Although we don’t know exactly how or why, there is no question that sleep is crucial for our overall health. Most of us just don’t realize how crucial and healing sleep really is for the brain. Sleep is truly one of the best ways for the brain to detoxify. Read more…
You may have heard the quote “Of all the things I’ve lost, it’s my mind I miss the most.” Kinda funny, but kinda sad for those that are suffering from dementia.
Many functional medicine believers already know the importance of diet in just about every bodily function, but now researchers are giving us some cold, hard facts to back it up when it comes to the risk of dementia. Read more…
Cyber Attacks and Identity Theft are rampant. Not only for us peeps but for major corporations as well.
This type of situation can cause a tremendous amount of stress. Sometimes the best way to decrease stress is to prevent some of the problems that might cause it in the first place.
Here are 4 tips to protecting your cyber identity and cyber privacy.
- 1) Only shop at sites with https – The “s” stands for secure. If the site is not secure you may be at risk for having your credit card information stolen.
- 2) Change your passwords every quarter.
Relapse is often treated as a sign of defeat, instead of a stepping stone through the recovery process.
There couldn’t be a more harmful doctrine to an addict than to think that all the days, weeks, months or even years of sobriety didn’t mean a thing because he slipped.
When relapse occurs, many 12 step programs and therapy groups are under the impression that you HAVE to start all over again and that you made no significant strides. This is dangerous because research tells us that relapse is mostly caused by emotional states, not physical cravings (as once thought).1 Read more…
Statistics coming out of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Surgeon General, suggest that 90% of all office visits to physician’s offices are STRESS related. And, 78% of all chronic degenerative diseases are diet related.
Yet these 2 things are rarely ever even considered in the course of an evaluation of a chronic symptom by your doctor.
When we’re under a situation of stress or a “perceived” threat, the brain pumps “stress hormones” into the blood stream as a way to warn all 50 trillion cells in the body that there’s a “perceived” threat in the environment. Read more…
The brain benefits of Tumeric
Much has been researched and written about turmeric also known as curcumin. We know that it is a highly effective anti-inflammatory, which is great for so many chronic conditions. However, some newer information has come out on the benefits to the brain, so I thought I would share it with you as well.
Turmeric Compound Boosts Regeneration of Brain Stem Cells
From Dr. Joe Mercola – www.mercola.com
Curcumin—one of its most well-studied bioactive ingredients—exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including potent anti-cancer properties. Curcumin is also capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, which is one reason why it holds promise as a neuroprotective agent in a wide range of neurological disorders. Read more…
Have you tried a detox diet? What was it like? What did you do? How did you feel?
Well, there’s probably as many answers to that question as there are people.
Before going on any detox, I believe we need to understand all the organs of the body that are responsible for detoxing us on a daily basis. When one organ gets taxed or goes out of commission then the other organs need to pick up the slack. But unfortunately, that just doesn’t happen very effectively. Read more…
DHA omega 3 fish oil sales are way up, on the coat tails of results of recent studies indicating that n-3 fatty acids can actually help to keep us healthy by preventing the development of inflammatory disease. These studies have proven that n-3 fatty acids play a larger role in possibly improving our quality of life than virtually any other single nutrient group. So, why isn’t everyone taking fish oil?
We know the brain is about 60% fats so when someone calls you a “fat head” that literally is the truth. The question is, what fats are you feeding your fat head? Omega 3 fatty fish oil, or Omega 3 seed oil? Omega 3 fish oils are known as PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fatty acids), the beneficial kind as opposed to the harmful trans fats and saturated fats known as seed oils. With an American diet laced in seed oils, it isn’t just our hearts that are suffering, our fatty heads are, too.
There are probably hundreds of benefits associated with taking omega 3 fish oil which can make it hard to cover each and every one of them. But in order to give you an idea of just how beneficial this supplement can be we have presented three of the biggest benefits of fish oil.
You need to know all of the details of the connection between omega 3 DHA fish oil and heart health in order to maximize your health. You have probably heard a lot about the benefits that omega 3 fatty acids have on the brain, but there so many other ways that these nutrients can positively affect your health. If you are not currently taking an omega 3 fish oil supplement it is something that you absolutely must start doing.
What they discovered is that a diet that is rich in foods that contain high levels of omega 6 fatty acids causes the inflammation that leads to the development of disease, while a diet that is rich in omega 3s has an anti-inflammatory effect. In the years since these scientists published their findings the production and sales of Danish, Icelandic, and Norwegian fish oil have simply been phenomenal.
I’ve been following the omega-3 research for about 9 years (as well as taking 5grams of omega-3 fish oil for much of this time), and recently an interesting report came out about omega-3’s link to schizophrenia.
