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I Tried Kratom, the Latest Drug the US Wants to Ban

Posted December 5, 2016 by Anonymous

While kratom is still legal in Canada, the person I bought it from said it’s “not for human consumption.” I tried it anyway.

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I’m Depressed, But Is That Actually a Problem?

Posted November 27, 2016 by Anonymous

Maybe my depression isn’t the problem. Maybe it’s a collective symptom of being a black person in Australia.

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People with Epilepsy Describe How They Feel Just Before a Seizure

Posted November 24, 2016 by Anonymous

For many, an oncoming seizure announces itself with a weird, almost psychedelic experience.

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Why the Codependency Myth of Drug Addiction Needs to Die

Posted October 25, 2016 by Anonymous

The dubious idea that we might “enable” our partners or loved ones suffering from addiction lingers—despite being unscientific and straight-up harmful.

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How Scared Should I Be?: How Scared Should I Be of the Rise in STDs?

Posted October 24, 2016 by Mike Pearl

Short answer: Just drop everything and get screened right now.

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The First Fentanyl Addict

Posted October 22, 2016 by Anonymous

How the powerful opioid took its roots in anesthesiology before it made its way into the mainstream.

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No, Eating Soy Isn’t Going to Give You Manboobs

Posted October 20, 2016 by Mike Pearl

Vegan dude bros can rest easy.

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What to Say to a Suicidal Friend, from People Who’ve Been There

Posted October 13, 2016 by Anonymous

Helping a suicidal loved one often means a drastic shift in your relationship. We asked people who have been there what they needed most in a friend.

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Why I Write About My Mental Illness Online

Posted October 12, 2016 by Anonymous

Making eye contact is like being stabbed by a Phillips-head. I compulsively imagine eating my dog’s shit. Do you ever feel the same? Let’s talk about it.

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What It’s Like to Get Gender-Affirmation Surgery

Posted October 5, 2016 by Anonymous

“Once I was numb from the Novocain and the continual sight of my own blood, I had no problem handing him instruments, applying pressure with gauze, or holding my would-be shaft at a certain angle while he stitched, cut, or cauterized.”

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What It’s Like to Get Cancer As a Teenager

Posted September 16, 2016 by Anonymous

Your doctor thinks it’s pneumonia, but no, it’s cancer.

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We’re All Guinea Pigs in a Failed Decades-Long Diet Experiment

Posted September 15, 2016 by Anonymous

“The change in dietary advice to promote low-fat foods is perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history.”

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How Surviving 9/11 as a Kid Messed with My Head

Posted September 9, 2016 by Anonymous

Helaina Hovitz had just started seventh grade in Lower Manhattan when the planes struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

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Is the ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ That Terrifies the Gulf Coast Becoming More Common?

Posted September 8, 2016 by Michael Patrick Welch

Vibrio vulnificus is a rare bacteria that can cause severe injuries and even death, and in recent years, locals in Louisiana have grown more worried about the dangerous microorganisms.

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Is Porn Really Turning Us into Craven Sexless Zombies?

Posted September 2, 2016 by Anonymous

America’s political and religious leaders are issuing dire warnings about the damaging effects of pornography—warnings that aren’t backed up by the science.

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Why the ‘Happiness Hormone’ Serotonin May Actually Make You Scared

Posted September 1, 2016 by Mike Pearl

The science of happiness is getting complicated.

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Having a Shitty Job in Your 20s Is Going to Make You Sick

Posted August 22, 2016 by Manisha Krishnan

Hating your career early on means you’re more likely to have mental and physical health issues in your 40s.

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How Scared Should I Be?: How Scared Should I Be of Getting Punched in the Face?

Posted August 20, 2016 by Mike Pearl

I’ve never been in a fight, but it turns out you can get hurt in them. Did you know this?

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Weed Addiction Might Be Real

Posted August 19, 2016 by Manisha Krishnan

We spoke to an addictions doctor who treats “cannabis use disorder.”

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The VICE Reader: Are We Too Quick to Call Everyday Assholes Narcissists?

Posted August 17, 2016 by Anonymous

Kristin Dombek’s new book The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism takes on our culture’s tendency to overdiagose.

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This Is What Immortality Looks Like

Posted August 15, 2016 by Anonymous

It’s not always such a picnic.

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What Does a 16-Year Hunger Strike Do to Your Body?

Posted August 13, 2016 by Mark Hay

On Tuesday, Irom “Mengoubi” Chanu Sharmila of Manipur in northeast India ended her nearly 16-year hunger strike by licking a smudge of honey off of her hand, but what effect has the strike had on her body?

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What It’s Like to Tell Your Boss That You’re HIV Positive

Posted August 8, 2016 by Anonymous

By law, you can’t be discriminated against in the workplace for having HIV—but the reality is that law can be completely ineffectual.

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What It’s Like to Tell Your Boss That You’re HIV Positive

Posted August 8, 2016 by Anonymous

By law, you can’t be discriminated against in the workplace for having HIV—but the reality is that law can be completely ineffectual.

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A Sex Educator Is Finally Getting People Talking About Depression and Sex

Posted August 6, 2016 by Anonymous

I spoke with the writer and mental health advocate Notte about her upcoming presentation at this weekend’s Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and what she found when she spoke to 1,300 people about navigating sex, relationships, and depression.

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You’d Be Happier If You Ate Less

Posted August 2, 2016 by Anonymous

But how much do you really value happiness anyway?

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