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Why The Ocean Calls To Us, According To Science

Why The Ocean Calls To Us, According To Science | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Since ancient times, humans have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. In early Rome, baths were an important part of cultural life, a place where citizens went to find relaxation and to connect with others in a calming setting. ...
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Rebels Without a Cause:
The Keene Pumpkin Riots

Rebels Without a Cause:<br/>The Keene Pumpkin Riots | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
The past few years have seen powerful unrest across the world, from Egypt, to Mexico, to Hong Kong and, of course, our own brothers and sisters in Missouri.

So when reports of rioting at an annual…
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Shock revelations as Egypt’s King Tut unmasked

Shock revelations as Egypt’s King Tut unmasked | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
King Tutankhamun, an icon of Ancient Egypt, reportedly had buck teeth, wide hips and a severe limp,
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The Black Victorians: Astonishing Portraits Unseen for 120 Years on Exhibit in London Through November

The Black Victorians: Astonishing Portraits Unseen for 120 Years on Exhibit in London Through November | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
The African Choir were a group of young South African singers that toured Britain between 1891 and 1893. They were formed to raise funds for a Christian school in their home country and performed f...
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Big Churches, Big Bucks: Southern Senior Pastors Take Top Salaries

Big Churches, Big Bucks: Southern Senior Pastors Take Top Salaries | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
A total of 727 churches in the U.S. and Canada with attendance ranging from 1,000 to more than 30,000 answered questions, more than double the number of congregations featured in previous studies.
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12 Ways to Deal with Major Life Changes - Purpose Fairy

12 Ways to Deal with Major Life Changes - Purpose Fairy | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
12 Ways to Deal with Major Life Changes.
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Brain Health - Clinically Proven Natural Brain Enhancers Parris M. Kidd, PhD

Brain Health - Clinically Proven Natural Brain Enhancers Parris M. Kidd, PhD | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Clinically Proven Natural Brain Enhancers


Parris M. Kidd, PhD Copyright © Parris M. Kidd, PhD, August 2011


Do you have concerns about aging and memory loss? You don't need to feel helpless because there are nutrients that can slow or stop cognitive decline. Natural Brain Enhancers (NBE) is the term I coined for those nutrients that objectively enhance healthy brain functions in clinical trials. Here are the NBEs that are naturally part of our metabolism and are proven especially safe and effective.

DHA (DocosaHexaenoic Acid, Omega-3) is practically a vitamin since the body is virtually unable to make it from other nutrients. DHA constitutes up to 10 percent of the brain's dry weight. The brain has virtually none of the other omega-3 fatty acids such as ALA (alpha linolenic acid) or EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid); therefore, DHA is its premier omega-3 enhancer.

DHA is crucial for brain and vision development prior to and following birth, and occurs concentrated in the breast milk. In children, young adults, the middle aged, and the elderly, DHA status correlates not just with healthy learning and memory, but also with healthy mood and behavior.

DHA also supports heart and circulatory health, and the many docosanoid messenger molecules derived from DHA help regulate healthy inflammation throughout the body.

PS (PhosphatidylSerine) is the best documented of all the brain nutrients. PS supports healthy memory, learning, mood, and coping with stress. PS is also the only nutrient with two FDA Qualified Health Claims (rare claims that can legally be made regarding the diseases that can be helped by a nutrient) related to its brain-support actions. As with DHA, PS is concentrated in human breast milk.

PS is a universal building block for cell membranes, the thin molecular sheets that make up the outer boundaries of all our cells. PS supports the initiation and propagation of electrical currents in the nerve cells, and across the synaptic junctions that link one nerve cell to another. PS supports nerve growth factor (NGF) to help manage nerve circuit renewal. PS also helps build the mitochondria, which make ATP energy within the cell.

GPC (GlyceroPhosphoCholine) protects brain and body. Like PS, GPC also is concentrated in breast milk and also supports NGF action. GPC benefited attention, memory, and behavior in controlled clinical trials.

