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Parkinson’s and Pesticide Toxicity



Parkinson’s and Pesticide Toxicity

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S.

Pesticides could be responsible for Parkinson’s, a neurodegenerative disease.
Toxins from such chemicals can increase the risk by up to six times.
The seven pesticides tested include: dithiocarbamates (e.g., maneb, ziram), two imidazoles (benomyl, triflumizole), two dicarboxymides (captan, folpet), and one organochlorine (dieldrin)
This study was done at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
The study clearly revealed that these seven toxic pesticides inhibit the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme, which then affects the dopamine cells linked to the development of Parkinson’s.
It has been well established in the medical arena that when dopamine levels decrease this results in abnormal brain activity and eventually to the signs of Parkinson’s.
Of even greater concern, the scientists of this study reported that the pesticides caused an inhibition of the ALDH enzyme at far lower levels than the allowable current safety standards.
Although one of the pesticides (benomyl) has been banned, the others can still be found in everyday use. They are found in the foods we eat that have been sprayed with these toxic chemicals and found in parks and golf courses. They are also found in common pesticide control agents used in offices and homes.
As I have been informed by a a functional medicine practitioner, I recommend that any patient suffering with Parkinson’s request that their physician order the Toxic Effects Core test or the GPL-TOX Profile from Great Plains Lab
Arthur G. Fitzmaurice, PhD*, Shannon L. Rhodes, PhD*, Myles Cockburn, PhD,  Beate Ritz, MD, PhD and Jeff M. Bronstein, MD, PhD. Aldehyde dehydrogenase variation enhances effect of pesticides associated with Parkinson disease. Neurology February 4, 2014 vol. 82 no. 5 419-426

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9 Harsh Truths You Must Embrace to Grow in a Profound Way

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TL/DR version of this essay:

Don’t be an idiot and assume that I can or will sum this excellent essay – you have to read it.  It is profound.  It sums up every argument you can think of as to why you ar where you are at and why you are not “more”.  It sees right through you and kicks your ass to do more to get to where you want to be.

When you forget this essay and you become complacent that you can’t do more to help yourself then… read it again.

This essay is that good!

9 Harsh Truths You Must Embrace to Grow in a Profound Way
Ayodeji Awosika

Ambitious people are a dime a dozen. Most people doubt themselves. All of us — in some shape or form — are stuck in la-la land.

One of the most difficult yet useful skills is the ability to balance your aspirations with reality. A pessimist and an idealist both miss the point.

The point is to have optimism about your future but look at the state of society, your environment, and your circumstances without rose-colored glasses.

Many of these truths sit right under your nose. Intuitively you know they’re true, but facing them head-on means discomfort.

Success or failure in life comes from which type of discomfort you choose.

You can choose the discomfort of facing reality, making decisions to change, and having the difficult dialogue needed to do both.

You can also choose the discomfort of rationalizing your situation, lying to yourself, and making excuses.

The choice is yours. In my experience, and from what I’ve observed, taking the discomfort upfront can feel horrible in the short run but rewarding in the long run. Pushing it away with the avoidance of truth alleviates discomfort in the short term, but it always comes back and persists until you do something about it.

Take a look at the truths I’m about to share with you. Technically, they are my opinions. You’re free to disagree with them. Before you do, though, try to take a look at yourself and your situation honestly to determine whether you really disagree with me, or you’re just hiding.

The World Will Never Quit Poking You
Most [people] make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. They think, “If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.”Or, “I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.” The […] error is to think that eventually, things will be different in some fundamental way. They won’t. It never ends. As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tussle, play, and make love with the present moment while giving your unique gift.

Have you ever felt like your circumstances were trying to break you?

Just when you’ve improved your finances, your car breaks down. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, come to work to a nagging boss and go home to an indifferent spouse.
Every time you take a step forward, you take three back. Inevitably, just as you’re on the rise, something or someone tries to knock you down.

If only life would give you a little bit of a break, you tell yourself, you’d have enough energy to make an effort to become successful.

Deep down, you believe success provides an escape from life’s problems. You figure if you had enough income, freedom, and positive experiences in your life…the bullshit would stop.
It doesn’t and it never will.

In fact, when you push to do something outside of the box — start a business, write a book, become an artist, carve your own route — not only will things get worse before they get better, you’ll still have to work to maintain what you’ve achieved.

People from all walks of life have problems. Billionaires have problems, Hollywood actors, the Dalai Lama all have problems. Around every corner, just when you think you’ve won, life will find a way to see what you’re made of.

But there’s beauty in the struggle of life when you look at the right way. When life tests you, you get the chance to prove you’re resilient. One of the deepest levels of satisfaction comes from knowing how strong you are. Few memories are better than those of overcoming struggles, persisting, and absorbing pressure and turning it into fuel instead of letting it break you.

