The Journal of Investigative Dermatology published the results of a German study investigating the effect of air pollution on skin aging in 400 Caucasian women aged 70-80. It found that test subjects who lived in high pollution areas had a higher incidence of pigment spots, and to a lesser extent, more wrinkles.
Levels of skin aging were determined using the SCINEXA (Validated Score of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Skin Aging) which takes into account a variety of internal and external influences on the skin, including sun exposure and the ability to synthesize connective tissue proteins (such as collagen and elastin) which generally decreases with age. Other factors which affect skin aging were also taken into consideration on an individual level such as body mass index, use of hormone replacement therapy, smoking history, and tanning bed usage.
Pollution exposure levels were determined by measurements of the distance between a participant’s home and the nearest major roadway with traffic volume of 10,000 or more vehicles per day combined with nearby readings of airborne particulates taken from fixed monitoring sites near the participants' homes, generally in residential areas of cities without busy traffic.
According to the study, “An increase in soot (per 0.5 × 10(-5) per m) and particles from traffic (per 475 kg per year and square km) was associated with 20% more pigment spots on forehead and cheeks.”
As the effects of pollution on skin aging become more widely understood, the skin care industry is busy developing new skin protection products. One product, SymHelios® 1031, is already available commercially as an ingredient. It claims to minimize “the harmful impact that cigarette smoke or air pollution can have on the skin” by blocking specific harmful metabolic reactions.
It seems likely that consumers can expect to see new anti-aging products advertising skin protection against pollution on store shelves soon.
Airborne particle exposure and extrinsic skin aging
J Invest Dermatol. 2010 Dec;130(12):2719-26. Epub 2010 Jul 22
Symrise awarded for its innovative skin protection
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The video below shows a visual representation of brainwaves created while listening to a Pharoelidae track, very cool!
BrainPaint is a state-of-the-art neurofeedback system that incorporates a comprehensive assessment tool, which systematically calculates protocol suggestions used to improve and restore activity related to brain function. This assessment tool is revolutionary, turning new clinicians into experienced practitioners in a fraction of the time. Seasoned practitioners will appreciate the automation - similar to that of computerized chess crunching data to explore the potential of future moves – allowing the focus to be on the human aspects of the session.
Desktop wallpaper of the day (click on the image 2x for the big version) from the Astronomy Picture of the Day archives:
"The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of Cassiopeia."
below is an excerpt that sparked a deeper understanding of the fact that our bodies are biologically complex ecosystems
The Biology of Belief
by Bruce Lipton
As it turned out, that histology course was the most exhilarating and intellectually profound period of my academic career. Free to teach the course the way I wanted to teach it, I ventured into a new way of covering the material, an approach that had been roiling in my brain for several years. I had been fascinated by the idea that considering cells as miniature humans would make it easier to understand their physiology and behavior. As I contemplated a new structure for the course, I got excited. The idea of overlapping cell and human biology rekindled the inspiration for science I had felt as a child. I still experienced that enthusiasm in my research laboratory, though not when I was mired in the administrative details of being a tenured faculty member, including endless meetings and what for me were tortuous faculty parties
When we observe other humans as individual entities or see ourselves in the mirror as an individual organism, in one sense, we are correct, at least from the perspective of our level of observation. However, if I brought you down to the size of an individual cell so you could see your body from that perspective, it would offer a whole new view of the world. When you looked back at yourself from that perspective you would not see yourself as a single entity. You would see yourself as a bustling community of more than 50 trillion individual cells.
A fascinating article that in my mind explains why some days are more intense than others...
Like giant, cosmic chutes between the Earth and sun, magnetic portals open up every eight minutes or so to connect our planet with its host star.
Once the portals open, loads of high-energy particles can travel the 93 million miles (150 million km) through the conduit during its brief opening, space scientists say.
Called a flux transfer event, or FTE, such cosmic connections not only exist but are possibly twice as common as anyone ever imagined, according to space scientists who attended the 2008 Plasma Workshop in Huntsville, Ala., last week.
"Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn't exist, but now the evidence is incontrovertible," said David Sibeck, an astrophysicist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.
Here's a talk by a brain scientist who describes the experience of having a stroke which led to a mystical experience of the One-ness... it gives a fascinating perspective.
As a result of seeing this I'm finding focusing on my physical right brain to be of assistance in calming mental chatter!
Jill Bolte Taylor: My Stroke of Insight
So who are we? We are the life force power of the universe, with manual dexterity and two cognitive minds. And we have the power to choose, moment by moment, who and how we want to be in the world. Right here right now, I can step into the consciousness of my right hemisphere where we are -- I am -- the life force power of the universe, and the life force power of the 50 trillion beautiful molecular geniuses that make up my form. At one with all that is. Or I can choose to step into the consciousness of my left hemisphere. where I become a single individual, a solid, separate from the flow, separate from you. I am Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, intellectual, neuroanatomist. These are the "we" inside of me.
Which would you choose? Which do you choose? And when? I believe that the more time we spend choosing to run the deep inner peace circuitry of our right hemispheres, the more peace we will project into the world and the more peaceful our planet will be. And I thought that was an idea worth spreading.
This guy may be the next Einstein, albeit a bit different in that he was living in a van and working as a ski instructor in British Columbia when he came up with many of his ideas...
I enjoyed the DVDs anyway.
The Resonance Project
Nassim Haramein's lifelong journey into the geometry of space-time has lead to a coherent understanding of the fundamental structure of the universe. In this 4 DVD presentation, Nassim will take you on a journey through humanity's evolution,exposing the changes necessary to produce an all-encompassing Unified Physics; a unification of not only the four forces of nature,but also evolution and the occurrence of consciousness. Demonstrating the parallels between this theory and ancient codes found in documents and monuments, Nassim weaves a tale which may prove to be one of the most important discoveries of our time.
There is no need for science to be opposed to spirituality. In fact, the most influential scientists in history found inspiration in their research through dreams, meditation, and visions!
Mysticism As A Key To Scientific Breakthroughs
Mystics are visionaries. That’s what gives them the edge in scientific research.
Newton, Faraday and Einstein were all examples of mystics. Most of their research occurred, not in a laboratory, but within their visionary consciousness.
Oh honey, this is sad news. Generally I choose to stay positive here, however this is important to note.
Most people never think about where the food that magically appears at the grocery store comes from and won't until their favourite products start getting a lot more expensive.
Vanishing bees threaten US crops
All over America, beekeepers are opening up their hives in preparation for the spring pollination season, only to find that their bees are dead or have disappeared.
Nobody, so far, knows why.
I'm currently reading John Ott's 1973 book Health and Light as part of a research project on the subject of how light affects human health. Light is as important to life as food & water!
I personally believe that too much exposure to fluorescent and other artificial lights are a factor in many human ailments, including cancer. Unfortunately, this idea is still considered strange (even after over 30 years of research) and few scientists are willing to put their energy and effort behind controversial ideas that might affect their funding or academic reputation. Also, no pharmaceutical company would profit from light therapy like they do from drug therapy.
Here's a passage from the chapter "Routine Opposition to New Ideas as Standard Procedure" (a clever title indeed):
Some recalled that scientists like Pasteur, Fleming, and Goddard would never have qualified for research funds during the early development of their great discoveries: something must be wrong with our present scientific approach to anything that is new or different from existing conjectures dealing with unsolved problems -- problems like cancer. A reexamination of present policies might be in order, in connection with the much publicized appeals for vast sums of money for cancer research in order that "not a single possibility be neglected."