Painkiller Deaths Drop By 25% In States With Legalized Medical Marijuana


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A study put out by the Journal of the American Medical Associationin 2014 made an interesting discovery.  In every state that had legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 (13 states in all), there was a 25% reduction in deaths related to the overdose of legally prescribed opioids.

“The difference is quite striking,” said study co-author Colleen Barry, a health policy researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.  She notes that the trend became visible in every state a year after the pot was legalized.

The study suggests that because patients that are experiencing chronic pain can substitute or suppliment marijuana for their pain pills, they are able to take smaller (or no) doses of the pills and are less likely to experience an overdose.

Barry says that it is “basically impossible” to die from an overdose on weed and suggests the substitution is the most likely reason for the reduction in deaths.

There is opposition, however.  Dr. Andrew Kolodny, chief medical officer at Phoenix House thinks it is less likely related to the marijuana substituting for pain pills, but more likely a progressive push, in general, to treat addiction.  “You don’t have primary care doctors in these states [prescribing] marijuana instead of Vicodin,” he said.

He believes that states that legalize medical marijuana are also more likely to actively treat and help prevent addiction and that it is a more likely scenario for the decrease in overdose deaths.

Whatever the reason, it’s great news and the prohibition of this medicinal plant is at its end, enabling further study.

Are Those Razor Bumps…Or an STD?


Three questions that can save you a trip to the gyno.


The skin of your vagina is the most delicate of your entire anatomy. No wonder it’s such a target for issues and infections, from zit breakouts to razor rash to more serious things, such as STDs like herpes and genital warts.

So when a suspicious bump, spot, or lump suddenly shows up down below, how can you determine if it’s okay to blow off…or if it’s something major that might pose a threat to your sexual health? The only way to know 100 percent for sure is to see your gyno for tests. But when that’s not possible or you’re too crazy panicked to get dressed and hightail it to her office, suss things out by taking inventory with these three questions.
1. Does the Bump Hurt—and How Badly?
“If it’s a mild kind of discomfort or it’s more tender to the touch than truly painful, it’s probably a harmless whitehead or an ingrown hair,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at the Yale School of Medicine. “Genital warts don’t cause pain either, but the worry is herpes—the blisters that characterize a herpes outbreak hurt really badly, and they can even burn when you urinate.” If the pain is nuts, your doc needs to check you out.

2. Is the Bump Smooth or Jagged?
A smooth, painless bump jutting out from the skin is probably just a skin tag, says Minkin. Skin tags are super common benign growths that often pops up along body regions where skin rubs against skin—like your groin and upper thighs. “If it juts out the same way yet feels jagged and rough, like cauliflower, it’s more likely to be a genital wart,” says Minkin. Caused by the HPV virus and transmitted via skin-on-skin sexual contact, genital warts won’t lead to anything more serious. But you still need to see your gyno and find out the best way to have it removed so you don’t spread it to anyone else.

3. Is the Bump Closed or Open?
One or several red bumps that are closed and remain closed until they heal are most likely razor bumps, a zit, or a rash triggered by an allergic reaction, says Minkin. If it’s a painless bump just beneath the skin on either side of the vagina, it could be a Bartholin’s cyst, which is caused by a clog in one of the glands that lubricate the vagina. It’s harmless, can be about the size of a pea, and often goes away on its own.

While herpes blisters start out as closed red bumps, within days they open and turn into moist, even oozy lesions before crusting over and healing. If that’s what you’re seeing, your doctor needs to know. She can test you and prescribe meds that will ease (but unfortunately not cure) the infection.

Massage This Point On Your Body And Experience The Miracle


There’s a Japanese legend that says that once upon a time there was a man who inherited a very valuable knowledge from his father – about Zu San Li, “the point of longevity” or “the point of a hundred diseases”.

Following his father’s advice, this man massaged this point everyday and lived to see the births and deaths of several emperors. Massaging this point is one of the oldest methods of treatments in the East, which has been practiced for several thousand years. The human body has 365 points and 12 major meridians, which is reminiscent of the amount of days and months in a year.

The technique for this massage (acupressure, finger pressure on specific points) is based on the teachings of the meridians and channels that are associated with certain organs. In Chinese medicine, the body is seen as an energy system, and a massage can affect the energy flow and the functional activity of the organs.

