What is your favorite style of meditation?

meditation is one of the more powerful ways we have to calm our minds and improve our somatic nervous system. The benefits of meditation are great, and are now being backed by multiple scientific studies. What is interesting however, is that there are a multitude of techniques for meditation that come from various cultures around the globe. In the scientific studies I have read thus far, there does not seem to be any technique that give the best results, it seems that just doing it is more important than what technique you choose to do.
However, in terms of actually sticking with it, then there are differences between techniques. Some techniques seem to be better in terms of creating a daily routine than others. So, if you meditate, did you explore various methods before settling on one, and which one did you finally find worked best for you?

Have you ever smelled green or tasted yellow?

synesthesia is a condition in which the pathways of perception for various senses gets crossed. It creates the impression that one can smell colors, taste sounds, or see the colors of music. This condition can be brought about due to drugs, brain damage, sensory deprivation, or hypnosis. But, it is also normal present in about 2 to 4 percent of humans.
I have never experienced it personally, but it has always intrigued me. Have you experinced this, and if so, can you describe it a bit for the rest of us living boring lives of just 5 distinct senses?

Any thoughts on exercising in the winter?

Winter is upon my neck of the woods. I love to exercise outdoors. But, when winter comes, I feel like a hermit indoors that does not do anything. I have considered a stationary bike or treadmill to stay in shape. Any suggestions will help me out.

Do we need to take vitamins and supplements?

I did not think this was such a hot-topic of debate, but since dipping my toe in to this world I realize there are a lot of opposing opinions here. It seems that the vitamin industry is huge, and I saw a statistic that in 2016 the supplement industry in just the USA was worth $122 Billion dollars per year. So, intuitively I know that there are going to be some bad actors in that market, people taking advantage of the sick or those worried about getting sick. Now, when I see advertisements saying that I need to take more of some vitamin or new supplement in order to be healthy, I am always a bit skeptical. Then, I read about how much of the medicines and vitamins we take are not even absorbed, we just end up excreting them from our bodies and this is messing with aquatic ecosystems.
So, for a normal person with no health problems, that eats a good diet, are all these extra vitamins necessary or am I just paying a lot of money to make expensive urine?

Living on light...Breatharians...

If you are unfamiliar, Breatharians are people who believe they can get all the nutrients they need from the air they breathe. They get their energy from the universe. As crazy as it sound (unless you are one), at one point and time this was a pretty popular movement. A few people have died from it, but other swear they have gone years without eating and are doing great. Do you believe that people can live off the energy of the universe or do you think they are blowing smoke?

Will the psychedelic medicine revolution last?

In the 1950's, LSD and other novel psychedelics were researched for their beneficial properties in the fields of health and psychology. From these early experiments, figures such as Ken Kessey and Dr. Timothy Leary found they were so beneficial that they wanted to give them to everyone, and thus started the counter-culture revolution that defined much of the 1960's. However, that movement failed when it became obvious to everyone that uncontrolled and widespread use of these substances was detrimental to individuals and society has a whole. The Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco that was the idealist utopia at the start of the 60's was a run-down, dangerous, drug den by the end of it. So, the government enacted the controlled substances act and made all these substances illegal to consume or research.
This did not stop the inquiry into the power of these substances however. Underground chemists such as Sasha Shulgin continued with the science of psychedelia, often testing on himself and his wife. When he created the drug MDMA, it was largely praised from practicing psychologists around the planet as a major breaksthrough. But again, it left the confines of the lab and made it to the streets, causing problems and becoming illegal.
Now, there is a new psychedelic revolution occurring, with institutes like MAPS, Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai and others using psychedelics coupled with therapy to treat everything from PTSD to Depression, and from addiction to the acceptance of terminal disease. But, will this new psychedelic revolution end in the same way all past ones have, or has humanity learned its lesson?

Is Goop serious?

So I heard that Gwyneth Paltrow had her own brand, and I think she is an amazing actor so I checked it out. I found this "medicine bag" for $85 dollars that is just a bunch of polished stones that you can get for a dollar a piece at any rock shop (trust me, I minored in geology). I started looking around, and there are some seriously funny things on here.
But then I got to thinking, there are actually people out there who may be seriously sick and looking to turn anywhere for help, desperate people with cancer and other illnesses.
Is it right that Goop is taking advantage of people like this and charging them lots of money for health products which have no credibility?

The cure for the common cold?

I think I am not alone in having a grandma who always pushed chicken soup as a cure for flu and colds. I this and old wive's tale or does it really help?

Have you ever donated blood?

I was diagnosed with blood cancer in February of 2016. Sicne then, I have spent more than 240 days in the hospital getting chemo, stem cell transplant, and other treatments, Over that time, I received more than 80 liters of blood and platelets from donors. If not for these selfless donors I would not be here today, working to protect the environment and support my family. I must give a huge thanks to everyone who donates blood.
But, I was also wondering, why do people donate blood, so that I can better appeal to folks when the next blood drive comes around in my town.

Cardio or Strength Training? That is the question.

I've been working out off and on for the past few years, but I've always focused on cardio with a little bit of weights. Lately, I have seen no results, and I wanted to change things up. I've been thinking about swapping to a more strength/weights focused workout, but I can't seem to decide if I should or not. I've looked up the benefits and although cardio might show quicker results, it seems like weights help more with long-term goals that stick. If you are a gym rat, which one do you prefer?