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Alzheimer’s can be an extremely debilitating disease, and millions of Americans are effected by it each year. Decades of research have shown that a buildup of toxic proteins in the brain – beta amyloid and tau – can lead to Alzheimer’s. Something that has been less clear – the factors that cause these proteins to accumulate. Recent studies however have begun to explain the process, revealing new possible causes of Alzheimer’s.


1. Anti-anxiety Medication

A class of drugs known as benzodiazepines are frequently used to treat disorders such as anxiety and insomnia. They include popular drugs lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax) and clonazepam (Klonopin). More and more health risks and side effects of taking these drugs continue to be revealed. A study published in the British Medical Journal followed 1,796 Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease and 7,184 healthy controls for a period of six years. They found that taking these drugs for more than three months was associated with up to a 51% increase in Alzheimer’s disease.


2. Head Trauma

It’s estimated that 300,000 Americans suffer a sports-related concussion each year. There are many complications that can come from a head injury, and increased risk of Alzheimer’s is now known as one of them. While some make full recoveries, others may experience problems related to the inflammation that helps heal damaged brain tissue. If the inflammation becomes chronic, the cells in the brain are less likely to clear amyloid beta from the brain. The build up of this protein in the brain is a known cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

3. Sleep Deprivation

Attempting to juggle school, work, extra curricular activities, friends, family members and other hobbies and responsibilities causes many people to become sleep-deprived. Sleep deprivation can make you drowsy, irritable and less focused, but it can also speed up the development of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published in the Neurobiology of Aging journal showed that sleep problems are common in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Chronic sleep deprivation puts stress on the body and the brain, and can lead to serious health issues.



4. Loneliness

A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry found links between loneliness and the development of dementia. In the three-year study, researchers found that adults feeling lonely had 1.63 times the chance of developing dementia. The exact cause and effect of the link is still being studied, but researchers suggest staying connected to other.


5. Type 3 Diabetes

Neuroscientist Suzanne de la Monte, MD, of Brown University, believes that Alzheimer’s disease is a metabolic disease that affects the brain. She refers to Alzheimer’s as “Type 3 Diabetes.” Her research has led her to believe the brain cells develop insulin resistance, just like other cells in the body. “Any organ can be affected by insulin resistance,” she has said. “If you get it in the brain, we call it Alzheimer’s.”

Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle by eating right and staying active can help keep your mind sharp and your body strong. There is no known “cure” for Alzheimer’s disease as of yet, but there is evidence that coconut oil can help to improve or even reverse symptoms. To stay healthy, avoid smoking, eat a balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables, and take care of your mental health. Mind exercises such as crossword puzzles or memory games can also help keep the mind active!



Sources: David Wolfe;


To say there is no right answer when it comes to math, to some, is akin to heresy. More than that, some might say it’s illogical and completely erroneous.

Math is math; it doesn’t change. But the truth is, it does, and has changed.


And arriving at different answers all has to do with the order of operations. For example, if you’re taught, all your life, that the standard color of the sky is called “red”, then you perhaps will grow up believing all shades of blue are actually called various shades of red.

Or, if you’re told that a blue-green color is teal, but someone else calls it turquoise, you might find yourself in a debate of proper color names. While it’s easy to argue that calling blue “red” is wrong, it’s not so easy to say that blue-green is not both teal and turquoise, depending on who you ask. In the matter of you and the other individual, you were both taught different things about the same color.

And sometimes, a similar problem happens where math is concerned.  Except, with math, it gets a little more rigid than color names, as it involves using a set of instructions in order to arrive at the right answer.  Most people know these instructions as the order of operations.  And different people have been taught different things about the correct order.


For example, how would you solve the following equation?


If you end up with an answer of either 1 or 9, you’re not alone.

The vast majority of people ended up with either one of those answer. Some reportedly think it is 0, 3, or even 6, but none of those three answers are at all correct.

However, the reason why 9 and 1 are given as the main answers for this problem all boils down to how people were taught to do math.


For an explanation of why the answers to this math problem vary, watch this video:


Source:
Sun Gazing
Via: David Wolfe;


People who display their emotions openly are often labeled as “too sensitive.” They are commonly criticized, told to “suck it up” or advised to “get over it.” Our society tends to associate being sensitive or emotional with being weak. You might be surprised at this list of reasons why sensitive people are stronger than you realize.


1. They Aren’t Afraid of Love

Even after they’ve been hurt, sensitive people tend to keep their hearts open. Their heart may be bruised, but they don’t shut themselves off from finding love or relationships. When someone else might hold a grudge or put walls up to hide their emotions, sensitive people use their heartache to help guide them in the right direction. Even though there’s a chance they’ll get hurt again, they don’t want to close themselves off from the possibility of finding love, because they know it will eventually be worth it.