The connection between omega 3 DHA fish oil and heart health has to do with the ability of DHA and EPA omega 3 fatty acids do perform a number of heart friendly duties. These fatty acids significantly lower blood pressure and triglycerides, slows the heart rate and prevents irregularities in heartbeat, act as an anticoagulant, and inhibit the formation of fatty deposits along the artery walls.
What is the big deal about these omega fatty acids anyway? Basically, these types of fatty acids are the building blocks needed for cell development. And since our bodies can’t naturally produce this acid, we have to include it in our diets. Researchers have finally figured out that fatty acids and Omega-3’s in particular play a vital role in brain and fetal development during pregnancy. In addition to this, there are even more advantages that come with either including this type of fish in your diet or by taking a fish tablet as a fish oil supplement.
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I get several newsletters in my inbox through out the week. This one stuck out, well because I often feel like I can’t remember stuff as I used to . Anyway, I thought I would share this with you, since you might be in the same boat. Enjoy!
The real reason you can’t remember as much as you did
HINT: It’s not dementia. ~ By Dr. Nan Fuchs.
Do you feel like your brain isn’t functioning as quickly as it once did? If so, it probably isn’t your imagination. But don’t worry — it likely isn’t the result of age-related cognitive decline either.
A study published in the journal Topics in Cognitive Science has discovered that this slowing down may just be because your brain is filled with more information than it was in your younger years. To put it another way, your database is stuffed with too much data.
Dr. Michael Ramscar, of the University of Tuebingen in Germany, conducted this research. Dr. Ramscar and his team programmed computers to process information like a human brain does. They had the computers “read” a certain amount of data while also processing new information. They then had the computers go through tests typically used to measure cognitive function in humans, such as word recall tests.
When the computers had a set amount of data to read, their performance matched that of a young adult. But when they had an unlimited amount of data — essentially a lifetime of experiences like an older adult has — their cognitive processing matched that of someone later in life. The computers’ processing capacity hadn’t changed, but their databases were bigger, so it took longer to process new information.
These results suggest that younger and older adults have similar processing abilities, but older adults take longer on tests because they have increased amounts of knowledge to sift through. The tests themselves may not accurately measure cognitive abilities, as they don’t take into consideration this increased amount of knowledge.
After all, Dr. Ramscar points out, “Imagine someone who knows two people’s birthdays and can recall them almost perfectly. Would you really want to say that person has a better memory than a person who knows the birthdays of 2,000 people but can ‘only’ match the right person to the right birthday nine times out of ten?” He suggests, “Technology now allows researchers to make quantitative estimates about the number of words an adult can be expected to learn across a lifetime, enabling the team to separate the challenge that increasing knowledge poses to memory from the actual performance of memory itself.”
You can’t erase the data in your brain, but you can increase your brain’s health — and possibly its function — by feeding it the nutrients it needs. Like a computer, the better your hardware is the better and faster it can process the data. A supplement like Transfer Factor Recall can help you give your brain power to sift through all the great memories you’ve made and the information you’ve learned over your lifetime.
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Is medicine going to the dogs? Yes, but in a good way. Pet therapy is gaining fans in health care and beyond. Find out what’s behind this growing trend.
What is pet therapy?
Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that uses dogs or other animals such as cats, horses, rabbits, and even dolphins, to help people recover from or better cope with health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders.
Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose, such as providing comfort and enjoyment for nursing home residents.
How does animal-assisted therapy work?
Imagine you’re in the hospital. Your doctor mentions the hospital’s animal-assisted therapy program and asks if you’d be interested. You say yes, and your doctor arranges for someone to tell you more about the program. Soon after that, an assistance dog and its handler visit your hospital room. They stay for 10 or 15 minutes. You’re invited to pet the dog and ask the handler questions.
After the visit, you realize you’re smiling. And you feel a little less tired and a bit more optimistic. You can’t wait to tell your family all about that charming canine. In fact, you’re already looking forward to the dog’s next visit.
Who can benefit from animal-assisted therapy?
Animal-assisted therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems:
- Children having dental procedures
- People receiving cancer treatment
- People in long-term care facilities
- People hospitalized with chronic heart failure
- Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
And it’s not only the ill person who reaps the benefits. Family members and friends who sit in on animal visits say they feel better, too.
Pet therapy is also being used in nonmedical settings, such as universities and community programs, to help people deal with anxiety and stress.
Does pet therapy have risks?
The biggest concern, particularly in hospitals, is safety and sanitation. Most hospitals and other facilities that use pet therapy have stringent rules to ensure that the animals are clean, vaccinated, well trained and screened for appropriate behavior.
It’s also important to note the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has never received a report of infection from animal-assisted therapy.
Animal-assisted therapy in action
More than a dozen certified therapy dogs are part of Mayo Clinic’s Caring Canines program. They make regular visit to various hospital departments and even make special visits on request. For example, one dog and his trainer worked with a 5-year-old girl recovering from spinal surgery. The therapy dog helped her relearn how to walk, taking a step backward each time she took a step forward.
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