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Neuropeptides, Receptors and Emotions

Neuropeptides, Receptors and Emotions

July 01, 2022

The early work in psychoneuroimmunology by American molecular biologist Candace Pert (1946-2013) brought specific attention to the role of neuropeptides, created by brain neurons, and their receptors throughout the body. As a graduate student, Pert discovered opiate receptors in the brain. She completed a PhD in Pharmacology in 1974.

In her 1997 book, Molecules of Emotion: Why you feel the way you feel, Pert posited that neuropeptides like endorphins actually connect emotions in a constant and flowing brain-mind-body bidirectional information network.

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ANTI-AGING: THE ROLE OF FREE RADICALS & OXIDATIVE STRESS

ANTI-AGING: THE ROLE OF FREE RADICALS & OXIDATIVE STRESS

June 10, 2022

To help elucidate specific factors in skin aging, a 2015 study of humans and mice in Aging Cell examined “reductions in cell proliferation, collagen synthesis, extracellular matrix remodelling, and altered epidermal morphology.” And while acknowledging the role of hormones and external influences on skin health, researchers proposed that the drivers of aging skin cells are “reduced energy metabolism, higher mitochondrial oxidative stress and pronounced mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) deletions.” In short, the “mitochondrial free radical theory of aging.”
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STRUCTURED WATER SERIES – ALBERT SZENT-GYORGYI

STRUCTURED WATER SERIES – ALBERT SZENT-GYORGYI

June 02, 2022

Water is universal to life.  Not just as a liquid needed for hydration, but as an essential player in every interaction between molecules and a carrier of information.  As one of the fundamental principles of vibrational medicine, water’s ability to form complex structures explains many of these phenomena, many of which are still new to science.  We hope that our structured water series will help practitioners to better understand the science and magic of water.

Biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) explored the bioenergetic role of water in the human body with a special interest in the working of muscles. In “Water Structure and Bioenergetics” written in the 1950s, Szent-Györgyi explains some of these cellular mechanics including the relationship of ions and ATP in the contraction of muscle fibers ...

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

May 03, 2022

New research in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) has highlighted the role of microglia, unique brain macrophage-like cells responsible for “elimination of microbes, dead cells, redundant synapses, protein aggregates” and other particulates that may endanger the CNS.[1] In its complex role, however, this immune cell is implicated in significant neuroinflammation.
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Histamine & Anti-Histamine

Histamine & Anti-Histamine

April 27, 2022

Allergy sufferers know too well the itchy, sneezing effects of the release of histamine. This neurotransmitter, produced primarily by white blood cells such as mast cells, eosinophils and basophils, can be suppressed with chemical antihistamines. Indeed, while histamine is involved in some 23 physiological functions including gastric acid release its most studied role is in the inflammatory response during an allergic reaction.
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Exercise, mitochondrial metabolism & skin aging

Exercise, mitochondrial metabolism & skin aging

April 15, 2022

To help elucidate specific factors in skin aging, a 2015 study of humans and mice in Aging Cell, considered the characteristics of “reductions in cell proliferation, collagen synthesis, extracellular matrix remodelling, and altered epidermal morphology.” And while acknowledging the role of hormones and external influences on skin health, researchers proposed that the drivers of aging skin cells are “reduced energy metabolism, higher mitochondrial oxidative stress and pronounced mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) deletions.” In short, the “mitochondrial free radical theory of aging.”
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Wired But Tired

Wired But Tired

February 03, 2022

Lack of sleep and excessive stimulation – work, hectic pace, worry – can manifest in a state of “turbo-charged wakefulness” while at the same time being bone tired.

Coined by clinical psychologist Rubin Naiman, being “wired but tired” or t’wired is characterized by “racing brain waves, a rapid heart rate, overheated core body temperature and dysfunctional hormonal rhythms… all of which serve to hinder night time sleep and mask daytime sleepiness.” 

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Glyphosate use & gut dysbiosis

Glyphosate use & gut dysbiosis

January 12, 2022

Early on, it was assumed that because humans do not have a shikimate enzyme pathway, we would be little impacted by the herbicide. It turns out, though, that bacteria in the human gut do have this pathway. And so, ingesting glyphosate will disrupt or destroy gut bacteria thereby interfering with digestion and promoting dysbiosis. According to a 2020 study in theJournal of Hazardous Materials, “54% of the human core gut bacterial species are potentially sensitive to glyphosate.”
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Geopathic Stress: what is it and what can it do?

Geopathic Stress: what is it and what can it do?

January 06, 2022

Geopathyis the fascinating study of the Earth's electro-magnetic radiations on the health of humans, animals and plants.Geopathic stress (GS) occurs when these energies are disrupted or altered (naturally or by human activity) thereby affecting the cells, glands, tissues and the electrical activity of the nervous system. These disruptions orgeopathic stressors include the frequencies of underground streams and cavities, certain mineral concentrations, fault lines, the movement/energies of wind, water/precipitation, change in temperature and pressure and many more.
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THOUGHTS ON ECZEMA

THOUGHTS ON ECZEMA

December 24, 2021

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an allergic skin disease that usually develops in early childhood. From the Greek word “ekzema” for skin that “boils out” this rash is characterized by itchy papules that can form fluid-filled or crusted lesions. The skin in affected areas can thicken and is susceptible to cracking. In children, eczema frequently appears on the hands, wrists, crooks of arms and elbows, knees, face and neck. Subsequent bacterial and viral infections of the skin are common. 
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ACNE & THE GUT-BRAIN-SKIN AXIS

ACNE & THE GUT-BRAIN-SKIN AXIS

December 17, 2021

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition with lesions commonly blamed on increased sebum production, hyperkeratinisation, and colonization of Cutibacterium acnes (formerly called Propionibacterium acnes). 

New acne research has focused on the “gut-brain-skin axis” exploring the intersection of dysbiosis, stress and skin microbiota:

…the cutaneous microbiota in acne patients and acne-free individuals differ at the virulent-specific lineage level. Acne also has close connections with the gastrointestinal tract, and many argue that the gut microbiota could be involved in the pathogenic process of acne...

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PSORIASIS

PSORIASIS

December 16, 2021

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune skin condition. It is characterised by the rapid regeneration and accumulation of keratinocytes resulting in raised, red patches that become scaly. Normal keratinocytes, the keratin-producing cells found in the basal layer of the skin, move gradually to the surface of the epidermis where they will die and flake off.  In people with psoriasis, this takes place over 3 to 7 days, whereas in normal skin it takes 3-4 weeks.
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