What Exactly Is the Link Between Your Appendix and Parkinson’s?

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Last year, a study of 1.7 million people found that if you get your appendix removed, you’re 25 percent less likely to get Parkinson’s disease [1]. Now, a study involving over 62 million health records is showing the opposite. How can this be? Previous research has had a lot to say about the link between…

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Autism Severity may be Reduced by 47% with Radical Fecal Transplant Therapy

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The human microbiome is made up of genetic material consisting of various microbes, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The amalgamation of these has greater complexity than the human genome itself. As we discover more about how our internal microbial environment (our microbiome) is involved in our health, we see that by supporting or modulating…

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It May Look Too Easy At First, But Don’t Be So Quick To Judge. A Lot of Adults Are Flunking This Equation

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Math is super fun. You just have to tell yourself that if someone else could solve this, you can too. Even if you don’t get the answer correctly at first, you’ll have a swell time seeking the solution. It’s important to take a swing at a random math question once in a while. It’s beneficial…

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Can Cannabis Lead to Psychosis?

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Cannabis consumption is on the rise. More and more states are legalizing the substance. While some users benefit greatly from the medicinal components in this plant, not everyone experiences the same effects. It’s also not very difficult for teens and children to access this plant as well, which is a growing concern. With social media…

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New Users of ADHD Medications May Experience Psychosis

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Medications such as Adderall and Vyvanse are commonly prescribed to patients with ADHD. New research is showing that patients taking these newly prescribed amphetamines are more likely to develop psychosis, which may include hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions, when compared to those who have received a prescription for methylphenidates, such as Ritalin or Concerta. Prescription amphetamines…

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This Office Chair Lets You Lie Down Flat for Naps at the Office

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Feeling the effects of sleep deprivation at work? No amount of double shot espressos can accomplish what a couple of quality sleep cycles can! Whereas many European countries commonly shut down businesses for an afternoon siesta, North American workplaces generally frown upon getting some shut-eye at work. But there’s something to be said for incorporating…

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The Amazing Benefits of Music Therapy for Autistic Children

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Music is a universal language that connects people of all ages and walks of life. Music benefits both the young and old emotionally and spiritually. It is used in many ways to reach deep into a person’s emotions and open them up. Because music can affect a person emotionally and cognitively, more than any instrument…

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How Daily Mindfulness Can Impact Your Mental Health for the Better

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The term “mindfulness” has become a bit of a buzzword as of late. But what, exactly, is mindfulness, and why has it caused so much hype? Mindfulness refers to possessing the ability to exist in the present moment and developing awareness of what is now, not what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. Mindfulness…

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The Cause of Alzheimer’s Could Be Coming From Inside Your Mouth, Study Claims

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Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological condition that is known for its debilitating symptoms, such as memory loss, confusion, and loss of identity. The two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease is the formation of plaques (beta-amyloid) and tangles (tau proteins)in the brain. Over time, these build up to a point where symptoms begin to develop and, eventually,…

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When Depression Makes You Seem Like a Messy Person

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Depression is a mental health problem that many of us experience. And it’s on the rise. From 2005-2015, the number of cases of depression worldwide increased by nearly a fifth. This could be due to many factors, but it is believed an increase in isolation (especially for those aged 60-74) and rising stress levels are…

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How Global Warming and Mind-Eating Parasites are Creating a Global Intelligence Gap

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It’s no secret… Global warming is happening rapidly all over the world. In addition to normally warm regions experiencing hotter temperatures, even the United States can testify to changes and inconsistencies in the weather as the seasons change. The country’s wealth, prominence and resources can’t put a stop global warming. They’ll rather intensify it because…

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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Schizophrenia Risk

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Some research suggests a link between low vitamin D levels and a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia. New evidence indicates that this notion may be correct. A new study has investigated the link between low vitamin D levels and schizophrenia risk. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, schizophrenia is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide….

