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Medical Xpress

Physical activity may leave the brain more open to change

December 7, 2015
Artistic representation of the take home messages in Lunghi and Sale: “A cycling lane for brain rewiring,” which is that physical activity (such as cycling) is associated with increased brain plasticity. Credit: Dafne Lunghi Art

Learning, memory, and brain repair depend on the ability of our neurons to change with experience. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 7 have evidence from a small study in people that exercise may enhance this essential plasticity of the adult brain.

The findings focused on the come as hopeful news for people with conditions including amblyopia (sometimes called ), , and more, the researchers say.

“We provide the first demonstration that moderate levels of physical activity enhance neuroplasticity in the visual cortex of adult humans,” says Claudia Lunghi of the University of Pisa in Italy.

“By showing that moderate levels of physical activity can boost the plastic potential of the adult visual cortex, our results pave the way to the development of non-invasive therapeutic strategies exploiting the intrinsic plasticity in adult subjects,” she adds.

The plastic potential of the cerebral cortex is greatest early in life, when the developing brain is molded by experience. Brain plasticity is generally thought to decline with age. This decline in the brain’s flexibility over time is especially pronounced in the sensory brain, which displays far less plasticity in adults than in younger people.

 

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“Why we are the way we are: the Internet of our brains. These are axonal nerve fibers in the real brain as determined by the measured anisotropy (directionality) of water molecules inside them. 3T 30 channel GRAPPA DTI scan protocol, deterministic tractography performed using TrackVis/FACT algorithm. You might know the subject :-)”

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LiveScience

Disaster Survivors: How Stress Changes the Brain

How well a person recovers from traumatic events may depend  in part on their self-esteem, according to researchers who examined the effects of a major earthquake on the survivors’ brains.

The researchers had conducted brain scans of university students for a study before the Great East Japan Earthquake struck in 2011. After the earthquake, they repeated the scans on 37 of the same people, and tracked stress-induced changes in their brains in the following months.

“Most importantly, what these findings show, is that the brain is dynamic — that it’s responding to things that are going on in our environment, or things that are part of our personality,” said Rajita Sinha, professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, who wasn’t involved in the study. [Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind]

In the brain scans taken immediately after the incident, the researchers found a decrease in the volume of two brain regions, the hippocampus and orbitofrontal cortex, compared with the scans taken before the incident.

One year later, the researchers repeated the scans and found that the hippocampus continued to shrink, and people’s levels of depression and anxiety had not improved.

 

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Japan Quake Shows How Stress Alters the Brain

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TUESDAY, April 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A small study of people who experienced the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan shows that although traumatic events can shrink parts of the brain, some of those regions can rebound once a person’s self-esteem returns.

“Higher self-esteem is one of the most important traits of resilience in the context of stressful life events,” said study author Atsushi Sekiguchi, who noted that these latest findings also illustrate that brain changes are dynamic and fluid over time.

Sekiguchi’s prior research had already demonstrated that people with lower self-esteem following a traumatic event are likely to experience a quick, short-term drop in the size of their orbitofrontal cortex and hippocampus. The first brain region is involved in decision-making and emotions, while the second area is involved in memory.

But by tracking the same individuals over time, Sekiguchi’s team observed that the “part of the brain volume which had decreased soon after a stressful life event [ultimately] increased, especially in individuals with [renewed] high self-esteem.”

Sekiguchi, from the division of medical neuroimage analysis at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan, and his team report the findings in the April 29 online edition of Molecular Psychiatry.

To gain insight into how the 2011 earthquake — and ensuing tsunami that heavily damaged several nuclear reactors in northern Japan — affected its victims, the researchers focused on 37 men and women who were about 21 at the time.

All had MRI brain scans right after the earthquake, and then again one year later.

At the same time, the earthquake victims were given psychological assessments to gauge anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and other characteristics of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Investigators concluded that none of the patients ever developed full-blown PTSD.

Yet, the group did experience a big dip in self-esteem immediately following the earthquake. And by comparing their brain scans with those of 11 other people taken before the earthquake, the team determined that the loss of self-esteem was accompanied by a downsizing of the brain’s orbitofrontal cortex.

