Why This Common Cooking Oil is a Cancer Nightmare

The modern world consumes more fast food and processed food that we’d like to admit – Hell, most of the people don’t even know what they are eating!

Back in 1956, the world was convinced that cooking oil was a better, tastier, and most importantly a more healthy choice as opposed to butter or lard. The world definitely fell for this malicious business and marketing trick and now we are starting to see the long-term effects of these toxic cooking oils.

Vegetable oils are cooking oils that have been extracted from various different seeds. The most common vegetable oil seed extraction comes from rapeseeds, soybean, corn, sunflower, safflower, and peanuts. While oils that are extracted from natural seeds seem to be harmless, this is not the case. Unlike olive oil or coconut oil, they have to be extracted through a process of pressing. The oils they are left with are chemically altered and are terrible for the human body.

Vegetable oils are bad because they contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). These fats are dangerous because they are extremely vulnerable to damage from light, heat, and oxygen. These elements cause the fats to become oxidized, and when ingested they can cause obesity and diabetes. They clog up your arteries and are a leading cause of heart disease.

In one study, researchers oxidized soybean oil by heating it up multiple times. Afterward, they fed it to rats. The oxidized soybean oil caused inflammation, which raised the rats’ blood pressure and contributed to hypertension! There is no doubt that switching from vegetable oils to natural oils would extremely increase your overall health. A great natural substitute for vegetable oils is coconut oil.

Coconut oil happens to have a very high content of lauric acid. Lauric acid is a type of saturated fatty acid that mainly increases HDL, the healthy type of cholesterol that you want to be high. It is a great natural remedy for cooking oils!

Scientists Discover Marijuana Helps Heal Broken Bones & Even Make Them Stronger

The multitude of benefits derived from the miraculous cannabis plant are being discovered every day now. A new study performed by researchers shows that the active ingredient in marijuana can help heal bones faster and make them stronger!

The primary chemical in marijuana is called Tetrahydrocannabinol, (THC.) This chemical has been proven to have tons of positive benefits on the body. It is proven to reduce the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, and even relieve anxiety and panic attacks.

This chemical has also proven to be extremely beneficial in the fight against cancer. While modern day cancer treatments do more harm than good, THC actually eliminates the cancer cells on the spot. Unlike chemotherapy, the chemical kills the cancer cells while leaving healthy ones without any harm. Chemotherapy simply kills all the cells, but THC induces a state of apoptosis within the cell. This is when the cell essentially commits suicide!

This potent neurochemical is groundbreaking and revolutionizing the medical industry as we know it today. The only issue that holds it back is its long-term misjudged benefits and legal classifications. Until that is recovered, all we can do is prove them wrong. Likewise, a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral research reveals some amazing new information and proven facts about this chemical!

The study was performed by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University. According to this study, marijuana not only makes your bones stronger, but it also helps heal broken or fractured bones faster!

We found that CBD alone makes bones stronger during healing, enhancing the maturation of the collagenous matrix, which provides the basis for new mineralization of bone tissue,” researcher Yankel Gabet said. “After being treated with CBD, the healed bone will be harder to break in the future.

Marijuana is so effective in treating and increasing bone health because your bones contain special receptors that are literally meant for THC. They are called cannabinoid receptors and they are all throughout your body. This particular situation refers to those that reside within the bones. During the study, the researchers inflicted mild bone fractures on rats, (I know it’s so sad,) and then injected the rats with CBD, plus tetrahydrocannabinol. Afterward, they observed the healing effects and rates of the rats injected and compared them to rats who had not been injected.

“We found CBD alone to be sufficiently effective in enhancing fracture healing,” Gabet said. “Other studies have also shown CBD to be a safe agent, which leads us to believe we should continue this line of study in clinical trials to assess its usefulness in improving human fracture healing.”

Cassia Bark Oil: Why It’s Valuable in Traditional Chinese Medicine

What Is Cassia Bark Oil?