2. They Pay Attention to Details

A sensitive person rarely makes a decision, turns in a project or solves a problem without looking at it from all sides. They tend to notice things that the average person doesn’t. They are aware of the little things in all aspects of life, and they are often labeled perfectionists. While other people are busy being hard-headed or thinking that their opinion is always right, a sensitive person’s openness and attention to detail is a gift, and they use it to better themselves and to help others.


3. They Are Creative

Sensitive people are often creative, largely due to their openness and vulnerability. A sensitive person may be a writer, a musician, an artist, a problem-solver, or someone who knows that by creating something, they can make a difference. They use their talent not only as an outlet for their emotions, but also as a way to inspire others.


4. They Feel Deeply

Sensitive people often have a flood of their own emotions, but they can also sense the emotions of others. When someone is feeling sad or hurt, they have an innate need to comfort the person. They’ve most likely been criticized in the past for being sensitive, but their emotions are what fuels them. When a sensitive person cares about something or someone, they care deeply, and they will always defend what they care about.

5. They Are Connected With Nature

Sensitive people tend to be attracted to quiet places. A crowd can feel overwhelming to them at times. When they have time alone, they often venture where they feel free and relaxed — the outdoors. Nature gives them peace and allows them to relax and recharge. They feel connected with the environment and it’s a source of strength for them.

6. They Learn From the Past

A sensitive person will most likely remember how they felt during or after a certain situation. If they were hurt, embarrassed or regretful, they won’t hold a grudge, but they will use their experience to help them in the future. A sensitive person usually will not make the same mistake twice, because they are open to learning, growing and moving on from something that’s dragging them down.


Sensitive people are amazing!


Sources:
power of positivity
Via: David Wolfe;


Identifying a schizophrenic isn’t always easy, especially if you’re working off of appearances alone. Different psychiatric tests are used often used to help doctors get a better understanding of their patients’ psychological conditions. Getting a closer look inside a patient’s head can help a doctor determine how to help.

Below is one such psychiatric test. The following two questions can only be answered by either a schizophrenic or a genius. To get the most precise results, answer the questions based on how you feel. Concentrate on what you actually see in the images below, instead of how you think they should look.

Ready?


1. Is the mask convex on one side or two?


2. Is the mask rotating in one direction or two?


Check Your Answers Below

1. The mask is convex on only one side.


2. The mask is rotating in one direction, to the right.

If you answered both questions wrong, you’re among the majority. If one of both of the answers were obvious to you, you might be special.

Here’s why: a healthy person’s brain often leans toward self-deceit. It naturally forms artificial shapes and shadows to “correct” the picture and turn it into something that makes more sense.

The mind of a schizophrenic doesn’t work this way. A schizophrenic’s brain cannot establish a connection between the details. Instead, they see the image as it truly is – a concave mask rotating in one direction.

However, seeing the truth in these images does not mean you are a schizophrenic. I could just mean you are observant or a genius.


Are you wondering what role a genius plays in all of this? The brain of a schizophrenic and a genius really isn’t all that different. A genius can see the image the same way a schizophrenic does. They can also see the image the same way most people do. Their brain is capable of both types of thinking. They see the illusion, but they are also able to catch the illusion and point out the deceit.

Sources:
Bright Side
Dictionary
NCBI
Via: David Wolfe;


Tipping can become quite the controversial topic. If you want to stir things up a bit, bring it up in conversation and watch as a group of people start disagreeing on proper tipping etiquette. There are those who tip well no matter what, because they’ve been a server before and they know how much servers depend on tips. There are those who tip based on service, and there are others who are awful tippers, plain and simple.

Regardless of your view on tipping, there’s a pretty good argument for why you should always leave a tip, no matter what.


1. Serving Is Not A Minimum Wage Job

If you’ve ever been a server, you know how fast-paced and stressful it can be. Servers are on their feet for long periods of time, running back and forth between the kitchen and the tables, constantly taking orders, bringing out meals, refilling drinks and bread baskets and grabbing forgotten items. Not to mention dealing with the extra demanding customers and the ones who complain about their meals. Being a server requires multitasking, memorizing, body strength and social skills. For those of you who think all they do is set your food on the table, you are oh so wrong.

2. Servers Can’t Rely On Their Paychecks

Many servers only make around $3.00 an hour. At the end of the pay period, taxes are taken out of their check, making it even less. Servers work for their tips. They depend on their tips. The only way they make money to bring home is if they have a busy night with lots of tables and a few generous tippers.


