The b-side of global warming.

June 8th is World Oceans Day — and our sea soup is turning acidic.

What is ocean acidification?

Ocean acidification occurs when carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere via human activities is absorbed by the ocean. When CO2 combines with water in the ocean, carbonic acid is formed, which lowers (creates a more acidic) pH.

pH is a measure of acidity or alkalinity. A pH below 7 is considered acidic, and a pH greater than 7 is considered alkaline, or basic. The pH scale is logarithmic, so a one point change on the scale means a tenfold change in concentration.

The oceans are slowing global warming — but it’s harming marine life.

Ocean acidification is a phenomenon that…


In celebration of Microdosing Day (May 27th)

May 27th is World Microdosing Day, a celebration of a decade-long movement that started when James Fadiman (whose birthday is on May 27th), published his book, then promptly shared his research protocol for people interested in trying microdosing themselves — a protocol that’s been followed by millions (perhaps billions) of people at this point on their quest for mental health support, self-exploration, and general wellbeing.

If you’re unfamiliar, microdosing is consuming approximately 10–20% of what a “normal” dose of psychedelics is; as an example, in the case of psilocybin, this is approximately 0.1–0.2 grams.

The Type-A Journey to Microdosing

I think the real gateway “drugs”…


A natural inclination toward mutual strangulation


What actually happens internally when you quit the meat.

Photo courtesy of Mushroom Design

Food is literally fuel for the body brain. It’s the data input to your high-functioning processor that then creates a different output. It’s the gas in the tank — you can’t put low-grade gas in a high-grade car, can you? Well, you can, but it doesn’t perform optimally.

So what’s good data?

Plant based diets have gained popularity in recent years thanks to continually published research findings of how going plant-based can improve your mood, brain function, thought patterns, and cellular and metabolic health.

Here is some food for thought:

Eating Animals → Higher Arachidonic Acid (AA)

High intakes of AA promote changes in the brain that can disturb a person’s mood

Omnivorous…


From scientists, not farmers.

Mushrooms are hella trendy nowadays, but how do they even work? From powders in your coffee to vitamins with mushrooms added, the shroom-boom continues to mushroom — but as a skeptic of, well, everything, I needed to know how exactly these immune-boosting fungi work.

Thankfully, I’ve got a few friends in the pharmaceutical and molecular biology space that were willing to very patiently walk me through the science behind it all. In order for their patience and time to be properly accounted for, I do believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to have access to this information, so, without further…


The successful startup secret more valuable than dollars.

In the last year, my cofounder and I have started 3 companies, one of which is a nonprofit. All are based in the principles of supporting both people and planet, but we’re not venture-backed, and we don’t have more than 24 hours in a day — so how do we scale without going absolutely insane?

Yes, we still struggle with turning “off.”
Yes, we have paid employees and contractors. …


We’re so much closer to mushrooms than you think.

You’re closer to that shiitake in your pasta than you may think — and that relationship’s got a lot to teach you.

Mushrooms are closer to humans as a species than you probably realize — although seemingly vegetative in their habits, “animals and fungi share a common evolutionary history and […] their limb of the genealogical tree branched away from plants perhaps 1.1 billion years ago” (Natalie Anger, New York Times).

The common ancestor of animals and fungi was a single-celled alga that most probably possessed both animal and fungal characteristics, made its way to shore, and lost its chlorophyll.


The definition of our digital age.

In Einstein’s Dreams, there are many worlds — one in which everyone lives forever, with a split in population: the Nows and the Laters.

The Laters move slowly, savor the moments — they have forever; why rush?

The Nows move quickly, eager to miss nothing, wanting to experience, learn, and “taste the infinites of life.”

We may not live forever, but perhaps we can learn from the Laters: savor this moment; the smell of the coffee, the warmth of near-summer air, the conversation with friends.

A few months ago, we were aware of how all-consuming our digital media was; we’d…

Ashley Lauren

CEO. Big fan of anything that supports people + planet.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store