 

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Study: Dogs Understand How We’re Feeling

By George Putic – Researchers in Hungary have confirmed something many dog owners have long suspected: that canines understand our feelings.

Using a Magnetic Resonance Scanner, or MRI, scientists found that when it comes to emotions, dogs’ brains are similar to those of humans.Dogs are usually not relaxed in a lab environment, but with a little petting and lots of treats they can be trained to sit still even in an MRI scanner. That’s how researchers in Hungary’s ELTE University were able to get images of their brains at work.

Research fellow Attila Andics says it helped them better understand the dogs’ relationship with humans.

“We have known for a long time that dogs and humans share similar social environment, but now our results show that dogs and humans also have similar brain mechanisms to process social information,” said Andics.

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NHK Documentary: “Origins of Disease Episode 3: Depression – Legacy of the Survival Instinct”-

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Published on Nov 17, 2013

Depression causes people to feel sad or down for a long period of time. More than 350 million people suffer from this disease worldwide. Depression was once considered an illness of the mind. But doctors have found physical abnormalities in the brains of people being treated for depression. Now scientists are coming up with a range of treatments, including one that directly controls brain function. How can we overcome depression? We’ll look into the origins of this all-too-common disease.

I apologize for the poor quality of the video. The problem is a broadcast issue.

Thank you to the special person who requested this upload 🙂

 

 

 

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Apparently there are not enough chemicals already added to our drinking water, as there is now a call by “experts” to further poison our water supplies by adding Lithium. Their main reason is to decrease suicide and violent crime rates.
So is this how we wish to function as a society? Instead of dealing with our issues at hand, let’s drug ourselves so that we don’t have to deal with personal subjects that may be perceived as hard, negative or scary. This is not a time for putting our heads in the sand and pretending or even hoping that an issue will just resolve itself. Where is the personal growth in that? Don’t you feel elated when you resolve a personal issue that no longer hangs over your head or weights on your mind? It is more important than ever to clear ourselves of past issues that we have held onto and allow more room for the new energies coming to earth to take its place within our being.
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What is Lithium usually prescribed for?
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Bi polar disorder
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Agitation not associated with bipolar disorder
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Depression and to boost the effect of antidepressants
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As a mood stabiliser
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Sever Migraine Headaches
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“Much like fluoride, lithium alters the brain’s normal production of serotonin and norepinephrine, which in turn artificially alters the way an individual thinks and how he or she feels about a given situation. Lithium is literally a mind-altering, antidepressant chemical substance that those promoting it openly admit modifies brain function. And yet they purport that forcibly inducing these chemical changes on the unwitting populations of the world is a good and acceptable idea.” Source
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So what are “experts” saying?
“Lithium has been heralded by some experts as the next potential flouride, after scientists found suicide rates were lower in areas where the drinking water had higher concentrations of the element, reports the Daily Mail” .
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“Time to supplement? Some scientists believe lithium could reduce suicide rates if traces were added to drinking water. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, analysed a sample of 6,460 lithium measurements and then compared suicide rates across 99 districts.” Source
If anyone still believes that adding fluoride into our drinking water is a good idea. Please read our article on this subject here.
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What are some side effects of Lithium?
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extreme thirst, urinating more or less than usual;
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weakness, fever, feeling restless or confused, eye pain and vision problems;
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restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
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pain, cold feeling, or discolorations in your fingers or toes;
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feeling light-headed, fainting, slow heart rate;
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hallucinations, seizure (blackout or convulsions);
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fever with muscle stiffness, sweating, fast or uneven heartbeats; or
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The Health Ranger interviews neurosurgeon, author and researcher Dr. Russell Blaylock, also known as the foremost authority on excitoxins such as MSG and aspartame. Dr. Blaylock is the author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills.” In this part of the interview, Dr. Blaylock covers topics such as:

* MSG, aspartame and other dangerous excitotoxins that can cause neurological diseases
* Nutrition and it’s affect on the brain and recovery from brain injuries
* What “MSG Syndrome” is and just how toxic MSG really is
* What MSG does to the brain and brain function, especially in young children
* How MSG has contributed to the obesity epidemic in America and American children
* How food companies hide dangerous food additives under many different names

Learn more at:
RussellBlaylockMD.com
BlaylockWellnessCenter.com

See more interviews at http://www.NaturalNews.TV

 

English: Anterior cingulate gyrus. 日本語: 前部帯状回。...

