Mortality in vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians in the United Kingdom

The study involved a pooled analysis of data from 2 prospective studies that included 60,310 persons living in the United Kingdom. Mortality by diet group for each of 18 common causes of death was estimated with the use of Cox proportional hazards models. The study concluded that UK–based vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians have similar all-cause mortality. Differences found for specific causes of death merit further investigation.

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Antibiotics Can Change the Gut Microbiome for Up to a Year – The Atlantic

Doctors and patients alike should be thoughtful about starting antibiotics—not only because of the well-publicized resistant bacteria that are proliferating thanks to overuse of those drugs, but also because, a new study illustrates, there could be serious consequences for the individual. As well as for, you know, humanity in general.

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How Burgers and Fries Are Killing Your Microbial Balance

Scientists suspect our intestinal community of microbes, the human microbiota, calibrates our immune and metabolic function, and that its corruption or depletion can increase the risk of chronic diseases, ranging from asthma to obesity. One might think that if we coevolved with our microbes, they’d be more or less the same in healthy humans everywhere. But that’s not what the scientists observed.”

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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity | Brain Pickings

Playing music has been found to increase the volume and activity in the brain’s corpus callosum — the bridge between the two hemispheres — allowing messages to get across the brain faster and through more diverse routes. This may allow musicians to solve problems more effectively and creatively, in both academic and social settings.

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TCM and Biomedicine, Two Views on Immune System Dynamics

In order to prevent one from becoming ill one of the goal’s is to not harbor wind, cold, heat, dry, or damp within the body. In TCM one gets sick when they possess an internal element that resonates with an external; if it’s not there then you don’t get sick. This is a principle of physics called Resonance, and it is the foundation for preventative medicine.

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Experiences Of Art, Nature And Spirituality May Help Prevent Disease, Study Finds

A University of California, Berkeley, study, published in the journal Emotion in January, suggests that the feeling of awe we may experience during encounters with art, nature and spirituality has an anti-inflammatory effect, protecting the body from chronic disease.

The researchers found a correlation between feelings of awe and lower levels of cytokines, markers that put the immune system on high alert by triggering a defensive reaction known as inflammation. While inflammation is essential to fighting infection and disease when the body is presented with a specific threat, chronically high levels of cytokines have been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and autoimmune conditions.

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