Archive for the ‘stress’ Category

Low dose THC relieves stress, but more has opposite effect.

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence concluded that low levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) , the main psychoactive compound in Marijuana does reduce stress, but in a highly dose-dependent manner. They found very low doses lessened the anxiety of a public speaking task but slightly higher doses actually increased anxiety. Researchers said “We found that THC at low doses reduce stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effect.”  They pointed out that few studies previously looked at the effects of THC on stress and the differences related to dose because of the difficulty of obtaining samples and the regulation of the category 1 substance.

Healthy volunteers age 18 to 40 who had some experience with cannabis use but not daily users  were recruited for the study. They were randomly divided into 3 groups: 1) the low dose group received one capsule of 7.5 mg THC daily: 2) the moderate group received a capsule of 12.5 mg daily: and 3) the placebo group received a capsule containing none. Neither researchers or group members knew who was receiving what dose. Researchers said: The doses used in the study produce effects that are equivalent to only a few puffs of a cannabis cigarette.” Researchers further said it is difficult to compare doses of smoked cannabis to doses of engested THC. “We didn’t want to include larger doses because we wanted to avoid potential adverse effects or cardiovascular effects that can result from higher doses of THC.”

Subjects attended  two four hour sessions with researchers five days apart. At each session they took their capsules  and then relaxed for two hours to allow the RHC to be absorbed. During one session subjects were asked ro spend 10 minutes preparing for a mock job interview. This was followed by a 5 minute interview with a lab assistant who did not offer feedback. They were then asked to count backwards from a five digit number by subtracting 13 for 5 minutes. According to the researcher this task is very stress producing.

In their second visit subjects were asked to talk with lab assistants about a favorite book or movie for five minutes and then play solitaire for five minutes.  Before, during and after each activity subjects were asked to rate their stress levels and feelings about the tasks. In addition, blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels  (a key stress hormone) were measured. Those who received 7.5mg of THC reported less stress after the psycho-social test than those given a placebo and their stress levels dissipated faster after the test.  Subjects who received 12.5 mg of THC reported greater negative mood before and throughout the task, and were more likely to rate the psychosocial task as challenging and threatening beforehand and had more pauses during the mock interview compared to those in the placebo group. Researchers concluded “Our findings provide some support for the common claim that cannabis is used to reduce stress and relieve tension and anxiety.” “At the same time, our findings our finding that participants in the higher THC group reported smaller but significant increases in anxiety and negative mood   throughout the test  supports the idea that  THC can also produce the opposite effect.?

Dr Leigh Erin Connealy’s Cancer Revolution Interview

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

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My Guest, Dr Leigh Erin Connealy. M.D. will discuss her new book: The Cancer Revolution A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer

Every year, over 1.5 million people in the US are diagnosed with cancer. Nearly everyone has been touched by this disease—be it their own diagnosis or that of a family member or friend. When faced with the news they have cancer, people start searching for safe and effective treatments. In The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer, Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy shares integrative medicine techniques, lifestyle approaches, and wellness plans for cancer patients.

Dr. Connealy suggests that it’s not enough to undergo traditional treatments alone. Drawing upon the homeopathic, nutritional, bioenergetics, regenerative, and antiaging disciplines, The Cancer Revolution offers six “Revolutionary Cancer Strategies” to provide better management of cancer, including:

        Let  Food Be Your Medicine ·       Get Moving to Get Well
        Remove Toxins to Boost Your Health ·       Reduce Stress and Reclaim Your Life
·       Harness the Power of Supplements ·       Strengthen Your Immune System with Sleep

By detoxifying, protecting, and providing nutrients to our bodies, Dr. Connealy suggests that we can all lead longer, higher quality lives—even when faced with this formidable disease. She also highlights how these practices can reduce your risk of getting cancer in the first place.

Leigh Erin Connealy, MD, attended the University of Texas School of Public Health and graduated from the University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. Her post-graduate training was completed at the Harbor/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is the founder and medical director of the Center for New Medicine and the Cancer Center for Healing in Irvine, California. One of the foremost integrative medical doctors in the country, she has been treating patients for nearly thirty years.

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New Tool Measures Expense Stress of Cancer patients?

Friday, October 14th, 2016

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A recent article in the journal Cancer reported on a new tool that measures a patient’s risk for, and ability to tolerate , the financial stress associated with cancer treatment.  They previously found that many patients experience uncertainty and stress as a result of the cancer treatment compounded by what is called “financial toxicity”  or the anxiety and distress that follows health care and medical expenses, often compounded by reduced ability to pay.