 

(NaturalNews) Research has shown that with as few as 11 hours of mindful meditation, the white matter of the brain that aspartame destroys, can begin to grow back. Research into the brain damage that aspartame causes, has revealed lesions to the nerve fibers known as white matter. This is due to the by-products created when aspartame is ingested, namely methanol and formaldehyde. The effects of ingesting these chemicals are so serious that they cause symptoms often mistaken for multiple sclerosis. Other artificial sweeteners such as neotame, which have the same by-products, have the same effects.

An example is the destruction of the white matter in the anterior cingulate region which causes a lack of nerve activity in this area. This is associated with mental problems such as ADHD, ADD, dementia, depression and schizophrenia. Test subjects reported reduced feelings of anger, depression, anxiety and fatigue and had reduced levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. The changes include the improvement of mood, which in turn is consistent with self regulation being a core feature of many mental health problems.

The meditation and body movement training used in the tests is known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT). It is a form of meditation and mindfulness training adapted from Chinese medicine. By activating the areas of the brain that lack sufficient white matter, the brain grows new nerve fibers as a response. It gives a new perspective on how brain function can be improved with the use of inexpensive therapy instead of using expensive drugs.

 

 

Health

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Damages Learning Abilities, Memory

Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety
brainfunction 220x137 High Fructose Corn Syrup Damages Learning Abilities, MemoryHigh-fructose corn syrup, a ubiquitous ingredient present in processed foods and sugary beverages across the globe, is a well-known health destroyer with ties to conditions like metabolic damage and cancer. Now, scientists have revealed that the substance — oftentimes genetically modified — may also be damaging the brain functions of consumers worldwide.

In fact, the official release goes as far to say that high-fructose corn syrup can make you ‘stupid’. Conducted by the UCLA and published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology, the study is the first to demonstrate how a diet heavily concentrated with high-fructose corn syrup can hamper brain functions — particularly those associated with memory and learning.

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Fluoride is Not Safe, Despite CDC Claims

Andre Evans
NaturalSociety
teethtoothpaste Fluoride is Not Safe, Despite CDC ClaimsFluoride still has its place in many municipal water supplies and dental products throughout this country – at least that’s what the CDC thinks. The CDC calls public fluoridation one of the foremost health achievements of the 20th century, and yet fluoride is a deadly substance that has been pushed using propaganda.

The main ingredient in rat poison and many pesticides, fluoride is a known toxic substance. It is documented as being used by Nazis as sarin nerve gas, as well as having the ability to mitigate aggression and dissent in prisoners. Interestingly, fluoride is also the main ingredient in Prozac, producing a similar lobotomizing effect on those who use it.

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Doctors make ‘too many errors’ when prescribing drugs, GMC review says

By Jonathan Benson,
(NaturalNews) A new review compiled by the U.K.’s General Medical Council (GMC) expresses concern over the alarming number of medication errors caused by general practitioners (GPs) in the U.K. According to the data, as many as 20 percent of patients taking prescription drugs have been victims of at least one medication error per year, and nearly one-quarter of these cases have been severe or fatal. Based on a sampling of 1,200 patients of all ages, a panel found that doctors make more prescription…

Myth busted: Vaccinations are not immunizations

By Craig Stellpflug,
(NaturalNews) There is only one kind of immunity and that is natural immunity which is achieved by battling the infectious diseases itself. Vaccination is merely the artificial triggering of temporary responses to manmade pathogens. Vaccines are both harmful and dangerous and are leading to generations of humans with no natural defenses to disease. Vaccines do not provide long-term immunity; only temporary at best. In vaccines, an antigen is injected into the body to produce a reaction and the…

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Holistic Health

5 Ways to Replace Your Toxic Cleaners Naturally

Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety
cleaningbluebottle 220x137 5 Ways to Replace Your Toxic Cleaners NaturallySynthetic household cleaners are oftentimes full of hazardous and toxic chemicals that could be endangering the health of you and your family — particularly if you live in a ‘green’ home with very little airflow to the outside world. While some less threatening options do exist at grocery stores, especially organic cleaners, there are ways that you can utilize natural substances around your home to replace your toxic cleaners at very little or no cost.

