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Teenagers who are addicted to the internet show signs of brain changes  similar to those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs, a study suggests.

Chinese researchers used MRI scans to look at the brain structure of 17 young people with “internet addiction disorder” attending the Shanghai Mental Health Centre and compared them with those of 16 healthy volunteers.

In the internet-addicted teens, the scans showed changes to the white matter fibres which connect the regions of the brain involved in emotional processing, attention and decision-making.

Other research has found similar white matter changes in the brains of people addicted to alcohol,  cocaine, cannabis and other drugs.

The researchers, led by Dr Hao Lei from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, wrote in the journal Plos One: “The findings suggest that white matter integrity may serve as a potential new treatment target in internet addiction disorder.”

However, the study findings cannot say whether internet addiction causes the brain changes seen in the study. Some people may already have brains which make them more likely to become addicts.

Commenting on the study, Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, a consultant psychiatrist at Imperial College London, said: “This type of research exploring the differences between normal brains of people who suffer from internet addictions is groundbreaking, as it makes clear neuroimaging links between internet addiction and other addictions such as alcohol, cocaine and cannabis among others.”

“We are finally being told what clinicians suspected for some time now, that white matter abnormalities in the orbito-frontal cortex and other truly significant brain areas are present not only in addictions where substances are involved but also in behavioural ones such as internet addiction.”

How do you know if you’re already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? you can stop….
Identify yourself with this video

(Source: Yahoo Group)

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“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
–   by His Holiness the Dalai Lama   –  

Poor people are quicker than middle-class or rich individuals to recognize the suffering of others and to show compassion, according to a new study.

It included more than 300 young adults who were divided into groups that took part in three experiments designed to assess their levels of empathy and compassion.

The findings challenge previous research that concluded lower-class people are more likely to react with anxiety and hostility when faced with adversity, said the researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.

“These latest results indicate that there’s a culture of compassion and cooperation among lower-class individuals that may be born out of threats to their well-being,” study author and social psychologist Jennifer Stellar said in a university news release.

“It’s not that the upper classes are cold-hearted. They may just not be as adept at recognizing the cues and signals of suffering because they haven’t had to deal with as many obstacles in their lives,” she explained.

The findings, published online on 12 December 2011 in the Journal Emotion, suggest a scientific basis for emotional differences between the rich and poor that are depicted in such Charles Dickens classics as “A Christmas Carol” and “A Tale of Two Cities.”

The results also indicate that people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds may do better in cooperative settings than those who are wealthy.

“Upper-class individuals appear to be more self-focused, they’ve grown up with more freedom and autonomy,” Stellar said. “They may do better in an individualist, competitive environment.”

For more information on compassion, go to the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

(Source: HealthDayNews, 27 December 2011)

EATING FRESH FRUITS

This is very informative!

We all think eating fruit means just buying fruit, cutting it up and popping it into our mouths. It’s not that easy. It’s important to know how and when to eat fruit.

What’s the correct way to eat fruit?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUIT AFTER A MEAL!  FRUIT SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

Eating fruit like that plays a major role in detoxifying your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD

Let’s say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it’s prevented from doing so.

In the meantime, the whole meal rots and ferments, and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach, and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil.

Eat your fruit on an empty stomach, or before your meal! You’ve heard people complain: Every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. This will not happen if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas. Hence, you bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes -all of these will NOT happen if you eat fruit on an empty stomach.

There’s no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruit becomes alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruit, you have the Secret of Beauty, Longevity, Health, Energy, Happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don’t drink juice that has been heated. Don’t eat cooked fruit; you don’t get the nutrients at all. You get only the taste … Cooking destroys all of the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit-fast to cleanse your body.. Eat fruit and drink fruit juice for just 3 days, and you will be surprised when your friends say how radiant you look!

KIWI:  Tiny but mighty, and a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange!

AN APPLE a day keeps the doctor away?  Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risk of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY:  Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

EATING 2 – 4 ORANGES a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones, and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON:  Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. Also a key source of lycopene, the cancer-fighting oxidant. Also found in watermelon: Vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA and PAPAYA:  Top awards for vitamin C.  They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.  Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation.  Papaya is rich in carotene, good for your eyes.

