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Take a break: procrastination found to bolster productivity
While the act of procrastination is viewed by many as something highly unacceptable, a trait of the lazy and easily-bored in society, research shows that it may actually lead to increased productivity.
Professor and procrastination expert Piers Steel, Ph.D, gathered 24 participants and divided them in two groups in an effort to assess whether delaying tasks helped or hindered their completion.
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to help yourself
I have developed a simple routine in awareness of the physiology of the spine, using slow and deep conscious breathing techniques, whilst gently manipulating and synchronising the muscles and articulations of the neck, shoulders, upper, mid and lower back vertebrae, pelvis and upper legs, to bring about a more natural spinal alignment and improved posture.
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Do this for yourself
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Sciatica explained by Dr Mitchell Yass
Yes - its called conscious breathing. And its easy to do.
Does this mean that this can be done anywhere, at any time, in any space, during ordinary everyday activities, like driving a car, sitting on a train,
plane or bus, walking, at your desk working, watching TV or a movie or on a mobile chat?
The answer is an unequivocal yes.
Well, this is a little extreme.....
...whilst this is just a dream...
Sometimes evolution is stupid, and the human body is proof. Here are the most problematic physical and behavioral "scars of evolution" we humans have to deal with.
The human body is, in many respects, a resounding tribute to the adaptive powers of natural selection. We've evolved gloriously large, complex brains capable of abstract thought and foresight. We're bipedal, dextrous, and enjoy relatively long lives (lives that include a fairly generous fertility window), to list a few of the qualities that have allowed us to propagate and thrive across the planet.
But that doesn't mean we're perfect. Far from it, in fact. Not only did evolution create a species that's "good enough," it also produced some distinctly negative traits. Back in 1951, the biologist Wilton Krogman referred to these as the "scars of human evolution."
Imag - Grays Anatomy
State of Health:
Prevention is What Matters
Statement by Deepak Chopra
I have been in the health industry for the last forty-five years. When I was doing my residency and fellowship in various Boston hospitals our main attention was on sickness. For the most part this is still the case. The health industry is essentially a sickness industry......
Happiness spreads but depression doesn't
Having friends who suffer from depression doesn't affect the mental health of others, according to research led by the University of Warwick............
You’ll be on edge if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, a new paper reports.
Cutting a few hours of sleep out of your schedule isn’t as good an idea as it may appear. Researchers at the Iowa State University report that missing sleep will make you angrier, leaving you ill-equipped to deal with frustrating situations. This is one of the first studies to provide evidence that sleep loss causes anger.
“Despite typical tendencies to get somewhat used to irritating conditions — an uncomfortable shirt or a barking dog — sleep-restricted individuals actually showed a trend toward increased anger and distress, essentially reversing their ability to adapt to frustrating conditions over time. No one has shown this before,” said Zlatan Krizan, paper first author and a professor of psychology at Iowa State.
The link between lack of sleep and a predisposition to foul mood (anger included) has been documented in past research, but a direct cause-effect relationship couldn’t be established. In other words, we knew that the two come together, but not whether one causes the other. In the current study, Krizan and co-author Garrett Hisler, an ISU doctoral student in psychology, tackle this question — and also provides new insight into our ability to adjust to irritating conditions when tired.
Participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The control group maintained their normal sleep routine, while the experimental group cut two to four hours each night for two nights. The first group averaged almost seven hours of sleep a night, while the restricted group got about four and a half hours each night. Krizan says this difference is an accurate reflection of the sleep loss we regularly experience in everyday life.
In order to measure anger, the duo had participants visit the lab before and after the sleep manipulation to rate different products. All the while, they were listening to brown noise (similar to the sound of spraying water) or more aversive white noise (similar to a static signal). Krizan says the purpose was to create uncomfortable conditions, which tend to provoke anger.
“In general, anger was substantially higher for those who were sleep restricted,” Krizan said. “We manipulated how annoying the noise was during the task and as expected, people reported more anger when the noise was more unpleasant. When sleep was restricted, people reported even more anger, regardless of the noise.”
Sleep loss is known to increase negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness, and decreases positive emotions, such as happiness and enthusiasm. However, the team says they found that sleep loss uniquely impacted anger — it didn’t just result from feeling more negative at the moment. They also tested whether subjective sleepiness (i.e. how sleep-deprived participants felt) explained more intense feelings of anger. They report it accounted for 50% of the effect on anger, which suggests that an individual’s sense of sleepiness may indicate whether they are likely to become angered, Krizan said.
Krizan is also working on a separate study on whether these effects carry over to daily life. It involves 200 participants who were asked to keep a sleep diary for a month — each day, the students recorded their sleep and rated feelings of anger. Initial results show students consistently reported more anger than what was typical for them on days when they got less sleep than usual. Krizan and Hisler are also collecting data to test if sleep loss is a driver of aggressive behavior toward others.
The paper “Sleepy anger: Restricted sleep amplifies angry feelings” has been published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology:.
