Showing posts from June 25, 2017

Inspirational Quote – July 1, 2017

“When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything.”

Fear makes us prisoners of us. It prevents us from doing the things we want to, perhaps even preventing our dreams from becoming reality, because we ourselves allow it power over us. Why not give it a “bloody nose” by taking your power back? Go on, gather all your courage, believe in YOU, and do what you fear the most. You’ll find that nothing terrible happened but that, actually, you feel great and experience a wonderful sense of “release” because that old bogeyman “Fear” has been banished forever. YOU, have given yourself the great gift of a fear free life apart, of course, when fear works in your favor and prevents you from doing something really dangerous, then its ok!

Sister Lucy: The Mother Teresa of Pune

Sister Lucy Kurien founded Maher in 1997, one small home in a village outside of Pune. This humble beginning has blossomed into over 30 homes in over 85 rural communities around Pune, India as well as locations in Ratnagiri, Kerala and Jharkhan and has served over 4,000 women, men and children. Maher means mother's home in Marathi. Sister Lucy has created the warmth and love of a mother's home for the abused and traumatized women and their children. Part of Maher's genius is that incoming women are cared for by a highly competent staff of mostly women - who themselves had once sought refuge at Maher. Sister Lucy says her prayer for the future is that the fire of real Love will ignite more people's hearts, and inspire them to join this vital work. It can be done anywhere, and is needed everywhere.

Here's Why You Need Vitamin D

Vitamin D: Wonder Pill or Overkill?

Wouldn’t it be great if one vitamin could build stronger bones and protect against diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, and depression? Or even help you lose weight? Researchers have high hopes for vitamin D -- which comes from our skin's reaction to sunlight, a few foods, and supplements. Learn the facts in the slides ahead … and see who's at risk for a "D" deficiency.

Vitamin D Boosts Bone Health

Vitamin D is critical for strong bones, from infancy into old age. It helps the body absorb calcium from food. In older adults, a daily dose of "D" and calcium helps to prevent fractures and brittle bones. Children need "D” to build strong bones and prevent rickets, a cause of bowed legs, knock knees, and weak bones. Adding the vitamin to milk in the 1930s helped to nearly eliminate rickets.

Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more common far away from the sunny equator. For years, expert…

Are Emotions Born or Made?

A new book argues that our brains forge emotions from lived experience. But does it go too far?BY EMILIANA R. SIMON-THOMAS
How do emotions work? Are we born with them or do we learn them, like we do the names of colors? Based on years of research, early emotion scientists gravitated towards a theory of universality: Emotions are innate, biologically driven reactions to certain challenges and opportunities, sculpted by evolution to help humans survive. These scientists aimed to document the felt experiences, expressive behaviors, and patterns of emotion comprehension across Western and non-Western cultures—and they found enormous commonality. Regardless of culture or habitat, people facing danger appeared to experience fear, which helps them escape, and parents gazing at their offspring report feeling love, which encourages selfless caregiving. Scientists even discovered similar emotional expression among non-human primates. But a recent book by psychologist and emotion researcher Lisa Fel…

Inspirational Quote – June 30, 2017

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Exactly! I couldn’t have said it better myself. We all know people who, when problematic situations, hard financial times, or personal strife happens to them, they sail through whatever it is and come out the other end better than they went in! Unlike us, who when things like that happen to us, boy do we suffer! However, maybe they tackle what comes at them in a different way. Perhaps, just by thinking positively, they already have a head start over the rest of us in overcoming whatever life throws at them. Maybe we should all try this for ourselves and see how we get on?

Dr. Toni Frohoff: Life Among Dolphins

Dr. Toni Frohoff, Ph.D., who has dedicated her life to studying marine mammal behavior and communication, argues that humans can learn a lot from the wild animals with whom we share the planet, particularly dolphins. Dolphins show a remarkable capacity for experiencing and expressing a range of emotions, and communicate with other members of the species in ways that often defy human capabilities and logic. Dr. Frohoff emphasizes that there are lessons to be gleaned not only from examining the species' evolutionary history, but from how they conduct their lives. It requires a quieting of the mind, she argues, to learn from other animals, as well as from each other. The way we treat our planet, and the creatures who inhabit it, have far-reaching implications for our generation and many to come. "It underscores the need for awareness of the interconnectedness of all beings."

What Your Ears Say About Your Health

What Are Your Ears Telling You?

What does it mean when your ears look a little different or hurt, ring, or itch? It could be a sign of something you might not think of when you think of your ears.

Earlobe Crease

Also called “Frank’s sign” (after the doctor who first noticed it), a diagonal crease in your lobe may be a sign of heart disease. Scientists don’t know exactly what causes the crease, and not everyone who has it will have heart disease. If you notice you have one, talk to your doctor about it.

Pits and Folds

Babies can be born with conditions that affect how they develop. One of these, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, causes creases or small holes around the ear. The baby also may be bigger than usual and have a large tongue and low blood sugar. The syndrome doesn’t cause major health problems for most people who have it. But as the child grows, one side of his body may be larger than the other, and he can be more likely to get certain tumors.

Low-Set Ears

Two of the more common condit…

Happy Caregivers May Help Dementia Patients Stay Alive

A new study finds that supporting the mental health of family caregivers could lead to longer, happier life for dementia patients.BY YASMIN ANWAR

Patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed, according to a new study. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients with neurodegenerative diseases that are corrosive to brain function. They also measured the mental health of the family members who took care of them. Their findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicate that patients tended by caregivers with depression, anxiety, and other symptoms of mental illness typically died sooner than those being looked after by caregivers in good mental health. In fact, compared to patients who were cared for by relatives in fairly good mental health, patients tended by family members in poor mental health died, on average, about 14 months sooner. High stakes of caregi…

Inspirational Quote – June 29, 2017

“What is, is. What isn’t, isn’t. You become so obsessed with what isn’t that you miss what is.”

Exactly, how true is this? Basically, what this means is that occasionally we allow ourselves to focus on what hasn’t happened in our lives, i.e. the great job, the loving fulfilling relationship, winning the lottery, etc. All this does is to stop us from getting on with life and perhaps, by making the best of what we have, we can get what we dream of, perhaps not winning the lottery, but seeking out and pursuing better job opportunities, the possibility of finding that special someone etc. Doesn’t that make sense?