Health in the Age of Wellness

My latest feature article explores CAM, shams and the commodity of wellness. Every day is punctuated by messages about optimal health with a steady barrage of promises and products in the media. There are hundreds of blogs and social influencers promoting the best possible wellness tips and tricks that are accessible to any reader who…

Science and Society

  Breaking the science silence on the blog to share a piece published over at The Sheaf Publishing Society.  Read about the importance of science literacy, communication and why we need science in society. Can we talk? Addressing the growing disconnect between science and society   Stay tuned for more science stories!

Bugs on the Brain

Imagine you are at a cocktail party. Some sort of creative kickstarter’s big reveal that includes an in-house DJ — some forty-year old guy named Craig with a receding hairline and reflective aviator glasses— set up in the corner next to some fiddle leaf fig plant. You clutch in your grip a cocktail that gives…

What’s light got to do with it?

Lightscapes, nightscapes and glowing screens— how light effects our health and genes Ah, light. The ubiquitous radiation that bombards our humble human bodies. Multiple wavelengths of vibrating photons that illuminate our world. The wonderful, yet minute, visible spectrum that we can detect and the invisible, hidden ranges that slip past our primitive senses. Light is…

The Human Story

This is a blog about science and storytelling. It’s about science writing and communication. Science and writing. This post is a personal reflection of writing, of striving to be a storyteller — a half-ass decent communicator. This is a sharp departure from the science focus but I believe it’s equally important to examine the writing…

Tangled in the Sheets of Sleep and Science Part TWO

We left off on our brainstem’s foibles in it’s sleep induced regulation over our bodies. We are merely slaves to the humble pons — our brainstem’s envoy in charge of applying the break to our motor neurons when necessary. Sometimes, the pons gets a little overzealous. I can relate. Sleep paralysis is a phenomenon experienced…

Tangled in the Sheets of Sleep and Science: Part One

  “Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care”   As the late and ever lovely Oliver Sacks said, “Waking consciousness is dreaming – but dreaming constrained by external reality.” Dreaming — that fantastic, frank and, sometimes, quite fu—bizarre activity that we engage in on a nightly basis and yet we know so little…

Who The Hell Are You?

There is a scenario that many of us have had the painful privilege of experiencing. That moment when your eyes flutter open and you glance around while your heart picks up a few beats per minute and your muscles twitch with a sudden increase of adrenaline. Confused, your inner monologue shouts out, “Where the hell…