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(Medical Xpress) — What drives addicts to repeatedly choose drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, overeating, gambling or kleptomania, despite the risks involved?
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Neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have pinpointed the exact locations in the brain where calculations are made that can result in addictive and compulsive behavior.
UC Berkeley researchers have found how neural activity in the brain’s orbitofrontal and anterior cingulate cortex regulates our choices. These astonishing new findings could pave the way for more targeted treatments for everything from drug and alcohol abuse to obsessive-compulsive disorders.
‘The better we understand our decision-making brain circuitry, the better we can target treatment, whether it’s pharmaceutical, behavioral or deep brain stimulation,” said Jonathan Wallis, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and the principal investigator of the study to be published in the Oct. 30 online issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.
Wallis was inspired to look into the brain mechanism behind substance abuse when he observed the lengths to which addicts will go to fulfill their cravings, despite the downside of their habit: He asked, “What has the drug done to their brains that makes it so difficult for them not to make that choice? What is preventing them from making the healthier choice?”
In the new study, he and fellow researchers targeted the orbitofrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex –- two areas in the frontal brain — because previous research has shown that patients with damage to these areas of the brain are impaired in the choices they make. While these individuals may appear perfectly normal on the surface, they routinely make decisions that create chaos in their lives. A similar dynamic has been observed in chronic drug addicts, alcoholics and people with obsessive-compulsive tendencies.”
In older adults, the higher the sodium consumption and the less physical activity, the more chance the (aging) brain will be negatively effected.
The effects of physical activity seem to win out, so that habitual, moderate exercise may essentially ‘immunize’ the brain against adverse effects of higher sodium intake. However, the more physical activity and less consumption of NaCl the better. (Getting the proper amounts of sun time is critical too.-(editor’s note)
It is well known that a high sodium intake stresses out the cardiovascular system. Given the link between cardiovascular factors, such as hypertension, and brain health, in a study of more than 1200 older adults with normal cognitive function at the outset, researchers found that a high intake of sodium combined with low levels of physical activity was associated with a decline in global cognitive function over 3 years.
After age, sex, education, waist circumference, diabetes, and overall diet were controlled, the study showed that for those with low physical active, sodium intake and cognitive decline was most impacted over time.
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~ Dennis Mangan, clinical laboratory scientist
The Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit educational corporation based in California, launches their “Vitamin D and Cancer” campaign today, presenting 20 detailed summaries of the evidence on the role of vitamin D in preventing cancer. Epidemiologist Dr. William Grant prepared the evidence-based summaries. He is the founder of the nonprofit organization, Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center (SUNARC) and serves as the Science Director for the Vitamin D Council.
Some researchers believe the link between vitamin D sufficiency and a decreased risk in cancer is promising. A randomized controlled trial found a 77% reduction in all-cancer incidence when the study group supplemented with 1100 IU/day of vitamin D plus 1450 mg/day calcium. Says Dr. Grant, “Based on various studies of UVB, vitamin D and cancer to date, it appears that global cancer burden can be reduced by 15-25% if everyone had vitamin D blood levels above 40 ng/ml.”
The summaries can be found under the “Health conditions” tab on the Vitamin D Council website, or more specifically at http://www.vitamindcouncil.
For the top ten facts about vitamin D and cancer click here.
Information provided courtesy of the Vitamin D Council.
HUMANITARIAN COALITION members receive $8.5 million from Government of Canada’s International Development Agency
The HUMANITARIAN COALITION wishes to express its gratitude to the Government of Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for its contribution of $8.5 million for relief efforts in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, announced today.
The money, which is part of the Government’s pledge to aid relief efforts in the Horn of Africa, will go to three of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION’s five members: CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada and Plan Canada.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION’s members, which also include Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada, have to date raised a combined $6.5 million. With the announcement of these contributions from CIDA, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION members have received a total of $15 million for urgent relief efforts in East Africa.
“The generosity of individual Canadians and the Government of Canada is critical to the work we are doing together in East Africa,” said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada and Chair of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION. “From water point rehabilitation and distributing water treatment chemicals, to emergency aid and advocacy, to providing supplementary food for children and mothers, we are reaching hundreds of thousands of people. But our work is far from done. We encourage Canadians to continue to donate so we can reach the millions more who are affected by the crisis.”
“We hope that Canadians will follow the government’s example and continue to respond to this crisis as we get into back-to-school season,” said Nicolas Moyer, Executive Director, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION.
The Government of Canada had previously announced that it would match, dollar-for-dollar, donations made by individual Canadians in a dedicated Relief Fund. The donation matching period ends on September 16.
