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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

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Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Music has been a common thread to anchor me in time for my entire life. My earliest memory of enjoying music and noticing I was enjoying it was laying on my living room floor and staring at the little red light on the stereo cabinet listening to Mitch Miller, Sing along with Mitch when I was 6 or 7. I was in heaven. The first time I heard a real orchestra play live music, it was Respighi’s Pines of Rome. I remember the whole body experience of ecstasy that came with the first swell of the music. I did not...

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GPS for the Soul

Connie's Corner

This link is for a free app that is really cool. It is based on beat to beat variability in your heart rate that is an indicator of how your nervous system is handling stress. The app uses your iphone to measure your heart rate and then allows you to pick a short meditation that helps pace your breathing to bring your heart rate into a more normal synchronized pattern and calm down your nervous system. This is important for long term health of your immune system and for prevention of fraying the end of your DNA called Telomeres. This...

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June is Men’s Health Month

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June is Men’s Health Month

“According to the men’s health department at NYU, 63 percent of men do not go to the doctor unless they are bleeding or are in serious pain. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, kidney, and liver disease are all among the top causes of death for Americans; which men are more likely to die faster from than women. Today, on average, women outlive men by five years. Also, “the biggest problem that men have is not so much a specific disease…but the diseases are the result of lack of health care monitoring earlier in life,” WebMD says. Most of these targeted issues are preventable and...

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This is Your Brain on Coffee

Connie's Corner

I love it when science makes me feel good about my addictions. I love coffee and I am not going to give up that or my hormones until death do us part. So here is a snippet from the NY Times about caffeine with a link to the full article. Now, remember it is not so great to dump a bunch of sugar in said coffee because drinking sugar is the best way to get diabetes. Enjoy, and here is a not to the coffee growers everywhere, buy free trade to keep them and yourself healthy. – Connie “animal experiments show...

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Slathering on Sunscreen Shows Results

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Slathering on Sunscreen Shows Results

Slathering on Sunscreen Shows Results, Researchers Find – NYTimes.com This is another good article on why to use sunscreen! If you are young enough to not have saggy wrinkled skin yet or you do not want to go any further south than you have read this! Now that being said putting the least amount of chemicals on our skin as possible is good. The Climb On Sunscreen is the cleanest and is great for kids who do not care if they look a bit ghost like at the pool. That stuff stays on too! The Elta Sunscreens are my personal...

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