Monday, March 28, 2011

Fwd: WTF? Study Shows Swearing Reduces Pain

WTF? Study Shows Swearing Reduces Pain

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WTF? Study Shows Swearing Reduces Pain

Posted: 25 Apr 2011 09:54 AM PDT

You know that time you stubbed your toe and the blinding pain caused you to shout a string of choice words that would make your mother cringe? Turns out you weren't being rude — you were easing the pain. Researchers at Keele University in the UK have found that swearing can have a painkilling power, especially for people that don't regularly curse. To test their theory, Dr. Richard Stephens and other scientists conducted an experiment with student volunteers. The students were asked to...

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fwd: Baby First Year

Baby First Year

4 Things to Do When Your Child Become Rude

Posted: 23 Apr 2011 04:08 PM PDT

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fwd: Treatment Solutions Network Articles: Guilt and Shame in Substance Abuse

Treatment Solutions Network Articles: Guilt and Shame in Substance Abuse

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Guilt and Shame in Substance Abuse

Posted: 22 Apr 2011 02:45 PM PDT

Guilt is powerful and it helps keep us from doing certain things. Guilt can also be a motivator when it comes to admitting we've done things wrong and that we need help.

Feelings of Guilt

Many drug and alcohol abusers know that what they are doing is wrong, even though they keep doing it. Some addicts feel guilt for their actions. Some realize the pain they've caused loved ones, or the financial trouble they got themselves into because of their addiction. These occasional feelings of guilt may not be enough to overcome the urge of an addiction, however, and so the substance abuse continues.

Other people do feel guilty every time they use, or every time they drink. These are the people who have enough moments of sobriety to see the effects of their addiction. They may see their young children who don't deserve this kind of life, or they may see the drama they cause in their family. Guilt is a good motivator, and it often helps these people see they need treatment.

Lack of Guilt

Many people, however, don't even realize the pain they cause, so they feel no guilt at first. Addiction is so powerful that it can blind us to the reality around us. Addicts can be so focused on satisfying their cravings that they don't care who gets hurt, or what crimes they may commit to get their drugs. That's why it is often very difficult to reach out to a loved one who has an addiction. They may honestly think they have not done anything really wrong. Because they don't see the pain caused, they don't feel the need for help.

Feelings of Shame

While not all people with an addiction may feel guilt before treatment, many people do feel shame. Shame is the tendency to feel bad about oneself, or one's reputation. A drug addict can feel shame over what other people may think of them, but this attitude actually keeps people from seeking treatment. A study done at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) and George Mason University in Virginia distinguishes between feelings of shame and guilt with regards to substance abuse treatment. While guilt drives someone to treatment and to do better, shame makes people hide their problem.

Guilt vs. Shame

A breaking point in many addicts' lives is when they feel guilty about their actions. Sometimes this realization comes before seeking treatment, other times an intervention is necessary to help the person see. Still other people will not really feel guilt until partway through treatment when they are sober enough to see it.

On the other hand, we need to continue to clear up the stigma related to addiction. Instead of pointing fingers and making people feel ashamed, a better approach is to offer help and guidance so that the person can get better. Those who do feel shame need to see that the best thing for them and their loved ones is to get help.


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Catherine Zeta-Jones Struggles with Bipolar II Disorder

Posted: 21 Apr 2011 09:22 PM PDT

Reports say that Catherine Zeta-Jones has been treated for a mental health disorder. This well-known actress is often thought of as being a strong individual. She plays leading roles in movies, she is viewed as having her life together, and she has been recognized for caring for her husband, actor Michael Douglas, as he battled throat cancer last year. Even with rumors of mental health problems in the past, she has remained constant through it all. But as fans have seen this week, mental illness can happen to anyone, and recognizing it and getting treatment is important.

