Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’

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.?

Can Music Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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A new review published by Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain, and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life. Researchers looked at studies that examined the impact of music therapy (a personalized music experience provided by trained music therapists), and music medicine (listening to prerecorde4d music offered by by a doctor or nurse) on psychological and physical outcomes in people with cancer.

Researchers examined a total of 52 trials in the review that constituted 3,731 cancer participants. Twenty three of the trials were considered to be music therapy, and the remaining 29 were classified as music medicine interventions. One of the most important finding was that all kinds of music interventions resulted in a moderate to strong effect in reducing anxiety of patients. For music and pain reduction, they  found a large treatment benefit, and for fatigue they found a small to moderate treatment effect. They also found small reductions in heart and respiratory rates and a lower blood pressure associated with music interventions. Researchers continued “The results of single studies suggest that music listening may reduce the nee4d for anesthetics and analgesics, as well as decreased recovery time and duration of hospitalization, but more research is needed for these outcomes.” They concluded “We hope that the findings of this review will encourage health care providers in medical settings to seriously consider the use of music therapy in the psychosocial care of people with cancer.”

Can a Single Dose of Magic Mushrooms Reduce Anxiety and Depression in Life Threatening Cancer Patients?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

logo1267406_mdA new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology concluded that a single dose of psilocybin, the major hallucinogenic compound in magic mushrooms. Induced decreases in depression and anxiety that lasted up to six months in patients with life threatening cancer. In the study the researchers studied the effects of psilocybin on them after receiving one dose significantly high enough to induce changes in perception and mystical type experiences. Patients reported significantly lower levels of anxiety and depression compared with patients who received a low dose of the drug and this positive effect lasted 6 months.

Can Companionship with Dogs Have a Calming Effect on Children With Cancer

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Logos 005A new study reported in the Medicine section of Science Newsline concluded that some of their preliminary data confirm earlier data that therapy dogs that visit patients hsave a p0sitive effect on children with cancer and their families. In the study that will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in Washington, D.C. collected data on blood pressure, pulse rate, and anxiety levels of children before and after a weekly visit from a therapy dog. During the dog visits, children could pet or talk with the dog or they could brush its fur, watch the dog practice tricks, or look at pictures of the dog or learn about dog breeding.

Results showed that blood pressure readings in the subjects were more stable over all sessions than in the control group. In addition, there was less variability in heart rate of subjects than controls  which may suggest a calming effect of the dog. Thus far, 68 children have been enrolled in the program with 39 in the treatment group and 29 as controls.  Double this number is expected at the conclusion of the study in 2016. Researchers also found a decrease in the anxiety level of both groups of children, but found parents were less variations in anxious in the treatment group. More results will be available as the study progresses.

More Studies on Meditation as a Healing Therapy.

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Meditation as Healing Therapy

A recent issue of Science Digest reports that more studies are looking at meditation as an effective therapy for cognitive impairment, migraine headache, and pain. In their first study subjects were between age 55 and 90 with mild cognitive impairment (problem with memory or other faculties without yet having dementia) and found that those who practiced MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction consisting of meditation and yoga) for 8 weeks had significantly improved functional connectivity in their brain network that is active during introspective thought such as retrieving memories and less atrophy in the hippocampus (area of brain responsible for emotions. learning, and memory) when compared with controls who received conventional care.  Researchers concluded that the findings indicate meditation may positively affect the area of the brain most impacted by Alzheimer’s and thus may be capable of slowing the progress of the disease.

In their second study researchers found that adults with migraine headaches who practiced MBSR for eight weeks had shorter and less debilitating migraines than those in the control group receiving standard care. The subjects also tended to have less frequent and less severe attacks of migraine and reported having a greater sense of self-control over their migraines.

Another studied carried out by a colleague found that as little as three 20-minute training sessions in mindfulness meditation can reduce pain and everyday anxiety in healthy individuals with no previous meditation experience. Subjects rated the pain they felt while meditating  as 40 percent less intense and 57 percent less unpleasant than when they tested with their eyes closed only.  At the same time the brain imaging showed decreased neural activity in the area of the brain involved with feeling the location and intensity of pain and increased activity in regions of the brain associated with attention and the ability to regulate emotions.  In the anxiety research, subjects reported decreases in everyday anxiety by as much as 39 percent during meditation. At the same time scans of the brain showed increased activity in areas associated with regulating thinking, emotions and worrying. More research by the team on meditation and worry or migraine headaches are ongoing.

Interviews with Dr Friedemann Schaub (fear and anxiety) and Terri Jay (energy medicine) Now Available.

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Dr Friedemann SchaubDr Friedemann Schaub is a physician specializing in cardiology and molecular biology who has helped thousands of people with his personal breakthrough and empowerment program that combines his medical training with NLP, time line therapy, clinical hypnotherapy, and more.  His book is Fear and Anxiety Solution: A breakthrough process for healing and empowerment with your subconscious mind. More information at: http://www.cellularwisdom.com

 

Terri Jay

My second guest is Terri Jay, an internationally acclaimed medical intuitive, pet psychic, horse whisperer, energy healer, and more. She has appeared on radio,,, television, and in magazines. More information was presented rearlier on this site and at http://www.terrijay.com

 

Enjoy the Interview below:

 

 

Guest for Next Saturdays Show Are Dr Friedemann Schaub (Fear & Anxiety and Drug-Free Healing) and Terri Jay (Energy Healing)

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Fear and Anxiety

Dr. Friedemann Schaub, MD, PhD, is a physician specializing in cardiology and molecular biologist who has helped thousands of people with his Personal Breakthrough and Empowerment program that combines his medical expertise with NLP, Time Line Therapy™, clinical hypnotherapy, and more. His book The Fear and Anxiety Solution: A Breakthrough Process for Healing and Empowerment with Your Subconscious Mind  was published in 2012.He lives in Seattle, Washington.More information is available at:  http://www.cellularwisdom.com.

