THIS Is Why Nikola Tesla Wanted Us To Study The “Non-Physical”

Nearly everyone has fantasized about a secret, mysterious, and exciting reality behind the everyday experience. Popular books and movies reflect this curiosity, portraying seemingly average people being swept up in a magical world residing just beyond the surface of normality.

We crave to find a deeper existence, to be more than we seem, to touch the void and find that it is not empty, but simmering with unknown possibility.

As it turns out, the science of parapsychology has uncovered compelling evidence that the human mind holds exactly this kind of power. Numerous studies, conducted by collegiate projects and government agencies have found startling links to human thought and intention, and inexplicable phenomena.

Out of body experiences, telepathy and precognition are old hats in the para-psychological world, and have surprising amounts of strong cases to back them. The instantaneous sharing of thoughts, dreams, and experiences indicate that the human mind is integrated with a dimension unseen, a place non-physical and unlimited. A variety of other phenomena you might not know about corroborates this idea.

Perhaps most striking are cases in which people have been observed to possess knowledge they couldn’t possibly have. Remote viewing, in which people with purported abilities to locate objects they have never seen, have been investigated and verified by the DIA and CIA. Similarly, there have been incidences where people, have recalled past life events. In my experience, most folks claiming past lives have taken a few too many hallucinogens, and describe conveniently glamorous former lives; they were persons tied to wealth, fame or glory.

But the truly compelling cases worth examining involve children with knowledge based in fact, and well beyond their years. Many of these youths recall past lives that coincide with actual history, and whose recall only begins to diminish with the development of late adolescence. One case in particular involved 1 year old boy able to describe his deceased grandparents with impossible detail.

If the idea of kids being mentally linked to a collective unconscious is spooky, consider the numerous cases of people connected to each other. Medical studies involving couples aimed to observe whether or not the thoughts and intentions to heal a partner could have any effect on actual healing. In other words, is healing remotely possible.

In fact, between control and test groups, the study showed that the mental focus of those around us can have a real impact; partners subjected to their loved ones intentions to heal them saw a jump in their immune response.

Its fascinating to read about interpretive, qualitative studies on paranormal phenomenon, but equally intriguing and even more compelling are studies that tackle the strange and wonderful with qualitative data. A project with the aim of observing the power of the mind on quantum physics yielded astonishing results.

The experiment centered around a double-slit wave interference test, and found that both observation and intention altered the result of the test in measurable ways. Exactly how, the project could not reveal, but it is apparent that our thoughts directly impact the energies around us.

Not all of us can afford the time and expense to conduct our own experiments on the power of thought. Fortunately, the ample evidence already circulating leads to an obvious conclusion: we who possess the marvel of independent thought can project it into our world and reach beyond ourselves.

While limited in our life spans and physical abilities, the human mind is not only infinite within, but has infinite reach without. As we continue to study the non-physical aspects of our existence, no doubt will the empowerment of each individual increase exponentially, bringing us into realms we only dreamed of.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ― Nikola Tesla

Source : Higher Perspective

 

 

4 Things Highly Intelligent People Do Differently

Having the necessary intelligence to go about daily life, always critically thinking , analyzing, reflecting, and yearning to understand the world around you is something that cannot be achieved over night.

Intelligent people are always thinking outside of the box and are always putting their thoughts into actions. Being an intelligent person means that you understand that life is but a constant trap and how you can escape with your wit as well as cleverness.

So how do intelligent people do things differently?

Always Reflecting On Themselves

The unfortunate truth of the world is that we are all moving at a really fast pace in our lives, never fully stopping to smell the flowers. Highly intelligent people know that it is important to take a moment to sit in silence with themselves and reflect on their entire being.

Going through the emotions of just being alive, feeling everything all at once as they find ways to improve themselves or just to take a minute to think about everything.

Always Hungry For Knowledge

Highly intelligent people are always looking to learn something new. They don’t even care what it’s about, the more knowledge the better! It’s all about the experience, understanding something foreign, mastering a really difficult art, anything at all, highly intelligent people will go to great lengths to learn something entirely new.

The world is filled with endless knowledge, so they scatter themselves to the ends of the earth just to see something they haven’t already.

