"Yawning helps you win"

“Yawning seconds before the biggest moment of his career, Apolo Anton Ohno. surprized many spectators and viewers around the world.

Yawning does not indicate boredom or exhaustion, but it is a natural response of the body to release stress by taking in oxygen.  Under stress the body gets depleted of oxygen and yawning refuels the oxygen going to the brain. In turn the brain sends out messages through the nervous system to inhale deeper and relax. Next the chest expands and the body becomes more relaxed and able to focus on the task at hand.

There was some research done on a group of students that practiced controlled yawning for a few minutes before they took a college exam and their grade point went up a letter grade from Cs to Bs and from Bs to As by practicing controlled yawning. Ohno himself confirmed,  “It makes me feel better,” he said. “It gets the oxygen in and the nerves out.”

Animals of all kinds yawn

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of    http://bit.ly/bvRdjT

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"Rock Rock Rock and your bowels function may improve"

Bowel dysfunction after abdominal surgery is normal, but returns to normal functioning can be faster if you spend time rocking in a rocking chair.

Constipation after surgery can last as long as three to five days. Dr. Massey had observed that patients who rocked in rocking chairs experienced an earlier return of bowel function than those who did not rock. In women recovering from C-section and abdominal hysterectomy, research has  shown

rocking chairs aid surgery recovery

that women who rocked in a rocking chair  recover normal functioning of bowels faster.. Dr. Massey used rocking chair intervention in both male and female abdominal cancer patients recovering from surgeries as well as those patients recovering from gastric, colon, small bowel, pancreatic or liver surgeries.

Patients were instructed to rock for periods of between 10 to 20 minutes for a total of at least one hour a day, and also to walk, adding more time each day as tolerated. They were compared with 32 others who did not rock (but who did walk) who served as a control group.

The results: Those in the rocking group rocked  passed gas (a post-op healing benchmark) 16.8 hours earlier on average than the other group. Postoperative nausea, vomiting, abdominal distention and inability to eatare side effects that can also effect recovery and a patient’s quality of life much later

Seems that rocking stimulates the vestibular nerves in the ear that, in turn, send signals to the reticular activating system (RAS). The ascending reticular activating system connects to areas in the thalamus, hypothalamus, and cortex, while the descending reticular activating system connects to the cerebellum and sensory nerves. The bowel dysfunction associated with abdominal surgery is thought to be a response to the stress of surgery.  Before surgery the the extra drugs given to the patient causes the liver to be over taxed with toxins and the anesthesia used during surgery brings the functioning of the brain and nervous system to such a low function that it is hard for the body to rid itself of its effects.motor nerve functioning and balance.

RAS helps controls motor nerve functioning and balance

Rocking stimulate the activity of the brain and nerves to get back to work. This response thenn mobilizes the nerves of the digestive system and the rocking allows the body to naturally relax and increase its level of endorphins that will maike you feel better and recover quicker.

Other ways rocking helps

1. After knee surgery.

2. Alzheimer’s and dementia, ADHD, autism and sensory disorders.

releive the blues with rocking

3.  Rocking may help relieve arthritis and has been found helpful for varicose veins.

Try rocking first instead of using drugs to relax or to relieve constipation

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  DailyHealthNews@dhn.bottomlinesecrets.com

Image 1. courtesy of   http://www.garyweeks.com/walnut_rocking_chair.html

Image 2. courtesy of  http://3dnews.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/rocking-chair.jpg

Image 3. courtesy of   http://3.bp.blogspot.com/ReticularActivatingSystem1.JPG

“Potential risks of squalene in flu vaccine worse than the flu"

This frenzy over upping the number of vaccines to supposedly prevent a host of nasty diseases –at what price?

“North American children are now the most vaccinated on earth. Since 1980, Canadian vaccine schedules have more than doubled the types of vaccines given; for the first 4-6 yrs of life alone, Public Health now recommends 43 doses of thirteen different vaccines. The first 8 doses are given in four shots at two months of age. It’s been declared that today’s children are the first generation whose parents will outlive them. Why?

