Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today’s Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond DetoxCondé Nast Traveler, August 26, 2019
Wellness travel is booming, and this piece looks at what’s coming next and who some of the impactful players are—and argues that we’re moving “beyond the treatment room” and straight into what it means to be human, with “the next layer being deep connection, self-examination and spiritual reengagement.”

Seeking an Obesity Cure, Researchers Turn to the Gut MicrobiomeThe New York Times, September 10, 2019
The link between the gut and metabolic disease is a growing area of obesity research. In recent years, scientists have uncovered clues that the microbiota, the community of trillions of microbes that live in the gut, plays a role in weight gain and metabolic disease. Now, in small studies, they are exploring whether they can spur changes in metabolism and body weight through a (controversial) therapy known as fecal microbiota transplants, or F.M.T.

The World’s First Magic Mushroom Research Center Is Launching in JamaicaQuartz, September 19, 2019
It’s been a big month of news about new psychedelic research centers. A center focused on psychedelic life forms will open this year at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, wholly funded by a Canadian psychedelic company, Field Trip Ventures. Just a few weeks ago, Johns Hopkins became the largest psychedelic research center in the world. Psilocybin research is taking off.

Dark Crystals: The Brutal Reality Behind a Booming Wellness CrazeThe Guardian, September 17, 2019
Demand for “healing” crystals is soaring—but many are mined in deadly conditions in one of the world’s poorest countries. And there is little evidence that this billion-dollar industry is cleaning up its act.

Why Does No One Ever Tell You How Brilliant Aging Can Be? The Guardian, August 20, 2019
In later life, you know what sparks joy: loving new things, discarding old things. It’s finally time to live as you want to live, not as you’re told you should.

A Striking Stat: The United States of CBD
The US CBD market is expected to hit $5 billion by year-end 2019, up more than 700 percent from 2018. It’s forecast to further explode to $23.7 billion by 2023.

Source: The Brightfield Group, July 2019

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