No Need For Idols

Intelligent people do not worship your modern day celebrity idols. In fact, they do not worship anyone at all. They know that not one single human being cannot know the answer to literally everything. There is just far too much knowledge in the world for anyone to be capable of that anyways.

They see themselves as their own idols or their own masters. This is because they know they can find the answers deep within themselves. They do not need anyone else to do this for them.

Contrary To Mainstream Ideals

Highly intelligent people will always be questioning any mainstream idea at all, simply because they know that there is more than one perspective on the matter at hand. They often find the reasons why people suddenly jump on bandwagons before doing so themselves.

This is where they are constantly critically thinking, especially when it comes to mainstream theories or ideas. They are able to see through peoples lies and don’t allow other people to bully them into thinking like they do. Intelligent people forge their own path in life.

New Research Says Coconut Oil Is Better Than Any Toothpaste

At the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, researchers have studied the compared effects of both coconut oil and toothpaste inside of the mouth to see which one had the most beneficial results.

What they had discovered is that just by taking a spoonful of coconut oil instead of using toothpaste can have a lot more of an effect on the hygiene in your mouth.

How exactly does coconut oil defeat toothpaste? For starters, coconut oil has the ability to prevent tooth decay better than any brand mouthwash/toothpaste with fluoride you could find in your local grocery store. Also, there are no side effects at all when using coconut oil simply for the fact that it is a natural substance, containing no chemicals or anything foreign words you would have to worry about.

Furthermore, coconut oil has been proven to kill common strains of bacteria found in your mouth, much better than toothpaste ever could, including the elimination of some certain harmful strains referred to as Candida albicans.

If you are just now getting into the coconut oil craze that everyone is so fond of lately, it’s important that you know that coconut oil has been used for a variety of other simple fixes for daily routines such as brushing your teeth. Coconut oil can be used in beauty products, cooking, home remedies, first aid solutions, hair solutions, etc. It goes well with just about anything that is wrong in your life.

The study recommends that you use only a spoonful of coconut oil when brushing your teeth. The process is called “oil pulling” which essentially means that you swish the coconut oil around in your mouth, or until melts, for a bout 30 minutes and then spit out into the sink. Make sure you do not swallow the oil as to avoid consuming all of the nasty junk it just got done removing from your teeth.

Man Destroys his $200,000+ Mercedes S63 AMG With A Golf Club, And Here’s Why

 

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A South Korean guy had enough with his expensive Mercedes S63 AMG, as it’s engine has stopped working four times, while the dealership refused to exchange it for him. as a result, he decided to show them how angry he was.

 

6 BAD POSTURES THAT ARE RUINING YOUR HEALTH & HOW TO CORRECT THEM

If you had to guess at the state of your posture right now, how healthy do you think it is? For me, I already know what areas I struggle with, and thankfully I found out how to correct it.

If you are like the majority of the population, chances are you are suffering from symptoms correlated with bad posture. Catching a glimpse of myself in the mirror, it’s easy to see that I have forward neck/head posture. This is normally caused by a variation of weak neck muscles, seated job positions, incorrect sleeping positions, and prolonged computer or TV use. But other than the un-esthetic aspect of bad posture, there’s really not much to worry about right? Wrong.

Over time, poor posture takes a serious toll on your spine, shoulders, hips, and knees. In fact, it can cause a cascade of structural flaws that lead to back and joint pain, reduced flexibility, and compromised muscles, all of which limit your ability to burn fat or build strength.

Worst of all, bad posture can cause nerve constriction. As the spine changes in shape, the resulting movements or subluxations can put pressure on the surrounding spinal nerves. Because the nerves that connect to the spine come from all over the body, these pinched nerves can not only cause neck and back pain but may also cause pain in other unrelated areas of the body.

The following article will explore 6 common bad posture positions that many of us are making and will provide solutions to help correct these postures.

roundedRounded Shoulders

The problem: The sternoclavicular joints are unstable, therefore the body recruits the pectoris minor muscles to stabilize the joint. This brings the shoulder forward. With the shoulder forward, the upper trap turns on helping to support the shoulder from the neck.

