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‘I don’t look like most people’s idea of a Gypsy’

Damian Le Bas takes to the road to reconnect with his Traveller roots<p>It is Friday night. I’m 30 years old, alone on a fake-fur blanket in the back of a cold Transit van. Most of my generation are out there in pubs, or indoors by the telly, canoodling, arguing or cooking, or going across to the …

Travelers

When Poop Becomes Medicine

Once a weird, fringe treatment, fecal transplants have started becoming mainstream.<p>In 1957, a young microbiologist named Stanley Falkow started asking sick people to swallow their own poop.<p>Falkow was working as a technician in a hospital lab at a time when patients were besieged by a rogue strain …

Medicine

We Asked Experts What Really Happens When You Mix Weed with Anti-Anxiety Meds

Is the combo a black hole?<p>For my first year in college, weed was an old reliable for me. It was a way for me to cope with stress about grades and life in general.<p>But on April 26 of 2016, that all changed for me. That day, I finished my first year of university. My best friend and I bought some …

The Scary Way Antidepressants Could Affect Your Sleep

Depression can be a complete nightmare. If you have this mental health disorder, medication can improve your day-to-day existence in many ways. But …

Sleep

Why You Should Start Skipping Breakfast

"Intermittent fasting" burns fat and makes you healthier—really.<p>Put down the bagel and read this carefully: Skipping breakfast could help you unlock incredible health benefits and live longer. Yes, I'm encouraging you to shatter several dietary rules—never skip meals; eat every two to three hours; …

Depression Steals Your Soul and Then it Takes Your Friends

It's so easy to cut off a friend who is persistently difficult, self-absorbed, nasty, and decidedly "other." Especially if they cut themselves off first.<p>Depression is a thief. It'll rob you of your time, your thoughts, and your sense of self. But before all of that, it'll take your friends.<p>Unlike …

26 iPhone secrets, shortcuts and hidden features you should know about

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Getting Over Rover: Why the Loss of a Dog Can Be Devastating

My wife and I recently went through one of the more excruciatingly sorrowful experiences of our long married life—the euthanasia of our beloved dog, …

Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Anxiety Disorder

I tried to figure out why I've been able to be creative and productive, even in my darkest times.<p>There is a certain kind of bro who is always wearing a fedora, even if he isn't wearing a fedora. I can smell a fedora-bro from 10,000 miles away. I can detect him via email, internet comment, or even a …

Britain Wants Someone to Live on This Idyllic Island and Care for its Seal Pups

It's a dream for animal-lovers<p>Ever felt the urge to up sticks and experience another beautiful part of the country? This could be the perfect career change for you.<p>The National Trust is looking for someone to work as a ranger on The Farne Islands, one of Britain's oldest nature reserves located …

It’s great being old. I get away with being eccentric, self-indulgent – even offensive | Lynne Reid Banks

Aged 87, I’m discovering the unexpected advantages of old age. But I’m part of the luckiest generation that’s ever lived<p>A contemporary of mine advised me once: “If you mind being called a fuddy-duddy, keep your mouth shut about everything that’s happening now. Plays, books, films, TV, the media – …

Old Age

The Story of Mephedrone, the Party Drug That Boomed and Went Bust

In 2010 it was the UK's fourth favourite substance; nowadays it's used almost exclusively on the chemsex scene.<p>"I remember one party where I must have had sex with about 30 people," says Denholm, a beautiful young gay man reminiscing about his chemsex days. "There was this box of toys... I'm not …

What to do when meditation doesn’t work for you

Developing a regular mindfulness practice has always been a goal of mine. I’m an anxious person and I know it would help, but I’m more of a …

​Cause of Death: the News

As an addict 2.0, I am always looking to change the way I feel, sometimes by gorging on tragic news stories.<p>There are addicts, and then there are addicts 2.0: those of us who can magically turn anything into a drug. Most recently, I became addicted to researching and consuming updates about a …

What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety And Depression At The Same Time

<i>YourTango writer Rebecca Jane Stokes shares what it feels like to have both anxiety and depression.</i><p>Anxiety and depression are two mental illnesses …

Work Stress

What a Legal Recreational Drug Market Would Look Like in the UK

We spoke to a load of experts to understand how legalizing weed, psychedelics, cocaine, pills, and ketamine would actually work.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>It's been an eventful month for British drug policy. A couple of weeks ago, the <i>British Medical Journal</i> came out in support of the …

Cannabis

Donald Trump doesn't believe in climate change — here are 16 irrefutable signs it's real

Trump's stance on the environment contradicts thousands of scientists and decades of research, which has linked many observable changes in climate, including rising air and ocean temperatures, shrinking glaciers, and widespread melting of snow and ice, to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions …

Which Drugs Make Your Dick Shrink the Most and Why

Hands up whose penis has physically retracted after taking MDMA? Or just flat-out not worked when using cocaine? This is why.<p>Hands up, whose dick has physically shrunk after taking drugs? Not just cold-swimming-pool small, but worryingly small, to the point where it is but folds of skin bunched up …

Reproductive Medicine

Why It's Important to See Women Smoking Weed

Men have completely dominated weed culture for years, but thanks to the internet and changing legislation, women are finally taking center stage.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>Having spent a large amount of my youth at a Church of England all girls' school, I had decided drugs were evil. …

Feminism

The Guardian

Brewed ayahuasca vine and its associated ceremonies are rooted in Indigenous Amazonian cultures and spiritual traditions.<p>But as the must-have …

Why Zero Is So Ridiculously Important

Editor's Blog Photo credit: The Royal Institution/YouTubeZero is a strange beast. It took until the 7th century for it to be explicitly recognized as …

How Eating Pussy Could Be Good for Your Health

Your vagina is full of the same probiotic bacteria that is packed into every health-conscious product from yogurt to kombucha. If the vagina is full of good bacteria, and people are eating as much good bacteria as they can, why not eat pussy?<p>By now you should know that the vagina is home to …

Wellness

LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …

Lsd

Studying the relation between spring and spiking suicide rates

Every spring, the days get longer and warmer. Birds chirp. Trees blossom. And suicide rates spike.<p>Contrary to popular belief, suicides don't occur more often during the dark, cold days of winter. Rather, numerous studies over the years have shown a baffling but consistent springtime peak in …

Managing Borderline Personality Disorder - Rookie

Illustration by Sendra Uebele.<p>I was 17 when I was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. I’d flown to Bangalore with my parents for a couple …

Mental Health

Narcissistic Men and Borderline Women : Borderline Personality Disorder Forum

Our partner<p>I did some searches and it looks like this topic has been covered before, but I'd just like to throw my 2 cents in on the topic. (As a …

Relationships