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What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy is a medical system that is based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Tiny amounts of natural substances such as plants and minerals are used that they believe will stimulate the healing process. In the 1700’s in Germany, this belief was developed and is common in many European countries. It is not as popular in the United States and is sometimes poo pood. I must say that I had two years of Homeopathy education by some of the world’s best teachers. I have seen what would be thought of as miracles with certain patients that used Homeopathy. In certain countries, there are Homeopathy hospitals.

herbal_medThe belief behind homeopathy is “like cures like”, or rather something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can treat an illness with similar symptoms, given in a very small dose. This is supposed to trigger the body’s natural defenses. As an example a red onion makes your eyes water and this is the reason it is used in homeopathic remedies for allergies. Other treatments for ailments are made from poison ivy, white arsenic, crushed whole bees and an herb call arnica.

The homeopathic doctors, who are called homeopaths, weaken these various ingredients by adding water or alcohol. It is then shaken as part of a process called potentization, which they believe, transfers the healing essence. They also believe that the lower the dose, the more powerful the medicine. Many of these remedies no longer contain any molecules of the original substance and they come in a variety of forms like sugar pellets, liquid drops, creams, gels and tablets.

When visiting a homeopath they will ask a number of questions about your mental, emotional and physical health to prescribe the remedy that best matches all of your symptoms and then will tailor the treatment best for you.

Over-the-counter homeopathic remedies can also be purchased at drugstores and health food stores. The dosage and quality of these various products will depend on the manufacturer.

Some conditions treated by homeopathy are:
✓ Migraines
✓ Depression
✓ Chronic fatigue syndrome
✓ Rheumatoid arthritis
✓ Irritable bowel syndrome
✓ Premenstrual syndrome

Homeopathy can also be used for minor issues like bruises, scrapes, toothaches, headaches, nausea, coughs and colds.

Homeopathic medicine should not be used for life-threatening illnesses like asthma, cancer, heart disease or in emergencies. Avoid using it in place of vaccines. The homeopathic products are called “nosodes” and are marketed as an alternative for vaccines, but there is no research to prove they are effective.

placebo_effectThe research on whether homeopathic medicine works or not is mixed. There are some studies that show homeopathic remedies are helpful while still others don’t. When symptoms improve because you believe the treatment is working, it is considered the placebo effect. Some critics attribute the benefits of homeopathic remedies to this effect. This can trigger the brain to release chemicals that will briefly relieve the pain or other symptoms that you might be having. Because some of the theories behind homeopathy don’t line up with the principles of chemistry and physics, the doctors are divided. The scientists argue that a medicine with no active ingredient should not have any effect on the body.

The FDA oversees the homeopathic remedies but they aren’t checked to see if they’re safe or effective. Most of these are watered down and don’t cause any side effects. Some exceptions can occur because these medicines can contain a large amount of an active ingredient like a heavy metal, which can be dangerous. In 2016 a warning was issued by the FDA against using homeopathic teething tablets and gels because of possible health risks to infants and children.

Before trying any of these alternative treatments, talk to your doctor. He will make sure that they are safe and won’t interact with any of the other medications that you might be taking.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Age-Related Pains

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If you are having aches, you aren’t alone as there are around 100 million Americans that have some kind of chronic pain that is the long-term kind that sticks around after an injury or illness. Millions more have some sort of short-term pain. Some types of pain are more common during a certain time in your life. If you know ahead of time to plan for them, you might even avoid irritation or injury in the first place, according to Jonathan L. Glashow, MD, chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Common types of Chronic Pain in Americans and Ways to Help ease the Ache:

1. Lower Back Pain.

This is the most common chronic pain. Those having no back injury and under 50 is usually the result of sitting for long stretches and putting too much pressure on the discs in your back. Back pain is more likely to occur during your 30’s and 40’s, but can happen at any age. Older adults are definitely more likely to have back pain from conditions like arthritis. Strength training and cardio exercise are helpful as they increase blood flow and help to build your core muscles that support your spine. Physical therapy is an option.

2. Headaches

Those migraines, and even regular ones can cause other symptoms, like nausea, and are the second most common type of chronic pain. The cause of why we have headaches isn’t known by the experts, but they can be triggered by things like muscle tension, dehydration, your period, stress, weather changes, and certain foods like chocolate. If it’s just in the forehead and temple area it could be a tension headache so massage the area or apply menthol cream. Meds like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or one especially for migraines that contain caffeine, acetaminophen or aspirin can offer relief but don’t take it for more than 3 days without consulting with your doctor.