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Surprising Evidence Suggests The Uterus Plays A Role In Cognition

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A new study conducted in rats is challenging the longstanding dogma that the uterus has no function outside of pregnancy. A series of experiments conducted by scientists at Arizona State University suggests that the organ influences working memory – the type of short-term information processing involved in carrying out complex tasks such as learning, reasoning,…

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Drinking Coffee Could Cut Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

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Sure, drinking too much coffee might fill you with existential dread and give you a stomach ache, but an overwhelming number of solid studies are showing how a few cups of hot steaming bean juice hold a range of incredible health benefits. To add to this ever-growing list, new research suggests how drinking coffee could play a role…

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This Cannabis Compound Might Be an Incredibly Effective Treatment for Depression

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Scientists at São Paulo State have shown that a non-psychoactive component of cannabis called cannabidiol (CBD) can reduce symptoms of depression over a sustained period. In fact, the ingredient is so powerful that just one dose was enough to see benefits lasting a full week – at least in mice. The results of the study were published in…

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13-Year-Old Boy with Autism Dies from Being Restrained at School for “Predictable� Behavior

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We are not sure why, but we’ve noticed a rise in appalling school stories lately… We covered a story from May 2018 in which daycare staff tightly taped one girl’s shoes to her feet.  In November 2018, there was the school assistant who “accidentallyâ€� served preschoolers Pine-Sol instead of apple juice. On November 28, 2018,…

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Why a Florida Woman Put Her Dad with Alzheimer’s on a One-Way Flight to Denver

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Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. This and other types of dementia can take both physical and emotional tolls on the affected individual as well as their family and friends. When family members experience something like Alzheimer’s, it is crucial that we show them empathy. However, 80-year-old victim of Alzheimer’s Jerry Ellingsen was shown none, an ongoing…

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The Heartwarming, Seven-Decade Love Story of Preble and Isabell Staver

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In an age of fleeting relationships and no-commitment “datingâ€� apps, hearing a true love story is like a big breath of fresh air. Preble Staver was born on October 17, 1921 and Isabell Whitney on October 31 of the same year. While the future lovebirds were studying in Philadelphia, they ended up meeting on a…

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Lady Gaga Shines a Light on Fibromyalgia: “Chronic Pain Is No Joke”

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How has fibromyalgia affected one of the best-selling musical artists of the 21st century? In “Gaga: Five Foot Two,â€� a documentary released on Netflix this month, Lady Gaga describes the pain that’s characterized her life with fibromyalgia for the past half-decade. “I have chased this pain for five years,â€� Gaga said. “I can still be me, and…

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Signs of Anxiety in Children: Emotional, Behavioral, Physical, and How to Help

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Anxiety doesn’t discriminate. It’s a nervous disorder that plagues adults as well as children. But do you know what one major difference is between the two? Compared to children, adults can better express how they feel. Even when children do complain of things like upset stomachs or headaches, anxiety disorder probably isn’t the first thing…

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Kyrstyn Johnson: An Open Letter to Parents About Infant and Pregnancy Loss

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In life, sometimes the hardest and heartbreaking stories are the ones we need to tell. They’re the ones that are raw, make us vulnerable, and lead us down the paths we fear most. But they are the stories and experiences that can be followed by immense growth. This is one of those stories… Kyrstyn Johnson…

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Brain Inflammation May Hold Key for Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Study Says

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is associated with widespread chronic pain and tender points all over the body. The pain can be in a specific area or move to different areas throughout the body. It also occurs in people of all ages, including children. Pain can range from mild to severe to debilitating, in addition…

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Study: Eating Chocolate and Drinking Red Wine Could Help Prevent Aging

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Since the beginning, The Hearty Soul has shared the many health benefits of consuming dark chocolate and red wine. Chances are you know that these benefits come from a natural chemical compound called resveratrol. However, today we’re going to talk about something slightly different that may be able to slow down or reverse the aging process!…

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Female Empaths: 11 Reasons Why Men Cannot Handle Them

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Everyone knows an empath. Just reading those four words, there are likely one or two people who pop right into your head. One of the reasons that is, is because empaths are different than the average person. When people are different – for some reason – their lives are filled with a unique set of…

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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Have you ever had that busy week when you couldn’t even include a proper meal time in your extra-tight schedule? Those days when the best you could do was to grab a quick hamburger and fries with a large soda? Your hunger pangs were satisfied and your stomach was filled, but your mind became foggy….

