Monday, August 31, 2015

The Coca Leaf and Its Importance to Latin American Indigenous Groups, Past and Present

Many Latin American cultures use the coca leaf in day-to-day life. The first use of coca was noted in coastal Ecuador about 5,000 years ago. It was so important in pre-Columbian Andean cultures that elite Incans restricted use of coca to just the noble classes. However, gradually its usage broadened, and by the time of the Spanish conquest, almost everyone had access to coca. To this day, coca is found in a variety of products and its consumption is an integral part of life for many people in Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela and other countries.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Change Your Brain, Up Your Study Game!

“I’m a poor at taking tests.” “I can’t focus.” “I don’t write very well.” But all these are really just labels that you have placed into your mind. The fact is your brain is not carved of stone; it’s a malleable organ. 'Neuroplasticity' is the word used to refer to the continual changes your brain makes based on your activities and experiences. We all have the ability to make healthy choices that could quite literally rewire your brain and alter its chemistry. Not convinced? Keep reading and maybe you’ll change your mind. Here’s our roundup of ways to change your brain for the better:

Saturday, August 22, 2015

How Does Music Affect Our Body and Brain?

Music appears to be processed in the right hemisphere of the brain. The way we experience music also affects our nervous system.

There are different neurons that respond according to what kind of music is playing. Music can effect hormones, encourage the production of cortisol, testosterone, and oxytocin. Music can even trigger a release of endorphins. Beyond the biology and the actual responses of your body, there are definite responses of the mind as well. You're aware of how you feel when you listen to music, but how do you know that it's actually having any sort of effect on you? There is scientific evidence of the way it can affect your mind! It's clearly more than just a suspicion -- it's fact!

Caring For Loved Ones With Dementia

Dementia is extraordinarily difficult for the carer to handle. The carer watches helplessly as the patient loses memories, the ability to retain information, becomes incontinent, becomes depressed and perhaps develops psychosis. The patient can become easily agitated, aggressive, or overly emotional. The deterioration of a loved one with dementia leads to severe stress for the carer.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Mexican Independence - The life And Times Of Hidalgo

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, born in 1753, is regarded today as "Father of his country", a great hero of Mexico and a central figure in the war of independence. Upon further examination it is simple to see why he is regarded as such an important part of Mexico's history; he is recognized as being the first leader in Mexico to lead an insurrection against the Spaniards on Mexican soil. Indeed, he was the catalyst for the legions of poor and oppressed in Mexico to finally revolt against the tyranny of the Spaniards occupying Mexico. While many biographies would paint Hidalgo and his actions in a heroic light, the truth is that his "army" was nothing more than a massive mob of mobilized peasants who'd been pushed to the edge due to Spanish rule. It can be argued that he was simply savvy enough to realize that he only need to push the angry and disenfranchised populace gently to get them to reach the breaking point; no fiery rhetoric or galvanizing speeches were necessary, the anger was already boiling just below the surface. Hidalgo was the one who tapped into it and made it into a physical force.

Sleep Disorder Remedies by Tressie R Drake

Sleep disorders are amongst essentially the most frequent clinical issues encountered in medicine and psychiatry. A growing list of health risks has been documented in recent studies. Heart illness, diabetes and obesity have been linked to chronic sleep loss. Inadequate or insufficient sleep can impair high quality of life of an individual. There are various sleep disorder treatments obtainable to improve the top quality of sleep. The best sleep disorder remedy depends upon the underlying trigger.

Sleep disorder treatments are normally grouped below following categories:

Finding Wisdom Within by Roger Kenneth Marsh

During my Advanced Passion Test Certification Training I was fortunate to spend some time with Michael Beckwith in some relatively intimate settings. Michael is an author and visionary, and Founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Southern California. This man is one of my heroes. Why? Because he is one of the most amazing, clear channels for Divine Wisdom I have ever seen. He knows how to put his "small self" in service to the Big Self and let the Big Self come on through him clearly and powerfully. If you ever have a chance to see Michael speak, definitely go!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Consciousness: What is Consciousness? Part 1

"What raises us above other known sentient beings is our ability to be conscious of our own consciousness. But what does this mean, scientifically?" We are largely unaware of the traffic of 'thoughts' within our heads including those that guide most of our living actions. The primary actions that keep us alive, such as breathing, seeing, hearing, touching and even tasting, take place without our conscious participation or stopping to think about them.

It is interesting to note that most of our purposeful behavior happens without the aid of consciousness. We even solve most of our routine problems unconsciously. It is when a purpose or result can be achieved by alternative means that consciousness is called upon. In other words, at the routine level of existence, we do not employ consciousness except when we are altering our actions or thoughts from the routine, for a purpose.

5 Colors to Pile on Your Plate By Robert Ringborn

Want more energy? Improved stamina? Calmer nerves? Eat your colors and harness the power of phytochemicals -- organic compounds found in fruits and vegetables that endow them with their respective colors, each of which bestows unique nutritional benefits.

Carolyn Dean -- a physician, a neuropathic doctor and the medical director of the nonprofit Nutritional Magnesium Association ( -- has been following the rainbow for years. We asked her to explain the various properties of red, orange, green, white and blue foods so you can better balance your diet and attack specific health issues.

Praise For The Human Mind

Humanity lays claim to a physical mind that it does not have, and cannot be found anywhere in the body.It is a mistaken belief that the mind is located within the physical body. The mind is that part of our personality which gives us individuality and conscious thought. Awareness and reason comes from the conscious mind. The mind however, can never be found. Many people believe the mind is located in the brain-it is not! The brain is just a processor-it processes sensory information from the rest of the body. The mind is separate from the body, and is a collective mind-it is shared by all things-it is the "One Mind."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Foods For Lowering Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Research have discovered that Triglyceride levels have been directly linked to arteriosclerotic vascular disease which can be a primary trigger of cardiovascular disease , high blood pressure , and heart attacks . High triglyceride level is usually an indicator of poorly managed diabetes and even liver or even kidney diseases . High triglycerides levels could also be caused by various prescription medications for instance steroids , beta-blockers , tamoxifen or diuretics.

Even though there are lots of drugs offered ( prescribed or otherwise ) that aim to lower Cholesterol and Triglycerides levels , for many who does not have chronic hyperlipoproteinemia - changes to diet usually are more than enough to lower high levels .

This report aims to make available to you the Ten Essential Foods to Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels along with other things to avoid that will raise your blood cholesterol and triglycerides . Below are a few suggestions to include if you would like to start a low triglycerides and cholesterol diet