Press A Finger – Your Back Pain is Gone! See What Happens When You Press Your Other Fingers

http://higherperspectives.com/jin-shin-jyutsu/

Many people, ancient and living today, believed that most of the body’s ills comes from disharmony inside of the body. That disharmony can be achieved through bad diet, bad habits, and poor thoughts. Jin Shin Jyutsu, which is an ancient art of mending from Japan, uses certain pressure points to create harmony again in your body.

Using the image above, you can find the right fingers to put pressure on to help relieve certain symptoms in your body.

If you put pressure on the thumb

You bring harmony to your stomach and spleen. You can also relieve nervousness, anxiety and depression. You can also relieve skin problems, headaches, stomach aches, and the sensation of constantly being ill.

If you put pressure on the index or pointer finger

You bring harmony to your kidneys and bladder. You can also relieve feelings of apprehension, as well as muscle cramps, back pain, tooth aches and digestive tract problems.

If you put pressure on the middle finger

You bring harmony to your liver and nerves. You can also relieve feelings of anger and uncertainty. You also improve your cardiovascular health, menstrual pain, issues with vision, and headaches.

If you put pressure on the ring finger

You bring harmony to your lungs and digestive organs. You can also relieve feelings of distress as well as ringing in the ears, breathing problems, and digestive problems.

If you put pressure on the little finger

You bring harmony to your heart. Feelings of tension, anxiety, and loneliness are relieved. You can also improve throat pain, flatulence, and issues with your bones.

Give it a try!

Here’s What You Need To Check The Next Time You Buy Bottled Water

http://simpleorganiclife.org/bottled-water-check/

We don’t generally encourage the purchase of bottled water. Manufacturing the bottles is awful for the environment (and we think the environment is awesome!) and the water is usually just tap water from wherever it was bottled. Often times, bottled water companies steal water in mass quantities from arid communities that live in drought. That’s no fun. That said, I do always keep a pack of bottled water in my car. You never know when you might be stranded somewhere and a little water could mean the difference between life and death. But when I’m stocking my emergency water supply, I check the label on the bottom of the bottles.

Why?

The letters you see in the recycle symbol, like PP and HDP, can tell you a lot about the plastic itself. This is what you need to know:

If the label says PET or PETE, the plastic bottles may have leaked metals and chemicals into the water that impact hormonal balance in your body.

If the label says HDP or HDPE, your water is likely the safest out of any type of plastic. it’s the least likely to leak harmful substances into your water.

If the label says 3V or PVC, don’t drink it. They release toxic chemicals that impact your hormonal balance.

If the label says LDPE, that’s weird, because LDPE is only used to make plastic bags.

If the label says PS, the plastic can leak carcinogenic substances. It’s usually used when producing coffee cups and fast food casings. Also known as Styrofoam.

If the label says PC or is simple not labeled at all, it’s likely to contain BPA, an endocrine disruptor. This is most common in sports water bottles and some food containers.

ネイチャー誌が警告、食品の乳化剤が腸炎とメタボ招く、ここでも腸内細菌の影響を確認

http://www.mededge.jp/b/heal/9594

ネイチャー誌が警告、食品の乳化剤が腸炎とメタボ招く、ここでも腸内細菌の影響を確認
20世紀の遺産と病気と科学 西川伸一 THE CLUB

画像はイメージ。記事と直接の関係はありません。(写真:Sergiu Bacioiu/クリエイティブ・コモンズ表示 2.0 一般)

画像はイメージ。記事と直接の関係はありません。(写真:Sergiu Bacioiu/クリエイティブ・コモンズ表示 2.0 一般

 最近の科学誌ネイチャー誌には社会派の編集者が増えたのだろうか。

現実の社会問題と密接な関係のある話題を継続的に取り上げている。

2014年9月、私たちが日常口にしている人工甘味料が、糖尿病と同じ代謝障害を来す可能性を示した論文が掲載され、驚いた(人工甘味料は「糖尿病予備軍」の原因に、血糖値が下がりにくくなるhttp://www.mededge.jp/spcl/3064)。糖尿病を防ぐどころか、腸内細菌叢(ちょうないさいきんそう)を変化させてインスリン抵抗性を誘導するという内容だった。

今回紹介するジョージア州立大学からの論文も本当なら大変だ。

「乳化剤」とは

「食品に添加された乳化剤はマウスの腸内細菌叢に影響して腸炎やメタボリックシンドロームを促進する(Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome.)」というタイトルの論文だ。ネイチャー誌オンライン版に掲載された。

タイトルにある通り、今回問題になったのは「乳化剤」だ。アイスクリームや多くの食品に乳化剤として添加されているものだ。乳化剤は材料をお互いに混ざりやすくする役割がある。具体的な成分の名前で言うと、「カルボキシメチルセルロース(CMC)」と「ポリソルベート80(PS80)」。

