Friday, December 6, 2013

Why Your Brain Craves Music


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Why Your Brain Craves Music

By Dr. Mercola

    If you’re a music lover, you already know that turning on the tunes can help calm your nerves, make stress disappear, pump up your energy level during a workout, bring back old memories, as well as prompt countless other emotions too varied to list.

    Even if you’re not a music aficionado, per se, there are compelling reasons why you may want to become one, which were recently revealed by a series of new research.

Music Prompts Numerous Brain Changes Linked to Emotions and Abstract Decision Making

    When you listen to music, much more is happening in your body than simple auditory processing. Music triggers activity in the nucleus accumbens, a part of your brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and is involved in forming expectations.

    At the same time, the amygdala, which is involved in processing emotion, and the prefrontal cortex, which makes possible abstract decision-making, are also activated, according to new research published in the journal Science.

    Based on the brain activity in certain regions, especially the nucleus accumbens, captured by an fMRI imager while participants listened to music, the researchers could predict how much money the listeners were willing to spend on previously unheard music. As you might suspect, songs that triggered activity in the emotional and intellectual areas of the brain demanded a higher price.

    Interestingly, the study’s lead author noted that your brain learns how to predict how different pieces of music will unfold using pattern recognition and prediction, skills that may have been key to our evolutionary progress. Time reported:

        These predictions are culture-dependent and based on experience: someone raised on rock or Western classical music won’t be able to predict the course of an Indian raga, for example, and vice versa.

        But if a piece develops in a way that’s both slightly novel and still in line with our brain’s prediction, we tend to like it a lot. And that, says [lead researcher] Salimpoor, ‘is because we’ve made a kind of intellectual conquest.’

        Music may, in other words, tap into a brain mechanism that was key to our evolutionary progress. The ability to recognize patterns and generalize from experience, to predict what’s likely to happen in the future  in short, the ability to imagine  is something humans do far better than any other animals. It’s what allowed us (aided by the far less glamorous opposable thumb) to take over the world.

Why Music Makes Us Feel United

    So far we’ve covered that music is involved in both emotional and intellectual centers of your brain, but music also has an, almost uncanny, ability to connect us to one another.

    Separate research published this month showed one reason for why this might be. When listening to four pieces of classical music they had never heard before, study participants’ brains reacted in much the same way. Areas of the brain involved in movement planning, memory and attention all had similar activation patterns when the participants listened to the same music, which suggests we may each experience music in similar ways.

    The study’s lead author noted:

        "We spend a lot of time listening to music -- often in groups, and often in conjunction with synchronized movement and dance  Here, we've shown for the first time that despite our individual differences in musical experiences and preferences, classical music elicits a highly consistent pattern of activity across individuals in several brain structures including those involved in movement planning, memory and attention."

    Co-author Daniel Levitin, PhD, expanded:

        "It's not our natural tendency to thrust ourselves into a crowd of 20,000 people, but for a Muse concert or a Radiohead concert we'll do it  There's this unifying force that comes from the music, and we don't get that from other things."

Music Relieves Anxiety Better Than Drugs and Benefits Premature Babies

    If you want a more concrete example of music’s powers, a meta-analysis by Levitin and colleagues found some striking benefits of music after reviewing 400 studies. Among the data was one study that revealed listening to music resulted in less anxiety and lower cortisol levels among patients about to undergo surgery than taking anti-anxiety drugs. Other evidence showed music has an impact on antibodies linked to immunity and may lead to higher levels of bacteria-fighting immune cells.

    Still more research revealed that playing music in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) improved the health of premature babies with respiratory distress or sepsis. When parents sang to their babies, or sounds mimicking those in the womb were played, numerous benefits occurred, including changes in heart rates, sucking behavior and parents’ stress levels. The researchers noted:

        Entrained with a premature infant’s observed vital signs, sound and lullaby may improve feeding behaviors and sucking patterns and may increase prolonged periods of quiet alert states. Parent-preferred lullabies, sung live, can enhance bonding, thus decreasing the stress parents associate with premature infant care.

    Taken together, the latest research makes a strong case for using music as a therapeutic tool for babies and adults alike.

Why Music Should be a Part of Your Workouts, Too

    Many people instinctively don a headset linked to their favorite music when hitting the gym, which makes sense since certain types of music can motivate you to run faster, or keep going even though you're fatigued, giving you a better workout. Additionally, research has shown that listening to music while exercising boosted cognitive levels and verbal fluency skills in people diagnosed with coronary artery disease (coronary artery disease has been linked to a decline in cognitive abilities). Signs of improvement in verbal fluency areas more than doubled after listening to music compared to that of the non-music session.

    Listening to music while exercising can also improve your performance, increasing your endurance by 15 percent, and your movement will likely follow the tempo of the song. For instance, in one study when the music's tempo slowed, the subjects' exertion level reduced as well. And when the tempo was increased, their performance followed suit.

