Destroying Nature Unleashes Infectious Diseases – The New York Times

“A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.

Disease, it turns out, is largely an environmental issue.”

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Warfarin and Chinese Herbs: Concern or Knee-jerk Conservatism?

These studies support my clinical experience, and are in line with others that have concluded many common herbs are safe to use with warfarin. There is a prevailing trend to over focus on in vitro studies and theoretical concerns about drug-herb interactions that do not account for the complex interactions found in Chinese herbal formulations.

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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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The Heart as the Center of Consciousness. ~ Fahad Basheer | elephant journal

Dr. Armour introduced the idea of functional “heart brain.” His research revealed that the heart has a complex intrinsic nervous system that is sufficiently refined to qualify as a “little brain” in its own right, due to its independent existence.

The heart’s nervous system contains around 40,000 neurons, called sensory neurites. The heart’s brain is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells similar to those found in the brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to act independently of the cranial brain to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.

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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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