 

Terri Jay

Terri Jay is an Internationally acclaimed Medium, Intuitive, Pet Psychic, Horse Whisperer, Energy Healer and more. She is also renowned as a medical and veterinary intuitive. She regularly communicates with both people and pets on the Other Side, particularly when helping people deal with the loss of a loved  one. Terri also has the unique ability to communicate with people who have communication disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s, traumatic brain injuries, coma, etc. Her ability to help people to heal themselves from chronic and“terminal” diseases has helped thousands of people to lead normal lives.

Terri’s love of horses has always figured strongly in her vocations. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she remembers being drawn to horses at an early age. She began riding lessons and by age 16, she was showing horses on a Class A circuit as a junior rider and also taught riding locally. She went on to attend Ohio State University where she studied Animal Science. By the mid 1970s, Terri had moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she started a free, horseback therapy program for disabled children. In 1985, she moved to Reno to become the first Executive Director of the Nevada Commission for the Preservation of Wild Horses, a position she held until 1990 when she decided once again to offer a horseback therapy program. It was during this time that she discovered her gift for intuitive communication with disabled children that soongrew to include horses, other animals and the deceased.

Terri has always been in front of the media spotlight for her therapeutic riding program, which received local and national coverage. She went on to appear on countless television news shows for her intuitive work, in national and international magazines and newspapers and on the TV series “Texas Justice” as an expert witness. She recently appeared on the “Steve Harvey Show.” She will be playing herself in a feature-length movie coming out later this year. Terri is presently working on publishing several books about her abilities and is also developing several television shows for the future.

Does Anxiety Increase Cancer Severity?

Friday, May 11th, 2012

In a new study published in PloS ONE researchers concluded that anxiety-prone mice developed more severe cancer than those that were calmer. Researchers found that after doses of ultraviolet rays were applied to hairless mice, those that were more reticent and tended to avoid risks developed more tumors and invasive cancer.  Other researchers have linked chronic stress to higher risks of cancer,  but this is the first study to biologically connect the personality trait of high anxiety to greater cancer threats.

Researchers hypothesized that highly anxious mice would err on the side of avoiding danger. They placed hairless mice on a raised, cross-shaped track that had one walkway enclosed by walls and the other open. Then they measured how often each mouse ventured to the open track.  They also placed the mice in a box that was half lit and half dark and determined those that spent the most time in the dark side. After determining those that were more anxious and those that were not they exposed the mice to ultraviolet rays for 10 minute bouts three times a week for 10 weeks. They said this would be similar to humans who were overexposed to the sun. A few months later tumors appeared.

When comparing tumors in the low and high anxious mice they found higher levels of immune-suppressing cells or regulatory T cells that normally thwart overzealous responses, in the more nervous mice. The nervous mice were also making fewer of the chemical signals that start an immune attack on the tumors. Researchers also evaluated the hormone corticosterone which is excreted in response to the fight or flight response under stress and found this higher in the nervous mice.

The researchers plan to test this hypothesis in humans in the future.

Interviews on Whole Foods, Vegan and Vegetarian Diets and Weight Loss Now Available.

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Yesterday, Dr Carl O Helvie, host,  interviewed Dr Janice Stanger, Debbie Johnson, Trudy Scott, and Susan Schenck on diet and weight loss on the Holistic Health Show.

Dr Janice Stanger has a PhD in Human Development and Aging and is certified in plant based nutrition. She is author of The Perfect Formula Diet: How to Lose Weight and Get Healthy Now with Sic Kinds of Whole F0ods. More information was presented earlier on this blog and can also be found at: http://www.perfectformuladiet.com

Debbie Johnson is Best Selling author of Think Yourself Thin and five other booksand uses a technique she calls “focused imagination.”  More information was presented earlier on this blog and can also be found at: http://www.thinkyourselfthin.com

Trudy Scott is a food mood expert and author of the Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your anxious Mind,. Improve Your Mood & End Craving. More information was presented earlier and can also be found at: http://www.antianxietyfoodsolution.com

Susan Schneck is a raw food coach and author of the 2 time award winning book The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for Body, Mind, Spirtit & Planet. More information was presented earlier and can be found at: http://www.livefoodfactor.com

Enjoy the interviews below:

Can Music Reduce the Anxiety of a Prostate Biopsy?

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Recent research published in the journal Urology concluded that noise-cancelling headphones playing classical music may reduce the anxiety and pain of a prostate biopsy that is often used to diagnose prostate cancer.
Eighty eight men were randomly assigned in the study to one of three groups. One group had no headphones, a second had noise-cancelling headphones without music, and the third had the headphones and listened to Bach concertos. Blood pressure was taken on all before and after a trans-rectal biopsy, an intrusive procedure. Among study participants, the diastolic blood pressure remained elevated after the procedure compared to before for both groups with no musical intervention. However, the men who wore the headphones and listened to Bach had no increase in blood pressure and reported less pain as measured on a questionnaire. Anxiety often causes a rise in diastolic blood pressure. This procedure is simple and easy to apply for those needing a prostate biopsy.