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Mental Health

Vitamin D may help prevent dementia and cognitive decline by having a role in nervous tissue formation and maintaining calcium in the body - Reuters (article link)

- People severely vitamin D deficient were 60% more likely to experience substantial general cognitive decline, 31% more likely to experience cognitive problems.
- Dementia, such as Alzheimer's, is a brain-wasting condition that affects around 35 million people worldwide -- Vitamin D may help prevent the degeneration of brain tissue by having a role in formation of nervous tissue,
maintaining levels of calcium in the body, or clearing of beta-amyloid, the substance that forms the brain plaques that are associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Macromineral Deficiencies and Acid-Base Disorder

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Football Concussions: NFL Study: FMR. Players' Rate of Alzheimer's 19x Public Rate - MSNBC (video)

- NFL Accused of denying long term effects of concussions
- Lawmakers Examine Growing Rate of Football Head Injuries

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Studies suggest that floating pieces of amyloid beta called oligomers are what's killing off brain cells in Alzheimer's - Reuters (article link)

- The plaques may be the body's way of trapping and neutralizing oligomers.
- "The plaque is not the main culprit in terms of toxicity,"
- "It actually sequesters all of that amyloid," adding that oligomers are "the really toxic substance."

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Study strengthens evidence linking long-term lead exposure to the fatal neurological condition ALS - Reuters (article link)

- Researchers found that a doubling in the blood lead level was associated with a doubling in the risk of ALS.
- Even when they accounted for markers of bone breakdown, blood lead levels were still associated with ALS.
- In older adults, whose bones mass may be breaking down faster, stored lead released may be the main driver of blood lead levels.

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Study links happiness and access to technology, IT, internet - CNN (video)

- technology leads to higher satisfaction, life satisfaction increases 10%.
- access to the internet increases well being and freedom, making life easier.
- low incomes benefit the most, a sense of empowerment and freedom.

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Tip; Negativity, hostility, provocation, anger, fear, and isolation you need to push back in the opposite direction with Positivity - (news flash)

Tip; Negativity, hostility, provocation, anger, fear, and isolation you need to push back in the opposite direction by remaining calm, humor or laughter, being constructive, courage, and Positivity.

or as a mobbing or fear and negativity network would say laughter and pppositivity! :)

Bullying What To Do

Dr Sanjay Gupta describes and discusses the effects of traumatic head injury - CNN (video)

- A video that discusses the effects of traumatic head injury.
- What to watch for; headaches, nausea and vomiting, being listless or cranky, no interest in toys or games.

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Dr. Gupta's mailbag; What's bad for the heart is bad for the brain and physical activity can actually repair neurological connections in your brain - CNN (video)

- What's bad for the heart is bad for the brain, the brain requires a lot of blood flow.
- Mini strokes happen all the time in the brain without much damage but over time can lead to problems associated to Alzheimer's.
- Physical activity can actually repair neurological connections in your brain and make it physically larger.
- One study on diabetes indicated that through diet people were able to go into remission.

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The power of persuasion, Coercive interrogation is ineffective and damaging – NewScientist (news flash)

Practices such as sleep deprivation, isolation and forcing prisoners to maintain stress positions may fall outside the legal definition of torture but their impact can be just as damaging.

And as with “proper” torture, they often fail to yield any information at all, or elicit worthless statements by causing detainees to lose touch with reality.

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"Exercise is as close to a magic bullet as brain fitness gets," John Medina, PhD, Brain Center for Applied Learning - Prevention (article link)

"Exercise is as close to a magic bullet as brain fitness gets," says John Medina, PhD, director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning at Seattle Pacific University. Physical activity bathes neural tissue in oxygen-rich blood, increasing the production of chemicals that improve memory, attention, and problem-solving.
- When sedentary adults in one study jogged for half an hour 2 or 3 times a week for 12 weeks, their memory and ability to juggle tasks improved by 30%.
- A study in the American Journal of Public Health reported that women with large social networks slashed their risk of dementia by as much as 26%.

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Happy thoughts calming effect while negative thoughts inflamed brain areas often involved with depression and anxiety - Amen Clinics (news flash)

- "Happy and hopeful thoughts had an overall calming effect on the brain, while negative thoughts inflamed brain areas often involved with depression and anxiety." - Amen Clinics

- "Positive emotions have been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well being in numerous scientific studies. On the other hand, chronic anger, worry, and hostility increase the risk of developing heart disease, as people react to these feelings with raised blood pressure and stiffening blood vessels." - Harvard Health Publications

- "You can train your thoughts to be positive and hopeful or you can just allow them to be negative and upset you. That's right, it's up to you! You can learn how to change your thoughts and optimize your brain." - Amen Clinics

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New hope for cluster headaches - CNN (video)

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on a new way to relieve the pain caused by cluster headaches.
- the worse type of headaches that happen several times a day, for weeks, and months
- researches believe the headaches origin from the hypothalamus
- 100% oxygen seems to be the best solution or peace of advice from Dr. Sanjay Gupta for 80% of the people.

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Self-Esteem and Stress: Set a Goal and then Nail It - Men's Health (article link)

Why it works: Setting higher expectations for yourself doesn't create stress—it actually provides a release valve for stress. A 2006 study found that people who set goals were less anxious, felt better about themselves, and found more meaning in their lives than did their free-floating counterparts. "Setting goals boosts mood by increasing the likelihood of success, which results in better feelings about yourself and life in general," says Jennifer S. Cheavens, Ph.D.

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Michelle Obama's Secrets to a Happy, Healthy Life - Prevention (article link)

The First Lady’s number one health rule: Give yourself permission to be happy. Here she shares the eating habits, fitness routine, and secrets for inner confidence that she hopes to pass on to her daughters and the nation.

- Throughout my life, I’ve learned to make choices that make me happy and make sense for me.

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Banishing winter blues, Steps to simple happiness - MSNBC (video)


New York magazine contributing editor Sarah Bernard shares with TODAY's Ann Curry simple steps you can take towards achieving happiness.

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Increasing Your Happiness - (video link)

Dr. Lyubomirsky explains activities that might make you happier.

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Don't Let Sugar Get You Down

Perhaps no single food affects stress hormones, mood regulators, and appetite signalers as negatively as excess sugar. Learn to control sugar, and you'll go a long way toward controlling how you feel throughout the day.

This roller coaster ride often leaves people feeling drained, in a foul mood, and, usually, uncomfortably hungry.
Over time, your mood—not to mention the rest of your body—will benefit from it.

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Unwanted Thoughts

Things we sweep under the rug and thoughts we try not to think about fill our minds while we dream.

When subjects were told to avoid thinking about a certain someone before falling asleep, they were more likely to dream of that person than subjects asked to purposefully keep someone in mind.

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