Characteristics of Bipolar II

Zeta-Jones was admitted into a Connecticut mental health facility where she was treated for bipolar II disorder. This disorder, like bipolar I, is characterized by cycling episodes of a happy "high" feeling, and a low, depressed feeling. Bipolar II is the less severe of the two types, with the highs not becoming full blown manic episodes. Rather, the times of happiness are called hypomanic episodes. These are when the patient is happy, has more energy, and is often social and fun to be around. However, in all bipolar patients, the high is followed by a low, when getting out of bed is difficult, and the person suffers from depression. These episodes can last anywhere from days to years. Bipolar is usually detected when the depressive episodes keep the person from normal daily functions.

Bipolar disorder can affect anyone. Nearly 6 million people in the U.S. suffer from bipolar – 25% of the population. It can and does affect children, but most people are diagnosed in their late teens or early 20s with it. It does seem to have some genetic link, so that people with bipolar disorder in their immediate family are at greater risk for it themselves.

Bipolar disorder tends to get worse if not treated. It also can manifest itself more when the individual is under stress. Serious cases of bipolar disorder have left people debilitated and driven them to harm themselves or others.

Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Treatment is important for this disorder. Treatment can be inpatient or outpatient, depending on the severity of the case and the program offered by the facility. Psychotherapy is beneficial for bipolar disorder. Medications such as mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and tranquilizers are used as well.

Because of the actions of Catherine Zeta-Jones, the public will become more educated about bipolar disorder. It is important for people to recognize the symptoms and to seek treatment when necessary. Reports say that Catherine Zeta-Jones is doing well and will be able to start work again soon. She, no doubt, gives hope to others struggling with this disorder.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fwd: DrMirkin's eZine: Caffeine, dementia, more . . .

Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health E-Zine

April 24, 2011

Caffeine: Good When You Exercise, Bad When You Rest

Taking caffeine when you eat carbohydrate-containing
foods can double your rise in blood sugar (Journal of
Caffeine Research, April 16, 2011). Since more than
35 percent of North Americans will become diabetic and
have high rises in blood sugar levels after meals, most
people should not take caffeinated drinks with meals
that contain carbohydrates: bread, spaghetti, or
sugared foods and drinks. If you are already diabetic,
your blood sugar levels rise even higher and you suffer
cell damage from it. A high rise in blood sugar causes
all the horrible side effects of diabetes: blindness,
deafness, heart attacks, strokes and so forth.
However, during exercise, caffeine can increase
endurance (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise,
July, 2010) by increasing the absorption of sugar from
your intestines and by increasing the uptake of sugar by
your exercising muscles by as much as 26 percent
(Journal of Applied Physiology, June 2006). Caffeine
is found in coffee, tea, chocolate, and cocoa.

SUGARED FOODS. No solid food is allowed to pass into
your intestines. After food enters your stomach, the
pyloric sphincter closes. Food is kept in the stomach
until it is turned into a liquid soup. Then the stomach
muscles squeeze the soup through the pyloric sphincter
into the intestines. An orange can be kept in your
stomach for up to five hours before it passes into your
intestines. Since fruit juice is a liquid, it passes
into your intestines immediately. So orange juice causes
an immediate high rise in blood sugar, while an orange
does not. Studies show that fruits decrease diabetes risk,
while fruit juices increase risk (Diabetes Care, July 2008).

caffeine to sugar in a drink causes blood sugar levels
to rise even higher than drinks that have only sugar.

TABLE SUGAR. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) has been
blamed for the ever-increasing rates of obesity and
diabetes in North America over the last forty years.
However, HFCS appears to be no more damaging than fruit
juice or drinks sweetened with table sugar. Most soft
drinks are sweetened with HFCS. Both HFCS and conventional
sugar (sucrose) contain a mixture of two sugars, glucose
and fructose, in nearly the same concentrations: HFCS has
55 percent fructose/42 percent glucose, while sucrose is
a 50/50 mixture. These numbers are so close that most
researchers feel that the slight increase in the
concentration of fructose in not important enough to cause
disease in itself. The fructose in orange juice, table
sugar and HFCS are equally damaging to your health.

