Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Can You Become Intoxicated by the Power of Suggestion?

By Dr Stephen Juan
Source: The Register UK

Mind over matter goes a long way. Reports of intoxication occurring merely through the power of suggestion and not through alcohol ingestion appear from time to time.

An early example of this is a 19th century incident in the US state of Maine. A logging camp was stocked with bottles of vanilla extract containing alcohol. Workers at the camp would occasionally break into the camp's stores, drink the vanilla extract, and become intoxicated.

Eventually, the logging camp managers changed to stocking bottles of vanilla extract not containing alcohol. The workers still occasionally broke into the stores, still drank the vanilla extract, and still got intoxicated - without alcohol!

Mind over matter can happen with non-alcoholic drinks too. "What you think may be as important as what you drink." This is according to Dr Andrew Scholey, a professor of psychopharmacology at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle in the UK.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

6 Ways to Attract Bad Luck

By Steve Gillman,
Author of Secrets of Lucky People

There are two ways to improve the good luck / bad luck ratio in your life. One is to take steps to do those things that lead to more good luck. The other is to stop doing the things that cause bad luck.

This lesson is about the latter. It is an examination of the actions,
habits and thinking of unlucky people, so that you can learn what to avoid.

The last chapter covered a couple of the worst bad habits that unlucky people have. Those are blaming and making excuses. Here are some more to watch out for.


Friday, February 23, 2007

8 Brain Diseases That Give Superhuman Mind Powers

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> 8 Brain Diseases that give Superhuman Mind Powers
--> What Color is Pi?
--> The Hi-Tech Body of Tomorrow
--> The Happiest Man in the World?
--> How to Create Energy from Nothing


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Is Intelligence Necessary to Succeed?

By Boris Vene

It is often felt that, above everything else, success is hindered by a lack of intelligence.

But which person has the better chance of succeeding? The one with above average intelligence who is burdened with doubts and tries to tackle matters with hesitation - or the one with average intelligence who has a positive focus and is a "person of action?"

More than intelligence itself, your thoughts and patterns of thought are the decisive elements that guide your intelligence and lead to your success!

Research conducted in the United States shows that a "positive mind-set," rather than intelligence, is the most essential element of success. Similar research at Harvard shows that students credited 85% of what they achieved to their mind-set and only 15% to their abilities, skills and innate talent.

Dr. Staples also wrote, in Think as a Winner, that Allan Cox, researching the leading men of the Fortune 500 companies in 1982, discovered that 94% of them believed that their success was a direct result of their mind-set.


Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Brain Scan Reads Your Mind

Source: BBC

Brain scans have been developed which it is claimed can predict what a person is about to do.

German, British and Japanese scientists were able to "read minds" using sophisticated functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) and computer programs.

Current Biology reported people were asked to think about adding or subtracting - scientists were able to read intentions in 70% of cases.

A UK expert advised caution, but said such technologies would develop.

Such techniques could be used to help people who are paralysed - there are already some steps being taken towards helping people using computer-assisted prosthetic devices linked to computers.

But this research might also allow abstract thoughts and intentions to be read.

It may even be possible to carry out instructions such as "send email" simply by thinking them - with a scanner picking up the wish and translating it in a way that the computer can act on.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Aerobics for the Brain

By Rita Baron-Faust
Source: CNN

It looks like a scene from a 1950s science fiction flick: Patients with electrodes attached to their skulls sit deep in concentration, focusing their minds to control the beeps and squiggly lines produced by an electronic monitor.

Now these fantastic visions are unfolding with increasing frequency in real medical clinics around the country; people with epilepsy, attention deficit disorder and other forms of serious mental illness are treating these ailments by learning to control electrical patterns in their own brains. This therapy, known as neurofeedback, is emerging as the hottest new twist on biofeedback.

Though biofeedback was first developed by psychologists, its primary uses have been for illnesses below the neck. Standard biofeedback teaches you first to become conscious of normally unconscious functions such as pulse, digestion and body temperature, then teaches you to control them in response to sounds or other cues from monitoring devices. These techniques have allowed patients to lower their blood pressure, banish their headaches and control their incontinence without using drugs.

Now new insights into the biology of mental illness have made it possible to treat them in a similar fashion.


Monday, February 19, 2007

The Hi-Tech Body of Tomorrow

By SS Verma
Source: Central Chronicle

Science and technology is progressing with a great pace and thus revolutionising medical science in particular. We are entering a century in which medical science will go beyond treating disease to create enhancements that will make us "better than well".

The advances in medical science like brain chips that enable us to control machines with our thoughts; design the child of your dreams, kidneys and lungs built to order in the lab; pills to make you smarter and more creative and an implant that gives you a tan and protects against skin cancer may well lead to more-than-human abilities.

Genetics, materials science, tissue engineering and nanotechnology are already yielding products to help the sick and injured, including a Band-Aid-like heart patch and the C-leg prosthesis for amputees.

All these innovations are in development; some are already being tested on human subjects. The next technological frontier will be our own bodies. Following this trend far enough, and we reach the augmented human.

Here are highlighted the breakthroughs that will make it possible to manipulate the body in novel (and sometimes disturbing) ways.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Happiest Man in the World?