Massage This Point On Your Body And Experience The Miracle

Activating the point Zu San Li will give you a rejuvenating and healing effect and will prevent aging. In China, this point is known as – “a point of longevity”, and in Japan – “a point of hundred diseases”. On our bodies, Zu San Li is located right beneath the kneecap.

To find it, cover the knee with the palm of the same hand. The point is located between the nails of the little and ring finger, in a form of a small dent between the bones. If you can’t find it this way, try sitting on the floor with your feet firmly pressed to the floor. Pull them toward you, without raising your feet off of the floor. You will notice a higher area below the knee – put your finger on it and take a starting position. The point you pressed with your finger is Zu San Li.

What is this point connected to and why do the Japanese call it “the point of a hundred diseases”?

Zu San Li controls the work of the organs that are located in the lower half of the body. It controls the functions of the spinal cord in the parts that are responsible for proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, digestive tract, sexual organs, kidneys, adrenal glands. By massaging Zu San Li, you will increase the activity of the adrenal glands, which are the most powerful glands that act as the main protectors of human health.

They excrete adrenaline, hydrocortisone and other important hormones into the blood. If you massage the “point of longevity” on a daily basis, you could normalize the functions of the adrenal glands in the body, which are:

  • normalisation of blood pressure;
  • normalization of glucose, insulin levels;
  • suppression of inflammatorily processes in the body;
  • regulation of the immune system.

Other benefits from massaging Zu San Li are:

  • improved digestion;
  • treatment of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • treating the consequences of a stroke;
  • gaining confidence;
  • overcoming stress and tension; and
  • inner stability.

It is considered that by massaging this point, a person can cure impotence, hiccups, constipation, gastritis, and urinary incontinence. It is also believed that this massage will improve the immune system, and that the person will become fit and healthy for life.

This massage is best when done in the morning, before lunch. Massage each leg nine times in a circular motion in a clockwise direction, for about 10 minutes. Before you start, make yourself comfortable and relaxed. Calm your breathing and concentrate on your feelings. Do the massage in a seated position.

Immerse yourself in a state of harmony and let your healing process begin. This massage has a stimulating effect. You can massage yourself with your fingers or with any type of grain cereals (buckwheat, oats, rice, etc.)

They say that if a person performs the massage in the evening, they will lose 400 – 500 grams per week.

Be careful not to perform the massage right before going to bed because it may cause insomnia.

You can massage the Zu San Li point every day, but it is especially beneficial if you massage it during the New Moon.

– Be sure to massage this point in the morning, eight days after the start of the New Moon, as described above. It will strengthen your immunity, improve the work of the organs and slow down the aging process.

– Massaging the point before lunch will improve your memory, the work of your cardiovascular and digestive system.

– You can massage both legs simultaneously after lunch to relieve stress, nervousness, irritability, headaches and sleep disorders.

– In the evening, massage your legs separately in a counterclockwise direction. This will improve your metabolism and help you with weight loss.

What is the point of saving endangered species?


