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Breathing: HeartMath EM Wave Research

The HearthMath EM Wave biofeedback system for training breathing is very accessible, easy to learn, and integrates extremely well with Interactive Metronome. HeartMath emphasizes the impact breathing has on (1) the physical heart, (2) the initiation of the relaxation response, and in turn (3) potentiating optimal blood-flow to the Prefrontal Cortex part of the brain. Gerry Douglas, the Managing Director of Brain Time Ltd, has had extensive experience in teaching HeartMath EM Wave.

HeartMath have their own research library. Click here to access it.

Contact Brain Time Ltd if you would like to know more about HeartMath EM Wave.

 

Sleep: Everything you ever wanted to know about it, from Dr Mercola

This link will take you to an article about getting a good night’s sleep. Below the article are many others covering numerous related topics such as sleep drugs, circadian rhythms, & jet lag

 

Nutrition Research & the Brain

Published research for vitamin and mineral supplement EMPowerplus Q96

 

Featured Research Paper (1)

Elevated BMI Is Associated With Decreased Blood Flow in the Prefrontal Cortex Using SPECT Imaging in Healthy Adults

Obesity (2011) doi:10.1038/oby.2011.16

Abstract: Obesity is a risk factor for stroke and neurodegenerative disease. Excess body fat has been linked to impaired glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, and impulsivity and may be a precursor to decline in attention and executive cognitive function. Here, we investigated the effects of high BMI on regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging in healthy subjects. A total of 16 adult men and 20 adult women were recruited from the community between January 2003 and July 2009 as part of a healthy brain study (HBS) conducted at the Amen Clinics, a private medical facility. Participants in the study were screened to exclude medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions, including substance abuse. Subjects were categorized as normal or overweight according to BMI. Using a two sample t-test, we determined the effects of BMI on rCBF in normal vs. overweight subjects. Subjects were matched for age and gender. Statistical parametric mapping (SPM) revealed a higher BMI in healthy individuals that is associated with decreased rCBF in Broadmann areas 8, 9, 10, 11, 32, and 44, brain regions involved in attention, reasoning, and executive function (P < 0.05, corrected for multiple comparisons). We found that an elevated BMI is associated with decreased rCBF in the prefrontal cortex of a healthy cohort. These results indicate that elevated BMI may be a risk factor for decreased prefrontal cortex function and potentially impaired executive function.

Effects of essential fatty acids in iron deficient and sleep-disturbed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children.

The following summary of this paper is from Dr Amen’s blog, titled “If Someone Calls You A Fathead Say Thank You”

ADHD is not a one-treatment-fits-all disorder. In fact no single treatment has shown to be “conclusively effective for all ADHD patients”. And although there is no claim stating that nutritional deficiency is the cause of ADHD, it is commonly agreed that nutritional deficits may worsen the symptoms, especially essential fatty acids (EFA) and iron deficiency. According to a new study, insufficient amounts in both EFA and iron have shown to affect the severity of ADHD and quality of sleep.

The sleep patterns among ADHD children showed reduced sleep, more awakenings, and reduce rapid eye movement sleep, which is the deepest and most important stage of sleep. The study recruited 78 sleep-deprived boys, ages 9 to 12, who were all diagnosed with ADHD. Almost half of the boys received treatment and the other half received placebos. The treatment consisted of essential fatty acid mixtures for 10 weeks. The group receiving the treatment showed significant improvement in sleep, focus, energy, cooperation, and even their iron status. The placebo group had no improvement. This study shows evidence that adding essential fatty acids can help improve the quality of life for children suffering from ADHD.

Source: Eur J Clin Nutr. 2011 Oct;65(10):1167-9

Featured Research Paper (2)

Processed Food Diet in Early Childhood May Lower Subsequent IQ

February 8, 2011 — A diet, high in fats, sugars and processed foods in early childhood may lower IQ, while a diet packed full of vitamins and nutrients may do the opposite, suggests new full story

 

Featured Nutrition Research Summary Articles

“Your Digestive System Dictates Whether You’re Sick or Well”

More and more, science is finding that teeny tiny creatures living in your gut are there for a definite purpose. Known as your microbiome, about 100 trillion of these cells populate your body, particularly your intestines and other parts of your digestive system.

