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Exciting research: The inexpensive amino acid Taurine grows new brain cells

Comment from Aikido Soul: The amino acid Taurine has been included for decades in treatment programs by specialist MDs who care for patients with toxic brain and central nervous system injury. I appreciate articles coming from the Life Extension Foundation, but purchase almost zero of its products because they too often use non-organic soy and corn as source material, which can come from GMO crops. Clean Taurine is easily found. (Sorry about the smilies which were inadvertently formed within the references).
http://www.lef.org/Magazine/2015/9/Grow-New-Brain-Cells/Page-01?p=1
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Excerpt taken from Life Extension Magazine:



Grow New Brain Cells

By Forrest Ritiker

For years, scientists believed brain shrinkage was inevitable and irreversible.

Cutting-edge research has shown that brain cells can regenerate.

An amino acid called taurine plays an important role in creating new brain cells.

Researchers found that taurine increased the growth of brain cells by activating “sleeping” stem cells. Taurine also increased the survival of new neurons, resulting in an increase in adult brain cell creation.1-3

Recent studies reveal that taurine has unique biochemical properties that promote new brain cell formation.4,5 Animal studies show that taurine triggers new brain cells to grow in the hippocampus, the area of the brain most concerned with memory.1,6 This can lead to dramatic improvements in cognition and recall.7,8 Low levels of taurine have been observed in patients with Parkinson’s disease.9,10

In addition to these impressive brain benefits, taurine also boosts cardiac function and reduces arterial stiffness as well as reducing the negative impacts of metabolic syndrome.11-16 In fact, taurine supplementation added to the drug metformin has been shown to offer tremendous reductions in tissue damage.17

Taurine levels fall significantly with age, leaving the brain, heart, kidneys, and other tissues deprived of this vital healing compound­—one capable of rescuing dying cells and restoring cellular communication.1,6,18

Experts are beginning to recognize that with age, many can experience a taurine deficiency that is a real and fundamental threat to health.

The great news is that taurine is a super low-cost supplement, meaning everyone can benefit from its potential to slow and reverse degenerative processes.


Taurine Grows New Brain Cells

For years, scientists believed that brain shrinkage (atrophy) was an unstoppable degenerative process. New research reveals this loss of brain matter is partially caused by reversible processes.19,20 This knowledge opens the door to a new paradigm—one that aims to restore brain structure and function—as opposed to simply treating the symptoms.

BIG SNIP -- SEE REFERENCES HERE:


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I didn't accuse anyone of being a troll, I asked a question, which is perfectly legitimate.

It is very common for chem/pharm to pay trolls to inhabit sites that discuss toxic injury. I've been on many toxic injury exchanges where there were real chem/pharm trolls. That is real, not my imagination.

I agree that learning a musical instrument, or writing music, doing puzzles, a new language, etc., keeps the mind alert and able to function at a higher level. However, synthetic neurotoxins do actual physical damage to the brain, most often the hippocampus when it comes to pesticides. That kind of damage is irreversible.

And yet, the brain is very plastic and can alter its functioning so that other parts of the brain take up jobs formerly done by the damaged parts.



People are developing dementia earlier and dying of it more, a study shows (Much more so in USA)

People are developing dementia earlier and dying of it more, a study shows (link to study below excerpt)

By Daniela Deane August 6

People are developing dementia a decade before they were 20 years ago, perhaps because of environmental factors such as pollution and the stepped-up use of insecticides, a wide-ranging international study has found.

The study, which compared 21 Western countries between the years 1989 and 2010, found that the disease is now being regularly diagnosed in people in their late 40s and that death rates are soaring.

The study was published in the Surgical Neurology International journal, and its findings publicized in the London Times newspaper Thursday.

The problem was particularly acute in the United States, where neurological deaths in men aged over 75 have nearly tripled and in women risen more than fivefold, the leader of the study, Colin Pritchard from Bournemouth University, told the London Times.