Here are 5 innovative ways that will help you throw out your old synthetic cleaners and replace them with health-promoting substances:

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Spicy Food Beats Dangerous Weight Loss Surgery

Anthony Gucciardi
NaturalSociety
womanonscale 220x137 Spicy Food Beats Dangerous Weight Loss SurgeryWeight loss surgery is often considered by obese individuals and mainstream doctors despite the serious risk and invasive nature, but researchers have revealed that a natural alternative can be utilized that may be just as effective without the surgery. The substance responsible for the extreme reduction in abdominal fat (described as ‘beer belly fat’) is known as capsaicin, which is actually the ingredient in chili peppers and other spicy food that causes the familiar ‘burning spice’ sensation.

When scientists from  Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) examined caspaicin, they were amazed to find that the ingredient can naturally lead to fat loss and fight obesity – related diseases with fewer side effects than invasive bariatric surgery options. Published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, the authors revealed that caspaicin could be a natural method of combating obesity that is nearly as effective as intensive surgeries — and with far less complications and risks.

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Use thyme as a natural cure for acne

By PF Louis, 
(NaturalNews) During the 1950s and ’60s, there was almost no way to get through puberty acne-free. Then the magnitude of acne-faced teens dissipated. Now acne, also known as pimples or zits, seems to be making comeback. As acne becomes more prevalent so are the pharmaceutical solutions dispensed by dermatologists. You know, the folks who say sunshine will cause skin cancer and recommend you lather up with those carcinogenic sunscreens. If you or someone you know is concerned about the presence…

Five-step emotional cleanse for stress reduction and disease prevention

By Mike Bundrant
(NaturalNews) Every bit as important as physical detoxification, an emotional cleanse will free your mind and body in ways you can’t imagine prior to doing it. It isn’t always easy, but I have never met anyone who followed the protocol and regretted doing it. Beyond the immediate personal benefits, emotional cleansing may prevent the onset of disease, as there are scientific links between chronic emotional angst or stress and the major diseases of today. One Harvard study of 1,305 men with an…

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Pet Health

How to Help a Dog Suffering from Storm Phobia

By Dr. Becker

The spring and summer months bring thunderstorms, and if you have a storm-phobic dog, I’m sure you’re not looking forward to them.

Depending on your pet’s experience with storms, as well as the force of any given storm, your dog might simply find a place to hide.

Or he might have a more dramatic reaction (for example, running away or trying to chew his way out of his crate or through a door).

Some reactions are more unsettling than others, but regardless of your dog’s response to a storm, it’s difficult to know your pet is feeling terrified and you don’t know what to do to calm him.

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How Some Pet Food Companies Are Responding to Consumer Demands

By Dr. Becker

According to industry experts, pea fiber is increasingly used in place of beet pulp and wheat, corn and soy fibers in pet foods – apparently to answer consumer demand for dog and cat food formulas with fewer cheap fillers.

Let’s take a closer look at this latest peculiar entry in the pet food ingredient follies.

  • One of the newest odd ingredients showing up in commercial pet foods lately is pea fiber. It’s apparently replacing other fillers like beet pulp and wheat/corn/soy fiber to answer consumer discontent with low quality pet food ingredients.
  • There are two types of pea fiber available on the market. Both contain a very high amount of insoluble fiber. Both are very low in fat, high in crude fiber, and low in protein.
  • Pea fiber is used in pet food as a “functional” fiber. Functional fibers are non-digestible carbohydrates that have been isolated from foods. They aren’t the same as the dietary fiber found naturally in foods like vegetables.
  • Pea fiber is a filler added to inexpensive mass-marketed pet foods for a variety of reasons, none of them having to do with appropriate nutrition for dogs and cats.

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Look what we found in the garden…

Gorgeous little Cosmo moved from the garden right into his new family’s heart.

Using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to Heal Pets

By Dr. Becker

The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, was originally developed for people.

It’s a healing method that operates on the body’s energy system rather than on the body itself.