Vitamin C has a patchy history as a cancer therapy, but researchers at the University of Iowa believe that is because it has often been used in a way that guarantees failure.
Most vitamin C therapies involve taking the substance orally. However, UI scientists have shown that giving vitamin C (also known as ascorbate) intravenously—thus bypassing normal gut metabolism and excretion pathways—creates blood levels that are 100 to 500 times higher than levels seen with oral ingestion. It is this super-high concentration in the blood that is crucial to vitamin C’s ability to attack cancer cells.
With all the talk of type 2 diabetesdoiong the rounds in the media again, I thought I would share this with you.
A few years ago, a large and extremely overweight getleman, with high blood pressure began a weight loss programme with me. His not quite
equally overweight wife was so impressed by the weekly weight loss routine that I had created for my client, that she adopted it too.
The only problem was that she was far more disciplined than he was.
I have written elsewhere on this site about the role of the mind in sickness and in health and for me, this is an area just crying out for research.
My own experience through the daily practice of meditation with conscious breathing over the years, has led me to conclude that the use of my conscious mind on my cancer helps me enormously to cope with the fears of its possible consequences, which was, and still is, a major motivating factor to maintain the discipline of a daily regime to control and manage what I eat, drink, think and do.
Within minutes my levels of oxygen rise, along with serotonin - the daytime calming hormone.
This daily mind routine led to the acceptance of my illness and the possible outcome of which would be my death. Once I had embraced my cancer as something that was a part of me, I felt I was in a much more powerful position to influence its pathway and I was far less likely to grasp at the straws on offer, in a knee jerk reaction to the fear of losing my life.
It is this visceral fear that drives cancer people to undertake one or all of the big 3 - operation - chemo - radiation - and once they are on that conveyor belt, it is very difficult to step off it. And by the time you do - you may well be suffering from the side effects of all or any one of them.
In any event, you will need your mind on your side
There are many things that drive cancer. Poor diet, chemical and radiation exposures, and certain infections, figure prominently in the process. Stress, however, is a major contributing factor that is often completely overlooked.
New research, however, sheds light on just how critically important the physiological consequences of stress are on cancer cell progression.
Adrenaline Increases Cancer Malignancy
Published this month in the journal Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics and entitled "Adrenaline induces chemoresistance in HT-29 colon adenocarcinoma cells," researchers found that the stress hormone adrenaline induces multidrug resistance in colon cancer cells.
Depression has become an all too common condition in recent times. Despite its prevalence, however, pharmaceutical companies have failed to come up with a safe and effective way to address it. Lots of people think they either have to live with their negative feelings or accept the possibly deadly side effects that come with antidepressant use, but there are some natural remedies that can be surprisingly effective – and one of the best may prove to be curcumin.
A compound in the turmeric spice, curcumin is a bit of an overachiever in the health realm, grabbing headlines for its benefits in fighting everything from cancer to memory to arthritis. However, for many people, one of its most exciting benefits is its power to help fight depression.
A study published in Phytotherapy Research found that it works surprisingly well compared to Prozac when it comes to reducing depression symptoms. In that study, patients who had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder were given a six-week course of treatment of 20 milligrams of fluoxetine, the main ingredient in Prozac; 1,000 milligrams of curcumin; a combination of both; or a placebo.
The patients were then evaluated using the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, and the researchers found that the combination group performed better than the group of fluoxetine alone. While curcumin and fluoxetine worked equally well on their own, curcumin does not have the side effect of suicidal ideation or other toxic side effects, making it a clear winner.
Those who opt for Prozac could experience problems like dizziness, vomiting, tremors, anxiety, weakness, blood pressure changes, heart rate issues, weight gain, and suicidal thoughts. As bad as depression is to experience, many of these side effects are even worse – not to mention the fact that many mass shooting perpetrators were later found to have had antidepressants in their system at the time of their killing spree.
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Getting more turmeric
If you’d like to try to increase your turmeric intake, you can look for organic turmeric root at your local farmer’s market or grocery store; it looks similar to ginger root and is from the same family. Alternatively, you can buy it in powder form, but seek dependable sources to avoid contamination.
Adding turmeric to meals is easy, and there are many different approaches you can try. Most people immediately think of curry, and while this is indeed a classic way to consume turmeric, you can easily sprinkle it on any meat, fish, salad, or even your cereal or granola. Some people like it sprinkled on eggs; others mix it into coffee or tea.
It’s easy to disguise in a smoothie, and you can also take the opportunity to give yourself a nutrient boost by adding depression-fighting antioxidants from foods like blueberries. One of the most traditional ways to consume turmeric, however, is by mixing it with warm milk to create a “golden milk.” Whatever route you take, be sure to include a pinch of black pepper to increase its bioavailability.
The American Psychological Association reports that 12.7 percent of Americans took an antidepressant during the past month, with the percentage of people who use the drugs skyrocketing by 64 percent between 1999 and 2014. Hopefully, as more people become aware that safe and effective depression remedies exist, we’ll see fewer people subjecting themselves to the scary side effects of antidepressants