 

“Childhood Obesity Linked to More Immediate Health Problems than Previously Thought”

Compared to kids who are not overweight, obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions

 

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide May Be Most Important Factor in Development of Autism and Other Chronic Disease -June 09, 2013

By Dr. Mercola

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), reveals how glyphosate wrecks human health.

In the video interview above, Dr. Seneff summarizes the two key problems caused by glyphosate in the diet:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Systemic toxicity

Their findings make the need for labelling all the more urgent, and the advice to buy certified organic all the more valid.

Interestingly, your gut bacteria are a key component of glyphosate’s mechanism of harm.

Monsanto has steadfastly claimed that Roundup is harmless to animals and humans because the mechanism of action it uses (which allows it to kill weeds), called the shikimate pathway, is absent in all animals. However, the shikimate pathway IS present in bacteria, and that’s the key to understanding how it causes such widespread systemic harm in both humans and animals.

The bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by 10 to 1. For every cell in your body, you have 10 microbes of various kinds, and all of them have the shikimate pathway, so they will all respond to the presence of glyphosate!

Glyphosate causes extreme disruption of the microbe’s function and lifecycle. What’s worse, glyphosate preferentially affects beneficial bacteria, allowing pathogens to overgrow and take over. At that point, your body also has to contend with the toxins produced by the pathogens. Once the chronic inflammation sets in, you’re well on your way toward chronic and potentially debilitating disease.

In the video interview above, Dr. Seneff reviews a variety of chronic diseases, explaining how glyphosate contributes to each condition. So to learn more, I urge you to listen to it in its entirety. It’s quite eye-opening.

Read the full article here

Why is Wheat Gluten Disorder on the Rise?

A study using frozen blood samples taken from Air Force recruits 50 years ago has found that intolerance of wheat gluten, a debilitating digestive condition, is four times more common today than it was in the 1950’s … Read the full article here

 

Featured Nutrition Video

Hidden Dangers in Kids Meals

The video features numerous scientists and investigators describing the health dangers of GM foods and, according to bestselling author John Robbins, pierces the myth that US government is protecting the food supply; and charges parents and schools with the job of protecting children. Mad Cowboy author Howard Lyman says, “It will change the way you look at food forever”. Whilst set in the US, the material covered in this video has increasing application to NZ, especially in light of the pressure that NZ is increasingly being subject to with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP will pressure NZ into growing and accepting increasing amounts of GM food.

 

 

Unethical Journal Retraction Fuels Mistrust in GMO Science (December 2013)

By Dr. Mercola

In September of last year, the first-ever lifetime feeding study assessing the health risks of genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready corn (NK603) was published in Reed Elsevier’s peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology.

 

The two-year long study1 led by Gilles-Eric Séralini revealed shocking health effects, including massive tumors and early death.

Rats given glyphosate in their drinking water also developed tumours. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, which has recently been implicated as a major contributor to chronic disease. Needless to say, Séralini’s findings set off a fire-storm of opposition from the industry.

 

Monsanto’s flawed scientific studies, which form the basis of the so-called safety of GMO’s, ran for only 90 days.

 

It’s quite noteworthy that after an intense year-long review by the publisher—in addition to being reviewed by twice the typical number of referees prior to publication—the study was not retracted due to errors, fraud, or even the slightest misrepresentation of data.

 

So why was this research report retracted by the journal publisher??

 

Click here to read the full article. As you work your way through this article, ask yourself the following questions:

 

Will the planned TPP trade agreement mean NZ-based scientific publications become more vulnerable to this type of “corporate terrorism”, as Mercola calls it?