HOW FRUCTOSE HARMS: Fructose is far more damaging to
the liver than glucose and is thought by many physicians
to be the main cause of the fatty liver that causes
insulin insensitivity and type II diabetes. When your
blood sugar rises too high, the pancreas releases large
amounts of insulin. Insulin converts sugar to
triglycerides. Since high levels of blood triglycerides
increase risk for clots, your good HDL cholesterol
carries the triglycerides from your blood to your liver
to fill up the liver with fat to cause a fatty liver.
Fructose causes far higher blood and liver levels of
triglycerides than glucose does, so fructose is a more
potent cause of a fatty liver. Having a fatty liver
prevents the body from responding to insulin and blood
sugar levels rise to increase diabetes risk and all the
harmful cell damage that diabetes causes.

are inactive. They need insulin to remove sugar from
your bloodstream. On the other hand, contracting
muscles can remove sugar from your bloodstream without
even needing insulin (American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, July 2008). The maximum effect is during
exercise and continues maximally for up to one hour
afterward and disappears at around 17 hours (Journal of
Applied Physiology, February 2010).

Caffeine increases endurance by helping the body use
more sugar from drinks that you take during exercise
(Journal of Applied Physiology, June, 2005). The limiting
factor to how fast you can move over distance is the time
it takes to get oxygen into muscles. Since sugar requires
less oxygen than fat or protein do, muscle move faster with
more power when they burn sugar. Those who took sugared
drinks with caffeine were able to absorb and use 26 percent
more of the ingested sugar than those who took the same
drinks without caffeine. Caffeine-laced drinks help
improve endurance even more in hot weather (International
Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism,
February 2011).

CAUTION! You should take caffeinated sugared drinks only
when you exercise and for up to an hour after you finish.
Taking sugared drinks, with or without caffeine, when you
are not exercising causes higher rises in blood sugars that
increase risk for diabetes and cell damage.


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Dear Dr. Mirkin: What can prevent dementia in older
people as they start to forget things?

Older people suffering from mild memory and
cognition problems are far less likely to progress to
Alzheimer's disease if they are treated to protect their
blood vessels: for high blood pressure, high triglycerides
and cholesterol, low good HDL cholesterol, abdominal
obesity, diabetes and heart disease (Neurology, published
online April 13, 2011).
In 2004, researchers started to follow 837 people,
ages 55 and older, who were forgetful but did not have
dementia. More than half had the signs of blood vessel
disease listed above. After five years, 35 percent
developed Alzheimer's and the majority were from the
group who had signs of blood vessel disease. Those
with blood vessel disease who received treatment were 40
percent less likely to develop Alzheimer's. Slightly
less than ten percent of people with cognitive
impairment progress to Alzheimer's each year.
All people, whether they are forgetful or not,
should prevent blood vessel disease by getting their
bad LDL cholesterol below 100, the diabetic test HBA1C
below 5.7, blood pressure below 120/80, triglycerides
below 120, and a pinch of their abdominal flesh smaller
than one inch. They should exercise every day, lose weight
if overweight, avoid refined carbohydrates, sugared drinks
and red meat, and eat plenty of fruits, vegetable, whole
grains, beans, seeds and nuts. They should also try to
get their vitamin D3 level above 75 nmol/L.


Dear Dr. Mirkin: Do you recommend taking calcium
supplements to prevent osteoporosis?

No; taking calcium both with and without
vitamin D has been shown to be associated with increased
risk for heart attacks and strokes by more than 15
percent (British Journal of Medicine. April 19, 2011).
Treating 1000 people with calcium or calcium and vitamin
D for five years would cause an additional six heart
attacks or strokes and prevent only three fractures.
Calcium supplements increase risk for heart
attacks and strokes because they raise blood calcium
levels which increases chances of forming clots, a major
cause of heart attacks and strokes (J Bone Miner Res,
1997;12:1959-70), thickens neck artery plaques
(Atherosclerosis, 2007;194:426-32), calcifies main
arteries (J Bone Miner Res, 2010;25:505-12), increases
heart attack risk (Am Heart J, 2008;156:556-63) and
causes premature death (J Clin Endocrinol Metab,
1996;81:2149-53). Taking calcium without also taking
vitamin D increases heart attack risk even further
because calcium blocks the activation of vitamin D to
cause a relative deficiency of that vitamin.


