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January 07 2014


Coding your body

The average movement habits of a clichè hacker are legendary. Cowering for days in front of unergonomic hardware setups, stoic ignorance of hardly decodeable signs of the body like hunger, eye- and backpains. Probably due to a general disinterest in non-digitally engineered systems. Shouldn’t a true hacker know at least bits and pieces about the codes and signs of the body? We all know bits and pieces.. but are they the correct and helpful ones? We will discuss some technical and biological details of slipped discs, posture disservice and pain. I will show fundamental “red flags” which have to be serviced by a medical geek. But not all medical geeks have a good idea about the body's code, therefore I will also suggest some helpful therapies for the most common cases. Bottom line: how to code your body to prevent pain without relying on smattering. I am a trained physical therapist and have treated many patients with different back problems, which were mostly caused by the same habits: ignorance of warning signs, bad hardware setup and cluelessness about how the body functions. My talk will include basic models of the important body structures and how basic maintanance should look like. I will focus on the vertebral setup with bone and connective tissues. How are they build and what their function is. I will also present some worst case scenarios of consequences when slipped discs cut of nerves and numbness in arms or legs are mild problems you might encounter. Small changes in posture and daily habits will be presented, because you have to know why and how you should do it. http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5289.html Day: 2013-12-30 Start time: 12:15 Duration: 00:30 Room: Saal 6 Track: Science & Engineering Language: en

December 15 2013


It starts with food

(for Jane Whitney) — This is an abbreviated transcript of what I heard. I do not take responsibility for the accuracy of this transcript, but did copy it for you to the best of my ability. Hope you receive this; I am not on Facebook. Perhaps the website can e-mail this to you. (Intro talks about Melissa Hartwig’s new book, “It Starts with Food” (co-authored with husband, Dallas) and her being a new mother (3 mos. ago) and parenting. They can’t guarantee that it has to do with food, but their baby is a happy, healthy baby that sleeps real well and they would like to think it has something to do with it. Talked about genetics and how it can go back to what the maternal grandmother was eating and the stress the grandfather was experiencing, etc. (Ffrom “It Starts with Food”): The whole program was started in April 2009. Since then they have been giving away a lot of info on their website and doing seminars, etc. The impetus for the book was to take all the information and put it in one place. (Melissa’s story): Husband has always had an interest in nutrition. Sister has rheumatoid arthritis and he stumbled upon an article by Loren Cordain that talked about the Paleo diet & autoimmune conditions. Dallas had a chronic condition (shoulder inflammation). He did a self-test and changed his diet and within 6 weeks his shoulder pain was gone and this had been a chronic problem for him. When they went to see Rob Wolfe’s seminar, he said “Just try it for 30 days,” and that was the start of their book, etc. Everyone who they have talked to who started Paleo has had some kind of problem they were trying to fix, and if not fixed completely, it was better. (Melissa talks about how dysfunctional her relationship with food had become.) Standards from Melissa’s book: All of the food that is on your every-day plate should pass all 4 good food standards: i) should promote a healthy psychological response; ii) a healthy hormonal response; iii) a healthy gut, and iv) should promote immune system balance and minimize systemic inflammation. The way our food is being processed now promotes a super stimulus. When you are eating food that food scientists have made, they are fattier, saltier, sweeter than anything you could find in nature. Its “over the top everything,” and we prefer that, even though we know it’s fake. The hormones are one big team. Hormones are greater than will power; they are messengers in the body and send signals throughout the body and they are impacted by food. Leptin is a relatively newly discovered hormone (regulates how your body communicating to your brain how much body fat you have – whether you need more or whether you have enough). (Talks about other hormones as well). They talk about how hormones are affected by the unhealthy foods we eat. Science has been studying leptin because of its relation to weight. Excerpted from book: 1. Alcohol and it’s negative effect on the body. Debunked the heart-healthy effect of a couple glasses of red wine and the possibly faulty studies. Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes; better to eat red grapes than drink the wine. Some study results re resveratrol were fabricated. 2. Sugar: all sugar (from a physiological standpoint) is not created equal. From a psychological perspective, however, your brain doesn’t know the difference between honey, Splenda, dried fruit, etc. If you’re trying to break a sugar addiction, then all sugar is suspect. Melissa talked about “the other white meat (coconut).” They really like coconut & coconut products (milk, oil, butter, meat, etc.) They like it because it’s a good source of saturated fat and you don’t have to be afraid of saturated fat if it comes from natural sources. It’s the most stable fat – excellent for cooking, even at higher temperatures & readily converted to energy in the body. It does not take bile to breakdown coconut oil. It is easy to digest, even for those with gall bladder issues. Used topically it’s a good antibacterial. It was said that we can’t rely on science by itself – one day coffee is healthy; then it’s not. We can always find a study to support our position. There’s no one diet that works perfectly for everybody. We need to try this out for ourselves. It’s not a one-size fits all. We don’t know it all; science can’t prove everything. If you read too much, you just don’t know what to believe. It’s the basic stuff that makes the difference: drink the water, eat the real food, get enough rest, have healthy relationships, get exercise, reduce your stress. People don’t want to hear this; they want to hear the next new thing instead. Melissa was asked what she thinks about doing it right 80% of the time & having cheat days. Melissa is not a huge fan of the 80/20 idea. Most people can’t do moderation. It is rare. One example: once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic. You don’t tell an alcoholic that he can have cheat days. Abstinence is the only cure. Melissa translates this to a sugar addiction. Melissa was asked “What are people doing that they need to change?” Her response was, “ The mindlessness with which people eat.” She said we need to make more deliberate, educated decisions. Melissa has a background in addictions and working with addictions. Melissa said that she believes people underestimate the addictive quality of coffee until they try to get off it. Smoking: Melissa recommends people address that first before trying to take on too much change at once. Wrap-up: Two questions: 1st one is “What do you think is the biggest waste of time in the health community or the wrong focus.” Melissa said that she thinks focusing solely on weight loss is a really dangerous, difficult place to be. They encourage people to approach it from a different perspective. 2nd one: Where do you foresee this whole holistic, ancestral health movement five years down the road? Melissa’s response (abbreviated): To see where it started and where it is now – the growth has been insane. The way that it’s spread to the mainstream community is amazing. Check out Melissa’s website: http://www.wholeninelife.com http://blog.paleohacks.com/melissa-hartwig/
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November 22 2013


Science Weekly podcast: the waking nightmare of sleep paralysis

This week's edition is dedicated to the little understood phenomenon of "sleep paralysis": the experience of waking from sleep (or waking at the point of entering sleep) and being unable to move. It can be accompanied by hallucinations, fear, the sense of a "presence" in the room and the feeling of crushing pressure on the chest. People who have an episode of sleep paralysis will sometimes attribute it to something paranormal, such as attempted alien abduction. Christopher French, professor of psychology at Goldsmiths College London, and film maker Carla MacKinnon came into the studio to discuss The Sleep Paralysis Project where artistic and scientific perspectives on the condition come together to shine a light on this neurological glitch in our normal waking pattern. http://www.theguardian.com/science/audio/2013/aug/05/podcast-science-weekly-sleep-paralysis

October 02 2013


How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times : NPR

In The Story of the Human Body, evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman explains how our bodies haven't adapted to modern conditions. The result is "mismatch diseases" — ailments that occur because our bodies weren't designed for the environments in which we now live. http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/227777434/how-our-stone-age-bodies-struggle-to-stay-healthy-in-modern-times

April 25 2011


Body of Light: Kino MacGregor Ashtanga Yoga

Body of Light by Kino MacGregor. Ashtanga Yoga Teacher from Miami. Kinoyoga.com
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