Scientists quoted in the study said a combination of environmental factors such as pollution from aircraft and cars as well as widespread use of pesticides could be the culprit, the newspaper reported.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/people-are-developing-dementia-earlier-and-dying-of-it-more-a-study-shows/2015/08/06/599b16b8-3c0a-11e5-8e98-115a3cf7d7ae_story.html

Article above relies on this study from the Surgical Neurology International:

http://surgicalneurologyint.com/surgicalint_articles/neurological-deaths-of-american-adults-55-74-and-the-over-75s-by-sex-compared-with-20-western-countries-1989-2010-cause-for-concern/

ASSHAT Allen West issues scathing attack on Obama for Iran deal

http://www.westernjournalism.com/watch-angry-allen-west-unleashes-epic-attack-on-weakling-obama-for-a-damn-stupid-deal/


Sixth Great Mass Extinction Event Begins; 2015 on Pace to Become Hottest Year on Record

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/31612-sixth-great-mass-extinction-event-begins-2015-on-pace-to-become-hottest-year-on-record


SNIP

NASA recently released its global temperature data for the month of May, and it was 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit above the norm. The agency's data also revealed that 2015 has had the hottest five months of any year ever recorded. As of right now, 2015 is already hotter than last year, according to NASA; in fact, if it stays on the same track, it will be the hottest year ever recorded for the planet.

Things are bad enough that President Obama's science adviser issued a warning that anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) is currently barreling forward so quickly that the entire state of California could be "overwhelmed": The state's efforts to adapt will be unable to keep pace with the rapidly intensifying developments on the ground. Essentially, this means the state does not have the financial nor physical resources to keep pace with rising seas, drought and wildfires that are all becoming the norm there.

Scientists like Bill Nye ("the Science Guy") are warning us to expect even more weather extremes as ACD progresses. For example, they predict the recent deluge of rain and flooding in Texas will become the norm for that state going forward.

A study recently published in Nature Climate Change has shown that if carbon dioxide and methane emissions are not dramatically cut extremely rapidly, ACD is set to bring about the most dramatic and encompassing rearrangement of ocean species in at least the last 3 million years. For example, the study shows that by 2100, the polar regions, which currently host some of the most diverse and widespread sea life on the planet, will likely be drained of much of their marine life.






SNIP

Small child of white parents raised with wild animals



Bewildering, shocking, amazing, startling, and sometimes damned worrisome.

But mostly amazing.

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=14496

Proof that some politicians were likely born with their heads up their asses

Has anyone ever seen anything this perfect and wholesomely sexy?







I'm flabbergasted and wildly turned on by this.

Good News Update on the abandoned cat -- Tiger Tim

According to Magnificent Cat Rescue:

Tiger Tim had a very special visitor on Friday: Nancy, his first foster.

Without Nancy, Tiger Tim would be dead by now, because we cannot rescue cats if we do not have foster homes to take them in.

We could not have pulled him from the ACC without Nancy.

We are always desperate for local fosters, but so are rescues all over the country.

Nancy has a message for all of you:

"To all the people offering Tiger Tim a home: Since there is only one Tiger Tim and he is still trying to get better, will you please consider fostering or adopting another cat in need? There are so many!!!

"Just think, had Tiger Tim not had a place to go to, his story would have never been told. He would have more than likely been put to sleep on a cold metal table.

"Since June is Adopt a Cat month, what better way to celebrate than to help a homeless kitty? Please consider it and if/when you do hashtag ‪#‎TeamTigerTim‬.


SNIP



https://www.facebook.com/pages/Magnificat-Cat-Rescue-and-Rehoming/335821436543926



This Comic Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Privilege

Toby Morris created a brilliant cartoon that is a gut wrencher story about the concept of "privilege".


He places two individuals side by side, showing how financial security and benefits, or the lack of it, affects them even if they come from households that love and support them, leading to two completely different outcomes.




http://www.vagabomb.com/This-Comic-Will-Forever-Change-the-Way-You-Look-at-Privilege/
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