Realizing the world will constantly test you removes the element of surprise. When you find yourself in a bad spot, it feels doubly worse because you didn’t see it coming.

Know that life is preparing its next right hook, but as Jim Rohn said, “Don’t wish it was easier. Wish you were Better. Don’t wish for fewer problems. Wish for more skills.”

Our first reaction to pain and hardship — mine included — is to dwell on how much it sucks. A few of us, however, realize there’s an opportunity to be had.

It’s easy to say and difficult to do, but if you can learn how to transform pain into purpose you’ll feel a type of happiness that is ten times better than the feeling of having a life devoid of difficulties.

Maybe our purpose on this planet isn’t to feel good. Maybe we’ve been placed here to see what we’re made of.

Almost every time life tests you, you won’t want to find the opportunity in it. I never look positively at a challenge or hardship instantly, but after I’m done sulking, I look to take a step in a positive direction.

Try it. Over time, it works wonders.

Things Will Never Be the Way They “Should” Be
“We unconsciously imprison ourselves to avoid our most primal fears. We choose Should because choosing Must is terrifying, incomprehensible.”- Elle Luna

Should — what a simultaneously dangerous and useless word.

People often use should in one of two ways — to give themselves an excuse for not doing something or for complaining about an unchangeable circumstance.

A perfect world doesn’t exist — the one without inequality, injustice, unfairness, superficial people, hate, greed, envy, lust, the list goes on.

Are you using the world should to avoid living in reality?
Maybe you think you should be making more money. But you’re not, and believing you should make more isn’t going to change that. Finding a new job could change that. Improving your performance and negotiating a raise could change that.

Complaining definitely won’t.

Maybe you think you shouldn’t have to work twice as hard to achieve the same level of success as someone else. But what if you do have to work twice as hard? Are you going to wait for the scales of justice to even out? They won’t.

Again, you can complain if you want, but complaining isn’t a strategy. It doesn’t do anything.

The same energy you use to rail against the way life should or shouldn’t be could be used to improve your situation.

Should also become dangerous when you talk about the things you aspire to do. “I should start working out,” you tell yourself. “I should start working harder and being motivated.” The minute you use the word in your head or out loud, you’ve already lost. It gives you an out. You almost get a perverse satisfaction from thinking about doing something. It gives you the credit you don’t deserve yet.

Instead of talking about what you should do and the way the world should be, you’re better of doing.

Doers make change happen for themselves and for others. Doers don’t have time to think about what they should or shouldn’t. They know what to do. If they don’t, they gather enough information to have an idea of what to do and act on it.

Ask yourself where the word should is causing harm in your life. Now, what are you going to do about it?

No One is Coming to Save You

“Sure, raise the minimum wage if you plan to stay there your entire life.” — Jim Rohn
When was the last time the government came to your rescue?

The answer is likely never. Yet we treat it like a savior or a demon when it’s neither. It’s a machine. An uncaring machine that’s completely self-interested. Regardless, we make our way to the voting booths to ensure our guy or girl wins.

Look at your own life. Has it changed dramatically between presidencies? Not in terms of news coverage, but your actual life from day to day.

Are you waiting for an employer to save you with a raise or magically improving your work environment? If so, you might be waiting for a long time.

It’s easy to blame the government, your employer, or someone other than yourself for your woes. It’s easier to say wages should be higher than to try to become more valuable.

I’m not saying the institutions of society are fair. They’re definitely not. With the fleeting life you live, however, you don’t have time to wait for institutions to save you.

Odds are, you’ll have to lift yourself out of your circumstances. Will it be easy? Hell no. But you really don’t have a choice — not if you want to change your life.

No Matter What You Do, Someone Will Dislike You

“You want praise from people who kick themselves every fifteen minutes, the approval of people who despise themselves?” — Marcus Aurelius

Google “negative opinions of Mother Theresa,” and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of results.

Remember, the now revered Martin Luther King Jr. was under FBI investigation and murdered.

Jesus Christ was crucified.

It doesn’t matter what you do, how good of a person you are, or how much care you put into the work you do for the world, someone isn’t going to like it.

If you’re an author, someone will write a negative review of your book or leave a nasty comment on your blog post.

If you’re trying to do something others want to pursue but won’t, they will subtly try to undermine you, sometimes under the guise of being “concerned.”

Anything involving making yourself known to the public is a hotbed for criticism.

If you want to make an impact in the world, you have to toughen up a little bit.

In fact, you don’t want everyone to like you. Universally liked people are often boring.

Don’t be afraid to tell the truth because it might hurt someone’s feelings. Don’t hide your gifts to make other people feel comfortable around you. Their doubt belongs to them, not you.

Every minute you spend worrying about the opinions of others is a minute you could’ve spent improving your life or someone else’s.

