Magic Mushrooms Can Literally ‘Reset’ Brains of Depressed People, Study Finds

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(ANTIMEDIA) — A groundbreaking new study shows that magic mushrooms may actually be an effective treatment for people with depression. Researchers from Imperial College London found that patients taking psilocybin, the psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in magic mushrooms, showed reduced symptoms weeks after treatment following a “reset” of their brains.

In the clinical trials, patients with treatment-resistant depression received two doses of psilocybin — 10 mg followed by 25 mg, one-week apart — while researchers focused on changes in brain function before and after treatment with the drug. The findings showed that the treatment produced “rapid and sustained antidepressant effects.”

Comparisons of images of patients’ brains before and after treatment with psilocybin showed reduced blood flow in areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional responses like stress and fear. Researchers found increased stability in another brain network that has been previously linked to psilocybin’s immediate effects, as well as to depression itself.

The small study of 19 people was led by Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris, who said:

“We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments.

“Several of our patients described feeling ‘reset’ after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his brain had been ‘defragged’ like a computer hard drive, and another said he felt ‘rebooted.’

“Psilocybin may be giving these individuals the temporary ‘kick start’ they need to break out of their depressive states and these imaging results do tentatively support a ‘reset’ analogy. Similar brain effects to these have been seen with electroconvulsive therapy.”

In addition, the trials revealed that patients scoring highest on “peak” or “mystical” experience showed a more significant change. This is consistent with findings from previous studies that have shown that such experiences can lead to long-term changes in the behaviors, attitudes, and values of patients treated with psilocybin.

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These 31 Pictures Prove Yemen Is Literally Hell On Earth Right Now

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

While the world remains captivated by the soap opera which is the United States, all hell is breaking loose in Yemen. In fact, it has been for the past year, yet this reality has been largely blocked out by Western media.

The Arab world’s poorest country has been wracked by a bloody war between supporters of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and Houthi rebels. As a result of the conflict, thousands upon

thousands have been killed, maimed or displaced in the Middle Eastern nation. Nearly 2,000 Yemenis have died from cholera, and close to 370,000 have contracted it. Sadly, that figure is expected to increase to 600,000.

Many foreign countries are involved in the war. In 2015, Saudi Arabia formed a coalition of Arab states to defeat the Houthis, and that coalition now includes Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Sudan, Qatar and Senegal. The United States is also largely responsible for the destruction taking place in Yemen, as it regularly launches air strikes on al-Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, or ISIS) targets in the country. Along with France and the United Kingdom, the US has supplied the Saudi-led coalition with weapons and intelligence. There are also reports of American troops being deployed to the area.

Unfortunately for the people of Yemen, aid organizations are having major difficulties delivering food, medicine and other essentials caught in the conflict. Al Jazeera reports that the Houthi siege of parts of the city of Taiz has prevented critical medical supplies from arriving. Additionally, fighting in Aden has made it next-to-impossible for the World Food Programme to deliver aid there.

By raising awareness about the Yemeni people’s plight, you may help the Western world care about this atrocity and do something to change it. Following are 30 photos proving Yemen is literally hell on Earth right now:

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Scientists Discover Massive Fish That Literally Weighs A Ton (Or More)

Scientists just found a new fish species after it avoided them for centuries.

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While sharks and stingrays are often touted as the biggest fish in the sea, their bodies are composed of cartilage and not, surprisingly, the biggest bony fish in the world. That title belongs to the Mola genus of fish, which can reach up to 5,000 pounds, well over two tons. The commonly known Mola Mola, which is also known as an ocean sunfish, was first described in 1758 by Linnaeus, but another species of Mola that was recently discovered is the Mola tecta.

The Mola tecta is also called the hoodwinker sunfish and was discovered after a 4-year search led by Marianne Nyegaard, a Ph.D. student from Murdoch University in Western Australia. Nyegaard originally analyzed 150 DNA samples from sunfish and found that there were four species but only three had been discovered.

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“Finding these fish and storing specimens for studies is a logistical nightmare due to their elusive nature and enormous size, so sunfish research is difficult at the best of times,” she said, in a statement. “Early on, when I was asked if I would be bringing my own crane to receive a specimen, I knew I was in for a challenging – but awesome – adventure.”

She and a team of researchers and divers set out to find this mysterious fourth species that had never before been identified despite first being put on the radar by Japanese researchers in Australian water about 10 years ago. The researchers at the time had found genetic evidence of a fourth species, but the creature had not yet been found.

