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Mind Cure Health (CSE: MCUR) this morning announced the appointment of Rob Hill to the firms board of directors. The appointment is said to strengthen the firms use of tech in the development of psychedelic-related treatments, given Hills extensive expertise in heavily regulated markets.
Hill reportedly has extensive experience in managing both private and public firms, particularly in the fields of tech, cannabis, and financial services across Canada, the US and Japan. A CPA by trade, Hill has experienced in scaling productions, operations, and restructurings. Most notably however, he reportedly has deep experience in the area of mergers and acquisitions.
This experience in M&A transactions is reportedly heavily valuable to Mind Cure, whom is focused on an aggressive growth plan which is said to include both organic and in-organic growth, such as acquisitions. His experience is also to be utilized as the company works to develop its digital therapeutics technology, with both that of iSTRYM and PsyCollage.
We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Hill to our Board of Directors. We strongly believe in the therapeutic importance and commercial potential of technology with regards to psychedelic drugs, treatments and therapies, and continue to build a world-class technology leadership group. Mr. Hills track record of success in the capital markets and specific technology management expertise will add immense value to Mind Cure.
The appointment of Rob Hill will see Terese Gieselman step down from her role with the board. The transition is in connection with the firm refocusing its leadership to reflect its focus on key technological areas, key among which is its proprietary platforms.
Mind Cure Health last traded at $0.58 on the CSE.
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North American oil and gas pipeline executives used fourth-quarter 2020 earnings conference calls to detail how their companies are responding to the renewable energy transition as the U.S. reentered the Paris Agreement on climate change under President Joe Biden.
Executives also fielded questions about large pipeline projects impacted by regulatory delays and cost increases, and about the financial implications of an extreme winter storm in Texas and the U.S. West.
S&P Global Market Intelligence listened to midstream operators' earnings calls and compiled the most insightful comments on these issues. The standout quotes are in italics.
Preparing for the energy transition
Magellan Midstream Partners LP CEO, President and Chairman Michael Mears said an anticipated oversupply of crude oil transportation capacity out of the Permian Basin could push some midstream operators to convert their assets to accommodate other commodities, including greener fuels.
"It's likely if we get into that scenario that participants in the market will start evaluating conversions of their pipes to other services," Mears explained.
"I can tell you, we think about it if the need is there to do that with our pipes," he said. "... If you get into an environment where the margins are so low, all the contracts are gone, you have excess capacity, so everyone's fighting per barrel with extremely low tariffs, then there is going to be a huge incentive for people to look for economic conversions and take capacity out of the market."
Enterprise Products Partners LP was confident that it will not be forced to make such decisions. "Reading the news, some may think the sun is setting on oil and gas," co-CEO Jim Teague said. "I'm not sure we can spell 'defense.' We're always on the offense. I'm a believer in the Permian. I'm a believer in the Eagle Ford."
LNG exporter Cheniere Energy Inc. announced it plans to start providing customers with greenhouse gas emissions data for every cargo it exports to respond to growing scrutiny of U.S. methane emissions.
"We've got to walk before we can run," Cheniere President and CEO Jack Fusco said. "There's a lot of misinformation out there. I think we're going to find out that U.S. LNG can be very worldwide in helping with some of these countries' environmental aspirations."
TC Energy Corp. is eyeing an exit plan for the suspended Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project after Biden rescinded a key permit. That could include recouping some of the roughly $8 billion costs by selling materials.
"Our project team is evaluating what we can do with all of our equipment and its uses," said Bevin Wirzba, executive vice president and president of liquids pipelines. "The value of steel, in some cases, has increased, and certainly, there's a market for some of our spare materials, if we evolve to that point here."
Enbridge Inc., meanwhile, hiked its Line 3 replacement project costs by nearly $1 billion amid escalating environmental protests and heightened political scrutiny under the new presidential administration.
"The plan changed to winter construction, which means more manpower and equipment," CEO Al Monaco said. "The days are shorter, productivity is lower ... obviously, the regulatory delays, monthly running costs and carrying costs were higher. So not surprisingly costs have gone up, but ... once Line 3 is in service, it's going to contribute a lot of free cash flow."
Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP announced on Feb. 10 an unsolicited bid to take Inter Pipeline Ltd. private for $13.5 billion as the Canadian operator's troubled Heartland petrochemical complex project overshadows equity value. Inter Pipeline responded by initiating a strategic review. It continues to search for a partner for the petrochemical project, but President, Director and CEO Christian Bayle said the company will still consider potential takeover transactions.
"The intention is to evaluate a broad range of corporate options, one of which obviously is a possible corporate transaction, and I think it's fair to say that the board certainly wouldn't preclude including Brookfield into that process if they wish to participate," Bayle said.
Brookfield made a formal offer just a few days later, but Inter Pipeline urged shareholders to take no action on Feb. 22.
Producer lessons learned
With past mistakes in mind, oil and gas drillers are not interpreting rising commodity prices as a signal to ramp up production, according to DCP Midstream LP.
"This one feels a little bit different from a potential upcycle point of view, [so] that people don't come roaring back immediately and then kind of start crashing and destroying our own party again," Chairman, President and CEO Wouter van Kempen said.
"When I talk to our producer customers ... I hear a little bit more bounce in their step, a little bit more optimism, but a lot of discipline and saying, 'Hey, we're going to deliver free cash flow. We're not going to go out and just kind of throw rigs back in the field and creating a significant supply push,'" he said.
Winter storm windfall
Some oil and gas companies benefited financially from the deep freeze that left millions of customers in Texas state without power for days. Energy Transfer LP said its gas storage business stood to profit from the supply constraints and related price hikes.