3. Osteoarthritis

This happens when the protective cartilage between your joint and bone breaks down and causes pain in the hands, knees and hips. Staying physically active is the key as it keeps blood circulating that can keep your joints healthy and reduce pain while strengthening the muscles around the joint.

4. Non-Arthritis Joint Pain

This feels like it is in or around the joints and isn’t the result of OA. This is usually tendinitis and makes it tough or painful to get moving. It’s caused by activities that involve repetitive motions and likely to strike over age 40. Use RICE, which means rest, ice, compression and elevation. Take a break from the activities that might aggravate your joint.

5. Pelvic Pain

If not caused by your period, it may be the result of another condition like endometriosis or Irritable bowel syndrome. This is more likely to strike between the ages of 18 and 50. Ask your natural doctor what he or she suggest instead of hard pain meds or Over-the-counter pain meds can help but call your doctor if you have below-the-belt pain that lasts very long.

6. Carpal Tunnel

When a nerve runs from your arm to your palm and becomes pressed or squeezed, this causes pain in your fingers and wrist, numbness and/or tingling and is carpal tunnel. Most likely to strike during your mid-40’s to mid-60’s. Physical therapy and short-term use of over-the-counter pain relievers will help, but in some cases surgery is the best treatment.

7. Muscle Strain or Pain

With age your muscle fibers become less dense and makes them less flexible and prone to injury and soreness. With every passing decade you are more likely to get this type of strain. Avoid hurting yourself in the first place by not lifting, pushing or pulling heavy items without help. Stretching and exercises like yoga and Pilates can help with this.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Dangers Lurking in Leather

 

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Those enticing handbags, jackets, sofas and armchairs we view as we walk through the mall are normally made from genuine leather. Every car interior covets the new leather smell we all love. But, where is it that this leather comes from? Of course, we know most are from pigs, cows, snakes, buffalo, kangaroos and even some from fish and ostriches. Leather products are sought after and the global market for the plethora of leather applications is gargantuan. A digital publication of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, estimates the leather industry to be around $200 billion annually. Footwear is the largest seller and worth about $47 billion while gloves come in next at $12.3 billion. But did we ever think about the negative impact these products might have on our health?

Leather tanning is a big industry business in Bangladesh. About 90% of the country’s leather was tanned in Hazaribagh in 2015 and 2016 to the tune of about $1.5 billion in leather and leather goods. These tanneries have dumped about 5.8 million gallons of untreated liquid waste into the Buriganga River that included scraps of hide, flesh, surfectants, chromium III and ammonium sulphate. This river was once the main source of drinking water and has become so polluted now that it is widely regarded as unsafe for human consumption.

The chromium has been associated with several negative effects for both human health and the environment as it can easily oxidize to chromium VI that is a suspected carcinogen. This causes acute and chronic damage to the aquatic environment. Chickens are fed tannery scraps as a staple and most people there eat an average of 250 grams of chicken per day and ingest 4X the amounts of chromium deemed healthy.

Human health is adversely affected by tanning toxins and dyes where studies have linked them to nasal, testicular and bladder cancers. These have all been linked by studies to the dyes or solvents used during the leather finishing process. Later lung and pancreatic cancers began to be reported in association with leather dust and tanning.

Most consumers have no way of knowing where the leather in their products come from. Some designers and retailers refuse to purchase from tanneries where human rights are violated because of the age of the workers, conditions and chemicals used for processing. The fashion industry should have a moral responsibility as well as the consumers towards the use of leather products. Even those dog chews that we buy for the pet we love like our children can be toxic. It does keep their teeth strong and some have meat or protein in them, but it is a by-product of the leather industry. Dyes and highly toxic chemicals are used to make these chewy toys and then they are often painted with titanium dioxide to make them a pale, uniform color. Testing might reveal substances like lead, arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde. These can cause digestive issues, including diarrhea and even become a choking hazard or cause dangerous blockages in the esophagus or digestive tract.

Giving up leather as part of our wardrobe is an individual choice, but do consider the environmental issues before making a decision as the process of tanning leather is incredibly toxic. Try turning to vegetable, tree-bark or other natural tanning alternatives. The finished product isn’t as stable or supple as the chemically generated methods, but much safer. Synthetically tanned leather might be another method of choice. Even fabrics as cork, wood, linen, hemp, cotton, bamboo and ultrasuede are good alternatives. The chemical Chromium VI has been labeled a known human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, the World Health Organization and IARC and has become strictly regulated.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Breath Test to Detect Stomach & Oesophageal Cancers

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There is a test that now measures the levels of 5 chemicals in the breath that has shown promising results for detecting cancers of the oesophagus and stomach in a large patient trial that has been presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017.  

