The Effect of Religion on the Brain

Religion has been believed by humans for as long as can be remember, but have you ever considered the effect religion has on the brain scientifically? Well, today you are going to find out.

I’ll start off by saying that the effect of religion on the brain is truly astonishing – people who have religious belief can benefit from an increased lifespan and better coping of disease. In fact, a religious experience can activate the same circuits / initiate the same enjoyment as sex and drugs.

As you probably would have expected (or maybe not), different religions actually have different effects on the brain. Christians and Buddhists have increased activity in the frontal lobes of the brain, but, other religious practices can have the opposite effect on the same brain areas. For example, Islamic prayer reduces the activity in the prefrontal cortex and the frontal lobes connected with it, as well as the activity in the parietal lobes.

The final topic I want to talk about is if it would be possible to create a ‘God’ on demand. The answer to this is very well put out by Medical News Today:

“This is not just a theoretical question because in the 1990s, Dr. Michael Persinger — the director of the Neuroscience Department at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada — designed what came to be known as the “God Helmet.”

This is a device that is able to simulate religious experiences by stimulating an individual’s tempoparietal lobes using magnetic fields.

In Dr. Persinger’s experiments, about 20 religious people — which amounts to just 1 percent of the participants — reported feeling the presence of God or seeing him in the room when wearing the device. However, 80 percent of the participants felt a presence of some sort, which they were reluctant to call “God.””

So, I think its safe to say that its possible for people to believe they have found God just due to the passion, eagerness and devotion they have. Hopefully as people continue to research into this, we will find out just how far the human brain can go to find the presence of something spiritual.

Thank you for taking the time to read this weeks short blog, if you found it interesting feel free to comment down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322539.php

Migraine Relief Tips

So during one of my A level exams, I suffered from my first ever migraine (bad timing, I know). So, I’m going to share some tips I found on providing relief during a migraine, just incase any of you reading ever find yourself in a similar situation.

1. Acupressure

This is the application of pressure to specific parts of the body, especially the pressure points.

2. Diet changes

Common food triggers for migraines include: processed foods, red wine, alcohol, chocolate and caffeine.

3. Essential oils

For example, lavender is commonly used as a remedy for stress, anxiety and headaches.

4. Ginger

The effectiveness of ginger powder has been compared to a common migraine drug known as sumatriptan. And whats more, ginger provides no side effects.

5. Stress managemenT

Stress is already known to be a common trigger for migraines , so managing stress using exercise / meditation etc can help to prevent migraines in the future.

6. Yoga or stretching

Yoga improves blood flow and reduces muscle tension, hence reducing the symptoms of migraines.

7. Biofeedback therapy

This is a therapy that involves relaxing tight muscles that might be triggering migraine pain.

8. Acupuncture

Studies have shown that acupuncture might be able to help reduce migraine pain, although this must be don’t by a licensed practitioner.

9. Massage

This can again relieve muscle tension and reduce stress.

10. Herbal supplements

Two of the most helpful ones found are butterbur and feverfew. However, there can be risks with using these and people should talk to their doctor first before using them.

11. Magnesium

Deficiency of this can trigger visual disturbance, that occurs at the onset of a migraine.

12. B-complex vitamins

These have been found to reduce migraine frequency and severity.

13. Stay hydrated

Dehydration is a well known migraine and headache trigger.

14. Rest

Getting 7-9 hours of sleep can reduce stress, which can then prevent migraines.

15. Compresses

Placing a cold or warm compress on the head can be an effective way to sooth migraine pain.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/headache-migraine/treatment/home-remedies-for-headaches-and-migraines/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322814.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_country=GB&utm_hcp=no&utm_campaign=MNT%20Weekly%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29%20-%20OLD%20STYLE%202018-08-22&utm_term=MNT%20Weekly%20News%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29

 

Chemical Pregnancy

A Chemical Pregnancy is a pregnancy that typically ends in the first few weeks after an initially positive pregnancy test. A woman’s hCG levels rise enough to produce a positive test initially, but the pregnancy does not continue, and the levels fall soon after.