Credit: Marianne Nyegaard

This new team went based off of international tips in pursuing genetic evidence in areas where sunfish are found, and in one lucky instance they were made aware of four sunfish that had washed up on the beach in New Zealand. The tip came from a nearby fishery, and research teams from universities all over the world flew in to take samples. What they all confirmed is that these sunfish were indeed members of the elusive species they had been searching for.

“The new species managed to evade discovery for nearly three centuries by ‘hiding’ in a messy history of sunfish taxonomy, partially because they are so difficult to preserve and study, even for natural history museums,” said Nyegaard.

“That is why we named it Mola tecta (the Hoodwinker Sunfish), derived from the Latin tectus, meaning disguised or hidden.”

Credit: Marianne Nyegaard

Biologists studied the characteristics of this new sunfish species, the first to be discovered within the Mola genus in over 130 years, and found a few differences. The hoodwinker sunfish has a slimmer and sleeker adult body shape and doesn’t develop lumps, bumps, or a snout, like other sunfish, according to the team’s paper published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. The hoodwinker sunfish is smaller when compared to the more common Mola mola, but can still grow to be a length of 2.5 meters.

Their first discovery of the Mola tecta was groundbreaking because from then on the researchers knew what to look for. They have since been spotted in colder parts of the Southern Hemisphere. We’ve found them all around New Zealand (mostly around the South Island), off Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales (Australia), South Africa and southern Chile.

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Sunfish aren’t particularly rare, but studying them has proven to be more difficult than anticipated because of their location and movements. They tend to live solely in areas that humans don’t visit too often and they dive hundreds of meters just to feed. Although they don’t need air like sea mammals, they also tend to surface often to bask in the sun and invite sea birds to pick the many parasites off their bodies. Now that researchers have finally confirmed the existence and wide presence of the fourth sunfish, they can rest easy and excitedly learn even more about this elusive fish.

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Music boosts your brain power by literally altering its structure as you learn new skills

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A new study published in Brain and Cognition revealed that following musical cues to learn a physical task may improve connectivity between important brain regions. To carry out the study, a team of researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, Clinical Research Imaging Centre, and Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, as well as health experts from the Leiden University in The Netherlands, examined 30 right-handed volunteers.

The participants were divided into two groups: the music group and the controls. The participants were then instructed to learn a new task that involved sequences of finger movements with the non-dominant, left hand. The research team found that both groups performed well in learning the task. However, the scientists observed a stark difference between the groups after subjecting them to magnetic resonance imaging.

MRI data revealed that participants in the music group displayed a significant increase in structural connectivity in the contralateral arcuate fasciculus, a fiber tract that links auditory and motor regions on the right side of the brain. In contrast, participants in the control group did not exhibit such changes.

“The study suggests that music makes a key difference. We have long known that music encourages people to move. This study provides the first experimental evidence that adding musical cues to learning new motor tasks can lead to changes in white matter structure in the brain,” lead researcher Dr. Katie Overy quoted in an article published on the Science Daily website.

“This suggests that in the current study, changes observed…were related specifically to the style of training (music-cued) rather than the skill level achieved, leading us to conclude that the use of musical cues promoted a style of motor learning involving different perception-action mechanisms, as opposed to promoting better or faster learning. These results may be especially relevant in a rehabilitation context, for example if the desired outcome is improved fronto-temporal connectivity. Future investigation, ideally with larger numbers of participants, of the effects of different kinds of movement cues and longer training periods, may further clarify the specific effects of using auditory cues during motor learning,” the researchers added.

The results may have positive implications for further research on the rehabilitation of individuals who suffer from reduced movement control, the researchers said. The experts also hope that larger studies evaluate whether music may bolster motor rehabilitation programs such as post-stroke care.

Study backs music therapy’s potential in physical rehabilitation

A study conducted by researchers at the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at New York University Steinhardt and the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Langone, showed that undergoing music therapy may help boost recovery in stroke patients. As part of the research, the team designed a group music-making program called Music Upper Limb Therapy-Integrated and instructed 13 stroke survivors to undergo the program twice a week for six weeks.

The research team observed that the initiative helped reduce impairment in the participants’ upper limbs including hands, arms and shoulders. The experts also observed marked improvements on the patients’ sensory impairment, activity limitation, and overall well-being. According to study lead author Dr. Preeti Raghavan, the stroke survivors cited feelings of ownership of their impaired limbs, and displayed  more spontaneous movements and better emotional engagement. The findings suggest that music therapy may help stroke survivors regain their sense of self by incorporating physical, social and psychological factors. (Related: Music Therapy Helps Patients Recover Brain Function Following Stroke.)