It’s human nature to want acceptance. Your lizard brain doesn’t want to be “banished from the tribe.” But think about how preoccupied you are with yourself. How much you worry, doubt, and fear invisible emotional monsters.

If you apply your experience to other people, you’ll realize they’re not paying any attention to you. If they are paying attention to you, then it means their opinion isn’t worth caring about, because successful people don’t have the time or urge to focus on other people’s actions.

You’re Never Going to be Satisfied

“Being the best means engineering your life so you never stop until you get what you want, and then you keep going until you get what’s next. And then you go for even more.” — Tim Grover

Complete contentment doesn’t exist. At least for those of us who aren’t monks. Even they may not be able to claim complete detachment from their egos.

Author Mark Manson noted that “trying to be detached is, in a way, a form of attachment.”
If you’re a minimalist and you’re obsessed with a number of things you don’t have, you’re still living a life centered around objects — even if it’s the absence of them.

It seems there is no cure for want. No matter how pure our aims and contentment seem, they’re still rooted in desire, even if it’s the desire for not desiring anything.

Contentment can easily become a hiding place too.

When people say “I don’t care about money,” they might really mean “I don’t know how to earn more.”

When someone says “I don’t need to be successful,” they might mean “I’m afraid to try.”
Be honest with yourself.

You want more for your life. I know you do. You’re scared — of failing, of people thinking you’re a snob, of actually succeeding because then you’ll really have something to lose.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting more. Embrace it.

Accept you’re going to always want more, but do your best to celebrate each victory along the way. Happiness comes from the progression of achieving your highest aims in life. You can pretend you’re “content” or be honest with yourself and take a baby step in the direction of your dreams.

Happiness comes from the progression of achieving your highest aims in life. You can pretend you’re “content” or be honest with yourself and take a baby step in the direction of your dreams.

Everything is Your Fault

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”- Theodore Roosevelt

I know what you’re thinking.

You were born poor, your parents didn’t treat you well, you have a disability, you have a funny accent, you live in the wrong city, you’re sick, your boss hates you, you have no money, you’re a disabled veteran, you’re black, you’re a woman, you’re gay, you’re trans.
You’re special. And because your circumstances are so unique, you couldn’t possibly be to blame for your failures.

Deep down we know we’re the common denominator of all our problems, but it’s hard to face. Why?

Because it means we’re the ones who have to change our situations. And if we don’t change our situations, we can only blame ourselves. Nobody wants to think they’re the only real barrier to their own success, happiness, and well-being. It’s easier to blame someone or something else.

And no, I don’t think you’re lazy, mediocre, or “don’t want it bad enough.” It’s genuinely difficult to take full ownership of your life. It can be uncomfortable or downright painful. The natural reaction is blaming someone other than yourself because your brain wants to protect you from harm and danger. But you can overcome these excuses.

You’re in control of your life.

Are you in control of what happens to you? No, but you’re in control of how you react to what happens to you.

You choose how to react to situations, maybe not fully and consciously, but choose nonetheless.

If you don’t take responsibility for your life, who will? I know how hard it is. Denial feels bad, but it hurts a little less than accepting the truth of your role in your own life.
If you go through the painful period of acceptance and get up from the floor, I promise greater things are ahead.

You’ll Never Find the Perfect Time Start

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Proverb
I remember the first time I told my wife I wanted to start writing.

“I think it would be really fun to have a blog and start writing,” I said.

“Well…why don’t you start writing then?” She replied.

I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was 17 years old. I didn’t start until I was 25. Maybe I was too immature to write anything of value until I’d lived a little, but I still wonder how much further along I could be now if I started earlier.

Did I make a declaration to become a writer, buy a typewriter, and lock myself in a room to write for hours? No.

I started with one blog post…and I’ve been writing nearly every day for years since. There’s power in starting. You don’t have to make a big deal out of starting a new project, just do it.
Seriously, what are you waiting for?

Are you waiting for the kids to grow older or move out so you can write that book?

Leo Tolstoy had 13 kids when he wrote War and Peace.

Are you waiting to have enough money to start your busine

If you have a good idea, there are various ways to start businesses at low cost or find seed money. Oh, it’s hard to find seed money? Well, starting a business is hard. Deal with it.
All salesmen know the phrase “now isn’t the right time,” is a lie. There’s always a hidden objection behind the polite ones given such as lack of time, money, or ideal circumstances. 

The objection could be that the buyer doesn’t trust the seller, they don’t believe the product will deliver on its benefits, or they do believe in the product but not in themselves to get the most from it.

The way you self-talk is much like the relationship between a salesperson and a customer. You give yourself the polite out, but the truth is there’s a deeper objection.