このうちPS80は一時発がん性が問題になったが、FDAが1%までなら許容できると認可している。CMCに至っては安全性自体を問題にする必要がないとされてきた。

このグループは、乳化剤が細胞ではなく、腸の内側を守っている粘液層を破壊する可能性について調べた。

粘液の層の破壊で変化が

すると予想通り、食品添加に許されている程度のCMC、PS80を飲ませたマウスでは、普通なら30μm(μは100万分の1)程度、粘液によって離れた場所に隔離されている腸内細菌が10μm近くに多く存在し、粘液の中に多く住めるようになっている。すなわち、粘液によって腸を保護していた作用が破壊されている。

腸炎を起こしやすい遺伝子の変化を持つネズミでは腸炎を早く起こすようになった。腸の長さは2割も短くなる。

さらに、いわゆる「メタボリックシンドローム」と呼ばれる状態になる。正常と比べると体重は増え、過食傾向が出る。大変なことだ。

腸内細菌がいてはじめて影響

最後に、この効果について、乳化剤が直接粘液に作用して破壊するのか調べている。

腸内細菌が全くいないネズミに乳化剤を飲ませて調べたところ、粘液が全く破壊されていなかった。乳化剤の効果というのは直接的に粘液を壊しているのではなく、腸内細菌に働きかけた結果として間接的に起こっていると明らかにしているのである。

腸内細菌の存在しないネズミでも腸の中に新たに腸内細菌叢を移植した途端、粘液の層が破壊されてくる。さらに、乳化剤だけを食べるといった方法ではなく、人間の食生活に合わせて乳化剤を普通の食品から取るような形にしても問題は起こっていた。

最後にディスカッションで、「20世紀の中盤からクローン病や潰瘍性大腸炎といった腸炎やメタボリックシンドロームが増えた一つの要因は、乳化剤を食品に添加するようになったからではないか」と結論している。

これは大変な警告だ。

どちらが最終勝者

たばこと同じで、因果関係を人間で証明していくのは時間がかかる。ただ、その気になれば、人で本当に問題が起こるかを調べることは可能ではないかと思う。人工甘味料や、今回の乳化剤の危険性を警告する研究は、「自分の体は一つのゲノムを共有する自らの細胞だけからできている」という思い込みに対する警告でもある。腸内細菌叢も体の一部だということが明らかになってきた。

今、私たちは謙虚かつ真剣にこの警告を受け止めることが必要だ。

警告を掲載したネイチャー誌は「社会派」とも見えたのだが、こうした印象を持った私自身が間違っているのだろう。警告するのが正常と考えるようになっている。

今、20世紀の遺産にしがみつこうとする勢力と、21世紀を見始めた勢力の戦いが始まっているように思う。ただ、どちらが最終勝者になるかは明らかだ。勝者に賭ける方が得すること間違いない。

文献情報

Chassaing B et al. Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome. Nature. Published online 25 February 2015.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature14232.html

Drink coffee to have a better nap

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20857218_2,00.html

Drink coffee to have a better nap

In a Japanese study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a “coffee nap”—consuming about 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest—felt more alert and performed better on computer tests than those who only took a nap.
Why does this work? A 20-minute nap ends just as the caffeine kicks in and clears the brain of a molecule called adenosine, maximizing alertness. “Adenosine is a byproduct of wakefulness and activity,” says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine. “As adenosine levels increase, we become more fatigued. Napping clears out the adenosine and, when combined with caffeine, an adenosine-blocker, further reduces its effects and amplifies the effects of the nap.”

塩水で走るスーパーカー「QUANT e-Sportlimousine」

https://shanti-phula.net/ja/social/blog/?p=82676

ハイブリッド、EV、そして次は水素とエコカーの進化がとどまる事を知らない現在ですが、何と今度は塩水で走るスーパーカーが登場するようです。スイスのベンチャー企業Nanoflowcell社が開発した車、その名は「QUANT e-Sportlimousine」。

QUANT e-Sportlimousine: Music By Katherine Adkins

外観もインテリアも実に未来チック。最高速度は約380km。0-100km/h加速は2.8秒。重量は2.3トンでカーボンモノコックのボディを採用した四輪駆動車なんだそうです。

それぞれのタイヤに1台づつあるモーターの最大出力は170kW/個、最大トルクは1モーター当たり2900Nmとの事。映像にあるように馬力換算したら最大920馬力なのかな? とんでもないハイパワー車ですね。
2基ある200リッターのタンクに入れた塩水(水溶液)で、400~600kmも走行できるみたいです。水溶液っていうのが謎ですねー。

既にヨーロッパでの公道デビューが決まっているとのことで、実際の走りをもっと見てみたいですね。

Device Diagnoses Hundreds of Diseases Using a Single Drop of Blood

http://www.wired.com/2014/11/device-diagnoses-hundreds-diseases-using-single-drop-blood/?mbid=social_fb

The digital health revolution is still stuck.

