For all my readers who are sick of winter.
What would you say if I told you that your bones can affect your liver, testes, fat stores, pancreas and your brain? Well, it does in mice thanks to a 49 amino acid protein called osteocalcin.
Gerard Karsenty has been studying osteocalcin for decades now and recently published a paper showing how bone plays a direct role in memory and mood. It seems that while being a protein, osteocalcin acts as a hormone and a ”messenger, sent by bone to regulate crucial processes all over the body.”
The question I’m left with: Is there a connection between osteocalcin and glia? Send your theories here. And do some resistance exercises.
Could it be Rolfing Structural Integration bodywork?
Says Tate: “You always have to do something to prepare yourself for the next game. I’m staying on top of it with Rolfing (Structural Integration).”
See the video here.
Science is in a bit of a crisis right now, according to Michael Suk-Young Che and it’s because of the selective use of data. Psychologists call this “confirmation bias” – we cherry pick data that conforms to our wishes and our world view. We seek out information that confirms what we already believe. And I believe confirmation bias may be a cousin of rationalizations, anyway…
The solution: apply some of the rigorous standards of literary criticism. Quote from critic E. D. Hirsch: “every interpreter labors under the handicap of an inevitable circularity: All his internal evidence tends to support his hypothesis because much of it was constituted by his hypothesis.”
And Che finds that an apt analogy for the state of research today.
Would you drive a high performance car and never take it in for a tune up?
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Heres’ a nice little interview with Tom Myers on Huffington Post.
People always ask me about nutrition, not my bailiwick, but here’s a video I might point them at:
First of all, thank you for all the positive feedback and support you have given to the FC blog. It has been a very successful first year, and I am really looking forward to another year of informative fun here in 2014.
I have to admit that I felt better about the first 6 months of the blog than the last six, in terms of content, but I do want to assure you readers that FascialConnections will be more regular in 2014. IT is my New Years Resolution that there will be regular updates of at least several times a week, sometimes daily. If you want to receive e-notices of when there’s a new article, go here.
So let’s take a moment to look at how we can do that better, and let’s use science!
The NYT recently had a nice piece on just that. Here’s the high points:
1) Make a Plan.
We know this, make and plan and see it through (that’s what Brian Boitano would do). Write it down. Put a date on it. Researchers found that when people wrote down the specific date they would get their flu shot they were 13% more successful than the control group. So make a plan, it’s like a promise to yourself and harder to break than a “mental note”.
2) Risk Something, Put it on the Line
Okay, this kind of negative reinforcement does not appeal to me but a study published in JAMA found that individuals who agreed to a monetary penalty for not losing weight actually lost, on average, 14 more pounds than the control group. And there are other studies.
3) Be in an Environment that Supports the Change
Alan Deutschman documented this quite well in his book Change or Die (which I highly recommend to anyone in the ” Change Industry”). If you are trying to change a behavior, achieve a goal, what have you, surround yourself with people who have done the same thing.
A 2012 study on peer mentoring among diabetics found that talking to others who were successful in managing their glucose control, lowering their hemoglobin A1c , was actually more successful than those who were in the monetary reward group (who lowered their hemoglobin A1c, but not in a clinically significant way).
So there you have it, some bits on the science of change. It’s new year: go out, change yourself and change world!
So explains Andreo Spina
i09 has a great primer on proprioception, the sixth sense that we use to sense our own bodies.
It includes the history and origins of proprioception, as well as more links to various studies than I’ve had time to click on.
Money Quite: Nature‘s Allison Abbot says (about proprioception): “Without it, our brains are lost.”
Find it all here.
Gerry’s research is very important. But I will let him explain it to you in detail.
Max Strom writes:
“Imagine this: You are on vacation, resting languidly on a hammock between two palm trees on a gorgeous island in the South Pacific. The weather is perfect. Everything is perfect, peaceful, relaxing, and nourishing to the soul. On one side of you is a cozy grass hut, and on the other side is calm turquoise water of unspeakable beauty. It is easy to imagine that in these ideal and natural circumstances you would feel absolutely wonderful. To feel a deep sense of gratitude for what you have would not be challenging here.
“But now, imagine this: While you are resting here on your island paradise, you are thinking about your problems back home-the same ones you dwell on every day. Now, there you are in paradise, with a sour expression and hard breath, your mind churning as your jaw tightens, and your paradise transforms energetically to your own private hell-realm.
“The moral of this story is that when we lose our gratitude, we lose everything. It doesn’t matter where you are if you do not feel gratitude; you may as well be back at your office. When you are feeling negative, it doesn’t matter if you are in paradise; and if you are feeling gratitude, it doesn’t matter if you are in difficult circumstances. Remember: Gratitude is accessible at any time, in any place; it is a choice to feel it or not.”