Using data from 233 advanced cancer patients receiving treatment, they found that the COST (Comprehensive Score for financial Toxicity) questionnaire identified patients in financial stress. They said “As expected, we found a strong association between a patient’s use of health care resources and his or her sense of financial toxicity.  For example, more than two admissions to the hospital significantly affected a patient’s financial toxicity. The questionnaire has 11 brief statements about costs, resources and concerns and for each question patients circled one of five possible responses to determine their level of concern. An example of a question included “I feel financially stressed.”

Researchers found several factors associated with financial toxicity. These included employment status, household income, psychological stress, number of hospital admissions, and race in rank order.  Researchers were surprised to find a lack of perceived financial benefit from participating in clinical trials even when there was no cost. Researchers said “It is important to note that the financial distress identified by the COST scale captures a unique set of stressors affecting patients above and beyond the physical and psychological strains of the disease.” Further research is planned.

Tony Samara, Shaman, Interview Available.

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

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Tony Samara, author of ‘Shaman’s Wisdom,’ ‘The Simplicity of Love Meditation,’ ‘Different Yet the Same,’ ‘Karma, Mantra and Beyond’ and ‘Discover Your Inner Buddha’ was born in England, grew up in Egypt, England, and also in Norway where he discovered the “Zen Buddhist philosophy”.

This discovery eventually led him to the Mount Baldy Zen Center in California, USA, where he learned the spiritual teachings of Kyozan Joshu Sasaki, Roshi. He had curiosity to explore further the essence of spirituality and thus went to live and learn with shamanic communities around the globe. By going on pilgrimage to various sacred sites in India, Tony was able to dwell deeply upon the ancient Vedic and Jain philosophies and work profoundly with the essence of these teachings.

Now people from all over the world visit Tony Samara to take spiritual guidance and experience being in his presence.

Tony Samara believes that “the vast majority of people go through life without directly experiencing the depths of their true self, or understanding their connection to life, or their relationship to others and to the world at large. We are often taught to only relate to the world through our senses. We think, we reason, we feel – but we do not know from our hearts what it means to be connected to what is beyond the senses.”

He recognizes that direct experiences have the potential to radically transform an individual and his or her life, as well as promote a profound and effortless letting go of past emotional, mental and physical pain and suffering.

His main countries of activity are in Europe, yet with the assistance of the Internet he is attracting a Global audience through frequent online interviews and live satsangs. His function is as a Spiritual Master who encourages all to lead their lives actively in a noble way in order to realize the evolution of human consciousness.

Verbal dialogue is not the essence of his teachings, but he explains in a direct and simple way that everyone can understand how each individual can practically integrate greater acceptance, peace and joy into their daily lives.

Tony Samara teaches with humour, humility and with infinite patience, empowering the individual with courage, trust and inner strength to continue on this journey back into wholeness, a path that leads towards real freedom.

“Conscious evolution is ultimate freedom. Overcoming the fear of what lies ahead, by illuminating the spiritual dimension within our nature, is awakening to the splendour of our hearts.

It is said that the mind clarifies matters and reveals truth, but, in fact, it creates confusion for the heart. True reality dwells in its natural center — the heart: the heart is the path to self-realization.

The totally natural state of joy and wisdom experienced as the heart opens to the truth, is the remarkable state of being, free for all to experience.”

Tony Samara is a mirror of what is possible, a shining reminder of the continuous possibility of being human. More information available at: http://www.TonySamara.com

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Interview with Swami Tirtha (ayurveda medicine, stress ) and Brett Larkin (yoga) Now Available for Listening

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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Dr Swami Tirtha, the hip guru, speaking here about stress and ayurveda medicine, has a doctorate in ayurveda medicine and has written several books over the past 40 years including the amazon #1 Best Seller The Ayurveda Encyclopedia.  More information is available at:               http://www.thehipguru.com

 

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Brett Larkin teaches yoga and meditation in San Francisco, and has both onsite and online classes. More information is available at: http://www.BrettLarkin.com

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A New Look at Stress and Cancer.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Stress and Cancer: A new review in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience reports a novel way to look at stress, trauma, and the body-mind therapies.  The author says psychological stress alone will not cause cancer but it can interfere with the immune systems response to cancer cells, and may increase the potential for metastasis, and cause neurochemical imbalances that may impact the survival of cancer patients.  Thus, the concept of stress may not be appropriate in the medical or scientific content and the concept of bodymind may be more accurate when treating trauma in patients with cancer. He says “There are a number of non-mainstream educational and therapeutic practices known as “bodymind” practices which appear to be effective in dealing with stress and trauma, but how they actually work is not well known. We need a better way of thinking about what actually is happening in the nervous system when a person faces various forms of challenge and how the stress is resolved.”  The authors believe that when considering stress, in addition to proposing the use of mechanisms of action of bodymind therapeutics and educational systems as treatment, the role of the subcortical (unconscious or semi-conscious) levels of the mind in the stress response should be empasized. They continue “We show how it is possible to alter these subcortical patterns by focusing on the components of the Preparatory Set: posture and muscle tension, breathing, body sensation, emotion, attention, and expectations.,”   The concept of Preparatory Set explains stress and trauma and offers a scientific explaination for the effectiveness of the bodymind therapes like Tai Chii, Yoga, the alexander Technique, and bodyoriented psychotherapies.  The authors make suggestions for research to test their hypothesis: in particular, the tendency of the components of the Preparatory Set to influence each other

Interviews with Cynthia Stamper Graff (holistic weight loss) Jessica Ortner (tapping and weight loss) and a brief Overview by Me (natural Rx for Lung Cancer) now Available for Listening.