Unlike massage or acupressure therapy which involves applying a certain amount of force to certain areas of the body, EFT uses a light tapping or touching technique.

The goal of tapping is to send healing energy pulses from the fingers and hands to the body’s energy system.

EFT also involves using intention and focus to direct healing energy to the problem being worked on.

Energy flows where attention goes.”

This is a fundamental concept in energy work.

For an extremely comprehensive introduction to EFT for people, visit Dr. Mercola’s EFT website.

  • The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, was developed for people as a healing method that uses the body’s energy system to achieve positive results.
  • EFT for animals uses precisely the same technique, but it doesn’t involve tapping on your pet. It involves ‘proxy tapping’ after you’ve connected your energy system with your pet’s.
  • The wonderful thing about proxy tapping is you can do it from anywhere – you don’t even have to be in the same room with the animal you’re working on. You can use it with wildlife and other people’s pets.
  • EFT for animals is essentially a 3-step process: tuning in, the set up, and tapping. Tapping involves starting and ending with the heart center, and tapping 14 specific points in between.
  • EFT is a harmless, natural, non-invasive therapy to help animals heal, but it should be used in conjunction with – not in place of – routine veterinary wellness exams.

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Positivity Mind and Body

Open Your Heart and Flourish

Uploaded by on Apr 11, 2010

Barbara Frederickson speaks on the power of positivity as part of the Religious and Psychological Well-Being Templeton Lecture Series at Boston University’s Danielsen Institute. In her three-part lecture, How Positivity Seeds Character Development, Spiritual Transformation, and Lifestyle Change, Frederickson details how positive thoughts and emotions can broaden a person’s perspective and transform his or her life for the better.

Hosted by Danielsen Institute on February 20, 2010.

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Articles of Interest

Organic Watergate: Fed agencies allow GMOs in ‘USDA-certified organic’

By Cornucopia

The Cornucopia Institute is challenging what it calls a “conspiracy” between corporate agribusiness interests and the USDA that has increasingly facilitated the use of questionable synthetic additives and even dangerous chemicals in organic foods. In its new white paper, The Organic Watergate, Cornucopia details violations of federal law, ignoring congressional intent, that has created a climate of regulatory abuse and corporate exploitation.

When Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 it set up an independent advisory panel, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) that, uniquely, has statutory power. Any synthetic input or ingredient used in organic farming or food production must be reviewed by the NOSB to assure that it is not a threat to human health or the environment.

At the NOSB meeting in Savannah, Georgia last year, a giant Dutch-based multi-national conglomerate, Royal DSM N.V./Martek Biosciences, partnered with the nation’s largest dairy processor, Dean Foods, to muscle through approval of DHA/ARA synthetic nutrient oils. The additives, derived from genetically mutated algae and soil fungus, are processed with petrochemical solvents, grown in genetically engineered corn, and formulated for use in infant formula, dairy and other products with a myriad of other unreviewed synthetic ingredients.

“All these elements of the Martek Biosciences products, along with outstanding safety and efficacy concerns, made them inappropriate and illegal in organics,” said Charlotte Vallaeys, Director of Food and Farm Policy for Cornucopia. “So after witnessing this travesty, we decided to take a closer look at how other synthetic additives have been approved for use in organic foods in the past.”

What The Cornucopia Institute investigation found is disturbing to many organic industry stakeholders. The Cornucopia report charges the USDA with “stacking” the NOSB with agribusiness executives that all too often have “sold out” the interests of organic farmers and consumers.

“The organic community came together and actually asked the government, in order to maintain a level playing field and organic integrity, to regulate our industry,” said Mark A. Kastel, Codirector of The Cornucopia Institute. “How many other industries have ever asked the federal government for tough regulations and enforcement?”

In order to placate concerns of federal involvement in the nascent organic industry, Congress specifically earmarked the majority of the 15 seats on the NOSB for farmers, consumers, scientists and environmentalists as a way to balance the power of commercial interests involved in organic food manufacturing, marketing and retail sales.

“Many in the industry generally thought this system of shared power, with regard to synthetics in organics, was working until we received a wake-up call at the NOSB’s meeting late last year in Savannah, Georgia,” Kastel noted.

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