The clearest indication of Chemical Pregnancy is a positive result on a pregnancy test followed by a negative result, and research has actually shows that up to 25% of pregnancies result in a miscarriage before the woman has missed her period or had any pregnancy symptoms. Fortunately however, a Chemical Pregnancy does not usually need medical intervention or treatment from a doctor.

Signs and symptoms:

  • mild spotting a week before an expected period
  • mild abdominal cramping
  • vaginal bleeding close to the time of an expected period

Causes:

  • chromosomal abnormalities preventing fetal development
  • advanced maternal age
  • insufficient hormone levels (especially of progesterone)
  • low BMI
  • uterine abnormalities (irregularities in the uterine lining prevents the embryo from implanting in the uterus)

With regards to how soon a woman can get pregnant after an early pregnancy loss, doctors have said that it is possible to ovulate and become pregnant as soon as 2 weeks after an early pregnancy loss. You may think that having been through a Chemical Pregnancy will make it harder to get pregnant again in the future, but it is actually the opposite. A chemical pregnancy means that an embryo reached the preimplantation phase of development. This is a positive sign that a woman could get pregnant in the future.

Thank you for reading this weeks blog. If you found it interesting, feel free to share and comment below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/five-signs-to-take-pregnancy-test

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322678.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_country=GB&utm_hcp=no&utm_campaign=MNT%20Weekly%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29%20-%20OLD%20STYLE%202018-08-08&utm_term=MNT%20Weekly%20News%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29

The Link Between Diet and Acne

Whether you have been reading my blogs for a while or not, you will surely know what acne is. It is the most common skin condition in the country and even though there is currently no definite cure, there are many prescription medicines and over-the-counter gels and creams that can be used to reduce symptoms and prevent breakouts.

New research has suggested that diet can have an affect on acne. As written on Medical News Today…

“Acne develops when pores in the skin become clogged with dead skin cells, bacteria, or both. This clogging also occurs when the body produces too much sebum, an oil that keeps the skin from drying out. Clogged pores can lead to inflammation and cause pimples and other types of lesion to form. During puberty, the body produces more of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). Some studies suggest that IGF-1 may increase the production of sebum and worsen symptoms of acne. Certain foods can also raise IGF-1 levels. Avoiding these foods may help improve symptoms of acne and help prevent breakouts.”

Finally, I’m going to list some examples of foods that should be avoided and some that are recommended in order to improve acne.

Avoid:

  • bread
  • sweetened breakfast cereals
  • some fruits and vegetables (melons / pineapples / pumpkins)
  • pasta
  • short grain white rice

Recommended foods:

  • fish
  • eggs
  • soy products (e.g tofu)
  • spinach and kale
  • grass-fed beef
  • nuts
  • flaxseeds
  • mustard seeds
  • wild rice

Thank you for taking the time to read this weeks blog. If you enjoyed it, feel free to leave a comment down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322639.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_country=GB&utm_hcp=no&utm_campaign=MNT%20Weekly%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29%20-%20OLD%20STYLE%202018-08-01&utm_term=MNT%20Weekly%20News%20%28non-HCP%20non-US%29

 

The 16:8 Fasting Diet Method

The 16:8 diet is a form of intermittent fasting that has proven to be a fast and effective way to lose weight. Studies have shown that the 16:8 diet is the most effect out of all intermittent fasting methods and is able to reduce obesity and high blood pressure.

In daily fasting, or the 16:8 diet, people eat whatever they like for 8 hours and fast for the remaining 16. On average, when compared with the control trial, those on the 16:8 diet consumed 350 fewer calories, lost 3 percent of their weight, and had lower blood pressure.

This is what the researchers had to say about the discovery:

“The take-home message from this study is that there are options for weight loss that do not include calorie counting or eliminating certain foods. The 16:8 diet is another tool for weight loss that we now have preliminary scientific evidence to support. When it comes to weight loss, people need to find what works for them because even small amounts of success can lead to improvements in metabolic health.”

