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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, JONE 28,201 ' IT, aJ.M,N NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS) Compiled by ~razio Z. Buttafuoco Padre Pio (Continued from Page I) IS LISTENING TO MUSIC LIKE TAKING A DRUG? It seems to be true, if you like a certain kind of music. Even when you listen to a known preferred composition something incredible happens inside the body. The kind of music you may listen to seems to evoke a deep sense of pleasure that unleashes in the brain an abundance of dopamine, the neurotransmitter of pleasure, that brings about a better heart rate, a better breathing rhythm and a normal body temperature. Those who have a passion to listen to a par- ticular kind of music, the operatic one for example, know quite well the multiple sensations they feel, especially if they listen to a live performance. Some of us love a pre- ferred type of music, so much that we ought to be able to make a kind of 'soundtrack' indispensable to our daily liv- ing. Many of the sensations mentioned above were discov- ered by a group of scientists of the McGill University (Canada) not too long ago and were published in the Nature Neuroscience magazine. They also pointed out that music has amazing powers as a pain reliever and it has also dem- onstrated the therapeutic role during a post-surgery con- valescence. The Canadian group of researchers also no- ticed that when volunteers listen to a particular, known kind of music they showed physiological effects of unique pleasure that gave them a deep sense of wellness. The re- lease of dopamine in the brains was level of pleasure felt when listening much appreciated. In short, when we music we enjoy most, even when we proportional to the to a kind of music listen to the kind of anticipate what the selection is going to be, the release of dopamine starts. However, when we happen to listen to some musical com- position we find unpleasant, nothing happens. This proves to us that the music inside us has an important meaning and a deep value for all mankind. STARTING A DIET: A 'MISSION IMPOSSIBLE'[ We all want to lose weight. That's great, but the reality is a sad corol- lary. Only about 29% are able to make the effort and suc- ceed. Of course, there are many reasons why most of us fail: we don't exercise enough to burn the calories we have piled up in our bodies and we tend to eat at the wrong time of the day; we also don't sleep enough, we miscalculate the amount of calories we ingest, but fail to count those calo- ries we add when eating snacks and other little amounts of food we eat during the day when we cook! What most of us do is primarily we keep eating little things, just to taste them, along with drinks, we don't take into account what and how much we actually ingest. The solution? We ought to eat at established hours, but it is extremely important, for our health, to sleep more than six hours a night[ Ken Shallow 617.593.6211 I Fully Insured Lic #017936 Mechani ca] Heating & Air Conditioning Sales, Service & Installation W (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) To Talk of Many Things (Continued from Page I0) place. This is a great no-kill animal shelter and always needs everyone's support. CHELSEA JIMMY FUND WALK This year's Boston Mara- thon Jimmy Fund Walk is its 25th annual walk. It will be held on Sunday, Septem- ber 8th. Register today at HE REMINDED ME OF ME I was in Revere and bumped into Juan Jarramillo who is running this Septem- ber for a seat on the Revere School Committee. He looked really young and had a great head of black hair and wore glasses. I told a friend I was with, he reminded me of me except his hair is even darker than mine once was. I liked the quote he is using in his campaign fro]n President Kennedy, "Leadership and learning are indispensible to each other." Everyone nowadays seems younger than me. I am so glad they still like elected old Popes. I am still a young guy by Vatican standards.