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The Mechanics behind Sensory Deprivation Therapy

Gary James

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Sensory Deprivation Therapy

The entire construct of sensory deprivation is so complex that it is often likened to the complexities of quantum physics due to the influence of the therapy on the human brain. The human brain is as complex as any organ can be based on the fact that everything we think about, each action that we take, every memory that we have, all the feelings and experiences we go through is produced by our brains.

Our brain may be just a jelly-like mass of tissue that weighs approximately 1.4 kilograms, but this jelly-like mass consists of a mind-numbing one hundred billion neurons or nerve cells that are constantly preoccupied with one thing or another. Most of our brain’s processing power is dedicated towards processing our sensory inputs or apparatus which includes vision, hearing, smell, temperature changes and gravity.

The brain is constantly scanning for sudden changes in the environments around us because it is ‘hardwired’ to keep us safe at all times and this means that the brain, just like our heart and other vital organs does not get much rest.

Unless an individual is savvy with yoga meditation techniques and has been a practitioner for years allowing them to ‘quieten’ the brain, most people do not have the luxury of doing so unless they decide to subject themselves to either meditation which would take years or try floatation therapy.

In other words, float tank therapy is a shortcut to achieve the brain states that only those who have been practicing meditation for years are able to achieve with some plus points due to the magnesium sulfate solution used in these therapies which meditators do not get. At about now you may have started to wonder, how does laying in floatation pod filled with Epsom salt impacts the brain.

Well, the simple truth behind that question is ‘sensory deprivation’. As mentioned earlier apart from our brain is responsible for processing and storing thoughts, actions, feelings, and experiences, it has to beforehand process the inputs which are sent to the brain via our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, and instincts.

The amount of raw logical processing power that is needed to process the inputs from our sensory systems is so incredible that it would take dozens of supercomputers crunching numbers night and day for months on end just to get an out of what our brain does in a split second (yes, our brains are much more powerful than any supercomputer in existence).

So when a person is placed in a floatation pod, guess what? All that raw processing power that our brain uses for processing inputs just lay about and given the tranquillity that the brain experiences (quiet mind) during floatation therapy, the brain is able to redirect all this processing power lying about to handle other long-neglected issues ‘within us’.

From correcting chemical imbalances and inhibiting stress hormones and enhancing the production of ‘feel-good’ hormones to enhancing blood circulation and enhancing cell oxygenation, floatation therapy sessions does it all and the added infusion of magnesium from the solution that we float on through the skin is a bonus as magnesium deficiency is much more rampant than most people think!

Gary James is just the kind of fun loving, humorous person who is always full of life. There is never a dull moment with him. He wanted to be a Scientist, but is happy contributing to Science news for Report Door. He is one of a kind with whom you will always have a good times.

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Coronary Artery Disease: Risks & Treatment

Rhonda Palacios

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Coronary Artery Disease: Risks & Treatment
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Coronary Artery Disease is a common cause of death in both men and women in the US. This disease is also known as coronary heart disease or ischemic heart disease.

It contains a higher risk of heart disease or heart failure. Sometimes it is preventable with timely proper treatment. But the delay may become the cause of your death.

Cholesterol: Its Most Common Cause

Cholesterol contains the LDL or Low-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol. This is known to be the worst kind of cholesterol that builds up in the available space in the arteries.

Ultimately, you have to suffer from Coronary Artery Disease. This whole process is known as atherosclerosis.

Nicholas Amoroso, MD, a cardiologist at the Medical University of South Carolina said that this disease is an extremely dangerous disease.

According to a report, 80% of young adults found to be affected by this disease.

Other causes of the disease include smoking, tobacco intake, overweight, physical inactiveness, etc. This also includes people whose fast food or artificial fat intake is too high.

Treatment

According to Amoroso, if coronary artery disease is known, you may face symptoms like a heart attack.

He suggested that the patient with known coronary artery disease should pay attention to their symptoms.

He also recommends a healthy lifestyle for everyone, especially people suffering from it. 

Your changed lifestyle should include eating low sodium, low trans fat diet and to avoid tobacco smoking. 

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Will Face Mask Protect You from Getting Infected by Coronavirus?

Rhonda Palacios

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Coronavirus Face Mask

The new Coronavirus that emerged in China is unstoppable. It has reported nearly 6100 cases and over 160 deaths.

Now people have started wearing masking in the United States. But do you think it will protect you from deadly Coronavirus?

The CDC has confirmed that right now there is very little danger to the American public. Till now there have been only 5 states shown confirmed cases of Coronavirus. And in all of these cases, people were generally travel to China. Still, there is not even a single case of a person to person spread. So, it is not required to wear a mask in the U.S.

“N95 Respirator Mask”

CDC recommends that people who are health workers and deals with Coronavirus patients should wear N95 masks.

This mask respirator fixes closer to the face and filters out small particles from the air. Most of the coronaviruses are known to be larger in size. But even with an N95 mask, some viruses enter through it.

These masks don’t work properly for children or people with facial hair. It also not suitable for people who have lung issues as they may find it harder to breathe after wearing it.

Alternative Ways To Protect Yourself From Coronaviruses

Apart from using an N95 mask, there are still several things that you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus. Firstly, you need to wash your hands properly using soap and hot water.

It will be beneficial for you if you will avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes. Take properly cooked food and get enough sleep.

The most important thing to remind yourself, again and again, is to not come in contact with an already infected person.

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What is Coronavirus? Everything You Need To Know

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What is Coronavirus
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Coronavirus has infected more than 4500 people in China. Out of this, nearly 107 people died due to this virus. Till now, the illness has already spread in more than 15 countries around the world. 

The United States is not out of this race. As people who had recently traveled to China are coming back sick. On Tuesday morning, around 100 people in 26 U.S States have been tested for the virus. 

According to Chinese health officials, Coronavirus was initially spread from an animal to a human. Then, it further spread from human to human. The transmission seems more like a flu illness.

Officials have blocked all the in and out transportation in the Wuhan and surrounding areas. 

Coronavirus and its symptoms

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that causes an illness similar to the common cold or some respiratory syndromes. According to the WHO, these respiratory syndromes can be as serious as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) & Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). 

People who are infected with coronavirus have had symptoms like fever, shortness of breath and coughing. The virus has also pneumonia-like symptoms, which include infection in the air sacs of the lungs. That can fill those sacs with pus or maybe with the fluid. 

How to protect yourself from the virus infection? 

International Public Health Emergency has already been declared. That means restriction has been made for international travel, border checks, etc.  But till now, no emergency declared by WHO or Germany Foreign Ministry to travel to the Chinese cities of Wuhan.

Moreover, to protect yourself from the virus, it is advisable to take good hygiene measures. You should avoid close contact with people who are suffering from acute respiratory infections or the common cold. 

Wash your hands regularly in a proper way. Especially after being in contact with an infected person or even animals.

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