What Holistic Therapies and Practices Help with Anxiety and Depression?

Latest research has found that around half of the people who suffer from anxiety and depression use some type of holistic therapy to assist with their symptoms. Part of the reason people might be attracted to integrative care for depression or anxiety is

Science Denial on Both Sides of the Aisle

As someone with a long history of loving science, it can be infuriating to see people cast it aside in favor of what they’d prefer to believe. When evidence is staring you in the face, can you really opt to believe in a world that would make that evidence impossible? Science denial is troubling to scientists of all sorts, whose years of work can be brushed aside like vegetables on a dinner plate.But who’s the biggest offender? Who denies science like it’s their job? Well, plenty have made
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Your Brain Has A DELETE Button And Here’s How To Use It!

There’s an old saying in neuroscience: “neurons that fire together wire together.”This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is why, to quote another old saw, “practice makes perfect”. The more you practice piano, or speaking a language, or juggling, the stronger those circuits get. Scientists have known this for years. However, nowadays researchers learn another part of the truth: In order to learn something, even more important than
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Granola Bars Feud – Which Bar Gets Into A Dietitian’s Cart?

Recently, there has been a huge rivalry on social media between Clif and KIND granola bars makers on the topic of whose product is healthier. To get a sense of how big it went, take a look at their latest Twitter and Facebook posts and read the comment section. KIND bars contain only four or five grams of sugar while a Clif bar has twenty grams of sugar on average. It seems like the less sugar – the healthier but low sugar options have palm kernel oil which is considered unhealthy as well as
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New Research From Psychological Science

Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science:Paying Back People Who Harmed Us but Not People Who Helped Us: Direct Negative Reciprocity Precedes Direct Positive Reciprocity in Early DevelopmentNadia Chernyak, Kristin L. Leimgruber, Yarrow C. Dunham, Jingshi Hu, and Peter R. BlakeTo investigate how children reward and punish people who benefit or harm them, Chernyak and colleagues asked children between 4 and 8 years of age to play a computer game. In the game, children
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Holistic Science: a participatory science of qualities

Holistic Science: a participatory science of qualitiesAn excerpt from ‘Exploring Participation’ (D.C.Wahl, 2002)“The assumption is that our feelings in response to natural processes are not arbitrary but can be used as reliable indicators of the nature of the real processes in which we participate. Qualities include the realm of the normative, our assessment of the rightness or wrongness, appropriateness or inappropriateness, of particular actions in relation to our knowledge. A science of
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Rhythm of Breathing Affects Memory and Fear

A new study reports the rhythm of your breathing can influence neural activity that enhances memory recall and emotional judgement.Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall. These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth. In the study, individuals were
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The Link Between Aluminium and Alzheimer's Disease Is Now Confirmed By Scientists

Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease.However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to establish due toth the lack of longitudinal studies, as well as pushback from industries that use aluminum in their products. Despite the shortage of conclusive studies, mounting scientific evidence really leaves little room for doubt. Case in point: a
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The Latest Science on Flexibility in Martial Arts

Flexibility is a vital part of martial arts training. High levels of flexibility allow taekwondo artists to kick high and jiu-jitsu artists to be highly mobile and efficient, while reducing the risk of injuries for all students. Though most martial arts focus on static stretching due to their respective traditions, the latest science finds that dynamic stretching has significantly more positive potential. Moreover, evidence also shows that static stretching may temporarily reduce strength in
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25 Science-Backed Ways to Feel Happier

You might like 34 Ways to Bust a Bad Mood in 10 Minutes or LessIf you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands!Even as children, we’re taught to recognize and celebrate feelings of happiness—and it’s no wonder. Not only is happiness one of the most positive emotions we can experience, but being happy is also the key to a fulfilled, healthy life. Plus, cheeriness is linked to living longer, how hard we work, physical function as we age, and an improved immune system, among other health
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