H1N1 virus (Swine Flu)
H1N1 virus (Swine Flu)

Today, 10% of Canadian children have life threatening afflictions. In the last 25 years, concurrent with vaccine increase, there’ve been huge declines in children’s health in many categories:

* Autism – increased over 1000 times in less than one generation;

* Juvenile Diabetes – 104% increase since 1980; * Anaphylactic Food Allergies – doubled in the last decade;

* All types of Allergies – increased nearly six times;

* Obesity – now almost 20%, 3 times the prevalence in 1980;

*Attention Deficit Disorder – now almost 10%. (1)

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO in the May 1, 2006 issue of NewsWithViews.com stated, “Multiple studies published in highly reputable publications have documented that flu shots are ineffective in all ages.” Besides being ineffective the adjuvant the biochemical catalyst added to the vaccine can pose further health risks.

After the Gulf War vets returned with a cascade of immuno -reactions called Gulf War syndrome.included “arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Raynaud’s phenomenon, Sjorgren’s syndrome, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.” research has attributed these symptoms to three batches of immunizations using squalen based adjuvant.(1)

squalen adjuvant in flu vaccine
squalen adjuvant in flu vaccine

Squalene is an oil-based adjuvant compound called MF-59. The main function of the adjuvant is to supercharge the live or dead virus(s) main ingredient in the diluted vaccine to make them more potent and kick start the response to the flu in the body. Two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline are adding squalene adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities. Novartis’s proprietary squalene adjuvant for their H1N1 vaccine is MF59. Glaxo’s is ASO3. MF59 has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in any U.S. vaccine.

Natural Squalene as an oil molecule is native to your body. It is found throughout your nervous system and brain. In fact, olive oil will bless you with natural squalene and by consuming it will build your immune system as long as you are not sensitive or allergic to it.

Why does the body go to war with injected squalene compounds?

Injection is an abnormal route of entry which incites your immune system to attack all the squalene in your body, not just the vaccine adjuvant. Squalene compounded vaccines has been fingered at a possible culprit in the post Gulf War multiple health issues that these veterans continue to suffer. Two H1N1 vaccines being developed by companies Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline are adding squalene adjuvants to boost immunogenicity and dramatically reduce the amount of viral antigen needed. This translates to much faster production of desired vaccine quantities. Novartis’s proprietary squalene adjuvant for their H1N1 vaccine is MF59. Glaxo’s is ASO3. MF59 has yet to be approved by the FDA for use in any U.S. vaccine.

Flu vaccines can also contain a number of chemical toxins, including ethylene glycol (antifreeze), formaldehyde, phenol (carbolic acid) and even antibiotics like Neomycin and streptomycin. In addition to the viruses and aluminum and squalene. Vaccinations are biochemical cocktails for supression of the native immune systems that will not is help build immunity to potentially harmful organisms that cause illness and disease.

However, your body’s immune system is already designed to do this in response to organisms that invade your body naturally. Build your immunity by eating organic healthy raw and steamed fruits and seasonal veggies, staying well hydrated, getting plenty of sleep and exercise in fresh air.

Resources
Excerpts courtesy of http://vran.org/about-vaccines/vaccine-essentials/vaccination-the-basics/
Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immunologic_adjuvant

Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squalene

Excerpts courtesy of http://newresearchfindingstwo.blogspot.com/2009/07/squalene.html

Image 1. the flu virus courtesy of  Biochemistryquestions.wordpress.com/some-basic-biochemistry-h1n1-virus/
Image 2. squalene courtesy of  En.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squalene

"Women develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection"

HIV and Women

growth of HIV virus
growth of HIV virus

Women usually develop lower viral levels than men following acute HIV-1 infection.

Women with similar viral loads. will develop AIDS faster. Why?

Research team based at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), MIT and Harvard has found that a receptor molecule involved in the first-line recognition of HIV-1 responds to the virus differently in women, leading to subsequent differences in chronic T cell activation, a known predictor of disease progression. Their paper, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Nature Medicine.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of LabSpace.net labspaces.net/98592/StudymayexplainwhyHIVprogressesfasterinwomenthaninmen

Image courtesy of   Wikimedia.com  wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/HIV-budding-Color.jpg

"Restoring hearing and vision in animals with stem cells"

Stem cells can develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell. Without these cells human tissues could not survive and we would die when the first cells wore out.

many types of stem cells
many types of stem cells

Bone marrow stem cells from humans  has restored the lost hearing and vision in embryonic guinea pigs.This may be the key to unlock the first step toward helping people. Another group of researchers  grew functioning eyes in tadpoles using frog cells.

Stem cell research hold extraordinary promise for treating a wide range of deadly and disabling diseases that plague millions.
How did they grow hearing cells?