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

Pierre Van ZylCancer, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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8 Things Everyone Needs to Know Before Taking Antidepressants

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Sadness, feeling down in the dumps, or general depression is a normal part of human emotion. Everyone experiences these feelings on occasion. Feeling depressed over a long period of time however can be an indication of something out of the ordinary. It’s estimated that over 300 million globally live with depression. It’s not just adults…

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How to Tell the Subtle Differences Between Laziness and Depression

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Every once in a while, everyone needs a lazy day. After a long work week sometimes, all you want to do is order takeout, binge-watch your favorite Netflix series, take a workout break, put off a chore or two, and finally sleep in. Doing all that is okay, but what happens when a lazy weekend…

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3 Things Everyone Can Learn from Melissa McCarthy’s Daily Routine

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Hollywood’s landscape has shifted drastically in the last few years, especially in terms of famous actresses, one of whom is Melissa McCarthy. Not only is she being recognized for how much money she is making, but for the surprising way she conducts her day to day life. Unlike many Hollywood stars’ jam-packed schedules where it…

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Mom Survey Finds Having Exactly 3 Kids Is the Most Stressful for Parents

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Kids are cute, but kids are stressful! Whether you’re a parent, educator, caregiver or even camp counselor, you are no stranger to the stresses of taking care of children. Even though this stress is shared by people around the world, for some weird reason, they still find themselves comparing who is more stressed or who…

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Japanese Minimalism: 4 Videos Proving How Minimalist Japan Truly Is

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Over the last few years, the minimalist movement has grown quite maximally and led people to completely rethink the way they choose to live their lives. Minimalism has even allowed hoarders to take their lives back and helped people to value relationships with family and friends again instead of material possessions. It is a trend,…

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5 Easy Brain Hacks to Calm Anxiety Without Medications

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Nobody is immune to anxiety, unfortunately. From time to time, we all experience that jittery feeling of overwhelming concern and worry for the future. It can be driven by various factors – genetics, life events, environment, personality, stress, burnout, you name it. However, statistics show that approximately 6.8 million adults in the US suffer from…

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Complete List of the Best Foods and Essential Oils for Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating, and since previous treatments failed to come up with a cure, I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring…

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Top 10 Subtle Signs of Anxiety Everyone Should Be Aware Of

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What is anxiety? Put simply, anxiety is the incessant voice in the back of your head always reminding you that something bad will happen. However, anxiety is anything but simple. Oftentimes, people can mask their feelings of anxiousness and come across as introverted, strange, or rude. Combined with someone who either does not want to…

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New research says singing daily reduces stress, clears sinuses, and helps you live longer

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Music makes everything better! It can relieve pain, reduces stress, makes you work harder, and helps you relax. Music is one of life’s most beautiful gifts. To quote Jimi Hendrix: Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. One of the best ways…

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You Can Get PTSD By Staying in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

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Recognizing the signs When thinking about abuse, physical abuse may come to mind first. But abuse can come in many forms. Emotional abuse is just as serious as physical abuse and often precedes it. Sometimes they happen together. If you’re wondering whether it’s happening to you, here are some of the signs: yelling name-calling spewing insults or…

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The Benefits of CBD for People with Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

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If you are someone who struggles with sleep, has struggle with sleep, and continues to struggle with sleep… nothing – I repeat, nothing – fills you with envy more than listening to someone talk about the unbelievably soothing slumber they had the night before. The reason sleep loss is about so much more than bags…

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