As a joint Canadian approach to humanitarian response, the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION work together during times of international humanitarian disaster to ensure help gets to those who need it most. When a global emergency strikes, member agencies don’t compete for funds and broadcast slots, they focus on helping survivors of the disaster. With one call centre, one phone number and a joint website, donating to agencies that reach women, children and men with emergency supplies is easy for Canadians.
With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, the joint efforts by the members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION provide a widespread and effective response to emergencies.
God bless you all.
Thanks for this generous donation.
The Science of Biophotons Healing with light
By Johan Boswinkel
In the late 1970’s, biophotons were discovered by the German physicist Fritz-Albert Popp. Biophotons are photons (light particles) that are emitted by living systems. Fritz-Albert Popp discovered that in healthy cells the light emission was coherent (waves with similar direction, amplitude, and phase that are capable of exhibiting interference.) and that the radiation of photons was chaotic in diseased systems.
I read about these findings in the early eighties and it answered my question about human beings, how and why do they function as they are. I wondered why human beings are being eliminated in all science, even in the medical sciences. You learn all about organs, bacteria, drugs, etc., but nothing about human beings. It is perhaps because then all becomes very unpredictable but without the human beings involved all has nothing to do with reality.
The publications by Fritz Albert Popp made clear to me that we are all light beings, something that was known in ancient Egypt, as has already been described in “The Book of the Dead”. It also says that people thought with their hearts., something that is really possible. If you think with your heart then your heart and your brains do not get into conflict and you have no stress.
The biophotons are information packages that control all biochemical reactions. They are the electromagnetic signals that precede every biochemical reaction.
The biophotons are so incredibly weak that a very strong photomultiplier was needed to be able to detect them. The photomultiplier was so strong that it could detect a glow worm at a able to detect them at a distance of 20 kilometers.distance of 20 kilometers.
The biophotons are emitted by every cell. Because there is only one source per cell, Dr. Popp assumed that the DNA was emitting them, because the DNA is the only thing of which there is only one in every cell. I found that there is another possibility and that is if the biophotons are not an emission but a reflection. Due to quite a number of “coincidences” I have come to the belief that the biophotons are actually the light of the soul.
All information is in the light
The body reveals its total condition in the light that is emitted from the cells. If a system is healthy then the biophoton measurement shows a straight line on a log-log model. If there is a disturbance in the light, the log-log line is in the form of a hyperbole. There is the same phenomenon using the measurements of the acupuncture points: no disturbance gives a straight line using the galvanic skin resistance (EAV= Electro Acupiuncture according to Voll) and a disorder gives a curved line. It seems that measurement of the biophotons corresponds with measurement of the galvanic skin resistance, i.e. the biophotons determine the skin resistance.
Death the absence of light
This also shows with death. From the research done by Firtz Albert Popp we know that with death all light disappears and that one cannot get any measurements with the EAV system if one is dead. Prof. Claude Vincent already informed us many years ago that the EAV method is the easiest method to determine if somebody is dead. Approximately 4% of all people are buried alive. They seem dead but are not.
Death of a cell is also remarkably similar to death of a star. When a cell dies it changes into a supernova whereby the light emission increases a thousandfold and then goes back to zero in about 72 hours. Probably these are the moments when very seriously ill people suddenly get better, only to die after a few days. These couple of days are the days of the supernova. During these days the body balances itself out and one will find all points on the body with exactly the same value.
All acupuncture points have their own meridian
Although it seems that an acupuncture meridian has many points on it, I have come to the conclusion that each point has its own meridian. Each of the those meridiasn occupy the same space and therefore it looks like one meridian but in fact they are different. Energetically this is definitely possible if all points have their own wavelength on which they transfer information. This seems the only way that each point can be linked to a specific part of an organ or a particular system, like Dr. Voll has already shown.
I have also noted a distinct relationships between physical conditions and measured values on acupuncture points. I have called the meridians biophoton highways and I placed the TW and CI meridians as circles around and inside the pentagon of the 5 elements. I felt they had no place inside the 5 element teaching. I have the impression that the hormonal system(TW) and the Circulation are in the body but not of the body.
The roots of dis-ease
Over the years I traced many symptoms back to their causes. For example: Crohn’s disease and Colitis Ulcerosa are caused by appendicitis, a lot of lung problems, including Asthma, are caused by a whiplash, which is a very common ailment, not just caused by car collisions but by many conditions, even by birth itself.
Homeopathy has also been a very important tool in my research. After all, homeopathic remedies are also full of biophotons. I found that potencies higher than 9x (D9) have an opposite information signal, i.e. the lower potencies (below 9x (D9)) have the same signal, the potencies higher than 9x (D9) have an opposite signal and thus a neutralizing function.
