Richard Faulk

Richard studied the history of science as a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Irvine. After grading one term paper too many, he left the academy to concentrate on his own writing—and has never looked back since.While he has written on a wide array of subjects, Richard’s enduring focus has been exploring the points where science intersects with politics, culture, and the arts. That’s the drive that animates his books, Gross America and The Next Big Thing: A History of the Boom-or-Bust Moments That Shaped the Modern World.Richard’s writing on science, medicine, and curiosities both natural and manmade has appeared in or on Mental Floss, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, and the Discover magazine blog The Crux. He has been an invited speaker at Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy and Los Angeles’ Death Salon, and he has been interviewed on NPR, Southern California Public Radio, SiriusXM, and Radio MD. You can also watch him in the season two finale of the Science Chanel series Oddities.

Author’s recent posts:

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana And Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common-ish disorder that shatters restful sleep with interruptions in breathing that can last anywhere from seconds to even minutes.

How Marijuana Can Help With The Pain From Endometriosis

Can medical marijuana deliver on its promise to clamp down on the painful uterine migration that is endometriosis? Let's find out!

Why Marijuana Is Great To Use During A Cleanse

Improbably enough, yes, marijuana intoxication may be compatible with your detix. Cannabis on a cleanse could work as an antioxidant.

Cachexia: Can Cannabis Help With This Wasting Illness?

Cachexia is a metabolic disorder that’s currently affecting nine million people across the planet, mostly those in the final stages of a terminal illness.

Medical Cannabis Can Help You Heal From Hepatitis C

Cannabis can help Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver, that can lead to life-threatening conditions with little notice.

Here Is How Marijuana Helps With Painful Menstrual Periods

Heavy or painful menstrual periods can be a real pain and disrupt your lfe, but can marijuana (the tampons and the bath salts) really help?

From The Doctor: Can Marijuana Help A Bad Back?

Medical Marijuana has been proven to help arthritis, pancreatitis, migraine, Parkinson’s, and more, but what about lower back pain?

Science: Why More Marijuana May Equal Fewer Migraines

One of the most ancient medical uses of cannabis was headache relief and migraines. But support from modern science has been thin—until this year.

What You Should Know About Medical Marijuana And Pancreatitis

If you’re new to Rx, allow us to give you this tip: Treating inflammation is one thing the cannabinoids do well. Can it help Pancreatitis?

What You Need To Know About Marijuana And Breast Cancer

As remarkable as it may seem, there is reliable and growing for-real evidence suggesting that cannabis can slow the growth of breast cancer tumors.