Cassia bark oil is derived from the Cinnamomum cassia plant of the Lauraceae family. It is frequently compared to cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil, which are both extracted from the same plant species.

Also known as the Chinese cinnamon, cassia is native to China and is a slender, evergreen tree that grows up to 20 meters or 65 feet tall. It has thick, leathery leaves and tiny, immaculately white flowers.

Cassia bark oil is widely available and sourced in China and the U.S., where it is distilled. It is a dark brown liquid with a strong warm and woody-resinous odor and sweet balsamic undertone. The tannins in the bark give the essential oil a dark color if copper stills are used. Rectified cassia bark oil, on the other hand, has a yellowish color.

Uses of Cassia Bark Oil

Although cassia bark is very seldom added to perfume products because of its dark color, it is commonly used as a flavoring agent in food, beverages and pharmaceutical preparations just like cinnamon.

As an herbal preparation, cassia bark can be used to assist in improving digestive issues, such as flatulence, colic, dyspepsia, and diarrhea. Cassia bark oil, on the other hand, has been found beneficial in helping treat fevers, colds, flu, and chills when used in vapor therapy.

Composition of Cassia Bark Oil

The main chemical components of cassia bark oil are cinnamic aldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, benzaldehyde, linalool and chavicol.1 Similar to cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil, cinnamaldehyde is also one of the major constituents of cassia bark oil.

Benefits of Cassia Bark Oil

Traditionally, the cassia bark plant is extensively used in Chinese herbal medicine, particularly in vascular disorders. Cassia bark oil, however, is said to be effective in improving cardiovascular, digestive, genito-urinary, circulation and immune system disorders.2 It is also known to deliver remarkable effects in:3

Helping treat nausea and vomiting

Lowering body temperature in fever

Improving blood circulation

Relieving viral infections

Aid in curing diarrhea

Easing depression

Relieving joint pain

Fighting microbial infections in the body

Strengthening the gums, hair roots, and muscles

How to Make Cassia Bark Oil

Cassia bark oil is produced through the process of steam or water distillation. This essential oil is usually extracted from the leaves, barks, twigs and stalks of the slim, perennial cassia tree.

Produced on a large scale in China and the United States, cassia bark oil is often adulterated, which in turn results in high levels of toxicity.

To ensure that you only get cassia bark oil at its highest possible quality, I highly recommend that you buy only from trusted and reputable manufacturers that only produce their oils from wholesome organic ingredients and safe practices.

How Does Cassia Bark Oil Work?

Cassia bark oil is one of the many essential oils worth adding in your medicine cabinet due to its well-documented healing properties.

It works well as a febrifuge (reduces fever), antiemetic (helps stop vomiting), carminative (lessens instances of gas or flatulence) and anti-arthritic agent. Suggested applications for cassia bark oil include:4

Antiseptic. Dilute cassia bark oil in a mild carrier oil and apply a small amount to the reflex points of the feet.

Anti-diarrhea. For diarrhea and other digestive issues, dilute and massage the essential oil into the reflex points of the feet and over the abdomen.

Antifungal. Apply a small amount of diluted cassia bark oil to the affected area at least once or twice daily.

Antiviral. For colds and flu, diffuse the essential oil through the room.

Is Cassia Bark Oil Safe?

Cassia bark oil can be a potential skin irritant and dermal sensitizer. Cassia bark oil is definitely not safe to be used on babies and small children, given the extremely delicate nature of their young skin.

Because of its 100 percent sensitization value, I strongly discourage topical applications of pure cassia bark oil. You may dilute it in a mild carrier oil in low concentrations to reduce its strength.

Nevertheless, I still say it’s best to seek the expert advice of an experienced aromatherapy practitioner before doing anything to avoid unfortunate incidents.

In addition, cassia bark oil also has potent emmenagogue (stimulate blood flow) and antigalactogogue (prevent or decrease the secretion of milk) properties, which is why I do not advise pregnant or lactating women to take any form of it.

