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Study: Common medication treatments for PTSD can increase the risk of developing dementia

Source: https://sharpbrains.com/blog/2017/05/22/study-common-medication-treatments-for-ptsd-can-increase-the-risk-of-developing-dementia/

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Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal):

“Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

As expected, a diagnosis of PTSD w…

Source: https://sharpbrains.com/blog/2017/05/22/study-common-medication-treatments-for-ptsd-can-increase-the-risk-of-developing-dementia/

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Drugs for PTSD linked to increased risk of dementia (The Pharmaceutical Journal):

“Certain psychotropic drugs used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increase the risk of developing dementia, including in patients who do not have PTSD but take the drugs for other conditions, study results published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

As expected, a diagnosis of PTSD w…

WHO resources for ending the double burden of malnutrition (under- and overnutrition)

Source http://www.foodpolitics.com/2017/05/to-end-malnutrition/

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published a series of papers on “double-duty” actions needed to end world malnutrition.  By this, it means addressing not only classic undernutrition and its consequences (stunting and wasting of children, nutrient deficiencies and starvation in adults) but also obesity and its risks for chronic disease.

In a commentary on the WHO site and in The Lancet, Fracesco Branca, Alessandro Demaio, and Corinna Hawkes say:

This is the potential of “double-duty actions”—interventions, programmes, and policies that have the ability to simultaneously reduce the risk or burden of both undernutrition and overweight, obesity, or diet-related NCDs (noncommunicable diseases). Double-duty actions offer an integrated approach to addressing malnutrition. WHO proposes three levels for increasing the efficiency of nutrition actions through a double-duty approach.

The three levels are:

  1.  Ensure that current interventions, policies, and programmes designed to address one form of malnutrition do not inadvertently increase the risk of another.
  2. Leverage existing actions designed to address one type of malnutrition to simultaneously reduce other types.
  3. identify the sh…

Source http://www.foodpolitics.com/2017/05/to-end-malnutrition/

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just published a series of papers on “double-duty” actions needed to end world malnutrition.  By this, it means addressing not only classic undernutrition and its consequences (stunting and wasting of children, nutrient deficiencies and starvation in adults) but also obesity and its risks for chronic disease.

In a commentary on the WHO site and in The Lancet, Fracesco Branca, Alessandro Demaio, and Corinna Hawkes say:

This is the potential of “double-duty actions”—interventions, programmes, and policies that have the ability to simultaneously reduce the risk or burden of both undernutrition and overweight, obesity, or diet-related NCDs (noncommunicable diseases). Double-duty actions offer an integrated approach to addressing malnutrition. WHO proposes three levels for increasing the efficiency of nutrition actions through a double-duty approach.

The three levels are:

  1.  Ensure that current interventions, policies, and programmes designed to address one form of malnutrition do not inadvertently increase the risk of another.
  2. Leverage existing actions designed to address one type of malnutrition to simultaneously reduce other types.
  3. identify the sh…

7 Mind-Shifts to End Depressed Overeating

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tinybuddha/~3/zhcJsQaAeAc/

“Maybe the reason nothing seems to be ‘fixing you’ is because you’re not broken… You have a unique beauty and purpose; live accordingly.” ~Steve Maraboli

Have you ever seen a woman down a family-sized tin of chickpeas?

Or eat six pita pockets stuffed full of avocado, cheese, tomato, and onion?

Or a dozen greasy samosas?

I used to overeat when I was depressed. I’d eat till I was so stuffed, the only thing I could do was sleep.

(Like Valium, but with added fiber.)

I’d been doing it since I was a kid.

My family was vegetarian, so I knew what healthy food was. The problem was, I felt like I had to eat until all the food was gone.

Sometimes I made myself throw up because I felt so panicked about the amount I’d just eaten.

I never had any professional help. The only time I talked about it was when I cried to friends at parties.

They’d say, “You’re slim, so what’s the problem?”

And I get it. On the outside I looked sorted. But for me, eating was a constant obsession.

I’d try to rein it in by counting calories. Or I’d plan to only have one or two helpings, but I’d always cave in and eat everything.

It went on for years.

It was my normal.<…

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tinybuddha/~3/zhcJsQaAeAc/

“Maybe the reason nothing seems to be ‘fixing you’ is because you’re not broken… You have a unique beauty and purpose; live accordingly.” ~Steve Maraboli

Have you ever seen a woman down a family-sized tin of chickpeas?

Or eat six pita pockets stuffed full of avocado, cheese, tomato, and onion?

Or a dozen greasy samosas?

I used to overeat when I was depressed. I’d eat till I was so stuffed, the only thing I could do was sleep.

(Like Valium, but with added fiber.)

I’d been doing it since I was a kid.

My family was vegetarian, so I knew what healthy food was. The problem was, I felt like I had to eat until all the food was gone.

Sometimes I made myself throw up because I felt so panicked about the amount I’d just eaten.

I never had any professional help. The only time I talked about it was when I cried to friends at parties.

They’d say, “You’re slim, so what’s the problem?”

And I get it. On the outside I looked sorted. But for me, eating was a constant obsession.

