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Insular Cortex Mediates Increased Pain Tolerance in Yoga Practitioners | Cerebral Cortex

Insular Cortex Mediates Increased Pain Tolerance in Yoga Practitioners | Cerebral Cortex | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it

ABSTRACT: Yoga, an increasingly popular discipline among Westerners, is frequently used to improve painful conditions. We investigated possible neuroanatomical underpinnings of the beneficial effects of yoga using sensory testing and magnetic resonance imaging techniques. North American yogis tolerated pain more than twice as long as individually matched controls and had more gray matter (GM) in multiple brain regions. Across subjects, insular GM uniquely correlated with pain tolerance. Insular GM volume in yogis positively correlated with yoga experience, suggesting a causal relationship between yoga and insular size. Yogis also had increased left intrainsular white matter integrity, consistent with a strengthened insular integration of nociceptive input and parasympathetic autonomic regulation. Yogis, as opposed to controls, used cognitive strategies involving parasympathetic activation and interoceptive awareness to tolerate pain, which could have led to use-dependent hypertrophy of insular cortex. Together, these findings suggest that regular and long-term yoga practice improves pain tolerance in typical North Americans by teaching different ways to deal with sensory inputs and the potential emotional reactions attached to those inputs leading to a change in insular brain anatomy and connectivity.

 

Villemure, C. et al (in press). Insular cortex mediates increased pain tolerance in yoga practitioners. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bht124


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The Weird Way Exercise Could Help Your Immune System

The Weird Way Exercise Could Help Your Immune System | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report.

 

High levels of dietary protein might have the same effect, according to their study, published June 9 in the journal Gut.

“Understanding the complex relationship among what we choose to eat, activity levels and gut microbiota richness is essential,” Dr. Georgina Hold, of the Institute of Medical Sciences at Aberdeen University in Scotland, said in a journal news release.

“As life expectancy continues to increase, it is important that we understand how best to maintain good health. Never has this been more important than in respect of our resident [gut] microbiota,” she added.

 


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The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain

The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
The Spice That Prevents Fluoride From Destroying Your Brain. Fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, no stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable. All the more reason why new research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising!
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Study: Physical Fitness Improves Children's Academic Performance - Tolerance

Study: Physical Fitness Improves Children's Academic Performance
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Study: Physical Fitness Improves Children's Academic Performance. Numerous studies show children the world over are becoming less fit.
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Newsletter: Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

Newsletter: Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

From the DirectorMetabolizing Drugs and Toxins—An Interview with Sharon Krueger, Ph.D.The Case is Far from Closed for Vitamin and Mineral Supplements!What is Bioavailability?Briefly...Vitamin B12 and Stomach Acid-suppressing DrugsCruciferous Vegetables and Cancer PreventionProbiotics and PrebioticsIn Memoriam: Dr. Emile ZuckerkandlDid You Know...Developments
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U.S. Women's Open: 11-Year-Old Lucy Li Misses Cut

U.S. Women's Open: 11-Year-Old Lucy Li Misses Cut | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
She's got nerves of steel, golf talent beyond her tender years, and a precocious flair for eye-catching fashion: 11-year-old Lucy Li, the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women's Open history, looked entirely at home as she teed-off at Pinehurst No. 2.
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She scored better than four of the men on the same course in the U.S. Open!
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Golf: Michelle Wie Holds On To Win US Women's Open - SportingNews.com

Golf: Michelle Wie Holds On To Win US Women's Open - SportingNews.com | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
Golf: Michelle Wie holds on to win US Women's Open
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PINEHURST, N.C. — The road Michelle Wie took to a U.S. Women's Open title was unlike any other, and suddenly insignificant.
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Frankincense More Effective Than Chemotherapy in Killing Ovarian Cancer Cells, Study

Frankincense More Effective Than Chemotherapy in Killing Ovarian Cancer Cells, Study | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
By Stephen Adkins - University Herald Leicester University researchers have found a cure for ovarian cancer in an aromatic gum resin obtained from an African tree.

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‘All Natural’ Foods Labels Fool Millions

‘All Natural’ Foods Labels Fool Millions | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
New research finds companies are deceiving consumers in mass amounts with "natural" and "all natural" foods labels.
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Booze Is Way More Dangerous Than Pot, So We Should Triple Alcohol Taxes - Slate Magazine

Booze Is Way More Dangerous Than Pot, So We Should Triple Alcohol Taxes - Slate Magazine | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
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Booze Is Way More Dangerous Than Pot, So We Should Triple Alcohol Taxes
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America is rushing headlong toward legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.
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You aren't old until you're 80! Healthy and active lifestyles mean older people are now staying younger for longer

You aren't old until you're 80! Healthy and active lifestyles mean older people are now staying younger for longer | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it

"Old age begins at 80 – almost 20 years later than previous generations believed.

Thanks to healthier and more active lifestyles, working later in life and more public awareness of the elderly and their needs, older people are staying younger longer."



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LifeStraw® | Internationally recognized and award-winning water filters

LifeStraw® | Internationally recognized and award-winning water filters | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
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Soy Sauce Molecules Effectively Fight HIV

Soy Sauce Molecules Effectively Fight HIV | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
More than a decade after a Japanese soy sauce manufacturer said it had discovered a molecule in its sauce that could be used to fight HIV, the findings have been confirmed by university scientists.
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Enzymes: You Are What You Digest - Fitness Goop

Enzymes: You Are What You Digest - Fitness Goop | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
Enzymes: You Are What You Digest Fitness Goop Enzymes The raw food diet is a diet of fresh, whole food that has not been refined, chemically processed, denatured, or heated above 118°F, so its nutritional content is preserved, including the living...