Tech giants are jumping into the fray with fitness offerings like Apple Health and Google Fit, but there’s still not much in the way of, well, actual medicine. The Fitbits and Jawbones of the world measure users’ steps and heart rate, but they don’t get into the deep diagnostics of, say, biomarkers, the internal indicators that can serve as an early warning sign of a serious ailment. For now, those who want to screen for a disease or measure a medical condition with clinical accuracy still need to go to the doctor.

Dr. Eugene Chan and his colleagues at the DNA Medical Institute (DMI) aim to change that. Chan’s team has created a portable handheld device that can diagnose hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood with what Chan claims is gold-standard accuracy. Known as rHEALTH, the technology was developed over the course of seven years with grants from NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On Monday, the team received yet another nod (and more funding) as the winners of this year’s Nokia Sensing XChallenge, one of several competitions run by the moonshot-seeking XPrize Foundation.

The goal of the XChallenge is to accelerate innovation in sensor technologies that address healthcare problems. Teams came up with tools intended to quickly and easily allow individuals to detect possible health problems without having to rely on analysis from large, facility-bound lab instruments. First hatched by DMI in response to a NASA challenge to create a diagnostics device that could work even in space, rHEALTH was portable from the beginning.

“There used to be no method for good, autonomous diagnosis,” Chan tells WIRED. “rHEALTH technology is highly sensitive, quantitative, and capable of meeting the FDA’s bar for sophistication, while still being geared for consumers.”

Blood to Bluetooth

Here’s how it works: One small drop of blood is dropped into a small receptacle, where nanostrips and reagents react to the blood’s contents. The whole cocktail then goes through a spiral micro-mixer and is streamed past lasers that use variations in light intensity and scattering to come up with a diagnosis, from flu to a more serious illness such as pneumonia—or even Ebola—within a few minutes. There’s also a vitals patch that users can wear to get continuous health readings—EKG, heart rate, body temperature—delivered to their smartphone or the rHEALTH device itself via a Bluetooth link. An app called CHAS (Comprehensive Health Assessment Unit) can walk the user through the process of self-diagnosis.

The real innovation of rHEALTH, according to Chan, is in getting all the diagnostics technologies packed together into one handheld device. By shrinking its components so much compared to traditional devices, Chan says, patients will need to give 1,500 times less blood than they would for regular tests. Since it was originally developed for NASA, the device has even been tested in simulated lunar and zero gravity. “It’s a symphony of innovations, but we’ve pushed all of them individually to create the device,” Chan says.

THE HOPE IS THAT PEOPLE WILL USE THE TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE MEANINGFUL LIFESTYLE CHANGES BASED ON REAL, ROBUST MEDICAL DATA.

Right now, rHEALTH is reliable for cell counts, HIV detection, vitamin D levels, and various protein markers in the body. The next challenges, according to Chan, are adding more tests, scaling up production, and going through the laborious process of getting the rHEALTH commercialized. The company is manufacturing three different models: the rHEALTH One, which will be used for translational research; the rHEALTH X, meant to be used as a kind of power tool for clinicians; and the rHEALTH X1, which will be available for consumers.

Since the rHEALTH One must only be vetted by Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) before being used in research—it doesn’t have to meet stringent FDA standards it will need to reach before being marketing to physicians and consumers—Chan says DMI can ship units in a matter of weeks to interested scientists. Chan’s team will learn from how it’s utilized in research settings to make improvements.

Making Real Changes

It could be a while before consumers actually get access to rHEALTH. In the meantime, the next challenge for Chan and his team is to prepare for the bigger, $10 million challenge from the XPrize Foundation, the Tricorder XPRIZE, which the Nokia Sensing XChallenge was set up to feed. The goal is to create a universal, Star Trek-inspired medical diagnostic tool that detects up to 16 separate health conditions. Of the 11 teams included in the Sensing XChallenge, only DMI is also a Tricorder finalist.

When rHEALTH finally does become available to consumers, Chan says the hope is that people will use the technology to make meaningful lifestyle changes based on the real, robust medical data from the device—a step beyond what he sees as the typical fitness tracker.

“It’s interesting to see how people interact with wearables,” says Chan. “A lot of them think of them as toys or gadgets. That’s not what rHEALTH is. It’s really meant to help you take care of yourself when you’ve got a serious health condition.”

 

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