Turmeric: The Healthy Wonder Spice

  • December 23, 2015
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Turmeric: The Healthy Wonder Spice

In an article by world-renowned holistic doctor, Andrew Weil, MD, entitled, 3 Reasons to Eat Turmeric, under the heading, What is Turmeric? He states:

“Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a culinary spice that spans cultures – it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and makes American mustard yellow. But evidence is accumulating that this brightly colored relative of ginger is a promising disease-preventive agent as well, probably due largely to its anti-inflammatory action.”

The article goes on to state that, “…turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.”

The Turmeric Extract Curcumin Found to Reduce Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression in a Recent Study Out of Australia

A randomized, double-blind study of the benefits of turmeric/curcumin as it applies to anxiety and depression recently backed up the results of former studies that showed the effectiveness of the turmeric extract in functioning as an anxiolytic. Dr. Adrian Lopressor, who headed up the research study at Murdoch University in Australia, said:

“Curcumin’s positive antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects are likely due to its ability to normalize specific physiological pathways. It appears to elevate neurotransmitters such as serotonin, while lowering stress hormones, such as cortisol, and is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin also provides protection to the brain.”

Speaking of protecting the brain, it seems that multiple studies have shown that the turmeric/curcumin extract is almost a wonder spice/herb. Of its many amazing benefits, the following are sited:

Anxiety and Depression

Alzheimer’s Disease

Heart Disease

Cancer

Arthritis

Longevity

Anti-aging

Studies have now revealed that what seems to account for the multiple health benefits found in the turmeric/curcumin extract are due in large part to its very strong and powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

It should be noted that the curcumin found in turmeric, although extremely low in weight, is what mostly accounts for the health benefits. Curcumin alone does not absorb well into the bloodstream. It is therefore important to be sure that it is combined with piperine (or bioperine). The piperine boosts absorption by about 2000%. If the turmeric/curcumin extract is taken alone, most of the extract will pass through your digestive tract without giving you the benefits you are trying to achieve.

While we are siting the benefits of turmeric/curcumin, here is another one that you will want to keep in mind. Due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, curcumin strongly fights free radicals. But it gets even better. It stimulates your body to boost its own antioxidants.

With all of this research evidence, it’s no wonder that it prompted Kris Gunnars, a nutrition researcher with a BSc, to state the following:

“Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence.”

You can read his full article at, 10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin.

New Study Shows Heart Disease Linked To Carbs Not Fat

  • December 3, 2014
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New Study Shows Heart Disease Linked To Carbs Not Fat

New study shows that heart disease is linked to carbohydrates and not fat. The new study shows that increasing saturated fat 2x does not increase saturated fat in the blood. The study found the opposite, the intake of carbs were connected to fatty acid linked to heart disease and type-2 diabetes. The results could lead to a tidal shift in dietary advice where fats were a much bigger enemy than carbs. The study followed 16 middle-aged, obese adults for 21 weeks.

“The unintended consequence of telling everyone to restrict fat was that people ate an even greater amount of carbohydrates,” said Jeff Volek, senior author on the new study and a professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University. “This is a fact. It’s not a stretch to make the connection between overconsumption of carbs and the obesity and diabetes epidemic.”

Before going completely crazy adding saturated fats to your diet keep in mind that the study was funded by a grant from the Dairy Research Institute, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the Egg Nutrition Center, and the Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Foundation. The researchers reported that the funders had no role in the study design or decision to publish the research.

If anything this study gives you something to think about especially since the current wisdom of low fat diets have done nothing to decrease the rise of obesity in the United States.

Harvard Scientists Discover Meditation’s Profound Benefits

  • November 19, 2014
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Harvard Scientists Discover Meditation’s Profound Benefits

Harvard Scientists have discovered something that was almost a certainty by many of us that practice meditation on a regular basis. Meditation can fight extreme stress levels. Meditation is so powerful that Harvard Scientists discovered that meditation can change the physiology of one’s brain resulting in less anxiety and depression. With these kinds of results instead of doctors first proscribing anti-depressants (1 in 10 Americans) send the patient to a meditation retreat.

The Harvard Study: 

– 24 participants were to practice “mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)” or meditation for 8 weeks. It’s funny scientists can’t even call it what it is, meditation.

– 2 1/2 hours each week practicing “body scanning, sitting meditation, walking meditation and mindful stretching movements.”

– MRIs performed before and after the 8 week course.

– Each participant answered a survey about their stress and anxiety levels before and after the course.

– The control group practiced no meditation during the 8 weeks.

