Weed: Good for the Bones?

August 8, 2015

Got pot? Marijuana might take a cue from the famous advertising slogan for milk. A new study suggests that weed might be good for the bones. The compound cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD), which is a nonhallucinogenic chemical in marijuana plants, helps heal bone fractures, the research finds. The study was done in rats, but rodents have proven to be useful models for human bone treatments in the past, said Yankel Gabet,…

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What’s Wrong With This “Amazing” Weight Loss Story? Everything.

August 7, 2015

Friendly reminder: Not all before-and-after pictures are legit. Yesterday, BuzzFeed Life wrote about a recent story on a Web site called The Chive that featured “amazing” stories of dramatic weight loss. Unfortunately, not all of the transformation photos The Chive shared were represented correctly: The image above right (which has since been removed from The Chive’s article) is of Anne Marie Sengillo, of Cincinnati, while she was suffering from anorexia. She had posted the photos…

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What is Gerson Therapy?

August 7, 2015

What you need to know about the controversial treatment. At age 22, Jessica Ainscough was diagnosed with a rare cancer, epithelioid sarcoma, which spread through her left arm and shoulder. Chemotherapy was initially successful, but within a year the cancer had returned. Doctors told Jessica her best hope was to have her arm amputated. She declined all further conventional medicine instead, choosing to follow Gerson Therapy, an alternative treatment which…

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Fasting: Is it safe?

August 7, 2015

As far as diets go, it sounds like a pretty good deal: eat whatever you want except for two days a week, when you power through a part-time fast designed to stoke your body’s fat-burning furnace It’s a trend that’s poised to have as much staying power as the topknot: the 5:2 diet. Also known as intermittent fasting, this on-again-off-again approach to dieting asks you to fast (well, actually, you…

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This Amusing Video Might Finally Convince You to Stand Up Straight

August 7, 2015

The number of times we’ve resolved to have better posture is probably in the low hundreds. Yet for every five minutes we sit up straighter and promise this time will be different, we inevitably find ourselves slumped over our laptops a half hour later. That being said, after watching this TED-Ed video explain the rights, wrongs, and repercussions of poor posture, our bad habits feel a little harder to ignore….

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Greatist Workout of the Day

August 7, 2015

This series of GWODs was designed exclusively for Greatist by Bodeefit. For more information about the exercises in this workout, or to see video demos of each movement, follow the links below the graphic. Be sure to note the results of your workout so you can track your progress as you go. Before you tackle this workout, try this quick and effective full-body warm-up. It’s just five simple moves but…

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HaveNoFear! Body’s Internal ‘Marijuana’ Could Erase Bad Memories

August 6, 2015

A brain circuit that helps create new memories to erase scary ones has been identified, at least in mice. The circuit connects two brain regions associated with emotion and decision making, researchers said in a new study. Other studies have suggested that these brain circuits operate very similarly in both humans and rodents. “It translates across species very effectively,” said study co-author Andrew Holmes, a neuroscientist at the National Institute…

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How to Eat Sugar to Lose Weight

August 6, 2015

Nope, you don’t have to ditch the sweet stuff altogether to reach your weight-loss goals. Okay, so mowing down a brownie after every meal isn’t going to do anything great for your weight-loss efforts (or health, for that matter)—but we’re pretty sure you know that. What you might not be aware of is that you don’t have to completely eliminate sugar from your diet to slim down. After all, healthy…

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A first look at Rihanna’s new Puma campaign

August 6, 2015

Puma have released the first image from their latest campaign featuring Rihanna In the black-and-white photo, unveiled on Puma’s Instagram page, Rihanna poses head to toe in Puma and the new Pulse XT shoe. The global superstar was named creative director of Puma in December, overseeing the direction of the womenswear line, and will join famous sportsmen including Usain Bolt and Mario Balotelli as a brand ambassador. Having signed a…

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People who eat spicy foods regularly could live longer

August 6, 2015

Spicy food can make you feel like your mouth is on fire and cause you to sweat profusely. However, a new study suggests that regularly eating spicy food could also lower the risk of death from specific conditions. Fresh chilis contain capsaicin, which has been reported to have anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antihypertensive effects. The observational study, published in The BMJ, found people whose daily diets regularly featured spicy foods had…

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