• Just stop – the key to productivity.
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    Existing 2 Living

    To summarize, here are the action steps to start practicing every day:

    1. Notice the emotions you experience and give them a name. 2. Practice being aware of what your body is doing throughout the day in various activities. 3. Spend 10 minutes every day in silence with your eyes closed focusing on your breathing.
    Why so many people do the opposite of what it takes to get things done – often, ironically, starting with using software with exactly that as the title…

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  • How to fundamentally remodel your brain…
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    NY Times

    So the scientists next gently placed the remaining mice in ice-cold water for five minutes. Mice do not enjoy cold water. They find immersion stressful and anxiety-inducing, although it is not life-threatening.

    Then the scientists checked these animals’ brains. They were looking for markers, known as immediate early genes, that indicate a neuron has recently fired.

    They found them, in profusion. In both the physically fit and the sedentary mice, large numbers of the excitable cells had fired in response to the cold bath. Emotionally, the animals had become fired up by the stress.

    But with the runners, it didn’t last long. Their brains, unlike those of the sedentary animals, showed evidence that the shushing neurons also had been activated in large numbers, releasing GABA, calming the excitable neurons’ activity and presumably keeping unnecessary anxiety at bay.

    In effect, the runners’ brains had responded to the relatively minor stress of a cold bath with a quick rush of worry and a concomitant, overarching calm.

    What all of this suggests, says Elizabeth Gould, director of the Gould Lab at Princeton, who wrote the paper with her graduate student Timothy Schoenfeld, now at the National Institute of Mental Health, and others, “is that the hippocampus of runners is vastly different from that of sedentary animals. Not only are there more excitatory neurons and more excitatory synapses, but the inhibitory neurons are more likely to become activated, presumably to dampen the excitatory neurons, in response to stress.?

    We’ve known for years that athletes can survive stress and damage that would easily kill most people. Now, we know why…

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  • Inflammation: What really causes heart disease.
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    Prevent Disease

    What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body? Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

    The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream dietthat is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

    Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

    What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

    Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. If you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.

    Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

    While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

    Simple, straight to the point and well written. More and more researchers are finally standing and telling the truth on what is really killing us. Some manage to describe it this well!

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  • When legalism dies, people don’t…
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    NY Times

    The magnitude of the decline in HPV infections surprised public health experts because only about a third of teenage girls in the United States have been vaccinated with the full course of three doses. By comparison, vaccination rates in countries like Denmark and Britain are above 80 percent. Even Rwanda, in East Africa, has reached 80 percent.

    Yet even with relatively low vaccination rates in the United States, infection with the viral strains that cause cancer dropped to 3.6 percent among girls ages 14 to 19 in 2010, from 7.2 percent in 2006, the officials said.

    “These are striking results,? said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “They should be a wake-up call that we need to increase vaccination rates. The bottom line is this: It is possible to protect the next generation from cancer, and we need to do it.?

    In simple terms, that’s potentially 5.4 million less cancer patients!

    Imagine what that number could look like if fundamentalist Evangelical and Catholic protests (based on hopes that they could scare teens into not having sex via one more lethal disease) just wouldn’t have occurred???

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  • What can stop the plague of obesity?
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    The Monthly

    Louise was an educated 35-year-old who had recently lost her high-ranking job and was making ends meet by freelance consulting. Admitted to my ward with pneumonia, she had a high fever and a fast pulse, needed oxygen and was coughing up large amounts of purulent sputum. She was also fat, weighing about 120 kg. I knew that – barring underlying lung disease – obesity was one of the greatest risk factors for life-threatening pneumonia in young people. I felt a responsibility to tell her that her excess fat had harmed her in a way she may not have realised. Every day before my ward round I would say to myself that I was going to broach the subject with her. It seemed a good opportunity to intervene. And yet each time I stood by her bed and looked at her bedside table piled high with literary novels, open blocks of chocolate and teddy-bear biscuits, each time I lifted her pyjama top and pushed my stethoscope into her soft white flesh, I couldn’t do it. I was embarrassed to mention her weight; it felt like I was a puritan taking the high moral ground. It felt mean.