"In Texas alone our assets are doing exceptionally well," co-CEO Marshall McCrea said. "It's a tough time. We hate what's going ... in this state, but we're doing everything we possibly can to pull gas out of storage and deliver it to the power plants and to the LDCs."
"From a financial standpoint we're doing pretty well because of the nature of our assets, where they sit, and how we're able to perform in this type of situation," he said.
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Easy come, easy go.
Yesterday, shares of Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) seemed ready to rebound on the back of optimistic news out of Wall Street (specifically, a pair of upgrades for Plug's fuel cell rival Ballard Power Systems). But now, it's looking less than likely that Plug will win any kind of upgrade for itself.
Not based on these earnings results, at least.
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Yes, that's right. Bright and early this morning, Plug Power reported its earnings for fiscal Q4 2020 -- and when I say "earnings," I mean losses -- $1.12 per share of 'em, much worse than the $0.01 per-share loss that Wall Street had anticipated. As of 1 p.m. EST, Plug shares are down 12% in response.
The company boasted of $96.3 million in "gross billings" (bills sent to its customers, but not necessarily revenue received in payment for goods and services) recorded in its fourth fiscal quarter, and $337.4 million for the full year fiscal 2020. And yet, actual revenue at the company was quite different.
Plug said its revenue for the fourth quarter was negative $316 million, and negative $100 million for the year, negating nearly half the revenue the company said it collected in 2019. This difference between the gross billings that Plug often features in its earnings reports and actual revenue used in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) calculations is probably something the company's investors should keep in mind.
Farther down the income statement, Plug's gross losses exploded: $423 million for the year, almost all of which showed up suddenly in just this final quarter of the year. Operating losses surpassed $550 million, and on the bottom line, Plug lost nearly $562 million -- $1.58 per share for the year.
Despite all the negative numbers, Plug insists it plans to "accelerate expansion in [the] green hydrogen generation business" in 2021, and it will "continue to expand via partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions in the hydrogen ecosystem." The company is looking to grow gross billings (again, not revenue) to $475 million in 2021, then grow that number again in 2022, to $750 million.
There's no word on what that will work out to in revenue, however -- and no word on how much money Plug might lose.
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Every band doc or pop star tour diary claims to show fans the real version of their idol. We get backstage access and never-before-seen interviews maybe even a teary late-night DMC but what films like Jonas Brothers: Chasing Happiness or Taylor Swifts Miss Americana really display is a carefully curated image, sanitised of scandal and shot through a commercial lens. In The Worlds A Little Blurry, Billie Eilish gives an alternative to the at-arms-length music movie taking us deep inside her teenage (and often troubled) brain.
Filmed over the course of three years, director R.J. Cutlers intimate offering is a real-life coming-of-age story, complete with family arguments, birthday parties and adolescent breakups. Cutler has form here: his Emmy-winning American High series tracked the experiences of 14 millennial students at a school in Illinois. And while the hyper-anxious, always-online Gen Z mindset differs greatly, Cutlers new documentary takes a similarly linear and open approach.
Eilish getting ready to go on tour. CREDIT: Apple TV+
We start at Eilishs parents house in Highland Park, Los Angeles, where most of the first half of the movie takes place. Its 2018 and 16-year-old Eilish is busy writing songs in her brother Finneas bedroom. They laugh, bicker and hug as the tunes come together their parents supplying advice from across the house or while stood in the doorway. Later, grown-men record execs and hangers on cram (comically, it has to be said) into corners while the siblings play snippets of tracks from Finneas computer. As Eilishs debut album coalesces and she gets deeper in bed with the label more and more people want input on the music, and you sense her frustration.
The film then jumps into a whirlwind montage of live shows, interviews and hotel room recording sessions. As Billies fame and popularity grow, her isolation increases not from family members (whose support never wanes) but friends, who appear infrequently, and boyfriend Q aka rapper 7: AMP. This is partly because shes always away on tour, but Qs behaviour also comes into question. During one flashpoint scene, Eilish has just come off stage at Coachella and is upset with her performance. Q, raving it up elsewhere on site, fails to show up backstage and Billie is left to commiserate on her own. They split up soon after.
With dad Patrick, learning how to wash her new car. CREDIT: Apple TV+
These emotional difficulties are compounded by Billies ongoing injuries (shin splints, a recurring hip injury) which require constant medical attention and even affect her electric performances. By the second half of the film, its clear the hectic schedule is getting a bit much but turning to other celebs (Katy Perry at Coachella, Justin Bieber via Instagram and a post-Grammys FaceTime) affords Eilish some much-needed understanding from those whove been through the same meteoric rise.
Eventually, Billie reaches a better place and learns to cope more easily with life as the most talked-about teen on the planet. However, many will question the wisdom of allowing a clearly-struggling teenager to be followed around 24/7 by a film crew. On the other hand, Eilishs willingness to talk about subjects like mental health and her own Tourettes syndrome may prove invaluable to young fans.
Despite a hefty chunk being dedicated to Billies personal life, the films best moments focus on music. Its fascinating to watch the genesis of mega-hits like Bad Guy crafted from the leftovers of an early track or listen in as Billie blocks the When The Partys Over video in her back garden, her mum standing in as a model. These little clips serve as a reward for Billies supporters, visual Easter eggs they can grin at while thinking: I know what that becomes!
And thats who will get most out of Billie Eilish: The Worlds A Little Blurry: the fans. I dont think of them as fans ever, says the neon-haired pop star in the movies opening few minutes. Theyre part of me. Giving them access to her intimate thoughts and feelings both lyrically and now through this documentary is why they love her so much. Other artists prepping for their own films should take note.