Stomach and oesophageal cancer together, currently account for around 1.4 million new cancer diagnoses each year worldwide.  Both of these cancers are usually diagnosed late because their symptoms are ambiguous, or meaning that the five-year survival rate for these types is only 15%.  

New research of more than 300 patients has shown that the test could diagnose cancer with an overall accuracy of 85%.  An NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow from Imperial College London, Dr. Sheraz, under the supervision of Professor George Hanna, informed Congress that at present the only way to diagnose oesophageal and stomach cancers is with endoscopy, which is expensive, invasive and has some risk of complications with this method.

A non-invasive and first-line breath test could be used to reduce the number of unnecessary endoscopies.  This could also mean in the longer term that earlier diagnosis and treatment as well as better survival could be realized.

They based this trial on the results of previous research that suggested differences in the levels of specific chemicals as butyric, pentanoic and hexanoic acids, butanal and decanal between patients with stomach or oesophageal cancer and patients with upper gastrointestinal symptoms without cancer.  This research was targeted to test whether this chemical signature that seemed to typify cancer could be the basis of a diagnostic test.

The research team collected breath samples from 335 people at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, University College London Hospital and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.  Around 163 had been diagnosed with stomach or oesophageal cancer and 172 showed no evidence of cancer when they had an endoscopy.

The samples were analyzed with a technique called selected ion flow-tube mass spectrometry that is able to accurately measure small amounts of different chemicals in mixtures of gases such as breath.  They then measured the levels of the 5 chemicals in each sample to see which ones matched to the chemical signature that indicated cancer. The test was 85% accurate overall with a sensitivity of 80% and a specificity of 81%.  Not only was the breath test good at recognizing those who had cancer (sensitivity), but was also good at correctly identifying those who did not have cancer.

Since the cancer cells are different than healthy ones, they produce a different mixture of chemicals.  This then suggests that we may be able detect these differences and use a breath test to indicate which patients are likely to have cancer of the oesophagus and stomach, and which do not.  Validation of these findings is needed in a larger sample of patients before the test could be used in the clinic.

Researchers will continue with a larger trial using the test with patients given an endoscopy for gastrointestinal symptoms but not yet diagnosed with cancer, over the next 3 years.  This will assess the ability of the test to pick up cases within a group that is likely to contain only a small percentage of cancers.

Breath tests for other types of cancer, such as colorectal and pancreatic is also being worked on by the team, which could be used as first-line tests in general practice surgeries.

Dr Fredda Branyon

Choosing Complementary Medicine For Cancer

Choosing the complementary medicine best suited for your type of cancer can be a daunting and overwhelming decision. My opinion is a true integrative program of science based protocols that are done outside of the United States. However, many people are unable to travel outside of the US. There is some helpful information on integrative treatments that have the best evidence behind them or are the most widely used. This is not a replacement for traditional medical care but to be used alongside your chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. Talk with your doctor about any of the therapies you are thinking of trying. Some natural therapies can have side effects and interactions just like the conventional treatments.

Some treatments are:

·  Acupuncture & Acupressure to relieve pain and other symptoms. This can reduce nausea associated with chemotherapy and reduce cancer pain. Adverse effects are rare. If you are prone to bleeding, make sure acupuncture is safe for you.

· Biofeedback is instruction in how to control some of your body’s automatic responses like heart rate and using monitors. This can reduce stress, chronic pain and insomnia. There are no risks involved.

· Chiropractic Care is a manipulation of the joints and skeletal system. There is evidence it reduces back pain and headaches and is relatively safe. It can occasionally cause injury and those prone to bleeding, have weak bones, nerve damage or other health issues should check first with their doctor.

· Fitness includes classes designed for those in cancer treatment or recovering from it. Hypnosis can reduce stress, improve mood, reduce cancer pain and reduce nausea caused by chemotherapy. There are no risks

· Massage is kneading and rubbing of muscles and soft tissues that can reduce stress and anxiety and possibly cancer pain. Risks are low but those prone to bleeding, have weak bones, nerve damage or other health issues should check with their doctor.