Side Effects of Cassia Bark Oil

While there may be existing recommendations to use cassia bark oil in aromatherapy or vapor therapy, let me warn you that too much inhalation of this warm essential oil may possibly induce insomnia, debility or depression in some individuals.

I recommend that you seek expert medical opinion practitioner first before incorporating cassia bark oil, or any herbal oil, into your health and wellness regimen.

Can Pink Noise Help You Sleep?

By Dr. Mercola

You probably don’t think of noise in terms of colors, but there is a rainbow of noise out there — from the familiar white noise that occurs when a TV turns to static to the higher-pitched blue noise, which sounds similar to a hissing spray of water.1

Somewhere in the middle is pink noise, gentle sound similar to that of rushing water or wind blowing through leaves on a tree.

Pink noise contains frequencies from 20 hertz to 20,000 hertz, just like white noise, but the lower frequencies are louder and more powerful than the higher frequencies (white noise, in contrast, has equal power in all of its frequencies).2

However, pink noise has equal power per octave (a range of frequencies whose upper frequency limit is twice that of its lower frequency limit), which is why most people hear it as an even noise.3

To an untrained ear, pink noise may sound quite similar to white noise, but the former, it seems, may have particular promise for helping you sleep and improving other areas of human health, including that of your brain.

Pink Noise at Night May Help You Sleep Better and Improve Memory

Research published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience revealed that listening to pink noise could improve sleep and memory among 60- to 84-year-olds, a population that tends to have reduced slow wave sleep, or deep sleep, compared to younger individuals.4 Slow wave sleep is also associated with memory consolidation.

While spending the night in a sleep lab, participants listened to pink noise one night and no noise the next. Notably, the pink noise was played in bursts to match the timing of participants’ slow wave sleep.

Not only did the pink noise enhance slow wave sleep, it also was linked to better scores on memory tests. The participants scored about three times better on memory tests the morning after listening to pink noise in their sleep.5

Senior study author Dr. Phyllis Zee, professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told Time, “The noise is fairly pleasant; it kind of resembles a rush of water … It’s just noticeable enough that the brain realizes it’s there, but not enough to disturb sleep.”6

Does the Timing of Pink-Noise Exposure Matter?

Zee and her team are working on developing a device you can use to deliver pink noise at home, although there are many apps already available that claim to do so.

Zee said that the memory benefits, however, may depend on the pink noise enhancing slow wave sleep, which means the noise may need to be administered at appropriate times to be most effective.7 She said in a press release:8

“This is an innovative, simple and safe non-medication approach that may help improve brain health … This is a potential tool for enhancing memory in older populations and attenuating normal age-related memory decline.”

Past research also found that steady pink noise helped to regulate brain waves and led to more stable sleep and improved sleep quality in adults, both during the night (a 23 percent improvement with pink noise) and during naps (a 45 percent improvement).9

Seventy-five percent of the study participants also said they experienced more restful sleep when exposed to pink noise.10

Sleeping Too Much or Too Little Linked to Higher Weight

Sleep influences far more than your energy level; it’s intricately involved in virtually every aspect of your health, including your weight. Among people genetically predisposed to obesity, the amount you sleep may also make a difference.

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those who slept less than seven hours or more than nine hours a night weighed more, on average, than those who slept the recommended seven to nine hours.11

The short sleepers weighed about 4.5 pounds more while the long sleepers weighed nearly 9 pounds more than the normal sleepers.12

The association persisted regardless of diet, and it was also found that shift work and daytime napping was associated with higher weight among this population. Study co-author, research associate Carlos Celis-Morales, BHF Cardiovascular Research Centre at Glasgow, said:13

“It appears that people with high genetic risk for obesity need to take more care about lifestyle factors to maintain a healthy body weight. Our data suggest that sleep is another factor which needs to be considered, alongside diet and physical activity.”