There is also a relationship with the thoracic spine & the sternum. The exercise described recruits global muscles to do the work of the postural muscles what happens is that for a short period of time holding through these muscles works then the muscles fatigue and the person falls back into the poor posture.

The fix: Lie facedown on the floor, with each arm at a 90-degree angle in the high-five position. Without changing your elbow angle, raise both arms by pulling your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for five seconds. That’s one rep; do two or three sets of 12 reps daily. Changing posture has to happen by working the postural muscles which are deep to the global muscles.

neck_resistForward Head & Neck

The problem: Stiff muscles in the back of your neck.

The fix: Moving only your head, drop your chin down and in toward your sternum while stretching the back of your neck. Hold for a count of five; do this 10 times a day.

Be careful not to push too hard or you will risk shifting your vertebra, which can lead to constant headaches.

pelvicAnterior Pelvic Tilt

The problem: There is a lack of support through the transverse abs and usually the lower 2 lumbar vertebra are unstable which is why the body tightens up the psoas & iliacus. There is often unstable hip joints due to stretched joint capsules as well.

The fix: Kneel on your left knee, with your right foot on the floor in front of you, knee bent. Press forward until you feel the stretch in your left hip. Tighten your butt muscles on your left side until you feel the front of your hip stretching comfortably.

Reach upward with your left arm and stretch to the right side. Hold for a count of 30 seconds. That’s one repetition; do three on each side.

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The problem: The muscle under your chest (running from your ribs to your shoulder blades) is weak. This is often the Levator scapula muscle in spasm, supported by a tight upper trap.

The fix: Sit upright in a chair with your hands next to your hips, palms down on the seat, arms straight. Without moving your arms, push down on the chair until your hips lift up off the seat and your torso rises. Hold for five seconds. That’s one repetition; do two or three sets of 12 reps daily.

pigeonPigeon Toes

The problem: This problem is a bit too complex to sum up in a sentence, however some contributing factors to pigeon toes may be weak muscle support from the glutes, bone deformities, arthritis, and more.

The fix: Lie on one side with your knees bent 90 degrees and your heels together. Keeping your hips still, raise your top knee upward, separating your knees like a clamshell. Pause for five seconds, then lower your knee to the starting position. That’s one rep. Perform two or three sets of 12 reps on each side daily.

duckfeetDuck Feet

The problem: Again, this problem could be caused my many factors. One contributing factor may be that your oblique muscles and hip flexors are weak.

The fix: Get into a pushup position with your feet resting on a stability ball. Without rounding your lower back, tuck your knees under your torso, using your feet to roll the ball toward your body, then back to the starting position. That’s one rep.

Now do two or three sets of six to 12 reps daily.

 

Assess Your Posture Right Now!

Wear something form-fitting and take two full-body photos—one from the front, one from the side. Relax your muscles and stand as tall as you can, feet hip-width apart. Then refer to the fix-it plan (below left) to diagnose your posture problems.

1. Look at your ear. If it’s in front of the midpoint of your shoulder, your head is too far forward.

2. Can you see your shoulder blade? That means your back is too rounded.

3. If your hips tilt forward and you have a belly pooch (even if you don’t have an ounce of fat on your body) and your lower spine is arched significantly, this means you have an anterior pelvic tilt.

4 . Look at your shoulders. One shouldn’t appear higher than the other.

5. Check out your kneecaps. Do they point inward, causing your knees to touch when your legs are straightened?

6. See if you’re duck-footed. Your toes will point outward more than 10 degrees.

There you have it! Correcting poor posture while you are young will help prevent further more severe complications in the future. Try these corrective procedures and let us know how they work for you in the comment section below:D

Sources:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/good-posture

http://www.livestrong.com/article/31223-negative-effects-poor-posture/

How to Find Time to Meditate at Work

These quick mindfulness exercises can reduce everyday stressors and boost your mood.
May 17, 2016

If meditation sounds like something “other people” do, or your meditation experience is limited to longer, set-aside periods or classes, chances are you’re missing out on the full benefits and adaptability that mindfulness can bring. Although 48% of Americans say stress has a detrimental effect on their personal and professional lives, one in five admit to never doing anything to counter that stress. However, short and simple meditation-based activities can help reduce cortisol levels and depression symptoms, and bring us into greater harmony with our surroundings. And it only takes a few minutes a day.