In 1981, mountain gorillas were at rock-bottom. Confined to a small mountain range in central Africa, with humans encroaching on their habitat bringing poaching and civil war, their population was estimated at just 254. They would all have fitted into a single Boeing 747.
Today things look a little better. A survey in 2012 reported that the population was up to 880. That is a big improvement, but it’s still only two Boeing 747s of mountain gorillas. They remain critically endangered.
We hear similar tales of woe all the time, from all around the world. Whether it’s tigers, pandas, California condors or coral reefs, much of the world’s wildlife is under threat. It’s initially upsetting, and eventually just numbing.
Is it worth worrying about it all? Sure, it will be sad if there aren’t any more cute pandas on the planet, but it’s not like we depend on them. Besides, surely it’s more important to take care of humans – who, let’s face it, have their own problems to worry about – than to spend millions of dollars preserving animals. What, in short, is the point of conservation?
On the face of it, there are plenty of reasons why we shouldn’t bother to save endangered species. The most obvious is the staggering cost involved.
One study in 2012 estimated that it would cost $76 billion (£49 billion) a year to preserve threatened land animals. Saving all the endangered marine species might well cost far more. Why should we spend all that money on wildlife when we could spend it to stop people dying of starvation or disease?
It can be particularly hard to understand why anyone would want to preserve animals like wolves, which pose a threat both to people and livestock. Surely there are some species we would be better off without.
Species go extinct all the time anyway. As well as individual species dying out, there have been five mass extinctions that obliterated swathes of species. The most recent one, 65 million years ago, took out the dinosaurs.
The extinction rate has increased a hundredfold over the last century
If extinction is a natural process that goes on even in the absence of humans, why should we stop it?
One answer is that species are now going extinct far faster than they used to. A recent study estimated that the extinction rate has increased a hundredfold over the last century, and we seem to be to blame.
But beyond that, there’s a simple reason to save species: because we want to.
Many of us love the natural world. We think animals are cute, majestic, or just plain fascinating. We love walking in the dappled sunlight of an old forest, or scuba-diving over a coral reef. Who doesn’t think mountain gorillas are awesome?
The fact that some of us find nature beautiful, by itself, won’t do
Nature is beautiful, and that aesthetic value is a reason to keep it, just as we preserve artistic masterpieces like the Mona Lisa or Angkor Wat.
The first problem with this argument is that it spells doom for all those animals and plants that people are less fond of: the ugly, the smelly and the just plain obscure. If we don’t find them appealing, they’re out.
More fundamentally, it comes from a position of luxury and privilege. It’s all very well for a moneyed person in the western world to want to preserve tigers because they’re nice to look at, but that doesn’t cut much ice with a villager in rural India whose family is in danger from one.
So the fact that some of us find nature beautiful, by itself, won’t do. There needs to be a more practical reason to keep species around.
You often hear it said that we should keep ecosystems like rainforests because they probably contain useful things, in particular medicines. The classic challenge is “what if a plant goes extinct that could be the cure for cancer?”
What happens to all the species that don’t make useful things like medicines?
The practice of exploring nature to find commercially useful products is called bioprospecting. It does sometimes lead to useful new things, but it comes with a host of problems.
The first is that we have plenty of ways to find new medicines, which don’t involve trekking through thousands of miles of dangerous jungle in the faint hope of finding a miracle plant.
There is also the matter of who controls the knowledge. Often, local people are already aware of the medicinal uses of plants, and object to outsiders trying to co-opt them. Legal battles have been fought over this.
And again, what happens to all the species that don’t make useful things like medicines? The blood of mountain gorillas is unlikely to contain a cure for cancer. So this argument, while it has some force, doesn’t get us very far.
The big leap forward came in the 1990s, when biologists started outlining all the ways animals and plants benefit us just by being there. These benefits, which most of us take for granted, are called “ecosystem services”.
Many of our crop plants rely on these insects to produce seeds
Some of these services are obvious. For instance, there are plants and animals that we eat. Meanwhile, photosynthetic plankton in the sea, and green plants, provide us with the oxygen we breathe.
These are quite direct, but sometimes the services provided can be more subtle. Pollinating insects like bumblebees are an obvious example.
Many of our crop plants rely on these insects to produce seeds, and would not survive – let alone provide us with food – without them. This is why the decline in pollinating insects has provoked so much concern.
To understand how much we rely on ecosystem services, imagine a world where humans are the only species – perhaps in a spaceship far from Earth.
It is far easier to let the existing wildlife do them for us
There are no plants releasing oxygen, so you have to engineer a way to make it yourself. So straight away you need a chemical processing plant on board your ship. That same plant will have to make water too.
There is also nothing to eat, so you must artificially make food. You could synthesise chemicals like sugars and fats, but making it appetising would be extremely hard. As of 2015, we can’t even make an artificial burger that everyone finds convincing.
Let’s not even get started on the microorganisms living in your gut, many of which are beneficial. The point is that, while we could in theory do all these things artificially, it would be very difficult. It is far easier to let the existing wildlife do them for us.
The scale of these ecosystem services, when you add them up, turns out to be extraordinarily large.
In 1997, ecologist Robert Costanza and his colleagues estimated that the biosphere provides services worth around $33 trillion a year. For comparison, they noted that the entire global economy at the time produced around $18 trillion a year.
Unchecked species loss would wipe 18% off global economic output by 2050
Five years later, the team took the argument a step further by asking how much we would gain by conserving biodiversity. They concluded that the benefits would outweigh the costs by a factor of 100. In other words, conserving nature is a staggeringly good investment.
By contrast, letting species decline and go extinct looks like a bad move. A 2010 study concluded that unchecked species loss would wipe 18% off global economic output by 2050.
You may perhaps be feeling that all this talk of economics and growth is strange. It’s all rather cold and heartless, without any of the love for the natural world that we were talking about earlier. Well, many environmentalists feel the same way.
The environmentalist journalist George Monbiot has been a particularly vocal critic.