Thank you for reading this weeks blog, I hoped you enjoyed it.

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

Why is Intermittent Fasting Effective?

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322194.php

The Top 11 Most Bizarre Scientific Discoveries

In todays blog, I’m going to talk about the most unusual scientific discoveries that have been made.

  • the chinstrap and Adélie penguin species are thought to expel watery poop at about 10 kilopascals (kPa), and oily poop at about 60 kPa.
  • women who take birth control pills blink more often than women who do not.
  • one time, a man’s persistent hiccups were cured by performing a digital rectal massage
  • 5% of lawnmower injuries (around 70000 injuries happen per year in the US) affect the eyes. In addition, 75 people were killed each year by mowers, and that 1 out of every 5 deaths involved a child.
  • Our brain perceives blue pills to be sedatives, red and orange pills to be stimulants, yellow pills to be antidepressants, and brightly coloured pills to be stronger
  • viagra cures jet lag in hamsters
  • dogs can detect the earths magnetic field
  • Moments after a wild female chimpanzee gave birth, a male chimp stole her infant and cannibalized it. This disturbing event may help explain why many female chimps temporarily leave the group when they’re about to give birth, giving themselves a type of “maternity leave.”
  • when humans learn, the brain grows new cells and quickly kills some of them
  • “It turns out that parallel universes exist, at least according to the results of this freaky experiment/discovery. Quantum physicists at UCSB placed a tiny “paddle” that was the width of a human hair into a vacuum which was created in a jar. They then “plucked” the paddle and it vibrated and stood still AT THE SAME TIME. Essentially, that means something may exist in two states (or two universes) at once, opening the door for not only multiple versions of ourselves, but also the possibility of time travel.”
  • ASMR causes the brain to orgasm

Thank you for reading this weeks blog. If you enjoyed the read, feel free to leave a comment down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322407.php

https://www.livescience.com/61258-strangest-science-of-2017.html

Natural Remedies for Acne

Acne affects a lot of people, and buying treatments can be expensive. So, I’m going to provide you with a list of natural ingredients you can use to help reduce the appearance of acne…

Tea Tree Oil

  • has anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces swelling and redness of pimples

Jojoba Oil

  • helps repair damaged skin
  • speeds up wound healing
  • reduces redness and swelling around pimples, whiteheads, and other inflamed spots
  • reduces skin inflammation

Aloe Vera

  • has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces appearance of acne and prevents acne breakouts

Honey

  • contains antioxidants that can help to clear waste and debris from clogged pores
  • has antibacterial and wound-healing properties

Garlic

  • treats infections and boosts the body’s ability to fight germs and infections
  • has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects
  • helps to boost the immune system, which helps the body fight infections

Green Tea

  • contains high concentrations of antioxidants
  • clears out some of the debris and waste that has built up in open acne sores
  • reduces the skin’s sebum production
  • reduces inflammation

Rosemary

  • has antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties
  • reduces inflammation

Coconut Oil

  • contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds
  • speed up healing in open acne sores
  • destroys acne-causing bacteria and reduces redness and swelling of pimples

Thanks for reading this weeks blog. If you enjoyed it, feel free to leave a comment down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322455.php

Treatment

Why Water Helps to Lose Weight

Everyone knows that drinking water has many positive affects on the body, and now researchers have found a positive correlation between weight loss and increased water consumption…

  • Water is known to be a natural appetite suppressant which sends signals to the brain to stop eating. Water is able to make people feel full due to it taking up space in the stomach. Studies have been used to prove this – for example, a 2014 study showed that when overweight females drink 500ml of water half an hour before breakfast, lunch and dinner they experiences a reduction in body weight and a suppression of appetite.

 

  • Water has also been indicated to burning calories as it can temporarily increase the number of calories burned by the body during resting. Drinking cold water has been shown to be particularly beneficial in regards to calorie-burning as the body can burn extra calories by heating up the water drank for digestion.

