The Serotonin System in Women’s Brains is Damaged more readily by Alcohol than that in Men’s Brains

After only four years of problem drinking, a significant decrease in the function of the serotonin system in women’s brains can be seen. This is the system that regulates such functions as impulse control and mood. It takes 12 years before a corresponding decrease is seen in men. This is the conclusion of multidisciplinary research carried out at the Department of Psychology and the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The research group in the multidisciplinary project Gothenburg Alcohol Research Project (GARP) has studied for the first time three of the major neurotransmitter substances in the brain in a single individual. They have studied a group of women and a group of men with alcohol dependence. The results will be published in January 2012 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

“We have used what is known as neuroendocrine techniques to show that it is principally the serotonergic system Continue reading

Strangers Can Spot ‘Kindness’ Gene: Study

People with a certain gene trait are known to be more kind and caring than people without it, and strangers can quickly tell the difference, according to US research published on Monday.

The variation is linked to the body’s receptor gene of oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone” because it often manifests during sex and promotes bonding, empathy and other social behaviors.

Scientists at Oregon State University devised an experiment in which 23 couples, whose genotypes were known to researchers but not observers, were filmed.

One member of the couple was asked to tell the other about a time of suffering in his or her life. Continue reading

Natural Remedies Help Lymphedema

The condition known as lymphedema is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body’s interstitial tissues which surround the lymph glands. It occurs when lymph nodes are missing, removed or damaged – making it impossible for the lymphatic system to remove excess lymphatic fluid through the lymph vessels. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause serious complications including infection and interference with wound healing. However, there are natural lifestyle changes and remedies which can often offer substantial relief.

There are two types of lymphedema. The first, primary lymphedema, is caused by the absence of lymph nodes or abnormalities in the lymphatic system at birth. Secondary lymphedema is caused by removal of lymph nodes during surgery, radiation treatments, infection, malignancy, or build up of scar tissue. Continue reading

Heal with the Miraculous Powers of Garlic

When you’re sick with the flu, an infection, or simply unwell, doctors will usually prescribe antibiotics. We all know however, how dangerous antibiotics can be. But what if you could find that very cure for these things in nature, where you wouldn’t have to suffer the dismal side effects of nausea, wrenching stomach pains, potential hallucinations, and a gruesome attack on the friendly flora that lives in your intestines? What if you didn’t have to feel like a run-down old tractor, or like you’ve suddenly run out of batteries?

Yes, it stinks a bit – no wonder vampires hate it! But the abundance of health benefits contained in a single clove of garlic should be enough to make you embrace it – for there is a whole list of those benefits. In Russia, garlic is even called Continue reading

The First Thing to Do when a Cold or Flu Strikes

Cold and flu season are right around the corner, and with it we can expect lots of advertisements for flu vaccines.

I’ve written extensively on the dangers of flu vaccines before, and the fact that they simply do not work—according to the scientific evidence.

So here’s a timely review of what you can do to protect yourself and your family from colds and any type of flu this season, and in years to come.

What Causes Colds and Influenzas? Continue reading

The Amazing Science of Auriculotherapy

How Pressing Specific Points on Your Outer Ear Can Help You Stop Smoking … Eliminate Pain … Shed Excess Weight … Quit the Alcohol Habit …and Heal over 350 Diseases

Did you know that when you massage or apply stimulation to a specific point on the outer ear (the auricle) … you can dramatically reduce or eliminate pain in a corresponding body part … and even reverse a disease or get rid of an addiction?

The discovery of the ear points and their therapeutic applications happened when Dr. Paul Nogier noticed that some of his patients who stimulated a specific area of their outer ear were able to successfully relieve low back pain. Dr. Nogier then conducted a similar procedure on his own sciatica patients and discovered that his patients were likewise relieved of their back pain.

After several experiments, he observed that the ear represents the human anatomy in an upside down orientation. He consequently identified the correlation of specific parts of the body to specific parts of the ear. Continue reading

Treat Sleep Apnea Non-Surgically and Prevent Other Medical Complications

saDid you know…there is a simple, non-surgical solution to treat sleep apnea and the many serious risks and health problems that go along with it?

“Apnea” is a Greek word that means “without breath”. Those with sleep apnea literally stop breathing during their sleep, up to 100 times each night, and for as long as 1 minute each time. The most common form of the condition—obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)—is typically caused by a collapse of the soft tissues at the back of the throat.

The most recent data from the National Institutes of Health states that more than 12 million Americans suffer from dangerous sleep apnea. Continue reading

Epigenetics Spontaneous Remission from Diseases Is Now Possible

The spontaneous remission from disease (including cancer) is now possible through the science of epigenetic.

A new field of science called Epigenetics has changed the way we think about our genes. The prefix “epi” literally means “above”, as in above the genes, in the same way that epidermis means the layer above the skin.

Ever since Darwin released his scientific literature titled “On the Origin of Species” 150 years ago, science and medicine have been grounded in the belief Continue reading

How to Relax for a Good Night’s Sleep

Not too many people will argue with the statement that North American culture is fast-paced. There never seems to be enough time to do all things that need to be done, whether it’s going to work, caring for kids or aging parents, doing chores, making meals, or keeping track of finances. While it’s good to have a full, active life, sometimes this frenetic pace can lead to stress and stress can lead to sleepless nights. And when you don’t get enough sleep, you open a Pandora’s Box of potential ailments that run the gamut from concentration problems to chronic fatigue.

To help de-stress and keep your body well clear of the sleep-deprived threshold that leads to health problems, why not try some tai chi? The exercises are not only soothing for your mind, but they can help your muscles stretch and tone, too. Having trouble motivating yourself? Tai chi costs very little, Continue reading

Drinking This Could Protect You against Cancer

A huge piece of health news has added further weight to the argument that coffee may be a food cure. Researchers found that caffeine could be at the heart of a reduced risk for basal cell carcinoma risk due to consumption of coffee.

The prospective study examined the risks of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma in connection with coffee consumption and found a decreased risk for basal cell carcinoma only.

There are nearly one million new cases of basal cell carcinoma diagnosed each year in the United States. Small dietary factors that could help protect against it can have great public health impact. In this case, it’s java. Continue reading