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Day 2 Shocking! Myth Of Chicken Injected With Growth Hormones That Affect Your Health Is Busted

Day 2 Shocking! Myth Of Chicken Injected With Growth Hormones That Affect Your Health Is Busted

Have you already tried to avoid the foods we told you that can disrupt your hormones last time? I know, the beginning is always difficult….But DO IT TODAY if you still haven’t done it!

Let me get you some mind-blowing facts to enlighten you a bit today – “Chicken are injected with growth hormones and this harms your health!” is simply a myth!

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Why Injecting Chicken With Growth Hormones Is Impossible

The reason is simple, it is illegal.

In the United States, and many other countries, strict guidelines are placed on the use of hormones in animal feeds. The supplementation of hormones is illegal in poultry. There may be some that do add supplements to the chickens feed, however there is no logical reason to use them.

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But If It’s Illegal, Why Would So Many People Believe The Myth?

Have you ever seen the label “Hormone Free” on a package of chicken you bought? Yes me too.

These labels have created a level of confusion and, in some cases, fear among consumers. Poultry producers have actually used this in their marketing campaigns to emphasize that they do not use hormones to boost the growth of their chickens, while implying that other poultry companies do. This common misconception that hormones are injected directly into the chickens, or added to their feed is totally inaccurate. Some even link the formation of ovarian cysts in women to eating chicken injected with hormones.

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In fact, there is no such thing as a “hormone free” chicken. Chickens, like humans, produce growth hormones naturally. Progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen are naturally produced within chickens for normal development, growth, and reproduction. In the interest of debunking this myth, there are a few solid reasons why hormones are not used.

And…It Is Just Not Wise To Use Hormones…

It is not cost effective…

If the hormones were to be added to the chickens’ feed, they would be digested too quickly to have any effect. To have any effect at all, the hormones would have to be injected directly into the chickens on a frequent basis. Research shows that the release of the natural growth hormones in chickens is every 90 minutes. If the supplemental growth hormones were to be effective, the only feasible way to do this would be through intravenous administration. The logistics alone in injecting thousands of chickens intravenously every 90 minutes is impossible.

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Chicken have evolved to have a higher growth rate

Like humans, when a chicken enters puberty, they experience a “growth spurt.” Chickens grow at a rate so rapidly that feed restriction is occasionally recommended to limit the incidences of heart attacks, or in some regions, heat stress. It makes no sense to force a higher growth rate on chickens. Also, there have also been improvements in genetics, nutrition, and disease control. Hormones are just not needed.

Next Time You Buy A Chicken…

The next time you buy a chicken, rest assured they are not larger “due to growth hormones.” One brand is not better than the other because they are “hormone free.” Chickens are not injected with growth hormones, but they do produce them naturally. The hormones produced by chickens will not affect you or create health problems. You can feel confident that the chicken wings you’re eating during your Sunday football game are safe.

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Last Updated on June 20, 2019

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

Conclusion

While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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