After appearing in five films in Marvels Infinity Saga and eight episodes of WandaVision, Wanda Maximoff has finally been given a moniker to match her reality-bending abilities: the Scarlet Witch.
Though weve all likely referred to Wanda as the Scarlet Witch at some point over the last half-decade, Agatha Harkness is somehow the first to ever do it in the MCU. This makes sense in the larger context of the MCU, which has placed little emphasis on Wandas character or the roots of her magical powers. Up until this series, weve had to turn to outside materials to intuit anything about the character. But picking up right where the last episode left off, WandaVision uses its penultimate episode to take Wanda deeper into the world of witchcraft. Like many of the series very literal episode titles, this weeks installment is fittingly called Previously On. In it, Agatha and Wanda revisit some of the most crucial moments of Wandas life before finally unveiling how the Westview Anomaly came to be, while rewriting a proper origin story for the Scarlet Witch in the process.
But the episode also explains Agathas story. Despite appearing young in WandaVision, it turns out that shes oldreally oldlike she is in the comics. The episode begins in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1693, in the midst of the infamous Salem witch trials. But instead of being captured by a horde of angry villagers, Agatha is being tried by a group of fellow witches who are attempting to bring her to justice after finding out that shes been performing dark magic. However, Agathas witchcraft overwhelms the entire coven, as she seems to absorb their energy to de-age all of them. (Meaning: She turns them all into ghoulish corpses, rather than, like, stars of The Irishman.)
Centuries later, Agathas quest for power continues as she tries to understand how Wanda was able to cast a spell strong enough to simultaneously take control of thousands of people and create an entire town of illusions; a display of magic on autopilot. As Agatha holds Billy and Tommy ransom, she takes Wanda on a sad trip through some of the most important moments of Wandas life, as she attempts to solve the mystery of how the Scarlet Witch came to be.
For this weeks recap, were going to switch things up and break down each of those four memories, before checking in on Visions new look heading into next weeks season finale.
The first memory that Wanda and Agatha revisit is from Wandas childhood: the last time she and her brother saw her parents alive. As Agatha quips, the Maximoff residence has a Cold War aesthetic, with echoes of gunfire coming in from the streets of war-torn Sokovia. For the first time, we glimpse Wandas parents, Iryna and Olek, as well as young Wanda, who is still happy and innocent before the first of many tragedies strike. The scene is also a callback to the Maximoff twins backstory, which Pietro explains to Ultron in 2015s Avengers: Age of Ultron:
We were 10 years old. Having dinner, the four of us. When the first shell hits, two floors below, it makes a hole in the floor. Its big. Our parents go in and the whole building starts coming apart. I grab her, roll under the bed, and the second shell hits. But it doesnt go off. It just sits there in the rubble, three feet from our faces. And on the side of the shell is painted one word.
As Pietro retells their tragic call to action, Wanda interjects with that one-word punch line: Stark. The twins add that they were trapped under that bed for two days waiting to be rescued or for Tony Starks missile to explode and kill thembut it never did.
With just a wee bit of clever retconning to smooth away the six-year gap between the scenes, WandaVision replays that Age of Ultron story in full, while also showing how the event is buried deep into Wandas subconscious. Rather than sitting around a dinner table, the Maximoff family is huddled around a television set watching an episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show. It turns out that watching old American sitcoms was a Maximoff family tradition; a fun way to learn English. Wanda has a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of Dick Van Dyke, but her fathers collection goes way deeper than that. Suddenly, its clear where Wanda was getting her source material for her own sitcom re-creations:
As Wanda, Pietro, and their parents watch the show with glee, the first shell hits. Just as they explained to that genocidal robot Ultron, Wanda and Pietro crawl under the bed just before the second shell hits. But the bomb didnt fail to go off out of sheer dumb luck. As Agatha explains, young Wanda used a probability hex to render it defective. So, what I see here is a baby witch, obsessed with sitcoms, and years of therapy ahead of her, Agatha concludes. Doesnt explain your recent hijinks.
Up until now, Wandas powers had been stated as being manufactured in a lab through the help of the Mind Stone. Largely unimpressed by the revelation of Wandas natural-born abilities, Agatha keeps the show moving along.
Next up: Wanda heads to HYDRA. The HYDRA facility in Sokovia, where we first properly met Wanda and Pietro in Age of Ultron, was alleged to be the place where the siblings acquired their superpowers after Baron Strucker exposed them to the energy from Lokis scepter. Yet, as WandaVision now re-explains, it turns out that the Scepter only enhanced Wandas existing powers.
Agatha and Wanda watch as Past Wanda enters a room that contains the scepter. Over the intercom, the HYDRA scientists direct her to touch the scepter, but before she can even approach it, the Mind Stone frees itself and approaches her. As Wanda reaches out to touch it, the Mind Stone bursts out of its outer blue shell, andshrouded in the stones emanating orange lightWanda sees the Scarlet Witch emerge before her:
Wanda collapses to the ground, but unlike previous subjects who came into contact with the magical gem, she survives. The scientists return her to isolation, where Wanda can later be seen eerily sitting in her cell in silence, using her mind to project an episode of The Brady Bunch onto a TV screen. (Or at least, it seems like shes projecting the show with her mind. If not, HYDRA really has to reconsider how it accommodates their test subjects.)
Little orphan Wanda got up close and personal with an Infinity Stone that amplified what otherwise wouldve died on the vine, Agatha helpfully summarizes.
Following Pietros death in Age of Ultron, Wanda traveled to her new home at the Avengers compound in America. Now, with Agatha still guiding the tour, present-day Wanda finds her past self deep in depression, yet also learning how to love againall while Bryan Cranston acts a fool on Malcolm in the Middle in the background.
