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Can You Die of a Broken Heart? Video

submitted by: admin on 05/30/2024
  The risk of a heart attack increases by 21 times during the first 24 hours after losingn a loved one. It is not uncommon to hear of one spouse dying and the other following in just a short time. The risk of heart attack remained 8 times above normal for a week and was still elevated to some extent after a month. The bereavement and grief associated...

Embracing Stress with Dan Dunphy, PA

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Stress induces cortisol production. There are three general types of stress: emotional, hypoglycemic, and pain. Over the short haul, this is a powerful protective mechanism, but over the long haul it causes immune supression, lowered serotonin levels, anxiety and insomnia,

Fear of Dying During Heart Attack Linked to Increased Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Intense distress and fear of dying, as with a heart attack, is common and associated with biological changes of inflammation that can cause worse outcomes. About 20% of people having an MI have this intense fear. Intense fear of dying has a four fold increase in inflammatory markers such as TNF alpha and cortisol. Heart rate variability is also worsened by this...

Forgiveness Can Improve Immunity

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
A study on HIV patients revealed that individuals who truly forgave someone who had hurt them in the past showed improved immune function. CD4 percentages (not total numbers) increased significantly. The degree of forgiveness correlated with the amount of improvement. One mechanism could be the effect of stress hormones that suppress immunity.

Happy Seniors Live Longer

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
A study from the UK published in October of 2012 on 10,000 people over the age of 50 showed that seniors who enjoy life live longer. Over 9 years they found that 20% died, but only 10% of those who had an "inner smile" and nearly 30% died who did not. Factors that influenced this outcome were psychological wellbeing, social isolation, wealth, living...

Long Term Manifestations of Domestic Violence

submitted by: admin on 11/25/2013
An excellent article in the November 2013 issue of More Magazine reported that 25% of all women are victims of domestic violence. Two million women are injured annually by domestic violence, 25% require medical care, and 1300 die! Sixty percent of those going to emergency rooms are strangled and one in three lost consciousness.  MDs and dentists...

Nutritional Solutions for Insomnia with Ed Bauman

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
Most people rely on a sleeping pills or alcohol. All too often we consume too many excitotoxins and blame high cortisol is the problem. Melatonin is used in megadoses. We look to putting bandaids on problems and they don't work. Bad food, medications, excitotoxins, and stress all add up.            

Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Cortisol Levels

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
PTSD often leads to prolonged cortisol levels that eventually can lead to adrenal failure and low cortisol levels. Severe physical and emotional traumas lead to serious psychological problems such as flashbacks, panic attacks, insomnia, phobias, etc. At times these symptoms can be subclinical.

Probiotics May Reduce Anxiety

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  Normally we think of probiotics for our gut. In a double blind, placebo controlled study, two probiotic strains, Lactobacillus helviticus and Bifidobacter longum were shown to lower levels of anxiety. These probiotics were shown to increase the number of GABA receptors, which induce relaxation, in the brain. They also reduce gut inflammation. Mental...

Reactions to Everyday Stress Predict Future Health

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
  It is not stress itself that causes health problems, it is how we react to stress that will determine our health 10 years from now according to the November 2012 issue of Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Researchers at Penn State surveyed 2000 people daily for 8 days regarding the level of stress in their lives and measured their cortisol level....

Stress

submitted by: admin on 10/29/2017
In the short term, the stress response prepares us for the flight or fight effects and heightens our ability to react. In the long term stress causes inflammation and decompensation.                                  

Stress Increases the Risk for a Heart Attack

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
  A Danish study published in April of 2013 of 11,000 patients without heart disease were followed for 16 years and grouped on the basis of mental vulnerability (tendency for psychosomatic problems or poor interpersonal relationships). They found that the mentally vulnerable had a 36% higher risk for a cardiovascular event. A second study of 14,000...

Who is More Likely to Benefit from Placebo?

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
  Personality traits that include being good at coping, altruistic, trusting, and honest make placebo treatment more likely to work as opposed to anger and hostility according to an article from the University of Michigan that was published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology in November of 2012. Their study showed that about 25% of the placebo response...

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