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December 2013/January 2014

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whole living YOUR Rock Body NAME THE BABY "CINNAMON" By Tracy Chait Bring on the chai! Early research shows that cinnamon may help trigger women's menstrual cycles and lead to fertility. Columbia University Medical Center docs led the cinnamon study for women with polycystic ovary syndrome, which afflicts between 5–10 percent of women of reproductive age and is one of the most common causes of infertility. Though the study was small, women taking cinnamon supplements had twice the number of menstrual periods—and two spontaneous pregnancies in the group— throughout the six-month study, as compared to women taking a placebo. stay put while we're awake, but are flushed out of the brain during sleep due to the space-making, gooflowing powers of the mind at rest. The research was an unexpected discovery amidst a study about how sleep helps the brain 12 "I DON'T HAVE MUCH sympathy for miserable rich people because sharing money is the key to happiness." —Chade-Meng Tan, who created Google's in-house Search Inside Yourself course to teach mindfulness. (New York Times, 11/1) "WHAT THE REPORT describes is the collapse of the benign climate in which humans evolved and have prospered, and the loss of the conditions upon which many other life forms depend." —Writer George Monbiot reporting on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's new report that we are in the process of climate breakdown. (The Guardian, 9/30) BRAIN FLUSH, OR REASON #1,362 TO GET TO BED EARLIER In one of the cooler studies to come along in a while, scientists discovered that the actual space between brain cells increases while you sleep, making way for some amazing goo-like stuff (ok, it's called cerebrospinal fluid) to flush out toxins while you sleep. But there's a catch—that "while you sleep" part. The toxic molecules responsible for various neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's WORTH REPEATING FOR BUM KNEES, EXERCISE MAY BEAT MEDS "I WOULD RATHER insert sharp objects under my fingernails than have to sit next to that." —Tech consultant Larry Irving on the proposal to lift the ban on in-flight cell phones. (Washington Post, 11/22) "THEY'RE PROTECTING The National Institutes of Health funded a $12.5 million clinical trial several years ago to test the effectiveness of the anti-inflammatory supplements glucosamine and chondroitin to sufferers of joint pain. Results were mediocre, and it remained debatable whether supplements helped or there was simply a placebo effect. A few studies are currently finishing up to settle the matter, and initial results are apparently unequivocal: the best ways to reduce osteoarthritis pain are weight loss and exercise. The only caveat is that if the placebo effect of the supplements gets people to exercise more and lose weight, it might be worth popping a (pretend) pill. store memories. Now scientists say there may be many more opportunities to target multiple neurological disorders through sleep. Subsequent sleep and consciousness studies are already underway. our country, they're protecting the world, and, you know, obviously we wouldn't have freedom without them." —NBA star Roy Hibbert, erroneously crediting the military for, among other things, the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution. (11/11, www.Salon.com) "HOW CAN SOMEBODY in poverty not be eligible for subsidies?" —An unemployed worker in one of the 26 states—collectively home to about half the American population, but 68 percent of poor, uninsured blacks and single mothers—to reject Medicaid expansion primarily funded by Obamacare. (New York Times, 10/2) wholelifetimesmagazine.com WLT-DEC-JAN-11-24-10pm.indd 12 11/24/13 10:34 PM

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