· Meditation & guided imagery will help you to calm yourself using breathing exercises, repeating a word or imagining yourself in relaxing places. It can reduce pain, stress and anxiety. Imagery may reduce the side effects from chemotherapy and there are no risks.

· Nutritional counseling is guidance on eating a healthy diet that can make you feel better and maintain relaxation while easing pain. There are low risks but avoid extreme diets that restrict food groups.

· Reiki, Tai Chi and energy therapies realign energy in your body using movement or pressure that reduces stress and improves quality of life. Typically a low risk except for those with health conditions like arthritis and heart disease.

· Supplements and alternative medicines is the use of vitamins and alternative medicines extracted from plants. Some may ease symptoms from cancer and its treatment and others for their effect on cancer. Risks in this category greatly vary depending on the drug. Never take a supplement, herb or botanical without your doctor’s approval as some can be dangerous and cause drug interactions.

Hopefully, the above listing will help your decision making go a bit easier. If in doubt you should always consult with your physician. You can always Google the alternative methods to learn more about them.

Dr Fredda Branyon

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Standing for Our Health

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The average U.S. adult spends up to 10 hours a day sitting.  This is a habit viewed as a normal integral part of daily life with working at a desk job or commuting long hours.  We aren’t doing our bodies any favors by sitting so much as it contributes to rising rates of overweight and obesity, chronic disease and even sometimes premature death.

Kelly Starrett holds a Ph.D. in physical therapy and is the author of “Deskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World.”  He is a leader in the CrossFit movement and stresses the importance of having proper body mechanics both in and outside the gym.  He addresses biomechanical inadequacies that might increase your risk of injury. Kelly and Juliet are a husband-and-wife team and experts on movement and how it can make or break your health.  Their venture, StandUpKids.org is the product of their own role as parents to improve the health of kids across the U.S. This venture began when they volunteered at their daughters’ school and were disturbed to see the kids were having a hard time with the sack race at field day.  

They believe that sitting too much at a desk all day leads to decreased functionality and affects a child’s cognition.  The children attempting the sack race had decreased functionality as a result of this excessive sitting. Since the beginning of their non-profit organization, they have given about 35,000 U.S. school kids access to standing desks in the classroom.  This change is not only physical in nature but is linked to better learning in the classroom and improved productivity at work. The muscle activity acts as a stimulus to keep the brain alert.

It’s all about moving more and listening to what your body is saying.  Giving up that chair seems overwhelming to think about, but it’s not an all-or-nothing proposition.  Think of other ways to move more and include sitting on the floor can have moving advantages over sitting in a more confined chair.  Standing up does take you out of sedentary mode and you will likely stretch, lean, bend and pace. All movement counts toward your daily activity.

After sitting for six, eight or 10 hours a day it may take some time to adjust to standing and moving more and won’t happen over night.  The average student in the U.S. spends 4.5 hours a day sitting at school and an additional 7 hours sitting in front of a screen. Therefore, 85% of their waking hours is spent sitting.

Standup Kids has partnered with a number of corporations, giving children the much-needed opportunity to move more in school by installing standing desks, complete with fidget bars. The University of California Berkeley and the local county public health department have partnered to try to get more research done. There has been concern about “forcing” kids to stand all day, but this isn’t about standing still for long hours.  They do have access to stools, should they want to use them, but the teachers are saying they rarely do.

Interventions can help you avoid chronic diseases and orthopedic problems as neck problems, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee problems, lower extremity problems, shoulder dysfunction, poor diaphragm function, low back pain, hernias, pelvic floor dysfunction and hip dysfunction.  Do any of these symptoms sound familiar to you? They do to me! With age comes most of the above.

Standing is not only good for children as a prevention method against poor health, but as adults we could learn a lot about standing to help our own bodies as well.  Many suffer from sitting-induced range-of-motion problems and might increase the risk of injury and compromise long-term athletic and movement abilities.

Dr Fredda Branyon

What Is Triggering Your Eczema?


Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red, and swollen patches of skin. The most common type of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, “atopic” meaning an allergy that is usually hereditary, and “dermatitis” meaning the inflammation of the skin.

Stress

Flaring? Try relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. Anxiety and stress can worsen skin conditions like eczema since the body’s stress hormones cause inflammation that irritates the skin.

Exercise and Sweat

Working out is fantastic for the body and can ease stress. But excessive sweating can aggravate the skin. To keep cool, take breaks during workouts and remember to drink plenty of water. Try exercising indoors or during cooler parts of the day. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise for those with eczema, but be sure to shower and moisturize afterward since chlorine can be irritating.