3. Many Servers Have To Tip-out

At the end of the night, many servers are expected to give a certain amount of their tips back to the restaurant, a process known as a tip-out. This money is used to pay the hosts and the bartenders. It might be 15% of their tips or 2% of their sales. If you don’t tip your server, your server is pretty much paying for you to eat at the restaurant.


4. The Government Expects You To Tip

The federal government expects customers to tip at least 15% when they eat out, which determines the federal minimum wage for servers. If you’re tipping lower than 15%, your server isn’t even making minimum wage. If you have a problem with tipping, call your local senator and lobby for a bill that will raise the minimum wage for servers. By not tipping, you’re only hurting your server – the person who might be trying to put food on the table for their family, have enough money to pay their rent or send their kids to college.

5. Tipping Helps You, The Customer

If you’ve ever wondered if tipping leads to better service, the answer is yes. Servers have no idea how much money they’re going to bring home on any given night, which can be extremely stressful. If they knew they were going to get paid no matter how polite they were, they wouldn’t have to work so hard to win you over. If you leave a nicer tip, you’ll receive better service.



Sources:
Proxee Consulting
The Odyssey Online
Business Insider
Via: David Wolfe;


Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting more than five million Americans. Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. It ranks as the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It’s a progressive disease, worsening over a number of years. As Alzheimer’s advances, it leads to worsening symptoms. They include disorientation, mood and behavior changes, deepening confusion, unfounded suspicions, serious memory loss and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.


Alzheimer’s can be devastating to those diagnosed, their family members and their friends. There is no known cure for the disease. However, early intervention is often key to a longer lifespan and a better quality of living. Alzheimer’s can be extremely difficult to diagnose in early stages. Having trouble remembering things does not mean a person has Alzheimer’s. Thanks to the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, earlier diagnoses of Alzheimer’s may be possible.


Using just a scoop of peanut butter and a ruler, clinicians have discovered a way to change lives and provide an early diagnosis for Alzheimer’s. They found a way to give millions of people a chance to make more memories. This method of early diagnosis can help predict and address the disease before it becomes completely overwhelming for those diagnosed.


Here’s how it works.

The study involved participants with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Participants were asked to close their eyes and attempt to detect an odor with one nostril at a time. Researchers used a small container of peanut butter to measure the distance from each nostril that the participants were able to detect the odor. The study found that people with Alzheimer’s disease have a harder time detecting odors from their left nostril when compared to their right nostril.


Jennifer Stamps, a University of Florida researcher explained, “All of the Alzheimer’s patients had a left nostril impairment and their right nostril was normal at odor detection which is about 20 centimeters for an older person. Their right nostril was right at 20 centimeters on average but their left nostril was about 10 centimeters on average where they were able to detect it, so there was a big asymmetry there.”

So why peanut butter? Because it has a strong, familiar smell. People with Alzheimer’s can lose their ability to smell even before memory problems arise. Using this method to detect Alzheimer’s early can help doctors slow down the effects of the disease. The peanut butter test is a faster and cheaper was for doctors to confirm an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.


Check out the video below for more information on using the peanut butter test as a form of early detection for Alzheimer’s.


Sources:
Wimp
Alzheimer’s Association
University of Florida
Alzheimer’s Association
Via: David Wolfe;


There is a growing number of studies which show the miraculous power of the cannabis plant, while previously, studies of this kind have been limited as it was illegal in North America and much of the world.

Yet, these restrictions are currently being reduced to a great extent, and scientists have more freedom to examine the effects of cannabis and its effects on health.


The cannabis phytochemistry consists of more than 85 compounds known as cannabinoids. The human nervous and digestive systems have endocannabinoid receptors, so the body produces its own cannabinoids that are responsible for emotions, movements, sleep, and appetite.

Terpenes are another family of cannabis compounds, which are also related to pain treatment. Cannabinoids and terpenes have powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and the human body can metabolize these phytochemicals.

The psychoactivity of cannabis made all its varieties illegal, including hemp, which does not have this property.

The “high feeling” is due to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is only one cannabinoid. However, most cannabinoids aren’t psychoactive but provide medicinal effects.

The second prevalent cannabinoid in this plant is cannabidiol (CBD)which can be derived from cannabis strains with low THC content, like Charlotte’s Web, for therapeutic use.

Cannabis is especially effective in the treatment of pain. As soon as CBD enters the bloodstream, it is attached to the cannabinoid receptors in the peripheral nerves and blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain.

Despite blocking pain, cannabinoids also relieve inflammation that causes it, and also strengthen the immune system to support the healing.

