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Harvard Yoga Scientists Find Proof of Meditation Benefit

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Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries -- yoga and meditation can ward off stress and disease.

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Happiness Blueprint 's curator insight, December 7, 2013 10:23 AM

Meditation is silencing the mind. When my mind is silent, which it often isn't,  my concentration increases and I experience inner peace in the midst of my turmoil: living in NYC, or for that matter, living in this world. Inner peace is what attracts me and many others to meditation. We can all benefit from it.

 

When I attended Cal Arts in the 1970s, everyone did Tai Chi. You would see people in the halls, in the hills and on mountain tops practicing Tai Chi. It was where I learned about breath and meditation.

 

Today I practice "Chocolate YUM Meditation". I find it easy and fun. And, eating chocolate while meditating supports cardiovascular health by lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure. 

 

I suggest trying all different types of meditation to see what works for you.

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How To Focus Your Mind Instantly

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When you try to do everything, you do nothing. (tweet this) To avoid doing nothing, we must focus in the moment, which requires choice, clarity, and commitme

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 21, 2013 11:19 AM

3 simple steps to becoming a focus master and über productive!


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Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph

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Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias

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Measuring Hormone Levels Could Improve Risk Assessment for Breast Cancer

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"The inclusion of multiple hormones—rather than just adding one or two individually—in breast cancer risk prediction models may improve prediction of the disease and could help better identify women who would benefit from chemoprevention, according to a study by Shelley S. Tworoger, PhD, Associate Professor in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues. The results were presented at the 12th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention (Abstract C21).

The researchers identified 473 postmenopausal women with invasive breast cancers and 770 matching controls, none of whom were using postmenopausal hormones at the time of blood draw, and analyzed their levels of estradiol, estrone, estrone sulfate, testosterone, prolactin, and sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG) in blood samples drawn 1 to 20 years before diagnosis. The researchers used two breast cancer prediction models, Gail and Rosner-Colditz, which take into account factors such as number of pregnancies and age at menarche but not levels of hormones in a woman’s blood, and added these hormones to evaluate how much risk prediction improved."


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  • Endogenous hormones have been associated with postmenopausal breast cancer and may improve clinicians’ ability to identify women at high risk of developing breast cancer and identify women who would benefit from chemoprevention.
  • Having high levels of multiple sex hormones or prolactin may further increase risk of postmenopausal breast cancer.
  • The improvement in prediction when adding circulating hormone levels was similar or better than prior studies that included mammographic density and genetic factors.
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Measuring Hormones Could Help Improve Breast Cancer Risk Prediction

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"NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Including the levels of several hormones in currently used breast cancer risk prediction models improves prediction, and this could help better identify women who would benefit from chemoprevention, according to results presented here at the 12th Annual AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Oct. 27-30.
“Postmenopausal women with high levels of the hormones estrogens, androgens, and prolactin, have a higher risk of breast cancer than women with low levels,” said Shelley S. Tworoger, Ph.D., associate professor in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. “At this point in time, however, no hormones are included in breast cancer risk prediction models. Our study suggests that adding estrone sulfate, testosterone, and prolactin levels may provide the biggest improvement in risk prediction for breast cancer.”
To predict a woman’s risk for breast cancer, the National Cancer Institute designed a statistical method called the Gail model, which takes into account factors that can be determined using a questionnaire or at a doctor’s office, including number of pregnancies and age at menarche. Similar risk estimates can be made using another model, called the Rosner-Colditz model. These models, however, currently do not consider the levels of hormones in a woman’s blood to predict the risk."


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Curated by A4BC.ORG's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:02 PM

By measuring hormones these researchers are getting closer to helping women understand their breast cancer risk.

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Study: Estrogen won't make women sharper after menopause - Visalia Times-Delta

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Information-Analytic Agency NEWS.am Study: Estrogen won't make women sharper after menopause Visalia Times-Delta “These study findings provide further evidence that a woman's decision about hormone therapy use during early postmenopause should be...
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Are we really that toxic?

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There is a reason why you are hearing more about our bodies being toxic and about detoxing on the whole. In today’s society, we are exposed to many toxins every day which are found in the food that we eat, in the air that we breathe and even in the water we drink. Each day the human body is exposed to hundreds of different toxic chemicals and hormone disruptors that slowly poison us because they also interfere with digestion and play havoc on our immune systems.