By Anthony Barnes
Source: The Independent UK

To scientists, he is the world's happiest man. His level of mind control is astonishing and the upbeat impulses in his brain are off the scale.

Now Matthieu Ricard, 60, a French academic-turned-Buddhist monk, is to share his secrets to make the world a happier place. The trick, he reckons, is to put some effort into it. In essence, happiness is a "skill" to be learned.

His advice could not be more timely as tomorrow Britain will reach what, according to a scientific formula, is the most miserable day of the year. Tattered new year resolutions, the faded buzz of Christmas, debt, a lack of motivation and the winter weather conspire to create a peak of misery and gloom.

But studies have shown that the mind can rise above it all to increase almost everyone's happiness. Mr Ricard, who is the French interpreter for Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, took part in trials to show that brain training in the form of meditation can cause an overwhelming change in levels of happiness.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Baby Mind Reader Ready for Psychic Challenge

Source: Paranormal Review

Derek Ogilvie, a British medium who claims to be able to read babies’ minds – a sort of “child whisperer” – is eager to relieve the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) of $1 million by proving his psychic abilities are real.

No formal application has yet been made but his acceptance of the challenge, if it goes ahead, is likely to be the subject of a television documentary. Ogilvie’s work was featured in Channel 5’s reality series, The Baby Mind Reader.

Scottish-born Ogilvie, 41, has been a practicing medium for several years. His speciality came about, he says, during a reading for a mother whose three-week-old child began sending him strong telepathic messages about the family’s life together.

Now, he is called in by parents whose children have sleeping, eating or crying problems that do not respond to conventional cures. Fiona McCade, writing in The Scotsman last year told of her own experience when he visited her and her 10-month-old son, for whom meal times were a battleground, because he was still treating solid food with suspicion, and whose sleep patterns were erratic.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Women Turn to Hypnosis to Get Pregnant

By Dennis Douda

Hypnosis is used for all kinds of things, including quitting smoking, losing weight and even limiting labor pain in the delivery room, but now some women swear the mind-over-matter technique is helping them get pregnant.

Amber Olson is a busy working mother with another baby on the way. Before her second son, Liam, was born, she had three and a half years of infertility and doctors could not find a physical reason.

Olson tried fertility treatments with no success.

"It was really heartbreaking," she said.

Olson then turned to fertility hypnosis, a new complementary therapy that is gaining popularity.

With a soothing voice and positive words, Olson said her hypnotherapist guided her to a relaxing, stress-free world.

"I felt excellent," Olson said.

After only two sessions, Olson was pregnant.


Monday, February 12, 2007

Princeton's Controversial ESP Lab to Close

Source: Yahoo News

The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory will close after 28 years of studying ESP and telekinesis, research that embarrassed university officials and outraged the scientific community.

PEAR's founder, Robert G. Jahn, said the lab, with its aging equipment and dwindling finances, has done what it needed to do.

"If people don't believe us after all the results we've produced, then they never will," Jahn, 76, former dean of Princeton's engineering school and an emeritus professor, told The New York Times for Saturday editions.

Princeton made no official comment on the lab's closure.

One of the world's top experts on jet propulsion, Jahn was able to buck a research system based on university and government money that uses strenuous peer review. Instead, Jahn estimates he was able to raise more than $10 million in private donations over the years.

A standard experiment at PEAR would have a participant sitting in front of an electric box flashing numbers just above or below 100. Staff would tell the person to either "think high" or "think low" as they watched the display.

PEAR researchers concluded that people could alter the results in such machines about two or three times out of 100,000. Jahn claimed if the human mind could slightly alter a machine, it might be able to be used in other areas of human life, such as healing disease.


Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Joy of Laziness: How to Slow Down and Live Longer

By Roya Nikkhah
The Telegraph

It is the news that all sloths have been waiting for. Scientists in Germany have found that too much exercise is bad for you and that doing less could lengthen your life.

In a new book called The Joy of Laziness: How to slow down and live longer, Dr Peter Axt, retired professor of health science at Fulda University near Frankfurt, and his daughter, Dr Michaela Axt-Gadermann, a GP, say that everybody has a limited amount of "life energy" and that the speed with which it is consumed determines their life span.

They argue that high-energy activities, such as pounding the treadmill at the gym, accelerates the ageing process and makes the body more susceptible to illness.

"A more relaxed way of life is important for your health," said Dr Axt-Gadermann. "If you lead a stressful life and exercise excessively, your body produces hormones which lead to high blood pressure and can damage your heart and arteries."


Friday, February 09, 2007

The Day-Dreaming, Time-Travelling, God-Creating Brain

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> Time Travel in the Brain
--> Daydreaming is the Brain's Default Setting
--> How the Brain Creates God
--> The Woo-Woo School of Manifesting
--> The Biological Function of the Third Eye


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Are "They" Controlling Your Mind?

New on the Internet: a community of people who believe the government is beaming voices into their minds. They may be crazy, but the Pentagon has pursued a weapon that can do just that.