Related: I Actually Tried Meditation for 30 Days—This Is What Happened

Breathing is the base of many mindfulness activities, including more familiar forms of meditation, yoga and Pilates. There is no need to even get up from your desk, though, to quickly feel the benefits of focused breathing: Every ninety minutes or so, close your eyes for sixty seconds and concentrate on inhaling and exhaling slowly. Set regular reminders on your phone to boost your commitment.

Of course, getting up from your desk is never a bad idea, so next time you walk to the water cooler, try drinking mindfully: Spend two minutes with your glass, observe how the water looks and really notice how it feels in your mouth and throat. Water is necessary for us to perform our best, and using mindful drinking as an excuse to mentally step away from our troubles is an excellent meditative technique.

Related: Why You Need ‘Just Be’ for 10 Minutes a Day

If you want to take your newfound mindfulness to a new level, consider keeping a happiness diary. It might sound cheesy, but just taking the time to notice when you feel joy and to jot down a line or two about it can help keep things in perspective. Reports show this technique can increase feelings of satisfaction.

For these and other techniques you can sneak in while at work, check out this new infographic, and then try incorporating one or more of the techniques into your daily routine and take note of the difference it makes within weeks.

How to Find Time to Meditate at Work

Source: CashNetUSA.com

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15 Daily Routines That Heighten Emotional Intelligence

Like IQ, emotional intelligence can be built over time with daily practice.
May 20, 2016

How you handle high levels of stress can mean the difference between being assertive and poised or being negative and disgruntled.1

You’ve heard it before: Emotional Intelligence is the newest predictor of highly successful people. They’re emotionally balanced, in tune with their gut, and have the innate ability to listen, empathize, creatively solve problems, and basically take over the world.

Related: 7 Qualities of People with High Emotional Intelligence

Where does that leave those of us who didn’t seem to inherit the discipline to effectively manage stress, the sunny personality that radiates positivity and the restraint to pause before speaking in stressful situations? Well the good news is, like IQ, EQ can be built over time with daily practice.

We asked the Young Entrepreneur Council, “What is an everyday practice you can use to hone your emotional intelligence?” Practice their 15 daily routines to heighten your EQ:

1. Give gratitude.

The most effective way to cultivate positivity in your organization is to acknowledge and reward the behaviors you want. I’ve found that showing gratitude every day has been a game-changer. It helps me recognize, analyze and appreciate the good in my life, which includes the people in my life and the things they do.

Cody McKibben, Thrilling Heroics

2. Manage your stress.

A cool head makes better decisions and can help you listen better to your team. How you handle high levels of stress can mean the difference between being assertive and poised or being negative and disgruntled. Staying in control of your emotions during stressful situations helps you focus on what’s important.

Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now

3. Communicate with awareness.

Emotional intelligence is particularly important when pitching a proposal. You need to be able to read people and understand which techniques relax them and which ones alienate them. When I pitch, I’m purposefully aware of their body language and tone of voice, which helps me be aware of emotional signs.

Adam Steele, The Magistrate

4. Give back.

You can hone your emotional intelligence by joining an organization outside of the workplace that seeks to do good in exchange for nothing. Leaving the business world behind to help others opens your eyes to the everyday struggles of other people, which can make you a more empathetic, rounded person. These qualities will then be appreciated by those who work with you.

Marvin Amberg, Caseable

5. Reflect on your day.

At the end of the day, reflecting for even a few minutes will give you clarity. Details can easily be convoluted by time, so making a point to reflect daily on your interactions will allow you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. It’s easiest to be honest with yourself while still “in the moment.”

—Charles Bogoian, Kenai Sports, LLC

6. Observe those around you.

Everyone is different. Strong emotional intelligence and healthy, lasting relationships are formed by knowing how to best engage each person. When you understand their motivations and reactions from conversations with you or others, you can better understand how to foster relationships with them.

