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Child care relationships tied to kids’ stress levels

In b-complex, childcare, children, cortisol, daycare, stress, stress relief complex on December 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19 (HealthDay News) —

Bickering parents and poor caregiver relationships each increase levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in children, new studies say.

  • Long-term or frequent rises in cortisol can have negative health consequences. 
  • The first study, which looked at 191 full-time day-care children, found that many preschoolers experience increasing levels of cortisol throughout the day, the opposite of how the hormone is produced in most humans.
  • In the second study, higher cortisol levels were found in children distressed by their parents’ fighting.
    • Children who become very upset when their parents fight are more likely to develop psychological problems and have higher cortisol levels.
    • Study leader Patrick T. Davies, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, said in a news release from the journal’s publisher, “Because higher levels of cortisol have been linked to a wide range of mental and physical health difficulties, high levels of cortisol may help explain why children who experience high levels of distress when their parents argue are more likely to experience later health problems.”

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about stress.

SOURCE: Society for Research in Child Development, news release, Nov. 14, 2008 

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Military Bases Brace for Surge in Stress-Related Disorders

In military, post traumatic stress disorder, stress, stress relief complex on December 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Military Bases Brace for Surge in Stress-Related Disorders

By MSNBC – Health News 
Some 15000 soldiers are heading home to this sprawling base after spending more than a year at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and military health officials are bracing for a surge in brain injuries and psychological problems among those 
Psychology Headlines Around the World – http://www.socialpsychology.org/

 

Ashwagandha, beta sitosterol, L-tyrosine, & L-theanine help with stress.  They…

  • promote a calm, relaxed state without causing drowsiness
  • allow you to be more alert and able to concentrate during times of stress
  • Help blunt cortisol, a stress response hormone that can affect long-term health
  • Enhance the body’s ability to adapt to everyday stress.

IBS to Colitis to Cancer?

In cancer risk factors, candida, crohn's disease, digestion, intestine, stress on November 30, 2008 at 12:30 am

How can IBS lead to Cancer?

 

CAUSE and PROGRESSION

  • IBS develops when people eat less than 25-50 grams of fiber a day or have a Candida Infection.
    • IBS is chronic constipation, alternating constipation and diarrhea, spastic colon, abdominal cramps and tenderness, mucas, abdominal bloating and gas, or incomplete evacuation.
  • IBS can lead to Ulcerations & Inflammation.  (Source: Dr. Mark Bowles)

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    • A diverticulum is a bulge of the inner colon lining through the colon’s muscular wall to its outer surface. 
    • Diverticulitis occurs when undigested foods become hard and dry, causing the colon walls to strain and break. 
    • A local infection in the colon develops, causing subsequent pain in the lower left corner of the abdomen, sometimes accompanied by fever and chills.
    • Many with Diverticulosis have been given the bad advice of severely restricting fiber.  Lack of fiber worsens the condition.
    • Fatty foods, Candida Infection and stress aggravate the condition.
  • Diverticulosis increases the risk of Colon Cancer as damaged cells replicate.  colon-cancer

 

 

SOLUTIONS to help

  1. REPAIR DAMAGED INTESTINE — Energizing Soy Protein, Vitalizer, Vivix
  2. CLEAN INTESTINE / KILL INFECTION — Acidopholis, Nutriferon, Vivix
  3. STOP INFLAMMATION — Vivix, GLA, OmegaGuard, Stomach Soothing Complex
  4. STRENGTHEN INTESTINAL MUSCLE / REMOVE TOXINS FROM INTESTINE & BLOOD — Herb Lax
  5. PREVENT 
    1. Drink 64 ounces of purified water.
    2. Eat 25-50 grams of fiber. 
      1. Eat a safe fiber supplement, fruits & vegetables with edible skins, & 100% whole grains.
      2. Insoluble fiber holds water in undigested food, making stools soft.
      3. Soluble fiber carries LDL cholesterol (bad fat) out of the body.
    3. Intake live enzymes to digest food.  — Alfalfa, EZgest

 

 

STATS

  • By age 60, 1/2 of North Americans have diverticulosis. 
  • By age 80, 2/3 have it.  
  • Digestive disorders have been prevented and reversed with immediate and consistant action.

 

 

BEGIN SOLUTION

 

Cold / Flu: Survive and conquer!

In cold, flu, infection, influenza, nutriferon, sinus, stress on November 26, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Safe, non chemical treatments – powerful immune support

*Pregnant women and people with liver conditions should always consult their health care provider before supplementing with vitamin A.

Chemical treatments

  • antipyretics, antihistamines, cough preparations, decongestants, antibiotics (for bacterial infections not virus)

Side effects of medications

  • insomnia, hyper-excitability, dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, blood sugar fluctuations, heart palpitations, death

Causes

  • COLD: virus.
  • BACTERIAL INFECTION: lowered immunity and stress.