The Sun and Humidity
Many people with eczema experience itchy or prickly heat sensations when they’re exposed to hot temperatures. If so, stay cool and seek shade. Sunburns inflame the skin and can lead to an eczema flare, so always remember to apply sunscreen before heading out in the sun.

Hot Water

Bathe with lukewarm or cool water since taking hot baths can intensify eczema flare-ups. When you’re done, gently pat your skin until it’s just damp. Then, slather on lotion to lock in moisture since dry skin can also heighten eczema.

Food Sensitivities

Some food triggers eczema, especially for babies and children. Milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, wheat, and fish are the most common culprits. Talk to a pediatrician or dermatologist since they can conduct tests that will determine your child’s food sensitivities.

Allergens

There are elements in our day-to-day lives that that can cause allergic reactions and trigger eczema flare-ups. Some of the most common allergens include dust mites, animal fur, seasonal pollen, mold, and dandruff. At home, it’s important to dust, vacuum, and wash bed sheets as regularly as possible to minimize your triggers. If you have allergy woes, it’s also best to consult your doctor about ways to get relief.

Irritants

Everyday products and natural substances can often cause the skin to burn, itch or become flaky and red. These could easily be products that you use on your body or are exposed to on a frequent basis. Soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, and disinfectants can irritate the skin. When you wash your body or clothes, always think gentle. Choose laundry detergents made for babies or sensitive skin. For showers, pick a cleanser that is mild and fragrance-free. Shampoos are also available in organic, fragrance-free versions.

A Manageable Skin Condition

The key to staying healthy while living with eczema is to keep your symptoms under control. Identifying and avoiding eczema triggers, recognizing stressful situations, being mindful of scratching, and maintaining a regular skin care routine should help calm your symptoms. If not, always consult your dermatologist since prescription medications and alternative therapies can also help manage severe eczema.

Foods that Fight Chronic Inflammation

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The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease has conducted a study that identifies foodstuffs that can help prevent chronic inflammation that contributes to many leading causes of death. When inflammation in the body goes wrong or on for too long, it can trigger disease processes. If uncontrolled, inflammation plays a role in many major diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Protect against age-related inflammation and chronic diseases by eating fruits and vegetables that contain polyphenols.

Our diet has polyphenols, abundant micronutrients, which have shown their role in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The effects depend upon the amount consumed and on their bioavailability.

A type of white blood cells that circulate around our bodies are called T-cells or T-lymphocytes. These cells scan for cellular abnormalities and infection and contribute to cell signaling molecules (cytokines) that aid cell-to-cell communication in immune responses and stimulate the movement of cells towards sites of inflammation, infection and trauma. Fruit and vegetable intake modulates Cytokines.

Sian Richardson and Dr. Chris Ford from the University’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic disease conducted a study examining the different potencies of the polyphenols. Their study results suggest that polyphenols derived from onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and acai berries may help reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic inflammation.

The researchers say that older people are more susceptible to chronic inflammation and as such, they may benefit from supplementing their diets with isorhamnetin, resveratrol, curcumin and vanillic acid, or food sources that yield these bioactive molecules.

Being able to use those fruits and vegetables containing plyphenols, to help prevent chronic inflammation, might save lives and be worth looking into other research on the subject. Perhaps this would be an alternative to taking so many antibiotics if the inflammation can be cut off at the pass. Let’s protect our health and study ways to enrich our lives.

Dr Fredda Branyon

Your Cognitive Health

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In order to protect your cognitive health or even improve your memory and brain function, exercise should come first. I know, if you are like me, exercise is not really my favorite thing to do but evidence shows exercise improves memory and cognition and helps stave off dementia. That might be worth walking around the block a couple of times. A 2010 study on primates revealed regular exercise did help monkeys learn new tasks twice as fast as those not exercising.

Slow The Brain Aging By As Much As 10 Years

Working your leg muscles has been shown to have a particularly strong impact on brain function and memory. A recent study, as published in the journal, Neurology, physical activity can slow the brain aging by as much as 10 years. Nearly 900 seniors participated in a study where 90% engaged in light exercise or none at all. The remaining 10% did medium-to-high intensity exercise. Older adults who reported light or not exercise experienced a cognitive decline equal to 10 more years of aging than those who were moderate to intense exercisers. Author Dr. Clinton B. Wright stated that their study showed that for older people, getting regular exercise may be protective as well as helping them keep their cognitive abilities longer.