Monbiot argues that the valuations are unreliable, which allows those in power to rig the accounting however they see fit. If someone wants to build a road through an important habitat, they can simply overestimate the benefits of the road and downplay those from the wildlife.
Many conservation groups now support putting a value on ecosystems
“Forests, fish stocks, biodiversity, hydrological cycles become owned, in effect, by the very interests – corporations, landlords, banks – whose excessive power is most threatening to them,” Monbiot wrote in 2013.
He may well be right that any such system would be open to abuse. The counter-argument is that without such a system, the abuse happens anyway – which is why many conservation groups now support putting a value on ecosystems.
In fact, one of the good things about the idea of ecosystem services is that it is all-encompassing. As a result, the weaker arguments we mentioned before now start to make some sense.
Take the idea that nature is beautiful and we should preserve it for its aesthetics and wonder. Our pleasure at the beauty of nature can now be thought of as an ecosystem service. Nature provides us with beauty.
If we value something and are prepared to pay to have it, then it has value
You may well ask how we can put a price on that. How do you objectively measure beauty?
Well, you can’t, but that doesn’t stop us deciding what it’s worth. We do it all the time with paintings, music and other forms of art. If we value something and are prepared to pay to have it, then it has value.
To do the same thing with nature, we just need a system that allows us to pay to experience it.
One simple example is safari holidays that take tourists to see mountain gorillas. This is called ecotourism.
Ecotourism offers a way to make the beauty of nature pay for itself
The people running those holidays have a clear incentive to keep the animals safe. The gorillas are their livelihood, and running these tours may well pay better than other occupations like farming.
Of course, this idea has its difficulties. Tourists bring unfamiliar diseases with them, which can pose a threat to the gorillas – although facemasks can help. Too many visitors can also disrupt gorilla societies.
But in principle, ecotourism offers a way to make the beauty of nature pay for itself.
This sort of thinking turns our ideas about conservation on their heads, according to the conservation biologist Georgina Mace of University College London in the UK.
You don’t have to care about mountain gorillas
Go back to the 1960s, and we were being told to preserve wildlife simply for its own sake. Mace calls this line of thinking “nature for itself”.
Fast forward to the 2000s and we are now talking about “nature for people”, thanks to the idea of ecosystem services. Even if you don’t buy the moral argument that “wild things and places have incalculable intrinsic value”, there are hard-nosed practical reasons to save them. You don’t have to care about mountain gorillas to appreciate the value of a strong ecotourism industry.
Still, at first glance it does seem like the idea of ecosystem services should push us towards a rather selective approach to conservation. “Let’s keep the things the tourists will go and see, and the things that pollinate our crops or otherwise make themselves useful, and the rest can go hang.”
But there is another way of looking at it.
Let’s consider the mountain gorillas. They live in a mountain range where the trees are covered with thick forests. If we want to preserve the gorillas, we also have to preserve the ecosystem they live in.
Some of this is obvious. The gorillas need plants to eat, so we must ensure those are there.
But we also can’t let the area be overrun by inedible weeds. That in turn means keeping most of the other animals, as they will shape the plant community.
Maybe those gorillas aren’t such a good investment after all
The mountain gorillas are part of a wider network of species, and it’s difficult to separate them from it. Wiping out one of these species might not make much difference, or then again it might cause a chain reaction that alters the entire ecosystem. It’s hard to predict the effect of killing off a species unless you go ahead and kill it – and then it’s too late to reverse it.
So if we decide to save the mountain gorillas, by extension we are also choosing to preserve the particular habitat they live in and the majority of the species that live alongside them.
At this point many people balk. It’s one thing to pay to save awesome mountain gorillas, they say, but now we have to pay out to save a bunch of trees, shrubs and insects too? Maybe those gorillas aren’t such a good investment after all.
However, there are good reasons to keep the forests, and not just because they support the mountain gorillas.
Forests on hillsides provide a number of useful services that we don’t always appreciate. In particular, they help ensure a regular water supply.
A tiny, obscure worm may not be doing anything that’s obviously useful to humans
Everyone knows that the weather is changeable. Sometimes you get too much rain, which means floods. At other times there isn’t enough, which means drought. Both are dangerous.
Trees on the hills help smooth this out, ensuring a more reliable supply of fresh water. This is good news for people living on the lowlands.
For this to really work, the forest needs to be reasonably stable. It’s no use if it sometimes dies back suddenly just when really heavy rains come. It needs to be resilient.
Ecologists have amassed evidence that ecosystems with a wider range of species are more stable and resilient, and less prone to sudden die-backs. This has a startling implication. A tiny, obscure worm may not be doing anything that’s obviously useful to humans, but it is probably supporting the ecosystem it lives in – and that ecosystem will be providing services.
Whether you put it in economic terms or not, science is telling us that ecosystems provide us with a host of things we can’t do without, and that the more diverse each ecosystem is, the better.
We can’t preserve nature without first figuring out how doing so will be good for humans
So for our own good – both in terms of practical things like food and water, and less physical needs like beauty – we should protect them.
Of course, human society is part of the ecosystem too, and you won’t find many people willing to get rid of us. As a result, many conservationists now say that we can’t preserve nature without first figuring out how doing so will be good for humans, because any conservation scheme needs popular support.
Equally, we can’t take care of ourselves without also preserving nature, because we need it for so many things. In specific situations we might choose to favour one or the other, but overall we have to do both.
This is a new way of thinking about conservation. It’s not “nature for itself”, because it’s explicitly about helping people. It’s also not quite “nature for people”, because it’s not just a matter of the direct goods that ecosystems offer us.
It does mean ensuring that ecosystems are as rich and diverse as possible
Instead it’s about seeing human society and wild ecosystems as one inseparable whole. Mace has called this perspective “nature and people”.
This doesn’t mean preserving every last species, which we couldn’t do even if we tried. It’s also not about keeping things exactly the same, because that’s impossible too.
But it does mean ensuring that ecosystems are as rich and diverse as possible. That will be good for them, and good for us.

