Escaped Baboons Returned Willingly

BaboonsImagine if baboons collaborated to escape a holding pen in a facility. Sounds like the plot of a science fiction thriller, doesn’t it? Well it actually happened last week in a Texas research facility.

Never underestimate the power of animals to collaborate in achieving a goal. Four baboons escaped. Three were captured within 30-minutes of their escape and the last one returned to the pen on his own accord.

The research facility is used to test treatments for conditions like obesity, heart disease, and epilepsy. It is quite interesting to see how a team effort proves to get things done, even if it’s for the sake of seeing how far you can get.

There was no need for animal treatment of bystander medical intervention. Thankfully it was an uneventful caper. The living conditions can’t be all that terrible if these monkeys returned home after their had their “joy ride” on the premises.

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Friends Share Brains?

bESTIESScience says we choose are friends based on familiarity of traits we see in ourselves. That being said, it’s not surprising that the similar traits in your friends can translate to the sharing of brainwaves, says a study.

Your brain responds to a stimuli similar to your friend’s brain. This is the friend you’ve cherry picked because he or she is so much like you, of course you two react the same. Like peas and carrots.

Have you ever heard the saying show me your friends and I’ll show you your future? All things being said, perhaps there’s an inkling of truth to it. Sometimes people intentionally choose friends with a wide variety of attributes so they can behold the experience vicariously.

Scientists and psychologists agree – a lack of friendships is poisonous.  For our own survival and growth, we choose friends who bring a sense of fulfillment to our inherent needs. It’s not about choosing friends. It’s about appreciating them while they’re it it. Trust me! It’s a good reason.

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Alcohol Industry Funding Bias Study

ReganThis may be a dumb question but do you think that alcohol companies need to fund research to make you want to drink more? No need to answer the question because they’re already doing it.

The alcohol companies are pulling-out the big guns to brainwash the media and hope the general population believes that drinking alcohol is healthier than previously believed. Sounds  a little like the early tobacco industry,right?

It’s a little uncomfortable for me to validate any facts on this allegation from the alcohol industry. We all know that alcohol in moderate consumption is the only way to do it. Why do they need to insert the word “healthy”?

The Wired article explains how high level execs from the alcohol industry approached independent researchers and told them the conclusion they wanted to have for the study. That’s how it always works. This is also one of the biggest reasons why most study participants are ‘cherry picked’ for the outcome.

The word of caution here is to be aware of the funders for any study that makes you raise a brow at the conclusion. When you see a doctor touting the benefits of something, who’s paying this accredited healthcare professional to make such statements? Exactly.

In the wise words of President Ronald Regan, “trust but verify.” Never be led by their bias for profits. Chances are you will always care more about your health than any (fill-in the name of any industry). It’s nothing personal, it’s just business.

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Bathroom Dryers or Paper Towels

HandDryerA new study is revealing that hand dryers in public bathrooms may be more germ ridden that paper towels. Okay. But what about the environment? Good point.

Nevertheless, a study finds that the air dryers may actually spew out more germs than traditional paper towels may leave lingering on your clean hands. Air for the dryers is circulated from toilets that do not have lids on them. See how that gets back onto your hands?

For what it’s worth, I’ve always opted for paper towels by using my elbow to dispense it, drying my hands. then opening the bathroom door one last time  with it. See? No tree was sacrificed in vane on my watch.

If you’re still a little uneasy with the study results, arm yourself with hand sanitizer for the long haul. You can never be too certain you’re in a thoroughly clean environment. Take matter into your own hands.

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How Can We Get a Record Number of Organ Donors?

OrganDonorWe need to play a game of Simon says here in the US. For some reason – the UK had a record number of organ donor‘s last year. They had more donors than they have had in 28 years. Show us the way, UK.

Here in the US, 20 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. We need to fix this gruesome statistic.

The US government has made it a little bit harder in that you cannot offer someone financial incentive or any other type of benefit for donating an organ. And yet we’re a capitalist country – what can we do about this conundrum?

Perhaps the government should give back a little more before demanding more organ donors. Perhaps a free blood test screening all possible underlying illnesses that could result in the need for an oak entrance but in the future would be a huge incentive. How about that, Uncle Sam? Just spitballing.

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Freezing Your Vagus Nerve Causes Weight Loss

VagusNerveThe vagus nerve may be one of the most influential yet under appreciated parts of the human body. It is a force when it comes to inflammation in the body. It’s arguably the root of all evil chronic conditions like heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Which is a suitable parlay into the finding that freezing the vagus nerve may result in weight loss.

The reason the findings are still unsubstantiated is that the initial study was too small to paint a broad stroke. The study involved 10 people who had parts of their vagus nerve frozen. Yes, it was a sophisticated procedure and it resulted in a 100% reduction in appetite and weight loss in participants. After 90-days, participants saw at least a 3.6% loss in body weight. Some people lost as much as 13.9% of their body weight.

But what about side effects, you ask. Other than decreased appetite and weight loss, there were no adverse effects to report. Truly the vagus nerve is a wonderful, secret pathway to bliss. When inflammation builds-up in the body, nothing good happens. Checkout the video and see if you agree.

