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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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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.

 

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Why high-dose vitamin C kills cancer cells.  Low levels of catalase enzyme make cancer cells vulnerable to ascorbate

DOING THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF NOTHING

Medicine is undergoing an existential crisis today. Its core value proposition – to help and not hurt -- is failing to manifest. Patients are suffering. Doctors are suffering.

The only exuberant party on the battlefield against disease is the pharmaceutical industry.  An industry whose annual casualties far exceed the death total from our two decade long involvement in the Vietnam war. 

The entire system is on the precipice of a collapse, if not for economic reasons alone, then certainly for ethical and intellectual ones.

The irony is that the system has become so ineffective and dangerous that avoiding medical treatment (excluding perhaps emergency care) has become one of if not  the  best healthcare strategy you can implement to protect your health and well-being.

 

Nowhere is this clearer than in the realm of cancer. 

 

If medicine makes it through the birth process of its own existential crises, these principles will invoke an entirely new medical model where the placebo effect is not to be "controlled for," but liberated and expanded by educating the patient to the fact that they can and do heal themselves, mainly by avoiding medical treatment and doing the right amount of nothing.

 

Sayer Ji

Founder

GreenMedInfo.com

 

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7 Facts About Depression

Adapted from A Mind of Your Own: How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives by Kelly Brogan, MD

 

The book is worth a good read in its own right and it comes from a highly respected source.

 

A SILENT TRAGEDY IS HAPPENING in modern health care in America, but it is rarely discussed. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix—prescription pills. More than 30 million of us take antidepressants, including one in four women over the age of 40. Millions more are tempted to try them to end distress, irritability, and emotional “offness”—an exhausting inner agitation that seems impossible to shake.

 

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7 Facts About Depression That

Will Blow You Away

So, what is it about back pain?

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And everybody knows soomebody that regualarly suffers from it.

Over 31 million days are lost from back pain every year.

The annual direct and indirect cost to the UK economy is £12.2 billion.

 

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Apart, that is, from being the worlds leading cause of disability and is treated badly, (according to the experts).

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We should not underestimate the effect that gravity may have on the spine.

 

Perhaps, the most noticeable effect of gravity on the body is compression of the spine. ... The downward force of gravity causes the discs to lose moisture throughout the day, resulting in a daily height loss of up to 1/2" - 3/4".

The moisture returns to the disc overnight, but not 100% - but it probably explains why our backs can sometimes feel a little better after a good nights sleep.

The  illustration(below) has been redrawn from the classic work of Alf Nachemson (Nachemson A: The Load on Lumbar Disks in Different Positions of the Body, Clin. Orthop., 45:107-122, 1966).  

In shows loading (in kilograms) recorded from intradiscal pressure transducers inserted into the L3 disc space of volunteers.

Not many realize that there is more loading in the sitting, rather than the standing position.

Even when recumbent there remains some loading on the spine

More on Alf Nachemson's work to come.

Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease as #1 Killer of Middle-Aged in Wealthy Nations

Heart disease still claims the lives of more people globally, but in more affluent nations it has now ceded its place as the leading killer to cancer, a major new report finds.

 

Around the world, 40% of all deaths are caused by heart disease, making it the number one global killer. That means that of the estimated 55 million people who died around the world in 2017, approximately 17.7 million succumbed to heart disease.

 

Cancer was the second leading killer globally, accounting for 26% of all deaths, the study authors said.

 

However, when middle- and lower-income countries were taken out of the calculation, a different picture emerged, according to a report published online Sept. 3 in The Lancet.

 

For people living in "high-income" countries such as Canada, Sweden and Saudi Arabia, heart disease represented just 23% of deaths, while cancer was to blame for 55% of deaths, the researchers said.

 

The findings come from a global study of more than 162,500 middle-aged people living in four high-income countries, 12 countries considered middle-income, and five low-income countries. The study was led by Dr. Gilles Dagenais, emeritus professor at Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

 

Speaking in a journal news release, Dagenais said that the world is undergoing a "transition" in terms of causes of death, "with cardiovascular disease no longer the leading cause of death in high-income countries."

 

But as better prevention and treatment of heart disease becomes more common, and cases of the disease "continue to fall, cancer could likely become the leading cause of death worldwide, within just a few decades," Dagenais said.

 

Study principal investigator Dr. Salim Yusuf, a professor of medicine at McMaster University in Canada, agreed that "long-term cardiovascular disease prevention and management strategies have proved successful in reducing the burden in high-income countries."

 

But poorer nations often lack either the resources or leadership to tackle high rates of heart disease, he added, so "governments in these countries need to start by investing a greater portion of their gross domestic product in preventing and managing non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rather than focusing largely on infectious diseases."

 

A second report focused on why people around the world continue to die in great numbers from heart disease. The same team of researchers used data on almost 156,000 middle-aged people to look at the role played by 14 heart disease risk factors.

 

The good news: 70% of the factors driving heart disease and heart disease death are "modifiable," meaning changes to lifestyle and environment can greatly lessen people's risk. Some of those factors include "metabolic" ones -- overweight, diabetes and the like -- or high blood pressure. In poorer countries, environmental factors, such as air pollution or poor diets, play a greater role.

 

The study was also presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology, in Paris.

 

By E.J. Mundell

HealthDay Reporter

Back Watch

News and Articles

on all things Back

If you are angry or really stressed out - don't eat.

Wait until you have calmed down,  for at least an hour - then eat.

 

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