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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Violent Video Games & Aggression – New Report

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A new report by the American Psychological Association says violent video game play is linked to increased aggression in players. “The research demonstrates a consistent relation between violent video game use and increases in aggressive behavior, aggressive cognitions and aggressive affect, and decreases in prosocial behavior, empathy and sensitivity to aggression.” Read more of this post

Amazon Exposed – The Heavy Human Cost of Cheaper Stuff

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We all like our Amazon deals, but what about the human cost on those who work at Amazon? The New York Times has just exposed a toxic work culture. According to the article, the company’s best workers are known as Amabots, because they are almost like cyborgs. “If you’re a good Amazonian, you become an Amabot,” said one employee.”
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Apple Juice, China & Arsenic

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Most of the apples used in typical brands of apple juice are grown in China. The Asian powerhouse is by far the world’s largest supplier of apple juice concentrate, with anywhere from 70% to 80% of the concentrate used in the juice being imported from China. Read more of this post

Mobile Phones and the Blood Brain Barrier

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Dr. Leif Salford is a neurosurgeon at Sweden’s Lund University Hospital, and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. Since 1988 he has led a team of researchers that have exposed laboratory rats to microwave radiation from various sources. Since the late 1990s they have used mobile telephones as the source of this radiation. Their results have been alarming. Read more of this post

Meditation for Brain Health

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Building on their earlier work that suggested people who meditate have less age-related atrophy in the brain’s white matter, a new study by UCLA researchers found that meditation appeared to help preserve the brain’s gray matter, the tissue that contains neurons. Read more of this post

Hiroshima Nuclear Bombs Power and Memory Keepers

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Here we are in the week of the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. Some anniversary. Ever since American chose to obliterate a Japanese city, we’ve been living in the shadow of nuclear annihilation. Anyone born since 1945 has grown up with a sense of unease, maybe just subconscious, that it all could be over in seconds. That fragility has marked us ever since. And it’s not just the threat of a bomb dropping. Just as we’ve have seen with Fukushima and Chernobyl, the threat of a nuclear power station “accident” adds to this unease. Read more of this post

Three Blessings Exercise For Well Being

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Dr. Martin Seligman is known as the father of positive psychology. He suggests a practice to increase well being – the three blessings or three good things exercise as a daily routine. Just before sleeping – think about three things that happened during the day that you are most grateful for, and why you believe they happened. Read more of this post

1,000 Musicians Rock Italy For The Foo Fighters

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A massive gathering of musicians, one thousand strong. gathered in an Italian field to perform the Foo Fighters song “Learn to Fly.” It’s an amazing scene with hundreds of drummers playing in perfect synchronization, while a sea of guitarists mightily rock and the singers give it their all – all to try and persuade the Foo Fighters to perform in their city. It took a year to organize and it worked – the band has promised to play there! Read more of this post

Are Chemical Food Additives Slowly Harming Our Children?

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Because food additives are only tested in isolation, we hardly ever hear about the impact of additives in combination, which is how they are consumed in the real world. So in 2006, researchers at the U.K.’s University of Liverpool decided to examine the toxic effects on nerve cells by using a combination of four common food additives: E133 Brilliant Blue with monosodium glutamate (MSG) and E104 Quinoline Yellow with E951 L-aspartyl-L-phenylalanine methyl ester (all European terms).  Read more of this post

More Wisdom From Beinsa Douno

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“All the world renders homage to me and I render homage to the Master Peter Deunov from Bulgaria” – Albert Einstein.

Born Peter Konstantinov Deunov in Bulgaria, he became known as Master Beinsa Douno. Among his voluminous writings he offered illumination into our esoteric place in the cosmos. “In the Solar system, the Earth is the lowest position, where the soul can descend,” he wrote. Read more of this post