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Chinese meditation IBMT prompts double positive punch in brain white matter | Science Codex

Chinese meditation IBMT prompts double positive punch in brain white matter | Science Codex | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

 Scientists (Yi-Yuan Tang and Michael Posner) studying the Chinese mindfulness meditation known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT) say they've confirmed and expanded their findings on changes in structural efficiency of white matter in the brain that can be related to positive behavioral changes in subjects practicing the technique regularly for a month.


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Brain Rules by John Medina (Exercise Chapter)

Free chapter from Dr. John Medina's book:


Rule #1: Exercise boosts brain power.

The human brain evolved under conditions of almost constant motion. From this, one might predict that the optimal environment for processing information would include motion. That is exactly what one finds. Indeed, the best business meeting would have everyone walking at about 1.8 miles per hour. Researchers studied two elderly populations that had led different lifestyles, one sedentary and one active. Cognitive scores were profoundly influenced. Exercise positively affected executive function, spatial tasks, reaction times and quantitative skills.


So researchers asked: If the sedentary populations become active, will their cognitive scores go up? Yes, it turns out, if the exercise is aerobic. In four months, executive functions vastly improve; longer, and memory scores improve as well.



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This Is Your Brain on 'Call Me Maybe': The Scientific Power of Music (Video)

This Is Your Brain on 'Call Me Maybe': The Scientific Power of Music (Video) | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Like food, sex, and drugs, music boosts dopamine levels to create addictive feelings of pleasure. In this short, scrappy video, the web series ASAP Science illustrates how it works.


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Your Baby’s Brain on Sunshine – Vitamin D and Neurodevelopment | Brain Blogger

Your Baby’s Brain on Sunshine – Vitamin D and Neurodevelopment | Brain Blogger | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

We’ve long associated vitamin D deficiency with rickets, but autism? Schizophrenia? Depression? The past decade of research has cast light on a new role for the sunshine vitamin and there’s a growing consensus: vitamin D deficiency doesn’t just harm developing bones—it harms the developing brain.

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The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness

The Incomparable Naomi Shihab Nye on Kindness | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
The poems of Naomi Shihab Nye have an uncanny way of showing up at exactly the right moment to summon you below the surface of your life.


"Once we have the experience of absorbing a poem and feeling that appetite satisfied, then we have access to a language that is devoted to transporting the spirit. Just as there is something inside a compass that causes it to always return to true North, so there is something in poetry that can harmonize and refocus us."

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How The Brain Rewires Itself

How The Brain Rewires Itself | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it


"FOR DECADES, THE PREVAILING DOGMA IN neuroscience was that the adult human brain is essentially immutable, hardwired, fixed in form and function, so that by the time we reach adulthood we are pretty much stuck with what we have. Yes, it can create (and lose) synapses, the connections between neurons that encode memories and learning. And it can suffer injury and degeneration. But this view held that if genes and development dictate that one cluster of neurons will process signals from the eye and another cluster will move the fingers of the right hand, then they'll do that and nothing else until the day you die. There was good reason for lavishly illustrated brain books to show the function, size and location of the brain's structures in permanent ink.ut research in the past few years has overthrown the dogma. In its place has come the realization that the adult brain retains impressive powers of "neuroplasticity"--the ability to change its structure and function in response to experience."


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Did you know that thinking about performing a particular task can improve motor skills?

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Study Shows Marines' PTSD Symptoms Reduced via Integrative Medicine - Scripps Health - San Diego

Study Shows Marines' PTSD Symptoms Reduced via Integrative Medicine - Scripps Health - San Diego | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it


Healing touch combined with guided imagery (HT+GI) provides significant clinical reductions in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms for combat-exposed active duty military, according to a study released in the September issue of Military Medicine.

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How to Build and Sustain a Thriving Online Health Community

What is an online community?

 

A group of people who share a strong common interest, form relationships and interact online.

 

Community life cycle

Inception • Focus on growth • Develop relationships with potential members • Nurture an active core group • Foster tone and style

 

Establishment • Focus on activity • Deepen sense of community • Broaden outreach • Create content for and about the community

 

Maturity • Focus on scaling the community • Maintain sense of community • Assess and optimize processes • Co-create content and develop collective value

 

Mitosis • Focus on division and expansion • Monitor for subcommunity developments • Consult community • Conceive and establish new community

 

Measure:• Growth• Activity• Sense of community

 

In order to:• Grow• Improve• Report value

 

 

 

 


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Exercise as Housecleaning for the Body

Exercise as Housecleaning for the Body | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
The ability of exercise to speed the removal of garbage from inside our body's cells may be one of its most valuable, if least visible, effects, a new study suggests.

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50 Of The Healthiest Foods In The World

50 Of The Healthiest Foods In The World | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Each month at HuffPost Healthy Living, we compile lists of the most in-season, fresh superfoods -- this June, for instance, we celebrated figs, zucchini and apricots, among others.

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Top 12 Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works

Top 12 Reasons Why Music as Therapy Works | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
I was recently invited to write an article for Posit Science. Although not yet posted, it lays out the arguments I use to support why music as therapy works.