GPC is a superior dietary source of choline, a vitamin-like nutrient that contributes to making the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which supports numerous healthy body functions including the growth hormone secretion. GPC reaches very high concentrations inside our cells, and is a rare osmotic buffer that helps protect the brain (and entire body) against toxic waste buildup. This unique action helps explain why GPC is so effective for brain protection and circuit maintenance.

Antarctic Krill extract is a natural lipid complex of cell membrane building blocks. Krill's phospholipids deliver DHA and EPA to the brain far better than do the storage triglycerides of fish oil (which completely lacks phospholipids). They also contribute the red carotenoid astaxanthin, a potent cell membrane antioxidant that is also a proven natural brain enhancer. When directly compared in a controlled clinical trial, the krill active lipids markedly outperformed fish oil for supporting healthy mood.

ALC (Acetyl-L-Carnitine) is a premier energy nutrient. It is crucial for the mitochondria to make ATP to fuel cell activity. Clinically, it relieves fatigue and supports healthy nerve cell maintenance around the body. ALC also contributes acetyl groups for acetylcholine and for healthy gene-level DNA regulation. It helps ease discomforts associated with alcohol intake. ALC also supports behavior control in children, healthy mood in adults, and healthy memory in the elderly.

MTHF (5-MethylTetraHydroFolate) is the most metabolically active folate vitamin. MTHF is better absorbed than food folates or the synthetic folic acid, virtually all of which must be converted in the body to MTHF to be metabolically active. Some people are unable to do this conversion and have difficulty with processes such as gene-level regulation. MTHF is absolutely required for brain development, maturation, adaptability (plasticity), memory and other cognition, and for healthy mood management.

SAMe (S-Adenosyl Methionine) is a major metabolic activator. It provides energyactivated methyl groups for at least 100 enzymes, and was recently discovered to support another 600-2000 Radical SAMe enzymes via its highly activated adenosyl group. SAMe is also a metabolic precursor for the intracellular antioxidant glutathione, a nutrient that is critical to detoxification and numerous other metabolic pathways. Controlled clinical trials indicate SAMe is highly effective for supporting healthy mood and behavior, in addition to it promoting healthy joint and liver function.

Natural brain enhancers have numerous potential applications. They support the brain's healthy adaptability (plasticity) via numerous cell-level action mechanisms that translate into measurable clinical benefits. Academic researchers are increasingly turning to nutrients for safely boosting healthy brain structure and function. Further objective research into natural brain enhancers is likely to produce widespread improvements in quality of life across the human lifespan.

Further Reading:
1. Doidge N. The Brain That Changes Itself. New York: Viking (Penguin Group); 2007.
2. Saldanha LG, others. Prostagl Leukotr Ess Fatty Acids 2009;81:233-236.
3. Kidd PM. PS (PhosphatidylSerine), Nature's Brain Booster. A Vital Lipid Nutrient for Memory, Mood and Stress (Second Edition, 96 pages). 2007; Total Health Communications, St. George, Utah, USA; www.dockidd.com.
4. Kato-Kataoka A, others. J Clin Biochem Nutr 2010;47:246-255.
5. Kidd PM. GPC (GlyceroPhosphoCholine), Mind-Body Power for Active Living and Healthy Aging (125 pages). 2007; Total Health Communications, St. George, Utah, USA; www.dockidd.com.
6. Sampalis F, others. Altern Med Rev 2003;8:171-179.
7. Kidd PM. . Altern Med Rev 2008;13:85-115.
8. Krauss-Etschmann S, others. Am J Clin Nutr 2007;85:1392-1400.
9. Nelson JC. Am J Psychiatr 2010;167:889-891.
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Pastor Eugene Cho: this generation may be "most overrated in human history" - On Faith & Culture

Pastor Eugene Cho: this generation may be "most overrated in human history" - On Faith & Culture | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
The Seattle pastor comes out swinging in his latest book, scolding American Christians for their couch-surfing slacktivism. Says we live in a "social-media-hyper-narcisstic-ego-self-centered world."
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The Dr. Wayne Dyer Blog - Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Dr. Wayne Dyer Blog - Dr. Wayne Dyer | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Renowned author and speaker Dr. Wayne Dyer provides insight on how to live with contentment, gratitude, and awe.
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C.S. Lewis’s Ideal Daily Routine

C.S. Lewis’s Ideal Daily Routine | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
"It is essential of the happy life that a man would have almost no mail."

