Does eating mushrooms protect brain health?


Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) near Clementi hypothesized that eating mushrooms could help preserve cognitive function in late adulthood, so they conducted a new study.

Their findings — which now appear in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease — have found that people who integrate mushrooms into their diets — even if they only consume them in small portions — appear to have a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which often precedes Alzheimer's disease.

Mushrooms alone could have a dramatic effect on cognitive decline.

The researcher’s analysis revealed that eating more than two portions of cooked mushrooms per week could lead to a 50 percent lower risk of MCI. 

In the future, researchers would like to conduct more tests on the effect of ergothioneine (ET) and other plant derived compounds, verifying their protective role on brain health.

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Burnout Redefined


Webster’s dictionary defines burnout as “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.” 

If burnout is not treated, it can cause depression, anxiety and distractibility. It can affect not only work relationships, but personal relationships as well.

Until now, burnout has been called a stress syndrome. However, the World Health Organization  (WHO)  recently updated its definition.

It now refers to burnout as “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” in the organization’s International Classification of Diseases diagnostic manual.

A change in definition may help remove the stigma that surrounds burnout.

When stress reaches an all-time high, it becomes harder to manage sadness, anger, and guilt. This may result in panic attacks, anger outbursts, and substance use.

However, changing the definition of burnout can help dissolve the myth that it is “nothing serious” and can help those who need it get the occupational support they require.

Hopefully, with the WHO changing the definition of burnout, more attention can be placed on this considerable public health epidemic that is so prevalent in the workplace and can address people’s symptoms and suffering.

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Health Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments.

CBD Ddoes not contain any psychoactive properties and therefore is not mind-altering. It is this quality that makes CBD an appealing option for people who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the effects of marijuana or other pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD is gaining momentum in the health and wellness world, with some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.

CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in treating many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease.

Some of the benefits of CBD oil are:


CBD can relieve pain, especially in combination with THC, and may help in reducing pain associated with diseases like and rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Depression and Anxiety:

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. Using CBD has been shown to help reduce anxiety and depression in both human and animal studies.

Cancer and other diseases:

CBD may help reduce symptoms related to cancer and side effects related to cancer treatment, like nausea, vomiting and pain.

Though research is limited at this time, CBD has been shown to effectively treat symptoms related to epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. CBD was also shown to reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in test-tube and animal studies.

Research on the possible health benefits of CBD oil is ongoing, so new therapeutic uses for this natural remedy are sure to be discovered. 

There is much more to be discovered about the efficacy and safety of CBD, but results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.

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Join Us at the Giving Gathering

Beachwood is throwing open the barn doors!

We have been named one of RI’s “Coolest Companies” for our innovative approach to helping people heal with horses.

Come and meet our herd, tour the farm and learn how your participation can help someone in our community overcome anxiety, trauma, grief or another one of many stress related illnesses

Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00-7:00 pm

2150 Tower Hill Road Saunderstown, RI 02874

RSVP (401)788-9110

Announcing the Coolest Companies 2018 Nominees

by Courtney Gabrielson August 21, 2018

Perhaps one of the loveliest trends in the startup world — besides driving change for the better, duh — is the increasingly crazy ways companies make their cultures incredible.

For some, it’s a beautiful environment. For others, its snacks, parties, cool trips and other swanky amenities that make ping pong tables look like relics. And then there’s those who, while they may have an awesome culture, it’s really their wild mission that sets them apart, or their heart for giving back to the community.

Regardless, we asked the Rhode Island startup and entrepreneurial community for input on which in-state companies were the coolest — and it answered the call. Together, with editorial insight, we developed a list of nominees.

You’ll notice we used the term “companies” loosely. There’s some awesome nonprofits and other entities on the list, but hey — cool doesn’t discriminate.

We’ll celebrate said nominees and debut the winners at the Coolest Companies Fest event at Sprout Coworking in Providence on Sept. 20. Haven’t gotten a ticket yet? Jump on that now.

And without further ado, our Coolest Companies nominees are (in alphabetical order):

  1. ALEX & ANI
  2. AS220
  3. Bananagrams
  4. Beautiful Day
  5. Beachwood Center for Wellbeing
  6. BedJet
  7. BetaXAnalytics
  8. Blazing Editions
  9. The Box Office
  10. Care Thread
  11. Chewsi
  12. Datarista
  14. Dockwa
  15. Doctor’s Choice
  16. Eat Drink RI
  17. eNow
  18. EpiVax
  19. Feast & Fettle
  20. Finnest
  21. The Floral Reserve
  22. Giant Shoulders
  23. GoPeer
  24. Hasbro
  25. Hope & Main
  26. Hope’s Harvest Rhode Island
  27. Isle Brewers Guild
  28. The Lady Project
  29. Lullabot
  30. Maternova
  31. Matter
  32. Medley Genomics
  33. Millennial Rhode Island
  34. MindImmune Technologies
  35. Mighty Well
  36. MLR Artist Management
  37. MojoTech
  38. Nail Communications, Inc.
  39. NanoSteel
  40. New England Tonic & Syrup
  41. Pangea
  42. Pepper’s Closet
  43. Polaris MEP
  44. POP Uprise
  45. Power Docks
  46. Práctico Innovation
  47. Premama
  48. Raising Readers
  49. Raskin Resources Productions
  50. RedDWG Library
  51. SEAAhead
  52. Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  53. SimplaFYI
  54. SirenMarine
  55. Spire Space
  56. Spotter
  57. Splitwise
  58. Sprout Coworking
  59. Sproutel
  60. SquadLocker
  61. Starburst Labs
  62. SVM
  63. Tech Collective
  64. TextUp
  65. Tizra
  66. Trilix
  67. Upserve
  68. Virgin Pulse
  69. VirtualRunCo
  70. Vitae Industries
  71. VoltServer
  72. The Wellness Company
  73. WePay
  74. WhatsGood
  75. Willie’s Superbrew
  76. Women in Leadership Nexus
  77. Your Heaven Audio

Don’t see your name on this list? Email us and let us know why your company deserves a spot.

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How Equine Therapy Helped Me Deal With Trauma - Craig Conover

How Equine Therapy Helped Me Deal With Trauma - Craig Conover

In the summer of 2017, I found myself at a point of desperation. I was failing at my attempts to keep my life together after losing my mother to cancer in March.  The total experience, leading up to and following her death, left me feeling raw and completely empty. I found simple tasks challenging. My anger and sadness became my new normal. My ability to maintain focus in my work was becoming more and more difficult.  In many ways my mother had served as both an anchor and an inspiration. She was the glue that held our family together.  The void that her absence brought left me completely unsettled in my role as father, brother, professional, and friend.

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The Benefits of Equine Therapy

The Benefits of Equine Therapy

Many people have difficulty responding to traditional therapies, particularly those with drug issues where a lack of safe and trustworthy human bonding is an underlying cause of the addiction. Frequently, these individuals have difficulty establishing rapport and trust, even with themselves – and do not always recognize the ramifications of their decisions and behavior, making cognitive therapy ineffective for long term, sustained recovery.

In contrast, people tend to relate quickly with a horse, allowing individuals to establish the bonds of trust, and work through many physical, emotional, and mental conditions.

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