#Dopamine Fuels the #Spirit

rewardcenterThe same region of the brain that lights-up when stimulated by music, drugs, and love is activated by spiritual connection. The flood of dopamine gets the brain’s attention and we can do it a few different ways. Thanks to missionaries who are devout Mormons, scientists were able to view their brains with an MRI.  The understanding as to why people hold firmly to their beliefs, whatever it may be, is explained in pictures by this study. Nobody questions why the organic influence of music or love affect our brains. We sort of know why drugs do it. But the phantom spark of a spiritual connection is unique to us all but happens in the same region of our brain. All you need is love of something for the spiritual experience.

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#IceCream for #Breakfast – Here’s a Great Reason!

icecreamA Japanese study found that eating ice cream for breakfast makes you smarter. Some would say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why not start with something sweet and satisfying? If you’re a lover of the sweet and icy smoothness, it won’t surprise you to learn that this study proved that ice cream boosts alertness and reduces mental irritation. Who isn’t on top of their game when they’re radiating chill attentiveness? I’ve got an idea! How about a coffee ice cream milkshake for breakfast? Starbucks doesn’t put ice cream in their Frappuccinos but you can make a killer coffee milkshake with some. That’s the breakfast of champions!

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#Beme me Up, @CaseyNeistat

bemeDo you know about Beme? It’s like the granola version of Snapchat that challenges people to blindly post video that are unedited, unpolished, and unfiltered moments in life. Adios self-consciousness in social media. One of the creators of this app was the YouTube star, Casey Niestat. Bene has been snatched-up by CNN. First a little bit about Casey Neistat, a big bang who exploded on YouTube and has amassed over 1  billion views. Yes, that’s billion with a B. This traction and undeniable visibility became very alluring to CNN, which is why they acquired Bene, in hopes of reigning in valuable millennials. Casey’s YouTube audience is a little bit of random demographics and a lot of millennials. CNN got Bene for a steal at $25 million. If the mastermind and creative genius of Casey comes with the package, CNN had better pay him handsomely.

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Erasing #Fear with #AI

fearCould you imagine something like the “Terminator” helping remove fear from your brain? It’s not that intense but it’s found to be effective. A study found artificial intelligence is a viable way to minimize fear in the brain. These ‘fear memories’ are erased from the brain by a subtle shock followed by a reward. That’s mental training 101: avoiding pain and seeking pleasure. Pleasure principle, baby. Artificial intelligence comes into play by creating a contrived fear response in the brain, similar to traditional therapy. Because it’s artificially provoked by AI algorithms, the pain-pleasure treatment is administered in a controlled and precise manner. Like the “Terminator” movies, this method of treating fear is found to be progressive and effective.

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Why Can’t #Students Tell Real #News from Fake?

fakenewsWe live in a world where a former reality star is now the president elect of the United States. Can you blame students from having difficulties deciphering the news as real or fake? Given the choice to categorize news headlines as dismaying, bleak, or threatening to democracy – students had a tough time. In the defense of the students, in the last month democracy has taken on a new meaning to what it has historically meant. The confusing details lie somewhere in the middle of the media portrayal and students’ perception of reality.  Students from grade school through college were evaluated and researchers were shocked at the results. The credibility of the sources cited by students was questionable. Accessibility does not constitute credibility. Just because a source is popular on social media does not mean the source is qualified. Where do you get your credible news?

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Do #CompressionSocks Improve #Workout?

compressionsocksDon’t be misled by the alleged workout improvements offered by compression socks. This is a point-of-view call, at best. They are effective in keeping core temperature stable, muscle containment, improving circulation, and preventing shin splints. Take that, ankle socks! It gets better. Some compression socks offer booshie benefits like an engineered foot bed that supports the Achilles and arch.  Does this improve your workout? If comfort is your end game — absolutely. Slap on some compression knee highs and whistle Dixie. But if you’re goal is to bounce your beats-per-minute and boost your endurance write Santa. Justify it by saying kathy ireland thinks they’re instrumental for the About the Nurse collection. I welcome all comments and feedback. Come at me on Twitter  @AlliesVoice.

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#VideoGames Increase #Kids Diabetes Risk?

kidsvideogamesIt’s the lack of activity that restricts muscles from soaking up  excess glucose from the blood that offsets the balance of blood sugar. Is it fair to point a finger at video games? Probably not but it grabs headlines. Obesity is on the rise. Over the years, the body weight constituting obesity has remained the same. The diagnosing number for diabetes has been lowered in the last decade. In fact, the words in this article were “catch more people with diabetes“. Are we fish? Apparently.  By default this would increase the number of fish you catch in the diabetes net. Yes, glucose imbalance is a big factor in obesity. Let’s focus on the problem that exists, rather than the perceived threat. Get to know the glycemic index, eat clean as often as possible, and don’t stress, says the veritable stress bomb. I welcome all comments and feedback. Please, come at me on Twitter @AlliesVoice.

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#SurgeonGeneral Redefines #Addiction

addictionWhen physical changes occur in the body, it’s arguably due to a health condition some call a disease. When a person develops a substance addiction – doesn’t their brain undergo physical changes? According to the Surgeon General, this may be the case for addiction. For the first time in over 50-years, the Surgeon General is recommending that addiction is now being reclassified as a chronic brain disease. To some extent, this alleviates the guilt and shame that stigmatizes addiction. It’s unfair to blame a person for their circumstances that led to an addiction as a moral failure. Plenty of people eat the same way and don’t exercise. Some won’t have an imbalance in blood sugar whereas those predisposed to developing Type 2 diabetes will invariably get it. The Surgeon General recommends that evidenced-based intervention programs are the most effective means to begin treating the condition, preferably at an early stage. Hopefully with a new reputation for addiction, skillfully, compassionately, and urgently will be the ways in which people who are afflicted with addiction are treated.

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Avoid These #Foods Before #Thanksgiving

recallBefore the Turkey hits the table, chances are you’ll be pre-gaming with vegetable platters and crudites. If you’re planning on humus in your Thanksgiving meal somewhere, make sure it’s not Sabra labeled “Best Buy” before January 23, 2017. The recall is due to possible listeria contamination. On another recall is ready-to-eat chicken sold in Minnesota. The recall is due to the possibility of the chicken being under-cooked. In either case, be safe not sorry. Nobody can afford to be sick the week of Thanksgiving. Especially those of you still planning to drink till you’re numb the night before Thanksgiving. When it doubt, throw it out. And those enjoying the holiday eve — Uber it!

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What #Germs Live On Your #ATM?

ATMIs your ATM covered in germs? Science, yet again making us see the things in life to which many of us prefer to remain ignorant. Not all of us take withdrawals from the ATMs but we certainly leave deposits of one form or another. Keypads are ridden with bacteria from skin microbes, molecules from bony fish, chicken, and mollusks were there, too. The study also found a healthy abundance of residue from household surfaces like bathrooms, kitchens, and pillows. Both outdoor and indoor ATMs had the same quantity of ‘ick’. ATMs harbor evidence of all types of germs. In light of this study, I feel like it would behoove banks to install Purell dispensers next to them. Just a thought.

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