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Honey, a Natural Antibiotic and Antioxidant


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Honey is a potent antibiotic and antioxidant. Honey has been shown to inhibit bacterial growth and in some cases, it is superior to antibiotics. It is extremely valuable in wound healing and may be able to avert amputation of an infected limb. It also has powerful antioxidant properties. Darker colored honey, particularly Manuka honey from New Zealand, has the most efficacious antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Honey is a substance arising from the diligent enterprise of bees. From the gathering of nectar from flowers, the mixing of saliva, and the fluttering of thousands of wings to prevent fermentation, honey is the product of laborious love. The use of honey dates back to antiquity. In the 5th-4th century BC Greece, Plato advocated the use of honey in his dietary recommendations for its health and nutritional benefits. Honey was reputed to inspire artistic epiphanies and moments of poetic insight. In Egypt, honey was the most common medicinal. In fact, 500 out of 900 ancient Egyptian remedies incorporate honey as a main ingredient. The ancient Romans, Assyrians, Chinese, Greeks, and Egyptians utilized honey for gastrointestinal disturbances and wound healing.

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Exergaming for Health


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The relationship between the amount of time spent in front of a computer screen, and level of physical activity would be seemingly inversely related. However, this need not be the case. Exergaming, which promotes exercise while playing videogames, is not a new concept, but it has been drawing increasing attention. Some of the video gaming systems have sophisticated pressure and motion sensors which respond to the players movements in three-dimensional space.

A popular game is Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution, where players try to emulate a dance sequence on the screen by stomping on a pressure sensitive dance pad. Nintendo’s Wii is another new gaming system, in which players carry a motion sensitive control and must engage full joint and body range of motion while simulating activities such as playing tennis, golfing, or bowling. Eye toy takes the players movements in real space and reproduces the movements for the video game character. Hence, the player’s real space movements are controlling the video game character’s movements. These video games rely on more physical exertion by the players and hence result in more caloric output. Applications include increasing aerobic activity in both adults and children as a means to combat obesity.

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Siren song, under the spell:extolling the virtues of music


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As illustrated in Homer’s Odyssey, the power of music is formidable. Music often creates a soundtrack to our lives. The matrix of our personal history is interwoven with specific songs that stand out like constellations in our memories. There is no question of the emotive, entertaining, nostalgic, intellectual, and mood-creating properties of music. However, music has also been a long-standing therapeutic modality to facilitate healing. From the drumming healers of India to the five tonal traditional healing music of the Sufi’s, music is one of the oldest healing arts. The first accounts of the influence of music on breathing, BP, and muscular activity were documented in the Renaissance (Munro and Mount, 1978).

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