Drinking Problem?

When I was 29, I gave up drinking. When I was 37, I quietly started again after mulling over the idea of revisiting wine. One night, without any …

Explaining What Depression Feels Like To The Non-Depressed Population

Nothing is good.<p>Not in the sense of “some things in my life are bad, but out there is goodness I can’t concentrate on right now,” but <i>actually nothing</i> …

Is the fentanyl situation an overdose crisis or a poisoning crisis?

When someone drinks too much, we call it alcohol poisoning.<p>When someone takes too much of a drug, we call it an overdose.<p>The difference in language …

What Happens to Drug Users During a Natural Disaster

Johnny Durst headed into the streets of Houston equipped with toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and water on the evening of August 30th, just days after …

Mental Health

Why Vancouver Has Always Been an Addiction Ground Zero

Breaking down the city’s contradictory reputations as the epicentre of an overdose “bloodbath” and a beacon of progressive drug policy.<p>Amid North America's worst drug overdose crisis in decades, Vancouver has cultivated two distinct and seemingly contradictory reputations.<p>On one hand, the city's …

Is Modern Love Endangered?

Before his untimely passing earlier this year, political philosopher Peter Augustine Lawler offered up some timely reflections on Allan Bloom’s …

Zebrafish are getting themselves high — and that could help us develop new addiction treatments

Zebrafish ‘are similar to us in many ways.’<p>When given the chance, zebrafish willingly dose themselves with opioids — even putting themselves at risk in order to get their fix.<p>Scientists tested the drug-seeking behavior in a tank that allows the fish to trigger the release of the opioid hydrocodone …

The foundation of Western philosophy is probably rooted in psychedelics

In the 1960s, intellectuals such as Aldous Huxley were fascinated by the effects of LSD, but today most professors are far too worried about respectability and tenure to investigate psychedelics themselves. Which is somewhat ironic, given that the field of Western philosophy has a huge debt to …

Consciousness

6 Unexpected Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Superfoods might not actually be quite so super, but there’s no doubt that certain food, drinks, and supplements can help you stay healthy. Easy go-to’s include smoothie additions that’ll power up your energy and grains that’ll boost your metabolism, while more dedicated eating plans like Ayurveda …

Digestion

Is this super-simple hack the key to finally nailing your headstand?

Headstands are hard. Anyone who’s learned to do the inversion can recall that “OMG! I can’t do this” feeling of those first few dozen attempts. If …

Researchers Want to Know Why Anti-Opioid Drug Is Being Underused

With millions of Americans suffering from opioid use disorder, many tools are needed to tackle the opioid epidemic.<p>But these tools can only help if …

The most offensive curse word in English has powerful feminist origins

Cursing is a good way to be bad. It’s mostly harmless and signals authenticity to listeners. For the linguistically bold, vulgarity is just one element of a rich vocabulary, a spice for speech. Yet even those of us who curse like sailors shirk the word “cunt.”<p>Breathe deep, because we’re about to …

The Power of Solitude

Most of us are afraid to be alone.I’m talkin’ no cell phone, no Wi-Fi alone. When was the last time you were by yourself and didn’t try to sweeten, …

Fix Those Hips: Progressive Posture Alignment, Part 2

<b>Welcome to week two of my four-week program for better posture and alignment.</b> This week we are going to focus on hip alignment. But we are not …

The Workout That Teaches You How to Do a Split

You don't have to be a gymnast or a yogi to do a split. These stretches and exercises help you prime your body so you can build up to doing the full …

How Safe Is America's Hottest Heroin Addiction Treatment?

Vivitrol is all the rage amid a brutal opioid epidemic. But it may also make it almost impossible to feel pleasure—and raise the risk of fatal overdose after relapse.<p>Claire* felt she had no choice. Pressured by her parents and counselors, the then college student signed a contract agreeing to take …

Some psychiatrists think cannabis can be considered a psychedelic drug like shrooms — here's why

Marijuana isn't typically thought of as a psychedelic — a drug that produces hallucinations or an apparent expansion of consciousness.<p>But according to Julie Holland, a psychiatrist with a private practice in New York, some of cannabis' effects are psychedelic in nature.<p>At a recent conference in …

A new twist on mental health: Running with the therapist while discussing life's problems

The psychotherapist was in running gear: black tank top, black leggings and black shoes. Her hair was pulled back. She carried only her phone.<p>Leaving her office on Elena Avenue in Redondo Beach, Sepideh Saremi crossed a couple of streets, walked down a sloping path to the beach, then began to run …

This 12-time Olympic medalist reveals her ultimate 6.5-minute ab workout that helps keep her fit

Five-time Olympic swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist Dara Torres demonstrates her ultimate ab workout that keeps her in amazing shape. Torres has teamed up with SHOW MORE OF YOU from Celgene and Otezla — a campaign that is shining light on the psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis.<p>To learn more about …

13 of the Best Obliques Exercises

When we think about core workouts, most of us fixate on the front of our abs. You know, those muscles that create that six-pack. But the abs include …

The Opioid Effect: Inside Pennsylvania's Heroin Epidemic - VICE Video: Documentaries, Films, News Videos

10 Living Philosophers and Why You Should Know Them

It can be easy to think that all the good ideas have already been thought; after all, philosophy have been going on for more than 2500 years. But …

University of Chicago

9 Signs You're A Perfectionist (And That's Not A Good Thing)

“I’m a bit of a perfectionist.” Phrases like that are often a bit of a humble brag said by individuals who insist that although their pursuit of excellence can be a bit of a drag, it’s also a badge of honor.<p>And while the drive excellence can be the key to success — elite athletes, groundbreaking …

Self-improvement

Here's Who Americans Blame Most For The Opioid Epidemic

For the better half of a decade, the nation has been in the grips of an opioid crisis; the epidemic, fueled by highly addictive prescription …

5 Moves to Sculpt Your Gorgeous Lower Abs

It’s officially summer, and that means beach days, sunshine, and swimsuits! To celebrate the season, we’re sharing a few of our favorite simple moves to sculpt your lower abs. With these moves, you’ll be feeling extra tight and toned for summer! Plus, having a strong core is essential to keep you …

Workouts

Patients Are Experimenting With Ketamine to Treat Depression

Sean Spencer was ready to give up. For two years, since suffering a major panic attack, the entrepreneur had been living under a cloud of depression. …

Time I

India’s oldest yogini says you’re doing yoga wrong if you’re working up a sweat

If you’re a power yoga enthusiast or a hot yoga buff with the ability to pull off 100 <i>surya namaskaras</i> (sun salutations) in one go, India’s oldest yoga teacher wants you to know you’re doing it all wrong.<p>V Nanammal, the 98-year-old yoga expert from the southern state of Tamil Nadu, believes that, in …