In this study, there was not as strong a link between sleep duration and weight among people with low genetic obesity risk; however, other studies have shown links between weight and sleep.

For instance, people who typically slept five hours or less a night showed a 32 percent gain in visceral fat (a dangerous type linked to heart disease and other chronic diseases) versus a 13 percent gain among those who slept six or seven hours per night, and a 22 percent increase among men and women who got at least eight hours of sleep each night.14

Night Owls May Eat Less Healthy Than Morning People

There are various reasons why sleep affects weight. Lack of sleep also decreases levels of the fat regulating hormone leptin while increasing the hunger hormone ghrelin. The resulting increase in hunger and appetite can easily lead to overeating and weight gain.

In addition, according to a study in the journal Sleep, later bedtimes correlate to greater weight gain even in healthy, non-obese people.15

Late-night snacking further increases that risk. In fact, avoiding food at least three hours prior to bedtime is one of my standard recommendations as it helps to make sure that your body is burning fat as its primary fuel which will keep you lean.

A recent study published in the journal Obesity further revealed that the types of foods chosen by morning and evening types of people differ, with night owls tending to eat less healthy, perhaps as a consequence of “living against their internal biological time.”16

Specifically, on weekdays the night owls tended to choose breakfast foods that were higher in sugar and lower in fiber compared to those chosen by the morning types. In the evening, the night owls also tended to eat more sugar.

“On weekends, the differences were even greater,” The New York Times reported. “Evening people ate significantly more sugar and fats, had more irregular mealtimes, and ate meals and snacks twice as often as morning people.”17

Since “our society is pretty much structured to suit morning types better,” the study’s lead author Mirkka Maukonen of the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare told the Times, “awareness of one’s own chronotype [when you are naturally predisposed to sleep and wake] may encourage paying more attention to overall healthier lifestyle choices.”18

Sleeping More Than Nine Hours a Night Linked to Dementia

Your brain is also affected by how much you sleep, and research again shows that there appears to be a “Goldilocks” zone that’s best — neither too much nor too little.

Those who sleep for more than nine hours a night consistently, for instance, had a six-fold greater risk of developing dementia in the next 10 years compared to those who slept less.19

Long sleep duration was also associated with smaller brain volume and poorer executive function, which suggests prolonged sleep duration may be a marker of early neurodegeneration, the researchers said. Too little sleep has also been linked to dementia.20 As Newsweek reported:21

“Missing out on deep non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep may allow proteins linked to dementia to have easier access to the brain.

Beta-amyloid, a protein suspected of triggering Alzheimer’s, aggregates in higher concentrations in the brains of those who chronically suffer from poor sleep. As beta-amyloid accumulates, the protein further inhibits the ability to sleep, which feeds into a terrible cycle linked to dementia.”

The Link Between Sleep and Mental Health

Episodes of insomnia may also be predictive of mental illness, while addressing sleep problems may support mental health. Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at the University of Oxford, wrote in Epoch Times:22

“To date a surprisingly large number of genes have been identified that play an important role in both sleep disruption and mental illness. And if the mental illness is not causing disruption in sleep and circadian rhythm, then sleep disruption may actually occur just before an episode of mental illness under some circumstances.

Sleep abnormalities have indeed been identified in individuals prior to mental illness. For example, we know that sleep disruption usually happens before an episode of depression. Furthermore, individuals identified as “at risk” of developing bipolar disorder and childhood-onset schizophrenia typically show problems with sleep before any clinical diagnosis of illness.”

In the case of schizophrenia, for instance, up to 80 percent of those affected have sleep disturbances such as insomnia.23 Separate research found that 87 percent of depression patients who resolved their insomnia had major improvements to their depression, with symptoms disappearing after eight weeks whether the person took an antidepressant or a placebo pill.24

Interestingly, exposure to dim light at night, which can also interfere with your sleep, has also been linked to depression. The link could be due to the production of the hormone melatonin, which is interrupted when you’re exposed to light at night.

