Treating a Low #bG with #JellyBeans

People with Type 1 diabetes are always thinking about low blood sugar. If you’re a Type 1 who’s not, please share your secret! For the rest of us, a doctor has offered some sound advice on how to quickly treat a low with simple solutions.

First things first – once your sugar dips into “low” range, the best dose for treatment is  15-grams of sugar. These are not carbohydrate foods that contain protein or fat – just the sugar, please. Chocolate is nice but the fat may slow the body’s ability to absorb it quickly. It’ll do the job but it takes a little longer to get you back to normal range.

This doctor recommends eating 10-jelly beans. It contains exactly the amount of sugar to raise blood glucose levels back to normal range. If jelly beans aren’t your thing, another suggestion is marshmallows. I personally like Skittles to do the trick. I carry a pack in my car, in my gym bag, and keep one in my bedroom.

Whatever the reason for hypoglycemia (too much insulin, too much activity, fill-in-the-blank with random variable) it’s all about the way to treat it. Do yourself a huge favor and make sure you’re never without a quick and easy rescue from a low. May the force be with you.

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#Heat is the Enemy of #BrainPower

Ever notice how tired you get when it’s hot out? Well your brain feels and responds the same way to heat, according to a new study.

The participants in this study weren’t just any subjects – they were Harvard students. This, in fact, was a study done at Harvard in the dorms. Half of the participants were in a dorm with air conditioning, the other half were slumming it.

Upon awakening, the students were all given a test via their mobile phones. The students housed in the air conditioned building scored well for themselves. The students in the building without air conditioning scored 13.3% lower than those in the AC.

Beyond the Harvard students “roughing it”, this may translate directly to income and school performance. If Suzie lives in a home without air conditioning and Peter lives in a climate-controlled residence – are their tests graded on a curve? Of course not.

Survey says 87% of homes in America have AC. I was not one of them growing-up. My mom said we didn’t need it because we live in New York. She’s from South Carolina. Southern logic. I’m not sure how I made it this far but I promise you, without air conditioning I couldn’t make it much further. Show your brain  some love if you don’t have one yet. Do it for the kids!

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#Psychedelic Treatment for #Depression

It’s no secret traditional anti-depressant drugs don’t work for everybody. Now medical research is revisiting the use of ayahuasca for the treatment of treatment-resistant depression.

Ayahuasca is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies in the Amazon. Back in the 1960s, some scientific circles were researching the benefits offered for the treatment of depression. Obviously it was frowned-upon at that time but it’s coming around, once again.

In a small study, patients who received a single-dose of ayahuasca were shown to be free of major depressive symptoms for 21-days. Patients in this study were resistant to traditional depression therapy like SSRIs.

The way this treatment works on the brain is by increasing blood flow to the areas that play a vital part in mood and emotion. The participants who had a greater emotional awakening during the ceremony also had the most therapeutic response from it.

Here’s a book that was published over a year ago touting the medicinal benefits of ayahuasca. It’s nice to know there are some researchers behind the lines looking for solutions where traditional medicine has fallen-short. For those interested in pursuing it, be mindful that this is truly a sacred ceremonial gift.

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#SexAddiction is Declared a #Mental Disorder

Colin Farrell in attendance for Warners Bros. CinemaCon 2016 Event, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV April 12, 2016. Photo By: James Atoa

Drugs, alcohol, and gambling play no part in the continuity of humankind. However, the addiction treatment is quite obvious: cut it out. So now that the WHO had declared sex addiction a mental-health disorder, what’s the viable treatment? Good news: it’s not an addiction, according to most experts.

Sad but true, a categorical sex-addict derives little to no pleasure from sex and they’ll jeopardize their health in pursuit of the empty activity. Are these people sociopathic in that their pursuit of the sexual end-game is all for naught? What a waste of a Russel Brand or a Colin Farrell.

It does seem like a bit of a cop-out for guys being guys. If  you didn’t want to hold accountability for not keeping the snake in the cage – fess up. But if the reality is that you’d rather put your health and well-being aside for the sexual exploration to nowhere, maybe you should talk to someone.

Although the WHO has declared it a “mental-health condition” they have not outlined a first line of treatment.  Perhaps it starts with a change in lifestyle, a focus on your physical health, your mental health, and the overall connection with self. Your past has happened. Your fugure is yours to do what you desire with it.

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Prohibition and Allowance of Medical #Marijuana

State by state, they’re all coming around. To date, nine states have legalized recreational use of marijuana and 30-states have legalized medical marijuana use. Michigan has added 11-conditions to the list of “approved” uses for medical marijuana. The conditions are:

 

  • Arthritis
  • Autism
  • Chronic Pain
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Parkinson’s
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis

The aforementioned conditions have been added to a list of previously approved conditions to be treated with medical marijuana. These are:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Positive status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Hepatitis C
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nail Patella, or the treatment of these conditions.
  • A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or its treatment that produces one or more of the following:
    • Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome
    • Severe and chronic pain
    • Severe nausea
    • Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy
    • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including but not limited to those characteristic of multiple sclerosis

Of course there are some conditions that the state of Michigan does not recognize as necessary to be treated with medical marijuana. These conditions are:

  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Brain Injury
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Gastric Ulcer
  • Non-Severe and Non-Chronic Pain
  • Organ Transplant
  • Panic Attacks
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Something tells me someday the terms and conditions by which marijuana is sold will be as loosey-goosey as “must be of age”, like it is for alcohol. How long did it take the US to legalize alcohol? Alcoholism, family-violence, and saloon-based political corruption are not things that are associated with marijuana use. What’s the hold up?

