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From NetMums
Healthy Balance - Baby Massage

Healthy Balance would like to invite babies aged between newborn and one year old (non crawling) and their Mum or Dad to come along for a five session baby massage course.
Discover the joys and benefits of baby massage and celebrate this wonderful stage together as you and your little one give each other the focus and attention that you both deserve. The course consists of five, one hours sessions, which take place over 5 weeks. Each week will focus on a different part of the body until full body massage is learnt.

The classes are suitable from birth, however, a baby is likely to be more receptive to massage at a few weeks old when it has become more accustomed to being touched. Classes are recommended to take place before crawling starts, however the benefits of baby massage can be used on children many years older.

You will be given handouts of the techniques learnt, to assist with practice at home. Towels and massage oil are provided. Please bring Baby, a baby blanket, nappies and wipes.

There will also be a chance to discuss various post natal issues over refreshments and to meet other parents and their young babies.

http://www.healthy-balance.co.uk


From Joseph C.
Yet Another Disease That Responds Better to Marijuana Than Prescription Drugs

http://www.alternet.org

For the estimated five million Americans suffering from Fibromyalgia (FM), a chronic pain condition of unknown etiology, pain, fatigue, and depression are often a way of life. Though the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a small number of drugs to treat symptoms of FM, many patients report that these prescription pills provide little relief. By contrast, more and more patients with FM are finding effective relief from medical cannabis.

So say the results of a recent online survey of over 1,300 subjects conducted by The National Pain Foundation and NationalPainReport.com. Among those surveyed, 379 subjects said that they had used cannabis therapeutically. Sixty-two percent of them rated the substance to be “very effective” in the treatment of their condition. Only five percent of said that cannabis did “not work at all.”



From Don
“Extreme” Levels of Roundup Detected in Food—Are You Eating This Toxic Contaminant?

'In 2009, a French court found Monsanto guilty of lying; falsely advertising its Roundup herbicide as "biodegradable," "environmentally friendly" and claiming it "left the soil clean."
We're now starting to understand just how false such statements are. For example, last summer, a groundbreaking study revealed a previously unknown mechanism of harm from glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

The research showed that glyphosate residues, found in most processed foods in the Western diet courtesy of GE sugar beets, corn, and soy, "enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and toxins in the environment to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease."'

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/20/glyphosate-roundup-levels.aspx


From Frederico
http://www.wired.com/2013/11/christof-koch-panpsychism-consciousness/

It’s a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he might know the answer. According to Koch, consciousness arises within any sufficiently complex, information-processing system. All animals, from humans on down to earthworms, are conscious; even the internet could be. That’s just the way the universe works.

“The electric charge of an electron doesn’t arise out of more elemental properties. It simply has a charge,” says Koch. “Likewise, I argue that we live in a universe of space, time, mass, energy, and consciousness arising out of complex systems.”

What Koch proposes is a scientifically refined version of an ancient philosophical doctrine called panpsychism — and, coming from someone else, it might sound more like spirituality than science. But Koch has devoted the last three decades to studying the neurological basis of consciousness. His work at the Allen Institute now puts him at the forefront of the BRAIN Initiative, the massive new effort to understand how brains work, which will begin next year.


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