There are many studies that suggest melatonin levels (and by proxy light exposures) control mood-related symptoms, such as those associated with depression. For instance, one study about melatonin and circadian phase misalignment (in which you are “out of phase” with natural sleeping times) found a correlation between circadian misalignment and severity of depression symptoms.25

Does Daylight Saving Time Affect Your Health?

Daylight Saving Time (DST), the practice of moving clocks ahead one hour in the summer months and returning them back an hour in the winter, may not seem like a big deal in the scheme of things, but it’s enough of a shift to throw off your body’s sensitive circadian rhythm. As such, there are consequences to both health and productivity.

One study found that the shift to DST results in a “dramatic increase in cyberloafing behavior,” or the tendency to waste time surfing the web while at work.26 This drop in productivity was linked to lost sleep (quality and quantity wise) the night before.27 Night owls also fared worse following the DST switch, feeling more fatigued during the day for up to three weeks compared to those who went to sleep earlier.28

Your heart health may also suffer. One 2012 study found that heart attacks increased by 10 percent on the Monday and Tuesday following the time change to DST.29 Heart attacks decreased by 10 percent on the first Monday and Tuesday after clocks are switched back in the fall. Other consequences include an increase in workplace accidents and injuries, increases in traffic accidents and a compromising effect on immune function.

While some studies have suggested a slight benefit to the extra hour of daylight for people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), as well as the potential to burn more calories during exercise (because it stays light outside later),30 it’s likely not enough to compensate for the negative effects.

Pink Noise and Other Tips for Improving Your Sleep

Taking steps to improve your sleep quality is crucial for optimal health. Adding soothing noise to your bedroom, such as pink noise, soothing music, nature sounds, white noise or a fan, is one simple tip that helps many people sleep better.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, I also suggest reading my Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep for 33 tips on improving your sleep. Getting back to the basics of improving your sleeping environment is important. No. 1 on my list? Avoid exposure to blue light, including LEDs, after sunset. Wearing blue-blocking glasses is a simple way to achieve this. Further:

Avoid watching TV or using your computer/smartphone or tablet in the evening, at least an hour or so before going to bed.

Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure regularly. Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can’t appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.

Get some sun in the morning. Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night.

Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible. Even the tiniest glow from your clock radio could be interfering with your sleep, so cover your clock radio up at night or get rid of it altogether. Move all electrical devices at least 3 feet away from your bed. You may want to cover your windows with drapes or blackout shades, or wear an eye mask when you sleep.

Install a low-wattage yellow, orange or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose, as are natural, non-toxic candles.

Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F. Many people keep their homes too warm (particularly their upstairs bedrooms). Studies show that the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees F.

Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime. This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready to sleep.

Avoid using loud alarm clocks. Being jolted awake each morning can be very stressful. If you are regularly getting enough sleep, you might not even need an alarm, as you’ll wake up naturally.

Be mindful of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom. EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and its melatonin production, and may have other negative biological effects as well.

A gauss meter is required if you want to measure EMF levels in various areas of your home. If possible, install a kill switch to turn off all electricity to your bedroom. If you need a clock, use a battery-operated one.

Simple Brain Training Techniques Can Turn You Into a Memory Master

By Dr. Mercola

How’s your memory these days? If you’re like most, you could probably use some help in this area. Your memory holds a record of your entire life and helps shape your identity, but the ability to form memories does not occur until around the age of five

In the video above, two-time world memory champion Alex Mullen and fellow medical student Cathy Chen explain a memorization system called Memory Palace, also known as Method of Loci,1 which can help you improve your short-term recall.

The process involves using a space or location you’re familiar with to memorize unfamiliar or new things. The reason it works so well is because most people have very good spatial and visual memory.

As noted by Chen, “Visualizing an image makes it way more memorable and interesting to your brain than, say, random names or numbers.”

