IF A THING MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY OR COMFORTABLE - IF YOU FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF STAYING IN BED ALL DAY THAN GETTING UP AND DRESSED - THEN YOU DO THE THING AND FUCK ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU IT’S WRONG. YOUR HAPPINESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING OK?
Finally, what shall we think about those witches who somehow take members in large numbers twenty or thirty and shut them up together in a birds nest or some box, where they move about like living members, eating oats or other feed. This has been seen by many and is a matter of common talk. One should say that it is all brought about by the devil’s work and illusion. The senses of the witnesses are deceived in the manner we have mentioned above.
A man reported that he had lost his member and approached a certain witch in order to restore his health. She told the sick man to climb a particular tree where there was a nest containing many members, and allowed him to take any one he liked. When he tried to take a big one, the witch said you may not take that one, adding, because it belonged to a parish priest.–
Malleus Maleficarum Part II, Question 1, Chapter 7 (via mythsandlegend)
Via Exploring Mythology, Folklore, and Legend
-I don’t always use my witchcraft to steal men’s penises and hide them all in birds nests, but when I do I make sure to feed them only the best whole oats!
You finally figure out, years later mind you, that you’ve suffered almost your whole life with ovarian cysts, a retroverted uterus, and dysmenorrhea.
No fucking wonder…
People living in the Mediterranean have a much lower risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease than those of us stuck in other parts of the world. Researchers looking for an explanation nailed down an association between extra virgin olive oil and low rates of the disease. They attributed olive oil’s disease-fighting power to high amounts of monounsaturated fats. But now, however, new research shows that a natural substance found in olive oil called oleocanthal is the real hero, Phys.org writes.
Past studies have identified oleocanthal as the likely candidate behind olive oil’s protective effects, but this study helped fill in the blanks of how specifically it bestows that advantage. In trials with mice, oleocanthal protected nerve cells from the kind of damage that occurs from Alzheimer’s disease. It decreased the accumulation of beta-amyloids—the amino acid–based plaques that scientists believe cause Alzheimer’s—in the brain and boosted production of the proteins and enzymes that researchers think play roles in removing those same plaques.
In their paper, published in ACS Chemical Neuroscience, the researchers write:
This study provides conclusive evidence for the role of oleocanthal on Aβ degradation as shown by the up-regulation of Aβ degrading enzymes IDE and possibly NEP. Furthermore, our results show that extra-virgin olive oil-derived oleocanthal associated with the consumption of Mediterranean diet has the potential to reduce the risk of AD or related neurodegenerative dementias.
As if deliciousness and protection against Alzheimer’s were not enough to recommend it, other researchers have found that extra virgin olive oil helps to clarify thinking and improve memory.
TW: This is a really personal account about suicide and death and guilt that is extremely personal. If any of those things bother you, please stop reading. The rest is under the cut. Also, I’ve been getting a troll (trolls?) in the past few days, most of whom I just haven’t been responding to. I don’t really care if you try to troll me in general, but this is something really personal so I would prefer if you showed some human dignity and left this alone.
I apologize if this gets incoherent, or hard to understand; I’m just writing this in one go-through because dwelling on it too long will be bad for me, but I just have to get it out. (I lied. I’m adding this in after I wrote it: I’m really sorry if this comes off as melodramatic. I was crying my eyes out while writing this.)