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Online Music Lessons from Master Musicians
ANY INSTRUMENT, ANY STYLE. LEARN FROM YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIANS AND START PLAYING AT A HIGHER LEVEL!
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Cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD) is the leading global cause of mortality, being responsible for 46% of non-communicable disease deaths. It has been estimated that about 85.6 million Americans are living with some form of CVD, which continues to rise. Healthy lifestyle choices may reduce the risk of myocardial infarction by >80%, with nutrition playing a key role. Vegetarian dietary patterns reduce CVD mortality and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) by 40%. Plant-based diets are the only dietary pattern to have shown reversal of CHD.
Additionally, evidence suggests benefits of vegetarian dietary patterns in both the prevention and the treatment of heart failure and cerebrovascular disease. Plant-based diets are associated with lower blood pressure, lower blood lipids, and reduced platelet aggregation than non-vegetarian diets and are beneficial in weight management, reduce the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, and type 2 diabetes. They have also been shown an effective treatment method in diabetes management. Well planned vegetarian diets provide benefits in preventing and reversing atherosclerosis and in decreasing CVD risk factors and should be promoted through dietary guidelines and recommendations.
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Along with fats and carbohydrates, protein is one of the macronutrients we need to live.
Our bodies use proteins from food to build and repair tissues, as well as make hormones, enzymes, and other things that are vital to our health.
Read: Q&A: Vitamins and Supplements
Traditionally, meat has been thought of as our main source of protein, but there are plenty of diverse protein sources out there.
We talked to nutritionist Stephanie Cramer, administrative dietitian at Cedars-Sinai Clinical Nutrition Services, to help us understand the differences in protein sources.
Found in: meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish
Cramer: The human body needs 20 different amino acids. Our bodies create 11 of them (these are called "non-essential amino acids"), but we must get the other 9 from food (essential amino acids).
Animal proteins, such as meat, eggs, and milk, are complete proteins, meaning they provide all of the essential amino acids our body needs. Animal products provide the highest-quality protein sources.
On the flip side, several studies have linked red meat consumption to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and early death.
Further studies have shown that eating more processed red meat may actually increase the risk of dying from heart disease. Processed meats include smoked meat, sausage, hot dogs, salami, bacon, and canned meat.
Read: Healthy Grilling: Reducing the Risk of Cancer
Found in: beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, quinoa, leafy greens such as broccoli and kale, whole grains
Cramer: Certain plants can be excellent sources of protein, often with fewer calories and fewer potentially harmful effects than animal products.
Some plant proteins, such as quinoa, are complete proteins—which means they contain all 9 essential amino acids that we need. Others are missing some amino acids, so it is important to eat a variety of foods to get all 9.
Studies show that people on vegetarian or vegan diets (which often rely on plant protein) are at a lower risk of certain diseases including cancers, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and ischemic heart disease.
Found in: dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, whey protein supplements, hydrolyzed-whey infant formula
Cramer: Whey protein is a popular dietary protein supplement and one of the main proteins found in dairy products; it's a byproduct of cheese manufacturing.
Its biological components have been shown to demonstrate a range of immune-enhancing properties. Whey can also work as an antioxidant, antihypertensive, antiviral, and antibacterial agent.
Whey is also used in some infant formulas to help reduce colic and in supplements because it is believed to benefit exercise performance........
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The pandemic outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has emerged as the most threatening public health challenge. The clinical presentation ranges from asymptomatic and mild clinical symptoms to acute respiratory-distress syndrome (ARDS) and death. Apart from the respiratory system, other organ systems like cardiovascular, renal, and gastrointestinal systems are also involved. Cytokine storm is a condition of systemic inflammatory cytokine rampage through the bloodstream leading to lifethreatening complications. There is an urgent need for the prevention of infection and effective management. Yoga is a profound science with both immunity-boosting and immune-modulating capacity. We propose that yoga-based intervention may aid in improving health with its immunity-boosting potential and preventing the exuberant inflammatory cytokine storm, thus reducing the severity of the disease. It can also reduce stress, anxiety, and co-morbid depression by promoting neuroplasticity and prevents persistent activation of the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal axis and thus may reduce disease severity. It may also enhance the immunity of caretakers and make them more emotionally resilient. Thus, yoga can be useful for enhancing immunity, stress reduction and may prevent the exaggerated immune response to the cytokine storm.