Carlo Cisco, SELECT

7. Encourage criticism.

To be emotionally brilliant, you have to be able to find feedback valuable, even if it’s negative. Otherwise you’ll end up with a team of “yes men” (or women) and a failing business. The best ideas often come from the most unlikely places. But it can’t happen if you shut your door to criticism.

Elle Kaplan, LexION Capital

8. Be honest with yourself.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to accurately identify feelings and emotions, and then put them to use. When you’re interacting with someone, ask yourself, What am I feeling right now? What emotions is this person displaying? Begin this practice by reflecting on one conversation every day and journal the answers to form a habit.

Brian Smith, S Brian Smith Group

9. Breathe before you speak.

This is lesson No. 55 in Richard Carlson’s book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Carlson instructs readers to always stop and take at least one breath before responding to someone. This simple, short pause allows you to really process what they’re saying and show you’re listening. It will also change the pace of the discussion and allow both of you to connect.

Neil Thanedar, LabDoor

10. Exercise routinely.

I like to start my day by exercising in the morning. Set aside at least 30 minutes to do cardio, yoga, run, lift weights, etc. For most people, this is the hardest part of their day, so powering through a good workout releases your endorphins, increases your mood, and puts you in the emotional mindset to take on any challenge you might encounter.

Dustin Cavanaugh, RenewAge

11. Assume the best.

Brené Brown said in a recent interview, “What if you knew that everyone in the world was trying their absolute best?” That perspective triggers an immediate and powerful shift in compassion. You will listen and connect more when you assume people are doing everything they can.

Carter Thomas, Bluecloud Solutions

12. Meditate.

There is something deeply powerful about taking time out for stillness. I’ve become a highly empathetic and intuitive person, which would not be how I described myself less than a decade ago. I feel highly in tune with the world around me as a result.

Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40 / Finance Whiz Kids

13. Look for meaning.

It’s important to reflect at the end of the day to better understand what transpired and how you could have handled it better. Look for the meaning in people’s reactions. It will tell you a lot about what they’re thinking. Sometimes it’s hard to determine that in the moment, but you may find the answer if you reflect on it later.

Andy Karuza, FenSens

14. Respectfully disagree.

If you don’t agree with a decision and need to present an alternative, first put yourself in the other person’s shoes and think about how you would want to be approached. Would you want to discuss this one-on-one or in front of a group during a meeting? Are you being solution-oriented or are you pointing out a flaw? Always consider the other person.

Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer, AirPR

15. Stick to a mantra that resonates with you.

I center my mantra on the fact that you cannot control other people’s actions, only your own. Often in life, we’re faced with challenging people and situations. It’s in the way we react, feel, think and act in relation to the challenges that will make the difference.

Stanley Meytin, True Film Production

Related: 7 Thoughtful Ways to Stress Less

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Rohn: Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?

Don’t be disillusioned anymore—don’t hope without acting, don’t wish without doing.
January 17, 2016

Here is a good question to ask yourself: Where are you going? Ten years from now you will surely arrive. The question is, where? We don’t want to kid ourselves about where; we don’t want to kid ourselves about the road we’re walking.

At 25, shortly after meeting my mentor Earl Shoaff, I had a day called “Do Not Kid Myself Anymore” day. I didn’t want to be disillusioned anymore. I finally decided that the crossed-finger theory was not going to get me what I wanted. It wasn’t where the treasure lies. I was going to have to make sure which way I was headed.

Then, with Mr. Shoaff’s help, I found a few reading disciplines, a few disciplines of mind and a few disciplines of activity, when exercised, can make all the difference in the world as to where you will arrive. But it just took a few changes.

Sometimes we get the idea that we’re doing 10 percent and there’s 90 percent more that we need to make the difference for our fortune, but probably the opposite is true. We’re doing enough things to have bought and shared in the good life. And maybe all we need is that extra 5 or 10 percent of intellectual change, activity change, refinement of discipline, refinement of thought. And all we need is the ideas to make those simple changes and the equity starts gathering in one year, three years, five years or 10 years.