I’d try to rein it in by counting calories. Or I’d plan to only have one or two helpings, but I’d always cave in and eat everything.

It went on for years.

It was my normal.<…

Slips and Falls Around the Home Can Be Deadly – AARP

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/deadly-slips-falls-roger-ailes-fd.html

2 days ago … AARP Membership: Join or Renew for Just $16 a Year. More than 1 in 3 people
65 or older fall each year, and the risk rises with age, in part ……

Source: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/deadly-slips-falls-roger-ailes-fd.html

2 days ago … AARP Membership: Join or Renew for Just $16 a Year. More than 1 in 3 people
65 or older fall each year, and the risk rises with age, in part ……

3 Ayurvedic Approaches to Curing Sleeplessness

Source http://www.sonima.com/meditation/insomnia/

Watch video on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvg4hY9Fpn4

There are a number of reasons why you may be losing sleep, including asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and more. While you should seek medical assistance to get to the root of the problem, you can also apply these three simple approaches, based on Ayurvedic medicine, to help you transition into that very necessary state of body relaxation and rejuvenation. Sleep is your best chance to detoxify the nervous and digestive systems naturally and restore balance, so optimize it in every way you can.

1. Clean the scene.

Eat light, not spicy before bedtime. A glass of warm milk and honey with a pinch of nutmeg and turmeric could help ease your body into relaxation mode. One hour before turning in, start dimming the lights in your environment and turn off electronics. Use your bed for sleeping not watching TV or checking e-mails. Take a whiff of lavender oil or use a diffuser in your bedroom to signal your brain that it’s time to shut down.

2. Give yourself a foot massage.

Use your fingers to trace a line d…

Source http://www.sonima.com/meditation/insomnia/

Watch video on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvg4hY9Fpn4

There are a number of reasons why you may be losing sleep, including asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and more. While you should seek medical assistance to get to the root of the problem, you can also apply these three simple approaches, based on Ayurvedic medicine, to help you transition into that very necessary state of body relaxation and rejuvenation. Sleep is your best chance to detoxify the nervous and digestive systems naturally and restore balance, so optimize it in every way you can.

1. Clean the scene.

Eat light, not spicy before bedtime. A glass of warm milk and honey with a pinch of nutmeg and turmeric could help ease your body into relaxation mode. One hour before turning in, start dimming the lights in your environment and turn off electronics. Use your bed for sleeping not watching TV or checking e-mails. Take a whiff of lavender oil or use a diffuser in your bedroom to signal your brain that it’s time to shut down.

2. Give yourself a foot massage.

Use your fingers to trace a line d…

How a Terrified, Socially Anxious Guy Became Relaxed and Confident

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tinybuddha/~3/7hsR9I-svh4/

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~Viktor Frankl

Life is hell… or so I thought for most of my thirty-four years.

My intense social anxiety, an over-the-top and uncontrollable fear of people and social situations, ruined much of my young life. I operated completely alone, living only inside my own head, without even realizing it.

Now, it’s rare that I’m too afraid to talk to anyone. And I face multiple difficult decisions, discussions, and even confrontations in any given week.

Just a few years ago, a client could make what I would mistakenly take as an angry comment (even just by email), or someone could look at me funny, and I’d tailspin into a three-day episode of fear, shame, and self-hatred. I’d literally lose sleep over it. Every time an emotional breeze blew, I uprooted and fell over.

But I no longer struggle like I used to. Similar situations sometimes cause mild anxiety, but often, none at all.

This transformation surprises me as much as friends who’ve known me for my entire lif…

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tinybuddha/~3/7hsR9I-svh4/

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~Viktor Frankl

Life is hell… or so I thought for most of my thirty-four years.

My intense social anxiety, an over-the-top and uncontrollable fear of people and social situations, ruined much of my young life. I operated completely alone, living only inside my own head, without even realizing it.

Now, it’s rare that I’m too afraid to talk to anyone. And I face multiple difficult decisions, discussions, and even confrontations in any given week.

Just a few years ago, a client could make what I would mistakenly take as an angry comment (even just by email), or someone could look at me funny, and I’d tailspin into a three-day episode of fear, shame, and self-hatred. I’d literally lose sleep over it. Every time an emotional breeze blew, I uprooted and fell over.

But I no longer struggle like I used to. Similar situations sometimes cause mild anxiety, but often, none at all.

This transformation surprises me as much as friends who’ve known me for my entire lif…

FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: “Healthy” obese still have more heart attacks, the EPA hates science, and imports get caught in massive organic fraud

Source http://www.summertomato.com/for-the-love-of-food-healthy-obese-still-have-more-heart-attacks-the-epa-hates-science-and-imports-get-caught-in-massive-organic-fraud

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Next week’s Mindful Meal Challenge will start again on Monday. Sign up now to join us!

This week “healthy” obese still have more heart attacks, the EPA hates science, and imports get caught in massive organic fraud.

Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app to read at 300+ wpm. So neat!

I also share links on Twitter @summertomato and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.

