Hurricane Irma Stress

“Should I stay or should I go?  Do I have enough supplies?  Will my home stand up to the storm?  What should I do?  What should I do?”  As hurricane Irma came closer and closer the harsh reality and our fears worsened.  Talk about stress! To make things worse, our diets turned to more comfort…

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How Did We Get Here?

The Story of J- The day was warm and sunny when he arrived at his doctor’s office for his check-up. At the reception desk was the familiar face of Madge, who had been at this position forever. “Hi Madge, how are you and your family doing?” J asked. “Well, since you asked, everyone is fine…

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Mind, Body, Spirit (part 2)

Mind, Body, Spirit (part 2) The first section was a pretty dark snapshot of America’s psychological health. Now I could add that might be skewed by the fact that we just came out of an election year and 2016 will go down in history as being the most bizarre, mean spirited, and polarized campaign in…

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Mind, Body, Spirit (part 1)

A different perspective: I introduced the philosophical and unconscious outliers to the data Dr. Kennedy has presented. We are now talking about the psychology of Stress, Cortisol, and inflammation. The word psychology comes from the word psyche which is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious. Psyche is the root of Plato, Socrates,…

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Free radicals and antioxidants: the solution

Antioxidants on the other hand limit the oxidative damage by neutralizing free radicals.  If free radicals are not kept in check, a great deal of “collateral damage” can occur as you saw from the list of diseases associated with free radical damage. Fortunately, “Mother Nature” (or perhaps a Higher Power) created a fix for the…

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Free radicals and antioxidants: the problem

Chronic inflammation sends out little terrorists called free radicals to help do its dirty work.  These free radicals then cause inflammation to get worse.  It is another vicious cycle.   What do we mean by free radicals and free radical damage?   Free radicals are Hippies left over from the 1960’s who live a care free,…

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Pleasure Wins! -The Problem

Having been involved in the world of obesity treatment for many years, I have witnessed first-hand people eliminating or reducing their medicines simply by losing weight.   This is supported also in the medical literature. Even though one’s health improves and prescription medications are reduced or eliminated, many people have a difficult time maintaining their weight…

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Pleasure Wins- The Solution

Too many times people feel that there is a short cut to happiness, joy, and a stress free life.  All you need to do is have as many pleasures in your life as possible.  You are living the “good life” enjoying things like fine dining, chocolate, flowers, eating, a massage, eating, fine wine, eating, a…

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Cortisol- The Solution

Let’s look at an interesting and complicated relationship between insulin and cortisol.   Insulin increases cortisol levels which then cause increased insulin resistance.  The more the insulin resistance the more the inflammation and the more cortisol is being over produced.  This is a vicious cycle and is fueled by increased belly fat.   It is almost as…

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Cortisol- The Problem

“What is cortisol?” “What does cortisol have to do with stress?” “What in the world does cortisol have to do with inflammation?”   These are all questions posed to me when I was thinking about writing this book.  I was very surprised that so many very well educated people were unaware of cortisol and what…

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