Tesla faces stiff challenges with Model 3


Electric unveiling of Tesla's Model 3

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has come one step closer to realizing his long-held dream of bringing affordable, zero-pollution vehicles to the world’s highways.

After months of secrecy, he unveiled the prototype for his planned $35,000 Model 3 battery electric car Thursday night to hundreds of adoring fans, a generally enthusiastic automotive press and a massive global presales response.

By 10:30 a.m. Friday, Musk said, Tesla had received more than 198,000 deposits of $1,000 each for future deliveries of the sleek and low four-door sedan — an unprecedented response for a car that hadn’t even been shown in photographs when the deposits were made and that won’t be delivered to customers for at least 18 months.

Wall Street liked the new car. Tesla stock traded after-hours at $241, up $12 a share, after closing at $237. But now Musk and his production team face an enormous set of challenges. They must turn the prototype into a working car, find a way to sell it at the stated price point, get their growing auto plant and new battery factory up to full capacity, and bring the Model 3 to market in time to beat the competition.

For the record

April 2, 8:34 a.m.: An earlier version of this story quoted Friday’s closing price for Tesla stock as $241 a share. The stock closed at $237 and rose in after-hours trading. Also, the Tesla Model X was described as seating five. The SUV accommodates seven.

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Critics of the Fremont, Calif., electric car company don’t believe any of that can be done. Musk has trouble meeting his own deadlines and building automobiles sufficiently bug-free for a mass market. Musk seemed to realize the monumental task ahead, tweeting Friday: “Definitely going to need to rethink production planning.”

Some doubt he can produce the Model 3 for $35,000 without losing money on every car he sells.

“I don’t believe they can make any money selling this car for much less than $50,000,” said Mark Spiegel, CEO of the hedge fund Stanphyl Capital Management. “Unless something changes, the more Model 3s they sell, the more they will lose.”

