Caffeine Caution: Reconsidering the World’s Favorite Plant Drug

Since writing my article praising coffee in February during a honeymoon phase, I spent much of this year learning about coffee and caffeine as it exists in reality, and not through a lens of confirmation bias or wishful thinking. Like almost any plant, there are potentially positive benefits, some poisonous and detrimental effects, and some … Continue reading Caffeine Caution: Reconsidering the World’s Favorite Plant Drug

Friendship & Play as Vital Medicines

Life arose spontaneously when given sufficient energy, and has always been defined by continuous exploration and expansion. Situational inhibition, the restriction of avenues to discovery, atrophies the organism. Stasis is antithetical to life, and embedded mechanisms maintain this law by gradually shutting down dormant organismal components--holistic rigor mortis. For some perspective: 10-15% of muscle strength … Continue reading Friendship & Play as Vital Medicines

Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

"To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light." –Carl Jung, Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology What we fail to manifest socially, constructively, generatively, when we’re conditioned into a reductive, shrinking energy, inevitably manifests as its shadow equivalent: addiction, destructive impulse, cumulative escapism; evil. Rage instead of righteous indignation that … Continue reading Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

A sustained tolerance to stressors seems ever-expandable, as novel fears are confronted, explored, and conquered, although various factors and phenotypes maintain a baseline discomfort in certain situations, and it seems that no amount of exposure therapy will completely habituate them. In these people, I suspect a maladaptive psychology creates branching dysfunction, where cumulative pathological perceptions … Continue reading Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

Porn Kills Dopamine, Motivation, Masculinity, and Love

Pornography is a new addition to civilization so its long-term effects are still generally unknown, so its current users are essentially participating in an unorganized international experiment as they are physiologically and psychologically rewired by it. Dopamine is a chemical that functions in the brain to regulate reward-motivated behavior. Dysfunction of the dopamine system causes … Continue reading Porn Kills Dopamine, Motivation, Masculinity, and Love

Solutions for Dissociation, Trauma, and Related Disease

Stressors, mental and physical, are an everyday encounter necessary for growth and change but trauma inhibits these. Think of your muscles: stress is a strain, it can wear you out; extreme or inescapable stress is trauma; it is an injury, a wound causing long-term or permanent damage. You are changed after trauma. Most people will … Continue reading Solutions for Dissociation, Trauma, and Related Disease