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Songs and singing games are a healthy part of young children's social, emotional and cognitive development. Such shared music making can facilitate and strengthen relationships between parents and children. Family health workers can encourage carers' informal uses of music with their children. In cases of developmental delay, disability, severe illness or family stress, music can continue to have a significant role in supporting children and parents. In some cases referral to specialist music therapy services may be appropriate for assessment and/or treatment.
or choose your favorite music streaming platform at https://songwhip.com/natureyogimarcoandre
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Background: In vitro, vitamin B12 acts as a natural inhibitor of hepatitis C virus (HCV) replication.
Objective: To assess the effect of vitamin B12 on virological response in patients with chronic HCV hepatitis naïve to antiviral therapy.
Methods: Ninety-four patients with chronic HCV hepatitis were randomly assigned to receive pegylated interferon α plus ribavirin (standard-of-care; SOC) or SOC plus vitamin B12 (SOC+B12). Viral response-namely, undetectable serum HCV-RNA, was evaluated 4 weeks after starting treatment (rapid viral response), 12 weeks after starting treatment (complete early viral response) and 24 or 48 weeks after starting treatment (end-of-treatment viral response) and 24 weeks after completing treatment (sustained viral response (SVR)). Genotyping for the interleukin (IL)-28B polymorphism was performed a posteriori in a subset (42/64) of HCV genotype 1 carriers.
Results: Overall, rapid viral response did not differ between the two groups, whereas the rates of complete early viral response (p=0.03), end-of-treatment viral response (p=0.03) and SVR (p=0.001) were significantly higher in SOC+B12 patients than in SOC patients. In SOC+B12 patients, the SVR rate was also significantly higher in carriers of a difficult-to-treat genotype (p=0.002) and in patients with a high baseline viral load (p=0.002). Distribution of genotype IL-28B did not differ between the two groups. At multivariate analysis, only easy-to-treat HCV genotypes (OR=9.00; 95% CI 2.5 to 37.5; p=0.001) and vitamin B12 supplementation (OR=6.9; 95% CI 2.0 to 23.6; p=0.002) were independently associated with SVR.
Conclusion: Vitamin B12 supplementation significantly improves SVR rates in HCV-infected patients naïve to antiviral therapy.
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Background: Religious and spiritual interventions may have an effect on Alzheimer's disease prevention. Kirtan Kriya meditation has been shown to mitigate the deleterious effects of chronic stress on cognition, reverse memory loss, and create psychological and spiritual wellbeing, which may reduce multiple drivers of Alzheimer's disease risk.
Objective: To detail a new concept in medicine called Spiritual Fitness, a merging of stress reduction, basic wellbeing, and psycho/spiritual wellbeing to prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Methods: The literature on the topics mentioned above is described, including an in-depth discussion on why and how each are critical to advancing the future of Alzheimer's disease prevention. The many negative effects of chronic stress, and the benefits of Kirtan Kriya, are reviewed. The four pillars of basic wellbeing, six practical aspects of psychological wellbeing, and the four new non-sectarian features of spiritual fitness are then disclosed. Moreover, instructions on practicing Kirtan Kriya are offered in the Supplementary Material.
Conclusion: Religious and spiritual practices, including Kirtan Kriya, are crucial components in the development of enhanced cognition and well-being, which may help prevent and, in some cases, reverse cognitive decline. The key point of this review is that making a commitment to live a brain longevity lifestyle including spiritual fitness is a critically important way for aging Alzheimer's disease free. We hope that this article will inspire scientists, clinicians, and patients to embrace this new concept of spiritual fitness and make it a part of every multidomain program for the prevention of cognitive disability.
Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease prevention; kirtan kriya meditation; neurotheology; peace of mind; psychological well-being; purpose in life; spiritual fitness; spiritual well-being; spiritual/religious involvement; unlimited love
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An infectious illness, attributed to atypically structured cytopathic "stealth" viruses, occurred in 1996 in the Mohave Valley region of the United States. A stealth virus-infected child from this region has developed a severe noninflammatory, vacuolating (spongiform) en cephalopathy. The illness initially presented as a behavioral problem without overt neurological signs. Extensive investigations, including repeated magnetic resonance imaging, two brain biopsies, and stealth virus cultures, have helped define the disease process occurring in this child. Significant clinical benefit with apparent retardation of disease progression occurred during a 6-week course of ganciclovir therapy. The potential contributing role of stealth virus infections in children presenting with behavioral problems needs to be addressed.
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The association of red meat consumption and mental health in women: A cross-sectional study
Women in highest quartile of red meat had a higher risk of depression compared with those in the lowest quartile.
There was significant positive association between red meat intake and anxiety in women.
Women in highest quartile of red meat had a higher incidence of distress compared with those in the lowest quartile.
Previous studies have shown that red meat consumption has beneficial effects on health. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between red meat consumption and depression, anxiety and psychological distress in Tehrani women.
In this cross-sectional study, 482 women aged 20-50 years old referred to the health centers of Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2018 were selected by multistage cluster sampling. The usual dietary intake was evaluated using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire containing 168 items that its validity and reliability were approved previously. The red meat category was defined as the sum of red meats (beef, lamb), and organ meats (beef liver, kidney, and heart, ruminant meat). Psychological disorders were assessed using a validated Depression, Anxiety, Stress Scales (DASS) questionnaires with 21-items. In the logistic regression analysis, the results were adjusted to the confounding factors.
The mean age of the study participants was 31.87 ± 7.6 years. The prevalence of depressive symptoms, anxiety and psychological distress among participants was 34%, 40% and 42%, respectively. After controlling for potential confounders, women in the highest quartile of red meat had a highest prevalence of depressive symptoms (OR: 2.51; 95% CI: 1.32–4.76; p = 0.002), anxiety (OR: 1.82; 95% CI: 1.00–3.29; p = 0.034) and stress (OR: 3.47; 95% CI: 1.88–6.42; p < 0.001) compared with those in the lowest quartile.
We found a significant association between red meat intake and mental health in women. Prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings.........
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NEW THEORY ABOUT THE HIEROGLYPHS AND SANSKRIT
by Andrea Portunato (2016)
On this page we present a new theory concerning Egyptian hieroglyphics. According to my hypothesis, the hieroglyphic and the Sanskrit would have a common root, so that it would be possible to read (at least in part) the hieroglyphs using the Sanskrit.
The hieroglyphs are a model for writing adopted in Egypt from 3000 BC and used until the time of Roman rule.
The ancient Greeks and Romans had no problems with the understanding of hieroglyphics. During the rule of the Ptolemies (305 BC - 30 BC), dynasty of Macedonian origin, and under the rule of the Roman emperors (from 30 BC) hieroglyphics were still used.
For example, the Rosetta Stone, famous because it allowed the beginning of the study of hieroglyphs, bears the inscription of a decree of Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes (210 BC - 180 BC), in three different spellings: hieroglyphic, demotic and greek.
From the second century A.D. spread in Egypt Coptic, language that adopted the characters of the greek alphabet. With the concomitant spread of Christianity the ancient hieroglyphic symbols, too attached to the ancient religion, were finally abandoned bringing oblivion of their meaning.
From the seventh century, with the expansion of Islam, also the Coptic, was used less and less in favor of Arabic.
The modern study of hieroglyphs start at the beginning of the 19th century using the knowledge on Coptic language, which had preserved because used as the official language of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
To tackle a subject as complicated as the deciphering of hieroglyphics, we start from a simple word: "EGYPT"
KHME (form Coptic)
KM (pron. kèm)
shred of crocodile skin with scales
According to the Coptic sources, Egypt was called KMET (in Coptic alphabet KHME) and its transcription in hieroglyphics is that I show above.
Attributing to each hieroglyphic a letter, as you can see, it was identified the phonetic values of each.