 

  • Water helps to remove waste products such as urine and faeces from the body as it aids the kidneys to filter out toxins and allows to keep the waste moving through the body. Staying hydrated also reduces the body retaining waste which can lead to bloating and a bigger-looking waist.

 

  • Liquid calories are some of the most easiest calories to overdo, so drinking water can cause long-term weight loss benefits by lowering the number of calories consumed in high-calorie beverages such as sports drinks, fizzy drinks, juices and alcoholic drinks.

 

  • Water allows the body to properly metabolite stored fats or carbohydrates in the body, so not drinking enough water will reduce the process of lipolysis (breaking down fats) and cause extra fat to be stored as adipose tissue in the body. In addition to this, a review in 2016 found that “increased water intake led to increased lipolysis and a loss of fat in animal studies.”

 

  • Water helps to increase performance during exercise, and we all now that exercise is key when it comes to losing weight. Water helps the muscles, connective tissues and joints to move more efficiently and also reduce the chances of dehydration, muscle cramps and fatigue.

Thank you for taking the time to read this weeks blog. If you enjoyed it, please leave a rating and comment down below!

Thanks,

Rohini.

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322296.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly

https://blog.docsapp.in/the-right-amount-water-intake-and-urine-output/

The ‘Perfect Drug’ for Cancer Treatment

A group of researchers from various institutions in the United States have discovered and modified a drug that is able to inhibit the movement of cancer cells.

This technique is indeed very unusual, and hence received a lot of suspicion in its initial stage of development. The team found it very difficult to receive funding. However, thinking about it logically, it is actually a very smart technique that is likely to provide hugely successful results. As described by ‘Medical News Today’, “Cancer research tends to focus on finding more efficient ways to destroy tumors, but the more the cancer cells spread, the harder it becomes to eliminate them. So, in order to “contain” cancer as well as destroy it more easily, it would be useful to inhibit these cells’ capacity of movement.”

It took the researchers many years to find a drug that could work as precisely as possible, while also having minimal side effects. By combining the talents of people who specialise in Biology and Chemistry, new molecules were designed that would be able to fulfil these requirements. As said by Professor Scheidt:

“We started off with a chemical that stopped cells from moving, then we increasingly refined that chemical until it did a perfect job of stopping the cells with no side effects,”

The molecule that was finally decided upon is known as KBU2046. It interacts with heat shock proteins and protects cells from degradation. The drug is very good in inhibiting the movement of ONLY cancer cells because it does not affect any other type of protein.

The drug hasn’t been tested on humans, trials up to now have been conducted on mice and human cell models. So, the researchers next hope to try and get funding to conduct trials on humans and eventually bring the drug into the light to be used as a widespread treatment for cancer.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. If you enjoyed the read feel free to comment down below your thoughts.

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322250.php

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Top 5 Natural Antibiotics

Hey guys,

I’ve talked about the problem of antibiotic resistance before and how its crucial that scientists and researchers either find / make new antibiotics as fast as possible, or encourage to reap the benefits of natural antibiotics. So, today I’m giving you a list of some of the best, safe and most effective natural antibiotics.

  • GARLIC – has curative powers and can be used as effective treatment against many forms of bacteria
  • HONEY  – used to be used to treat wounds and infections, has many antibacterial properties
  • GINGER – can fight against many different strands of bacteria and combat seasickness, nausea, and high blood sugar levels
  • ECHINACEA – this plant has been used for hundreds of years to treat infections and wounds, can also reduce inflammation caused by bacterial infection
  • OREGANO – boosts the immune system and is a good antioxidant, works better when it is made into an oil

Sorry for todays tiny blog, they will get back to normal from next week 🙂

 

Thank you for reading this weeks blog, if you enjoyed the read feel free to comment any opinions or new blog suggestions down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321108.php?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly

https://www.herbs-for-health.com/natural-antibiotics/