As an example, Chen and Mullen explain how you might memorize items on your grocery shopping list. You probably know your dining room really well, so to memorize “eggs” on your list, mentally travel into your dining room, look at a bowl of, say, fruit, and imagine a hen has laid eggs in your fruit bowl.

Then, when you’re in the store, you can mentally travel around the space (your dining room), recall the bowl of fruit — and the funny image of eggs laid in the bowl. Another example: Imagine toothpaste smeared all over your placemats. When you recall the placemats, you automatically remember the item on your list, namely the toothpaste.

You Too Can Become a Memory Master

According to recent research,2,3,4 anyone can become a memory master by training their brain using these kinds of techniques. In fact, people who had never used memory techniques prior to the study were able to master it, and in just six weeks, their brains began resembling those of the world’s top-ranked memory masters.

The study also confirmed what Chen and Mullen say — that the memory centers in memory masters’ brains communicate very strongly with their visual and spatial centers, and this appears to be a key to their impressive feats of memorization. As noted by CNN:5

“[Researcher Boris Nikolai] Konrad said this is because of how memory athletes train: by picturing familiar places and filling them with imaginary objects, like a cow eating moss to represent the city of Moscow.”

Essentially, what you’re doing is improving and expanding the connectivity between different centers in your brain. You’re not altering the actual structure.

Compared to using a technique like Memory Palace, memory training involving repetition showed only minor gains in recall. They also didn’t improve the connectivity in their brain, which was evaluated using brain scans. If you want to try it out or learn more about Memory Palace, visit MemoCamp.com.6 

Other mnemonic devices — tools to help you remember words, information or concepts — include using:

  • Acronyms (such as PUG for “pick up grapes”)
  • Visualizations (such as imagining a tooth to remember you have a dentist’s appointment)
  • Rhymes (if you need to remember a name, for instance, think “Shirley’s hair is curly)
  • Chunking, which is breaking up information into smaller “chunks” (such as organizing numbers into the format of a phone number)

Other Activities That Help Improve Memory and Keep Your Brain Sharp

Advances in brain research have revealed the human brain has remarkable plasticity, or the ability to regenerate and form new connections throughout your life.

“Use it or lose it” applies here, and previous research7 has shown engaging in stimulating social activities, artistic pursuits and crafts such as knitting or quilting8 help keep your mind sharper with age and prevent cognitive decline. As reported in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services:9

“Chess and bridge are leisure activities that demand working memory and reasoning skills. Older adults who play bridge score higher on working memory and reasoning measures compared to non-players and working crossword puzzles has also been associated with maintained cognition in older adults.”

Other helpful pastimes include the following:

Learn a new language. Language lessons have been shown to provide a beneficial brain workout and increase neuronal connections10

Meditate. While it may seem you’re not doing much of anything in terms of challenging your brain when meditating, research shows it alters the structure of your brain for the better and has a number of neurological benefits, including improved attention and concentration11

Listen to Mozart. It’s long been theorized that listening to music may boost your brainpower; you’ve probably heard of the “Mozart Effect,” which suggests listening to classical music can help make you smarter.

Indeed, research12 shows people who listen to Mozart’s classical music have an increase in brain wave activity linked to memory, understanding and problem solving. Interestingly, music composed by Beethoven showed no such effect.

According to the researchers:13 “These results may be representative of the fact that Mozart’s music is able to “activate” neuronal cortical circuits (circuits of nerve cells in the brain) related to attentive and cognitive functions”

Sniff rosemary oil. Engaging your olfactory senses may also have an effect on memory. Smells get routed through your olfactory bulb, the smell-analyzing region in your brain, which is closely connected to your amygdala and hippocampus, brain regions that handle memory and emotion.

One study14 found people who sniffed rosemary essential oil performed better on memory tasks than those who did not. The aroma of peppermint has also been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.