    Your body may be simply responding to the beat on a more or less subconscious level, but the type and tempo of the music you choose while working out may also influence your conscious motivation.

What Music Is Best?

    When a song gets you energized and rearing to go, you'll know it, and these are the types of songs you probably naturally add to your workout playlist.  For that matter, when a song makes you feel relaxed, eases your anxiety or pain levels, or boosts your mood, you’ll know it too, as selecting music is a highly personal  and highly intuitive  process. In other words, only you know the best music for you, and that will inevitably change  not only day to day with your mood but also over time with the different chapters of your life.

    For now, technology has given us a simple way to harness the power of music by allowing you to create different playlists for exercising, relaxing, working and other important aspects of your day so you can instantly access the right music for your mood or activity. You can also listen to music over Internet radio using free services like Pandora, which will actually create stations for you based on your musical tastes.

    However, my favorite music source is Spotify, which I believe is the new model for listening to music. Rather than purchase music in iTunes or CDs prior to that, you simply rent it. Spotify has access to over 16 million songs and most likely has well over 95% of the music you would ever listen to. For $10 a month you can play all of your favorite music on your phone, tablet, computer or home stereo system. They even have high-quality bitrates at no extra charge. I have been using them for about a year and am very pleased.

    Whatever method you choose, making music part of your lifestyle is a simple yet powerful way to enhance your health and your life.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

The "best of both worlds"--Cancer Treatment...


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The "best of both worlds"--Cancer Treatment conventional AND alternative medicine

My name is Lee Euler, and I've spent the last four years researching, writing and publishing information about cancer solutions.  I head up a team of passionate, dedicated investigators who sort through all the confusing, conflicting information and find answers to life-or-death cancer questions.

Up to now, my team has focused on dozens of amazing alternative cancer treatments.  They do exist and they do work.

 However, I realize how hard it can be to reject conventional treatments completely, especially if your doctor and family put you under pressure. But now you don't have to anymore, thanks to an extraordinary pair of CANCER PIONEERS.

These amazing physicians offer "best-of-both-worlds" cancer care, straddling comfortably between conventional treatments and alternative therapies. Their discoveries have boosted survival rates for thousands of cancer victims--yet amazingly, their methods haven't gained a strong foothold in the U.S.

But before I tell you more about these Cancer Pioneers, let me ask you a question...

Did you know that, every time a cancer patient is given a new chemotherapy drug, there's over a 40 percent chance it's the wrong one? It's shocking, but it's true! Oncologists choose the wrong chemo drugs at least four times out of ten.

You might as well just flip a coin. That's how random this process is!

If you're the cancer patient, you're experiencing the unnecessary delay and discomfort of going through chemotherapy with the wrong drug.   Then after a certain period of time, your oncologist realizes that particular chemotherapy drug is NOT killing your cancer.

What's next? I'll tell you what's next: drug after drug after drug - one round of chemotherapy after another (if you live through them) -- as your doctor searches aimlessly for the right drug.  And there are more than 70 different drugs to choose from!

Tick tock, tick tock...You're wasting precious time --  time you just don't have.

Obviously you know this, but it bears repeating: When you've only got weeks or months to live, there's no time to spare. And you feel even more frustrated because your treatment is completely out of your hands.

 But now, this tragedy is doesn't have to happen. If your oncologist will just learn about the new discovery and try a BETTER approach to chemotherapy--you could get the right treatment from the very beginning.  

 I've witnessed the suffering of cancer. Many of my own family and friends have experienced the horrors of this evil disease. Too many! And almost every one of them endured failure after failure during their conventional treatment.

I hope you or your loved ones will consider this powerful new "twist" on the conventional approach...

Thank You Lee Euler


          Cancer Pioneers


God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

FDA Wants More Money, Claims They Are a "Bargain"


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By Dr. Mercola

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to increase their
budget by $821 million next year, which would make their proposed 2014 budget
a hefty $4.7 billion.

    The additional money would help the FDA improve food safety, monitor
imports and create measures to protect against chemical and biological
threats, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg told Congress, outrageously noting

        FDA is a true bargain among federal agencies.

    This has to be one of the biggest delusions of the 21st century.This is
one bargain that is not such a good deal for Americans’ health, as the FDA is
also the federal agency responsible for a growing list of policy decisions
that favor big industry at the expense of public health.

    And if their nearly $1-billion budget increase is approved, they stand to
fall even further into the drug companies’ trenches.

94 Percent of the FDA’s Budget Increase Funded by Drug Companies

    Out of the extra $821 million the FDA is seeking, 94 percent, or $770
million, would come from user fees paid by the drug industry. While some of
the FDA is funded by taxpayers, most of their budget comes from such user
fees, which are paid by the drug companies to hasten the review and approval
of their products.

