What Tattoos Really Do to Our Bodies’ Immune Systems

Published on CNN —  By Christopher D. Lynn and The Conversation Updated 6:01 AM EDT, Thu October 3, 2019 I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a sympathetic twitch in my leg. Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo III, the sixth-generation Samoan hand-tap tattoo master leaning over me, paused to see if my … Continue reading What Tattoos Really Do to Our Bodies’ Immune Systems

When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress

“A therapist once said to me, “If you face the choice between feeling guilt and resentment, choose the guilt every time.” It is wisdom I have passed on to many others since. If a refusal saddles you with guilt, while consent leaves resentment in its wake, opt for the guilt. Resentment is soul suicide. Negative thinking allows us to gaze unflinchingly on our own behalf … Continue reading When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress