“I loved the title for this short entry in the “Natural Awakenings”
magazine: “Looking at Beautiful Art Bumps Up Brain Activity.”
At Japan’s Oita University there were outstanding research results
and I will share them with you. Another part of this article will give
you some natural choices to replace antibiotics in fighting those
winter illnesses. While looking at locally grown foods, the pesticide
levels are less in those choices over the ones found in stores. Also,
an interesting find that I came across had two ecological and ‘green’
facts to make sure we contribute to a better world.
How did they measure the increase of brain activity ? You may have
guessed that in the Japanese study of MRI scans, (which are magnetic
resonance imaging screenings) were the source for the scientific
results found in this research study.
I enjoyed the comparison of slides shown of still lifes and landscape
paintings to the actual real artwork of paintings in a museum. The
39 subjects were shown slides of art and later, presented with the
paintings. Another element they were researching was asking them
to express their feelings of the element of beauty in the slides and
then again, what degree of beauty they felt the actual paintings were.
The most “beautiful” in the subject’s ‘eyes’ of ‘real art’ were rated
significantly higher in the pre-experimental phase over the slides of
paintings. They called the slides of the paintings, “corresponding
“The MRI’s showed that during the experiment, portions of the brain’s
frontal lobe, related to emotions, memory, learning and decision-making
were activated.” (November, Central Ohio; “Natural Awakenings.”)
Final significant results were that when the researchers compared the
“positive effects of aesthetic appreciation of the art paintings versus
the photographs, they noted more activity at the back of the subject’s
brain.” Which means both areas of the frontal lobes and back part of
the brain were stimulated but the back part was raised at a higher level
of activity. The location in the back parts were in the bilateral cuneus,
which is a part of the occipital lobe and the left lingual gyrus or ridge.
This means the basic visual processing location and the visual memory,
logical ordering and dreaming areas were the most stimulated with
it being verified on the MRI’s.
When we eat foods, such as fruits and vegetables, we need to make
sure we are getting them from a ‘safe’ source. I think this is a fact we
are all aware of but the interesting facts were presented once again,
which prodded me to share this information here. Conventionally
grown foods contain pesticide residues that are 3-4 times higher in
organically grown foods. This was found in the “British Journal of
Nutrition,” where they conducted 343 research studies and published
last June. Since from the farm to the market is a continually growing
industry, it is nice to have facts that support this movement. The ones
grown on organic farms also were found to have higher levels of healthy
nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidents. Ones that are
grown with phosphorus fertilizers and not including mineral nitrogen
in their practices were found to contain higher levels of cadmium. The
study’s results confirmed this in the following statement:
“Results indicate that switching from conventional to organice crop
consumption would result in a 20-40 % increase in crop-based anti-
oxidants and polyphenolic intake levels.
The emphasis on Honey and Ginger being such healthy and natural
curative power sources even fought the drug-resistant bacteria which
have a list of long names:
“Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli (E Coli) and Klebsiella
pneumoniae.” Also known as “Super bugs.”
* Further clinical examination is needed to standardize the amounts
in these two ingredients for cold, flu and germ fighting. The research
was conducted at Ethipia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine.
I concluded, we may as well include healthy doses of honey in our
diet, along with including ginger while cooking. I love sauces where
the sweetness is balanced by the spice ginger, along with making a dark
black tea, with some ginger added for flavoring, honey for sweetening.
India’s green project to improve their environment, is focusing on the
areas along their 62,137 miles of highways. India’s Rural Development
Ministry is following their kind of “Johnny Appleseed,” America’s
noted man of spreading apple seeds along different areas. India’s
hero is named Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who. all by
himself, planted 1,360 acres of forest.
This project has three focuses: to help provide jobs for the rural poor
people, include youth in employment and improving the environment.
The country of India has been suffering from severe air pollution.
The World Health Organization released unfortunate statistics of India’s
youth unemployment rate being 10.2 percent and #6 on a list of World’s
Ten Worst Cities with air pollution. The Prime Minister Narenda Modi
has announced a goal of spreading electricity to every home by 2019,
which will rely largely on solar power. Other areas of health concern are
also being targeted for cleaning the Ganges and Yamuna rivers.
Merry Christmas news for environmentally concerned:
“The Greenest Tree” is supporing buying locally grown trees,
preferable ones that will be grown outdoors, with a close
second being ones that are cut down in tree farms that are
purposely evergreens growing for resale.
Here is the reason:
85% of artificial trees are sourced from China and often contain
Looking at the carbon trail is also important, meaning how much
effort and use of power and resources was used to get the tree to
Temporary sidewalk or street corner tree lots may be getting trees
where pesticides are used to create the Perfect Tree. These are not
good fro homes, again, comparing this to the natural sourced trees.
Sometimes, home-grown products are just about what we put into
our body for food, but what we breathe for a month while it is in
our living areas.
According to National Geographic Green Guide, Americans actually
discard 30 million cut trees after the holidays. Oh my goodness!
The wood is ‘wasted’ in landfills. One state that is leading a better
way to go with old Christmas trees is in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
where they collect them to combat coastal erosion. Way to go!
Locate tree growers by state and learn how to dispose trees responsibly.
There are great places and resources to check up on facts:
There are detailed steps for care and planting potted trees at
http://WikiHow.com and other locations of the Tinyurl.com
Do you mind letting me know if any of these facts were helpful
or ones you learned today? Also, any other Green Choices or
healthy suggestions are welcome here.