    Industry user fees were first introduced in the early 1990s in an effort
to help speed up the FDA's approval process; prior to that, the FDA had been
funded entirely by Congress.

    This is one of the main reasons why the FDA’s track record for keeping you
safely out of harm’s way has failed so miserably over the years, as user fees
allow the drug industry to have major leverage over the FDA, and that control
is continuing to increase year after year.

    The FDA is even trying to have about $83 million in industry user fees
exempted from the sequester (mandatory budget cuts to federal agencies that
began in 2013), as these fees are supposed to be withheld due to the
sequestration. Yet, with a budget already surpassing the $4-billion mark, the
FDA has done little to keep Americans safe from dangerous foods and drugs.

Instead, they:

        Quietly withdrew their intent to ban low-dose antibiotics in animal
feed, allowing the spread of antibiotic-resistant super-germs linked to this
practice to continue unabated

        Approved the first genetically modified plant intended for the
treatment of a human disease, opening the door for biotech companies such as
Monsanto, which also has vested interests in the pharmaceutical industry, to
design more drugs created from genetically engineered plants and/or animals.

        Is considering allowing the unlabeled use of the artificial sweetener
aspartame in dairy products.

        Approved a generic version of Actos  the brand name for a drug used to
treat type 2 diabetes  even though it is presently embroiled in thousands of
lawsuits alleging that the drug causes severe side effects including heart
failure, macular edema and bladder cancer.

        Attempting to regulate stem cell procedures at a Colorado clinic, even
though the stem cells being used in the procedure come from the patient’s own
body, which means they are essentially claiming that they can regulate a part
of your body

FDA Allows Drugs to Remain on Market Despite Uncovering Fraudulent Safety Data

    What do you get when the federal agency in charge of monitoring drug
safety is funded largely by the companies producing those very same drugs? A
massive conflict of interest and an agency that is more interested in serving
the drug industry than the American public.

    This is not speculation; it’s been shown to be the truth, time and time
again. In 2011, the FDA found out that many studies conducted at Cetero
Research, a major drug research lab, from 2005 to 2009 were fraudulent,
involving manipulated data and tampered records. About 100 drugs were already
on the market, approved, at least in part, based on these fraudulent studies.

    Yet, the FDA made no warnings to the public, instead allowing the
potentially dangerous drugs to remain on the market while it quietly ordered
re-testing to be done. In Europe, however, multiple drugs were pulled from the
market following the revelation. Even today, the FDA has never released a list
of the affected drugs, saying this would reveal trade secrets.

    Unfortunately, this wasn’t an isolated case. As Scientific American and
ProPublica reported:

        Turns out that wasn't an anomaly: The agency's slow, secretive
response in the Cetero case mirrors how it handled an earlier instance of
scientific misconduct at another contract research organization, MDS Pharma

    When the FDA found that four years’ worth of data produced by two MDS
facilities were potentially fraudulent, it again refused to post a public list
of the 217 affected drugs, some of which were already being sold. Despite
requiring re-testing of many of the medications, the FDA assured the public
that the drugs were safe  an impossible truth since they were approved, in
part, based on faulty research. At least five of MDS’ senior executives later
went to work for Cetero Research.

    Scientific American continued:

        In January 2007, three and a half years after first finding problems
at MDS, the FDA informed drug makers that studies done by MDS between 2000
and2004 needed to be reevaluated. FDA officials told the media that 217 generic
drugs were potentially implicated, 140 of which were already approved for

        The agency was unsure how many new drugs might have relied on studies
carried out by MDS, according to news accounts, so it asked the manufacturers
of every new drug approved between 2000 and 2004 -- some 900 medicines -- to
check to see if MDS had conducted any relevant tests. 2The FDA made no effort
to warn doctors or patients that it now had doubts about the data underlying
some of the drugs it had approved. Instead, the agency sounded a public 'all

The FDA Is Failing at Its Stated Mission

    Now, with the FDA requesting even more money from the drug industry, it’s
likely that such egregious biases in favor of the industry are only going to
continue. They simply cannot risk biting the proverbial hand that feeds them

…The FDA's mission statement reads as follows:

        "The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring
the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological
products, medical devices, our nation's food supply, cosmetics, and products
that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public
health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more
effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the
accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to
improve their health."

    In 2007, a report bearing the revealing title "FDA Science and Mission at
Risk" by the Subcommittee on Science and Technology, detailed how the FDA
cannot fulfill its stated mission because:

        Its scientific base has eroded and its scientific organizational
structure is weak

        Its scientific workforce does not have sufficient capacity and
capability, and Its information technology (IT) infrastructure is inadequate

    Furthermore, the report found that "the development of medical products
based on 'new science' cannot be adequately regulated by the FDA, and that
the agency does not have the capacity to carry out risk assessment and analysis.
Additionally, the agency's science agenda "lacks coherent structure and vision,
as well as effective coordination and prioritization."