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Are Cars Making You Sleepy?

Many parents have told me that a trick to make their kids sleepy is to put them in the car and go for a drive.  It’s not just about the kids, either. A study finds that there’s something about a car ride that can give way to sleepiness.

The study found that the vibrations associated with the car in-motion can make a person sleepy in a matter of 15-minutes. As you’re busy driving to your destination, you are being entranced by the engines purr.

Although this sounds delightfully pacifying for passengers who need not worry about keeping alert – what does this mean for ride-share renegades? If you’re an Uber or Lyft driver, you may want to keep an spray nearby to keep you refreshed when the vibrations lull you.

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Blame It On the #Testosterone

Why is it men blame women for craving expensive taste but women never  give men a hard time about the same thing? Until now, the jury’s been out on the culprit behind expensive taste in men. A new study is showing us that it’s all about the testosterone.

A study titled, “Single-dose testosterone administration increases men’s preference for status goods” explains it all. Not only does testosterone stupefy men and their machismo attitudes but it’s also shown to attribute to men’s taste for more expensive goods.

In no way is this study meant to be a finger-pointing exercise but it certainly does help explain why certain types of men are drawn to certain types of lifestyles.

Quite literally, testosterone is the male hormone responsible for the development of secondary sex characteristics. What are those characteristics you ask? Unlike their primary sex organ – it’s all about the je ne sais quoi that makes a male attractive to a female.

Maybe it’s his cologne? Maybe it’s his taste in clothes? Maybe  it’s his income bracket? Long story short, no pun intended, it’s not his shoe size. Can testosterone boost his confidence and conviction to get what he wants?

And this, boys and girls, is why testosterone can influence a man’s taste in expensive items. Is this saying that biologically women are drawn to men with expensive tastes? Shame on you, Mother Nature.

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Gaming Addiction Explained

It wasn’t too long ago, the World Health Organization decided to make it known that addictive gaming is to be deemed a “gaming disorder”. So what’s this all about and why did it deserve a proper title all its own?

The WHO categorizes gaming alongside addictions to alcohol and drugs. Gaming surges the brain the same way with dopamine like chocolate, sugar, or tobacco. So how do you or a loved one know if you have a gaming addiction or “gaming disorder”?

Are you gaming when you should be at work or at? Does your gaming take priority over other activities in your life? Does it interfere with your social activities or deter you from engaging interpersonally? Yes, certain games require you to play with other people – in the same room, down the street, or across the world. This does not count!

Gaming is not all bad. They can help improve hand-eye coordination, they can improve cognitive processing speeds, and they can help improve visual acuity. Yes! Gaming can improve eyesight contrast acuity. If you haven’t tried on gaming for size yet – take the plunge with an PlaysStation 4 Pro. You won’t regret it.

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True Lies About Nutrition Studies

Remember back in the 90s when a high carb diet with no fat was all the rage? Fast forward to the South Beach era and it’s all about meat and high fat for weight loss. Today we are learning that all the studies route the years may have been flawed. What do we do now?

Another stroll down nutrition memory lane brings-up eggs, butter, and coconut oil. Egg yolks used to be the dietary ‘no-no’ in the 80s. Modern-day literature says enjoy up to 3  a day. They are the building blocks and the perfect protein, including the yolks! Butter had a black eye until people started learning of the dangers of margarine and trans fats. Leave coconut oil alone!

Here’s another fly in the ointment study: remember that study saying it’s healthy to have regular alcohol consumption? Yeah. That study was funded in-part by the alcohol industry. Bias much?

Let’s ignore the recent cry wolf on the Mediterranean diet. It’s clean enough to substantiate the claims formerly made regarding the heart health. But then again, is it?

As different as our fingerprints, we each function best with different nutritional needs. A bodybuilder with massive muscles may need way more protein and carbs than I could dream of consuming. His ‘cut’ day is my cheat week. Some people function best on vegetables and whole grains. Other can only function on a diet of quick carbs.

The moral of the nutritional story and the true lies behind it is the fact that each of us know what makes our bidies feel and function best. Regardless of what you read in a study, be your own science experiment. Nobody knows you and your body better than you!

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Are You Washing Your Hands Wrong?

Our hands see more light of the day then we realize. Light of day is code for filth and grime. A study says you may have been washing your hands wrong. Oh goodie. What lies beneath those nails? Brace yourself for the dirty truth and how to clean it up.

Don’t feel singled-out. They study says that 97% of people inadequately wash their hands, leading to contamination of surfaces and foodborne illness. Even though just about everybody’s doing it wrong, it doesn’t mean that you’re immune to the aftermath of bacteria and other unmentionable grime.

So despite the wet towels we use to “dry” our hands and the insufficient lathering of soap – what is the proper way to wash our hands?

Start with clean, running water. After wetting hands, turn-off water and later with soap. Be sure to lather front and back of hands, between fingers, and under fingernails. Scrub hands for 20-seconds. Hint: sing the alphabet or “Happy Birthday twice. Rinse hands under clean, running water. Dry with a dry hand towel or air dry them. You didn’t do all that before now, did you?

It’s always better to err with safety than regret. Choose yourself a good soap. Keep the hand towels dry. Be healthy and happy. Enjoy!

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