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Take a break: procrastination found to bolster productivity
While the act of procrastination is viewed by many as something highly unacceptable, a trait of the lazy and easily-bored in society, research shows that it may actually lead to increased productivity.
Professor and procrastination expert Piers Steel, Ph.D, gathered 24 participants and divided them in two groups in an effort to assess whether delaying tasks helped or hindered their completion.
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A new scientific review identifies 25 of the top foods and herbs which kill the cancer stem cells at the root cause of cancer malignancy.
And top of the list is Green Tea!
The primary reason why conventional chemotherapy and also radiotherapy have failed to produce any significant improvements in cancer survival rates is because cancer stem cells are resistant to these interventions. In fact, chemotherapy and especially radiation are both capable of increasing the number and virulence of these cells in a tumour, while at the same time having the well known side effect of further damaging the patient's immune system.
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
Not only is Functional Medicine here to stay, it is poised to be the centerpiece in one of the most significant shifts in the health and medical paradigm in the past one hundred years. For anyone who has been paying attention, there has been a virtual war going on between Conventional/Allopathic Medicine and Functional/Natural Medicine since the early 1900s. In fact, this virtual war often became a real war when the medical establishment would attack and try to discredit chiropractors, naturopaths, homeopathy practitioners and those who made or distributed nutritional supplements.
Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.
But a new study, published in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed foods while concentrating on eating plenty of vegetables and whole foods — without worrying about counting calories or limiting portion sizes — lost significant amounts of weight over the course of a year.
The strategy worked for people whether they followed diets that were mostly low in fat or mostly low in carbohydrates. And their success did not appear to be influenced by their genetics or their insulin-response to carbohydrates, a finding that casts doubt on the increasingly popular idea that different diets should be recommended to people based on their DNA makeup or on their tolerance for carbs or fat.
The research lends strong support to the notion that diet quality, not quantity, is what helps people lose and manage their weight most easily in the long run. It also suggests that health authorities should shift away from telling the public to obsess over calories and instead encourage Americans to avoid processed foods that are made with refined starches and added sugar, like bagels, white bread, refined flour and sugary snacks and beverages, said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
There is much more to be said about Jordan B Peterson. He is a strange mixture of theologian, psychologist, conservative, liberal, wit and lay preacher. He’s a powerful advocate of the scientific method who is not a materialist. He can go from cuddly to razor sharp in a beat. His primary concern, however, which underpins nearly everything about him, is the defence of the individual against groupthink, whether on the right or the left.
“Your group identity is not your cardinal feature. That’s the great discovery of the west. That’s why the west is right. And I mean that unconditionally. The west is the only place in the world that has ever figured out that the individual is sovereign. And that’s an impossible thing to figure out. It’s amazing that we managed it. And it’s the key to everything that we’ve ever done right.”
Peterson’s 12 rules
Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back
Rule 2 Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping
Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you
Rule 4 Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today
Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world
Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
Rule 8 Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
Rule 9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
Rule 10 Be precise in your speech
Rule 11 Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding
Rule 12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street
In 1998, Martin Seligman, then the President of the American Psychological Association, began to develop positive psychology, as a complement to current, by inference, negative psychology, by his theory developed in 1967 of learned helplessness – in which a human being has learned to act or behave helplessly in a particular situation. Seligman became to be more interested in what can go right with the human condition – a learned optimism - rather than with what could go wrong - the attractive idea that could make miserable people less miserable. It was based on the idea that the disease model just didn’t appear to be working and that psychology was in need of a different approach.
Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, developed a range of exercises that analysed things like states of pleasure, values, strengths, virtues, talents, as well as the ways that they can be promoted by social systems and positive institutions. By working on strengths of each unique individual and introducing the virtues and their subsets, it was believed that the lives of normal people can become more fulfilling – it’s the science of what makes people lead happier lives, through the pursuit of meaning, engagement and pleasure, leading to a permanent state of learned optimism.
This is a welcome breath of fresh air for the normally depressing world of psychology, by bringing moral philosophy closer to modern psychology in this way and by opening a new methodology to help people to lead less miserable lives, by changing the way they see themselves.
Now add a sprinkling of the Virtues defined as moral excellence – a positive character trait that has value and is deemed to be good.
The four virtues of Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude, were widely accepted in Classical Greek Antiquity and in the Middle Ages. The Theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity were later added and they became known as the Seven Cardinal Virtues.
All the virtues that were practised and taught by most religious and cultural traditions, were used to influence human behaviour for the good of all and you will find similar words or inferences used in every culture in the world, that lay claim to having a moral structure, upon which to teach human beings how to live with each other and how to use these virtues every day to make life more meaningful and enjoyable.
The Sorbonne based Professor of Philosophy, Andre Comte-Sponville, wrote A Short Treatise on the Great Virtues, to encourage readers to use philosophy in everyday life. He chose 18 virtues in the beautifully written 350 page book, which he begins by writing “If virtue can be taught, as I believe it can be, it is not through books so much as by example. In that case what would be the point of a treatise on virtues? Perhaps this: to try to understand what we should do, what we should be, and how we should live, and thereby gauge, at least intellectually, the distance that separates us from these ideals”.
These 18 virtues are listed below in a chart designed to make a snapshot of the virtues or character traits that you believe you possess – and then get your best friend to check them out for you.
The first 5 words of this headline, was a chapter heading in R H Blyth’s beautiful collection - Zen in the Art of English Literature - first published in 1942 by Hokuseido Press in Japan.
It was true then as it is true now.
How we think affects everything we do and when it comes to chronic sickness, our minds play a pivotal role.
In the preface to their 1986 book, The Healing Brain - Robert Ornstein and David Sobel, simply stated “the brain minds the body”. (They didn't apologise for the pun).
Medicine has no answers to low back pain
Medicine has few solutions for low back pain, a problem that's so prevalent that it's reckoned almost every adult will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Strong painkillers, injections or surgery are overkill, and doctors are not allowed to suggest alternatives, such as acupuncture, that might work better, a major review has concluded.
Current treatment options aren't working, says Prof Martin Underwood from Warwick University, one of the authors of the review. "Quite a lot of people get exposed to high-tech medical and invasive procedures. There's very little evidence base to support their use."
But the doctor's hands are tied by 'best practice' guidelines that prevent him from suggesting or prescribing alternatives, such as acupuncture, traction or electrotherapy, the review says.
The best advice for any sufferer is to stay active, which goes against most of the myths surrounding back pain, such as getting plenty of bed rest. Instead, staying active and even bending or lifting (with care, and from the hips and knees) is allowable, and may speed recovery.
Painkillers, on the other hand, won't help the sufferer, although they can offer relief. The problem is that the drugs can be part of a track that leads to stronger opioid painkillers, which can be highly addictive.
Low back pain should be treated seriously if the sufferer has difficulty passing urine, or has the need to pass urine, impaired sexual function or feeling, numbness in the genitals or buttocks, loss of bladder or bowel control, or loss of power in the legs.
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