Biontology, as I have come to call my biophoton system, is a synthesis of the teachings of many modalities: ayurvedic, homeopathy, acupuncture, orthodox medicine,physics and modern technologies. Of all modalities I have taken that part which I consider to be universal truth. The rest of the teachings I have discarded as being not valid anymore. A lot of the systems have been developed in ancient times and were for particular cultures at particular times. Humanity has changed. In my opinion the various modalities are very useful in treating natural diseases, but are not very successful in treating man-made illnesses which I believe is the majority of things that have gone wrong with the people. Often it is said that modern medicine has made people live longer, but as Fritz Popp has said, modern medicine has made people die slower.
The biophoton therapy is a biofeedback system, whereby the body regulates itself. It chooses the remedial wavelengths iteself and also chooses the remedies and the quantities by itself, all is based on resonance. The therapist makes the remedies available but the body chooses which ones it wants and how much of them. With the biophoton therapy we mostly make use of complex homeopathy and nosodes and only in some cases we make use of single remedies, but also the single remedies are in potency accords of 12 x (D12), 30x (D30) and 200 x (D200).
Resetting the body
The therapy is effective in almost all functional disturbances of the body, but also in plants and animals. This is because the therapists does not do the diagnosis but the body itself. The same thing happens with the therapy, the body does it itself. Contrary to orthodox medicine and most of complemetary medicine, the biophoton therapy does not treat symptoms, in other words it does not treat diseases or pains.
Biontology treats causes or it treats the self restoring capabilities of the body.
Then the body itself treats the diseases.
And in this the biontology sets itself apart from all other medicine
Animals and little children restore fastest. I believe this is because children and animals have one thing in common: they do not think. This phenomena has been a research object in one of the theses: 92.7% of 133 chronic complaints had disappeared within 2 weeks of biophoton therapy. Children and animal sessions only take a few minutes.
Qualitative Biophoton Science
Biophotons are considered main stream science by universities. They have been proven to exist and it is very likely that they control all biochemical reactions. Approximately 60 Universities do research into the biophotons, but I believe that this will not lead to any breakthroughs. This is because science only does quantitative research while the biophotons have more to do with quality.
Biophotons also have to do with reality. For something to be scientific, it has to be repeatable. In nature, nothing is ever repeatable, therefore nature is not scientific. Billions of changes happen every split second.
Together with the Inter-University College in Graz, Austria, we have created this “non-science” of biophotons into a science. It is a non science because its effects can only be found in the quality, but 16 theses have proven the effects of the therapy:
biophoton therapy and its perceptible effect on human blood; biophoton therapy and quality of life of children with chronic complaints and food hypersensitivities; health and quality of life of clients with random complaints under treatment with biophoton therapy; the effect of biophoton intervention on the pH level of aging milk;
Research papers by J.Boswinkel include: “Repeatability of measurements using biophoton device; The effects of biophoton treatment, on isolated cortical neurons of rats, using the biophoton device; Germination of wheat seedlings and treatment with the biophoton device.
The Health Angel Academy and the Institute of Applied Biophoton Sciences offer continuous education and practical training in various countries.
The Science of Biophotons Healing with light
Other research into biophoton energy includes
In 2010 17 students attained their master degrees at the Inter-University College in Graz, Austria. The master degress were in Complementary and Integrated Health Sciences, with specialization in biophotons, At present there are 7 students going on for their doctoral program.
Current agriculture research
Since February of this year another research project is under way. It is a research project of the Agricultural University of Wageningen in Holland. The research project focuses on the health of chicken and eggs and hope to improve their health by means of the biophotons. In August there will be two more research projects starting: one on tomatoes and one on potatoes.
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There is an old expression that says “The eyes are the window to the soul.” Now it seems the eyes may also be the window of Alzheimer’s disease.” – M. Wolken CMA 2011.
The blood vessels of the eye may be the mirror to show if someone is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). New research indicates that the disease has been reported to affect the eye and the brain tissues.
Will this become the much needed early detection diagnostic tool in preventing or modifying the destruction caused by this condition?
Using the eyes as a window to brain activity is much more accessible for imaging than the brain, according to Shaun Frost, MSc, a PhD candidate at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s Australian e-Health Research Center, in Perth, Australia.
Retinal Photographs -the retinal vascular changes as a biomarker for AD.
There is a relationship between those parameters or biomarkers and the build up of neocortical plaque as early sign of AD.
“Today, there is no single method for detecting Alzheimer’s until the disease is well advanced,” he said. Current positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging scans can detect some brain changes, but can be expensive and technically challenging, so are impractical for testing in large populations.
