Cinnamon Could Increase Ability to Learn, Study Says

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Source: NaturalSociety.com
Alexandra Preston
July 28, 2016

Beginning a new semester or school year at high school or a university may be exciting, or it may be filled with stress, which is likely to increase as assessments pile up. Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can help with learning ability, and a new study shows that cinnamon may be one of them.

In this pre-clinical study, mice were first tested in mazes to separate the good learners from the poor learners. The good learners took an average of 60 seconds to find the food reward at the end of the maze, while the poor learners took an average of 150 seconds; two and a half times how long it took for the good learners.

After consuming cinnamon for one month, however, the poor learners were completing the maze puzzle at the same time as the good learners, instead of making so many wrong turns.

When the brains of mice from both groups were examined, the poor learners had more of one protein and less of another than the good learners at the beginning of the study. After the month of cinnamon consumption, the levels of these proteins were the same in both groups.

Researchers stated that these effects were most likely due to some of the compounds in cinnamon, such as cinnamaldehyde, which gives the spice its aroma and flavor. These are metabolized in the liver to form sodium benzoate, which was reported to stimulate plasticity – the ability to learn and adapt – in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for memory.

Initially, plasticity of neurons in mice that learn poorly was much lower than those who could learn more effectively. It also improved the structural integrity of the brain cells, which in turn improved their communication with each other. Integrity of cultured hippocampal neurons was measured by the spine density.

Now, clinical trials are being planned, as there is hope that cinnamon extracts may help to ward off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, besides helping stressed out students.

Cinnamon for More than Learning Ability

But isn’t cinnamon just a food, or a mere spice used for flavoring? Actually, cinnamon has been used in traditional medicine to treat conditions such as diabetes for many years.

A study on diabetic rats trying to confirm this found that cinnamaldehyde reduced blood glucose by 63% compared to the control group. A dose of 20mg per kilogram of body weight also significantly decreased the amount of haemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein on blood cells) that was tangled up in unabsorbed sugar; increased the liver’s normal stores of sugar and increased the level of insulin. Additionally, it normalized liver enzyme levels. Yeah, it seems cinnamon for diabetes really works.

These are just some of many cinnamon health benefits.

Although human clinical trials have not been conducted on cinnamon’s ability to improve learning, it may be still worthwhile to add it to your daily diet. Cinnamon could be added to oatmeal, cereal, or yogurt at breakfast, or consumed as part of chai tea. It could also be added to smoothies, hot chocolate, pancakes, or muffins. One idea is to combine half a cup of cottage cheese with diced apple and a pinch or more of cinnamon, among many others.

Read More At: NaturalSociety.com

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She Nails 3 False Premises of Vaccine Industry at 2:50 of This Video

Source: iHealthTube.com
July 28, 2016

What choices do you have when it comes to making decisions about vaccinations for your kids? Can you opt out and still send them to schools? Dr. Sherri Tenpenny discusses parents’ options and the decisions they can make. She also discusses what she calls the three false premises of the vaccine industry. Find out what she says does not make sense. She nails 3 false premises of the vaccine industry at 2:50 of this video.

Bye Bye Middle Class: The Rate Of Homeownership In The United States Has Hit The Lowest Level Ever

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Source: EconomicCollapseBlog.com
Michael Snyder
July 28, 2016

The percentage of Americans that own a home has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded.  During the second quarter of 2016, the non-seasonally adjusted homeownership rate fell to just 62.9 percent, which was exactly where it was at when the U.S. Census began publishing this measurement back in 1965.  This is not what a “recovery” looks like.  All throughout the Obama years, the percentage of Americans that own a home has gotten smaller and smaller and smaller.  The reason for this, of course, is that the middle class in America is dying.  Last year, we learned that middle class Americans now make up a minority of the population for the first time ever.  In order to have a high rate of homeownership, you need a thriving middle class, and you can’t have a thriving middle class without good paying middle class jobs.  This is why I write about the evisceration of the middle class so extensively, because the U.S. economy is systematically being hollowed out and most Americans don’t understand what is happening.

Traditionally, owning a home has been a sign that you have arrived as a member of the middle class, but under Barack Obama the percentage of Americans that own a home has fallen every single year.  In the past, we have talked about how it had fallen to the lowest level in decades, but now it has officially fallen to the lowest level ever.  The following comes from CNBC

After rising just over a decade ago to its highest level ever, the nation’s homeownership rate fell to match its all-time low and could drop even further in the months to come.

In the second quarter of this year, the rate fell to 62.9 percent, not seasonally adjusted, which is the same as it was in 1965, when the U.S. Census started tracking the metric. During the epic housing boom in the mid-2000s, the rate soared as high as 69.2 percent. That was when politicians touted the so-called “ownership society.”

So why is this happening?