Links of the week

  • <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/health/pesticides-epa-chlorpyrifos-scott-pruitt.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version…

Source http://www.summertomato.com/for-the-love-of-food-healthy-obese-still-have-more-heart-attacks-the-epa-hates-science-and-imports-get-caught-in-massive-organic-fraud

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

Next week’s Mindful Meal Challenge will start again on Monday. Sign up now to join us!

This week “healthy” obese still have more heart attacks, the EPA hates science, and imports get caught in massive organic fraud.

Too busy to read them all? Try this awesome free speed reading app to read at 300+ wpm. So neat!

I also share links on Twitter @summertomato and the Summer Tomato Facebook page. I’m very active on all these sites and would love to connect with you.

Links of the week

  • <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/health/pesticides-epa-chlorpyrifos-scott-pruitt.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version…

Want a music system that lifts you up when you’re feeling down? Meet this audio headset with bio-signal sensors (key neurotech patent #48)

Source: https://sharpbrains.com/blog/2017/05/18/want-a-music-system-that-lifts-you-up-when-youre-feeling-down-meet-this-audio-headset-bio-signal-sensors-key-neurotech-patent-48/

Today we are featuring a fascinating patent by NeuroSky, coupling an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection.

U.S. Patent No. 8,271,075: Audio headset with bio-signal sensors

  • Assignee(s): NeuroSky, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Cheng-I Chuang, KooHyoung Lee
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: September 18, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘075 patent couples an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection by integrating an EEG sensor (item 15 in the illustrative image) into the audio earpiece to establish a sensing headset that is unlikely to cause discomfort or otherwise detract from the audio headphone user’s experience. The ear…

Source: https://sharpbrains.com/blog/2017/05/18/want-a-music-system-that-lifts-you-up-when-youre-feeling-down-meet-this-audio-headset-bio-signal-sensors-key-neurotech-patent-48/

Today we are featuring a fascinating patent by NeuroSky, coupling an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection.

U.S. Patent No. 8,271,075: Audio headset with bio-signal sensors

  • Assignee(s): NeuroSky, Inc.
  • Inventor(s): Cheng-I Chuang, KooHyoung Lee
  • Technology Category: EEG
  • Issue Date: September 18, 2012

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘075 patent couples an audio headphone set system with EEG signal detection by integrating an EEG sensor (item 15 in the illustrative image) into the audio earpiece to establish a sensing headset that is unlikely to cause discomfort or otherwise detract from the audio headphone user’s experience. The ear…

Neuroscientists seek brain basis of craving in addiction and binge eating

Source: http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/news_page/neuroscientists-seek-brain-basis-of-craving-in-addiction-and-binge-eating

A new article in JAMA Psychiatry details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas are the first to propose a systematic and quantitative model for drug addiction research….

Source: http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/news_page/neuroscientists-seek-brain-basis-of-craving-in-addiction-and-binge-eating

A new article in JAMA Psychiatry details the first step in revealing how craving works in the brain. Scientists at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas are the first to propose a systematic and quantitative model for drug addiction research….

How I Forgave What I Couldn’t Forget

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tinybuddha/~3/w0VS8yeqZx4/

“Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that their behavior was ‘OK.’ What it does mean is that we’re ready to move on. To release the heavy weight. To shape our own life, on our terms, without any unnecessary burdens. Forgiveness is pure freedom—and forgiveness is a choice.” ~Dr. Suzanne Gelb

I remember the feeling of blood rushing through my veins, my head pounding, and my heart beating faster. Every time I remembered what happened, I either cried or felt a wave of depression. This guy was someone who’d hurt me in a way that I never thought would happen. His deeds affected my family and me for years afterward.

It was a complicated mess that he created, but he still managed to overtake the business we’d worked nearly twenty-five years to build. He took from us the ability to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars, some of which we’d been loaned against our home. He stole all this in a highly manipulative way.

We met this man, a realtor, at my husband John’s parents’ auction. Since the house didn’t sell then, he was able to talk John’s parents into listing their house for sale with his small real estate company.

Through this time we got to know him and his girlfriend, and shared a few visits with them. We went to their wedding, …

Source http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/tinybuddha/~3/w0VS8yeqZx4/

“Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that their behavior was ‘OK.’ What it does mean is that we’re ready to move on. To release the heavy weight. To shape our own life, on our terms, without any unnecessary burdens. Forgiveness is pure freedom—and forgiveness is a choice.” ~Dr. Suzanne Gelb

I remember the feeling of blood rushing through my veins, my head pounding, and my heart beating faster. Every time I remembered what happened, I either cried or felt a wave of depression. This guy was someone who’d hurt me in a way that I never thought would happen. His deeds affected my family and me for years afterward.

It was a complicated mess that he created, but he still managed to overtake the business we’d worked nearly twenty-five years to build. He took from us the ability to get back hundreds of thousands of dollars, some of which we’d been loaned against our home. He stole all this in a highly manipulative way.

We met this man, a realtor, at my husband John’s parents’ auction. Since the house didn’t sell then, he was able to talk John’s parents into listing their house for sale with his small real estate company.

Through this time we got to know him and his girlfriend, and shared a few visits with them. We went to their wedding, …