Link Love (2016-01-12)


Johann Hari: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction Is Wrong – TED

“In fact, anger and sadness are an important part of life, and new research shows that experiencing and accepting such emotions are vital to our mental health. Attempting to suppress thoughts can backfire and even diminish our sense of contentment. “Acknowledging the complexity of life may be an especially fruitful path to psychological well-being,” says psychologist Jonathan M. Adler of the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.” Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being – Scientific American

How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive Handwriting – The Atlantic

“But ordinary people are also starting to take a more sophisticated approach to the content they view online. It’s no longer enough to read the news – now, we want to understand the processes behind it. Fortunately, there are a few relatively effective verification techniques, which do not require specialist knowledge or costly software. Outlined below are six free, simple tools that any curious news reader can use to verify digital media.” Six Easy Ways to Tell if That Viral Story Is a Hoax – Gizmodo

Should the Amount of Basic Income Vary With Cost of Living Differences? – Scott Santens


6 Migroaggressions That Exclude Women from the Tech Industry – Everyday Feminism

“At the end of the day, it’s fine not to understand. But it’s also important to be aware of our platforms and the responsibility this gives us. I think that your opinion column was genuine- I think that maybe you wanted to express your own confusion and to strike a chord with people who felt the same way. That’s natural. But remember that whenever we talk about misunderstood groups of people, we have the power to affect how the public conversation goes. We can talk about our own ignorance, yes. But I really do wish that, instead of simply asking questions, you’d taken the time to educate yourself. Wouldn’t that have been something more valuable to share?” Anna? Gender fluidity is a thing. You and I need to talk. – Consider the Tea Cosy

My Generation Hates Cultural Appropriation – But My Indian Parents Love It – Everyday Feminism

“Every inspiration porn post makes it THAT much harder for me to operate in the literary world, because now if I have bad days, it’s some kind of “excuse.” And not only that, but because friends have shared examples of disabled people “overcoming,” well, then … There’s no ableism in lit! I am wrong about the barriers and discrimination I face daily. I’m just whining. I am using my disabilities as an “excuse.”” Dear Able Friends, I Am Not Your Inspiration Porn – Karrie Higgins – Huffington Post

Roxanne Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist – TED


“The following eleven steps form a strategy (which I encourage folks to adapt to their specific needs) for confronting a close friend who is abusing their romantic or sexual partner.I use it in both my personal life, and as a social worker with my clients. It’s divided into two halves: first, reacting to finding out that your friend is abusive; and second, what to do about it.” 6 Ways to Confront Your Friend Who’s Abusing Their Partner – Everyday Feminism

Mom, Do You Like Having Sex with Dad? – Elephant Journal

“I certainly have seen far too many couples throw in the relationship towel way too early. At the same time, if your relationship is truly toxic, and your partner will not work with you to make changes, then it may be time to leave. Recognizing, and continuing to acknowledge, the persistent signs of a toxic relationship can empower you to get out of it. Above all, know your value! Prolonging the agony of a truly toxic situation will have deleterious effects on both you and your partner. When possible, see a qualified relationship counselor before making significant relationship decisions. Even if you decide to leave, it is important to learn your role in the toxic relationship dance so you don’t do a repeat performance!” Is Your Relationship Toxic? – Psychology Today


12 Simple Actions You Can Do Today for a More Satisfying Life – Danielle Dowling

“Approval addicts come in varying shades. There are as many personality differences among approval addicts as there are hair color. My shade was a tri-blend of “performer”,  “perfectionist” and “helper.” This means that I spent most of my life as a full-fledged overachiever—I was terrified of being judged and if I made myself invaluable to others I would in turn receive love and security. Now you can see why this is a secret club. It’s incredibly embarrassing. But, I have come to learn that the only way to deal with approval addiction is head on and that means admitting it and seeking change at the soul level.” Leaving the Inner Mean Girls Club – Confessions of a Recovering Approval Addict – Elephant Journal

10 Powerful Books on Self-Care That Will Enrich Your Life – Becoming Who You Are

Chronic Illness and Pain

“So I have learned to let it go. I have stopped trying to get to the destination of perfect health and instead accepted that I’m on a journey. Like any journey, there will be easy patches and difficult ones. There will be surprises. I will make mistakes and learn from them, and sometimes I will do everything right but still hit bumps in the road.” I’ll Never Be a Paleo Success Story (and Why I’m Okay With That) – Gutsy By Nature

5 ways to Treat Brain Fog in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Conquering Fear Spirituality

