Near Death Experience: Explained

NDEThe phenomenon of a near death experience (NDE) is perplexing and real. Whether you side with team hogwash or play with the believers, science has a grand explanation of this mystifying short-lived brush with death. The ultimate test for the validity of an NDE was performed on people who were blind and wouldn’t otherwise have a reference for the visual experiences in the situation. The researchers found that what happens during an NDE affords another perspective to perceive reality that does not depend on the senses of the physical body. The article says that people who’ve experienced NDEs adopt lucid consciousness, well-structured thought processes, and clear reasoning. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if we didn’t have to experience an NDE to live life with such gifts? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Unborn Baby’s Reaction to Cigarette Smoke

smokerbabyThis ultrasound of a smoker’s unborn baby is heartbreaking and infuriating. The unborn baby opens its mouth, covers its face, and appears to grimace when the mother inhales a cigarette. Researchers have known that when a mother smokes during pregnancy, the baby has delayed development of the central nervous system. This picture is worth a million words. Do you think this picture would deter a mother from smoking? Goodness Lord, I hope so. Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Screening for PTSD

PTSDNearly 6% of the population will experience PTSD during their lifetime. Now researchers have discovered that a genetic immune predisposition may be responsible for why some people experience PTSD and others do not. With this information, new treatments may be developed that are more effective than current treatments for PTSD. If the military can tell if a soldier is predisposed to PTSD, is it discrimination to assign that soldier an administrative position or is it irresponsible to send that soldier into battle? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Scandalous Claim: Tobacco Industry Earns $7000 Per Death

smokingcostSomething tells me the tobacco industry isn’t taking this scathing headline lying down. Although more industrialized countries are showing a decline in smoking, China is offsetting the numbers with increased smokers. The sad-but-true statistic is that death from smoking is completely preventable. The number of women who smoke is rising. After reading the news that e-cigarette ads compel smokers trying to quit to reach for the real thing, this headline doesn’t surprise me. For an idea of the tobacco industry moral compass, have you seen the movie “The Insider“? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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The Secret to Longevity – Greek Island Ikaria

ikariaWhen the average person lives past the age of 100, you have to wonder what’s in the water. Truly, it seems as though it’s a combination of the fresh food, family and friends, the outlook and the overall way of life that makes it all magical. One man even outlived lung cancer to enjoy the rest of his life on the Greek island of Ikaria. Although the employment opportunities are limited, the life opportunities are limitless in this paradise. Want to visit the island that forgets to die? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Being Lonely is Bad for Your Health

aloneriskIt’s not just a cliché. It’s a proven scientific fact. If you’re a lonely person, you’re at an increased risk of dying. There’s a 32% increased risk of dying when living alone or socially isolated. Both loneliness and social isolation are shown to be extraordinarily damaging to your emotional and physical health. Most of the participants in this study were 50-years and older. People with positive attitudes and a brighter outlook are ahead of the game. Nearly one-third of people are at an increased risk of dying due to social isolation and being alone. Shouldn’t loneliness be a public health concern, like obesity, that we can address with human connection? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Diet Soda Linked to Bigger Bellies in Older Folks

dietsodaYou would think that diet soda is the better choice in taming the waistline but a study has shown the opposite in older adults. In fact, diet soda has been linked to increasing obesity and fostering metabolic syndrome in healthy adults and now it’s confirmed in the aging population.  People ages 65 and older cannot afford to deal with bad news of this type, especially considering 70 is the new 60. I wonder if natural zero-calorie sweeteners like stevia would have a different outcome in 9 years on cardiovascular health and metabolic syndrome in seniors. Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Why Dishwashers Give Rise to Allergies in Children

dishwasherDr. Oz mentioned this study, so people will want to know more about it. The hygiene hypothesis says that kids who weren’t exposed to bacteria enough are more likely to develop allergies. In this study, homes that had dishwashers sanitized the dishes more thoroughly than homes that hand washed dishes. Hand washed dishes enabled more exposure to bacteria and these kids had fewer allergies than kids from dishwasher homes. Could the hygiene hypothesis explain why kids nowadays have more peanut allergies than kids a few decades ago? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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E-Cig Ads Spur Urge in Smokers

e-cigThe UK has seen an uptick in the e-cigarette market. However, the ads for e-cigarettes intended to help people quit smoking could be backfiring. Smokers are shown to have the urge to reach for a real cigarette after viewing an e-cigarette commercial. So far, it’s not conclusively decided that e-cigarettes are 100% effective in helping smokers quit the habit.  In fact, according to a CNN story, it’s fueling a new addiction. This guy put his e-cigarette to good use in this bar trick. Do you think e-cigarettes are a good thing or a lightly veiled commercial for the real thing? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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Babies Breast-fed Longer Have Higher IQs and Wealth

breastfedA study shows that the longer you were breast-fed, the higher your IQ and likelihood of wealth in adulthood. Who’s disagreeing with the study published in the Lancet? The long-chain saturated fatty acids in breast milk are shown to enhance the development of a baby’s brain which is correlated to the extra brainpower and money-making wherewithal in the someday adult. Remember that scandalous cover in TIME magazine, “Are You Mom Enough”? What were your thoughts on the article? Tweet me @AlliesVoice.

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