By cultivating stem cells into neuron-like cells in petri dishes and then harvesting and transplanted them into the inner ears of the guinea pigs within three months later, the animals appeared to have some hearing, The goal was to regrow the tiny hair cells that are essential for mammals to hear.
What damages these hair cells?

“When sensitive hair cells in the inner ear of humans and other mammals are killed — by loud noise, autoimmune attack, toxic drugs, or aging — the damage is permanent. Humans cannot naturally replace them, other animals like birds and reptiles can automatically regenerate hearing cells.

Michael Zuber and colleagues at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, grew functioning eyes in blinded frog embryos using stem cells.

In frog usually stem cells only form skin when grown in vitro. Zuber’s team of researchers discovered thatby  adding seven different stimulating genetic “factors” eye formation genes were turned on..

When they transplanted the transformed cells into frog embryos, the resulting tadpoles could see out of those eyes, Zuber told the meeting. Genetic tests showed that the stem cells had transformed, a process called differentiation, into many different cell types. all cell types needed for vision were formed again.

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics

Excerpts courtesy of Rueters.com Stem cells restore hearing, vision in animals
– Maggie Fox,  Health And Science Editor  Reuters– Wed Nov 19, 2008.

Image courtesy of csa.com/discoveryguides/stemcell/pluri

Mouthwashes increase health risks

mouthwashTo combat bad breath, mouth rinses take one of two approaches. Some mouthwashes kill the smelly bacteria, while others neutralize or mask the odors produced by sulfur compounds. Antibacterial mouth rinses, as well as those containing chemicals that neutralize odors, do temporarily control bad breath, but products containing chlorhexidine gluconate a substance that kills bacteria, resulted in noticeable but temporary staining of the tongue and teeth. The discoloration can look like tobacco staining, a dark brownish color.(1)

In one study plaque accumulation and gingival condition were recorded using plaque index and gingival index. On the basis of mean baseline plaque and gingival scores, subjects were allocated to four different groups, using their assigned products twice a day, before bed and after breakfast. The results of this clinical study indicate that better therapeutic efficacy can be achieved using gels for treating oral infections than conventional treatments using mouthwash. (2)
Risks from using alcohol based mouthwashes
In two well documented studies researchers have found that the daily use of commercial mouthwashes with a low pH increase the risk of oral, throat cancer and stomach upset, besides greatly increasing teeth sensitivity by eroding tooth enamel and higher levels of bad breath according to recent studies.

In thew first study, at the Division of Restorative Dentistry in Bristol, U.K., researchers found that use of low pH mouthwashes cause erosion of dental enamel and increased sensitivity in teeth to hot or cold changes. (3)

In another study researchers from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil evaluated control studies from 1998 to 2002 of 309 patients with oral cancer of the mouth and pharynx and 468 controls matched by sex and age. Results show that daily mouthwash use was strongly associated with cancer of the pharynx and also associated with cancer of the mouth.

Detailed information on smoking, alcohol consumption, schooling, and oral health and hygiene were obtained through interviews.

Oral cancer is linked to bleeding gums and failure to have dental But not to he use of full dental prosthesis.
Mouthwash works for a short period of time by killing lots of germs, but because of the high alcohol content the mouth dries. A dry mouth means the salivary glands are dry so the amount of saliva produced is low and thus they are unable to wash away bacteria. This results in even high production of bacteria and even bad breath. This overproduction of bacteria stress the mucous lining of your mouth, throat and stomach and can decrease your immune system your immune system and require your liver to work even harder to detoxify the body and produce the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.(3)

Recommendations:
The team strongly suggests that low pH mouthwashes should not be considered for long term or continuous use and should never be used prior to brushing.

Mouthwash works for a short period of time by killing lots of germs, but because of the high alcohol content the mouth dries. A dry mouth means the salivary glands are dry so the amount of saliva produced is low and thus they are unable to wash away bacteria. This results in even high production of bacteria and even bad breath. This overproduction of bacteria stress the mucous lining of your mouth, throat and stomach and can decrease your immune system your immune system and require your liver to work even harder to detoxify the body and produce the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy.

Conclusions

There are no substitutes for good oral hygiene and quality dental care. Your immune, dental. digestive and immune system depends on it.

