PLOS ONE: Placebos without Deception: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Though our mind can only affect certain body processes it can have a lot more to do with healing than we have been able to identify until recently. Evidence based medicine and the idea that the mind has effect on healing are not at odds at all.  This article is a good example of how evidence based practices can be …

Depression Successfully Treated With 24 Minutes Of Innovative Type of Therapy – PsyBlog

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This is fascinating, using virtual reality to treat depression. I wonder if it could work the other way. Some people I know seem to relate to most everything in the first person. If they see a movie, they imagine it is happening to them; if you make an analogy, they think you are talking about them; if they read some …

Savouring morality. Moral satisfaction renders food of ethical origin subjectively tastier

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Having, personally, been a long time fan of inorganic food like sand, rust, and concrete (:-)) I am not surprised to find the superior taste of “organic” food is due the moral superiority of the consumers of it. Buying and consuming food of ethical origin brings about moral satisfaction. •Moral satisfaction renders the taste of ethical food subjectively superior. •This …

JAMA Network | JAMA Pediatrics | Poverty’s Most Insidious Damage: The Developing Brain

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This is a reason why people born in poverty can’t just pull themselves up, go to college and so on. Many people believe that we all have equal opportunity in America, but we have almost the highest childhood poverty rate in the developed world. This is the society we are building.    Because the brain is the organ from which …

PLOS ONE: Rethinking Rice Preparation for Highly Efficient Removal of Inorganic Arsenic Using Percolating Cooking Water

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Rice has arsenic in it, especially California rice. This article from PLOS1 is about a way to cook it that removes more that half of it.    A novel way of cooking rice to maximize the removal of the carcinogen inorganic arsenic (Asi) is presented here. In conventional rice cooking water and grain are in continuous contact, and it is …