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Each month, we explore a specific health and wellness subject. This month’s theme is “Unwellness”

Who is sick, and who is healthy? It’s 2021, and it would appear that all of us are recovering from something; however, some of the unhealthiest have mistaken their illnesses for vigor, and their ignorance for strength. This month, we’ll be exploring the epidemic of Unwellness in all of its forms, how how it can masquerade as wisdom and truth — and how true health and wellness can call it out.

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Mental health, simplicity, and cleaning out the cobwebs

Mental health, simplicity, and cleaning out the cobwebs

Cleaning out the clutter. Every so often, you’ve got to do it, especially in times of outer chaos, because if they’re messed up out there, they’re going to get out of sorts inside as well. And if you’re going to do a little spring cleaning, you will need the proper tools and cleaning liquids for the job. But don’t fret — Medicine Box’s got you covered. You may have grown up with or around a hoarder — in my house, that would have been my mom. The basement was pretty much where all of my childhood relics have been preserved, from Star Wars action figures to random books stretching back to my preschool days. While it annoys the hell out of my Dad, it’s hardly as bad as it can get, when it fills entire rooms and the person simply can’t bear to throw any of it out, no matter how much pain it causes them or others. Just like any sort of addiction, there’s a comfort that sets in with having things just so, even if it keeps you from budging an inch.
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The simple life(style)

The simple life(style)

Since the beginning of the year, many of us have lost a LOT of what once defined our lives: routines, hangouts, traditions, and many other things upended or indefinitely postponed. It’s cleared a lot off of our collective schedules. And what are we left with?
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Five steps to healing up by making it simple

Five steps to healing up by making it simple

It’s definitely a rude awakening to be told that one’s entire life needs to be changed in the course of a few days. But that’s what we’ve all been asked to do this year, and some of us are dealing with this better than others. Those who have had difficulty paring down their lifestyles have been struggling the most with it. If you lived for live football matches, music festivals and large throngs of people, it’s taken a lot of getting used to. But as the Internet likes to say every now and again.
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How Medicine Box keeps it simple

How Medicine Box keeps it simple

Consider your life and your health right now: how much do you need in order to keep it going? What is the control panel to your life, the meters and measurements that allow you to maintain your existence on earth? Oftentimes, the more cluttered our existence is, the more we suffer from it. It’s something I take to heart, both as a business owner and a human being. For while I do own a company, and comply with many different, often contradictory rules to keep Medicine Box afloat, the only way I’ve been able to make it work is to keep it SIMPLE, and let nature speak for herself.
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Making the difference with mushrooms

Making the difference with mushrooms

Medicine Box has introduced me to a lot of plant allies early on, but mushrooms are a newer acquaintance — or discovery, if you will. While my maternal grandfather often went mushroom hunting with my father and uncle during visits, and I occasionally would look for mushrooms with a friend of mine in the northern hardwood forests of New Hampshire. In particular, we were fond of these hollow, bulbed mushrooms that we would call “bombs.” That’s because whenever you stepped upon them, they’d explode and emit these grey plumes of spores.
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The mushrooms of Medicine Box

The mushrooms of Medicine Box

At Medicine Box we are all about introducing our community to our little friends — the terpenes, herbs and other active compounds in our products. This month, we’d like to introduce you to what Mexican curandera Maria Sabina called her “little children” — the brand-new mushrooms that we’re bringing into the formularies.
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The natural solution

The natural solution

While Medicine Box’s products contain a host of herbs, no one ingredient gains more attention or causes more controversy than cannabis. In particular, we’ve always been big proponents of whole-plant solutions, rather than isolates, which has always been a sticking point in bringing our products to a wider audience.
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Anxiety and lifestyle

Anxiety and lifestyle

Out of necessity, I embarked upon an entire redesign of my lifestyle a few years ago after embracing sobriety. At the time, it was like learning how to walk again after a difficult injury, because who was I, without my learned behaviors, my go-to coping mechanisms, all of these things which gave me identity, yet were no longer accessible to me? Now, suddenly, I see many around me asking those very same questions I was asking of myself a long time ago. Those answers will come, and difficult as it will be, the work is worth it — that I can assure you.
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Beyond the age of anxiety

Beyond the age of anxiety

For a crisis with seemingly no end in sight, there’s been no shortage of discussion on what we’re all gonna do once this is all behind us. That’s probably the wrong way to look at it. It’s kind of like looking across the expanse of a raging river at the banks just across from where you’re standing, telling yourself what you’re going to do once you’ve crossed the river. Gotta put in the work in order to get to the destination.
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Confronting Uncertainty

Confronting Uncertainty

By now, you’ve gotten used to a lot of worries that weren’t a part of your vocabulary at the beginning of the year. Some of those are related to the health-care crisis; others are related to ongoing struggles for liberation, justice and fairness disputed and fought for around the country and world in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
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