Help The Brain’s Memory Center

Exercise promotes brain health by releasing hormones like brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) from the muscles and encourages the growth of new brain cells, a process known as neurogenesis or neuroplasticity. The brain’s memory center (hippocampus) is adaptable and capable of growing new cells through your entire lifetime and even into your 90’s. In a study, exercising mice grew an average of 6,000 new brain cells in every cubic millimeter of hippocampal tissue sampled. A year-long study found that adults who exercised regularly enlarged their brain’s memory center by 1 to 2 percent per year where typically the hippocampus tends to shrink with age.

Exercise Helps The Brain Function

Exercise helps protect brain function by:

  • Improving and increasing blood flow to your brain
  • reducing damage plaques in your brain
  • increasing production of nerve-protecting compounds
  • lowering levels of inflammatory cytokines associated with chronic inflammation and obesity preventing brain shrinkage by preserving both gray and white matter in your frontal temporal and parietal cortexes
  • stimulating production of a protein called FNDC5, which triggers the production of BDNF and reducing impact of bone-morphogenetic protein (BMP).

Psychological health and good mood are also promoted by exercise. Exercise is also known to dispel depression. Exercise promotes mental health by normalizing insulin resistance and boosting natural “feel good” endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, glutamate and GABA. It has been tested out that well-trained muscles have higher levels of an enzyme that helps metabolize a stress chemical called dynurenine.

Exercising your muscles actually helps rid your body of stress chemicals that promote depression. The muscles purge your body of harmful substances.

Researchers have found that women who sat for more than 7 hours a day were found to have a 47% higher risk of depression than those who sat for 4 hours or less per day. Those not participating in any physical activity had a 99% higher risk of developing depression that those who exercised. A brisk walk can increase creativity up to 60%.

Let’s make a pact to get out there for a daily walk. If outdoors is too hot, go to the mall and join the dozens of people walking the halls for healthy exercise. Just don’t be taken in by the store sales, ok?

Dr Fredda Branyon

Get Your Anger under Control

Get Your Anger under Control
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We get angry and it is only normal. But if you get mad for simple or wrong reasons or if you flare up every minute or every day, something is wrong with you. You are wasting your emotions, you are hurting the people around you, and you are making your world smaller each day. You are also allowing yourself to live a troubled life. It’s time to get your anger under control. Here are useful ways how:

1. Know what triggers your anger.

What makes you angry? Is it waiting for your turn in a long queue in grocery stores? Is it when people cannot follow your instructions? To be able to manage your ire, it is important that you are aware where it is coming from so you can either avoid being in the situation or make yourself prepared. For instance, you can choose to buy grocery items during off-peak hours to stay away from long queues. You can also ask another family member to do it for you.

2. Teach yourself how to cool down.

Soon as you feel that you an inch closer to flaring up, perform some techniques so you can easily chill. These include performing deep breathing, counting from 1 to 10 (repeat your count until you are calm), doing some simple stretches, and massaging your neck and scalp.

3. Seek professional help.

If your anger has become chronic, it is important that you consult with a medical expert so he can offer you therapy. He does not only help you identify the causes of your fury. He also teaches you how to manage it.

4. Find and join community support groups.

Interacting with people who have the same condition as yours can help you picture your true situation, particularly if you are still in denial. Hearing their ordeals and discovering their coping skills can contribute a lot in your improvement. However, there are some cases (such as anger caused by domestic violence) when this is not an appropriate method.

5. Recognize the symptoms.

Some individuals are not able to stop their rage all because they are not aware of the signs that they are set to burst. These symptoms include jaw clenching, tensed muscles, Goosebumps, dizziness, and shaking.

6. Sometimes, it just helps to get away.

No matter how you want to say something to defend yourself or to raise your point, you may still come in a situation when the only solution is to walk away from the scene. It may truly hurt your pride but if this is the only way to stop your outburst, why not? You can just forget about what happen or you can clear things up later when you are already in your good state of mind.

Another way to stop your wrath is to not open your mouth. Close your eyes and tell yourself to loosen up. Keep still and think. Ask yourself: “Is the situation worthy or necessitate anger?” “Will I hurt someone if I say what I want to say?” “What will be the consequences if I do not overcome this ire?” Really, you have to think forward so you can avoid getting yourself in much trouble.

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