In the research, retinal photographs were collected and analyzed using semiautomated software to examine a variety of parameters, including the width of retinal vessels. The researchers calculated the central retinal arterial and venular equivalent thickness and arteriolar-venular ratio (AVR) for each participant. All had amyloid plaque burden measured using PET Pittsburgh compound B (PiB) imaging as part of the AIBL study protocol.
They found the AVR was higher in patients with AD (P = .001) and that veins were thinner (P =.01). “Now that we’ve separated the healthy controls into those who test positive and those who test negative for elevated plaque burden, you see a difference in the retina between those groups,” Mr. Frost explained. “The latter patients are considered to have preclinical AD…These findings indicate a relationship between Alzheimer’s disease, changes in the retina, and plaque burden in the brain…”
Research is looking at other changes in the eye that might relate to AD, including supranuclear cataracts and other molecular changes.
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Homes where children under 12 are exposed to secondhand smoke show an 50% increase in many neurobehavioral and learning and breathing disorders including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, and conduct disorders.
If you must smoke do not do it around your children.
Many childhood diseases are linked to second-hand smoke exposure and smoking in the home, so a smoke-free home has major protective advantages against childhood diseases.
- Respiratory problems
- an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome,
- acute respiratory infections,
- more frequent and more severe asthma attacks.
In 2007, about 5.5 million of US children lived in households where someone smoked inside the home.
The National Survey of Children’s Health analyzed 55,358 children younger than 12 years of age. The study was done conducted between April 2007 and July 2008. It found 6% of the children across the US (4.8 million ) younger than 12 years were exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.
Of these children, 8.2% had learning disabilities, 5.9% had attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and 3.6% had behavioral and conduct disorders.
Boys had a significantly higher risk, and older children aged 9 to 11 years and those living in households with the highest poverty levels were at greater risk.
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Vitamin D literally grasps infant from certain death
July 28, 2011
The beginning of the emergency room visit looked bad for the 16-month-old infant. He was in full cardiac arrest. His heart had stopped beating (asystole) but the Swiss hospital crew applied advanced cardiac life support and got the infant’s heart beating once again. When the child’s blood work came back, the doctor immediately noted his calcium was about one-third of what it should be (his ionized calcium was .42 instead of between 1.15 – 1.5), and so the doctor administered IV calcium.
While this was occurring, one of the team noted bowing (curving) of the child’s legs and his wrists were swollen, so the doctor included a vitamin D blood test to the additional blood tests. The child’s vitamin D level was 5.7 instead of in the normal range of 30-100 ng/ml.
On more careful exam, the doctor noted frontal bossing (front of head sticks out), a rachitic rosary (beading along the rib where bone and cartilage meet), hypotonia (muscle flabbiness) and wide wrists and ankles. These are the common signs of vitamin D deficient rickets.
The doctor gave the infant 5,000 IU/day of vitamin D for 3 months resulting in a 25(OH)D level of 65 ng/ml (the FNB/IOM committee members would not be happy). This paper, in today’s edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, has reproductions of the infants wrist x-rays before and after the vitamin D. The before x-rays look like the x-rays of the children whose parents are unjustly arrested for child abuse, but after 3 months of vitamin D, the x-rays looked perfectly normal.
After the medical team stabilized the child, the doctor obtained a dietary history from the parents; the only group that would be satisfied is La Leche League. For the first 10 months of his life, the infant got nothing but breast milk and for the last 4 months got nothing but breast milk and a little rice water. His dark skin and lack of sunlight, combined with his mother’s belief that breast milk alone is all children need to thrive, condemned him to severe rickets and a serum calcium low enough to stop his heart from beating.
When I practiced emergency medicine in the 1970s and 80s, I saw similar cases of asystole and can tell you that the few who survive asystole often have brain damage. Not this child; he thrived once his body got what most breast milk does not have (95%) and that is vitamin D. As Professor Bruce Hollis is about to prove to the world, that simply means 95% of lactating women are vitamin D deficient. A few lucky breast-feeding infants have mothers wise enough to take 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily. Those women have plenty of vitamin D in their breast milk, enough to make this Swiss nightmare only a memory of the new FNB dark ages.
If only the recent FNB had the courage to address all the women with levels below the 20 ng/ml (the level the FNB said was adequate). They know the main way to address the 25% of women with such levels is food fortification, but they chose not to make any food fortification recommendations. Rather, they dispensed advice they know most of these women will not follow. May God and the souls of the lost children forgive them.
-John J. Cannell, M.D.
Article provided by vitamindcouncil.org and Dr. Cannell author