    As a doctor, I no longer know what to do about the obese. Australians are getting fatter, and our society is geared towards making them that way – consumption doesn’t just drive economic growth. So is fatness a doctor’s problem? Studies show that verbal interventions during an episode of serious acute illness can result in a change in behaviour – people quit smoking, cut down on their drinking and sometimes lose weight. But usually counselling people to lose weight is hopeless. Then there are the questions of morality, personal responsibility, associated diseases, resource allocation, quality of life and aesthetics. I have moments of clarity – I think of the way Emily ate – and obesity seems simple: more in than out. Then I am engulfed once again by the high science of genetics, by the concept that obesity is a disease.

    I don’t think I have ever read such a candid, sensitive, harrowing and articulate essay on the subject of obesity as this one. It’s nearly a 6000 word piece written by a doctor who works in surgical intervention for extreme obesity. Yes, it takes a while to read but it’s brilliant and utterly essential if this planet does not want to continue to pour huge resources into watching people senselessly die.

    Dr. Karen Hitchcock makes a simple point: Unless we quit hiding our heads in the sand, quit buying into the snow job the food industry is throwing up with the concept of disease, abandon their well intentioned but deadly manipulation of beauty standards and face up to the twisted narrative we are being fed about what it takes to feel-good, we will continue to impotently spin in this culturally confused death-spiral while big business slowly executes our species.

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  • Here’s the latest plan to put me out of a job…
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    National Public Radio

    She is from L.A. She was created in Los Angeles and “lives out her life” there on a computer screen in a lab at the University of Southern California. She’s not a real woman, but a virtual one, created to talk to people who are struggling emotionally, and to take their measure in a way no human can. Her makers believe that her ability to do this will ultimately revolutionize the way that mental healthcare is practiced in this country. Her name is Ellie.

    You can read the whole thing, but the short version is that the Eliza head-shrink program you used to play with on your Commodore 64 has evolved — and the creators are dead serious and the US government is actually crazy enough to buy into it.

    Now, obviously this work raises all kinds of issues, and even on a practical level, real obstacles remain. Jeff Cohen, a psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh, studies the relationship between physical movements and emotion and says signals from the face, voice and body are incredibly complicated to interpret.

    “Individuals vary a lot in how expressive they are,” Cohen explains. “You know, if I’m someone who is very expressive and I smile frequently, [even] when I’m depressed and smiling less, I may still smile more than you do if you’re a tight lipped, not very emotive individual.”

    This means, Cohen says, that using Ellie in the way that blood tests are used — as proof positive of one diagnosis or another, will be really difficult.

    “It strikes me as unlikely that face or voice will provide that information with such certainty,” he says.

    He may think that it is unlikely — but that’s the same thing that was said when the absurdity that is now known as Brief Therapy was contrived by big money buying researchers….

    In short:

    Meet your new therapist. 😉

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  • How not to do statistics…
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    Journal of the American Medical Association

    In January of this year the Journal of the American Medical Association published an analysis of 100 studies in what looked like an honest attempt to assess the relationship between body mass index and mortality. The results, a finding that moderately overweight people have lower rate of mortality than the underweight or people of normal weight was immediately seized upon by the media and activist groups around the world leaving research group panellists protesting that…

    …the popular journalism and commentary about Flegal’s research could undermine the credibility of science, citing articles that show studies wavering between alternating conclusions, and opinion pieces suggesting that researchers have some conspiratorial interest in making people feel bad about their weight or lifestyle choices.