But now is the time to fix the next 10 years. You may have to come to grips with reality and with truth; that’s what was good for me when I met Mr. Shoaff. I was 25 years old; he was 44 years old. He brought me a wealth of experience and he started asking me the tough questions. “Big question,” he said. “Are you reading the books that are going to take you where you want to go in the next five years?”

Excellent question. To get to where you want to be in the next five years, you are either reading the right books or you’re not. You’re either engaged in the disciplines or you’re not. But here’s what we don’t want to engage in: disillusion. Hoping without acting. Wishing without doing.

The key is to look and say, “Where am I? What could I do to make the changes to ensure that I can take more certain daily steps toward the treasure I want, the mental treasure, the personal treasure, the spiritual treasure, the financial treasure? I don’t want to make any more errors, now’s the time to adjust my daily program to take me where I want to go.”

The key is to start right now making these changes to walk this new road. Just a few daily disciplines makes a great deal of difference. And before you know it, you will be walking a brand new road.

What is a life that counts? And how do you live it? John C. Maxwell says there are 3 things that make life meaningful.

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Scientists just set their sights on a new target for a HIV vaccine

 

 

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BY  FIONA MACDONALD

Researchers have found a new target for a potential HIV vaccine, and they already have evidence in the lab that it can stop the virus from infecting cells.

The new target is part of the HIV envelope called the ‘fusion peptide’, and its structure is simpler than the sites that past HIV vaccine attempts have focussed on. This offers hope that, this time, we might have more luck getting the body to recognise and shut down the virus before it’s too late.

Researchers have found a new target for a potential HIV vaccine, and they already have evidence in the lab that it can stop the virus from infecting cells.

The new target is part of the HIV envelope called the ‘fusion peptide’, and its structure is simpler than the sites that past HIV vaccine attempts have focussed on. This offers hope that, this time, we might have more luck getting the body to recognise and shut down the virus before it’s too late.

Vaccines work by exposing the immune system to a harmless part of a virus, and priming it to attack it next time it sees it – hopefully shutting down infection before it happens. But although we’ve seen more than 100 HIV vaccine candidates being trialled over the past 30 years, so far, none of them have reliably been shown to offer humans long-term protection.

That’s because HIV is a tricky beast – it infects white blood cells called T-cells and then hijacks our immune system and uses it against us. So once the virus has infected a T-cell, it’s pretty much invisible to the immune system.

As we reported last year, the best chance we have to prevent infection “is to trigger antibodies against the HIV surface proteins before that happens – something that’s been equally difficult considering the fact that the retrovirus can regularly change its viral envelope to hide particular surface proteins”.

So it’s no surprise that scientists have struggled. In fact, for the past couple of years, many teams have focussed on developing long-acting antibody injectionsfor protection, instead of trying to make vaccines.

What’s new about this vaccine target is the fact that it was identified by studying the blood of a rare, unnamed HIV-positive patient, who makes antibodies against parts of the virus that aren’t usually targeted – and is therefore better at fighting off symptoms.

When a team from the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) analysed his blood, they found that his body was making a never-before-seen type of neutralising antibody, which they called the ever-so-easy-to-remember N123-VRC34.01, or VRC34.01 for short.

Vaccines work by exposing the immune system to a harmless part of a virus, and priming it to attack it next time it sees it – hopefully shutting down infection before it happens. But although we’ve seen more than 100 HIV vaccine candidates being trialled over the past 30 years, so far, none of them have reliably been shown to offer humans long-term protection.

That’s because HIV is a tricky beast – it infects white blood cells called T-cells and then hijacks our immune system and uses it against us. So once the virus has infected a T-cell, it’s pretty much invisible to the immune system.

As we reported last year, the best chance we have to prevent infection “is to trigger antibodies against the HIV surface proteins before that happens – something that’s been equally difficult considering the fact that the retrovirus can regularly change its viral envelope to hide particular surface proteins”.

So it’s no surprise that scientists have struggled. In fact, for the past couple of years, many teams have focussed on developing long-acting antibody injectionsfor protection, instead of trying to make vaccines.

What’s new about this vaccine target is the fact that it was identified by studying the blood of a rare, unnamed HIV-positive patient, who makes antibodies against parts of the virus that aren’t usually targeted – and is therefore better at fighting off symptoms.

