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You are probably going to fail. Well, not fail exactly, but it's unlikely you will achieve your goal in the way you envisage.

This may not sound very encouraging. It's vital you understand this when you decide to make a change to your life, like when you've made a new year's resolution.

But i…

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Why Does a Circle have 360 Degrees?

 

Have you ever thought about how it’s kind of weird that a circle has 360 degrees? At first thought, it seems like a rather random number to have chosen—why not 100, or 500, or 720 degrees? Was it really a random choice? Or was there actually some good reason that 360 was chosen to be the numbe…

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Why Different Painkillers are only effective for certain types of pain

 
Adapted from the Conversation
 
Whether it’s your head, tooth or back, when you’re in pain, it’s hard to think about anything else. If it’s not too strong, some can ride it out. But in many cases, the pain just gets worse and won’t go away until you take something.
Medicine…

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Amazing facts about your body

1 SUPERSIZED MOLECULES

Practically everything we experience is made up of molecules. These vary in size from simple pairs of atoms, like an oxygen molecule, to complex organic structures. But the biggest molecule in nature resides in your body. It is chromosome 1. A normal human cell has 23 pair…

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The Power of Placebo

 

What if each of us could make the symptoms of an illness disappear? Cast a spell so powerful it would actually rid us of pain, help us walk, or breathe better? For centuries placebos have been thought of as fake medicine involving trickery and deceit, but Brain Magic: The Power of Placebo pulls…

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12 Known Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

This article leads on from the Gut Reaction article that was included in the September newsletter. The consensus shows that the reason vinegar could be a medicine because it contains acetate.

1. Improved Digestion

Drinking apple cider vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digesti…

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Eat like you love yourself

Move like you love yourself

Speak like you love yourself

Act like you love yourself

-        Tara Stiles

We know neuroscientists are a fun group, so it didn’t surprise us that there are so many great jokes out there. Here’s a collection of our favorites.

 

What is a sleeping brain’s favorite musical group (rock band)? REM.

 

What does a brain do when it sees a friend across the street? It gives a brain wave.

What do neurons use to talk to each other? A cellular phone.

 

What did the stimulus do to the neuron after they got married? Ca…

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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting some 36 million worldwide, with an estimated annual cost of approximately $600 million. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, with the likelihood of developing the disease doubling about every five years after the age of 65. T…

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The History of Vitamin C

 

The history of vitamin C goes back to the Discovery voyages of the 15th to 17th century when sailors went to sea for a long period of time-- weeks, and sometimes months. And after a while, disease would develop, or symptoms will appear among the crew, a symptom that today we know as scurvy. What…

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To Age Well, Walk.

 

Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date. The results, published in the JAMA reinforce the necessity of frequent physical activi…

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The Back Happy Tap Stand- Low Back Pain in rural Tibet.

 

 At a recent seminar Ailsa, Doug and Susan met Epidemiologist, Dr Damian Hoy leading author on the Global Burden of Disease, who shared with us his research that found Low Back Pain is the #1 disability in the world among 291 diagnoses. Here is one of his stories we found interesting. It doesn’t…

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12 Known Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

This article leads on from the Gut Reaction article that was included in the September newsletter. The consensus shows that the reason vinegar could be a medicine because it contains acetate.

1. Improved Digestion

Drinking apple cider vinegar in water can help to naturally improve your digesti…

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Indian rock breakers, tea pickers rely on Australian chiropractors for back and neck relief

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-03/chiropractors-assist-those-in-need-in-siliguri/5991558

 

Gut Reaction This article is an excerpt from the catalyst program Gut Reaction which is available to watch via ABC IView.

Food - it's a wonderful thing, yet an everyday thing. Who would have thought new discoveries about food would be getting scientists so excited? The remarkable new discoveries are telling us that our current eating habits could be making us sick. Very sick. Indeed, our food might be contributing to h…

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Emerging research trends on the relationship between sleep and pain

Emerging research trends on the relationship between sleep and pain

The relationship between pain and sleep quality is well reported in the literature. Sleep complaints are present in up to 88% of chronic pain disorders and at least 50% of patients presenting with insomnia also suffer chronic pain.…

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Travelling Tips: Some small adjustments could really go a long way

Unfortunately, holiday fun can be cut short or even ruined by careless travel habits. Therefore, instead of winding up relaxing on some faraway beach, some of us find ourselves lying in some hotel bed unable to move.

Here’s some suggestions to prevent you spoiling your holiday and winding up at the…

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Some thoughts from Doug: Evolution isn’t perfect

Some thoughts from Doug: Evolution isn’t perfect

 

If our bits and pieces work well enough to survive long enough to produce another generation evolution will tend to keep them. The appendix, tonsils, thin skin, low backs, necks, shoulders, balance, anxiety, autoimmunity and quite a few others…

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How the Hunter-gatherers did it

How the Hunter-gatherers did it

 

Each of us has a deep history. We are the product of thousands of generations of your species, a species that fore most if its existence has lived precariously. Life for a cavemen or women was generally nasty, brutish and short. To keep in shape they didn’t exerc…

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What is fast exercise?

What is fast exercise?

There is a persistent widespread belief in the fitness industry that the more time you spend exercising, the better. Only those who dedicate themselves to punishingly lengthy workouts can expect their body fat to plummet, their muscles to become exquisitely defined, to finall…

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