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Gut Microbiome Health

If you are like me, the word “microbiome” was largely unknown 5-10 years ago. Fast forward to 2020 and people approach me at dinner parties with questions like “my trainer said I need to eat more krauts for my microbiome, what do you think?” (eat ’em). But what exactly is the microbiome and is a vegan diet healthy for it? The microbiome refers to the large mass of microbes, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, that live on us and in us. While there is a microbiome of the skin, the genitalia, and the mouth, most of the conversation on the bugs that live with us from birth to death is focused on the GI tract, affectionately known as the gut. We can carry up to 4-5 lbs (2 kg) of microbes in our gut that represent a mass about as large as our livers. Within the tens of trillions of micro-organisms that live there are at least 1,000 species of bacteria consisting of over 3 million genes. What’s more, two-thirds of the gut microbiome—the population of microbes in the intestine—is

Hunkering Down: The Living Room Concert Series

Bust lock-down blues, watch Elton John hosting “Living Room Concert for America” this weekend. The New Venue: Your Living Room While hunkering down the past couple of weeks, we’ve come to realize all of our neighbors are in the same predicament. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, famous or infamous, happy or sad, alone or with loved ones, we need to be at home to get through these difficult times. It is not a time to be selfish or take an undue risk; in fact, nothing could be worse. So, with venues and bars shut down from coast to coast, some of our favorite entertainers have taken it upon themselves to do what they do best. They’re performing from the safety of their own homes filming with their personal cell phones, cameras, and audio equipment. Billboard magazine is keeping its readers informed about the latest and greatest live streams and virtual concerts to watch while at home, as well as other current events in the music world. Living Room Concert for America While there have been a

Coronavirus Prevention May Be in Your Pocket

From travel checkpoints to at-home screening, smartphone-based digital health tools could play a role in limiting outbreaks, writes Binah.ai CEO David Maman David Maman is CEO and founder of Binah.ai, a company that developed a video-based vital signs monitoring application for smartphones using artificial intelligence technology. To date, more than 2,400 deaths and 78,000 cases worldwide have been confirmed as a result of the coronavirus. Officially named COVID-19, the mortality and incidence of the disease are still rising, and these numbers will be even greater by the time you read this article. In an age where data, technology and connectivity are more advanced than ever before, each and every one of us bears personal responsibility for preventing the reach of a known epidemic. We live in a time where technology is at our fingertips and can be leveraged to potentially prevent public health emergencies, enabling all of us to share in and lighten the burden. While we are still learning about COVID-19, the initial panic has forced thousands of people to flock to hospitals and primary care centers to be

Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19: Is it Over-hyped?

As of this minute according to a dashboard produced by Johns Hopkins with data sourced from the US CDC and the WHO, there have been 82,550 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that is now called SARS-CoV-2. That sounds pretty scary when the talking heads in the news media breathlessly toss out figures. And also as of this minute, 2,810 people, mostly elderly, immuno-compromised patients, have lost their lives as a result of this disease. What the media are loathe to tell us, however, are the number of people in whom the disease has run its course and who are now recovered. That number currently stands at 33,252. The news media are in the business of selling advertising. More viewers enable them to sell more ads at a higher price. And nothing sells air time like the latest tragedy, whether it exists or not. Humans have a natural fear of the unknown and COVID-19 was unknown when it burst onto the scene in December 2019. No one understood how virulent it was, or how

7 Kinds Of Anger: How To Deal With Rage

What Is Anger? Anger is a basic, human emotion tied to survival and honed through evolution. In general, it is tied to our fight-flight-freeze response and prepares us to fight when a circumstance arises. Though anger can be a healthy response to certain situations [it’s entirely normal to feel anger if someone cuts you off on the highway or if you were passed over for a promotion], it becomes unhealthy without the proper management skills . For example, violence of any kind, especially when due to outrage, is unhealthy. Likewise, frequent and/or intense anger may be a sign for an underlying mental condition. It is important to understand what causes rage and to note when it’s causing issues or may be due to a mental condition. What Causes Anger? Many different things can lead to the development of anger; these are often referred to as triggers. Triggers differ from person to person, though many common environmental causes do exist. For example, many people may find themselves growing angry when stressed. Stress can be due to things such as work overloads,

