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M.R.I. brain scans taken before and after the participants’ meditation regimen found increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress. A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.

But how exactly did these study volunteers, all seeking stress reduction in their lives but new to the practice, meditate? So many people talk about meditating these days. Within four miles of our Bay Area home, there are at least six centers that offer some type of meditation class, and I often hear phrases like, “So how was your sit today?”

The Best Natural Toothpaste – Top 4 Brands Compared & Reviewed

The Best Natural Toothpaste – Top 4 Brands Compared & Reviewed

After extensive research, we narrowed down the top 4 natural toothpaste brands and did a head-to-head comparison of their ingredients. We also interviewed several volunteers who brushed their teeth with each natural toothpaste and offered their impressions and individual reviews. Skip down ...

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Transformations – Inside and Out – 2013 to Now

Transformations – Inside and Out – 2013 to Now

So, first of all, I posted in January how I was dedicating myself to my weightlifting and fitness goals. And by honoring that commitment, the consistency, dedication and winning mindset required to accomplish that would also spill over into other ...

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You Need More Magnesium! The Magnesium Deficiency Epidemic

You Need More Magnesium! The Magnesium Deficiency Epidemic

Magnesium is an essential mineral that the body does not produce and therefore must be provided by the diet. What we could easily call the Magnesium Deficiency Epidemic is thought to stem from the Western diet’s preponderance for junk food and processed food ...

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The Benefits of Water Fasting – With Patricia Bragg

The Benefits of Water Fasting – With Patricia Bragg

General water fasting benefits Research on medical conditions treated with fasting Arthritis – Fasting increases free-serum cortisol levels in rheumatoid arthritis patients which is crucial for the body to lower inflammation. [1] Asthma – Water fasting has been known to reduce asthma symptoms. One ...

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What is Dystonia? Dystonia Awareness Week 2014

What is Dystonia? Dystonia Awareness Week 2014

At the time of this article it is Dystonia Awareness Week (May 3rd through May 11th 2014) and we are trying to spread awareness primarily through the educational and awareness outreach video we created and can be viewed below. This ...

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Cardinal Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus

Cardinal Symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes is the shortened name for “diabetes mellitus” which happens to be Greek and roughly translates as “sweet urine.” I know it’s a strange and disgusting thought but if you did happen to taste the urine of an untreated diabetic ...

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Amalgam Fillings Side Effects

Amalgam Fillings Side Effects

  Silver amalgam fillings contain about 50% mercury. Mercury is an element and a heavy metal; it is more toxic than arsenic, cadmium and lead. Mercury in amalgams is not 100% stable and has been scientifically proven to give off ...

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The Secret to Maximize Fat Loss During Exercise

The Secret to Maximize Fat Loss During Exercise

The Secret – Exercise First Thing in the Morning Your body stores clean and easily accessible energy in a form called “glycogen.” Your body has to use up this storehouse of energy before it can significantly burn that excess fat ...

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Quantum Memory Power – Review

Quantum Memory Power – Review

While I was completing my last year of pharmacy school, I was on a rotation at a 340B (government subsidized) clinic pharmacy and wrote a “clinical pearl” for the staff on the power of memorization based on the information presented ...

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Buying Quality Olive Oil in the Face of Fraud

Buying Quality Olive Oil in the Face of Fraud

A Life-Giving Oil Olive oil is one of the oldest commercial products, with a rich heritage stemming from the ancient Mediterranean basin. Olive oil is a life-giving oil and has been used for thousands of years as a nutrition source, ...

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Powerful Antioxidants # 01 – White Tea

Powerful Antioxidants # 01 – White Tea

King of Teas White tea is superior in the amount of antioxidants it contains in comparison to all other teas. It will typically contain slightly higher levels of caffeine, lower levels of fluoride and has a more mild and less ...

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DAMS Dental Health Guide – Including Mercury Poisoning

DAMS Dental Health Guide – Including Mercury Poisoning

Dental Health’s Enormous Impact on Health The health of our mouth, teeth and jawbones have an enormous impact on our overall health; more than most of us would have ever imagined. Many practices that are used and supported within traditional ...

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No Crash Energy from 5 Herbal Powerhouses

No Crash Energy from 5 Herbal Powerhouses

Chances are you may be one of millions who is suffering from fatigue or trying to maximize their energy levels. Searching for the holy grail of energy is somewhat of a personal quest as the right answer for you will ...

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SuperTea – Lemon Ginger and Honey

SuperTea – Lemon Ginger and Honey

So Good!… This tea is so good that I drink it every day regardless of whether I’m sick or healthy, simply because it makes me feel really good and it tastes amazing. Use this tea to help nurse yourself back ...

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Duct Tape Wart Removal

Duct Tape Wart Removal

Mama Told Me So I “left the nest” to go to college right after graduating high school. Like most moms do before their kids ship off to school, I was emphatically told to ALWAYS wear my flip flops in the ...

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Recipe For Health & Happiness In 2014 – 25 Steps

Recipe For Health & Happiness In 2014 – 25 Steps

1. Create Mini Goals Don’t start this year with a broad New Years Resolution. You know, the resolution that isn’t specific and part of you already knows you won’t follow through on. There is an art to goal making as ...

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How To Alkalize Your Body

How To Alkalize Your Body

Why Do You Want To Alkalize Your Body? According to the Alkaline Diet, when your blood and tissues are slightly on the alkaline side of their homeostatic pH range, your body works more efficiently.  When your body is more on ...

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DIY – How To Make Natural Toothpaste Recipe

DIY – How To Make Natural Toothpaste Recipe

Avoid fluoride and other harsh chemicals found in most commercial toothpastes by making your own healthy toothpaste at home. Traditional store-bought toothpastes aren’t gonna kill you… but the little things that we do for our health add up in a ...

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Beyonce Lemon Detox Diet Recipe

Beyonce Lemon Detox Diet Recipe

What’s the Beyonce Lemon Detox Diet? The lemon detox diet that Beyonce Knowles used to lose 20 pounds over the course of 14 days was none other than one of the oldest and most popular cleansing regimens around – The ...

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Copenhagen Wheel

Copenhagen Wheel

  The Copenhagen Wheel is truly, a remarkable innovation, combining sophisticated and compact motor design elements with seamless, modern smart phone integration. Superpedestrian has created a futuristic invention that transforms your regular ol’ bicycle into a smart electric hybrid. The ...

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29 Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

29 Amazing Benefits of Coconut Oil

  Coconut is a SUPER FOOD that has been rising in popularity as more and more health benefits and curative abilities are unveiled. Coconut oil, which is the fatty portion of the coconut, produced from the white meat of the ...

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12 Health Vampires You Can Kill with Garlic

12 Health Vampires You Can Kill with Garlic

Garlic, a profoundly health-enhancing herb, has been used throughout the world for thousands of years with a roster of bold claims stretching from curing bubonic plague ( The Black Death ), to warding off evil spirits and even vampires. Garlic, ...

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Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Is intermittent fasting just another diet fad or actually something worth trying? There are so many different types of diets and supplements constantly being thrown around on TV, blasted on the internet and popping out of grocery store magazines. It’s hard ...

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