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"Enzymes literally make magic happen."


Check out this super comprehensive guide to why enzymes are so important to your body. They're a main ingredient in helping your insides function, and they're equally as important to keeping your home functioning correctly.

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Are You Eating Enough 'Powerhouse' Vegetables?

Are You Eating Enough 'Powerhouse' Vegetables? | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
Chard, beet greens are among the most nutrient-packed, report finds (Like seeing articles focusing on the power of vegetables. This is a very informative one. Read and prepare your...

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Sustainable Food for the Globe..

New study on "Powerhouse " Vegetables surprise me.  ...""Higher-ranking foods provide more nutrients per calories," Di Noia said. "The scores may help focus consumers on their daily energy needs, and how best to get the most nutrients from their foods. The rankings provide clarity on the nutrient quality of the different foods and may aid in the selection of more nutrient-dense items within the powerhouse group."  *****

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How X-Ray Mammography Is Accelerating The Epidemic of Cancer

How X-Ray Mammography Is Accelerating The Epidemic of Cancer | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
A growing body of research suggests that x-ray mammography is planting the seeds of radiation-induced cancer within the breasts of thousands of women who subject themselves to them, annually, without knowledge of their true health risks.
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BlackHorseMedia - Google+

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Digital Media Production: San Francisco Times-Star digital newsmagazine, video documentaries, photography, iBooks, and applications.


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Autism, Developmental Delays Linked To Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy - U.C. Study

Autism, Developmental Delays Linked To Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy -  U.C. Study | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of California, Davis’ MIND Institute tracked associations with specific classes of pesticides (including organophosphates, pyrethroids and carbamates) and later diagnoses of autism and developmental delay in children. They used maps from the California Pesticide Use Report (1997-2008) and the addresses of expectant mothers to track women’s exposure to agricultural pesticide spraying during their pregnancies.

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Physical fitness in childhood 'boosts mental performance' - Chromatography Today

Physical fitness in childhood 'boosts mental performance' Chromatography Today A new study has indicated that physical fitness in childhood and adolescence is not only beneficial for both physical and mental health throughout life, but can have a...
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Dr.Christina Sanchez explains how cannabis kills cancer cells

Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid, Spain explains how THC kills cancer cells. Cristina Sánchez The goal of her research is to understand and exploit cannabinoids as potential antitumoral agents in breast cancer. More recently, she has also focused her attention on new cannabinoid receptors and their possible involvement in cannabinoid antitumoral action in breast cancer and other type of tumors.

 

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Cannabis  kill cancer Cells

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Botany and Health: Very Small Chemical Changes to Dietary Flavonoids Cause Very Large Effects on Human Immune System

Botany and Health: Very Small Chemical Changes to Dietary Flavonoids Cause Very Large Effects on Human Immune System | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
Very small chemical changes to dietary flavonoids cause very large effects when the plant natural products are tested for their impact on the human immune system. Plants are capable of making tens of thousands of different small molecules - an average leaf for example, produces around 20,000. Many of these are found in a typical diet and some are already known to have medicinal properties with effects on health, diseases and general well-being. Now plant biologists and immunologists have examined a very closely related family of these small molecules (flavonoids) to establish how tiny changes to their chemical structures affect their bio-activity.
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Label GMO's Leader Directory

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Over six million Californians have the right to know and choose what they buy and feed their families. Join our cause to get genetically engineered food labeled in California.

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March Against Monsanto, San Francisco, May 24, 2014 - YouTube

As part of a WORLDWIDE demonstration against corporate giant Monsanto, activists in San Francisco marched and rallied for solidarity with indigenous people, ...
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Report: US Ranks First in Terrible Treatment of New Mothers

Report: US Ranks First in Terrible Treatment of New Mothers | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it

"The United States is the only Western country, and one of three in the world, that does not require some kind of paid maternity leave for new mothers, said a new United Nations study released Tuesday."

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Epidemic Of Unneeded Amputations - Physicians Too Quick To Amputate Despite Medical Advances

Epidemic Of Unneeded Amputations - Physicians Too Quick To Amputate Despite Medical Advances | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
Non-traumatic amputations - those caused by arterial blockages related to diabetes, smoking, obesity and vascular system complications - are occurring at an alarming rate.

 

"The CLiRpath procedure, using a "cool" excimer laser and catheter system developed by Spectranetics Corp. (NASDAQ: SPNC), vaporizes arterial blockages, restores blood flow, and this surgery promotes wound healing, often enabling patients to leave the hospital the next day. CLiRpath has been the subject of rigorous clinical trials, with limb salvage observed in 95 percent of patients surviving to six months(1). The procedure is now available in more than 300 hospitals across the U.S."

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6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition

6 Bodily Tissues That Can Be Regenerated Through Nutrition | Health, Fitness, & Recreation | Scoop.it
It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration. Without the flame-like persistence of continual cell turnover within the body - life and death ceaselessly intertwined - the miracle of the human body would not exist.
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