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fwd: John Is Fit

John Is Fit

Three Good Indoor Bike Trainer Workouts

Posted: 30 Apr 2011 04:24 AM PDT

This is a guest post by Dr. Ron Fritzke.

Every tool has a particular job that it does with excellence.

A pipe wrench may be good for grabbing onto galvanized pipe, but it does a terrible job of turning bolts…unless you don't mind scarring up the bolt heads forever.

A hammer drives in nails well (duh), but falls behind in the fly-swatting department.

Likewise, there are some workouts that are tailor-made for being done on a stationary bike or an indoor bike trainer.

They aren't typically four hour steady-state rides, like the one that numbed both ends of my body two winters ago. While I wasn't too surprised at the numbing effect of the bike saddle…the loss of 10 IQ points after the ride did catch me off-guard.

Short, Focused Rides On A Trainer

If you just want to skip the details, and are willing to spend a few bucks, you can head over to Amazon and buy one of the 'pre-packaged' workouts put out by Spinervals or a host of other companies that produce DVDs for you to ride along with. They sell for a bit over twenty five dollars each.

Here is a common review on Amazon:

This is my favorite of the Spinerval DVDs. An excellent work out and yet I'm not crying at the end. I have using it for roughly 5 to 6 years, mostly in the winter.

But here are three 'not-so-sexy' alternatives to those DVDs.

It Only Takes 30 Minutes

Here's a quick workout that if done with a lot of effort, can raise your metabolism quite well…and keep it elevated for hours after the workout.

  • Ten minutes easy spinning
  • Alternating ten second very hard 'sprint-like' efforts with ten seconds of easy spinning. Do this for ten minutes. Don't think about it before you start, but you'll be doing 30 very hard sprints before you're finished.
  • Ten minutes easy warm-down.

Hard And Monotonous For Masochists

For those who like routine, or perhaps just get a kick out of adding boredom to the pain of an intense workout, here's one that I find myself doing.

  • 10 minutes warm-up.
  • Five sessions of three minutes hard followed by three minutes of easy spinning. The hard intervals are done at an effort that turns on the little voice in your head that screams "Stop this insanity, NOW!" at about the two and a half minute mark. For clarification…this part of the workout takes 27 minutes (it would be 30 minutes, but the last three minutes of easy spinning can be done in the warm-down).
  • 10 minutes warm-down.

Hard, With A Pinch Of Variety

There's no getting around it, this workout's hard…but because the number of minutes that you're going hard varies, you can sometimes delude yourself into thinking that 'this one will be fun'.

  • 10 minutes warm-up.
  • 2 minutes hard, followed by 2 minutes easy. (Once again, the level of intensity should be such that you're searching for the end about 30 seconds before it arrives. The same rule of thumb applies to each of the hard efforts.)
  • 3 minutes hard followed by 3 minutes easy.
  • 4 minutes hard followed by 3 minutes easy.
  • 5 minutes hard followed by 3 minutes easy.
  • 4 minutes hard followed by 3 minutes easy.
  • 3 minutes hard followed by 3 minutes easy.
  • 2 minutes hard.
  • 10 minutes warm-down.

A Short Wrap-up

Well, there you have three examples of the type of workouts that are designed for an indoor bike trainer like the Cycleops mag trainer. I won't pretend that these aren't hard, but then again, no one's got a gun to your head…so if you back off a bit on the hard efforts you'll be fine.

And who knows, making the workout a bit less painful may make it more likely that you'll get back in the saddle and use your trainer again.

I wouldn't know, since I've always lacked the common sense needed to do anything with moderation.

A former distance runner with a 2:17 marathon (1983 Boston) to his credit, Dr. Ron Fritzke now relies on cycling to maintain his fitness. In his spare time, he writes about cycling products, including Cycleops Fluid trainer reviews and Kinetic Road Machine reviews.

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