According to this interpretation, the "poor" ancient Egyptians had to write it 4 signs only to utter a single syllable (KME).
According to the most popular version, the etymology of the word comes from "black soils" (KME = "the black") referred to the muddy area around the Nile.
We know from written sources that the Greeks and Romans on the contrary called it Egypt (Àigüptos in greek and Aegyptus in Latin).
As this name, Egypt, is very different from that Coptic, KME, according to the current hypothesis, it could derive from the words in ancient Egyptian "Hwt-ka-Ptah (?wt-k-pt?)" ie the "home of the ka of Ptah", the name given to a temple of the god Ptah at Memphis.
According to this interpretation the Ancient Egyptians, to indicate their country, said Kmt (the-black) and the Greeks instead Aegiptos (the-house-of-god-ptah).
As if a foreigner, instead of England, called all the country "St-Paul's-Cathedral", such as the famous church in London.
Reading using Sanskrit.
We resume the hieroglyphs.
In another of my research, I discovered that the sound K (also in its phonetic variants C and G) is present in the names related to birds in many languages (eg Italian oca, duck, etc.).
I thought it was strange that the drawing of the owl, in the ancient Egyptian, had rather sound "M" and "K" was reserved for the first symbol (described as the crocodile skin).
I also noticed that some names of birds of prey in different languages have within them sound similar to those of CIVetta (owl in Italian): in italian GHEPpio (a type of falcon), GIPeto (a type of vulture) and GUFo (long-eared owl), in Latin acCIPiter, the vulture, in Hindi uKAB (the eagle) while in Maghreb uQAAB is the hawk.
At the same time I noticed that, in the word aeGYPtus, the second syllable is GIP.
I wondered: what if the Egyptians called the owl with a name similar to italian CIVetta?
Then, try to insert GYP for the second hieroglyph and others of Ae-gyp-tus as a consequence.
What could it mean EGYPT written in this way?
Let's try to interpret the hieroglyphics in a symbolic way.
united bird feathers, together)
(controlled, Governor, Government)
(arms folder across the chest, all the people)
set/union "political" of the cities/people
The first, AE, reminds wing (latin Ala). Not a single bird feather, but all together, so we assume that it means "together".
The second, GY, is clearly an owl. I remembered that the owl was often captured and tied to a pole, for an ancient hunting technique (if the other birds see the owl does not run away and then you can hunt. For example, see the "Feather Book of Dionisio Minaggio" picture (Milan 1618) of an hunter carrying a tethered owl.). From which CAPta (captured) and COPula (join) in Latin, GABbia (cage) in Italian, the word tether in Albanian KAPistall, KAPank'ner in Armenian.
So that the owl could indicate the bond, also political, the GOVernment, the basis of the roman/latin CIVitas.
The third sign, rather than a bread, might be the stylized picture of a millstone for grain, (pressum in Latin) whence P(R).
The last hieroglyph, which is found in many terms that relate to the Egyptian TOwn, could, in fact, indicate a TOwn. However, I believe that it is not the design of a plant town. Most likely has the meaning of all, full (latin TOTUM), and is used for "all the people", opposed to the individual. This is because the intersection indicates the arms crossed in the act of taking as much as possible (as I'll explain in a next page).
The meaning of Egypt would then be "all the governments of cities", ie a kind of federation or a kingdom.
Among the Sanskrit words, there is one that has a meaning close to that I suggested, the realm of just one (or absolute monarchy or supreme power), Aikapatya.
(as you can see in the on-line dictionary spokensanskrit.de Aikapatya)
To be owner
(Sans. haya, that pushes)
(Sans. Pid, to press)
(Sans. Daya, place)
AEGYPTUS / AIKAPATYA
We have seen that the Egyptian hieroglyph could have been a model of syllabic script and how the language of the ancient Egyptians could be related to the Sanskrit language.
