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February 2012 Health Newsletter

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» Loving Yourself, Loving Others
» Priorities and Procrastination
» Back Pain Causes Memory Deficits
» Memory Loss Can Begin In Our Forties
» B Vitamins Good For Memory
» Cancer Rates Decreasing, But Slowly

Loving Yourself, Loving Others

Does Loving Yourself mean you are selfish? Should we always put ourselves at the end of the line behind kids, spouse or work? I am adamantly saying NO to this idea as one that is unsound from body, mind and spirit points of view! We are integrated creatures that need to be well in every aspect in order to be truly well. It is unhealthy to neglect the needs of the body by lack of sleep, exercise or adequate nutrition. But, it is just as unhealthy to neglect the needs of the mind with boredom, lack of stimulation, ignorance or close-mindedness! And, just as unhealthy to neglect the needs of the spirit by a lack of nurturing relationships, beauty, creativity and spiritual growth! 

We can show how much we love our children by taking excellent care of their parents! BY giving them lives of interaction and dedication from parents who are healthy, engaged and interested! We can show our love for our spouses/partners by being able to share lives in which we are free to grow and nurture both members of the partnership! We help to achieve this by pursuing creative interests together and separately from each other! We can show our love for and dedication to our work by ensuring adequate rest from our labors, play to refresh the body and mind, and working at something that really fulfills the human need to feel accomplished! Then we are more able to put ourselves into the tasks with a will, and a fresh outlook. Work has a value in society and should be seen as valued! Not everyone has to be in an "important" job to be Important! We are all important and it is time we started getting the message!

If you don't love yourself, you cannot really know how to love anyone else! My Mother would tell me that God loves us even knowing all our faults, so who are we not to love ourselves?

Author: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C.
Copyright: Carmel-Ann Mania, D.C. 2012

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Priorities and Procrastination

Priorities and Procrastination:

As 2012 unfolds and we begin by setting goals, hopes, resolutions, plans, dreams, etc. We set our priorities early on, and then find it difficult to keep to our plans, stick to our goals and realize our hopes and dreams. Today’s message is about setting and keeping priorities so that you can, in fact, feel and be truly successful. This is the time of year when we feel that we are starting with a clean slate, an open playing field… all things are possible; from shedding excess weight, changing jobs, getting organized, saving money, eating healthier, and the list goes on and on.

What then, gets in the way? What interferes with your best laid plans? What causes the ‘overwhelm’ that makes you shut down or fall short of your goals, hopes and dreams? Let’s start with that dreaded word: procrastination… the definition of procrastination that I rely on is “self-punishment”. Whenever we have something to do, take care of or handle, and we don’t do it, we carry the burden of it. As long as we are carrying burdens, we are punishing ourselves. This is really not how most of us want or plan to start a new year, but as I’ve stated many times, old habits die hard. In effect, procrastination leads to feelings of “overwhelm “, stress, exhaustion, disappointment, frustration, etc. Any wonder why we end up stopping before we even get out of the starting gate?!

Today, let’s start with small steps. Pick one thing that you can do today. It might be a short walk, a phone call, an e-mail that needs to be sent, or a healthy meal. It doesn’t really matter the depth or breadth of the task, it just matters that it gets done. Once you do it, STOP! BREATHE! FOCUS! Congratulate yourself! Job well done! Acknowledge it! Write it down! Make it real by validating it. You will not achieve your bigger goals, dreams and plans if you do not take care of the little ones. So, today, start with something that you can count as ‘done’! William James said: “nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task”. Let’s maximize the energy created by starting with what feels like a clean slate, and complete at least one task. Feel the shift in your energy as this one thing gets done.

I decided to write today because I have been putting off doing this for a few weeks. Lots of excuses, but of course, when we have excuses we do NOT have the results we are looking for. So today, for me writing this became my 1 thing I could accomplish. Next Wednesday, (Jan 11) Carmel-Ann and I will be hosting our FREE teleseminar and guess what, it’s all about priorities, procrastination and how to stop the “overwhelm”. Please join us so you can stay focused on your goals, establish your priorities and take that step into the life you deserve. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

Check back for additional tips and strategies for overcoming the overwhelm in your life and leaving procrastination back in 2011… This is also a great place to post your thoughts and suggestions for others as to what works for you in staying focused and on point… If you’re interested in next week’s program, you can sign up here:

Wishing you a healthy, successful, joyful and procrastination-free year…

Author: Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW
Copyright: Loren Gelberg-Goff, LCSW 2012

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Back Pain Causes Memory Deficits

According to research, chronic back pain sufferers experience more than just discomfort, they may also experience significant problems with short-term memory. In this study, the short-term memory of 50 chronic back pain subjects were compared with the short-term memory of 50 pain-free subjects. The results showed chronic back pain subjects had significantly impaired short-term memory as compared with their pain-free counterparts. Researchers believed the short-term memory impairment was due to either the impact that pain and stress had on cognitive function and/or the side effects of steroid treatment that back pain sufferers may have been exposed to. We encourage those with back pain to immediately seek the services of a licensed chiropractor to ensure their back pain does not become chronic and does not begin to affect one’s memory.

Source: Psychosomatic Medicine, February/March 2007.
Copyright: LLC 2007

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Memory Loss Can Begin In Our Forties

A British study has found brain functions including memory can begin declining as early as the mid-forties and possibly earlier. This decline includes memory, reasoning and comprehension abilities. The results come from a 10-year study involving more than 7,000 British government workers. This study comes as a surprise to the medical community as researchers had originally expected to see no decline in cognitive functioning in those 45 to 49. They instead found a modest decline in mental reasoning in both males and females in this age range. As they evaluated older individuals, they found the cognitive declines even greater. Although, one third of those studied between the ages of 45 and 70 showed no loss in cognitive function and thus, not all aging individuals experience reduction in those cognitive abilities tested. Researchers did not include anyone younger than the age of 45 but based on these findings believe brain functions could actually begin declining in those younger than 45 years. Researchers believe that conditions negatively affecting cardiovascular function, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are likely associated with these cognitive deteriorations.

Source: Reuters. January 6, 2012.
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B Vitamins Good For Memory

While not necessarily giving your average Joe a photographic memory, results from a new Australian study indicate taking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements over the course of several years may enhance the memory in a number of aging adults. The study examined more than 700 individuals aged 60 to 74 years who showed mild signs of depression. Participants were provided with pills containing either 400 micrograms of folic acid and 100 micrograms of vitamin B12, or a placebo pill containing no B vitamins or active ingredients. Participants were never informed which pills they were receiving. After one year no differences were detected between the two groups in various mental test scores. However, after two years those taking the pills containing the B vitamins began showing larger improvements in their memory test scores. Although more research is needed, this study seems to suggest there may be some cognitive related benefits for certain individuals who take B vitamin supplements longer term.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, online December 14, 2011.
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Cancer Rates Decreasing, But Slowly

It appears that advances in cancer screenings and cancer treatments may be working as a new report indicates deaths from cancers are continuing to drop. According to the most recent American Cancer Society annual report, between 2004 and 2008 cancer death rates dropped 1.6 percent in women and 1.8 percent in men annually. Although the rate drops are small, they are significant and a good sign as rates have continually dropped each year over the last 10 years. As good as this news is, it's still projected that more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer and close to 600K individuals will die from cancer this year alone within the United States.

Source: Cancer Statistics, 2012; Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. American Cancer Society.
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