Transmitted by

  • breathing and sneezing
  • direct mucous membrane contact with virus from contaminated hands, skin, eyes, nose or other surfaces (even furniture)
  • psychological stress can increase the risk and severity of viral infections

Statistics – annual  (from National Institute for Health / Center for  Disease control)

  • FLU: 10,000 to 30,000 diabetics die from complications
  • FLU: 108,000,000 cases of flu are reported in US
  • FLU: 75 million work days are lost due to flu
  • COLD: 22 million school days are lost to common cold

Symptoms

  • COLD  rhinorrhea, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, throat clearing, postnasal drip, cough, nasal obstruction, sore throat, cough, pharyngitis, laryngitis, headach, malaise, fever, ear & sinus problems.
  • INFLUENZA same as cold puls tracheobronchitis, pneumonia, chills, fever, headach, muscular aches/pains, malaise, fatigue, lack of appetite

 more about cold / flu

 mild excercise helps mice overcome flu

 

 

 

Polycystic Ovaries – Insulin Resistance – Heart disease – Infertility

In babies, diabetes, Fertility, heart disease, hormone questionnaire, Menstrual disorders, obesity, soy, stress, sugar, Women on November 24, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Insulin resistance : a root cause of PCOS

Problems managing polycystic ovarian syndrome?  It may not be due to lack of willpower. Instead, you could be Insulin Resistant, a root cause of PCOS. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University and other research centers have clearly identified the existence and effects of Insulin Resistance, a biochemical condition that can cause excessive weight gain and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

 

PCOS and Insulin Resistance

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal imbalance linked to the way the body processes insulin after it has been produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar (glucose). Insulin Resistance could be caused by:

  • genetic predisposition
  • high stress
  • unhealthy lifestyles
  • environmental toxins (hygiene products, herbicides / pesticides / industrial growth fertilizers)

 

Insulin resistant cells

Over time, the above factors have damaged the complex ability of the body’s cells to properly utilize insulin to convert glucose to energy. This process creates Insulin Resistance.

Insulin Resistance vastly reduces the insulin sensitivity of cells, which impairs the processing of glucose through the cell wall for conversion to energy. As a result, glucose remains in the blood stream, causing elevated levels of blood sugar, which are sent to the liver. Once there, the sugar is converted into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body. This process can lead to weight gain and obesity, key factors in creating PCOS, which is also referred to as Polycystic Ovarian Disease or PCOD.

 

Insulin Resistance can also cause PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)  is by raising insulin levels in the blood stream. Unhealthy lifestyles and genetic conditions can lead to the pancreas overproducing insulin. This excess insulin stimulates the ovaries to produce large amounts of the male hormone testosterone, which may prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg each month, thus causing infertility. High levels of insulin also increase the conversion of androgens (male hormones) to estrogens (female hormones), upsetting a delicate balance between the two and having a direct effect on weight gain and the formation of cystic follicles or ovarian cysts.

 

 

Symptoms of PCOS

The symptoms  vary widely from woman to woman. Because the symptoms vary so widely and not all women display all the symptoms, doctors very often misdiagnose PCOS. This became an issue of critical concern after a study in 2000 found that women suffering from PCOS have a higher risk of coronary heart disease.

  • polycystic ovaries
  • irregular or completely absent periods,
  • Hirsutism (excessive facial or body hair),
  • Alopecia (male pattern hair loss),
  • obesity,
  • acne,
  • skin tags (raisin-like growths on the skin),
  • Acanthosis Nigricans (brown skin patches),
  • exhaustion or lack of mental alertness
  • decreased sex drive.
  • high blood pressure
  • high levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol
  • atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty deposits called plaque cling to the interior walls of the arteries, leading to blockages that can cause heart attacks or stroke. Not only do PCOS sufferers have higher rates of plaque buildup but those over 45 have thicker deposits of plaque.
  • up to 40% of women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome have either impaired glucose tolerance or Type 2 Diabetes by the age of 40.
    • Posted by : Goral Gandhi, MSc, Laboratory Director,  Rotunda – Center for Human Reproduction (Pvt) Ltd,     full article

Solutions? 

 

Overwhelmed? Stressed?

In business, overwhelmed, productivity, stress on November 20, 2008 at 12:16 am

bummed-out-cow

  • What is making you feel overwhelmed?
    • LEARNING CURVE?  It’s natural and expected that our minds will be on overdrive every time we learn a new skill, subject, job, etc.  It’s part of the learning curve.  In time, all the new skills will come automatically.  Now, I give myself a pat on the back with each new skill and a little hug of patience when I don’t have the skill yet.
    • TOO COMPLICATED OR NO PLAN?  The simpler it is, the better it will work.  If overwhelmed, it helps to clarified your plan & make sure you haven’t gone away from it. I’m learning to make a list, keep the objective simple and clear and only do activities which directly relate to accomplishing the task.  Then, I get to check mark it!   
      • Here’s an example: choice:  Spend 5 hrs on a newsletter to make it perfect or 1 hour simple newsletter and 4 hrs inviting or following up?  The second choice produces more income and helps more people.  With extra income I can hire someone to make the newsletter and use the remaining hour for follow up.  Hmmm.
    • PERFECTIONIST/CRITICAL?  Have some ‘mean voices’ in the mind that ‘lie’ about how you should do everything perfectly?  The cool thing about free will is that you get to turn the voices off if you want to. 
    • DISTRACTION?  Others control your time?  Can’t say no?  No routine for household peace?  Decide what’s most important and focus there, not everywhere.  Make sure it’s your definition of important, not everyone else’s demands.

Do you relate to any of these?

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