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How espresso nearly destroyed a family — Part I

How espresso nearly destroyed a family — Part I

eBay for me is a miracle of the modern marketplace. Take the frenetic otherworldly energy of the Medina in Fez Morocco and combine it with the ability to switch between worlds like Steve Jobs wanted us all to do and even the Dalai Lama risks an addiction to hunting and buying

August 3, 2017 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid, Top Box | Read More »

The anti-relaxation movement

The anti-relaxation movement

Biology is very fast. Stuff gets used up. Different forms of rest are required to rebuild the system for new challenges and a new day.

July 13, 2015 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

All Coked Up…

All Coked Up…

Countries outside the US are very aware that sugared energy drinks are a public health threat – with increased obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates.

September 16, 2014 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

How a caffeined-up Al Pacino threatened my home

How a caffeined-up Al Pacino threatened my home

I saw my face reflected in the mirror that looms in the foyer by the kitchen. I was tired, unshaven and looked like a derelict George Clooney in the final scenes of The Perfect Storm before the boat goes under.

April 9, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

How my marriage survives caffeine-fueled mania

How my marriage survives caffeine-fueled mania

So I confessed to having an affair with EBay while she was lying in bed right beside me. Then I told her the affair cost $250. She reminded me: “As a starting point”

March 31, 2013 | Posted in Opinion, Stephen Reid | Read More »

When brownies become killer sleeping pills

When brownies become killer sleeping pills

Want to bite into a savory chocolate brownie laced with hormones? “Grab a box today and let your problems melt away,” promises Lazy Cakes, a new “relaxation brownie” containing eight milligrams of melatonin plus valerian root. One writer for Phoenix News ate the chewy cake and fell asleep for 12 hours — extolling the next best thing to a pot brownie

February 7, 2011 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

Caffeine affects brain, body

Caffeine affects brain, body

Caffeine may be the perfect drug of the Internet Age—cheap, legal and available absolutely everywhere. For a population complaining of fatigue, exhaustion, stress and insomnia, it appears a near perfect antidote. Yet how we deliver our drug of choice changes the results on our brain and body.

September 24, 2010 | Posted in Key Health, Top Box | Read More »

In praise of coffee

In praise of coffee

For centuries coffee has been praised and vilified for its health and social benefits. Bach wrote a cantata depicting a young woman willing to give up most things in life for her very expensive, imported brew. That caffeine is addictive has been known for centuries. Yet now coffee is praised for lowering insulin levels and decreasing uric acid levels. It’s said to provide the American population perhaps half the anti-oxidants in its diet.

July 2, 2010 | Posted in Key Health | Read More »