This process also involves beta-caryophyllene, another non-psychoactive cannabinoid, which has a different molecular structure than most other cannabinoids. It soothes inflammation and blocks neural pain reception, and is also found in cinnamon, black pepper, basil, and oregano.

A study conducted at the University of Michigan study found that the use of medical cannabis to manage chronic pain reduces the need for opioid painkillers:

“Patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications…[patients] also reported fewer side effects from their medications and a 45-percent improvement in the quality of life since using cannabis to manage pain…

We are learning that the higher the dose of opioids people are taking, the higher the risk of death from overdose… patients in this study rated cannabis to be equally effective [as opioids] for those with different pain severity.”

This confirms the effects of the cannabis use as opioids replacements, as the legalization of medical marijuana in the States, reduced the number of overdose deaths by 25%, which is very important discovery, as 30% of Americans suffer from chronic pain.

The positive effects of cannabis in the treatment of pain have been supported by numerous testimonies of patients, scientific studies, and institutions such as Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.


Opioids are highly addictive and there is a great risk of overdosing, so there is a great need of non-addictive treatments.  United Press International writes:

“Opioid use and addiction has become an epidemic in the United States due to doctors over-prescribing opioid medications to treat chronic pain…’emerging data indicate that drugs that target the endocannabinoid system might produce analgesia with fewer side effects compared to opioids.”

Yet, all agree that medical marijuana is safer to use than ibuprofen. A study conducted at the Université de Montreal involved 215 participants.

It estimated the safety of the use of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain, and except for one exception of adverse reaction, all other participants experienced improvements.

Namely, “Medical cannabis use over one year was associated with improvements in pain, function, quality of life and cognitive function.”

Furthermore, fibromyalgia is a serious neurological disorder, characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, as well as mood swings, memory issues, sleep, and fatigue.

The typical treatment includes antidepressants, acetaminophen, prescription pain relievers, and anti-seizure medication. Yet, numerous patients self-medicate using marijuana.

The findings of a survey from 2014 from the National Pain Foundations indicate that 62% of fibromyalgia patients claim marijuana helped them treat the pain and other symptoms.

On the other hand, only 8-10% of them found the traditional drugs effective and 22-32%a little effective.

Medical cannabis was also scientifically found to be useful in the case of diabetic neuropathy or multiple sclerosis.

The Cannabis Patch

Cannabinoids do not need to be absorbed only by smoking or vaping cannabis, as this plant can be applied topically, ingested, or injected, depending on the cause and location of the pain.

In November of 2016, Cannabis Science in California released their “pain patch” for transdermal delivery of medical cannabis.

This patch was marketed to be able to relieve fibromyalgia and neuropathy pain, but it can be used in the case of other diagnoses as well. This adhesive patch should be applied to the painful area, and cannabis quickly gets absorbed by the skin and enters the bloodstream.

The news release stated:

“…the patch provides a controlled release of the medication into the patient, usually through either a porous membrane covering a reservoir of medication or through body heat melting thin layers of medication embedded in the adhesive which will be containing high potency cannabinoid (CBD) extract that slowly enters into the bloodstream and then penetrates the central nervous system.”


The company believes that these pain patches are only “the tip of the iceberg”, and are currently researching the other applications of this plant.

Mary’s Medicinal already sells both transdermal medical cannabis patches and transdermal pens, and they can be purchased in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, and Michigan.

Remember, pain is not a cause, but a symptom, so in order to soothe it, you need do find the cause. Try to manage stress, change your lifestyle and diet, and use the amazing properties of medical cannabis!

Source: Healthy Food House;


Numerous studies have confirmed that cucumbers are loaded with nutrients which can fight severe diseases, including cancer.


They detoxify the body and keep it hydrated, and improve the skin and hair health. All you need to do to enjoy the countless health benefits of this vegetable is to consume it regularly as a side dish.

One of our contributors consumed cucumber on a daily basis for a month, and she experienced many changes in her health:

Detoxification and hydration of the skin

Cucumbers are 95% water, so they effectively hydrate the body, and restore numerous essential nutrients, needed for overall health.


Bad breath

Cucumbers quickly solve the problem with bad breath, as they have powerful antibacterial properties which destroy bacteria, which are the main culprit for unpleasant breath. All you need to do is to put a slice of cucumber in the mouth, and hold it for half a minute.


Digestion and Burning fat

The regular consumption of cucumbers boosts overall health. These vegetables help digestion and eliminate extra body fat. Moreover, they are high in water and dietary fiber, so they remove toxins and help weight loss.

Source: Healthy Food House;

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