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer!
Can u believe this? For those who like to drink cold water, this applies to you. It’s nice to have a cold drink after a meal, however, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you’ve just consumed, which slows digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.  It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

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If you’re a runner, you probably already know the many great health benefits you receive from participating in this great activity, but did you know that running can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease? Exercise is the best way to prevent this frightening illness.

A report that was released early this year warned that one out of every eight baby boomers, including those born from about the mid-1940s to the mid-1960s, will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That equates to up to ten million boomers that can expect to develop the disease, for which there is no prevention or cure.

Those are scary statistics, but if you already participate in an exercise routine for at least 30 minutes three or four times per week, you’re well on your way to greatly lessening your risk of the devastating illness.

As many as 50% of Alzheimer’s cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes, including leading an active lifestyle rather than a sedentary one.

If you’re a runner, the chances are that you don’t have high blood pressure, aren’t obese, don’t smoke or have diabetes; all factors that can lead to the illness. In addition to reducing your risk of those negative aspects, the exercise itself has been proven to lower your risk. The p hysical activity appears to inhibit Alzheimer’s-like brain changes in mice, slowing the development of a key feature of the disease.

The Director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Ronald Petersen remarked, “Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.”

While Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, it is not a normal part of aging. If you need another excuse to motivate yourself to get into the good habit of running, or any type of aerobic activity consistently, this is a good one.

Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease and a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, behavior and thinking that gradually worsen over time. Eventually people with the illness completely lose their independence. Early symptoms can include memory loss , difficulty solving problems, inability or difficulty completing simple tasks, confusion as to the date and/or time, trouble interpreting distances or problems with reading, communication difficulties, losing things, poor judgment or a decrease in judgment, withdrawing from involvement in social or work activities, and changes in mood.

It’s not a disease anyone should want to wish even on their worst enemy.

If you’ve been living on the couch or at the keyboard far too much lately, it’s time to get up and get active.

(Source: Yahoo Contributor Network – K.C. Dermody has been an avid runner, hiker, and yoga enthusiast for twenty years, and as a trained yoga instructor she taught a variety of students from senior citizens to competitive athletes. She also has an addiction to disc golf – especially promoting the sport to others, and enjoys combining her passion for sports, emotional and physical well-being with her love of writing.)

Listen Without Reacting

LISTENING is harder than speaking.  Even the best listeners sometimes have to bite their tongues to stop from reacting, interrupting, or trying to console the person talking.

Here are three ways you can truly listen:

1.   Avoid Distractions

This doesn’t just mean putting down the Blackberry or closing your web browser. Try not to think about what you’re going to say next. Simply focus on what the other person says.

2.   Repeat Back

This sometimes feels silly, but repeating back what you heard shows the other person that you’re listening.

3.   Ask Thoughtful Question

Ask open-ended questions that help you see the issue more clearly and allow your conversation partner to go deeper into what he/she cares about.

(Source: Harvard Business Review Blog, 30 December 2011 – adapted from “How to Really Listen” by Peter Bregman)

Dear Visiting Guests,

As year 2011 comes to a close, Wishing you all a very blessed, happy and awesome New Year 2012 !!!

A New Attitude For A New Year
Another fresh new year is here …
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest  …
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs
To pray for peace, to plant a tree
And sing some joyful songs!

(Author – William Arthur Ward, American Writer 1921-1994)

6 PRINCIPLES OF LIFE

1.  No point using limited life to chase unlimited money.

2.  No point earning so much money you cannot live to spend it.

3.  Money is not yours until you spend it.

4.  When you are young, you use your health to chase your wealth; when you are old, you use your wealth to buy back your health. Difference is that, it is too late.

5.  How happy a man is, is not how much he has but how little he needs.

6.  No point working so hard to provide for the people you have no time to spend with.

Remember this:

  • We come to this world with nothing,
  • We leave this world with nothing!
  • This is the proof that you don’t have to have money to be happy.

Sanskriti’s conclusion: With money one must have time too. Both are equally  important in life, without money also you can’t live and without time you can’t enjoy.

(Source: Author, Mukul Chaudhri, Writer/Motivational Speaker … http://mukulchaudhri.blogspot.com)