Dr. Daniel Gartenberg: Deep Sleep

Deep sleep is the most restorative stage in the sleep cycle. In this stage, our brainwaves become dramatically longer, and our daily experiences are turned into long-term memory. Deep sleep is vital to feeling rejuvenated and learning effectively; without deep sleep, it is difficult to effectively learn and process information. Deep sleep is vital, but it can be difficult to achieve. As we sleep, we spend less and less time in Deep sleep. In the beginning of the night, it is common to spend up to 50% of the first sleep cycle in Deep sleep. By the end of the night, we only spend around 2% of the sleep cycle in Deep sleep. As we age, our bodies tend to spend less time in Deep sleep per sleep cycle. This is why sleep can feel less rejuvenating the older we get, even if we sleep for the same amount of time. Why do we need deep sleep? Every organism, in one way or another, sleeps. We do this for a few reasons: to save energy, to restore the body, and

Daniel Gartenberg: How Sonic Sleep Can Help

As a sleep scientist, I have focused most of my adult life studying sleep intricacies. I use my PhD in cognitive psychology and ten years of experience in the field to help people improve their sleep. I have worked extensively on a sleep application, Sonic Sleep, to enhance sleep environment and thus, overall sleep quality. Additionally, I provide personalized, insightful solutions to help get to the root of your sleep issues. Our work has been featured on TED, Daily Mail and Time Magazine. Sleep is a critical component in optimizing our daily functionality and overall health. There are four common sleep disorders that hinder the ability to get the restful, regenerative sleep we need. It is important to know the potential signs for each one to get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan from a professional. Sleep Apnea Sleep apnea is a disorder that involves difficulty and disruption of breathing throughout the night. The word “apnea” literally translates from the Latin to “without breathing.” Snoring loudly is a common symptom of sleep apnea. This occurs during the night when a

10 Things to Know About Your Health

Born between 1946 and 1964, Americans numbering over 70 million today are living longer and stronger than their parents.  “Baby Boomers,” named for the rise in births following World War II and the prosperous years thereafter, have benefited from medical advances in preventative and clinical care. Here’s what they and their families should be aware of medically these days: 1. Check for the “stealth virus.” Hepatitis C still haunts the last generation to go without effective screening for virus risks in blood transfusions and surgical (and dental) procedures. Boomers are five times more likely than any other age group to carry Hepatitis C, a virus that damages the liver long-term and could cause cancer as it goes undetected. A simple blood test finds it and a daily prescription pill for 2-3 months can end this threat. 2. Get the new shingles vaccine. Boomers who came down with chicken pox in childhood (before most Americans were immunized against it) can harbor a virus that arises later in life to trigger shingles attacks, marked by red spots on skin and often lingering pain. A

Danielle LaPorte: Says It’s All in Your Heart

A deeper compassion for yourself leads to deeper care for others. Work Smarter, Not Harder Today, many of us have no choice but to be workaholics. With increasing costs of living, more requirements at work, and striving to take care for our loved ones, work has become synonymous with modern life. Long gone are the days of self-reflection and peace and quiet. We plan vacations and embark on missions to escape from the stress of everyday life. Author Danielle LaPorte used to be the same way, she was glued to her work and couldn’t find time to spend with the people she loved. She decided that was no life to live and became committed to loving herself and being more mindful. After exploring the tenets of Buddhist meditation, she began writing and embarked on creating an empire of her own centered on self-love, and the incredible healing power of the heart. LaPorte is a Canadian entrepreneur, author, blogger, and an inspirational speaker focused on self-help, goal setting, motivation, and creating value. Throughout her career, LaPorte has published three non-fiction books

Daniel Gartenberg: Get a Sleep Coach

Relaxation Sounds and Meditations. Stop that Racing Mind & Fall Asleep! There are 3 wind down options available in the Sonic app that are designed to promote relaxation. Whatever you find best for you is what we recommend. 1) Progressive Muscle Relaxation provides you with a way to practice relaxation and it works by both relaxing your muscles and your mind, making it easier for you to fall asleep. 2) Body Scan Meditation is designed to help you develop a mindful awareness of your bodily sensations, and to relieve tension wherever it is found. Research suggests that this mindfulness practice can help reduce stress, improve well-being, and decrease aches and pains 3) Binaural Beats produce an auditory illusion by playing slightly different sounds in each ear and is used to induce meditative and relaxing states. The following are tips to help you relax before falling to sleep: Getting ready for bed is not just putting on your nightclothes! Preparation for a good nights sleep begins earlier than you think. It is not reasonable to expect simply to get into bed