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Brain and Body

Hypnotism 'speeds up cancer op recovery and cuts chance of it returning'

Hypnotising women undergoing breast cancer surgery could speed their recovery and reduce the odds of the disease returning, experts believe.

They say using a combination of hypnotism and local anaesthetic to put patients under also allows quicker discharge from hospital and leaves patients more satisfied overall.

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Solar Activity and Consciousness

How have you been sleeping and dreaming lately? After two nights of strangely disruptive sleep a few weeks ago, a friend brought to my attention the strong solar storm activity that has been affecting the earth's magnetic field lately. I checked the solarweather website and found there had been a strong aurora coinciding with the two nights of strange sleep.

It has been well documented that the gravitational effects of the moon affect our biology. Could the magnetic radiation emanating from extreme solar events effect the brain's electrochemical processes?

The biology of dreaming: a controversy that won't go to sleep

An interesting theory about dreaming from a professor of ocular physiology in the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center..

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Amygdala: Amazing Music Brain Adventure

Neil Slade's amazing amygdala clicking frontal lobe activating information. Very interesting and simple to put to the test. Check this out and give it a go, it could profoundly change your world..

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The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Brain and Behavior

Sleep deprivation is a commonplace occurrence in modern culture. Every day there seems to be twice as much work and half as much time to complete it in. This results in either extended periods of wakefulness or a decrease in sleep over an extended period of time. While some people may like to believe that they can train their bodies to not require as much sleep as they once did this belief is false (1). Sleep is needed to regenerate certain parts of the body, especially the brain, so that it may continue to function optimally.

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Study of hallucinogen salvia shows intense, novel effects

In what is believed to be the first controlled human study of the effects of salvinorin A, the active ingredient in Salvia divinorum, a controversial new hallucinogen featured widely on YouTube and other Internet sites, Johns Hopkins researchers report that the effects are surprisingly strong, brief and intensely disorienting but without apparent short-term adverse effects in healthy people.

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Yawn

Several recent brain-scan studies have shown that yawning evokes a unique neural activity in the areas of the brain that are directly involved in generating social awareness and creating feelings of empathy.

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Out of Body Experiences and the Angular Gyrus of the Brain.

This is great article and website, well worth a look.

There have been cases where people have had OBEs, and seen things from an out-of-body perspective that they could not have seen from their body's location. This writer holds that the brain is involved in triggering OBEs, but once they're happening, other mechanisms predominate.

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Scientific Reasoning for Separating the conscious and Body

OBE is a natural event that statistically has happened to about 80% of all humans according to William Buhlman the leading author of this natural phenomenon. Often though it is chalked off as a nightmare or forgotten by the experiencer and has even been a commonly confused event by many as UFO ABDUCTION. OBE has specific notable effects when experienced. The trained observer can not only recognize the OBE onslaught, but also control the experience and aid it to a higher level of experience.

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The Power of Intention

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Every thought and feeling changes something in your body. Think of a time when you got embarrassed. Your face went red didn't it? This is the power of your mind to affect your body. It is your thoughts about yourself or about what people might be thinking of you that do it.

The placebo effect is another example of this. If a person is given a fake medicine but believes that it's a real medicine then he or she will usually get better.

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but a dream within a dream.
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