Stress Response

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For a long time physicians have not considered the impact a serious diagnosis of cancer has on the patient.  We know it is a shocking and emotionally harrowing experience, I for one, never considered that it could actually cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in over 50 per cent of the women  experiencing breast cancer.   […]


For many decades, particularly in light of the debate and conversation surrounding movies such as the Secret, and the concept of the Law of Attraction, cognitive behavioral therapy—changing the way a person thinks about a certain aspect of life, can improve depressions.   People with moderate to severe depression, according to a recent study conducted […]


I’ve heard many people suggest with a few episodes of memory lapse or loss that they are developing Alzheimer’s Disease.  That usually isn’t the case, and I understand the concern, since the disease has virtually exploded in epidemic numbers over the last 25 years, with no identifiable environmental causes.   According to psychiatrist Dr. Sameer […]


  Release of relaxation hormones has positive effects, researchers say.   Receiving soothing massages for eight weeks after the death of a loved one can provide much-needed consolation during an intense, stressful period of grieving, according to a study in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.  Hand and foot massages can help […]


Japanese researchers have confirmed what many aroma therapists have long advocated — the scent of plants like lemon, mango, lavender reduce stress.   The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found certain fragrances alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels.   Akio Nakamura of the […]


  A recent study conducted by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington found that both massage therapy and music can effectively reduce anxiety.  Listening to soft, soothing music is much less costly than massage.   The study found that the patients involved had half the symptoms of anxiety three months after getting a […]


I was amazed to discover that zinc deficiency affects almost 1 in 3 persons globally.  Mood swings are the most common symptoms associated with this mineral deficiency.    Japanese researchers at Seitoku University and Daiguku  Junior College tested the impact zinc supplementation could have on mood, 30 young women and placed them randomly into 2 […]


Acupuncture needles placed into two specific spots on the head may reduce anxiety levels of highly nervous dental patients, according to a study published in Acupuncture in Medicine.   The needles induce relaxation and reduce fear that paralyzes some people facing dental treatments, say researchers from England and Denmark.   The acupuncture treatment was performed […]


The authors of the review of several massage studies, acknowledge difficulties with research on the effects of massage, including the fact that it’s impossible to “blind” study participants or care providers to whether a person is receiving massage or a comparison treatment.   Nevertheless, they say there is “good evidence to suggest that massage therapy […]


    Do you spend most of your week waiting for Friday, i.e., TGIF (thank God it’s Friday)?  Many of us do.  I admit, I am happy to see the weekend roll around, but it comes and goes too quickly, so I’ve focused on enjoying each day.  More heart attacks occur on Monday morning, because, […]

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