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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Elixir For Long Life -- Something's Happening at My House -- Exploding Head Syndrome

Elixir For Long Life

Beneath a construction site for a glassy, 22-story hotel in New York, archaeologists unearthed a history of drinking, eating and lodging, along with a tradition of consuming cure-alls and potions for good health, according to a report in DNA Info. The discovery included a two hundred-year-old glass bottle that once contained the “Elixir of Long Life”.

Now the research team have tracked down the original German recipe used to create the elixir for fending off death. “We decided to engage in our own brand of experimental archaeology,” said Alyssa Loorya, the president of Chrysalis, a company regularly hired by the city to oversee excavation projects. Loorya enlisted researchers in Germany to track down the recipe in an old medical guide, which revealed that the potion contained ingredients such as aloe, which is anti-inflammatory, gentian root, which aids digestion, as well as rhubarb, zedoary, and Spanish saffron – ingredients still used by herbalists today. The raw ingredients for an ‘Elixir of Long Life’. Read more at Ancient-Origins


Something's Happening at My House

Just an odd, possibly supernatural thing I've experienced a few times now, though they're a long time apart.

The first time was when I was living upstairs (I have now moved into the downstairs suite and plan to move out on my own soon). I was playing video games and my mom was on the computer, we were the only two people home - When she gets on the computer she pretty much loses track of reality.

I heard a male voice say something really quickly from the stairwell, quick enough that I couldn't make it out - I was so focused on my game that I almost didn't register it at all, but after staring over there for a second to determine whether it'd really happened, I asked my mother if she'd heard it; She'd been too zoned out (I'm surprised she heard me at the time).

The other two times were down here in the basement suite. One was a female voice from the back room - Again, too quick to register what was being said.
Now, on the day I posted this, I heard a harsh whisper from near my door.

A few other weird things have happened that no one but me registers as odd (my parents are deliberately against paranormal theory). They've actually told me when I come home that they heard some one go up and down the stairs and weren't sure who it was because I wasn't home; They didn't think anything of it, for some reason, and were certain it wasn't a pet because of how it sounded.

A door once slammed itself shut just after one of the dogs went into the room.

These experiences are years apart, so I've never been terribly worried about them. - Reddit.com


A Scary-Sounding Sleep Disorder: Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding head syndrome may sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but in fact it's a very real sleep disorder. People with this sleep phenomenon are prone to experiencing loud and sudden noises as they transition in and out of sleep.

Researchers at Washington State University recently published a review of existing literature on exploding head syndrome, a first step toward raising awareness and better understanding this little-known sleep phenomenon. Their analysis of the syndrome reveals a range of symptoms reported by patients:

• Noises are loud and jarring, resembling the popping sounds of firecrackers or gunshots, the slamming sound of a door closing violently, or the boom of an explosion.
• These sounds may be perceived in one or both ears.
• Sometimes the sounds of explosive head syndrome are accompanied by flashes of light.
• In some cases, people will experience mild pain in addition to the noise disruption.
• Women appear to be more likely than men to suffer from this sleep disorder.

Exploding head syndrome appears not to be linked to any serious health consequences. But that doesn't mean it's not disruptive to sleep and well-being. These episodes can be highly disconcerting and frightening, creating anxiety about going to sleep that itself may become an obstacle to a regular routine of healthy rest.

This sleep disorder has received scant attention from the scientific community, but it's not a new phenomenon. Mention in scientific literature of the distinctive symptoms of what's now known as exploding head syndrome date back roughly 150 years.

The scientists who conducted the recent review speculate that this sleep phenomenon occurs when the body's process of transitioning to sleep fails to unfold in proper sequence. Rather than slowing down, certain areas of the brain may actually become more active during the movement from wakefulness to sleep, leading to the perception of loud noise. Other sleep disorders may contribute to an increased likelihood for this phenomenon, as may stress, fatigue, and psychological conditions.

Treatments for exploding head syndrome often include relaxation and exercise to relieve stress, avoiding alcohol, as well as treating other possible sleep issues.

Have you ever experienced this sleep phenomenon? If so, rest assured that the problem is not all in your head. Seek out the advice of a sleep specialist to help you find relief for this very real disorder. - THP

NOTE: I've suffered this phenomenon all my life...very scary sometimes. Lon


Looking for Fantasy Book Reviewers

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'Beyond The Edge' Radio - 3 Week Summer Break

After this weeks LIVE show with Stacey Jones 'Ghost Cop', BTE Radio will be taking a brief Summer hiatus. We will return LIVE on August 3, 2014. Our July guests will be rescheduled for later dates. During the break, some of our archived shows will be presented in the Sunday 8-10PM time slot. Look for more news and announcements coming soon. Thanks for listening! Eric, Lon & Amy



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