 

Physical Exercise & the Brain

Review Article: Exercise Has Numerous Beneficial Effects On Brain Health and Cognition

July 25, 2011 — A new article highlights the results of more than a hundred recent human and animal studies on how aerobic exercise and strength training play a vital role in maintaining brain and cognitive health full story

Children’s Brain Development Is Linked to Physical Fitness

(Sep. 16, 2010) — Researchers have found an association between physical fitness and the brain in 9- and 10-year-old children: Those who are more fit tend to have a bigger hippocampus and perform better on a test of … > read more

Combining Physical Activity With Classroom Lessons Results in Improved Test Scores

July 1, 2011 — When schools cut physical education programs so students can spend more time in the classroom, they may be missing a golden opportunity to promote … > full story. To see a video of Dr. King and Dr. Scahill discussing their study click here.

Exercise Improves Executive Function & Achievement, and Alters Brain Activation in Overweight Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial

February 11, 2011 — Regular exercise improves the ability of overweight, previously inactive children to think, plan and even do math, researchers report. They hope the findings in 171 overweight 7- to 11-year-olds — … > full story

Exercise May Help Prevent Brain Damage Caused by Alzheimer’s Disease

August 15, 2011 — Regular exercise could help prevent brain damage associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, according to new … > full story

Moderate Exercise Enhances Connectivity in Brain Circuits

Moderate exercise can help to enhance connectivity in brain circuits. Additionally, exercise can help to improve cognition and combat decline in brain functions associated with aging. For more detail go to Neuroscience News 24 Feb 2011

Exercise Training Increases Size of Hippocampus and Improves Memory

A randomized controlled trial with 120 older adults, showed that aerobic exercise training increases the size of the anterior hippocampus, leading to improvements in spatial memory … full story Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences February 15, 2011, 108 (7)

To read an article in Scientific American based on this research click here

 

Featured Special Research Topic

The Medicalizing of Mental Illness Over the Last 40 Years

Dr Mercola interviews distinguished writer Robert Whitaker -author of Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic bullets, psychiatric drugs and the astonishing rise of mental illness in America

The author’s careful research includes reporting on and quoting from the minutes of annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association. He alleges systemic deceit and corruption at the highest levels between the American Psychiatric Association and major drug companies. Whitaker demonstrates a comprehensive grasp of relevant research to support his thesis that the extensive growth in prescribing drugs for “mental illness”, especially anti-depressants, is a likely cause of an astonishing increase in more serious conditions -such as Bipolar Disorder.

In a review of this book David Healy, M.D., and Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University wrote: “Anatomy of an Epidemic investigates a profoundly troubling question: do psychiatric medications increase the likelihood that people taking them, far from being helped, are more likely to become chronically ill? In making a compelling case that our current psychotropic drugs are causing as much—if not more—harm than good, Robert Whitaker reviews the scientific literature thoroughly, demonstrating how much of the evidence is on his side. There is nothing unorthodox here—this case is solid and evidence-backed. If psychiatry wants to retain its credibility with the public, it will now have to engage with the scientific argument at the core of this cogently and elegantly written book.

Related News Flash -Courtesy of Dr Mercola

Drug Company Lack of Ethics -Recent Tragic Example, Among Many

Johnson & Johnson Markets Antipsychotic Drug Risperdal, for Unapproved Uses to Boost Profits at the Expense of Patients’ Health

There’s no doubt that in some circumstances drugs can be useful, as part of a treatment package, for mental health issues. Such an approach to mental health treatment involves an implicit trust in the drug manufacturers. Too often this trust is abused.

Story at-a-glance

  • Risperdal was heavily promoted for unproven off-label uses for more than a decade, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warnings against the misleading claims
  • Research has shown that up to two-thirds of prescriptions for Risperdal were for unapproved uses that had little or no scientific support. One commonly promoted use was for dementia, but elderly dementia patients who were prescribed Risperdal for off-label uses were found to increase their chances of death by 54 percent within the first 12 weeks of taking it.
  • To further quote Mercola Drug companies, including not only Johnson & Johnson but many others, continue to be among the top corporate criminals on the planet… which makes trusting the products they produce a risky proposition, at best.

For the full story click here.