"For the past year, I have blogged in this space about the power of the mind. In fact, my medical practice consists entirely of people who are suffering from conditions, including headaches, neck and back pain and other symptoms, caused by the mind. Most people don’t really understand how powerful the mind can be. However, every doctor knows that the mind can cause symptoms that are as severe as paralysis or inability to speak. This is known as a "conversion disorder," and an individual with this condition truly cannot move the affected arms or legs or truly cannot speak. Yet, in these situations, there is absolutely no physical damage to the muscles or nerves, a fact that can be documented by routine medical testing. Their brain has caused this syndrome and it is reversible. When the actual diagnosis is made and a physical injury is ruled out, if the person gets psychological help to figure out what social and emotional issues caused the brain to do this, the symptoms will typically resolve."
"Focusing on the fundamentals of an ordinary gun sight will help you shoot straight. Like any sport or skill, we sometimes need to get back to the basics regarding technique and re-focus on the fundamentals – especially when we’re ‘drifting off our target’. In this instance, how to simply line up your gun sight and shoot straight…"
"Ask people what it takes to live a long life, and they’ll say things like exercise, take Omega-3s, and see your doctor regularly. Now research from Brigham Young University shows that loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity. “The effect of this is comparable to obesity, something that public health takes very seriously,” said Julianne Holt-Lunstad, the lead study author. “We need to start taking our social relationships more seriously.” Loneliness and social isolation can look very different. For example, someone may be surrounded by many people but still feel alone. Other people may isolate themselves because they prefer to be alone. The effect on longevity, however, is much the same for those two scenarios."
"Many recent studies place a cap on our mental abilities at ridiculously young ages — some of the most current research reports cognitive peaks in young adulthood, and, no exaggeration, some go so far as to say late adolescence. From there, many scientists imply, it’s just a slow and exhausting descent into dementia. It's refreshing, then, to learn of a team of researchers who come to far different conclusions. Their recent work indicates aspects of our intelligence peak at different ages and stages, with some of our abilities rising to their heights only once we have reached our 70s. In fact, not only is there no single age at which we perform at peak levels for all mental tasks, there may not be a stage when we are best at most tasks. “A lot of abilities — like processing speed or memory — peak relatively early in life. But our ability to use all the skills and knowledge we’ve accumulated over a lifetime (called crystallized intelligence) peaks much later,” Dr. Joshua Hartshorne, co-author of the research and a postdoc at MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, told Medical Daily. “In fact, crystalized intelligence continues to accumulate quite late — at least as measured by vocabulary, it continues to accumulate almost as late as American life expectancy!”
"So many trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota pass through Pennsylvania that an estimated 1.5 million residents live in evacuation zones near rail lines. The 1.5 million Pennsylvanians represent 11.5% of the state population. In addition, 550 K-12 schools, 37 hospitals and 61 nursing homes are in evacuation zones, according to PublicSource reporters Natasha Khan and Alexandra Kanik."
"So distinctive is salmon’s orangey-pink hue that Crayola named a crayon after it. It’s an accurate representation of the flesh of wild salmon, but not that of farmed salmon, whose meat is naturally gray. Or at least, it would be if salmon farmers didn’t spike their artificial diet with pink-ifying pellets. Wild salmon get their ruddy shade by eating krill and shrimp, which contain a reddish-orange compound called astaxanthin. (That shrimp-heavy diet is also what turns flamingos pink.) The spectrum varies with the species: Since Alaska’s sockeye salmon are closer to the Bering Sea’s teeming krill, they’re the reddest of all. Salmon further south—Coho, king, and pink, for instance—eat relatively less krill and shrimp, giving them a lighter orange hue."
"If you or someone you know is one of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, we have some great news for you. Researchers at New York University Medical Center have not only figured out why people are allergic to certain foods, they have also come up with a way to potentially treat or even extinguish food allergies. The team found that young children overexposed to antibiotics were at greater risk of developing food allergies. Thankfully, though, they also discovered a way to combat the impact of antibiotics, which, theoretically, could potentially cure people of their food allergies."
"Melting snow and rain caused the Ohio River to spill its banks over the weekend, cutting off roads and flooding homes in the southern part of Ohio. The National Weather Service, which has issued a flood warning for the Cincinnati area, said the river is expected to crest on Sunday at 57.8 feet and be above its 52-foot flood stage at least through Thursday. No deaths or major injuries have been reported."