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Stunning research finds that yoga and meditation literally "repair" your DNA to eliminate disease and depression

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Balancing activities like Tai Chi, yoga and meditation are touted for their ability to promote a sense of well-being and reduce stress, but is there more to it than meets the eye? While these exercises are known for being great ways to relax, new research has shown that their benefits extend far past the ephemeral. The relief mind-body interventions can offer isn’t just mental; in fact, these activities can actually bring about physical changes at the molecular level.

A recent study led by scientists from Coventry University and Radboud University have shown that mind-body interventions can turn back molecular reactions within your DNA that cause disease and depression.

The study’s lead researcher Ivana Buric, from the Brain, Belief and Behaviour Lab in Coventry University’s Centre for Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, commented, “These activities are leaving what we call a molecular signature in our cells, which reverses the effect that stress or anxiety would have on the body by changing how our genes are expressed. Put simply, MBIs [mind-body interventions] cause the brain to steer our DNA processes along a path which improves our wellbeing.”

Buric also noted that millions of people are already reaping the benefits of mind-body exercises like yoga and Tai Chi, without even realizing how truly beneficial these activities are for their bodies. Buric states that while more studies still need to be done to fully ascertain the scope of what mind-body intervention can do, she believes that their research is a key building block for future research efforts.

Published in the journal Frontiers in Immunology, their study analyzes more than a decades’ worth of research on how mind-body intervention strategies can impact the behavior of DNA. Genetic expression was a focal point of the team’s research, because the way genes are activated to produce proteins can have a system-wide impact. The biological composition of the brain, body and immune system can all be affected by the way genetic proteins are expressed.

In total, the team reviewed 18 studies with a combined 846 participants. The experts determined that when looked at as a whole, the 11 years of data “reveal a pattern in the molecular changes which happen to the body as a result of MBIS [mind-body interventions], and how those changes benefit our mental and physical health.”

It’s known that when a person undergoes a stressful event, their body goes into what’s often known as the “flight or fight” response. This process also triggers the production of a molecule that regulates gene expression, known as nuclear factor kappa B, or NF-kB.

“NF-kB translates stress by activating genes to produce proteins called cytokines that cause inflammation at cellular level,” as Science Daily explains. While this reaction is useful temporarily, when it is consistent over time, it can be quite damaging and increase the risk of diseases like cancer and disorders like depression. It can even accelerate the aging process.

However, the research team found that people who practice mind-body interventions on a regular basis showcase a reduction in the production of NF-kB and related cytokines. In turn, this leads to a decrease and reversal of pro-inflammatory gene expression. Ultimately, this lowers the risk of inflammation-related conditions.

Past research on meditation and other similar activities has also indicated that these exercises can have far-reaching effects on the brain and body. For example, recent research has shown that meditation can help keep your brain youthful and on average, reduce “brain age” by over seven years.  Earlier this year, a research team from Harvard University also found that yoga can elicit positive changes in metabolic function.

These mind-body activities are clearly a force to be reckoned with.

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Beware of the summer bugout: Prepare to stay hydrated or the heat might literally kill you

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A recent sad case in Texas nevertheless served as a reminder why any legitimate summer bugout plan should include making provisions to ensure you’ve got plenty of water to stay hydrated, lest you die trying to get away from collapsing cities and urban chaos.

As reported by Lifezette, a 15-year-old Boy Scout recently perished in Texas during a backpacking trip after developing a case of heat stroke, the worst kind of heat injury. The site noted further:

While hiking in Fort Davis, Texas, at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch on June 12 along with other Boy Scouts, Reid Comita collapsed. The group had apparently been hiking for hours on end in the heat at the ranch, which is just north of Big Bend National Park.

Separate news reports said that temperatures were in the upper 90s the day Reid and the others were hiking; the heat index was in excess of 100 degrees F.

Of course this is a tragedy, but what makes the story particularly relevant is that, should stuff hit the fan tomorrow, perhaps millions of American preppers who have already put together a plan to get out of their cities and hightail it for a pre-determined bugout location may very well have to hike part or even all of the way, and in summer heat. In some parts of the country that will mean a “dry heat,” as was the case for this unfortunate young man, but in others like the Midwest, high temperatures are often accompanied with high humidity, dramatically boosting the heat index.

So while I certainly grieve for this young man and his parents, I also believe his death should serve some good, too, by reminding those of us who want to survive a chaotic scenario of the importance of preparing to travel distances, on foot, in summer heat. (Related: 11 Mistakes you can’t afford to make when moving off grid.)