Wanda is sitting alone in her room watching TV when Vision enters through the wall to try to console her. Given Wandas initially cold response to Vision, as well as the robots still nascent understanding of human interaction, its clear this scene takes place in the very early stages of their relationship. When Wanda realizes that Vision is only trying to help, she opens up, and explains how she feels like shes drowning in her grief as she mourns her brother. Though he may not know much about sitcoms, Vision strings together all the right words in response. It cant all be sorrow, can it? Vision asks her. Ive always been alone, so I dont feel the lack. Its all Ive ever known. Ive never experienced loss because I have never had a loved one to lose. But what is grief, if not love persevering?
The last bit is a hell of a line and a genuinely touching moment from the ever-noble synthezoid, as Vision (and Cranston) is able to bring a smile to Wandas face againbut it doesnt seem to do much for Agatha. So to recap, Agatha says with a sigh. Parents dead, brother dead, Vision dead. What happened when he wasnt there to pull you back from the darkness, Wanda?
While Wanda cries after reliving the moment when she likely fell in love with Vision, Agatha has no chillwhich we already really knew after she gloated about killing a dogand continues to push Wanda deeper into her memory to unpack how she created Westview. And finally, with enough of a push, Wanda brings us to the day it all went down.
Agatha and Wanda arrive at S.W.O.R.D. headquarters to watch as Past Wanda hopes to reclaim Visions corpse following his death at the hands of Thanos. And though director Hayward had previously shown clips of Wanda storming S.W.O.R.D. headquarters to steal Visions body in the fifth episode, the whole event plays out just a little bit differently than how Hayward had framed it.
After Wanda briefly gets held up in the lobby, Hayward agrees to hear her out as she makes her case for taking Visions body so she can properly bury him. Unsurprisingly, Hayward sees Vision as a multibillion-dollar piece of propertya powerful sentient weaponand refuses. And then, like an absolute dick, he proudly shows Wanda how his team is dismantling Visions body, stripping him for parts like an old car. Using enough force to raise some eyebrows (and some guns), Wanda takes a shortcut into the lab to get a closer look at her lovers desecrated corpse. When she cant feel any trace of Vision left in his lifeless body, however, she simply leaves empty-handed, returning to her car in peace.
But Wandas memory doesnt end there. She drives all the way to Westview, New Jersey, passing by some familiar facessuch as Herb, Phil, and Mrs. Hartwho are carrying out their regular lives in what is a noticeably run-down community. She eventually pulls up to an empty plot of land and pulls out a property deed granted to Wanda Maximoff and Vision. Walking right into the center of where their house wouldve stood, Wanda falls to her knees, and unleashes griefand her powersin full. In a matter of seconds, Wanda builds their home, sends Westview back to the 1950s, re-creates Vision from scratch, and brings us back to where WandaVision all started.
Finally satisfied, Agatha ends the tour of Wandas most personal memories with a classic slow clap. She vanishes into a cloud of her trademark purple smoke, reappearing out on the street rocking some spooky new clothes and with the twins in captivity:
You have no idea how dangerous you are, Agatha tells Wanda. Youre supposed to be a myth. A being capable of spontaneous creation, and here you are, using it to make breakfast for dinner. This is chaos magic, Wanda. And that makes you the Scarlet Witch.
After seeing Wandas life story unfold, Agatha concludes that Wanda is a powerful witch of mythical proportionseven if she doesnt know it. All season long, Agatha had remained under the shadowy (and sassy) guise of Agnes, studying Wandas actions while carefully manipulating her along the way. In the eighth episode, we learn that her motive was to understand how Wanda could unleash such powerful magic so that she too could wield it, but in the end, she finds out that Wandas abilities are only the stuff of legend. (And being ancient herself, Agatha should know.)
After fully realizing her true roots, and watching her children dangled before her, it may be time for the Scarlet Witch to properly introduce herself to Westview.
Hidden within another sneaky mid-credits scene was a moment worthy of being a episode-ending cliff-hanger itself, as S.W.O.R.D. finally launches its secretive Project Cataract. Using energy from Wandas Westview hex as a source of power, director Hayward finishes off the plan he had all along: bringing Vision back to life. Though it appears that he successfully brought his sentient weapon back online, however, the Vision that awakens is by no means the same synthezoid that was worthy of lifting Thors hammer.
The all-white version of Vision has ties to the comic books, most notably in his Vision Quest story arc from the West Coast Avengers in the 1980s. Like in WandaVision, the white Vision is created after his original body is destroyed, dismantled, and pieced back together. But just as his new synthezoid skin is devoid of all color, the resurrected Vision has lost all traces of his humanity.
Looking ahead to next weeks season finale, the stakes are set. The newly dubbed Scarlet Witch is about to throw magical hands with Agatha Harkness in order to save her childrenand potentially herself. The original Vision (or, at least, Wandas re-creation of him) is still flying around somewhere in search of his wife, while a S.W.O.R.D.-manufactured copy is moments away from being sent into Westview to kill Wanda. Darcys still riding around in a funnel cake truck, and Monica, with her recently acquired superpowers, is likely being held captive by Fake Pietro. (Speaking of which, if the internet was able to make a rock rendition of Agatha All Along within 24 hours, I really hope someone out there whips up a photoshop of Guy Fietro in the very near future.)
Come back next week as we find out how it all ends, and how the Scarlet Witch will manage to find herself in the multiverse of madness.
