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Natural Awakenings SW PA, Greater Pittsburgh

Your Health Investigator - A unique Functional Medicine Practice. is a place where you can get answers and solutions to chronic health problems. Feel at home to tell your story of what has happened to your health and actually have someone listen. A place that invites you to be a partner in your own health. Whether you need to regain your health or improve upon the health you now have.

Dr. William Howrilla, DC, CFMP is the clinic director of, a unique online Functional Medicine platform that allows clients throughout the world to benefit from the Functional Medicine approach to health and chronic disease. In-person, by phone or by webcam, Dr. Howrilla brings the advances of Functional Medicine to those who desire it.
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Global Brief: Natural Thinking Spending Time in Nature Increases Cognitive Performance
More of our time is spent indoors than ever before. One of the ways by which nature may improve cognitive function (i.e. the acquisition of and goal-oriented use of knowledge) is by improving memory formation and recall, specifically that of short-term or working memory, and goal-oriented or directed attention; the kind that requires focused effort. By comparing and contrasting 13 studies, a team of researchers has shed light on this complex interaction in research published in Frontiers in Psychology. The studies used the backwards digit span task, which requires participants to invert a series of numbers and repeat them back. All demonstrated significantly improved cognition in nature as compared to urban environments. The benefits of studies like this are two-fold: not only are we learning more about how the brain interacts with its environment, but also how to leverage this interaction to lead healthier, more productive and happier lives.
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