Author - Soren Dreier

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What Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew

We are often quick to make judgements on what we perceive to be happening when children behave in a way that draws attention – but when a young person with autism is struggling to cope with the world, the last thing they need is our criticism. These 10 tips reflect our combined experience...

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How to Stay Hidden During a Crisis

Life can throw you a curve ball at any given moment. One minute you’re on a nice evening walk, the next you’re evading a mob of looters or crooked cops hot on your tail. In moments like these the last thing you want is to draw attention to yourself. Staying out of sight is the best thing...

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Health Gaps Widen Along With Income Inequality

As America’s inequality gap has increased over the last 40 years, new data suggests that the survival gap has expanded as well. Between 2001 and 2014, the wealthiest one percent of men lived 14.6 years longer than the poorest one percent. For women, that gap was 10.1 years, according to a...

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Almond Milk Nutrition Benefits

Are you one of those people glad to hear that your favorite coffee shop now offers almond milk as an alternative to conventional dairy? Me too. It’s one of the better plant-based milk products available, and almond milk nutrition may help you prevent cancer naturally, lose weight and even...

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Cannabis In the Ancient World

When you walk into a cannabis dispensary, you notice the variety of products and extractions. Edibles, flower, concentrates and tinctures line the display cases. These medicinal and recreational products are just like the ones used during the Victorian times in America and Europe. People...

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Kremlin Tells U.S. it’s ‘One Step from War’

The Kremlin has warned the US it is ‘one step from war’ over Syria – but the Trump administration hit back by saying it would be prepared to carry out airstrikes again. In the first direct American raid on Bashar al Assad’s forces, President Trump authorised the firing of 59...

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Nearly Half of US Adults Infected With Genital HPV

Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. About 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human papillomavirus, according to a report released Thursday that’s the...

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On the Front Lines of India’s Rhino Wars

In the dead of night on February 15th, 2017, gunshots blasted the guards into action in India’s Kaziranga National Park. Rangers stationed in a nearby camp quickly spread out, searching for the shooters under the light of a nearly full moon — to no avail. By morning, they’d located the...

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Groundbreaking Heart Disease Myths Exposed

The statistics on heart disease – the number one killer of men and women in the United States – are truly staggering. According to the American College of Cardiology, every year about 785,000 Americans have a first coronary attack, while another 470,000 people who have already had one or...

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Why Are Young People So Into Healing Crystals?

Jessie Oatman was suffering through a break-up — she thought that she had just lost the love of her life — when she first decided to give healing crystals a try. The 34-year-old’s heart felt blocked, she says, like it had cracked into a hundred thousand pieces. Her shoulders began to...

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Most Marathon Runners Get Kidney Damage

More than 80% of marathon runners incur acute kidney disease, new research has shown. A team of scientists led by Yale University medical school’s Chirag Parikh tested a small group of runners before and after the Hartford marathon in 2015, looking at markers such as creatinine serum...

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‘Black Sails’ – On Darkness and The Unwanted

Flint: ‘They paint their world full of shadows and then they tell their children to stay close to the light. Their Light. Their reasons, Their judgments. Because in the darkness there be dragons. But it isn’t true. We can prove that it isn’t true. In the ‘dark’, there is discovery...

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Movie Theaters Won’t Be Around Much Longer

It’s been a great run for cinema, a business that began with the Lumière brothers’ early creations flickering in Paris playhouses in 1895, then generated untold billions in ticket sales over its 120-plus years since. Sadly, it’s about to suffer a mortal wound, right...

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Ireland’s Ancient East

Ireland’s east is a treasure house—sometimes literally so—of ancient sites. It’s a huge area, physically and temporally, taking in 17 counties and more than 5,000 years of history. So, in the words of the traditional Irish blessing, may the road rise to meet you and may the wind be always...

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Trees Have Their Own Songs

Just as birders can identify birds by their melodious calls, David George Haskell can distinguish trees by their sounds. The task is especially easy when it rains, as it so often does in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Depending on the shapes and sizes of their leaves, the different plants...

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The Bittersweet Story of Vanilla

The farmers move quickly through snaking vines, seeking out the pale, waxy flowers that bloom just one morning each year. They use thin, pointed sticks to lift the delicate membrane that separates the male and female parts of the flower. With thumb and forefinger, they push the segments...

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A Long-Lost Roman City Called Ucetia

Archaeologists have unearthed part of an ancient Roman settlement in southern France, identifying it as the long-lost city of Ucetia, which has previously only been known from an inscription in a neighbouring city, and a few fragmented artefacts. Excavations have so far uncovered an area...

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Black Tea Benefits

Tea is actually the most consumed beverage worldwide after water so it’s quite likely you may be acquiring black tea benefits already on a regular basis. But is black tea good for you? Loaded with antioxidants called polyphenols that protect human cells from hazardous free radical damage...

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5 Breathing Exercises to Reduce Stress

Breathing exercises and techniques sound a little funny at first: After all, don’t we all know how to breathe? Using specific breathing techniques and breath control, however, means that you’re being mindful about the way you breathe in and out. By purposefully changing the way we...

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The Doctors Who Started the Opioid Epidemic

By refusing to accept their inability to separate pain relief from addiction, physicians have long suffered the sin of hubris—and their patients have paid the price. On January 16, 2016, Gina Kolata and Sarah Cohen, writing for the New York Times, offered up some grim news: “The rising...

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Damn it – I’m Doomed (again)

Got a mail, I get many: ….You seem to push marijuana use for medical use.  There are many alternatives to marijuana such as homeopathy. It is an evil drug, I have seen first hand how it has contributed to the downfall of family members and friends.   I am a member of the Summit...

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This Rehab Program Gives Addicts Marijuana

In a sun-filled room overlooking a smattering of palm trees, power lines, and cement-and-terracotta bungalows, a 73-year-old recovering alcoholic rolls a joint. Frank, whose name has been changed for this story, doesn’t particularly like the feeling he gets from smoking cannabis...

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The Virtues of Isolation

In the ’80s, the Italian journalist and author Tiziano Terzani, after many years of reporting across Asia, holed himself up in a cabin in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. “For a month I had no one to talk to except my dog Baoli,” he wrote in his travelogue A Fortune Teller Told Me. Terzani...

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Broken America

Is this the beginning of the end for the United States of America?  It has been said that a house divided against itself will surely fall, and today we live in a shattered union.  In all my years, I have never seen so much strife, discord, bitterness and resentment in this country. ...

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NATO’s War of Aggression against Yugoslavia

Eighteen years ago in the early hours of March 24, 1999, NATO began the bombing the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. “The operation was code-named “Allied Force ” – a cold, uninspired and perfectly descriptive moniker” according to Nebosja Malic. This article was first written in May 1999...

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Why Are White Americans Dying Off?

New research points to a disturbing culprit behind rising mortality rates among whites: a feeling of economic hopelessness. In 2015, Nobel economics laureate Angus Deaton and renowned economics professor Anne Case published a disturbing diagnosis for American society: White people are...

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