Tesla has stated it will produce more expensive versions of the 3 first, filling orders for the most heavily option-laden vehicles before building and delivering the base models. Some early recipients of the $81,200 Model X paid as much as double that price for theirs.

“Tesla has a history of introducing a vehicle with a reasonably low price and then selling versions that are much more expensive,” said Jack Nerad, market analyst at Kelley Blue Book.

But by the time purchases of the Model 3 can actually be made, other inexpensive plug-in battery electrics from more established companies with better production track records — and a better capacity to sell cars with low profit margins — will already be in showrooms. The $37,500 Chevrolet Bolt is expected to be a strong rival. Other plug-in electrics are said to be coming from BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and others.

Musk himself acknowledged the possibility that the car will not be available in time to meet the promised late-2017 delivery date. At the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, Musk promised delivery of the Model 3 by “next year,” then drew indulgent chuckles when he added, “I do feel fairly confident it will be next year.”

Deliveries of Musk’s much-admired Model X, an elegant, high-performance seven-seat SUV, were delayed by more than 18 months after Tesla experienced production problems with the car’s complex falcon-wing doors. The prospect of a delay did nothing to diminish the enthusiasm of the assembled faithful. Eliciting rock star adoration from a crowd of 150 auto journalists and 650 Tesla owners, Musk took the stage Thursday in Hawthorne amid flashing lights and booming techno beats.

“To any of you who bought an S or an X — thank you for paying for this,” Musk told the crowd, saying those more expensive, earlier-generation models helped pave the way for the Model 3.

Many of those present already owned one of those, or both, or more. Jerry Roby of Newport Beach owns a Roadster, an S and an X. Arriving in a branded Tesla cap and windbreaker, Roby had already put down deposits for two Model 3s at the Tesla store near his home.

At a bank of computer screens at the evening event, other would-be 3 drivers were placing orders. The father-and-son team of David and Adam Metcalf of Florida had paused to switch credit cards after one maxed out. The Metcalfs had already placed orders for 12 Model 3s and needed to order five more. Some were for the research facility at the University of Central Florida, where the senior Metcalf works. As for the others? “I have a list,” he said.

In the first 24 hours, Tesla received 180,000 preorders. Estimating that the average transaction price for the vehicle would be about $42,000, Musk estimated his 24-hour haul at $7.5 billion. “Future of electric cars looking bright!” he tweeted. In fact, the company’s take was closer to $180 million — nothing to sneeze at, but only seed money in the capital-intensive auto production business.

Even after the unveiling, little more was known about the car except its stated MSRP, its claimed range of 215 miles per electric charge and its ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.

The Model 3 will be built alongside the Ss and Xs in Tesla’s huge California factory. The company has said it could produce as many as 90,000 vehicles annually this year, and by 2020 could be churning them out at the rate of 500,000 a year — a number Musk said Thursday night he was “confident” Tesla could achieve.

Meeting that production rate will also require Musk to move aggressively forward with his “gigafactory,” the immense northern Nevada facility where, in cooperation with electronics giant Panasonic, Tesla will build the batteries for its vehicles. Musk told his audience that the factory is now officially “operational,” and will begin delivering batteries at the end of next year.

Perhaps Musk’s greatest challenge will lie in selling his chic, environmentally friendly vehicles to a mass audience. As several analysts pointed out, the customer who spends $100,000 or more on a Model S or X probably has two or three other luxury cars in the garage, and is not terribly inconvenienced when glitches require maintenance.

Tesla has had trouble with reliability. Though the Model S won almost every accolade and award in the motoring press, and received the highest possible safety and performance ratings, Consumer Reports later added the 2012-2013 and 2015 Model S to its “worst of the worst” section of “Used Cars to Avoid.”

The customer spending $35,000 on a Model 3 probably won’t embrace a car that isn’t close to trouble-free. That heightens the pressure on Tesla, said award-winning car designer Henrik Fisker, whose futuristic Karma held promise as a stylish electric performance car before financial troubles sidelined the firm.

“Tesla’s advantage is that, being a new car company with a new brand, they have a cool factor the established carmakers don’t have,” Fisker said. But “once you start moving down market, the customer’s lifestyle is very different. Someone who buys a $35,000 car, this is his only or his primary car. People are still reluctant to have their only car be an electric car.”