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Deeper Study on Breathing and Five Important Deep Breathing Techniques – Part 1: NJ Reddy, YPV Sadhana – Free Press Journal
Breath is life! From birth till your passing, you continuously breathe without even thinking about it. Our life starts and ends with respiration. You may be able to sustain without food or water for some time, but breathing is truly essential, without which you cannot survive. Hence, the importance of taking breath in a right manner. Regular proper breathing is the most crucial aspect for sustained healthy life. This has been ignored by humanity. It cannot be replaced by any other method.
Mouth Breathing Versus Nostril Breathing
You must check whether you are breathing from the mouth or from the nostrils. For example, observe while talking, are you breathing with mouth or nose in between? You may video record yourselves while speaking for five minutes and then review how many times you breathe through mouth. Or examine while walking, how are you breathing? Even while lying down, notice your breathing style. Many snore and breath through mouth. In any position you must breathe through nose. Also, watch your children for how they breathe?
Why is it important to breathe through nose? If we were supposed to breathe through mouth, we wouldnt have had a nose! If you start breathing with mouth, the nose may become defunct and may get clogged as well, causing more problems.
In the nose we have hair and the passage is narrow. This purifies the air and also makes the air warmer. Mouth breathing is like drinking unfiltered water. The unwanted things and germs which could have been stopped in the nose itself, enter your throat and lungs when you breathe through mouth. Cold air without filtering going into the lungs directly can cause cold, cough or many other diseases. Warm air from nose can prevent such issues. And whatever is blocked in the nose can be expelled out while exhaling. So, you must exhale also through the nose. However, there are certain breathing exercises where you exhale from the mouth, for a specific purpose. Those are exceptions. In general, your inhalation period and exhalation period must be equal and also done through nose only. For example, in Rhythmic Yogic Breathing, the inhalation and the exhalation periods are equal.
Infants, with little help by moving their head forward, close their lips. You can therefore help them to breathe through nose instead of mouth. Similarly, by just tilting the head forward while sleeping using a small pillow and supporting the neck, you may help yourselves breathe through nose. By sleeping on the side also you may do nose breathing. You may try these positions to help adjust and breathe through nose. This can be the first useful correction in breathing that you can make.
Let us now discuss 5 deep breathing techniques to improve and sustain your health and immune system:
1. Rhythmic Yogic Breathing (RYB)
It has benefits at physical level, energy level, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. You can refer to the article on Rhythmic Yogic Breathing to understand these benefits and also the steps to practice it.
Many people may not explore, observe or understand the energy, emotional, mental or spiritual level benefits. However, you can at least monitor the physical level gains.
What all can you check for? Take people with oxygen saturation levels of 80-85. You may use an oximeter to check the reading. After that make them practice Rhythmic Yogic Breathing for five minutes or so. You will see that their saturation level will raise up to about 90 in most cases. If they do regular practice, it may not go down below 90 again.
In normal breathing, you do not use even 15% lung capacity. By practicing Rhythmic Yogic Breathing, minimum 60% lung capacity is utilized. So, the difference is about four-fold. That means four times more oxygenation of blood and four times more purification of blood too. With deep abdominal breathing, diaphragm moves down more efficiently and lungs get to expand to a greater extent. Therefore, you take in more oxygen. With abdomen going in during exhalation, diaphragm pushes up better, allowing the lungs to expel out effectively. So, considering deep inhalation and exhalation, it is already 16-fold improvement. Further, such purified and oxygenated blood aids better digestion and assimilation. This in turn results in better absorption of nutrients into the blood. Every organ benefits from such blood. This purified, nutrient and oxygen dense blood strengthens circulation, reduces pressure on your circulatory system and also heart pumping requirement decreases. Hence, your blood pressure drops, and pulse rate reduces, your system relaxes almost immediately. The functioning of your brain, nervous system, lungs and all other organs improve by the high quality oxygenated blood and more nutrients. Even elimination becomes better, with constipation issue sorted out by gentle massage of the internal organs including intestines, due to the movement of the abdomen and diaphragm. With better quality blood supply, chronic kidney problems start to heal too. Senility or loss of memory and few other diseases are due to lack of proper circulation of oxygenated blood to the brain. So, when someone is not well, make them do Rhythmic Yogic Breathing immediately and regularly.
Another important point is the warmness or heat generated when oxygen and carbon-di-oxide exchange happens. It is comparable to combustion or burning, which produces heat. With deep abdominal breathing more warmness is generated. People who have warmer blood are less prone to infections.
You may practice this breathing exercise three to four times a day, for about 5 minutes each. By doing it for just 5 minutes, the next subsequent couple of hours or more, your utilization of lung capacity will remain improved. Therefore, you continue to reap the benefit from this practice for several hours.
We are only purely stressing on the physical level benefits in more detail so that you can understand the importance of this practice. You may measure the improvement by oximeter for oxygen saturation, spirometer reading for the lung capacity, brain waves calming effect through EEG. You would come to alpha state (calmer state with brain wave frequency below 14 cycles per second) with just a few minutes of this breathing exercise.
You can measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV), which is connected with your stress levels. HRV is the difference or variance between the consecutive heart beats. Lesser HRV value indicates more stress. Also, when in higher emotional states of appreciation and happiness, the Heart Rate graph seems rhythmic with a beautiful sinusoidal wave. When you get disturbed, even if your HRV value may be higher due to your practice, the Heart Rate graph when plotted appears erratic.
You may also check the difference in your strength, endurance, improvement in mobility while climbing up, walking speed and distance, agility, quality of sleep, etc. by practicing RYB just for two days.
If you understand the energy aspect, the benefits are multiplied exponentially. And if you consider emotional factor, the mental element and the spiritual aspect, it is further multiplied to higher exponents!
