Monthly Archives: November 2009

Depression linked to eating processed food

Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests.  What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually had a lower risk of depression, the University College London team found.   The UK population is consuming less nutritious, fresh produce and more saturated fats and sugars said Dr Andrew McCulloch, Mental Health Foundation. Data on diet among 3,500 middle-aged civil servants was compared with depression five years later, the British Journal of Psychiatry reported.  The team said the study was the first to look at the UK diet and depression.

They split the participants into two types of diet – those who ate a diet largely based on whole foods, which includes lots of fruit, vegetables and fish, and those who ate a mainly processed food diet, such as sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products.  After accounting for factors such as gender, age, education, physical activity, smoking habits and chronic diseases, they found a significant difference in future depression risk with the different diets.  Those who ate the most whole foods had a 26% lower risk of future depression than those who at the least whole foods. By contrast people with a diet high in processed food had a 58% higher risk of depression than those who ate very few processed foods. Continue reading

In honor of Veteran’s Day

Ah, 11/11 Veterans Day. In memory of my loving dad who returned shell shocked from WWII and his bipolar self just never got over it.

The physical wounds these guys returned with were nothing compared to their psychological wounds.

Know that even if they don’t mention it.

Be kind.

Care.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Debated by Single Poster with 50 Email Addresses

In 2,000-Year-Old Scrolls, Internet-Era Crime, Jim Dwyer writes:  Early one morning in March, the law banged on the door of an apartment on Thompson Street in Greenwich Village. Investigators had a warrant to arrest Raphael Haim Golb and seize his computer. He was caught red-handed.  Mr. Golb is, or was, a guerrilla fighter in a cyberbrawl over the Dead Sea Scrolls, a war about the origins of 2,000-year-old documents that has consumed the energy of academics around the globe.  He was being arrested for fighting dirty.  Mr. Golb is 49 years old and had 50 e-mail aliases. He used pseudonyms to post on blogs. Under the name of a professor he was trying to undermine, prosecutors charged, Mr. Golb wrote a quasi confession to plagiarism and circulated it among students and officials at New York University. His purpose, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said, was “to influence and affect debate on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and in order to harass Dead Sea Scrolls scholars who disagree with his viewpoint.” Continue reading

Not able to sleep? Turn Off The TV, Turn Off The Lights

Sleep restful by pinoThe past few days I’ve been really catching up on my sleep.  I guess my body knows what it needs.  Once again, last night at 7:00pm I felt myself getting sleepy.  So instead of just dozing off in my big puffy chair as i usually do, I got up and went into bed.  I figured I’d be back up before 11:00pm to do some work, but I didn’t get up until 2:30am. I woke up for a few moments every hour or so, but just took note that it felt good to be snuggled in my bed and if felt good to be so sleepy.  Years ago I turned my clock in the bedroom so I have to get up to see it. Since I drink so much water, I am usually up every few hours anyway, but even in the pitch of night I can somehow always guess within a few minutes what time it is.  Turning the clock away was the best thing I ever did for my sleeping room. Continue reading

8 Signs the Recession is Over

In Eight Signs The Recession Is Over, Peter Cohan writes: “I recently delivered a Webinar, Economic Outlook: U.S. and Key  Industries, and got asked a very interesting question — How will we know the recession is over?  With Thursday’s report that productivity grew 9.5 percent while the number of people added to the unemployment rolls hit 512,000 in the last week, the signals are not exactly clear.  But my answer to the question is that people can follow eight indicators to know whether we’re out of a recession. My best guess is that these indicators will not all flash a green light suddenly or at the same time. But if you follow these indicators over the next few months and monitor changes in them closely, you may get some meaningful signs of whether the recession is over. Continue reading