    Well, saner minds — Harvard researchers to be exact — have now looked over the research and it wasn’t an honest attempt at anything. It’s statistics done at such a shoddy level any grad student in stats class would be failed for something half this bad — as, apparently, should all the organizations who claimed to review this mess…

    Harvard Medical School

    The selection criteria that Flegal used for her meta-analysis ruled out high-quality studies of 6 million people (more than twice as many as were represented in her analysis), said Hu. These studies, in aggregate, show that the highest survival rates are in normal weight people, not the overweight, Hu said.

    In other words, the study was designed to ignore decent research and only select small samples of the known-to-be-messed-up kind…

    The studies that Flegal did use included many samples of people who were chronically ill, current smokers and elderly, according to Hu. These factors are associated with weight loss and increased mortality.

    Specifically, she selected studies known to be biased in favor of weight extending life because the thin people had cancer…

    In other words, people are not dying because they are slim, he said. They are slim because they are dying—of cancer or old age, for example. By doing a meta-analysis of studies that did not properly control for this bias, Flegal amplified the error in the original studies.

    Then, there was no attempt to even acknowledge such much less moderate the skewing effect of such…

    There is also no known biological basis for any protective effect from being overweight, the panelists said, citing studies that show a clear connection between being overweight and conditions such as hypertension and insulin resistance, which are risk factors for coronary heart disease, stroke and several cancers.

    “Even as you get near the upper reaches of the normal weight range, you begin to see increases in chronic diseases,? said JoAnn Manson, chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, HMS Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, and HSPH professor of epidemiology. “It’s a clear gradient of increase. There is no evidence here of any global protective factor for being overweight.?

    This was published in the full knowledge that she could cite no actual mechanism for the supposed protection offered by extra weight — and such was not admitted either…

    “There are lies, damned lies and then there are statistics…”

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  • It’s genetic???
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    Science News

    A massive effort to uncover genes involved in depression has largely failed. By combing through the DNA of 34,549 volunteers, an international team of 86 scientists hoped to uncover genetic influences that affect a person’s vulnerability to depression. But the analysis turned up nothing.

    The results are the latest in a string of large studies that have failed to pinpoint genetic culprits of depression. “I’m disappointed,? says study coauthor Henning Tiemeier of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The negative finding, published online January 3 in Biological Psychiatry, “tells us that we have to be very modest,? he says. “Yet we think it’s doable to find some of the genes involved.?

    The above quote almost speaks for itself. A study is done, an enormous number of researchers get their hands on over 34 thousand people in about the most serious attempt ever to prove the fervently believed theory that depression must be caused by your genes — and find nothing. Yet, the author still thinks, “It’s doable to find some of the genes involved.?

    In other words, no matter what the evidence may say, I’m still gonna believe that my genes are to blame.

    It’s a direction our entire society has gone in desperate pursuit of in so many areas: The gay gene (There isn’t and likely can’t be one), The Schizophrenia gene (Nothing to find here either) and now the Depression gene (A definitive wash). In truth, we knew the answer before we even went looking and, yet, we’re still looking — and huge numbers of pop authors are still acting like Schizophrenia is genetic and the gay gene is a proven fact.


      One possibility is that our Puritan roots are still so strong that any developmental (Read: non-medical) cause automatically means you can work your way out of it and, if you can, you MUST. (And, forget about seeking any help — just, “Think different.”) Few like the impact that has…

      Another is that guilt is still such a powerful driver of our supposedly secular society that we still have to acquire absolution for everything — even hallucinations — or be condemned by others/ourselves.

      A third may be that we are simply not that good at taking ownership for much and, often, would like to off-load it.

    While it would be difficult to deny at least some validity of all of the above, it’s much more likely that the search comes from an even deeper place: We don’t like to see ourselves as being at the mercy of others.

    One of the strongest mythologies we have in North America is the story of the lone ranger — the fierce, authoritative, fundamentally independent and emotionless island in the universe. The myth is so imbedded that the elderly continually die in their own homes years earlier then if they had just moved into a care facility that fits their actual level of mobility — just to guard their independence. Even the insanity around the American gun culture is driven by the stark inability of the one side, that sees guns as a symbol of masculine ability to enforce freedom, finding themselves unable to communicate with the other, which sees guns as a way stupid people create tyranny.