All psychosomatic ailments are because of negative emotions and thoughts, such as, anger, stress, fear, etc. Psycho is mind and soma means body. All psychosomatic ailments will have reduced effect due to the balance you can achieve by Rhythmic Yogic Breathing.
Yogi Ramacharaka had stated, An intelligent control of your breathing power will lengthen your days upon Earth by giving you increased vitality and power of resistance. Your immune system will get boosted.
We have a research paper on the effect of practicing this breathing, meditation and other techniques, for a period of one month. With just one month of practice, there have been tremendous improvements!
How often should you practice?
Practice this breathing three times a day. In order to remember, maybe you can practice before each of your meal times for five minutes. If not feeling well, like you have cold, sore throat or any other health issue, practice it every two hours. If you get cramps in the morning or breathlessness at night, then additionally practice it before sleeping. Energy in the air is less post-midnight until sun rises in the morning (it is the least around 3:00 am to 4:00 am, depending on the season). Such practice before sleep helps you energize yourself and prepare in advance for the low energy condition at night and in the early morning hours. People with asthma, heart issues, skeletal-muscular problems, pains and aches can benefit tremendously by practicing this breathing regularly and also once before sleeping.
Increase in Vitality or Prana
Yogi Ramacharaka had said, Verily breath is life! Prana or energy is stored in the brain and certain nerve centers. It can be used later like a battery. Rhythmic Yogic Breathing increases the storage of prana. The power of advance spiritual practitioners is connected with its store and intelligent use!
Children need brain power. You can improve it. Make sure that children do breathing exercise 3 times a day. Even small children who are about three years old, can be taught this breathing.
With more energy storage, you can consciously or unconsciously radiate vitality and strengthen people around and improve their health also. When you exhale, you not only throw used up energy, but also emanate some of the healthy stored energy. Hence, people around you get benefitted even without any such intention. This was known as magnetic healing in earlier days. Healing can be extended to others this way. So, just breathe well and maintain yourself, people coming in contact with you will automatically get benefitted. You are healing them without actually healing them in a conventional sense. How much more will be the effect if you also meditate?
Oxygen is circulated through blood or circulatory system, whereas prana or energy is distributed through the nervous system. If your prana increases, your circulation improves, blocks start to get dissolved. They are both interconnected.
Nervous system gets exhausted by thinking, feeling, using will power and also by action. Now science agrees that more energy is consumed by our brain because our mental work load has increased tremendously in the present times. This is like, the smart mobiles today with additional functions compared to the earlier mobiles, require charging more often. As brain consumes more nerve force or prana, regular proper breathing exercise is even more critical in the current era.
Development of Will power
The involuntary system is controlled by emotions and the voluntary system is controlled by our thinking faculty. But because of our uncontrolled lower emotions, our thinking and therefore, our voluntary system also comes under the influence of emotions. You cannot voluntarily perform actions well when emotionally disturbed.
You develop your will aspect by doing breathing exercises, that is, by disciplining yourself to sit down and practice it, your will aspect in Ajna center develops. So, your nervous system, comes under the control of your will. Your health now comes under the control of the developed Ajna center, proportional to its development. Your thinking which was otherwise under the control of your emotion, is now under the control of your will. Hence, doing physical and breathing exercises develops your will power apart from other health benefits.
Tuning to the Universal Mind
With regular practice of Rhythmic Yogic Breathing, you have greater emotional balance and also mind comes under the control of the Jivatma or Incarnated Soul, due to the development of will. Rhythm steadily helps to tune up to the Universal Mind towards Atma or Higher Soul and Paramatma or Spirit. When you practice in rhythm, the Solar Plexus (the lower emotional center) normalizes and slowly you can tune up.
Knowing is good but not sufficient. You must practice, validate and promote it. It is Human Heritage! Once you find this breathing really useful, you have a duty and responsibility to propagate it using all your capabilities.
Yogi Ramacharaka in his Hatha Yoga mentions, Eminent authorities have stated that one generation of correct breathers would regenerate the race and disease will be so rare as to be looked upon as curiosity. This statement emphasizes the importance of breathing to stay healthy!
We shall discuss other four deep breathing techniques next week.
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From vision to reality: the rise of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector – Health Europa
It has been a landmark year for Artificial Intelligence. What was once the reserve of science fiction is now becoming an intrinsic part of our everyday lives. From voice-controlled digital assistants in our homes to customer service chat bots, AI is now entrenched in the mass market. Most significantly, it has also been a year in which AI in healthcare has put down roots for a more radical transformation.
AI and machine learning have been quietly revolutionising the health sector for years by delivering everything from robotic surgery and 3D image analysis to intelligence biosensors that allow diagnoses and treatments to be managed remotely. But while the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, it has also catalysed technological developments in and awareness of healthcare AI. In the first quarter of 2020 alone, almost $1bn was invested in AI-focused healthcare start-ups and a recent projection shows the global industry growing at a rate of 44% until 2026.
The potential uses of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector are vast, and the technology is rapidly gaining momentum with investors as a result. With its applications ranging from disease prevention and diagnostics to acute care and long-term disease management, the industry is reaching a tipping point in 2020 and AI is finally becoming mainstream.
Yet it still seems we have only scratched the surface; and like any revolution witnessed in real time, the possibilities are seemingly limitless. For healthcare providers and associated organisations, it remains a real challenge to turn vision into reality. To move from testing to regular use, and to change the patient experience more fundamentally, organisations wanting to engage with AI must approach the issue strategically.
The technology behind Artificial Intelligence is evolving at breakneck speed, but the real test of an organisation is how it can harness and implement that technology for its own ends. The pressure of the pandemic has no doubt accelerated innovations, but before we look at how they can be put into practice, it is useful to consider what AI actually is and what it looks like in a healthcare setting.