When a team from the US National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) analysed his blood, they found that his body was making a never-before-seen type of neutralising antibody, which they called the ever-so-easy-to-remember N123-VRC34.01, or VRC34.01 for short.

Long name aside, what’s special about that neutralising antibody is that it attacks the fusion peptide – a string of eight amino acids that help the virus fuse with the cell.

That’s a big deal, because “viruses often try to mask such key components of their cell entry machinery from antibody attack”, the researchers write in Science.

But not only that, when they extracted this antibody and tested it in the lab, they found it actually stops HIV from infecting the cell altogether.

To figure out what was going on, they crystallised the antibody while it was attached to the virus – freezing it in time to see what was happening.

“This allowed them to characterise in atomic-level detail how VRC34.01 attaches to HIV and revealed that the antibody stops the virus from infecting a cell by binding to a key cell-surface molecule,” a NIAID press release explains.

To get an idea of whether this might work in other people, they looked at the blood of 24 other HIV-positive patients and found that it wasn’t actually uncommon for the immune system to try to attack the fusion peptide – 10 of those tested had antibodies targeting a similar site to VRC34.01.

But these other antibodies weren’t as powerful at shutting the infection down, which suggests that if researchers can figure out a way to stimulate the body into creating VRC34.01 specifically, prior to being exposed to the virus, they might be able to achieve long-term protection against infection.

That’s exciting, but the team still has a long way to go before they can turn this research into a vaccine candidate.

They’re now figuring out how they can trigger the production of the new antibody en masse, and whatever they come up with will need to be tested in the lab and animal models before we get anywhere near lengthy human trials. As with all science, there’s a lot that can go wrong in the meantime. In other words, all we have right now is a target – we still need to build a gun from scratch.

But any research that takes us closer to some kind of long-term protection against HIV – which still infects around 2 million people each year in the US alone– is worth pursuing.

  Ways to use onion for natural remedies

Alleviating ailments using ingredients you have in your home is a great way to save money and promote natur

al healing. One item you probably have stocked in your cupboards—but may not have thought to use for fighting colds, earaches and itchiness—is none other than the onion. The onion contains a flavonoid (a pigment) called quercetin, which is a superpowered antioxidant, according toPositive Med.

Next time you slice up an onion to flavor your dinner dish, consider keeping a bit aside to aid in treating a few of these ailments:

Soothe Burns/Prevent Scarring
If you accidentally burn your finger while cooking dinner, the natural pain reliever you need may be right at your fingertips. An onion might help ease the sting. Onions also have antiseptic properties that can help prevent your skin from becoming infected and promote quick healing. Try applying onion juice a few times per day for several weeks to see the reduction of scarring, too, Fawesome TV suggests.

Ditch the Itch
Itchy bug bites are a major pain! With springtime in the air, mosquitoes are likely knocking at your door. Ditch the itches by rubbing a sliced onion on the sides of the bite. Relief from itchiness is thanks to the onion’s sulfur content, according to The Best Years in Life.

Ease Ear Pain
Earaches are the worst. Bake an onion in your oven at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove the onion, cool, cut in half and juice it. Strain out any stray particles and place a few drops of the liquid into the sore ear. While there is no scientific evidence that this works, there are plenty of testimonials from happy customers, according to Tech Insider.

Relieve Congestion
Stuffy noses are frustrating; they can also be painful if accompanied by extra pressure on the sinuses. To help alleviate a bit of that pressure, Positive Med recommends that you chop up a medium onion into a bowl and inhale its vapors. Be warned, you may shed a few tears in the course of declogging your sniffer.

Fight Colds/Flu
Are you trying to ditch cold and flu symptoms a bit faster? Chop an onion in half and set it in a plate next to your bed while you sleep. Positive Med says you’ll inhale the vapors and ease cold and flu symptoms while you sleep. The same vapors that bring a tear to your eye can help break up mucus buildup.

The next time you have a minor ailment, head to the kitchen instead of the medicine cabinet.

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Credits: Fawesome, The Best Years in Life, Global Healing Center, Tech Insider, and Positive Med