Coffee has been around for a long, long, long, time. It would seem as if all of the possibilities for a new coffee would have been discovered by now. However, there is a new coffee that is turning the heads of bean loving connoisseurs everywhere. Bulletproof coffee is quickly becoming the newest and hottest trend in the coffee world.
This rich and buttery coffee is the creation of Dave Asprey. His belief is that adding butter to a cup of coffee has great health and energy benefits. The introduction of these healthy fats into the body early in the morning gives the drinker a lasting dose of healthy fats, which will carry them through the day with energy and happiness.
This coffee is so deliciously different and health effective, it even prompted Shailene Woodley to use much of her interview time on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon talking about how this coffee is so delicious. Fallon adds that there is some coconut oil in Bulletproof coffee to further heighten and enhance the flavor. Both Fallon and Woodley returned to their cups for sips of Bulletproof throughout the entire interview. Whether they noticed it themselves or not, they could not put their cups down for long.
The secret to this energizing concoction is the blend of coffee, butter, and coconut oil. The butter is derived from the milk of grass-fed bovine which is a rich and nutrient enhanced quality source of essential vitamins. The coconut oil adds an essential medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) to the fat content of the coffee. According to Asprey himself, “Fats and caffeine help stimulate the brain,” “There’s a sense of cognitive ease, where everything you want to say is at the tip of your tongue,” he says. “It’s like getting a new computer—you never want to go back to the old one.”
At the age of 42, it is hard to believe that Dave would be worrying about his cognitive health. His success as a self-proclaimed bio-hacker has reached star status as he is followed by 140,000 people on Facebook, nearly 50,000 people on Twitter, and has had over 6 million visitors to his website, bulletproofexec.com. Having this type of social media coverage along with his active blog keeps Dave busy, and the coffee brewing.
When it comes to great coffee, there is no need to travel to Columbia. The next greatest thing is already here in Bulletproof coffee. One cup of this coffee in the morning and you will feel you can accomplish anything.
The Federal Trade Commission accused four well-known cancer charities of fraud. Joined by law enforcement from every state in the union including the District of Columbia, the Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against, The Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services Inc., Children’s Cancer Fund of America Inc., The Breast Cancer Society Inc., and their owner/operators.
Daniel Amen believes that it is a sad thing when money donated for such a crippling disease as cancer is so abused. Only three percent of the sum hundreds of millions of dollars given to these organizations made their way to cancer patients. The other 97 percent of the donated funds lined their own pockets with luxuries and provided the financing for gala fundraisers.
The organizations used websites, direct mail, email, telemarketing calls to pry funds from the American public. The commissions vote to prosecute was unanimous and the proposal judgments against these criminals runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars. According to the New York Times, this is one of the biggest charity fraud cases ever uncovered.
Many forms of shock therapy make those who are unaware of what it is anxious. Hollywood has depicted the use of shock therapy as painful, gut wrenching, and scary to say the least. Decades ago, a movie depicted Jack Nicholson being forced to endure have electricity blasted into his brain. While a procedure like that would be completely inhumane, the actual procedure is one of the safest practices one could put the brain through. Doctors that use this form of therapy are currently trying to rebrand shock therapy. The practice is now called electroconvulsive therapy, otherwise known as ECT. Doctors have recently discovered that ECT can be a formidable way to treat depression in patients who can’t find treatment in traditional methods. Even though doctors are hopeful, they still know that a large number of the population is going to be fearful of the therapy. One scientist described the population’s ignorance as a challenge but motivation to change the way that people look at ECT. The procedure is also getting some traction thanks to the vocal advocates for the therapy. Kitty Dukakis has been undergoing ECT for the last 15 years. After an addiction to diet pills and alcohol, her depression almost claimed her life. She speaks to crowds of thousands to assure them that she would not be here if it weren’t for ECT. The team at Madison Street Capital feel the horizon for electroconvulsive therapy is a bright one. If researchers can continue to collect positive data, they could progress to curing depression in a matter of years.
A country’s morale can be measured by how well the economy is doing. Research shows that in times of great financial difficulties, depression and anxiety related disorders ran rampant through the population. In times where the economy was headed in a positive direction, jobs were flowing, and financial worries were at an all-time low, the cases of depression and anxiety were at its lowest rates. Recent studies done on the 2007 to 2009 recession are disproving the previous theory. Research notes that men and women were less likely to develop depression and social anxiety disorders between 2007 and 2009. The medical community has mixed feelings on what these numbers mean. There are some scientists who say that depression and anxiety disorders were low because people who were unemployed had more time for leisure and recreational activities. The stress to find a job was still there but these individuals had time to combat their mental fatigue by spending time with friends and family. The opposing group of research noted that these lower rates of depression and anxiety related disorders were due in part to people not being concerned with seeking mental care according to Steve Murray. People were losing their jobs and families were losing their homes every week during that time period. Most reasonable adults were more concerned about finding work and shelter instead of talking to a shrink about how stressed they are. The opinions of the researchers that were a part of this study drove the fact that better research should be taken. There will be another recession at some point in the country’s future. That’s just how the economy works; there’s no getting around it. Researchers are planning to devise a more concise study to get the most accurate data possible.
It used to take years and invasive, expensive medical testing before a patient could get a definitive diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but that has changed. Thanks to gastroenterologist, Mark Pimentel, MD at Cedar Sinai Hospital, all that is needed now to make an accurate diagnosis of IBS is two simple blood tests. Inexpensive, non-invasive and quick. Fast test results means earlier diagnosis, earlier treatment and a better outcome for the patient.
IBS is one of the more common digestive disorders in the United States and it’s often a result of food poisoning. Food poisoning from bacteria, like salmonella, creates toxins in the gut which damage nerves vital for good digestion. The disorder presents with an array of confusing symptoms, like bloating, abdominal pain, gas and alternating constipation and diarrhea.