I've had a longtime fascination with the daily routines of nota
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How Rockets Really Work

How Rockets Really Work | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
The chemistry of ridable explosions.

In recounting the riveting experience of what it's like to launch on a Space Shuttle, pioneering ast
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Church, Here's Why People Are Leaving You. Part 1

Church, Here's Why People Are Leaving You. Part 1 | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Being on the other side of the Exodus sucks, don't it? I see the panic on your face, Church. I know the internal terror as you see the statistics and hear the stories and scan the exit polls. I see...
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Theological Bankruptcy

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What will your liturgy on Sunday morning say about Renisha McBride? What sermon will be preached that speaks out for Mike Brown? What benediction will be pronounced that considers Marlene Pinnock...
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6 Secrets From The Greek Island Where People Forget To Die

6 Secrets From The Greek Island Where People Forget To Die | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue

By Laine Bergeson

On the Greek island of Ikaria, people forget to die.

For the most part, they also forget to get sick — the island’s many nonagenarians experience relatively little cancer, cardiovascular...
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In 1964, The Brilliant Isaac Asimov Wrote Some Predictions For 2014 — Wait Until You See How Right He Was

In 1964, The Brilliant Isaac Asimov Wrote Some Predictions For 2014 — Wait Until You See How Right He Was | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Self-driving car? He called it.
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Pray to halt Ebola, Liberian president urges

Pray to halt Ebola, Liberian president urges | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called for three days of fasting and prayer to ask for divine intervention against her country's deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak.
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Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disorder but Eight

Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disorder but Eight | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
In perhaps the most important study in schizophrenia’s history, researchers have identified that it is not a single inherited disorder as previously believed, but rather eight separate genetic disorders.
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7 Ways to Promote Yourself When You're Introverted

Marketing doesn't have to be you doing everything.
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Why I Cannot Accept the Ice Bucket Challenge

Why I Cannot Accept the Ice Bucket Challenge | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
At least one pastor is refusing to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—and it has nothing to do with an aversion to freezing water.
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China's 'Birthplace of Kung Fu' Hopes to Lure CEOs for Meditation Training

China's 'Birthplace of Kung Fu' Hopes to Lure CEOs for Meditation Training | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
An ancient Shaolin temple in China is hoping to capitalize on its claim as the birthplace of kung fu
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Indian Elephant Who Paints Gets Gallery Show

Indian Elephant Who Paints Gets Gallery Show | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared on artnet News.
By Sarah Cascone


A painting by elephant Phoolkali and Alpana Ahuja.


Delhi’s ArtSpice gallery is currently hosting Ganpati to Gajah, the first exhibition of an unconventional artist: a res...
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ferguson turmoil illustrates ‘real racial problem’ in America - The Black Report

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ferguson turmoil illustrates ‘real racial problem’ in America - The Black Report | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
ABA Journal - In an interview with the National Law Journal, Ginsburg said the turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy illustrate the problems.
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Mark Driscoll to step down while Mars Hill elders review charges - Religion News Service

Mark Driscoll to step down while Mars Hill elders review charges - Religion News Service | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
(RNS) The megachurch pastor has faced a series of allegations in the past year, including charges from former Mars Hill pastors.
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Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
"Love is the only way to rescue humanity from all ills."

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of
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How to Grow Your Own Food Anywhere

How to Grow Your Own Food Anywhere | Soul & Spirituality | Scoop.it
Global food prices are skyrocketing and have led to 51 food riots in 37 countries since 2007.  Here in the US, food costs and food security issues are out of control, with 1 in 4 children going…
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