Archive for April, 2015

Birth Control May Alter The Structure Of A Woman’s Brain

Repost: Source: Huffington Post / Author: Carolyn Gregoire

Birth control pills have some troubling possible side effects, including altering a woman’s mood and even her choice of romantic partner. A new study adds another potential concern to the list: Hormonal contraception may shrink portions of the brain and affect their function.

It’s possible that the synthetic hormones found in the Pill — and possibly the suppression of natural hormones that occurs when women are using the Pill — cause these alterations in brain structure and function, according to a new study published in the journal Human Brain Mapping.

In a study conducted on 90 women, neuroscientists at UCLA found that two key brain regions, the lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the posterior cigulate cortex, were thinner in women who used oral contraception than in women who did not.

The lateral orbitofrontal cortex plays an important role in emotion regulation and responding to rewards, while the posterior cigulate cortex is involved with inward-directed thought, and shows increased activity when we recall personal memories and plan for the future.

Changes in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex could be responsible for the increased anxiety and depressive symptoms that some women experience when they start taking the Pill.

“Some women experience negative emotional side effects from taking oral contraceptive pills, although the scientific findings investigating that have been mixed,” Nicole Petersen, a neuroscientist at UCLA and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post. “So it’s possible that this change in the lateral orbitofrontal cortex may be related to the emotional changes that some women experience when using birth control pills.”

Scientists have not yet determined if these neurological changes are permanent, or if they only last while a woman is on the Pill.

“We need to do more studies to find out what behaviors might be changed, but this study gives us some targets to start with, and I think the first place to look is at the effect of birth control pills on regulating emotions,” Petersen said.

The new findings contradict a 2010 study that found that the Pill thickened brain areas associated with learning, memory and emotion regulation.

At this point, research on the Pill’s neurological effects is limited, so it’s difficult to draw conclusions. However, some scientists say that the preliminary research may give reason for caution.

“The possibility that an accepted form of chemical contraception has the ability to alter the gross structure of the human brain is a cause for concern, even if the changes seem benign — for the moment,” neuroscientist Craig Kinsey wrote in Scientific American about the 2010 study. “In any event, women need to have all of the medical and now, neurobiological, information they can use in informing their personal contraceptive decisions.”


Amazing Exercises to Increase Your Feminine Energy


Get Moving

Feminine energy is moving energy. The ocean, hurricanes, and weather patterns are all perfect metaphors for feminine energy as they are constantly in motion, always changing and shifting.  If you have been stuck at an office desk or have felt physically stagnant for a while, you need to get your body moving.  Whether that means going for a walk in a forest, stretching out in a yoga class, or dancing in your underwear to your favorite music in your bedroom, your feminine energy will always be activated by movement.

Take Off Your Pants

Because feminine energy is pure motion and movement, it doesn’t like to be boxed in or restricted. Women hate being told how to feel just as much as a hurricane refuses to be gift-wrapped.  Jeans and pants have this restrictive tendency. Go on a “pants detox” and commit to only wearing skirts or dresses for a month.  See how you feel. Do you find it easier to flow through your life? Do you feel less restricted and more feminine? Cultural associations aside, soft flowing fabrics mirror the constant moving element of feminine energy in a tangible way.

Have Females Only Time

Spending intentional time with other women recharges your feminine energy in a big way.  Something amazing happens when you are exclusively with those of your gender. It’s easier to drop the masks and be yourself, as you are.

Have More Orgasms

While men are depleted of their masculine energy by ejaculating too frequently, women actually benefit the more they reach orgasm. More creativity, more emotional connection, more finely attuned intuition… the benefits are endless.

Prioritize Receiving

Masculine energy is a penetrating force of energy.  Feminine energy is the receptive energy that opens.  By receiving love/energy/attention your deep well of feminine energy is filled up.  This doesn’t necessarily mean through sex (although this certainly helps). You can receive by getting a massage, pedicure, or having someone make a meal for you.  In the massage, for example, your breathing and relaxing that allows your masseuses hands to penetrate beneath the layers of your stress is deeply fulfilling for your feminine energy.  So get out your calendar and book some receiving time into your schedule.


The feminine connects largely through verbal communication (with masculine connecting largely through touch and sexual access).  It’s no secret that as women reach puberty they become much more fascinated in becoming frequent and effective verbal communicators with their peers.  The feminine in you is nourished by extended catch-up sessions with loved ones (mom, dad, siblings, close friends, etc.).  So turn off the TV, call up someone you care about and catch up on your unique but diverging lives. Talk without aim other than to let them know about what’s been going on with you and to hear all about how they’ve been since you last talked.

Indulge Your Senses

The masculine largely gets lost in thought, while the feminine can get lost in the realm of the senses.  To re-connect with your feminine energy, indulge your taste buds by eating chocolate, drinking red wine, and indulging your palate with decadent foods that you love. Indulge your sense of touch by going shopping and feeling all of the soft fabrics. You can also go to a public food market and take in all of the different sights and smells of the delicious foods surrounding you.  Get out of your head, and into your body by intentionally living in your senses.


Masculine energy is destructive energy, while feminine energy is a creative energy. To shake things up in your routine you can paint, create a poem, write a song, or make a delicious meal for yourself and others.  The song/poem/meal doesn’t even necessarily need to be “good”… it just needs to be created. Let go of expectations and simply create for creations sake.