What Happens To Your Body When You Eat 3 Eggs For A Week


What Happens To Your Body When You Eat 3 Eggs For A Week

Most of us know eggs for their high levels of cholesterol. However, there are so many health positives hidden in regularly consuming eggs.

It Makes You Full

It has high levels of proteins, which gives eggs the perfect 100 in comparison to other sources of the nutrient. The fact is that foods containing high levels of proteins can help in curbing hunger by making you feel fuller for longer duration of time.

Improves Chances of Losing Fat

Because eggs can make you feel fuller for longer, they can help in fat loss. As per one study that involved participants taking their caloric intake through eggs or bagels, those consuming eggs were found to lose 65% higher amount of weight. The other benefits included 16% higher body fat loss, and 34% higher waist size reduction.

Better Skin & Hair

Eggs contain high levels of vitamin B2, vitamin B5, and vitamin B12. These B-complex vitamins are essential for your healthy skin, liver and hair. They also help in the proper functioning of the nervous system .

Stronger Bones & Teeth

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for our bone and teeth health. It is required for properly absorbing calcium. Eggs are among the rare few natural foods which have good amounts of vitamin D.

It Provides you Essential Amino Acids

There are 20 essential amino acids which are a must-have for our body to sustain life. Our body makes 11 of these amino acids. Egg is one rare food that supplies rest of the 9 essential amino acids. If your body has shortage of these amino acids, you can suffer from fatigue, reduced immune response, muscle wastage, and fatigue.

 
Increased Energy

Do you know that just one egg can supply 15% of your RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamin B2 (riboflavin). As already mentioned, eggs contain various types of B vitamins. They are beneficial in helping your body convert food into fuel for generating more energy.

Reducing Stress

As already mentioned, eggs contain 9 essential amino acids that help various bodily systems. If there is deficiency in any of these amino acids, there can be negative mental effects. According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, lysine supplementation helps in reducing stress levels and anxiety by regulating serotonin.

Improved Immune System

A single large egg can meet 22% of your RDA for selenium. It is required for both the thyroid hormones and your immune system. A stronger immunity means resisting infections, diseases and viruses.

Improved Brain Functioning
Our cell membranes have a component called as choline. It is essential for synthesizing neurotransmitter acetylcholine. It is present in eggs, and if you suffer from its deficiency, it can lead to reduced cognitive functioning and development of neurological issues.

Improved Cholesterol Levels

There’s no doubt about the high amounts of cholesterol in eggs. But studies show that eggs are actually capable of increasing your good cholesterol levels.

Reduced Chances of Heart Disease

When your good cholesterol levels are increased, the size of bad cholesterol particles increases. It is the small-sized LDL particles (bad cholesterol) that can cause heart disease.

Make sure that you are consuming eggs only in moderate amounts. It is a single source and can offer so many health benefits.

3 Amazing Body Scrubs You Can Make At Home


Who doesn’t love a good body scrub? They are so relaxing and remove dead skin in no time! The best part about a good body scrub that you can actually it at home, using ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen! Here are some of our favorite recipes that your skin (and wallet) will love!

1) Honey and Sugar
Honey naturally moisturizes the skin while sugar serves as an amazing exfoliant! Mix 2 table spoons of honey with 1 table spoon of fine sugar and massage all over body while in the shower for super smooth skin!

2) Coconut oil and salt
Coconut oil is an outstanding natural moisturizer and combining it with salt will give you the best foot scrub! Just mix 1 table spoon of coconut oil with half table spoon of salt and enjoy!

3) Lemon and sugar
Another body scrub that is perfect to use for rough areas like knees, elbows and feet! Just combine lemon juice from a full lemon and 1 tea spoon of fine sugar for the perfect body scrub

Unicorns Are Real, But Not as Pretty as You Think


Calling all wannabe princesses, believers of dreams, horse fanatics and fairy tale connoisseurs … prepare to freak out!

Unicorns are real. Yes, that is a factual sentence. According to U.S. News & World Report, a fossilized skull recently discovered in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan puts Siberian unicorns, or Elasmotherium sibiricum, galloping around the Earth only 29,000 years ago.