Always remember these basic steps at staying cool in summer heat:

— When traveling, keep your clothing lightweight and loose-fitting, as tighter clothing does not allow for proper bodily cooling.

— Avoid getting sunburned: “Sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself, so protect yourself outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or sweating,” Lifezette noted.

Not only that, but a sunburn can also lead to blistering and unusually high fluid loss — a very big deal considering that fluid intake will become a priority while traveling in summer heat.

Do you have some sunblock in your bugout bag?

— As should be obvious (but unfortunately, as the Boy Scout death reminds us), it is important to stay hydrated. Too often, though, preppers only think they have enough water for their journey, but they may find out (too late) they don’t. It’s summer; it’s hot. If you have to lighten your bugout load some to make room for more water, do it. It will save your life.

And to remind as well, make sure you’ve got a good supply of H20 when you get where you’re going; you’ll need it.

— Some medications can put you more at risk of heat exhaustion/heat stroke because they may dehydrate you or impede the dissipation of heat. If you take meds and you don’t yet know if they will make your life in the heat more difficult, find out.

— You may feel the need to get away as quickly as possible from the evolving, worsening situation, but if you can wait until the hottest part of the day is over, do so before heading out, even traveling at night if possible. If you must bugout in the heat of the day, take care to rest frequently and hydrate in a cool spot.

— Get acclimated to the summer heat now by getting outdoors. Wear what you’re going to wear to bugout, and “practice” with your pack and gear at a local park or hiking trail. Don’t take a long trail right off the bat; pick shorter ones and work up to longer trails.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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Here’s a Place Prophecy Is Literally Set in Stone

“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Yerushalayim, they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ‘Ye that are Hashem’s remembrancers, take ye no rest, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Yerushalayim a praise in the earth.’” Isaiah 62:6 (The Israel Bible

Speaking at the Prophecy in the News Conference in Jerusalem earlier this month, AnaRina Heymann, outreach coordinator for the archaeological park City of David, said that excavations at the site were irrefutable “prophecy set in stone” revealing the true voice of Jerusalem and the Bible.

“You can’t not see what’s happening there,” she said, calling the park a “nuclear power plant of prophecy.”

The City of David is the true location of ancient Jerusalem as it was described in the Bible. An extremely popular tourist site, it sits just outside the Old City walls. Virtually thousands of archaeological discoveries at the site have consistently reinforced and proven Biblical accounts.

Heymann, who runs the Jerusalem Watch project, said that the City of David and the Bible only made sense when viewed together. “We’ve looked at the Bible for 2,000 years, and you don’t understand what’s going on,” she said. “Suddenly you get to the excavations and the whole picture comes about”, and vice versa; often, finds have mystified archaeologists until the Biblical account is consulted.

The City of David is proof that “the ancient city has to rise,” she declared. “God’s prophecies are standing.”

“There’s no way you can refute what you see there,” she added, referring to UNESCO resolutions which deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

“If we uncover the city, we’re opening up her voice and she starts calling back her children, her sons,” Heymann said passionately, detailing an incredible chronology of the site.

The City of David was originally discovered in 1867 by British archaeologist Charles Warren. Exactly fifty years later, in 1917, Jerusalem was liberated from the hands of the Ottoman Empire by British forces. Fifty years following that, in 1967, the entire city was finally reunified in the miraculous Israeli victory of the Six-Day War.

Heymann related the chronology to the present moment marking the fiftieth anniversary of the reunification, rousing the audience into cheers and applause.

“Right now, where we’re sitting right now, we’re in the next cycle, which we just entered into,” she told the crowd. “And you can be very very excited about what you’re going to see in these times.”

She said that the important work at the City of David, which recently added a third shift so that excavations can be continued non-stop, is clear proof that “we are in a place where things are definitely speeding up” in terms of approaching prophetic end-times.

“We are working around the clock to liberate the city from her millennia-old prison. And as she’s being liberated we see tremendous dynamics happening.”

She concluded her talk by exhorting the participants at the conference, whom she called “pioneers” in the field of Biblical understanding and prophecy, to spread the truth of what they had learned and to prepare themselves for the coming times. Heymann cited a pivotal Isaiah verse which calls for Jerusalem’s return:

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Yerushalayim, they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ‘Ye that are Hashem’s remembrancers, take ye no rest, and give Him no rest, till He establish, and till He make Yerushalayim a praise in the earth.’ Isaiah 62:6

“Whatever you’ve heard today, you are the ambassadors that need to go and tell the people about this,” she urged. “Tell the people about the real facts on the ground, whether it’s political, or religious, or prophecy, and make sure that the world knows.”

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breakingisraelnews.com

 

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