"It looks like we’re gearing up for Round 2 of Ebola Roulette. A couple of days ago an American healthcare worker who had been definitively diagnosed with Ebola was brought back to the US for treatment at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Eleven more patients have been isolated and are on their way to the United States as well, after having had “potential exposure” to the disease. Now, about those people who were “potentially exposed”? They aren’t being hospitalized. Oh no. They are being brought back to stay at hotels “near” three different hospitals in different regions of the country. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Read this excerpt from a report by CNN and weep."
"Kudos, Virginia, land of spies! The state has enacted a privacy law requiring a warrant for state and local law enforcement content surveillance and location tracking. The statute explicitly includes a warrant requirement for police use of controversial cell site simulator or stingray technology, which allows cops to bypass phone companies and track phones directly. Unfortunately, state legislatures cannot prevent federal authorities from using stingrays to track people without warrants. When state and local authorities are deputized as federal agents under task force operations, they may decide to use the federal standard when conducting investigations. That means there might be times when state and local cops, working under federal authority, still use stingrays without warrants."
"POWHATAN COUNTY, VA — Think back to 8th grade: do you remember ever talking out loud or being “disruptive”? Imagine if the punishment was an armed police officer approaching you and shooting you with a Taser gun, frying your nervous system with electrical voltage, for being “disruptive.” That’s what happened at Powhatan Junior High School on Friday, according to reports. An officer at the school shot an 8th grade student with a Taser gun for “being disruptive.” The Powhatan Sheriff’s Department claims that it started when the student was “disruptive” in the cafeteria. The student was then taken to the assistant principal’s office, where, they claim, the “disruptive” behavior continued. An armed police officer stepped in and decided to try to place the student in handcuffs, but the student reacted by trying to flee, according to reports. That’s when the officer pointed his Taser gun at the student and shot him as the student was running away from the officer."
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"Tap water is by no means something to reach for when looking to achieve optimal health (check this out to see why that is). But unfortunately, the common alternative of bottled water isn’t really much better. Not only does the massive amount of plastic used to produce bottled water desecrate our lands and oceans, but research has actually found bottled water to harness thousands of health-destructive chemicals. German researchers have discovered endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in water bottles that could adversely affect development and reproduction. In fact, there are 24,520 suspect chemicals found to be present in 18 different water bottle brands that could be wreaking your health. These endocrine disruptors chemicals can interfere with the hormone system, they can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders and as mentioned earlier, other developmental disorders. According to the study abstract:"
"Illinois seems to be a hotbed for a lack of accountability and transparency on the part of government agencies. Most recently we have learned that police in Chicago were using a domestic “black site” in the Homan Square area to illegally detain, question, and torture Americans suspected of crimes. However, before that story broke, Illinois was already in the midst of another controversy. One that has received very little attention outside of local and state media. State treatment and residential centers for youth in Illinois are rampant with abuse – physical, mental, and sexual."
"Everyone, it seems, wants to know more about wild edibles they can forage for that are easy to harvest and plentiful. What most people don’t realize is that many of the common plants we consider weeds are actually edible. Not only that, they pack a powerful nutritious punch!"
"Best-selling author and former Wall Street investment banker Nomi Prins says no matter what you are told, “For all practical purposes, quantitative easing continues here as well as zero interest rate policy, and capital is available. The ECB (European Central Bank) has just announced their next version of quantitative easing (money printing) . . . of course, there is the fear that, at some point, there is just no powder left in that gun, and at some point, it will go down. The volatility you are beginning to see is indicative of that coming apart. There is nothing else that has been propping up the market, and when there is nothing left to prop up the market, the markets are going to come apart. It still hasn’t happened yet, but the enhanced volatility is a sign we are moving in that direction.”
"Coconut water is the ultimate thirst quencher and offers a tasty alternative to water. People all over the world drink it for its unique taste and its ability to refresh the body almost instantly. The water is obtained by opening a tender, green, healthy and undamaged coconut. Each coconut may contain about 200 to 1000 ml of water depending upon type and size. The refreshing water is a storehouse of natural healthy sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids and phyto-hormones that give the drinker a wide range of health benefits."
"Once upon a time, much of the state of California was a barren desert. And now, thanks to the worst drought in modern American history, much of the state is turning back into one. Scientists tell us that the 20th century was the wettest century that the state of California had seen in 1000 years. But now weather patterns are reverting back to historical norms, and California is rapidly running out of water. It is being reported that the state only has approximately a one year supply of water left in the reservoirs, and when the water is all gone there are no contingency plans. Back in early 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the entire state, but since that time water usage has only dropped by 9 percent. That is not nearly enough. The state of California has been losing more than 12 million acre-feet of total water a year since 2011, and we are quickly heading toward an extremely painful water crisis unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before."