At its core AI is machine learning, which is comprised of three cognitive nodes: computer vision, natural language processing and data inference. Computer vision is the eyes of AI, as it is capable of recognising visual patterns, objects, scenes and activities in digital imagery far quicker humans. Natural language processing refers to the technology that recognises and understands spoken language. Structured data inference is the technology that uses data, most often numerical, to solve problems. We have seen exciting developments for healthcare in all three in 2020.
Take natural language processing, which has come under the spotlight during the pandemic as healthcare providers have been forced to move operations online. The telehealth industry has grown exponentially because it has enabled providers to automate and streamline basic services in order to free up resources to deal with the crisis. In France, for instance, telemedicine appointments increased from 10,000 to a staggering 500,000 per week during the initial peak of the pandemic.
Recent developments in AI show that telehealth can be more than a platform for consultation. One startup, Vocalis Health, is exploring the use of voice data as a biomarker for disease progression. Using AI, the technology can detect signs of pulmonary hypertension in specific segments of speech, which can be recorded into a smartphone. Similar efforts are being focused on voice-based COVID-19 screening apps and also on using data to track neurological conditions like Parkinsons disease. The potential for this is significant and it promises to elevate telehealth to whole new level.
Huge strides in healthcare AI have been made by larger operations too, such as Alphabets AI subsidiary DeepMind. In November, DeepMinds AlphaFold project revealed it had in large part resolved a half-century-old challenge for scientists by understanding how a protein folds into a unique three-dimensional shape. This paves the way for a much greater understanding of diseases and the creation of designer medicines. On a wider scale, it even can help break down plastic pollution. Once more, the implications are enormous and not only for research scientists but for the role of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector as a whole.
AIs ability to solve incredibly complex problems using huge sets of data far surpasses our own; and for the decades ahead, the sky really is the limit for the businesses pioneering change so how can a healthcare provider think about effectively building-in such developments into strategy?
Artificial Intelligence is a vast field with many potential applications. There is no single, fool proof blueprint for its implementation, so healthcare organisations looking to harness its potential must make choices that fit their financial and technical capabilities.
The first key question that providers should ask themselves before embarking on their AI journey is: do we have the capacity to build out these capabilities in-house? Having the internal resources, proprietary data and capital to develop AI solutions in-house comes with obvious benefits in terms of control, but businesses will need to decide for themselves whether its realistic given their goals and timeline.
Next, should we consider partnerships or acquisitions? Even with the best resources and in-house capabilities, partnerships can rapidly increase the development and deployment of AI systems and tools. Investments in AI start-ups or acquisitions of smaller companies can also give an organisation fast access to development phases and provide greater expertise and capabilities.
Finally, businesses will need to think about which key enablers will accelerate their AI strategy. This means thinking about everything from building or acquiring new technologies, to leadership alignment and team allocation.
We know that AI can transform many aspects of healthcare; and as we have seen this year, it is evolving rapidly on a global scale. However, healthcare providers engaging with AI face specific challenges, especially when implementing it.
Data is AIs raison dtre: without a continuous supply of data, AI technology simply could not have achieved what it has to date. However, it can also be a nuisance for organisations which are grappling with the challenge of dirty data, which is not yet standardised and remains disparate. Privacy protocols and security requirements present additional barriers to progress, but as they concern protections for patient rights, these are hills that must be climbed. Consent for the use of patients data and the need to address perceived bias in algorithms are additional ethical issues of which all organisations must be wary.
Necessity is the mother of invention, which explains in part why so much ground has been made this year. However, the healthcare business model could do more to incentivise innovation. While there is a broad range of industry players in this sector, larger technology companies are known to lure talent away from start-ups, who also face difficulties scaling up their products without partnerships.
These challenges are certainly real, but they are by no means insurmountable. While the success of engaging with AI relies on careful preparation, it is an innovation that is not just worth pursuing, but one that will be integral to healthcares story in the years to come. As such, organisations need to prioritise AI initiatives and plan for implementation. On a basic level, this means ensuring leadership is on board and the right talent is being supported.
Many organisations throughout the healthcare chain are already deep into their digital transformation journey. While some of these will have well-developed AI strategies in play, others will not. It is worth bearing in mind that the road to AI-enabled healthcare is long, which makes having a strategy to turn vision into reality key to a successful journey.
Overall, approaches may vary and will be dependent on specialism and sub-sector. But what sets healthcare ahead of other industries is the universal recognition of the power of AI and machine learning, and the sheer scale from start-ups to multinational companies involved.
The medical landscape of tomorrow is likely to look very different, but it is down to healthcare organisations across the board to steer their own path in a future defined by Artificial Intelligence.
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Henry Louis Gates Jr. takes viewers on a deep and joyous journey through history of ‘The Black Church’ – Worcester Telegram
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For the first 24 minutes of The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, I kept thinking what a profound and yet totally accessible TV historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. has become.
Within the first 10 minutes of the two-night, four-hour, PBS production airing at 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesdayhe had built and convinced me of the righteousness of his core narrative for this powerful and sprawling story of 400 years of African America resilience, invention, artistry, political resistance and religious transcendence.
As it is stated in PBS press materials, this is the story in Gates telling of Black people who improvised ways of bringing their faith traditions from Africa to the New World, while translating them into a form of Christianity that was not only truly their own, but a redemptive force for a nation whose original sin was found in their ancestors enslavement across the Middle Passage.
Forging that focused narrative out of 400 years of history is the work of a great mind. This is the Harvard professor at his intellectual best.