 

So what really are toxins?

Toxins are chemicals or substances that interfere with the optimal functioning of the body therefore acting as poisons.  Some sources of toxic substances are obvious like alcohol and cigarettes whereas others are hidden in our food and in different medicines we take. Did you know that even stress and tension produce a chemical reaction in our body that is highly toxic in nature?

 

There’s more! Toxins come in many forms and primarily from two sources…

From outside your body:  These are also known as environmental toxins and are absorbed into the body via your lungs, skin, mucous membranes and stomach.  We find toxins in the food we eat due to modern farming processes which encourage the use of herbicides, insecticides and pesticides. They also end up depleting the soil of essential nutrients. Secondly, the food industry in their attempt to extend food shelf life and enhance taste, also add hundreds of toxic substances like harmful preservatives to our food. Endless pollutions from gases, fumes and smoke are responsible for the creation of toxins in the air that we breathe. Different treatment processes used are responsible for the presence of toxins in the water that we drink.

 

From within your body: The other source of toxins actually comes from inside your body and is the result of internal biochemical processes, which include damaged cells, proteins and old hormones. An excess of these eventually build up in our muscles and joints, leading to inflammation and chronic pain.

 

Cell waste removal is a part of the natural metabolic process your body goes through. These toxins are removed from the cells, into the bloodstream, filtered primarily via the liver and kidneys and then excreted through the bowels, bladder, skin and lungs. Secondary elimination paths include tears, phlegm, mucus, earwax and nasal discharge.

 

The great news is that your body is designed by Mother Nature to detoxify 24 hours a day and that’s why a great deal of your body’s energy is spent on detoxification as it is a natural, essential process. However, with the ever increasing burden of environmental toxins from the food we eat and the air that we breathe, our systems struggle to keep up thus leading to health concerns when the incoming toxin level is much higher than what is being expelled.

 

At WWN, we believe that by looking at the body as a whole and by correcting or minimising any imbalances and also by including nutritional and lifestyle changes, the body’s natural balance can be restored. The first step is to allow the body to detox naturally by gently cleansing the system from within. Cleansing your system is a great way to lose weight safely and to prevent further diseases. Everyone can benefit from a cleansing program and if we enhance the natural process in our daily lives, many illnesses could be prevented and healed. Visit our website to learn more about our online wellness programs today. We also have an array of highly beneficial cleansing products that are guaranteed to give you results you will love! www.womenswellnessnetwork.com.au

 

 

 

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10 Commandments for Happy Relationships

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John Michel's curator insight, December 1, 2013 9:29 PM

Happy, healthy personal relationships are one of the greatest joys of life.  So starting today, choose to take control of your relationship with your significant other.  Here are ten commandments to follow together.

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Busy Kitchen: Adding nutrition to homemade treats | Tulsa World

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This article provides some great tips for adding nutrition to housemade treats. At a time of the year when we're always eating treats for halloween, thanksgiving, and holiday parties, it's tough to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle. 

 

One great way to help stay on track while satisfying your sweet tooth is to incorporate healthy ingredients into delicious sweet treats! Follow this link to check out a recipe for chocolate cupcakes that include black beans, bananas, and applesauce, and popcorn balls with less sugar.


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David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful | Video on TED.com

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude.

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Everything You Need to Know About Adrenal Fatigue

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Your health is on a continuum. On one end you have optimal health, and on the other, you have chronic illness. Your adrenal health works in the same way.

 

The primary role of your adrenal glands is to produce and regulate the stress hormone cortisol. Your adrenal glands also produce sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, and they produce your neurotransmitters, adrenaline (epinephrine), norepinephrine, and dopamine. These hormones and neurotransmitters regulate your metabolism and communicate with other organs, like your brain, kidneys, and reproductive system. However, chronic stress can suppress your adrenal glands, causing them to release insufficient amounts of these necessary hormones.


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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:29 PM
Yes, proor diet, that is processed and junk foods, are a major contributor to adrenal fatigue.
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A very real issue to consider. More is not always better. 

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Gratitude for Feeling Crappy

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I often don't feel well due to stress hormones, which act up partly because I have Type 1 diabetes. But I try to feel grateful when that happens.

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