Indeed, research shows that odors are especially effective as reminders of past experience, much more so than cues from other senses, such as sights or sounds15

Laugh it up. Laughter has been shown to improve memory by reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.16 As explained by study co-author Lee Berk, doctor of public health:

“It’s simple, the less stress you have the better your memory. Humor reduces detrimental stress hormones like cortisol that decrease memory hippocampal neurons, lowers your blood pressure, and increases blood flow and your mood state …

There are even changes in brain wave activity towards what’s called the gamma wave band frequency, which also amp up memory and recall. So, indeed, laughter is turning out to be not only a good medicine, but also a memory enhancer …”

Sources to Add to Your Brain Training Arsenal

If you’re not quite ready to take up a foreign language, piano lessons or knitting, you may still be able to bolster the growth of new brain cells and neural connections by challenging your mind with various games and puzzles. Here are a few resources you can try:  

Lumosity:17 This brain-training app provides personalized brain workouts using more than 50 different cognitive games designed to boost memory, attention, problem solving and more.

Brain HQ:18 Developed by Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of California, who has pioneered research in brain plasticity (neuroplasticity) for more than 30 years, Brain HQ is a computer-based brain-training program that can help you sharpen a range of skills, from reading and comprehension to improved memorization and more.

Like Lumosity, the website allows you to track and monitor your progress over time. While there are many similar websites, Brain HQ is one of the oldest and most widely used.

Iota: Iota19 is a card game involving placing cards in grids according to simple rules that require complex moves and strategic thinking on your part. This game must be played with at least one other person, so it makes for a fun social activity while also improving spatial relation skills, visual discrimination and strategic thinking.

The Puzzle Book. Nancy Linde’s “399 Games, Puzzles and Trivia Challenges”20 is a popular book with games designed to improve neurogenesis, or the formation of new brain cells. Each puzzle is designed to get your brain thinking in new ways and targets cognitive functions such as logical thought, language and attention.

Physical Exercise Also Boosts Cognitive Functions and Memory

Last, but certainly not least, no article on improving memory would be complete without at least a brief mention of physical exercise. As noted by psychiatrist Dr. John J. Ratey, author of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” there’s overwhelming evidence that exercise produces large cognitive gains and helps fight dementia.

For example, studies show those who exercise have a greater volume of gray matter in the hippocampal region, which is important for memory.21,22 Exercise also prevents age-related shrinkage of your brain,23 preserving both gray and white matter in your frontal, temporal and parietal cortexes, thereby preventing cognitive deterioration.24,25

One of the mechanisms by which your brain benefits from physical exercise is via a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Exercise initially stimulates the production of a protein called FNDC5, which in turn triggers the production of BDNF, which is a remarkable rejuvenator. In your brain, BDNF preserves existing brain cells26 and activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, effectively making your brain grow larger.

Another mechanism at play here relates to a substance called β-hydroxybutyrate, which your liver produces when your metabolism is optimized to burn fat as fuel.27 Your brain can use both glucose and fat for fuel, but the latter is preferred. When glucose is depleted from exercise, your hippocampus switches over to use fat as a source of energy, and it is this fuel switchover that triggers the release of BDNF and subsequent cognitive improvement.

When your blood sugar level declines, β-hydroxybutyrate serves as an alternative source of energy. That said, β-hydroxybutyrate also blocks histone enzymes that inhibit the production of BDNF. So, it seems your body is designed to improve BDNF production via a number of different pathways in response to physical exercise.

Interestingly, research also shows that exercising four hours after learning something new helps you retain what you’ve just learned long-term.28,29 The same effect was not found when the exercise was done immediately after learning.

Why this four-hour delay boosted memory retention is still unclear, but it appears to have something to do with the release of catecholamines, such as dopamine and norepinephrine — naturally occurring chemicals in your body known to improve memory consolidation. One way to boost these catecholamines is through exercise, and apparently delayed exercise is part of the equation.

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Cancer is Not a Death Sentence (Video)

Cancer is a vicious disease that has plagued not only the United States, but the entire globe. While the root cause of the cancer epidemic is yet to be discovered, we are gaining more and more intelligence about the disease everyday.