Well, according to Wolf Richter analysts are blaming many factors…

  • Rising home prices in an economy of stagnant wages (for the lower 80%) have pushed entry-level homes out of reach for many people.
  • Lower priced homes in many urban areas entail a huge and costly ($ and time) commute every day. And even then, these homes may be too much of stretch for big parts of the population in expensive urban areas.
  • First time buyers are having trouble saving for a down payment since they spend their last available dime to meet soaring rents.
  • Millennials have been blamed. They always get blamed for everything. They saw their parents deal with the American Dream as it turned into the American Nightmare, and they learned their lesson early in life.
  • The super-low interest rate environment hasn’t made homes more affordable because home prices, in response to super-low interest rates, have soared, and in the end, mortgage payments are higher than they were before.
  • Higher home prices entail other costs that are higher, including taxes, brokerage fees, and insurance.

Certainly all of those points are legitimate, but the truth is that what we are facing is much broader than all of that.  The middle class in the United States has been dying for decades, and in recent years the long-term trends that have been slowly eating away at the middle class like cancer have accelerated significantly.  Just consider these numbers…

-In America today, nobody has a job in one out of every five families.

-At this moment, 102 million working age Americans do not have a job.

-According to the Social Security Administration, 51 percent of American workers currently make less than $30,000 a year.

-In 1970, the middle class brought home approximately 62 percent of all income. Today, that number has plunged to just 43 percent.

-The Federal Reserve says that 47 percent of Americans could not pay an unexpected $400 emergency room bill without borrowing the money from somewhere or selling something.

-One recent survey discovered that 62 percent of all Americans have less than $1,000 in savings.

-If you currently have no debt and you also have ten dollars in your pocket, that gives you a greater net worth than about 25 percent of all Americans.

-According to Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer, the authors of a book entitled “$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America“, there are 1.5 million “ultrapoor” households in the United States that live on less than two dollars a day.  If you can believe it, that number has doubled since 1996.

-Back in 2007, approximately one out of every eight children in America was on food stamps. Today, that number is one out of every five.

-Things continue to get worse for the middle class as we head into the second half of 2016.  Gallup’s U.S. economic confidence index just hit the lowest level so far this year.

I could keep quoting numbers at you all day, but hopefully you are getting the picture.

Continue Reading At: TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com

 

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM JULY 28 2016 – Geopolitics, Clinton, Russia & More

Source: GizaDeathStar.com
Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
July 28, 2016

Hungary’s Prime minister likes Trump, the French Prime Minister says simply to get used to terrorism, and the Democratic National Committee is claiming Russia is responsible for the recent wikileaks emails indicating more corruption from Hillary Clinton, and this has led to an explosion of speculation on the internet: would Russia do such a thing?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/article…

https://www.congress.gov/106/cdoc/tdo…

How to Make Healthy Kale Chips Fast and Easy

Source: GrowingYourGreens
July 28, 2016

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares with you how you can make the healthiest kale chips (or any other leafy green vegetable chips) fast and easy.

In this episode, John explains what he will be doing with some of his winter-grown leafy green vegetables so he can get the nutrition out of the greens in his garden into him.

You will learn how you can easily make the most healthy kale chips using whole food ingredients in a food dehydrator.

You will discover all the ingredients that John uses to make his kale chips as well learn everything you wanted to ever know about making kale chips (or other leafy green vegetable chips at home).

John will share his tips on how to shorten the dehydration time when dehydrating your kale chips.

Finally, John will share with you the finished product, and how he eats them and how he stores them for the maximum amount of time.

After watching this episode, you will learn everything you need to know about making kale (or other leafy green vegetable chips). This is the most comprehensive video done on this subject at this time.

Police 3D Print Dead Man’s Finger To Unlock His Phone – #NewWorldNext Week

Source: CorbettReport
James Corbett
July 28, 2016

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week’s episode:

STORY #1: Over 100 Tor Nodes Found Designed to Spy On Deep Web Users
http://bit.ly/2afQSjT
Can you trust Tor’s exit nodes?
http://bit.ly/1pn0XDb
No Conspiracy Theory Needed: Tor Created for U.S. Gov’t Spying
http://bit.ly/2awNyF9
Breaking Tor: US government funded Carnegie Mellon research to locate Silk Road suspect
http://bit.ly/2a6Jwzx

STORY #2: Serious Security Flaws Found In Osram Smart Bulbs
http://zd.net/2a6JQz5
Planned Obsolescence (Phoebus cartel)
http://bit.ly/1uXwAUr
The Story of Byron the Bulb
http://bit.ly/2awNJ3h

STORY #3: Police 3D-Print Murder Victim’s Finger to Unlock His Phone
http://bit.ly/2a6JtUu

#NewWorldNextWeek Updates: Japan Plans Stimulus Package of More Than 28 Trillion Yen
http://bit.ly/2azmG8Y
Canada Ditches Boeing After Lockheed Threatens 10,000 Jobs
http://bit.ly/2adhXFK
German “Officials” Call to Change Constitution After Munich Shooting
http://bit.ly/2a1ReQ8
Did The U.S. Just Release A New Homeland Security Advisory System For Cyber?
http://bit.ly/2aMualq