    The idea that broken families, broken marriages, broken hearts and broken promises might impact me — well, that makes me look like a victim and I’d rather look like anything other then a victim… So, ya, my genes made me do it…

      Yet, depression often starts to be healed at the moment a person finally quits running, looks the pain of the past straight in the eye, admits that the impact of denying that pain has been a profound self directed rage for being vulnerable and collapses in the deep, soul-wrenching sobs we call grieving.

      Schizophrenia begins to be dealt with when a person finally admits that the real world is what happens when they am ON these meds and owns the need to deal with the impact of their high stress world.

      A responsible handling of same sex attractions often starts when a person looks in the mirror and accepts that they have the ability to decide to cease living in the shadow of the self/other inflicted judgments and wounds of the past that generate so much self destructive behaviour.

    But all of that requires that we accept that other people can have serious (and sometimes permanent) impact on us and that, even in the face of such, we still have choices we can make to create lives that are fully human and fully alive. In other words, “I’m not an island and, yet, I still need to own my responsibility for my path in the present.”

    But, there likely isn’t another sentence written that can more universally generate rage…

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  • Lets hear it for sanity – from the psychological community…
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    New York Times

    I write this despite the so-called Goldwater Rule, an ethical standard the American Psychiatric Association adopted in the 1970s that directs psychiatrists not to comment on someone’s mental state if they have not examined him and gotten permission to discuss his case. It has had a chilling effect. After mass murders, our airwaves are filled with unfounded speculations about video games, our culture of hedonism and our loss of religious faith, while psychiatrists, the ones who know the most about severe mental illness, are largely marginalized.

    Severely ill people like Mr. Lanza fall through the cracks, in part because school counselors are more familiar with anxiety and depression than with psychosis. Hospitalizations for acute onset of schizophrenia have been shortened to the point of absurdity. Insurance companies and families try to get patients out of hospitals as quickly as possible because of the prohibitively high cost of care.

    As documented by writers like the law professor Elyn R. Saks, author of the memoir “The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness,? medication and treatment work. The vast majority of people with schizophrenia, treated or untreated, are not violent, though they are more likely than others to commit violent crimes. When treated with medication after a rampage, many perpetrators who have shown signs of schizophrenia — including John Lennon’s killer and Ronald Reagan’s would-be assassin — have recognized the heinousness of their actions and expressed deep remorse.

    With all of the nonsense being spewed over the airwaves at anyone who would suggest that mental illness played any role in the latest school shooting and all the insistence that (correctly) most people with mental illness would never hurt anyone and therefore (incorrectly) the conversation is simple stigmatization of the mentally ill, it's so good to see people finally standing up, fighting even the APA's own ridiculous rules and telling the truth.

    The NYT's history of deleting everything ASAP is rather well known so I'll paste the text in to the first comment but also visit the site and click on the related links to the top left. They speak for themselves!

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  • May God have mercy on us…
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    It’s not like any of the bitterly squabbling ideologues will really care that much (or even notice) as they continue to push for or against gun control in the wake of this latest school shooting but this really deserves to be posted…

    And, while it is better north of the 49th, we Canadians can’t afford to get too cocky either. In the name of cost savings, we too have, in about a decade, dismantled half a century’s worth of remarkable and painstakingly constructed mental hospitals in favor of building more homeless shelters and whatever farcical pittance is offered by, “Community Mental Health.”

    Somehow, we as a society just can’t seem to grasp the reality that no amount of wealth, lower taxes, rights to defend, restriction of access to that which could harm and security theater performed by poorly-trained and barely-payed rent-a-cops in schools and airports will ever substitute for building a good, safe and caring society for people to live in — or that the foundation of any good, safe and caring society is top-shelf level care for all parts of the person: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and sexual.

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