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Nine ways sex can help improve women’s health

1. Increases Youthful Appearance

With increased blood circulation and oxygenation of the blood, a post-coital glow means a temporary brighter complexion. But there are longer-lasting beauty benefits of sex, too. An orgasm triggers a rush of endorphins and growth hormones, like DHEA, that help heal damage caused by the sun, smoking and cortisol buildup, which is associated with the thinning of the skin. In fact, a Scottish study showed that people who have sex every other day look dramatically younger (up to seven to 12 years!) than then those lacking in the nooky department. 

2. Brain Health

In addition to increased blood flow throughout the body, sex also provides blood flow to the brain, which provides an extra boost of glucose for energy!

3. Better Sleep

The intense relaxation you feel after climax from the oxytocin rush can induce a deeper sleep, so don’t be offended if your little romp leaves your partner snoozing within minutes. 

4. Strengthens the Pelvic Floor

Keeping your “love muscle” strong is important! Maybe you’ve heard of kegels, which are exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor. Think of when you hold your urine then let it flow… imagine if your pelvic floor was weak! You’d have a hard time controlling your bladder, which can be cause for all sorts of problems. Plus, a strong pelvic floor leads to better orgasms! 

5. Relieves Stress

Researchers from Scotland have found that people who were sexually active had lower blood pressure when engaged in stress-inducing tasks, such as public speaking, with those only having sex in the last two weeks charting the lowest number. 

6. Burns Calories

The human body has over 600 muscles and during sex, we’re contracting all of these muscles. As long as you’re putting some effort into it, you’re sure to burn some calories in the act – way more fun than running on a treadmill if you ask me! 

7. Stabilizes Menstrual Cycle

And helps relieve cramps and menstrual headaches too! Plus, orgasms are more powerful during menses. 

8. Gives Natural Pain Relief Through Orgasms

Orgasms release a bunch of different brain chemicals, including oxytocin – our bodies natural pain reliever so get your freak on, girl! 

9. A Stronger Immunity System

A study from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania indicated that people having sex one to two times a week had three times as much Immunoglobulin A (a major antibody) in their systems as those having no sex, infrequent sex (less than once a week), or — a note to your nosy neighbors — very frequent sex (3 times or more a week). 


CDC: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Carried By International Travelers Spreading Across U.S.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an intestinal illness carried by international travelers is spreading across the nation.

WWJ’s Dr. Deanna Lites reports what’s call “Shigella bacteria” can cause diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

The CDC says, between May 2014 and February 2015 there have been 243 cases in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Three cases have been reported so far in Michigan, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The problem is that the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic Cipro which is what’s used to usually treat the infection. One can get Shigella from an infected person or contaminated food or water.

The CDC says most of those infected with Shigella typically develop symptoms starting a day or two after they are exposed to the bacteria

To prevent the bug, practice good hand hygiene, including washing hands before eating or after changing a diaper. Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes, or untreated swimming pools, the CDC says; and, when traveling internationally, adhere to food and water precautions.


John Hopkins University Sued for $1 billion for STD Experiment in Guatemala

Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation are the objects of a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit resulting from its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhoea, during a medical experiment program in the 1940s and 1950s.

The lawsuit on behalf of 800 Guatemalans, claims that both prestigious, pristine institutions helped “design, support, encourage and finance” the experiments by employing scientists and physicians involved in the tests, which were designed to ascertain if penicillin could prevent the diseases.

The experiments, which occurred between 1945 and 1956, were kept secret until they were discovered in 2010 by a college professor, Susan Reverby, the Guardian reports.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine held “substantial influence” over the commissioning of the research program by dominating panels that approved federal funding for the research, the suit claims.

Rockefeller Foundation involvement included paying a researcher who was assigned to the experiments in which he travelled to inspect on at least six occasions.

The implementation of this nefarious experimentation was done on the underbelly or so-called throwaways of Guatemala society: Orphans, prisoners and mental health patients were deliberately infected in the experiments.

The suit also claims that predecessor companies of the pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb supplied penicillin for use in the experiments, which they knew to be both secretive and non-consensual.

Now, here’s the kicker in this wicked and clandestine experiment: The program published no findings and did not inform Guatemalans who were infected of the consequences of their participation, nor did it provide them with follow up medical care or inform them of ways to prevent the infections spreading, the lawsuit states.

During the experiments the following occurred:

  1. Prostitutes were infected with venereal disease and then provided for sex to subjects for intentional transmission of the disease;
  2. Subjects were inoculated by injection of syphilis spirochaetes into the spinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, under the skin, and on mucous membranes;
  3. An emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhoea was spread under the foreskin of the penis in male subjects;
  4. The penis of male subjects was scraped and scarified and then coated with the emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhea;
  5. A woman from the psychiatric hospital was injected with syphilis, developed skin lesions and wasting, and then had gonorrhoeal pus from a male subject injected into both of her eyes and;
  6. Children were subjected to blood studies to check for the presence of venereal disease.

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton apologized back in 2010 after a presidential bioethics commission investigation found the experiments “involved unconscionable basic violations of ethics”.

A federal lawsuit for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act failed in 2012 after a judge determined the United States government cannot be held liable for actions outside the country. Bekman told theGuardian he believed the new lawsuit stood a greater chance of success as it was lodged in the state court of Maryland and against private entities.

For their part, Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation have vigorously denied any involvement in the experiments and are said to be vigorously defending themselves against these allegations.

A spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said the institute expressed “profound sympathy” for the victims of the experiments and their families, but said: “Johns Hopkins did not initiate, pay for, direct of conduct the study in Guatemala. No nonprofit university or hospital has ever been held liable for a study conducted by the US government,” according to the Baltimore Sun.