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Beauty…where does it live?

  • September 4, 2012
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In studies done at the University College London, it was shown that when people experienced looking at things they rated beautiful, or listened to beautiful music a consistent part of the brain, the orbito medial prefrontal cortex, became very active.…

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Ladies, This is your Brain on PMS!

  • August 31, 2012
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As we know our brains and emotions are intimately linked in a dance facilitated by hormones, neurotransmitters, and a myriad other stimuli.  So it stands to reason that if women experience a radical hormonal flux each month, that their brains…

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Meditate your Loneliness Away

  • August 28, 2012
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Loneliness and social isolation can be a major contributor to some common neuro-degenerative diseases like alzheimers. A new study led by Carnegie Mellon University's J. David Creswell offers the first evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults. If meditation…

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Minimize Stress, Extend Your Life

  • August 21, 2012
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Sometimes we search for cures for symptoms and ignore the cause.  Stress, even low but chronic levels, is the most important variable factor in determining life-span according to "Wired" (neuroscience magazine).  It's no joke that meditation is at the top…

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Anti-depressants vs. Meditation

  • August 9, 2012
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IF you are on antidepressants...PLEASE understand this post is not meant as a critique of your healing process. Based on many studies, including one published in JAMA in 2010 by Fournier, antidepressants were no more effective in changing serotonin levels…

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Rewiring the Subconscious

  • August 1, 2012
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Neuroplasticity is now a scientific house-hold word.  It is our superhero power, our ultimate ability for mind control. According to Dr. Bruce Lipton in The Biology of Belief he notes, "I believe the greatest problem we face is that we…

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Meditation, an Anti-Inflammatory?

  • July 30, 2012
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The PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) did a study in 2010 with 124 adults which showed that social stressors and pressure (such as public speaking) greatly increased an individual's inflammatory markers. Inflammation is the result of free-radical…

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How Can Memory Improve Your Life?

  • July 26, 2012
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According to Congressman Tim Ryan in his book A Mindful Nation, "When people have higher working memory capacity they can pay better attention, can solve problems more readily, and have more fluid intelligence--they use facts rather than just know them.  Those…

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BDNF, Anti-aging Anyone?

  • July 25, 2012
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BDNF--Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor--is a key growth hormone. It protects the structure and integrity of our neurons, enables our neuroplasticity--that's our ability to create new neural maps, and promotes neurogenesis--our ability to grow new brain cells. So--how do we get…

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How Environment Influences DNA

  • June 22, 2012
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DNA, contrary to the last 50 years of belief, is NOT the director of our gene expression--it's the code. DNA MUST be activated by proteins in order to manifest any gene expression. The cell's effector/receptor proteins are the conductors and…

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