Toddler fed a vegan diet was so malnourished she had no teeth; parents face prison

A baby girl fed a vegan diet by her parents in Australia was so malnourished by the time she was 19 months old she didn't have any teeth and looked like she was just three months old, a Sydney court has heard. The toddler's parents - who can't be named for legal reasons - have pleaded guilty to failing to provide for her causing danger of serious injury. Court documents reveal she was fed oats, potatoes, rice, tofu, bread, peanut butter and rice milk. A mouthful of fruit or two sultanas were her snacks. The eastern suburbs couple, who hadn't vaccinated the toddler, faced a sentence hearing at Downing Centre District Court on Thursday. ...

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Longer exhalations: An easy way to hack your vagus nerve

Two years ago, in May of 2017, I published a nine-part series, "The Vagus Nerve Survival Guide to Combat Fight-or-Flight Urges." The genesis for that series came from a random "Aha!" moment when I noticed a pattern of diverse scientific literature being published by researchers around the world who were correlating unexpected lifestyle factors (e.g., positive social connections (Kok et al., 2013), narrative expressive writing (Bourassa et al., 2017), and self-distancing (Grossman et al., 2016)) with improved heart rate variability (HRV). This post is a follow-up to, "Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises and Your Vagus Nerve," from my nine-part series on combating fight-or-flight physiology. For this post, I'm excited to update what was primarily hypothetical speculation a few years ago with some new scientific literature (Gerritsen & Band, 2018 and De Couck et al., 2019). These studies corroborate that longer exhalations are...

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Social media has created a generation of narcissists

Social media has shaped mass culture in an enormous way possible. It has changed everything! Social media has changed the way we communicate with one another it has turned an entire generation into narcissists. People are not concerned with world issues anymore. The majority of us are content spending our free time taking deceptive selfies and editing them in order to make ourselves more attractive so that we can post then all over our social media accounts. Social media has taken over our lives and we pick and choose the things to post in order to make our lives seem a little less meaningless and more fulfilled. We are self-centered in all ways possible. Most teenagers never even leave their rooms, finding joy simply watching television and playing on their smartphones. Some people claim we are more connected thanks to...

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San Francisco city attorney subpoenas anti-vax doctor Kenneth Stoller’s records

Ramping up the pressure in a statewide battle over medical exemptions for student vaccinations, San Francisco City Attorney's Office has issued a subpoena to Dr. Kenneth Stoller, a vocal opponent of mandatory vaccines. The city is requesting medical and billing records related to every medical exemption he's written since 2016. The unusual move comes as tensions rise over vaccination requirements during the worst measles outbreak in the United States in nearly two decades. Comment: See: Cold, hard facts: Death from measles or death from measles vaccine? Objective:Health #12 - The New Red Scare - Freaking Out About the Measles In 2015, California passed Senate Bill 277, which outlawed so-called personal belief exemptions for student vaccination requirements. Any licensed physician is still allowed to write exemptions for legitimate medical concerns. Such medical exemptions have increased significantly since SB 277. State Sen....

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FLASHBACK: To understand Facebook, study Capgras syndrome

We start with the case of a woman who experienced unbearable tragedy. In 1899, this Parisian bride, Madame M., had her first child. Shockingly, the child was abducted and substituted with a different infant, who soon died. She then had twin girls. One grew into healthy adulthood, while the other, again, was abducted, once more replaced with a different, dying infant. She then had twin boys. One was abducted, while the other was fatally poisoned. Madame M. searched for her abducted babies; apparently, she was not the only victim of this nightmarish trauma, as she often heard the cries of large groups of abducted children rising from the cellars of Paris. As if all this pain was not enough, Madame M.'s sole surviving child was abducted and replaced with an imposter of identical appearance. And soon the same fate befell...

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