THC and PTSD

I found this personal story about decades of PTSD from the Vietnam War and self-medicating with cannabis fascinating!

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If you are serious about losing weight…

you MUST watch this 50 minute video!

Just saw it last night: 10 Things You Need to Know to Lose Weight.

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New connection found between obesity and vitamin D levels

Obesity can lower vitamin D levels in the body, a study suggests.  A report in the journal PLOS Medicine, analyzed genetic data from 21 studies – a total of 42,000 people and found every 10% rise in body mass index (BMI) – used as an indicator of body fat – led to a 4% drop of available vitamin D in the body.

As vitamin D is stored in fatty tissue, the authors suggest the larger storage capacity in obese people may prevent it from circulating in the bloodstream.

Learn more from this new BBC article!

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Is there a connection between sunshine and arthritis?

Living in a sunnier climate may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, according to US researchers.  Their study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, suggested a link between sunlight and the risk of developing the disease.

They speculated that vitamin D, which is produced in sunlight, may protect the body.

Learn more over at the BBC news site!

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How to be OPTIMISTIC!

  1. Be grateful for what you have.  Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have.  This simple change in attitude can do wonders for your mental state, and expressing gratitude regularly has been linked to better health, well-being and progress toward your goals.  A simple way to get started is to jot down 10 things you love about your life every day.

  1. Do something kind for someone. Studies show that doing five good deeds a day can make you happier, and volunteering has been linked to a heightened sense of well-being. If you need some motivation, watch someone else do something kind.  Just witnessing the act has been found to boost your mood and make you more likely to do nice things as well.

  2. Communicate positively.  When you speak or write, always phrase things in a positive way.  For example, instead of saying to your spouse, “You’d better not be late for dinner,” try, “I’m really looking forward to having dinner with you at 7:00.”

  3. Turn adversity into opportunity.  A failure or a hard time is only a bad thing if you let it be.  Realize that successful people fail, and have likely failed many times to get where they are. So when you do fail, embrace it. Turn the failure into a positive by figuring out what went wrong, then applying what you learned to your next endeavor.

  4. Think only positive thoughts about yourself, your life and your value for others.  If negative thoughts enter your mind, allow yourself to feel good.  Focus on the positive actions and desired outcomes instead of listening to demoralizing, demeaning self-talk or negative chatter.

  5. Laugh easily and smile often.  Engage in experiences that enable you to do this!  It’s proven to help you stay positive.

  6. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Practice daily affirmations after you wake up, before bed or anytime during the day.  This can help you focus your thoughts only on the bright side.  When you feel stressed out, affirmations can also help you to relax.  Meditations and music can calm your mind, soothe your emotions and create a state of deep relaxation in your body.

  7. Live in the present.  Dwelling in the past (either good or bad times), worrying about the future or even waiting until tomorrow to “get your life together” causes you unnecessary stress and hardship.  Let go of what you cannot control or change.  Focus instead on the present moment and what’s happening here and now that you can affect in positive ways.  You’ll find doing so creates a newfound sense of peace and well-being.

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New help with midlife mental health!

My new book: “Find Your Reason to Be Here: The Search for Meaning in Midlife” is out!  This is the research project I have been working on for the past few years!  It contains life-changing information for those in their 40s and 50s.  Wondering what to expect at midlife? Perhaps you are the parent of a boomer and are seeking a better understanding of your child.  This book will explains all of this to you!

Learn what’s normal and to-be-expected, and how to make the MOST of your middle years. This book includes so much new research on what boomers share emotionally, how they compare to their parents, where the idea of “midlife” came from, and the exciting new rite of passage we are experiencing for the first time in human history!

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SUPERBUGS!!!

Don’t miss this great summary of what’s happening with the superbugs these days!

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Dogs can help with PTSD!

Here’s a GREAT story about how specially-trained dogs are helping returning soldiers with their PTSD symptoms!

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Genes and colon cancer

UK researchers believe they have explained why some families are incredibly vulnerable to bowel cancer.  They have found two genes, which are passed from parent to child, that greatly increase the risk of a tumour forming.

The study, published in Nature Genetics, analysed DNA from 20 people with a strong family history.  These findings could be used to develop a test to judge someone’s risk of the disease.

Check out this BBC article for more details!

 

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New research on cannabis and pain

Cannabis makes pain more bearable rather than actually reducing it, a study from the University of Oxford suggests.

Using brain imaging, researchers found that the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis reduced activity in a part of the brain linked to emotional aspects of pain, but the effect on the pain experienced varied greatly.  The researchers’ findings are published in the journal Pain.

The Oxford researchers recruited 12 healthy men to take part in their small study.  Participants were given either a 15mg tablet of THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) – the ingredient that is responsible for the high – or a placebo.  The volunteers then had a cream rubbed into the skin of one leg to induce pain, which was either a dummy cream or a cream that contained chilli – which caused a burning and painful sensation.

Each participant had four MRI scans which revealed how their brain activity changed when their perception of the pain reduced.

Learn more about this study over at the BBC.

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