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Think flexible yogis are sexy? Well, did you know they can apparently do something with their stomachs that's out of a freakin' horror movie?

It's called Nauli, but it's apparently gotten the nickname "Alien Yoga," according to the Independent and you can see why:

The move supposedly helps massage internal organs, strengthening the core and aiding digestion. But it also looks like simply a fun way to scare people!

Though modern, Western versions of yoga usually don't teach the move, in some classical Yoga classes nauli is one of the first things you learn, according to nauli.org. It's, um, easier said than done. 

Yoga Journal recommends learning the move from an experienced teacher, especially in order to avoid injuries. distractify.com
Crying is not a sign of vulnerability, and you should not apologize for it.

Crying is actually a healthy thing which indicates strength and resilience.

According to a 1983 study from the American Psychological Association, crying brings relief of stress due to interpersonal relationships, sadness, and anxiety.

Tears help you channel and filter out the thoughts, as bottling them up might cause long-term psychological damage.

Crying actually releases the negative tension accumulated during the day, comforts, and recharges and emotional tears have hormones that escape the body and could enhance mood.

According to professor Roger Baker from Bournemouth University, crying relieves trauma, as it is the transformation of distress into something tangible. healthy-food-house.com
The governing body of the World Health Organization on Tuesday elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister, to head the global health agency responsible for marshaling the international response to infectious disease epidemics such as Ebola and Zika.

He is the first WHO director-general from Africa.

The election comes at a critical time for the WHO.

It has experienced huge budget cuts over the years, lost many talented staff members and was heavily criticized for its slow and ineffective response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in three West African countries that killed more than 11,000 people.

A recent editorial in the Lancet said the election comes at a time of “unparalleled uncertainty” for the organization. It said: “Vastly more is expected of WHO while its role is contested and constrained.” washingtonpost.com
Teenagers who live in large cities could be at greater risk of having psychotic experiences, according to research examining the impact of urban life on mental health.

Research drew on the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study, in which 2,063 18-year-olds in England and Wales were asked whether they had had any psychotic experiences since the age of 12, including delusions, hallucinations or concerns that their food had been poisoned.

Just over 30% of the teens reported at least one psychotic experience over the period.

Once factors including family psychiatric history, socioeconomic status and alcohol or cannabis dependence were taken into account, the odds were 43% higher for adolescents living in very urban settings – such as cities like London or Birmingham – than for rural teens.

Further analysis revealed the effect was at least in partly down to low levels of social cohesion, meaning poor relationships between neighbours, and high levels of neighbourhood disorder. theguardian.com
Further evidence has emerged of the link between alcohol consumption in women and an increased risk of breast cancer.

According to a report from the World Cancer Research Fund, half a glass of wine or a small beer a day increases the risk of breast cancer.

It also backs up research showing that regular intensive exercise can reduce the risk of the disease.

But is it really that simple? Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women in the UK with one in eight women developing the disease during their lifetime.

But scientists say they can't explain why the cancer occurs in some people and not in others, there are numerous causes and lots of factors to take into account, including lifestyle, hormone levels and other medical conditions.

Basically, it's a complex picture and there's no point focusing on one factor only. bbc.co.uk
It’s that time of year where seasonal allergies strike with runny noses, itchy eyes and scratchy throats, but those who suffer from pollen allergies can also have other hidden allergies to fruits and vegetables they may never have known about.

Seasonal allergy sufferers, like those with asthma and hay fever, can also have oral allergy syndrome, known as OAS.

People with the condition experience tingling or itching when they eat certain raw foods, indicating an allergic reaction to some fruits and vegetables, symptoms include itching or swelling in the mouth and throat and on the tongue and lips.

“Oral allergy syndrome is due to a cross-reactivity between plant proteins from pollen and fruits or vegetables,” the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia reports, “When a child or adult with pollen allergy eats a raw fruit or vegetable, the immune system sees the similarity and causes an allergic reaction.”

Both children and adults are susceptible to the condition, although the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia says adults can be more affected.

Symptoms can be eliminated by cooking or baking foods that cause a reaction, or eating canned fruits or vegetables, oral antihistamines like those taken to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms can also ease reactions. miamiherald.com
Baldwin has been reluctant to talk about the disease, and Bay Area Lyme Foundation Executive Director Linda Giampa said that she has been trying for years to get him to come to their event.

“We had already sold out the event for 350 people on that night when I was told, I asked if he would do it the next night and he graciously agreed,” Giampa said. “I think he just felt the time was right to talk about it.”

Baldwin said that he believed he had chronic Lyme disease even before he was diagnosed with it, he was bitten about 17 years ago, and got a shot, then he was bitten again a few years later.

“I got the classic Lyme disease (symptoms) for each successive summer, for five years, every August, like this black lung, flu-like symptoms, sweating to death in my bed,” Baldwin said “The first round (was the worst), and then it diminished, at least that’s how I perceived it.”

“The first time was the worst of all,” he recalled. “And I really thought this is it, I’m not going to live. I was alone, I wasn’t married at the time, I was divorced from my first wife.

I was lying in bed saying, ‘I’m going to die of Lyme disease,’ in my bed and ‘I hope someone finds me and I’m not here for too long.’ ” people.com
The American Academy of Pediatrics has some new advice about juice: Kids should resist the urge to drink it.

If you’re craving something fruity and refreshing, try eating a piece of fruit instead, If you’re thirsty, you can wash it down with some water.

Sure, juice has some things going for it: It can be an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium, among other nutrients.

It also contains antioxidants, which may help ward off cancer and cardiovascular disease.

All those things are true about fruit as well plus it contains fiber, that’s good for you because it helps keep your blood sugar in check, reduces cholesterol and cleans your colon.

And it can help prevent unwanted weight gain, since it takes much longer to eat a piece of fruit than it does to drink the juice it contains. latimes.com