A study published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences about the find says researchers originally believed the Siberian unicorn died out 350,000 years ago, but the newly discovered skull puts the formerly mythical creature much closer to us on the timeline of existence.

There is one down side to this exciting news: These unicorns aren’t the all-white, flowing mane beauties of legend – instead scientists believe the animals looked more like rhinos, or pint-sized, one-horned woolly mammoths.

11 Best Herbs for Flushing Belly Fat, Removing Toxins and Skyrocketing Metabolism


1.Coleus Forskohlii

This herb is effective in promoting weight loss by stimulating thyroid function and bossting your metabolism. Men benefit most from this herb because it also increases testosterone which is beneficial for men trying to lose weight.

Coleus-Forskohlii

#2.Dandelion Root

Most people see dandelion as a pesky weed but every part of this weed has are edible and have their own set off benefits. It helps to promote weight loss because it eliminates toxins, regulates the blood sugar, reduces inflammation and alkalizes the body. It is also a very effective cleanser, helping to flush toxins and excess waste from your body.

Dandelion-Root

#3.Ginseng

Ginseng is one of the most popularly used herbs across the world. This herb has memory enhancing effects and is also beneficial when you are trying to lose weight. It acts as a stimulant and a thermogenic which boosts your metabolism and gives you the energy you need to exercise.

Ginseng

#4.Guggul

Modern studies claim that this herb is beneficial to improve thyroid health and ensures your metabolism functions at an optimal rate. It is able to do this without any stimulant effects, so this is ideal for those who need a metabolism boost, and are intolerant to stimulants.

Guggul

 

#5.Gurmar Leaves

This herb has a long history of treating obesity in Ayurveda. Gurmar leaves work as a digestive stimulant and temporarily blocks your ability to taste sweets, helping you combat your sweet cravings. It also has a diuretic effect that helps flush out toxins and excess water from the body.

Gurmar-Leaves

 

#6.Milk Thistle

This herb is becoming popular for its cleansing effects. This herb is useful for cleansing and detoxifying the liver. It helps flush out toxins from your liver and boosts your metabolism so you continue to burn calories and lose weight.

Milk-Thistle

 

#7.Oregano

Oregano is an antioxidant powerhouse and is also effective for weight loss. It keeps your digestive system healthy and working, it increases serotonin levels and helps flush out excess toxins out of the body. Oregano reduce bloating and constipation. The increased serotonin levels will improve your mood, which reduces the risk of emotional eating.

Oregano

 

#8.Peppermint

It is a herb popular for alleviating nausea and other minor digestive complaints, but it can also support weight loss. It helps to regulate your digestive system and flush out excess waste and water. It can also reduce your stress levels to prevent emotional eating and supresses your appetite.

Peppermint

 

#9.Sage

Sage is effective in lowering blood pressure levels and reducing anxiety. It has stress-busting effects that will help to keep your cortisol levels normal. High cortisol levels lead to weight gain mostly around the abdominal area so it is important to keep a check of the hormone to be at a healthy weight.

Sage

 

#10.Spearmint

Spearmint is effective in reducing body weight. Spearmint helps balance estrogen levels. Excess of estrogen can accumulate and store fat that leads to weight gain. Balancing your estrogen levels with an herb like spearmint can help to regulate your body so it does not store extra fat.

Spearmint

#11.Yerba Mate

Yerba mate is a stimulating herb and is a good replacement for morning coffee. The stimulant effects gives you energy and boosts your metabolism. It is full of different antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and amino acids, so in addition to promoting weight loss, it also helps you to gives you essential nutrients your body needs each day.

Yerba-Mate

Sex is like a drug – Ways Sex Affects Your Brain.


Sex is like a drug

Sex makes us feel good. That’s why we want it, like it, and spend so much time hunting for mates. The pleasure we get from sex is largely due to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that activates the reward center of the brain. Dopamine is also one of the chemicals responsible for the high people get on certain drugs. “Taking cocaine and having sex don’t feel exactly the same, but they do involve the same [brain] regions as well as different regions of the brain,” says Timothy Fong, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Caffeine, nicotine, and chocolate also tickle the reward center, says Komisaruk.

sex-drug

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