“Our bodies like rhythm and our brains like melody and harmony.” (Daniel Levitin)


There are over 5,000 board-certified music therapists in the United States. And there’s one question we get asked daily:


What is music therapy?

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The Daily Asparagus - Recipes

The Daily Asparagus - Recipes | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

When you steam asparagus, all you taste is its grassy, clean flavor — at least until you dunk the spears into some kind of sauce...


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Nanorobotics - Medicine of future

Nanorobotics - Medicine of future | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Recent technological developments indicate that doctor might one day start prescribing nanorobotics as pills for serious ailments


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A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation

A Future Without Chronic Pain - Dana Foundation | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Chronic pain affects 1.5 billion people worldwide, an estimated 100 million of whom live in the United States. "Most chronic pain conditions produce changes in the brain that contribute to what can be termed the “centralization of pain.” This implies that ongoing pain produces progressive alterations in brain connections, molecular biology, chemistry, and structure, with behavioral consequences. One brain region consistently affected in chronic pain conditions is called the dorsolateral prefrontal lobe, a region in the front of our brains thought to be involved in several higher-order functions, including cognition, motor planning, and working memory. This centralization of pain involves alterations in sensory, emotional, and modulatory circuits, which normally inhibit pain. Thus chronic pain may alter cognition and emotion, leading to increased fear, anxiety, or depression."


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15 Studied Effects of Classical Music on Your Brain

15 Studied Effects of Classical Music on Your Brain | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

Classical music, whether you love it or hate it, has been a powerful cultural force for centuries. While it no longer dominates the music scene, the argument for continued appreciation of the genre goes far beyond pure aural aesthetics. Classical music has been lauded for its ability to do everything from improve intelligence to reduce stress, and despite some exaggeration of its benefits, science shows us that it actually does have a marked effect on the brain in a number of positive ways.


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» 10 Stress Busters - World of Psychology

» 10 Stress Busters - World of Psychology | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

By THERESE J. BORCHARD


Stress is like dark chocolate. A little of it won’t kill you. In fact, small blocks here and there can be good for you, or at least give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. But chronic and severe stress can damage your body and mind, blocking the fluid communication to and from most organs–especially in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and in the limbic system, the brain’s emotional center. Believe me, you want these two systems running as smoothly as possible, with low levels of the delinquent stress hormones in your bloodstream. Which is why I always keep some stress busters handy. Here are 10 of my favorites.

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Tube City Chronicles: Naomi Shihab Nye

Tube City Chronicles: Naomi Shihab Nye | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

...there is something in poetry that can harmonize and refocus us."

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The Medicine of Poetry

The Medicine of Poetry | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
How words can save your life....


“I never could connect with poetry,” Jan said. “I’m a math teacher!” She was sitting on my living room couch surrounded by piles of poetry books. On the coffee table was a stack of cards, each with a different poem on it. Even some of the art on the wall had hand-calligraphed verses among the colors.

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How To Kill A Thought (In A Good Way): More On Mindfulness - Forbes

"In many ways, the brain will do what it will do. But it is rewire-able. It just has to be reminded of a better way – and reminded again, and perhaps again – which will ultimately shift our thoughts for the better, so that they can’t “dupe” us as they have before. So, in the end, it’s not so much about killing our thoughts as it is about investigating them until they lose their power, and they often stop coming on their own. This is the real practice."


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Typing with Hand & Wrist Pain? Here's Your Solution! | HealthNOW Medical

Typing with Hand & Wrist Pain? Here's Your Solution! | HealthNOW Medical | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
Hand and wrist pain is common. Unfortunately it can be debilitating and prevent you from working effectively. Find out how to treat without drugs from a doctor.
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6 Ways Exercise Makes Your Brain Better

6 Ways Exercise Makes Your Brain Better | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

As we get older, the birth of new brain cells slows, and our brain tissue actually shrinks. Exercise may be able to reverse that trend.


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9 Apps To Help You Make Better Food Choices For Yourself And The Planet

9 Apps To Help You Make Better Food Choices For Yourself And The Planet | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it

I'm a brick and mortar and keep it simple kind of guy but for those of you that really like the e-feedback/coaching check this out, solid stuff.  I borrowed this link from my friend and colleague Dr Michael Mantel


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Connecting with “Drum Wisdom” and ... - Music Therapy Drumming

Connecting with “Drum Wisdom” and ... - Music Therapy Drumming | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
When we talk about drum wisdom, drum magic, or the healing power of drumming, what does that really mean? Here is part 1 of a series that explores what these terms mean.

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Music Therapy for Pain Relief

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When Men's fitness starts writing about how music can help you push through barriers - then you know we're on to something...;-p

 

Turn up the music to reduce pain....


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When Wellness of Mind is All You Need to be Healthy – Top iPad Meditation Apps | PadGadget

When Wellness of Mind is All You Need to be Healthy – Top iPad Meditation Apps | PadGadget | Integrative Medicine | Scoop.it
There are plenty of ways to keep our bodies healthy. Eating right, exercising, getting plenty of water and rest- these are just a few important means to keeping our biological engines running in tip-top shape.

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