Surge in #Stress and How to Fix It

stressYes, the political climate of America continues to skyrocket our stress levels. If you’re a Long Islander, you may have heard News 12 reporting on Russian spies docking-out somewhere in Long Island Sound. Trouble hacking our lines? Maybe. But the issue at-hand is that of our newly elected President Trump. Hindsight is 20/20 and the popular opinion is whispering uh oh. So what can we do about it? Likely nothing but the infamous words brace for impact come to mind. As plugged-in as we all are with our SmartPhones and social media are guilty of inflating our stress levels. What’s the easy solution? I wish I knew of one. But the exceptional scholar of life would take these 3 Easy Steps. Bright it to center to declutter your mind. Breathe deeply, learn how to meditate, and disallow yourself to catastrophize your thoughts. Think rationally and deeply about the essence of your suffering, anxiety, and stress.

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@Humama Takes a Stand Against #Obamacare

humanaHumana is putting its money where its mouth is regarding the Affordable Care Act. Of all the large nationwide health insurance companies, they’re the first ones to drop Obamacare. Call them trailblazers or call them business-savvy. Surely they’re not the first and certainly not the last health insurance companies to realize the policies are not economically sustainable. Prevention and education is the best way to reduce the overall cost of conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Then again, here in the US it’s not called ‘healthcare’. Those in the know call it ‘sick care’

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How #BodyShape Infers #Health Risks

bodyshapeAccording to a new study, your body shape may be a greater indicator for heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk than we thought. Researchers found that hip-waist measurement screening maybe more effective in screening for high-risk patients then weight itself. What does this mean? You’re at a greater risk if you’re an apple than if you’re a pear. Apple shape people have a greater incidence of insulin resistance, making it harder for their bodies to process sugar. To the naked eye, pear shapes have always been associated with a more pleasing body type. A thinner waist line (pear) compared to a thicker belly (apple) implies more fat surrounding vital organs. Seeing is believing because a study of more than 430,000 people found apple shapes have greater risk of heart disease and diabetes. The take-home message shows us that a little extra padding in the butt and thighs hurts nobody. It’s the apples who have unnecessary hormonal flow resulting from their belly fat. Too much hormone activity is like too many cooks in the kitchen – nothing good comes of it.

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#WarningLabel on Sodas and Sugary #Drinks

warninglabelSugar is a danger to those who don’t know when to say when.  California already brandishes these warning labels on soda. Now there’s talk to have them slapped on sports drinks. Drinks that contain 75-calories or more per 12-ounces may be required to garnish a warning label. The warning is to alert consumers that excess sugar is harmful to your health. Such manifestations can be seen in childhood obesity, fatty liver, and Type 2 diabetes. Obviously a warning label is not going to deter a thirsty being craving a sports drink of soda but it does check-off the accountability box. When a consumer knows the risk that lies within, the manufacturer and the government cannot feel badly that despite the ‘warning’, the decision was made knowing the potential aftermath.

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#Pregnant Woman – #Sargento Recalls #Cheese

Food Network Magazine Cooking School 2016Cheese is American’s sweetheart in the kitchen…until it puts somebody in the hospital. Then Sargento realizes it’s time to issue a recall for their cheeses that might contain listeria. If your refrigerator is housing any 6.84-ounce packages of Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby with sell-by dates of April 12 and May 10, 2017 and/or an 8-ounce packages of Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho & Taco Cheese with sell-by dates of June 14 and July 12, 2017 – clear the real estate in your fridge. Those cheeses might contain more than you hoped to bring home. A special word of caution to pregnant ladies. Listeria is bad news for your unborn baby.