At just over the 24-minute mark of the first hour of the series, Gates is shown standing over a piano played by Patrice E. Turner, of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. I expected him to interview her about religion or religious music, but she suddenly started playing gospel song In That Great Gettin Up Morning on the keyboard, and Gates just let it rip. He started hand clapping, singing and rocking out, his entire being resonating with the joy of that song. And you could feel the communion between him and Turner as they let the music take them to a place where all the words of all the wise experts on religion and the African American experience couldnt take them.
Gates and The Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop and primate of The Episcopal Church, had just finished telling us about the power of traditional spirituals to evoke deep emotional responses.
When somebody starts singing in a certain way, Curry said, folk, inside, start reacting and responding. And eventually, there may be shouts and there may be silence, but something is moving inside. And thats where the Black church is found: in those heartbeats.
And that heartbeat comes from Africa, Gates said.
Straight from Africa, Curry concurred. No doubt about it. And it has been integrated with the Christian story and experience.
Instead of only telling viewers about the power of that music, Gates was showing us as he sang along with Turner. And in that moment, I put down my critics notebook and pen and clapped along even though I was watching on a computer with tinny sound in the middle of the night.
I truly like and deeply respect Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as an intellectual. His ability to take dozens of different strands of information and data and form them into a compelling narrative is unmatched on television, except for perhaps by Ken Burns. But I love the guy who let himself go and joined in on In That Great Gettin Up Morning with everything he had.
This guy is one of the greatest guides public television has ever known. There is no one today I trust more to tell me about the American experience. Guide is the best word for the onscreen role Gates takes on in productions like this. He is not a narrator, reporter, correspondent or host. He is a guide who invites viewers to join him on a journey.
The imagery of journey is everywhere in this series. After a brief montage of church buildings, Part 1 opens with Gates walking with his cane down a lane toward the front steps of the Waldon United Methodist Church, a modest white structure in Piedmont, West Virginia.
My mothers family has worshipped here for generations, he says as he mounts the steps and enters the church. The lessons I learned here, the power of faith, the importance of community, have remained with me and sustained me in the same way the Black church has sustained the African American people from the days of slavery to this day.
And then come some of the talking heads, and I mean that in a good way in the case of this series.
The church gave people a sense of value and belonging and of worthiness, Oprah Winfrey says. I dont know how we could have survived as a people without it.
The Rev. Al Sharpton says, The Black church was more than a spiritual home. It was the epicenter of Black life. Out of it came our Black businesses, our Black educational institutions.
Back to Gates, who says, Its been a sanctuary where Black people could interpret The Bible in their own images and praise God in their own voices, creating some of the most sublime music the world has ever heard.
And on the word heard the screen fills with the sound and image of a young Aretha Franklin singing in church.
There is a symmetry to the series as it comes to an end in the final minutes with Gates walking back down the asphalt path leading to the front of Waldon United Methodist Church.
After so many years distance from it, Id finally come to understand more fully the meaning and the magic of the Black church, Gates is heard saying in voice-over.
Hes then shown in the pulpit testifying to the congregation, many of whom have hugged and warmly greeted him as he entered the church.
This is where my life in the church started, he tells the congregation. I was 12 years old. It was Sunday. And mama hugged me and told me she was going to die. So, they took her to the hospital and I went upstairs to my bedroom, he adds, his voice breaking.
I didnt tell anybody. I just prayed. And I told Jesus, If you let my mother live, Ill give my life to Christ, he continues, taking off his glasses and wiping his eyes.
About three days later, she got better and came home, he says. So, I got up, looked in the mirror and said, Uh-oh.
The congregation shared a laugh at Gates punch line, and he laughed, too. But he was serious about the experience even though as he later explained in a PBS virtual press conference last week, it turned out his mother had not been as sick as she thought.
I had made a deal with Jesus, he continued in the pulpit. You dont mess with God. And I came to this church every Sunday and I joined the choir. And I still sing all the hymns.
He finished his time in the pulpit leading the congregation in singing the words, Oh, I believe, I believe I will go back home. Well, I believe, I believe I will go back home and be a servant of the Lord.
As he was taking his leave of the congregation with more hugs and embraces, there was one last bit of his voice-over saying, The Black church was the place where our people somehow made a way out of no way. And its the place after a long and tiresome journey to which we can always return and call home.
The world needs to learn all it can about the origins of the novel coronarivus, and the World Health Organization has been investigating. But theres increasing reason to question the effort due to Chinas lack of cooperation and conflicts of interest on the WHO team.
A Beijing-approved WHO delegation recently concluded a 12-day visit to Wuhan, where the virus emerged more than a year ago. The group visited local hospitals and sites like the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and Huanan Seafood Market. But such field trips arent very helpful without unhindered access to raw data. The Chinese government, which controls research into Covid-19s origin, has limited WHO access to such information.
Chinese officials are spinning that Covid-19 came from outside China. Some Communist Party functionaries have suggested the virus was imported through frozen food, but few scientists take the idea seriously. Many believe it arrived through zoonotic spillover, passing perhaps from bats, through another species, to humans. Another theory is that the virus came from a laboratory such as the one in Wuhan.
The WIV has conducted controversial gain of function research on coronaviruses. Such experiments can provide viruses with new capabilitiessuch as the ability to infect a different species. The U.S. State Department has said several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019 and had symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses. This is important to investigate.
Yet the recent WHO trip ended with a propaganda coup for Beijing. Peter Ben Embarek, head of the WHO team, declared the lab hypothesis extremely unlikely and not in the hypotheses that we will suggest for future studies. Mr. Embarek said he had spoken with lab personnel extensively, and theyre the best ones to dismiss the claims. But apparently the frozen-food theory was worth looking into.
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