By Sharon Weinberger
Source: Washington Post

IF HARLAN GIRARD IS CRAZY, HE DOESN'T ACT THE PART. He is standing just where he said he would be, below the Philadelphia train station's World War II memorial -- a soaring statue of a winged angel embracing a fallen combatant, as if lifting him to heaven. Girard is wearing pressed khaki pants, expensive-looking leather loafers and a crisp blue button-down. He looks like a local businessman dressed for a casual Friday -- a local businessman with a wickedly dark sense of humor, which had become apparent when he said to look for him beneath "the angel sodomizing a dead soldier." At 70, he appears robust and healthy -- not the slightest bit disheveled or unusual-looking. He is also carrying a bag.

Girard's description of himself is matter-of-fact, until he explains what's in the bag: documents he believes prove that the government is attempting to control his mind. He carries that black, weathered bag everywhere he goes. "Every time I go out, I'm prepared to come home and find everything is stolen," he says.

The bag aside, Girard appears intelligent and coherent. At a table in front of Dunkin' Donuts inside the train station, Girard opens the bag and pulls out a thick stack of documents, carefully labeled and sorted with yellow sticky notes bearing neat block print. The documents are an authentic-looking mix of news stories, articles culled from military journals and even some declassified national security documents that do seem to show that the U.S. government has attempted to develop weapons that send voices into people's heads.

"It's undeniable that the technology exists," Girard says, "but if you go to the police and say, 'I'm hearing voices,' they're going to lock you up for psychiatric evaluation."

The thing that's missing from his bag -- the lack of which makes it hard to prove he isn't crazy -- is even a single document that would buttress the implausible notion that the government is currently targeting a large group of American citizens with mind-control technology. The only direct evidence for that, Girard admits, lies with alleged victims such as himself.

And of those, there are many.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

The Source of All Illness

By Lorenzo P.

For thousands of years humans have been trying to cure illnesses afflicting body and mind. Endless types and strands of disorders seem to be ever changing and constantly mutating into more complex forms. We try hard to study and understand them with a scientific methodology, but we often have hard time making progress because our scientific models fail to describe much detail of how the human body works. While the science of health is making great steps forward, there is still a lot of guess work involved in applied medicine that often is more like a form of art based on the experience and gut feelings of the doctors, than a science with clear rules.

When we study illness, we notice the symptoms and we explore them; this research gives us clues on how to fix the symptoms, and often we discover possible causes and we attempt to attack these as well. This approach is similar to the approach we take when a car breaks, except that it is much more difficult given how complex the physical body is. It often works, but often doesn’t fix the cause, and the illness comes back to hunt us again. Many times things just resolve themselves and we have no idea what the problem was, and why it is gone.

I remember when I was a teenager I started having troubles breathing at night. I was a young and healthy, much into all kinds of sports and always active. Nevertheless, this night breathing problem was bothering me a great deal. I went to my doctor. He asked me if I had that problem only at night, which I did. He also asked me if I had that problem while in vacation somewhere else, or if I had any known allergies. I answered “no” to both questions. In fact, I could sleep just fine while in vacation, and I had no known allergies. He asked me if I spent much time in my room, which I did. That’s all he needed to hear. His prescription was “Change your room around! Move the furniture, take whatever is on the walls and change it with something new, paint the room with a different color. In short, make it feel new”. I thought it was an odd cure for my problem, but he is a very experienced doctor and I trusted him. Well, believe it or not, that “cure” fixed my problem, which never came back again. Later he explained that I had problems breathing because I was associating my room with something bad that happened in my life, putting me in a negative state of mind and stress. Changing the room around was a way to deactivate these negative memories.

He didn’t really understand all the details of why that negative state of mind was causing the problems with the breathing; he just knew that it worked that way.

What is the real cause of illness? Most important, why is the body sometimes unable to fix itself?


Monday, February 05, 2007

How the Moon Rules Your Life

By Roger Dobson
Source: The Independent

For eons, folklore has blamed the Moon for everything from lunacy to bad luck. And, for the last few centuries, scientists have scoffed. Now, according to new research they're not so sure. The Moon may not be made of cheese, but it seems to influence a lot more down on Earth than we previously thought.

According to new research, the Moon affects not only the tides of the oceans but also people, producing a range of symptoms from flare-ups of gout to bladder problems. It may even lie behind the causes of car crashes and affect people's hormonal balances.

Having carried out new research and reviewed 50 other studies, scientists suggest that doctors and the police even need to prepare for how their work rate will increase at different points in the lunar cycle. Among the findings examined by the researchers were studies that showed GP consultations go up during a full moon, according to Leeds University. Appointments rise by 3.6 per cent, which works out at around three extra patients for each surgery. The researchers did not speculate on the nature of the moon-related problems or why they happened, but said that "it does not seem to be related to anxiety and depression".


Friday, February 02, 2007

The New Issue of Mind Power News is Now Online

The new issue of Mind Power News is now available to be read

This Week:

--> Join the Largest Mind-Over-Matter Experiment in History
--> Thinking Can Alter the way your Body Fights Disease
--> Hypnosis Cures Children of Bad Habits
--> A Simple Mind Trick to Switch Off Depression
--> How to Read Minds to Influence the Opposite Sex