Cancer is such a malicious disease that is claims over 500,000 Americans every year. One of every four deaths in the USA is caused by cancer. However, Dr. Rashid Buttar believes that cancer is soon going to be a thing of the past. He actually says that one day cancer will be much like the common cold; common but not at all deadly.

“Believe it or not, the most significant is the emotional psychological component. I have had patients… you know the stories. I’ve got a book that I’ve written that I haven’t published. But the stories that I can tell you where we’ve actually taken patients…in fact, I’ll tell you we’ve had two families that agreed to autopsies on patients that I treated,” says Dr. Rashid Buttar.

He continued;

“You know, most of the time when you talk to family about getting an autopsy, why? The question is, “Why would we want to spend another five thousand to do an autopsy when we know they had cancer and they died of cancer − there’s no reason.”

But one family in 1999 and another family in 2001 agreed to do an autopsy after the patient died, after we treated them. Because in my heart there was no way this person had cancer. You want to take a wild guess what they found on autopsy?

Ty: No cancer.

Dr. Rashid Buttar: None, at all. Not even a trace. What was interesting was both patients however died within a week or two of when they were told they were going to die by their oncologist. The power of belief. That’s what they believed.”

Newborns Should Be Sleeping In Bed With Their Mothers Until The Age Of Three, Research Shows

Mothers have always had a special connection with their newborn babies. New studies show that the baby can benefit greatly from sleeping with the mother. It’s actually recommended that the baby sleeps with the mother until age three!

People are more commonly warned not to sleep with a newborn baby because of the risks it poses for accidental suffocation. While this is true, many people believe that the pros of doing this extremely outweigh the negatives. However, you should always be extremely careful when doing this. Be sure to have minimal blankets and pillows on the bed and be sure that the baby is secured on the bed and there is little chances of him/her falling off.

Sleeping with your newborn baby is referred to as co-sleeping, and is most commonly frowned upon. However, Dr. Nils Bergman of the University of Cape town in South Africa begs to differ. He says that newborns should be sleeping with their mothers until they are at least three years of age! He says that babies who sleep separated away from the mother experience more stress and do not sleep as well. Babies who do sleep with their mothers show to behave better when they grow up, according to the Daily Mail UK.

Benefits of Co-Sleeping Include:

  • Baby sleeps more peacefully
  • They experience stable physiology
  • Decreased risk of SIDS
  • Long term emotional health
  • Safer than crib sleeping

Use This Trick to Eliminate Negative Energies in Your House

Homes and workplaces can start to withhold negative energies and even entities over long periods of times. Whether you define these as bad vibes or spirits, either way, they do exist; and doing this simple method will get rid of the negative energies in your home!

Negative energies in your home can be recognized in many different ways. Whether you have felt like you are being watched over by something, had some unusual things happen at random, or just feel bad vibes, there is a way to get rid of them – and no, you don’t have to run through the hallways burning sage and reciting chants. This method is easy, simple, and inexpensive.

The ingredients in this remedy have been used for thousands of years for not only physical cleaning but also spiritual cleaning. While this isn’t the only way to remove negative energies and spirits from your home, it is extremely popular and has proven to be effective! In many eastern traditions, salt was used to drive out negative spirits. Additionally, you can see that white vinegar was a common tool used in ancient neopagan traditions. Both salt and vinegar are scientifically proven to release negative ions into the immediate air which causes the air to be purified. So even if you are skeptical of the energies you can’t see, you at least know that it purifies your air!

The remedy:

  • 1 ½ cup of water
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of sea salt

Combine the ingredients in a glass jar or transparent drinking glass. Place the mixture in your high-traffic areas of your home. It is best to place it somewhere it will not be seen. Take notice to the changing water levels and the haziness of the water. It absorbs the negative energies quickly! Leave it there overnight and if you still feel no difference, clean the glass and remake the concoction.