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

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Best Selling Author Cynthia Stamper Graff is the President and CEO of Lindora, the nation’s largest medical-based program that has helped more than 750,000 people lose 15 million pounds and is the author of The new Lean for Life-her first book sold over 1 million copies. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://www.lindora.com

 

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My second guest, Jessica Ortner is co=producer of Tapping Solutions, a documentary on EFT/MeriodianTapping and weight loss and has lead over 3,000 women through her weight loss program. More information was presented earlier on this site or can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/followingjessicaortner

 

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With a Brief Overview of My Natural Lung Cancer Treatment 40 Years ago.

 

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Radio Show with Dr Kathy Gruver (stress/stress management) and Dr Tna Tessina (dysfunctional families) now Available.

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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Dr Kathy Gruver is an award winning author and host of the TV show based upoon her first book the Alternative Medicine Cabinet. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com

 

 

Dr Tessina

Dr Tina Tessina is a licensed psychotherapist with 30 years experience and author of 13 books in 17 languages. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://drromance.typepad.com/drromance.blog

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My Guests for Next Week are Dr Kathy Gruver (Stress-Stress Reduction) and Dr Tina Tessina (Dysfunctional Families)

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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Kathy Gruver is an award-winning author and the host of the national TV show based on her first book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet (winner Beverly Hills Book Awards). She has earned her PhD in Natural Health and has authored two books on stress: Body/Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker and, just published, Conquer Your Stress with Mind/Body Techniques (Winner Indie Excellence Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, Finalist for the USA Best Books Award). She has studied mind/body medicine at the famed Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School and pursued further education at The National Institutes of Health. Gruver has been featured as an expert in numerous publications including Glamour, Time, Wall Street Journal, CNN, WebMD, Prevention, Men’s Health, Huffington Post, Yahoo.com, Ladies Home Journal, Massage and Bodyworks Magazine, and Massage Magazine. She has written dozens of health and wellness articles and contributing posts. Dr. Gruver has appeared as a guest expert on over 200 radio and TV shows including NPR, SkyNews London, CBS Radio, and Lifetime Television, and has done over 100 educational lectures around the country. For fun and stress relief Dr. Gruver does flying trapeze and hip hop dance.

A recent winner of NAWBO’s Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards and nominee for the Gutsy Gal Awards, Kathy maintains a massage and natural health practice in Santa Barbara, Calif., also offering phone and email health consultations. She has also produced an instructional massage DVD, Therapeutic Massage at Home; Learn to Rub People the RIGHT Way™ and is a practitioner with over 20 years of experience. Her award-winning book, The Alternative Medicine Cabinet was recently turned into a national talk show. More information can be found at www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com.

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My Second guest, Dr Tina Tessina is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California, with 30 years’ experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books, published in 17 languages including  It Ends With You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction; The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again; Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage, The Commuter Marriage, and her newest, Love Styles: How to Celebrate Your Differences.
Dr. Tessina, is CRO (Chief Romance Officer) for LoveForever.com, a website designed to strengthen relationships and guide couples through the various stages of their relationship with personalized tips, courses, and online couples counseling. Online, she’s known as “Dr. Romance” Dr. Tessina appears frequently on radio, and such TV shows as “Oprah”, “Larry King Live” and ABC News. She also publish an e-mail newsletter: “Happiness Tips from Tina”

.She is also “Dr. Romance” online, the CRO (Chief Romance Officer) of www.loveforever.com, and author of the Dr. Romance blog http://drromance.typepad.com/dr_romance_blog/

 

Interview with Dr David Hanscom (back pain relief without surgery) and Joyce O’Brien (cancere survivor) now available.

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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Dr David Hanscom is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine problems who often uses a non-invasive  protocol to relieve back pain successfully. He is author of Back in Control: A spine surgeon’s roadmap out of chronic pain that he discussed on the Dr Oz Show. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at: http://www.drdavidhanscom.com

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Joyce O’Brien was diagnosed with late stage cancer and has been cancer free for the past 10 years. She is author of Choose to Live,  More information is available at: http://www.JoyceObrien.com

 

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