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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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There is much more to be said about Jordan B Peterson. He is a strange mixture of theologian, psychologist, conservative, liberal, wit and lay preacher. He’s a powerful advocate of the scientific method who is not a materialist. He can go from cuddly to razor sharp in a beat. His primary concern, however, which underpins nearly everything about him, is the defence of the individual against groupthink, whether on the right or the left.


“Your group identity is not your cardinal feature. That’s the great discovery of the west. That’s why the west is right. And I mean that unconditionally. The west is the only place in the world that has ever figured out that the individual is sovereign. And that’s an impossible thing to figure out. It’s amazing that we managed it. And it’s the key to everything that we’ve ever done right.”


Peterson’s 12 rules


Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back


Rule 2 Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping


Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you


Rule 4 Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today


Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them


Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world


Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)


Rule 8 Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie


Rule 9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t


Rule 10 Be precise in your speech


Rule 11 Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding


Rule 12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

"The pursuit of happiness is a pointless goal"

Back pain is the world’s leading cause of disability but is treated badly, say experts


Chris Smyth of The Times reports that millions of patients with back pain are being given pointless drugs, surgery and injections, with a third prescribed dangerous opioids, experts say.


Doctors prefer to offer useless and often harmful treatments rather than tell patients there is nothing to be done except stay active, an international group of scientists has found.


Exercise and psychological therapy are the only things that work for most cases of chronic back pain but too many people wrongly believe the myth that rest is best for the condition, they add.


Job satisfaction and a positive attitude are among the strongest indicators of whether back pain will turn into serious disability but their report, published today, says doctors are reluctant to discuss social and psychological approaches, preferring needless scans.


Back pain is the world’s leading cause of disability, with up to nine million estimated to suffer from it in Britain and half a billion worldwide, but a series in The Lancet says that it is routinely badly treated. In Britain one in seven GP appointments is for muscle and nerve problems, mostly back pain.


NHS guidelines recommend mainly exercise and therapy but Martin Underwood of the University of Warwick, one of the series’ authors, says they are often ignored. “In this country it affects a huge number of people,” he said. “It’s something that we’re not very well equipped to deal with. Patients understandably look for solutions and a cure but the reality is we don’t have a cure. We don’t understand what causes the vast majority of back pain.”


Steroid injections are increasing, as are scans that often lead to surgery, a fifth of which actually makes the problem worse, Professor Underwood said. “The evidence underpinning these invasive treatments is very weak indeed. And they have harms.”


He pointed to studies showing that a third of British patients with back pain are given opioids such as tramadol, codeine and morphine but said: “If anything the evidence is that [opioids] can end up making your pain worse.”


About 24 million opioid prescriptions are written by GPs each year, double the figure a decade ago. Ministers have launched a review into concerns that patients are becoming hooked and suffering dangerous side-effects.


Past studies have found that pills like paracetamol and ibuprofen barely help with back pain. Psychological techniques to help cope with pain can stop it leading to permanent disability, however. “Your belief system and psychological state are important predictors of whether you’re going to end up disabled. It’s a difficult message to get across,” Professor Underwood said

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.


why wait for the pain?

prevention really is better than cure

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Your doctor or physiotherapist has likely blamed that sciatic pain in your leg on problems with your spine, but as Dr Mitchell Yass argues, your back is not the culprit.


And I woiuld take note of what he is saying, as I have personally recommended Dr Yass and his methods to many people I know, with great results.


Up to 40 percent of all people worldwide suffer from the debilitating symptoms of sciatica—that pain that runs from the gluteal region to beyond the knee, most often to the foot.


Initially you try the simple things—you change how you sit, try standing more and take medication—but eventually you can't take the symptoms anymore and seek medical attention.


This is the end of the line for any semblance of logic in understanding how to resolve sciatica.


As with most back symptoms, your doctor will usually suggest performing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the lumbar spine. Invariably, structural variations are identified: a herniated disc, stenosis (a narrowing of the spine) or a pinched nerve. It doesn't matter where on the spine the structural variations are present; they become the cause of the sciatic symptoms. All treatments will be aimed at fixing that part of the spine.


Doctors might start with epidural nerve blocks, cortisone shots, a bout of chiropractic care or even physical therapy, but most likely an epidural steroid injection will be recommended. Increasingly, epidural shots are the treatment of choice for back pain of all kinds, with over 10 million spinal injections now given annually in the US.2 These shots will eliminate the pain for a short period, ranging from a week to several months, but do nothing to fix whatever is causing the problem. on...

Back pain treatment is useless, experts warn

Back pain

Sciatica explained by Dr Mitchell Yass

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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.

Can the simple act of consciously controlling the way in which you breathe, help you to manage your own thought processes?

Well, this is a   little extreme.....

...whilst this is just a dream...

"We don’t understand what causes the vast majority of back pain.”

The Most Unfortunate Design Flaws in the Human Body

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." more...

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reasons why you might get back aches and pains

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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.


Having lost an impressive 12 kg in 6 weeks, his work, travel and a penchant for burgers and tasty titbits on the go, got the better of him and he dropped out.


She, however carried on with her routine, eating her fresh fruit and vegetables and suggested liquids at particular times every day, according to a basic philosophy and psychology of eating.


In order to begin to find the right physical and emotional balance, it is critical to understand how you behave around food and drink – what your relationship with it is.  It is not just what is being eaten, but in what quantities, how it is being eaten, when this takes place, its frequency, in what combinations it is being consumed and what mood one is in when this happens.

She continued to lose weight for 12 months and is now, with her doctors approval snd amazement, completely off her diabetes drugs regime, which she thought she would be on for the rest of her life.




However, nothing good in life comes easy, and she had to work at it each and every day.  And still does.


And that's the thing - if you are prepared to do something about your health - with the right mindset -   in the majority of cases, you can.

Type 2 Diabetes is reversible and drug free.

Why aren’t doctors encouraging people to do what this lady did?

Type 2 Diabetes is reversible and drug free

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......


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Having friends:

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............


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Happiness spreads but depression doesn't