Archive for November, 2013

The Health Benefits Of Dogs Make Them The Perfect Companion For Your Heart And Your Well-Being (VIDEO)

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

The best parts of having a dog are obvious — quality snuggling, great belly rub sessions and tons of precious photos to post on Instagram.

But research has shown that furry friends also offer tangible benefits to your physical health. People who live with a pup tend to have better blood pressure, lower risk of depression and increased longevity after heart attacks, to name only a few.

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How to Detox Someone Out of Your Life

Monday, November 25th, 2013

This may come as a surprise, but toxins aren’t just found in air pollution or your poor food and drink choices. To really feel that desired sense of relief, clarity and glow, you have to look at all parts of your life. You must evaluate what is toxic specifically to you and cleanse out what doesn’t work. You have to not only look at what you are eating, but what (or who) is eating you.

The first step is to recognize if a person is not good for you, or if you need to change something within yourself to deal with the person.

Here are some examples of toxic people, shared by peers and patients:

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Watch this elderly British guy blow-dry his pet fox

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

“If you want to learn from an animal, you’ve got to get close to it,” Lovely White-Haired Guy says, in what sounds like a prophetic diss to Ylvis. “Oh, you wanna know what the fox says?” seems to be the undertone. “TRY GETTING WITHIN 10 FEET OF ONE.”

“A fox looks like a dog but purrs like a cat,” he continues.

Watch video.

Once again, we see how harmful human prejudices have been. I wish we could just shut up and observe the world about us with open eyes, ears–and hearts. We’d do so much less damage to our fellow creatures and the environment if we did.

Childhood Music Lessons Could Benefit Your Brain Later On

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Researchers from Northwestern University found that brain responses to speech are faster among older adults who took childhood music lessons — even if they haven’t touched an instrument in decades.

And the positive effects seemed to be stronger the longer a person took music lessons as a child, the researchers noted.

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And people could stand to benefit from starting music lessons at a very young age, according to another study in the Journal of Neuroscience. That research, conducted by scientists from Concordia University and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill University, showed that musical training before age 7 is linked with more white matter in the corpus callosum part of the brain, as well as better performance on visual sensorimotor synchronization tasks compared with people who started music training after age 7.

More on this fascinating study.

Nuts Linked With Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found an association between nut consumption and decreased risk of pancreatic cancer in women.

Specifically, eating a one-ounce serving of nuts at least twice a week was associated with a lower risk of pancreatic cancer; the “reduction in risk was independent of established or suspected risk factors for pancreatic cancer including age, height, obesity, physical activity, smoking, diabetes and dietary factors,” study researcher Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., from the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said in a statement.

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Can This Lantern Put An End To Energy Poverty?

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Across the globe, more than 1.5 billion people live in energy poverty, a dangerous and oppressive condition that a group of innovators hopes to wipe out with a simple lantern.

MPOWERD Inc. — a company that develops and manufactures transformative clean energy products — hopes to brighten up the developing world with its debut product, Luci. This solar-powered light could level the playing field in impoverished countries by giving people affordable and safe access to light.

Luci distinguishes itself from other solar power products in that it combines the functions of a task light, flash light and diffused lantern.

What’s perhaps most critical is that the lantern poses no safety hazards.

Oftentimes, poor homes resort to using kerosene lamps, which can cause serious injuries.

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MEDICAL USES FOR SPIDER VENOM

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Fascinating. Watch video.

Russian Kittens ‘Sing’ Yiruma’s ‘River Flows In You’ In World’s Most Adorable Recording Session (VIDEO

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

I’d have to rate this as one of my favorite kitten videos. Watch.

Cats taking over dog beds

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Cats love cozying up in small spaces. Cats can also be furry little jerks. So, it’s safe to assume that when a cat decides to sleep in the (much larger) bed of a dog sibling, it’s done purely to screw with the dog.

Sadly, dogs are too polite for confrontation and resort to halfhearted pleas with their feline occupier. On the other hand, it appears as if the cats couldn’t care less.

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The site calls them jerk cats. I’ve chosen not to use that term, since they’re not necessarily jerks. This would never happen in my home anyway. If Noir is sleeping somewhere–doesn’t matter where–Melchior goes up to him and starts nuzzling, licking, and nibbling. Often he’ll just lie down with his head and neck on Noir. Sometimes they’ll settle into a nice nap. Sometimes Noir gets tired of being harassed and leaves.

Why Your Memories Can’t Be Trusted (video)

Friday, November 1st, 2013

You can trust your own memory — right? Wrong. Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus shares decades of research showing that when it comes to remembering things, what we swear is fact is often fiction… and sometimes, the consequences of trusting our own memories are life and death.

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Thomas Ramey Watson is an affiliate faculty member of Regis University's College of Professional Studies. He has served as an Episcopal chaplain (lay), trained as a psychotherapist, done postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and was named a Research Fellow at Yale University.

In addition to his scholarly writings, he is a published author of poetry and fiction.

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