Gray Hair Cure Available in 10 Years; Aging Naturally

I read at Gray Hair Cure Available in 10 Years that acccording to L’Oreal, we could all be kissing our gray hairs adieu in a mere 10 years.  The beauty company is working on a breakthrough treatment geared towards ending gray hair for good. They expect it to consist of an oral element backed by a hair care range, and be available within 10 years, reported the Daily Mail. Hair gets its hue from melanocytes, pigment cells that give color to both the skin and the hair.  “When hair goes gray, there is a progressive disappearance of the melanocytes from the hair. While there are still melanocytes in the hair, there is still hope that it could be re-pigmented,” Patricia Pineau, L’Oreal Research Communications Director told the paper.  “Hair is an enigma,” she added. “It’s a fiber, a material with physical properties. It is also a living organ that grows, grays and falls out. How can we fight this? Do we need a physical approach or a biological approach?”  An oral program supplemented with a hair care program would do both, she said, targeting graying from both the inside and out. Continue reading

Movies: Mindwalk 1991 vs. What The Bleep 2004

Earlier this week, I came across the movie Mindwalk on Showtime. I thought it was funny how this came out in 1991 when so few were ready for the topic of quantum field theory. Yet even a scant 13 years later in 2004, What The Bleep was made and the public embraced it.  Filmed entirely at Mont Saint Michel, France, Mindwalk serves as an introduction to systems theory and systems thinking, with insights into modern physical theories such as quantum mechanics and particle physics.  Below is a synopsis of this excellent and thought provoking film. Continue reading

Demystifying the IRS: It Is What It Is

Yesterday I’d spent the morning getting my quarterly tax documents ready for my accountant.  While I was making photocopies on my all in one printer – you know how fast those are – I’d pop in to Facebook and update my status, telling my buddies what I was doing.  “I’m almost through the quarterly paperwork for my tax chick. Dang, I send the IRS a bunch of $$. I guess that’s a good thing though. Like it keeps me outa jail and stuff.”  I know if I’m paying taxes, that means I’m making money. I know taxes are a good thing.  I figure it’s like their tip for letting me eat. A friend wrote that it was more like the advanced version of the playground bully shaking the other kids down for lunch money. I laughed “Yes, we pay and they let us live.”  I got the usual comments about how the IRS and the government are doing all sorts of shady stuff, but I’m glad to pay taxes in a country that lets me live in freedom.  Continue reading

15 Simple Steps To Reboot A Sluggish System

As I go about my yard hand watering all the plants and trees, I note the bamboo grows several feet in a day sometimes.  “Ouch,” you might be thinking, “that sounds painful.” Well, we’ve all been feeling growing pangs lately, haven’t we? All around me I hear people talking about how time is speeding up. I believe it’s not that time is speeding up, it’s just that whoever thinks it is, is merely experiencing the quickening that is the psychological component of the evolution of their own consciousness.  Some of us integrate knowledge by talking among friends about our new ideas. Some find writing and journaling helpful, and others meditate on new ideas to come to greater understanding. I always find my life runs smoothest when I follow a disciplined daily practice. By doing a mental review each evening, I consider my day and take note of any changes I might wanna make in the future. I give some thought as to how I’d like the next day to go. By sitting for meditation first thing in the morning, I feel more prepared for the day since I’m beginning from a centered and peaceful place.  The last few years, I’ve been coming to greater awareness about nutrition and how the body works. Finding that when I take a break from old eating habits and even fast for a few days, it’s like rebooting the computer: lots of the errors just seem to correct themselves, as long as I remember when things are going “badly,” that it’s time to reboot. Continue reading

What Does Everyone Worry About?

The other day I asked on Facebook: What does everyone worry about? Two hours later no one had posted any comments, so I posted:

I see everyone is worried that someone will judge them for commenting here 🙂 OK, I’ll start, I WORRY that despite my best efforts, I don’t do enough. I worry that I’ll never make time for a personal life. I worry that I’m just complaining about stuff I may not actually want to change.

One friend wrote: I worry about the same things.. am I doing enough? What blocks do I put in my own way I’m blind to? I worry that my need for controlling the “bad” stuff in life consumes me in moments and blinds me from joy(like my son being not so well in moments and leaving to go to Kuwait) I worry that I am not a good enough friend and that I am not extending love when I can to help ease a burden. I worry that I complain to much and don’t recognize the blessings I have and the people in my life who are a blessing to me. Continue reading