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@realDonaldTrump Gets His #FastFood Fix

trumpfastfoodThe President of the United States is not the be-all, end-all of righteous habits. Obama was a smoker.  Clinton was an adulterer. As it turns-out, Donald Trump likes his ‘junk food’. A few of his unsavory culinary choices fall safely within the arena of empty calories. Whose don’t? Diet Coke, Domino’s Pizza, KFC, and McDonald’s often cross the Presidents lips. What else fuels his Twitter rants at 3 in the morning? It seems ridiculous but we all have our vices. Stress has a way of making us do things we know aren’t the healthiest for us but we have to get our dopamine receptors flooded somehow. Be it smoking, sex, drugs, or simply food – stress eating is the #1 preferred easy access way to get your fix. It doesn’t make you a bad person, it just makes you a stress eater. Own it.

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@fatjoe Knows Why #Diabetes Ain’t #Cheap

cashcowDiabetes is an alarmingly expensive disease. Add-up the cost of healthy food, designer medications, and the test strips, sensors, and rising cost of insulin and the register’s gonna blow. Yes, insulin is one of those life-necessary medications that continues to rise, despite the market being saturated with options. At the rate the nation is going, the governing powers need to grow a pair and control the spread of the manufacturer’s cost and the price you pay. In a perfect world, there’d be rainbows and butterflies. In a world ridden with diabetes, we see test strips and co-pays. If diabetes is the “cash cow” of the pharmaceutical industry let’s slaughter the pigs that are inflating the price tags. Just an idea. As expensive as diabetes maintenance is, diabetes complications put the pharmaceutical industry profit margins all the way up.

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Behold #MaleBirthControl on the Horizon

vasalgelLadies can breathe a sign of relief now that male birth control is being developed. It’s an injection called Vasalgel that’s 96% effective. Yes, the injection goes where no man wants a needle to go – the vas deferens. But the redeeming quality to this method of male birth control, unlike a vasectomy, is that it’s likely reversible. At this point the side effects are less-than-desirable like depression, muscle pain, and acne but some men reported an increased libido. Vasalgel was given every 8-weeks for up to a year and a half. Of the participants in the study, more than 75% said they’d be willing to use Vasalgel as their preferred method of contraception. How soon can we expect this male birth control? Hold your horses, men. It’s estimated to be 5-10 years away.

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New Approach to Stop #FGM

FGMPeople, far and wide, are looking for a viable answer to abolish this nonsensical and heinous practice of partially or completely cutting off females external   genitals. A study found that the incidence of women who have undergone female genital mutilation, or being “cut”, have a higher likelihood of babies surviving. Apparently, FGM is looked at as a social status which means the women have more social support, increasing the chances of baby survival. People in nations that practice FGM believe that women who are uncut are typically unclean. In a twisted way, some women believe guys who are not circumcised are more unclean and can harbor bacteria in their foreskin. Then again – it’s nothing a little soap and water can’t clear up. Myth busted. In addition, those regions also believe that women who are uncut are less likely to get married and therefore less likely to bear children. It sounds causative, not effective. Here in the US when a girl comes of age we do things like throw them a sweet 16 or a bat mitzvah. The regions of the world that still practice female genital mutilation need to reconsider their coming of age tactics.

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When #Sounds Drive You #Nuts

eatingsoundsIf you are triggered by the sounds of things like eating, breathing, chewing, or nails scraping on blackboards… there’s a scientific explanation for you. The condition known as misophonia (hatred of certain sounds) is now clinically tied to the fight-or-flight response and structural differences in the emotional response area in the brain. At the very essence of the fight-or-flight response, the body is triggered by a noise which fuel-injects adrenaline into our blood stream. This is why people with misophonia are either angered or compelled to flee the triggering noise. Misophoniacs have abnormal activity in their anterior insular cortex when they hear certain mundane sounds that most of us don’t notice. This unusual response is why they have a visceral emotional response to crunching, slurping, package ruffling – sounds that could be considered ‘rude’ in certain environments but usually nobody cares. Back to the hardwired stuff, this is something that is ingrained into our heads during formative years in life. Now that we know there’s a structural abnormality, perhaps we’ll have better insight to treatment and resolving it, altogether.

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