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Stress, the Brain and the Neuroscience of Success

Source by: Don Joseph Goewey via Huff Post

In the last 10 years, a new field of neuroscience has mapped the mental zone that can literally change the brain to quiet an overly active stress response system and simultaneously pave the way for higher brain networks to perform at optimum. The more we function from this mental zone, the less we stress, and the more our brain lights up with the mix of intelligence that predicts a successful life.

When these higher networks wire and fire together, humming away at the brain speed of a hundred million computer instructions per second, we not only succeed, we excel at every level of life: from career to family, from physical and emotional well-being to fully actualizing our talent and ability. It’s a brain generating the fluid and creative intelligence to achieve goals, along with the emotional and social intelligence to instill joy in our work, peace in our life, and harmony in our relationships. It’s also a brain generating the homeostasis that promotes health and longevity. The key to all of these positive outcomes is building the mindset that transcends stress…Read More>>

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An Urgent Need To Keep Mental Health In Mind

Source by: Patrick McGorry via The Sydney Morning Herald

These days every Australian knows that sooner or later they will experience poor mental health, either personally or within their own family. What they may not know yet is that they will struggle to access the same quality healthcare that we all take for granted when we develop physical health problems.

Less than half of those with a need for mental healthcare access it, and if they do it is typically too little, too late and of variable quality. If we develop a mental illness we will die up to 20 years earlier than other Australians. We will not fulfil our true potential, and risk ending up on the scrapheap of welfare dependency and poverty. Mental health care and research suffer from serious underinvestment, yet they represent by far the best value for money for governments increasingly concerned about the sustainability of the health system…Read More>>

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Work Stress Raises Type 2 Diabetes Risk By 45 Per Cent

Source: Unknown via

High amounts of work related stress have been shown to raise the risk of type 2 diabetes by 45% in a study of over 5,000 people.

The research was carried out by researchers from the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany. 5,337 people, without type 2 diabetes at the start of the study period, were picked from the MONICA-KORA cohort study. Participants were aged between 29 and 66 years old and were monitored over an average of 12.7 years.

The researchers used the Karasek job content questionnaire to measure work strain. High job strain was marked by high psychological demands of the job combined with minimal elements of control or decision making. Examples of jobs with higher demand and lower control include waiting staff, garment makers and telephone operators…Read More>>

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The Seven Dangerous Neuro-Temptations

Source: William Struthers via Biola University Center for Christian Thought

Do you like brain science? Sure, we all do. It looks cool, it sounds exciting, it tickles our intellect, and it promises to solve all of life’s questions. Why do we do the things we do?

We’ve all seen the pulsating red, yellow and blue brain scans from laboratories of people doing any number of things ranging from playing video games and mentally rotating objects, to having a mental illness diagnosed. The technology is compelling, appealing to neurological explanations that give us the impression that people smarter than us are figuring it all out. There is something fascinating about the brain—it thinks about itself!!

As the seat of our consciousness and all of our psychological experience, the brain is situated as, perhaps, the most crucial organ in the body. If your kidneys go bad, you can get a kidney transplant and still be the same person. But transplant the brain and be the same person? Are you still you? Are you fundamentally different? Most of us would say, “No.”…Read More>>

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Serotonin Deficiency As Cause Of Depression – Is It A Myth?

Source: David McNamee via Medical News Today

Since the late 1980s, a popular theory has claimed that increasing levels of the signaling molecule serotonin is central to treating depression. This approach to treating depression is typified by the antidepressant Prozac, which works by boosting serotonin levels.

When Prozac was launched in the 1980s, it became a popular treatment for depression very quickly.

However, some experts credit Prozac’s popularity not to it being more effective than previous antidepressant medications – such as tricyclics, which work by blocking absorption of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain – but because it had fewer side effects than other antidepressants…Read More>>

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In California, Rich, Educated and Stupid Parents Are Driving The Vaccination Crisis

Source: Michael Hiltzik via LA Times

The most shocking and disheartening story you’ll read in the Los Angeles Times today may be our piece on the stunning decline in vaccination rates among California’s kindergarten-age children.

Kids are coming to school with immunization exemptions at twice the rate of seven years ago. As my colleagues Paloma Esquivel and Sandra Poindexter document, high rates of “personal belief” exemptions from child immunizations are correlated with high median incomes. They write:

“In Los Angeles County, the rise in personal belief exemptions is most prominent in wealthy coastal and mountain communities, The Times analysis shows. The more than 150 schools with exemption rates of 8% or higher for at least one vaccine were located in census tracts where the incomes averaged $94,500 — nearly 60% higher than the county median.”

That 8% exemption level is the point at which lack of immunization threatens herd immunity, an important factor in preventing and constraining disease outbreaks…Read More>>

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More Women Dying From Accidental Drug Overdoses Than in Road Toll, Australian Bureau of Statistics Figures for Penington Institute Show

Source: Peter Mickelburough via Herald Sun

Accidental drug overdoses are claiming the lives of almost four times as many women in the prime of their life than die in car accidents.

The growing impact of prescription drug abuse and illicit drugs on hundreds of Australian families is revealed in figures produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the Penington Institute.

“The United States now recognises drug overdose as a top public health crisis, and I think the time has come for Australia to do likewise,” institute CEO John Ryan said.

“The number of middle-aged women dying from accidental overdose has more than doubled in a decade and women aged between 30 and 50 are now almost four times more likely to be found dead of an unintended overdose than in a crashed car.”

Mr Ryan said there had not been as many deaths among women since the turn of the century, when high-grade heroin flooded Australia…Read More>>

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Choice Slams Lion’s New A2 Protein Labelling as Marketing ‘spin’

Source: Alex Blucher via ABC

Health claims on milk, along with a higher price tag, are earning some dairy companies a lot more money and criticism from consumer group Choice.

Milk processor Lion, which is using the claim ‘naturally contains A2 protein’, says it’s about satisfying its customers who want more information.

But Consumer group Choice says it’s no more than a cynical marketing ploy.

Lion is the latest to use the A2 label as part of its marketing and says its own research shows 50 to 70 per cent of its milk contains the A2 protein.

The company’s category marketing director for milk-based beverages, Jeff Swan, says it’s about keeping consumers informed…Read More>>

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Australian Health Care: Where Do We Stand Internationally?

Source: Stephen Duckett via The Conversation

There is an old joke about one fish asking another about the state of the water and the other answering “what’s water?” When you’re immersed in something and that is your daily experience, you are not able to step outside it – all you see is what you know.

But with all the talk about Australia’s health system being unsustainable, it’s useful to step back and look at the Australian health system in an international context.

So, how do we perform against our peers? The short answer is pretty well…Read More>>

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A2 Milk Better For The Gut Than A1 Milk

Source: Rachel Clemons via Choice Online

New Australian research suggests that consuming A1 milk can adversely affect the gastrointestinal tract compared with A2 milk.

Forty-one men and women were recruited into the double-blind, randomised cross-over study run by Curtin University in Perth over eight weeks.

For two weeks, participants underwent a ‘washout’ where they cut out dairy from their diets.

This was followed by two weeks of drinking 750mL milk per day that contained either pure A1-type or pure A2-type beta-casein milk. After a second washout, participants switched to the alternative milk for a final two weeks…Read More>>

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