Results: 

The comparison demonstrated “an increase of cortical thickness in the right insular lobe and somatosensory cortex” of the meditation group. The part of the brain that controls emotion and perception was thicker after meditation. There was “a significant after-training reduction of several psychological indices related to worry, state anxiety, depression and alexithymia.”

The keyword is significant. With these kinds of results which people who practice meditation have known for centuries everyone should meditate. There is no excuse now not to meditate. It’s just as important to your overall health as physical exercise.

Start meditating!

 

Brain To Brain Interface May Be The Future

  • November 5, 2014
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Brain To Brain Interface May Be The Future

University of WA researchers have successfully “have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago (Medicalxpress.com).” “The new study brings our brain-to-brain interfacing paradigm from an initial demonstration to something that is closer to a deliverable technology,” said co-author Andrea Stocco. In the future we may not even need language to communicate with each other. We will simply think about what we want to say and the messages will be delivered to the other persons brain. This conjures up images of The Borg’s hive mind.

Watch the video of this groundbreaking technology: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-11-brain-interface-humans.html

Matthew Gentzkow New Study: Internet Did Not Destroy Newspapers

  • June 12, 2014
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Matthew Gentzkow New Study: Internet Did Not Destroy Newspapers

In a new study by Professor Matthew Gentzkow University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business reveals that the Internet did not end newspapers.

There are assumptions about journalism based on false premises. These include that online advertising revenues have to be lower than print advertising, second the web has made advertising more competitive which drives down rates, and third the web is the culprite for the demise of the newspaper industry. Matthew Gentzkow says that people are not looking at online advertising rates correctly.

“Online ad rates are typically discussed in terms of “number of unique monthly visitors” the ad receives, while circulation numbers determine newspaper rates (Yahoo News).”

From Booth’s release on his study:

“This perception that online ads are cheaper to buy is all about people quoting things in units that are not comparable to each other—doing apples-to-oranges comparisons,” Gentzkow says. Online ad rates are typically discussed in terms of “number of unique monthly visitors” the ad receives, while circulation numbers determine newspaper rates… By comparing the amount of time people actually see an ad, Gentzkow finds that the price of attention for similar consumers is actually higher online. In 2008, he calculates, newspapers earned $2.78 per hour of attention in print, and $3.79 per hour of attention online. By 2012, the price of attention in print had fallen to $1.57, while the price for attention online had increased to $4.24

The popularity of newspapers was already declining between 1980 – 1995. Long before the rise of AOL.

This is definitely something to think about.

New Study Ranks States According To Duration Of Sexual Intercourse

  • February 25, 2014
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New Study Ranks States According To Duration Of Sexual Intercourse

A new study ranks state in the duration of sexual intercourse and the results are surprising. The data comes from the app Spreadsheets which collects statistics about sex. In all over 23,000 individual incidents of sexual intercourse were used to complete the list. Previous research has shown that sexual intercourse lasts between 3-13 minutes.

1. New Mexico – (7:01)

2. West Virginia – (5:38)

3. Idaho – (5:11)

4. South Carolina – (4:48)

5. Missouri – (4:22)

6. Michigan -(4:14)

7. Utah – (3:55)

8. Oregon – (3:51)

9. Nebraska – (3:47)

10. Alabama – (3:38)

11. Delaware – (3:33)

12. Hawaii – (3:28)

13. Wisconsin – (3:22)

14. North Dakota – (3:18)

15. Arizona – (3:17)

16. Maryland – (3:15)

17. Mississippi – (3:10)

18. Rhode Island – (3:09)

19. Connecticut – (3:07)

20. Texas – (3:06)

21. New Hampshire – (3:04)

22. Wyoming – (3:03)

23. New York – (3:01)

24. Pennsylvania – (2:58)

25. Maine – (2:58)

26. Washington – (2:51)

27. Iowa – (2:50)

28. Illinois – (2:49)

29. North Carolina – (2:47)

30. Tennessee – (2:46)

31. Kansas – (2:38)

32. California – (2:38)

33. Massachusetts – (2:31)

34. Florida – (2:29)

35. New Jersey – (2:28)

36. Indiana – (2:26)

37. Virginia – (2:23)

38. Oklahoma – (2:21)

39. Colorado – (2:21)

40. Minnesota – (2:19)

41. Ohio – (2:18)

42. Louisiana – (2:17)

43. Kentucky – (2:14)

44. Arkansas – (2:08)

45. District of Columbia – (2:08)

46. Nevada – (2:07)

47. Georgia – (2:07)

48. Montana – (2:03)

49. Vermont – (1:48)

50. South Dakota – (1:30)

51. Alaska – (1:21)

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