    The fact that the FDA does not have its ducks in a row, so to speak, has
sorely misplaced its priorities, and is not working to fulfill its mission is
clearly evidenced in the numerous cases where hundreds and sometimes thousands
of complaints about dangerous drugs (like Vioxx and Avandia), vaccines (like
Gardasil), and additives (like aspartame) are stubbornly ignored, while SWAT-
style teams armed to the teeth are sent to raid supplement makers, whole food
businesses, organic farmers, and raw dairies when oftentimes not a single
incidence of harm can be attributed to their products.

Hospitals Make More Money From Surgical Complications

    The FDA has little incentive to change its current structure or work
harder to uncover drug dangers, lest they put billions of dollars of their
funding at risk. Likewise, a revealing new JAMA study found that major
surgical complications actually earn hospitals more money on privately insured
or Medicare-covered patients.

    This isn’t exactly shocking, of course, since the more complications
suffered, the longer the hospital stay and the more associated medications,
tests and procedures that will be ordered. Hospitals are a business, after
all, and the more services used by any one patient, the more money they

    Where money is concerned, a hospital therefore has no incentive to reduce
surgical errors and other medical mishaps, which may actually be a key
moneymaker for them. And, as the Health Business Blog astutely reported,
unlike most businesses, which suffer financially when mistakes occur,
hospitals get to charge you even more money to treat you for avoidable
complications or mistakes they make. Decreasing surgical complications may
therefore have adverse financial consequences for many hospitals, the
researchers concluded.

More Reason to Take Control of Your Health

    Minor changes to the existing structure will not be enough to change the
current medical paradigm, which is designed to profit from your ill health. A
complete reform of the system would instead be needed, and there are powerful
forces at play that do not want this to happen.

    As much as possible, be proactive in using a healthy lifestyle to support
and protect your health and, if illness does occur, use natural methods that
will allow your body to heal itself without the need for the deadly drugs
being pushed on you by the drug companies and the FDA.

Thank You Dr. Mercola

God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Afraid to say no to kemotherapy.

Hi folks, After reading this article before I posted it here...I
caught myself wondering if I would have followed this. Please read
this with an open mind.


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Chemo may be a good choice after all!!!

Most Doctors are Ignoring it.

It's bad enough that doctors reject at least two dozen safe, effective
alternative cancer treatments.

But now I've learned there are mainstream, FDA-approved drug treatments that
work far better than those used by nine out of ten cancer doctors - and the
medical profession STILL WON'T USE THEM.

How can this possibly be?

I'll tell you how. It's the great oddity of modern medicine:  Cutting-edge
treatments exist for even your worst health nightmares, but most traditional
doctors either don't know about them or completely ignore them.
That goes double for cancer breakthroughs -- and it's costing people their

Many patients - even those who prefer alternative medicine -- feel they can't
turn their feel they can't turn their backs totally on chemotherapy, surgery
and radiation. Their doctor, their family, and everybody else insists they
submit to the same mainstream treatments other patients get.

The patient may be ready to try something new, but the pressure to conform can
be too hard to resist. Your treatment could be failing miserably and the
people around you still won't listen. They don't "get it"--and it's your
health on the line!

"Other doctors had written me off for dead"

Elizabeth was a successful physician and the medical director of her own
laboratory. She was in the prime of life. Then disaster struck...hard! She was
diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of ovarian cancer.

Her oncologists determined that chemotherapy, rather than radiation or
surgery, was Elizabeth 's best option.

Then came another huge blow: After two months, she learned that the
chemotherapy she was using--the "first choice" of cancer doctors to fight
ovarian cancer--was having ZERO effect on the growth of her tumor.
The next chemo drug she tried failed as well. Time was running out and her
doctors had resigned themselves: she was close to the end.

Desperate for help, Elizabeth had her tumor cells sent to be analyzed and
tested by a visionary doctor. (I'll call him Dr. Bob - you'll receive full
details of his amazing new approach in the Special Report "CANCER 

Dr. Bob identified a certain combination of chemo drugs to use.  In the
laboratory, this custom-designed, personalized combo effectively killed her
cancer cells. Elizabeth started taking it immediately.

The result? In just three weeks, Elizabeth 's tumor started to shrink

Five years later, she remains completely cancer-free!

You'll find the remarkable details about Dr. Bob's methods, and other
breakthroughs from cancer geniuses just like him, in the pages of a new
Special Report entitled CANCER PIONEERS.


Thank You Lee Euler


          Cancer Pioneers


God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.

Larry Nelson
42 S. Sherwood Dr.
Belton, Tx. 76513

Have a great day...unless you have made other plans.