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Mental Health

The Ayahuasca Effect

This is a really interesting article by Kirby Surprise Psy.D looking at ayahuasca as a plant medicine, and examining how it effects brain chemistry, as well as his own profound personal experience with this most incredible shamanic brew.

"The world’s most powerful antidepressant and psychotherapeutic agent may be a natural herbal tea."

http://www.ayahuasca.com/science/the-ayahuasca-effect/

Breath Retraining, the Vagus Nerve, and Depression with Dr. Fred Muench

Dr. Fred Muench offers a unique perspective into the science and application of conscious breathing, with some startling revelations on the profound effects breathing has on depression, anxiety and hypertension. link to interview

What I find interesting about this article and using conscious breathing to stimulate the vagus nerve, is the correlations it has with the out of body sleep breathing technique that Nick Newport talks about on his lucidology videos. ...

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?

Natural Solutions for Insomnia

I always like a good article about sleep...

Every night 5% to 10% of us wrestle with problems like this, usually followed by an inability to stay awake and alert the next day. Pharmaceutical options may seem easy, but they also come with side effects and the risk of dependency.

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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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Alternative Sleep Patterns: Polyphasic Sleep, the Da Vinci Sleep Cycle and Uberman Sleep

Polyphasic sleep, also known as the Da Vinci sleep cycle, is a sleep pattern that greatly reduces the time individuals spend sleeping, from around six to nine hours a day to about two to five hours each day. In polyphasic sleep, individuals take catnaps throughout the day rather than sleep for a long period of time at night.

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Psychedelic Drugs Help Psychiatric Patients

Swiss scientists suggested Wednesday that psychedelic drugs like LSD, ketamine and magic mushrooms could be combined with psychotherapy to treat people suffering from depression, compulsive disorders or chronic pain. Research into the effects of psychedelics has been restricted because of the negative connotations of drugs, but the scientists said more studies into their clinical potential were now justified.

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Hypnosis Shown To Reduce Symptoms Of Dementia

ScienceDaily — A scientist at the University of Liverpool has found that hypnosis can slow down the impacts of dementia and improve quality of life for those living with the condition.

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