The new blood tests take the confusion out of the equation so an accurate medical diagnosis can be made.
People at Amen Clinics know that the new blood tests will also confirm and validate a patient’s symptoms without making them feel belittled. Most people who suffer with irritable bowel syndrome have faced being told by a doctor (or doctors) that their symptoms were all in their head and not real maladies. The emotional turmoil, as well as the physical agony, can end sooner now for those who suffer with IBS with the advent of these new blood tests.
Young adults of today are reporting higher than expected cases of tinnitus and hearing loss. The culprit may be the very thing that they are expected to use on airplanes, school buses and in public places, the lowly earbuds.
Before the 1980’s and 1990’s, hearing loss was blamed on work place noise, concerts and possible birth defects. Today it is common to see people walking around with ear buds in their ears. They could be listening to music or lectures through their iPod, MP3 player and smart phone.
With the older type of listening devices the sound would become distorted and unpleasant to listen to, forcing the listener to turn down the volume in order to be able to listen with pleasure. Bruce Karatz argues that today’s electronics make listening loudly enjoyable. An MP3 player, for example, turned up on full volume blasts music as loud as being at a live music concert, right in your ear. According to NBC News,hearing loss can occur within 8 minutes of listening to music at full volume.
Doctors are not saying to ditch the earbuds, only turn down the volume though headphones are a safer choice. A person should be able to hear noises and people talking up to three feet away. If they cannot, the volume is too high. It was also suggested that a person only listen for 60 minutes a day.
Research tells us that moderate to vigorous daily physical activity is good for us. It keeps the organs working, the blood flowing, and the heart healthy. One study released by the Olso Study has concluded that men who participate in at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity, 6 days a week, have a 40 percent chance of living an extra five years compared to those who don’t.
The study took data from 26,000 men. All were born between 1922 and 1923. For five years or so, the men were asked to document their daily and weekly times spent doing any form of physical activity. Once the numbers were tallied, the men who were documented at having at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity, lived on average 5 to 7 years longer. The average age of the men who did not accumulate that amount of activity died at 73.
The more physically active group lived to be anywhere between 78 and 80. Bruce Levenson even said that research suggests that these men were able to extend their lives because their bodies had to stay consistent to keep up with their active lifestyle. The researchers also wanted to note that the physical activity doesn’t have to be gut wrenching or extremely difficult. In some men, they didn’t even have to break a sweat. As long as the men are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise in for 6 days a week, their future proved to be promising.
Most people who say they are going to bed ending up staring at their SmartPhones or tablets for another few minutes (or hours). Experts are now speaking out warning that this might actually be hurting the quality of sleep that people are receiving. This is due to the effect that the lighted screens are having on the pineal gland which is a small gland that is tucked into the brain.
The only job of this small gland is to create the hormone melatonin which makes the body go to sleep. It usually starts to produce the hormone after the sun sets until it maximizes at midnight and then stops working in the morning when you wake. When it functions right a person such as Jason Halpern
gets a restful period of sleep.
However, the signal for the gland to work is the absence of blue light, but modern light now produces blue light everywhere confusing the gland and making it hard to work correctly. Laptop computers, phones, and tablets all have blue light making the night time see like day. This has resulted in poor sleep for everyone that uses their devices after sleep.
Teenagers are affected the most because they already have odd sleep patterns and are more likely to stay up late using their screens. The end result is sleep disruption and poor sleep habits that will affect their performance during the day.
Previously, most RSNA meets and conferences focussed on the imaging devices but now, times have changed and radiology’s focus has shifted to imaging IT. This interest began in 2013 and is still going strong. With this change in stance, the industry has become a lot more efficient and previously time consuming procedures are not only performed quicker but the results are so much better. The future holds a lot in this marriage between radiology and technology. Following are a few trends that should be noted down –
Better Displays and Calibration Systems – Thanks to LED technology, the monitors in the years to come would be made using flat panels. This means that the displays would last longer and the resolution would be so much higher to improve accuracy and precision. The calibration of these systems is also a lot better than their past versions.
Cost Effective Solutions – When it comes to vendors for the future technology in radiology, the key phrase would be cost effectiveness. In the RSNA conference of 2012 itself, this was a trend that was predicted as various big companies and vendors let go of high end devices and systems, instead choosing to go for practical and economical alternatives. For instance, it was shown that one DR detector was ideal for hospitals with low volume as it worked well with various devices.
Noiseless MRI Systems – For patients all over the world, one of the biggest issues with MRI is discomfort caused due to the noise. Sometimes, the noise during MRI exams is more than 110 decibels. This is why the noiseless MRI technology was introduced in 2013 and this technology addressed the problem of noise pretty effectively. The noise level as a result of this technology is akin to a bird chirping outside.
OLED Displays – Previously, LED displays were the norm in radiology but in the last couple of years, this position has been taken up by OLED displays. These displays have components that are much smaller and the best thing is – they have a great response time that is a lot faster than that offered by LCDs. It should also be mentioned that the frequent problem of blurring that happened with LCD has been rectified in OLED displays. It is easier to capture fast motion and display it with unerring accuracy.
Other technologies that are being developed in radiology include wireless transducers, CT Scanner (640 Slice) and Peri-Operative MRI.
When it comes to radiology solutions for radiology groups and health care centers, it is best to go for a provider who is reputed and trustworthy – someone like Imaging Advantage. This company has established itself as the last name in radiology solutions and offers custom tailored programs that help their clients to increase their market share, conclusively reduce costs, work efficiently and improve patient throughput. The focus of Imaging Advantage is largely on patient care and in improving radiology technology standards throughout the industry. The people employed by them are also the best in the field of radiology. Find more about Imaging Advantage on Modernhealthcare.com.