The vagus nerve – How inflammation can be controlled by the brain

I read an article yesterday that has me extremely excited about the implications. The article is called "Hacking the Nervous System" by Gaia Vince. In the article, the author describes the experience of a woman who suffered from severe, debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and her eventual treatment with a device which minimized inflammation by simply stimulating the vagus nerve. What this means is that by activating the vagus nerve which works through the parasympathetic nervous system we can greatly influence inflammation and the immune system. The role of the brain on body inflammation can be profound. If you suffer from digestive complaints, high blood pressure, depression or any inflammatory condition, please read on. Let me explain the possible implications step by step. ...

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Controversial treatment gives transfusions of ‘young blood’ from teenagers to reverse process of aging

Could the secret to eternal youth be found in blood transfusions from young people? Some claim that transfusions with "young blood" from teenagers can reverse the aging process. It's being tested in patients over the age of 35 as part of a clinical trial called ambrosia, where people paid $8,000 to get the rich growth factors found in bloods plasma platelets. "There are pretty much people from most states, people from overseas, people from Europe and Australia," Dr. Jesse Karmazin said. Results of the trial have not been published. Dr. Karmazin, who plans to open a business selling young blood, says patients who've had it say they feel amazing, and he says he's seen evidence of reversing the aging process in rats. ...

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Sometimes it’s better to deflect those awkward Christmas conversations

Christmas would be great if we just agreed not to talk at all Christmas holidays can be wonderful - time off work, eating yourself into a stupor, drinking for no reason - but it's also when you're most likely to run into awkward conversations about politics, your love life, or everything in between. "Everyone is tired, and it's the end of the year, and we're quite emotional," says clinical psychologist and columnist Linda Blair. "If you're spending the holidays with people you're related to - you know, you can love people without liking them - and it's busy and you're travelling, everything can just get aggravated." It may sound dire (and very familiar), and sometimes you just want to avoid the questions, but there are a couple of key tricks that you can use to keep conversation from going downhill...

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Joy from giving outlives joy from getting

In this season of giving and getting, the findings are in. It is more blessed to give than to receive. According to two new studies conducted by researchers with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, giving to others rather than to ourselves makes us happier. Have you ever noticed that your enjoyment in a repeated activity or event decreases over time no matter how wonderful it is? When this happens, you are experiencing what researchers call hedonic adaptation. The joy of having our own desires met is always fleeting. Perhaps surprisingly, however, giving to others creates a more lasting happiness. "If you want to sustain happiness over time, past research tells us that we need to take a break from what we're currently consuming and experience something new," says study co-author Ed O'Brien, of the University of Chicago Booth...

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Aim high: Do everything in your control to become your best self

The world is full of paradoxes. One of the biggest is the tradeoff between having high and low expectations. On the one hand, we need to expect to win at life, otherwise; what's the point of even trying? But on the other hand, we can't be discouraged when we lose. The two different concepts are perfectly explained by the following two quotes. "You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win." - Zig Ziglar"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."― Alexander Pope The first quote says we should expect to win, the second one says we shouldn't expect to win. So which attitude do you pick? This is a hard concept to wrap your head around. It took me years to find...

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