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Your Ability To Balance On One Leg Reflects Your Brain Health

Your Ability To Balance On One Leg Reflects Your Brain Health

Balancing on one leg may indicate if a person is at risk of dementia or stroke, a study has found. Those who struggle to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer, are at increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Associations journal Stroke.     A few years ago, researchers found that habitually sleeping less…

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Wild Blueberries Tackle Inflammatory Responses Associated With High-Fat Diets

Wild Blueberries Tackle Inflammatory Responses Associated With High-Fat Diets

Eating wild blueberries diminishes the adverse effects of a high-fat diet, according to a recent study at the University of Eastern Finland. For the first time, wild blueberries were shown to have beneficial effects on both blood pressure and nutrition-derived inflammatory responses. Bilberries (wild blueberries) are recognized as a good source of flavonoids, especially anthocyanins, which have strong antioxidative activity, some of which have antioxidant activity shown in laboratory studies. A growing body of research is establishing bilberries as a…

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5 Steps to Overcoming the Greatest Obstacle to Spiritual Awareness

5 Steps to Overcoming the Greatest Obstacle to Spiritual Awareness

The Buddha famously said that the cause of suffering (dukkha) is clinging. In fact, it is the second of his Four Noble Truths. For most people this idea speaks to the things in our lives that we like and want to hold onto, and the things we do not like and we want to make go away. While there is truth in this view, it is nonetheless one step removed from the deeper truth that most fail to see. The…

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The Mental Universe

The Mental Universe

“The universe is indeed an enchantment placed upon us by the World-Mind. We are all enclosed within the scene set up by it but the scene itself is a thought-created one, the power which makes us feel its reality is a mental one and even the senses so bewitched are forms of consciousness. Hence the operation of the cosmic upon the individual mind is nothing short of magic!” -Paul Brunton We are living in a mental universe. Everything we see…

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The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 10 Facts You Need To Know

The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 10 Facts You Need To Know

Cooks seeking alternatives to toxic non-stick cookware often find themselves in a bind. Stainless steel, which seems to be the healthiest alternative, is expensive, and it does not lend itself well to cooking eggs, pancakes and other dishes that non-stick cookware typically excels at. If you have not yet discovered the benefits of cast iron cooking, here are 10 reasons to buy and use a cast iron skillet.   1. Avoid Toxic Fumes Replacing a non-stick skillet with a cast…

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Supporting a Rape Victim

Supporting a Rape Victim

As we all know, rape is terrible and serious crime and unfortunately, a good number of women will be raped in their lifetime. Many of these victims feel that it was their fault the assault occurred, because of some action on their part. Many victims will need the support and caring of friends or family, the proverbial “shoulder to cry on.” Facts show that many victims do not immediately want to report the crime to authorities — almost 60 percent,…

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Escaping from Domestic Violence

Escaping from Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse victims, whether they are men, women or children, often do not seek professional assistance. As a consequence, these victims often experience limited recovery due to the psychological effects of that abuse. This can result in a diminished life quality. Because of this victims often find themselves facing future abuse. Rates of substance abuse and suicide often increase in these victims. Here are some resources and tips that can help you or a loved one make the steps toward…

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Sexual Abuse: The Cycle

Sexual Abuse: The Cycle

Unfortunately it is commonplace that individuals who experienced abuse during their childhood will find themselves in abusive relationships when they are adults. This can be either as a victim in an abuse domestic relationship or they become the abuser. This is hard to understand. It doesn’t seem logical that a person who was abused would choose to either enter an abuse situation or abuse another person. However the reason may be simpler than you think. Victim of early abuse may…

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Recognizing Abuse Signs

Recognizing Abuse Signs

In today’s modern society we find sex everywhere — the media is especially filled with sex and sexual connotations. Unfortunately there are sexual predators out there as well. These predators prey on all age groups, from old to young. So it is especially important that our children understand how to stay safe. One basic is to teach them to recognize good and bad touching. And recognizing the signs of abuse is important as well. Here are some signs to be…

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