Soon I will publish details of this hypothesis by showing many other hieroglyphs read in syllabic way, indicating their significance and proximity to Sanskrit terms
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In traditional Ayurdev, basic concepts such as Tridosa are introduced didactically. Students of Ayurdeva learn to appreciate their practical value through experience; their validity is empirical. In an age where validity of concepts is judged by their scientific relevance, establishing the scientific validity of Tridosha is a program of significance. It requires translating concept and practical application into the idiom of modern biology and medicine. Four different complementary approaches have been proposed to do so: factor analysis of human physiology; systems analysis of organism function; correlation of Dosha and genomic variations - Ayugenomics; and correlation of Dosha and cellular function. Together these four independent approaches present compelling evidence that the family of Dosha based, Ayurveda fundamental concepts - the three Doshas, their fifteen subdoshas, innate Dosha balance in the individual (prakriti), and Dosha imbalances (vikriti) are scientifically valid. This paper concerns the first three. (I) The systems approach shows how Tridosha applies to every living organism from the first cells, and how it is inherited and diversified in the history of life. (2) Ayugenomics confirms Dosha's inheritance. (3) Each Dosha is responsible for regulating an essential aspect of organism function, connected to a recognised definition of life: Vata, Input/Output (homeostasis); Pitta, Turnover (negative entropy production); Kapha, Storage (inheritable structure).
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Meats are high in energy and fat content, and thus may be associated with higher risk of obesity. Many controversies remain regarding the association between meat consumption (MC) and obesity.
The aim of this study was to analyze the associations between MC and obesity assessed using body mass index (BMI≥30) and waist circumference (≥102 cm in men and ≥88 cm in women) among US adults.
Nationally representative data collected in the 1999–2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) were used. Linear and logistic regression analyses were conducted to test the associations between MC and adiposity measures controlling for potential confounders.
Considerable differences existed in MC across sociodemographic groups among US adults. Those who consumed more meat had a much higher daily total energy intake, for example, those in the upper vs bottom quintiles consumed around 700 more kcal day−1 (P<0.05). Regression models showed consistent positive associations between MC and BMI, waist circumference, obesity and central obesity, respectively. Using quintile 1 (low MC) as the reference, the association (odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI)) between total MC quintiles and obesity were 1.03 (0.88; 1.21; 2nd quintile), 1.17 (1.00; 1.38), 1.27 (1.08; 1.51) and 1.27 (1.08; 1.49;upper quintile), respectively; whereas that with central obesity was 1.13 (0.96–1.33), 1.31 (1.10; 1.54), 1.36 (1.17–1.60) and 1.33 (1.13; 1.55), respectively.
These US national cross-sectional data show positive associations between MC and risk for obesity and central obesity..........
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Full study at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2697260/
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Background: Oxidative stress (OS) and mitochondrial alterations have been implicated in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Various environmental triggers like air pollutants, smoking, unhealthy social habits and sedentary lifestyle induce OS, which may compromise mitochondrial integrity. This trial was designed to explore the effect of 8-weeks yoga practice on mitochondrial health and disease severity in an active RA group compared with a usual-care control group.
Methods: A total of 70 subjects were randomized into two groups: yoga group and non-yoga group. Mitochondrial health was assessed by calculation of mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNA-CN), OS markers, mitochondrial activity, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm), circadian rhythm markers and transcripts associated with mitochondrial integrity: AMPK, TIMP-1, KLOTHO, SIRT-1, and TFAM. Parameters of disease activity and disability quotient were also assessed by disease activity score - erythrocyte sedimentation rate (DAS28-ESR) and health assessment questionnaire-disability index (HAQ-DI), respectively.
Results: In yoga group, there was a significant upregulation of mtDNA-CN, mitochondrial activity markers, ΔΨm, and transcripts that maintain mitochondrial integrity after 8-weeks of yoga. There was optimization of OS markers, and circadian rhythm markers post 8-weeks practice of yoga. Yoga group participants showed significant improvements in DAS28-ESR (p < 0.05) and HAQ-DI (p < 0.05) over the non-yoga group.
Conclusion: Adoption of yoga by RA patients holds the key to enhance mitochondrial health, improve circadian rhythm markers, OS marker regulation, upregulation of transcripts that maintain mitochondrial integrity, reduce disease activity and its associated consequences on health outcome and hence can be beneficial as an adjunct therapy.
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