Until you see vagal nerve freezing offered in your area, take steps to improve the tone in your vagus nerve. It starts by taking deep breaths from the diaphragm, humming your favorite song, wash your face with cold water, and meditate on loving kindness. Peace starts within.

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More Muscle, Better Chances to Beat Cancer

MusclesCancerNot only do muscle make a body look svelte but they also add a benefit when it comes to cancer survival. Women diagnosed with breast cancer, stage two or stage III, had a much greater rate of survival if they had more muscle density.

In the study, participants were followed for six years. Women who had less muscle and more fat were at a disadvantage when it came to their cancer prognosis. People who have more muscle and endurance were shown to handle treatment better, which enabled a more thorough  course of treatment

Fat cells grow based on excess glucose in the blood. Tumor cells thrive on glucose, too. Muscle cells are fueled with glucose but grow with resistance, through the process of tear and repair.

Would you rather feed fat cells and strengthen cancer or muscle cells for an upper hand in the battle against it? Anabolic steroids are not advisable for anybody dealing with the influx of hormones battling a condition like cancer. But exercise is proven to be the best case to build muscle, lose fat, and take the title of “cancer survivor”.

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Smoking Gun for Kids Food Allergies

FoodAllergiesDo your kids have allergies? Blame the wipes! According to a new study, food allergies are linked to the use of baby wipes and genetic factors. Of course they are.

How do the wipes make kids more vulnerable you ask? The soap on the wipes, when left on the skin,  attracts allergens from dust and food. Subsequently, the child may develop an allergy resulting from the persistent aggravation on the skin. This is where genetics comes into play.

Some people are more prone to developing food allergies, if exposed to such foods at a time when their immune system is not mature enough to create the defending antibodies from it. Be mindful that the immune system gets fully exposed to most foods between the ages of 0-3 years.

It’s not just the baby with wipe soap, either. Often times – parents or caregivers can expose babies to these foods without even realizing it. An innocent kiss on the cheek may reveal peanuts on your lips or breath. You don’t realize it but baby’s immune system will pick up on it.

Now that we’ve turned the faucet of bad news on full blast, what can we do about it? Well, sterilize your hands, lips, and palate before you go anywhere near your young baby. Imagine he or she is a laboratory that can become very reactive to any foreign substance. No joke. These are facts.

One last tip: rinse off and pat dry your baby’s skin, even after using a wipe. It may be an extra step in the process but it’ll make they run less of a chance of developing a food allergy that could otherwise interrupt their life.

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Drugs that Cause Asthma in Kids

asthmaA study has found a link between infants who took antacids or antibiotics and the development of asthma. What could be the cause of this fate? Our body’s immune starts in the gut and if we impair it while it’s developing, brace for impact.

Researchers believe that antacids and antibiotics interrupt the normal balance of the microbiome. Gut bacteria play a role in helping the body dispatch the immune system, when needed. Asthma is a chronic condition where the lungs are hypersensitive to irritants and inflammation.

While our immune system is learning how to allow or disallow certain antigens into our body, it’s possible that if an infant is taking either of these class of drugs during the antigen exposure – it could be interrupted. This could be a viable reason for asthma developing in the child.

Keeping your infant in an acid-free bubble or letting them suffer mercilessly with an infection is clearly not an option. So what can we do to avoid weakening the immune system learning process?

Natural options for an antacid would be remedies like: sodium biocarbonate (baking soda), gas drops like Little Tummy’s, or Grope Water like Colic Calm.

Minimizing the risk of bacteria infections is another story. If you need an antibiotic, it’s non negotiable. But an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure. You’ve got little people to protect. Disinfect, disinfect, disinfect!

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Plastic Particles in Most Water Bottles

ParticlesDo you have plastic particles in your water bottle? According to a new study, 93% of all plastic water bottles have plastic particles in them.

Water is life. Some bottled water companies have brands like pure life and essential with good reason. But the vulnerabilities that come with mass producing include a cheap substance to deliver the vital hydration. Enter the plastic water bottle.

Throughout the years, more and more we’ve seen water bottles and the majority of hands. But we’ve also seen reports that plastics leak substances that don’t organically play well with the body. One example of this substance is BPA.

So what can we do about this environmental challenge to minimize plastics leaking into our water and still provide a handy, cost-effective way to provide an ample supply of water in a bottle crafted from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

One company has teamed up with Starbucks to capitalize on the overwhelming  in the Pacific Ocean. They’ve put it to good use by re purposing the refuse in the ocean. By combining that with a glass water bottle, they are both helping the environment and being kind to your body with a reusable glass water bottle. Don’t be part of the problem, the part of the solution and drink up with a Soma Water Bottle.

Of course  Amazon provides a surfeit of water bottles options for you. If you don’t want to hop down to your local Starbucks, you can pick it up online here. Also, if you you choose to forgo the plastic route entirely, there’s always a good bet with stainless steel bottles.

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