Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

 

It was late, almost 9 at night, when Justin Holden pulled the icy pizza box from the refrigerator at the Brookville Supermarket in Washington, D.C.

He stood in front of the open door, scanning the nutrition facts label.

A close relative had recently had a heart attack, and in the back of his mind there was this idea stalking him: If he put too much salt in his body, it would eventually kill him.

For this reason the information in the label wasn’t […]

What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About Compassion

By Carolyn Gregoire

Mounting evidence of the impact of contemplative practices like meditation (which we now know can, quite literally, rewire the brain) are finally bringing modern science up to speed with ancient wisdom.

Mindfulness and compassion — the practices of cultivating a focused awareness on the present moment, and extending a loving awareness to others — are part of every religion and wisdom tradition, and we’re at last beginning to understand the profound impact that they have on the brain, says psychiatrist and mindfulness expert Dr. Dan Siegel. […]

Can the Human Body Survive Without Food or Water? – Maybe it is Actually Possible!

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.” ~ Hal Lindsey

Ask most people whether it is possible for a human being to survive without food or water for any length of time and the answer will be an emphatic NO.  We have enough medical evidence now to show that extreme dehydration, shock and eventual death will occur if a person does not have water within 3 to 5 days.  A person can survive longer without food, 28 to 76 days, but that time depends on the person’s initial weight and physical condition.  Heat, cold and other environmental stresses also determine how long a person can live without food, but everyone generally agrees that death is inevitable without it. […]

Do the Eyes See or is it Really the Brain?

Do we as human beings actually see what is real with our eyes or is it really just the brain that is doing the seeing?  Do we see perhaps what we expect to see rather than what actually is?

How much more information do our eyes pick up in our daily lives, which the brain filters because it does not expect it to be there. Do we actually live in a constant state of illusion? […]