“In the autoimmune community, we see a lot of focus on gut inflammation and systemic inflammation. This stands to reason, since inflammation drives the autoimmune “fire”, leading to destruction of bodily tissue and a myriad of miserable symptoms. Minimizing inflammation is critical for reducing symptoms and minimizing damage to the body’s systems. Yet while gut health and systemic inflammation are important, it’s important to also be mindful of minimizing inflammation in the brain, because it plays a central role in the brain fog and depression so common with autoimmunity.
For many years, the traditional medical establishment has considered depression to be caused by imbalances in brain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Traditional medicine still treats the majority of depression patients with pharmaceuticals that affect neurotransmitter levels. However, recent research is showing that while neurotransmitters are a factor in some cases of depression, inflammation instead is at the root of many mental health issues, from brain fog and some types of chronic depression to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.” What Inflammation Does to Your Brain – Autoimmune Paleo

Multitasking + Chronic Pain and Illness = Bad Idea! – Psychology Today


Parkinson’s May Begin in Gut and Spread to the Brain Via the Vagus Nerve – Neuroscience News

“EVERYWHERE YOU GO, in everything you do, you are surrounded by an aura of microbes. They drift down from your hair when you scratch your head, they fly off your hand when you wave to your friend, they spew out of your mouth when you talk. Even when you sit around doing nothing, you’re sitting in your own, personal microbial bubble.
Made up of millions, billions, trillions of bacteria, yeast, cells, and cell parts, this bubble is actually more like a cloud—a cloud, new research suggests, that is unique to you. And as gross as it is to imagine everyone around you shedding microbial bits and pieces into the air, studying those clouds can be useful for people like doctors tracking down disease outbreaks and cops tracking down criminals.” Your Body Is Surrounded by Clouds of Skin and Fart Bacteria – WIRED

10 Surprising Facts You May Not Know About Laughter – Mercola

“More than 90% of people who come to yoga do so for physical exercise, improved health, or stress management, but for most people, their primary reason for doing yoga will change. One study found that two-thirds of yoga students and 85% of yoga teachers have a change of heart regarding why they practice yoga—most often changing to spirituality or self-actualization, a sense of fulfilling their potential. The practice of yoga offers far more than physical postures and headstands—there is self-reflection, the practice of kindness and compassion, and continued growth and awareness of yourself and others.” Why Does Anyone Do Yoga, Anyway? – Psychology Today

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – Vox

“If we apply this same reasoning to the treatment of CRS, it suggests that probiotics—rather than antibiotics—may be a better solution. Antibiotics may kill harmful species of bacteria, but they are likely to further reduce microbial diversity, which would be expected to worsen CRS over time if Dr. Lynch’s theory is correct.” Chronic Sinus Problems: Another Role for Probiotics – Chris Kresser

5 Tips for Healthier Sleep – Sweet Potatoes and Social Change


Taste Test: A Guide to Black Pepper – Serious Eats

“Do you ever wonder where the price tag on your tea comes from? In the world of loose leaf tea, there are many moving pieces that come together to push that price up or down. It all starts at the farm with the labor of the producers, and continues through to packaging, brokerage, shipping, warehousing, marketing and supporting the structure of the business that sells the final product. Every tea supplier has a slightly different way of getting tea leaves from the field to your cup, and each model changes the price you pay, and the quality of the tea you drink.
Whatever path tea takes to get from the farm to your tea cup, you as a consumer deserve to know the full story to understand the final price you pay.” Transparency in the Tea Industry: Pricing Your Tea – Verdant Tea

How to Stock a Food Pantry –

“Grandpa style is a term that I coined a few years ago while talking about drinking tea casually, and it has since caught on, it seems, in the blogosphere for tea.  In a nutshell, grandpa style means the brewing of tea in a large cup, with no filters or teaballs or bags or anything else in it, with water constantly refilled without much regard for infusion time or temperature.  The only three things necessary for grandpa style brewing are tea leaves, water, and cup, preferably a large one.  I named this grandpa style, because this is how my grandfather drinks his tea, and is one of the first memory I have of people drinking tea.” What’s grandpa style? A Tea Addict’s Journal

Don’t Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips to Cut Kitchen Food Waste – The Salt


5 Minute Dump Bread Recipe (Gluten Free, Grain Free and Paleo) – Whole Lifestyle Nutrition

Carrot Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting (AIP, Paleo) – Heartbeet Kitchen

Sweet Potato Paratha – Adventures in Partaking

Spicy Chorizo Scotch Eggs – Popular Paleo

Apple Pie (Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten-Free) – Paleo Magazine

Paleo Baked N’Oatmeal – The Primitive Homemaker

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