“By developing an understanding of the workings of your vagus nerve, you may find it possible to work with your nervous system rather than feel trapped when it works against you.”— Dr. Arielle Schwartz, Clinical PsychologistStimulating my vagus nerve has played a key role in th Source: How to Stimulate Your Vagus Nerve for Better Mental Health — Optimal Living Dynamics Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

Source: For Longevity, Men Need to Cultivate Deep Friendships | On Being “Men, on average, die five years younger than women, and researchers believe that a big part of that gap is about social isolation. In other words, men are dying, to some extent, because they undervalue friendship.” A lack of intimate friendships doesn’t just lead to loneliness; it can negatively impact your health, too. Courtney E. Martin looks at the practical effects of male isolation, and wishes for a world in which men can gather with joy. Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

#BPA Bombshell: Industry Database Reveals 16,000 Foods With Toxic Chemical in Packaging | @ewg | #FoodScores Source: BPA Bombshell | EWG Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) quietly published the results of a new approach in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. What they found was striking. Although the size of the study was small, every participant demonstrated such marked improvement that almost all were found to be in the normal range on testing for memory and cognition by the study’s end. Functionally, this amounts to a cure.These are important findings, not only because Alzheimer’s disea Source: Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer’s | Aeon Ideas Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it

Source: Combined role of vitamin D status and CYP24A1 in the transition to systemic lupus erythematosus. – PubMed – NCBI From Dr Donald Thomas: Do you know someone who is ANA positive and does not have lupus? Do you know family members of people who have lupus? They should consider having their vitamin D level checked and taking life long vitamin D supplements if they are deficient. These researchers showed that people who have a particular gene called CYP24A1 allele (esp if they have two of them) are at much higher risk for developing lupus when they are vitamin D deficient. Concentrate on the middleRead More →

Source: Meditation’s Calming Effects Pinpointed in Brain – Scientific American “During yoga pranayama exercises people practice controlling the breath, or prana, to induce a state of calm and focus. Paying attention to breathing and slowing down respiration is a core component of many mindfulness practices. Research suggests the practice has multiple benefits—it induces an overall sense of well-being while reducing anxiety and improved sleep.” Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it