Resources

1. Excerpts courtesy of Live Science.com Do mouthwashes work? mouthwash-science

2.Excerpts courtesy of FDI World Dental Press atypon-link.com/FDI/indj.2004.54.4.219

3. Excerpts courtesy of Naturalnews.com naturalnews.com/024591.

Image courtesy of Scienceproject.com scienceproject.com/projects/intermediate/images

Odor to make humans disappear- mosquitoes confusants

19-1The image at the right is an
electron micrograph of the head of a female Anopheles gambiae mosquito, showing the parts of olfactory appendages (antennae, maxillary palps and proboscis)

Dr. Leslie Vosshall and two colleagues at Rockefeller University published a series of experiments that seemed to settle the 50-year-old question of how the insect repellent DEET kept mosquitoes at bay (Science, 319:1838-42, 2008).

Vosshal explained their findings “It doesn’t smell bad to insects. It masks or inhibits their ability to smell you.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded the research to understand how and why DEET works. This is critical to creating the next generation of chemicals, which may head off insect-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
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Laurence Zwiebel of Vanderbilt University (also a Gates’ grantee) and  Ulrich Bernier of the US Department of Agriculture are not sure the findings just didn’t make sense, given everything they knew about this system

In Vosshall experiment,  the response of the mosquito’s olfactory neurons to two separate, attractive odors in human breath. Then, she combined each odorant with DEET in a single odor cartridge and noticed a smaller neural response. Vosshall believes DEET was blocking the mosquito’s olfactory co-receptor.
Another teams experiment another interpretation

Using gas chromatography, Leal confirmed his suspicions this year. When he repeated Vosshall’s experiment using separate odor cartridges that blended DEET and each attractive odor only at their tips, the mosquito’s neural response was no longer diminished. Then, Leal identified a DEET-sensitive odor receptor neuron and showed that mosquitoes avoid passing through a “curtain” of DEET vapors.
Leal’s paper surprised Vosshall, but is unconvinced by Leal’s results, and has been trying to reproduce the effect in her own lab. “Competition in science is good,” she says, “It can be difficult when it’s a small field, and this is a very small field.”

Genomic studies in 2005 have since shown that this co-receptor is found in insects ranging from mosquitoes to moths,  making humans invisible to insects. Using tissue cultures, she uses targeted drug discovery to screen 91,520 compounds from a chemical library, short-listing about 150 that she believes have the potential to be insect “confusants.”

Even Vosshall’s skeptics admit the confusant strategy is fundamentally sound. Zwiebel says his unpublished molecular work confirms the existence of confusants, but when it comes to DEET, he and Vosshall aren’t willing to budge. “We have agreed to disagree on the DEET story,” he says.

Resources

Smells funny? – Brendan Borrell  The Scientist.com Volume 23 | Issue 1 | Page 19.

http://www.the-scientist.com/2009/01/1/19/1/

Mosquitoes smell and avoid the insect repellent DEET – Leal and Zainulabeuddin Syed,  PNAS 105:13598-603, 2008 September 2008.


Image courtesy
of LJ Zwiebel, colorization by Dominic Doyle / Vanderbilt University

ID sleep disorders through facial analysis 76% accurate

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney has developed an innovative method to analyse digital photographs of faces in order to determine an individual’s risk of developing Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). In conjunction with the Royal North Shore Hospital and the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Professor Peter Cistulli and Dr Richard Lee have found that analysis of detailed measurements of the face from digital photographs can help doctors identify those most in danger of developing OSA.ucsi018651mansleep

The potential clinical application to improved recognition and diagnosis of OSA in the community in a user friendly real time manner is great.

Four per cent of Australian middle-aged men and two per cent of middle-aged women suffer from OSA syndrome, while almost 50 per cent of middle-aged men snore during sleep: a symptom of OSA. The disease is characterised by the repetitive closure of the upper airway during periods of interrupted sleep and is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and strokes. Previous methods of diagnosis have involved expensive specialist assessment and overnight monitoring in a sleep laboratory, meaning the majority of OSA sufferers are as yet undiagnosed.

“This new approach is really a response to the critical clinical need to develop more readily accessible, non-invasive methods that can enable doctors to more efficiently diagnose larger numbers of patients,” Professor Cistulli.

“The new test accurately diagnosed 76 per cent of OSA cases, yielding a higher success rate than the traditional clinical methods of questionnaires, medical histories and examinations.”

Resources

Researchers give a face to sleep disorders Science Alert Australia & New Zealand University of Sydney January 13, 2009.

http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20091301-18671-2.html

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): a cephalometric analysis of severe and non-severe OSA patients. Part 1: Multiple comparison of cephalometric variables. – V. Tangugsorn et al,  International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery 2000:15(2):139-52.

http://www.usyd.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=2962

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