What is it? You may not have even consciously thought of it yet. You really might believe in your own polite excuses. Until you dig deep to find the hidden reasons behind your behavior, you’ll never change. I talk about this process at length in my book.

We all have deeply embedded beliefs about ourselves and about the world we live in — business is “risky,” intelligence and talent are fixed traits, finding a secure job will make us happy, others are luckier than you are, rich people steal, you’re left or right-brained and can’t cross over, being healthy means depriving yourself, you must own a home and have kids, men are evil, women are evil, the list goes on and on and on.

Many of these beliefs keep you from starting. You’re not a “numbers person” you tell yourself. Richard Branson has dyslexia and teachers labeled him learning disabled as a child — he’s a billionaire.

You think you can’t succeed because you’re ill or have a disability. Jon Morrow — a man who cannot move anything below his neck — owns a multi-million dollar blog with a viewership of millions per month.

I can find a counterexample to every excuse you have for not starting “x.” Rather than argue with me about it, why not just start?

Human Beings Aren’t Rational

To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” — Mark Twain

I bet you genuinely think you’re a very logical person. You believe you use reason to make decisions. You always do what’s best for you.

Isn’t it funny how whenever you’re in disagreement with someone else…they’re the crazy one, the wrong one, the emotional one, the one who won’t listen to reason? It’s never you, is it?

The reason why we believe we’re rational is that our brain plays a little trick on us called confirmation bias. Once we emotionally commit to a belief, our brain will logically fill in the gaps with conclusions and facts to support it. Even worse, it will discard any evidence that opposes your opinion.

Just go on Twitter and follow a few pundits from the left and the right — they’re hallucinating. Something will happen in the news — an objective event that occurred — and depending on which news channel you select, the coverage will portray an entirely different story. They can’t all be correct, yet they and their views will not only believe they’re one hundred percent right but have “facts” to back their assertions.

We all see reality in different ways. There is no constant thread of reason tying us together. You’ll often find the truth in the middle of opposing sides. Being level-headed is better than having any extreme ideology.

You can’t avoid having emotional reactions to situations and your own special version of reality, but you can create strategies to deal with your human qualities.

First, know you’re fighting a losing battle. You will never be fully rational, but you can try to be more rational.

Second, start learning to see other people through their realities. The next time you think “how could he or she possibly think x or do y,” look at their background, their environment, the bedrock of their belief system. If you look close enough, you’ll instead think, “how could he or she not think x or do y.” It will alleviate your frustration and help you deal with others more effectively.

Third, (ethically) use this to your advantage. Read the book, Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion.

Luck Plays a Gigantic Role in Your Life

“Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.” Nassim Taleb


Haven’t I spent much of this post telling you to take responsibility, believe in yourself, and push toward success?

Why, then, would I say luck plays a large role in your life? Because it does.

If you re-do the lives on Warren Buffet, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates and change a few variables, they don’t become mega-billionaires.

Buffet himself admits he was lucky to be born white, live in America, and be around when the market went through a dramatic rise. Bill Gates had access to the right technology at the right time. Without the Winklevoss brothers coming up with the idea in the first place, there is no Facebook.

I’m sure all three would’ve been successful in some shape or form. They all went to Ivy league schools. Still, the type of success they all have is rare.

Why am I bringing this up? For several seasons.

One, to show that things not going your way isn’t always a sign of your own failure. You can create the right product or invention at the wrong time. You can have the ambition but lack the right connections. The intentions and actions can be there without the result.

While all those statements are true, they’re still not excuses for quitting entirely. Instead, you can use that knowledge to put less pressure on yourself and keep trying until something works.

Rather than having a definitive path to success, you have odds. The best way to make the odds swing in your favor is to play as many hands as possible. Unlike areal gambling, you don’t have anything to lose, except for a piece of your ego or comfort.

You can make smart decisions to increase your odds. You can mitigate risk and plan carefully to improve your chances of success. But nothing will guarantee it. Remember that and move forward with the balance of optimism and realism we discussed in the beginning.

Learn How to See

There’s a lot of noise in the world. A lot of b.s. You can find success by seeing through it all.
You can wait for the world to change into the ideal state you want it to be, or you can learn to navigate it.

The people we call successful, they can see — through the limits, society tries to place on people, through the cliches that aren’t true, through the joy-sucking prisons called institutions.

Can you see now?

I hope you decide to use the lens of truth to shape your decisions moving forward. It won’t feel good right away, but it will feel amazing when you look back at all you’ve done.

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Dr. Lane’s Thoughts XVI

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1)  We have decided to make our chiropractic business easier for us by going ALL-CASH.  This was a harder decision than you may think.  Naturally, it will be easier to see fewer patients for more money but I have a deep sense that I am abandoning my patient with insurance who cannot pay me with cash and have every intention to use the insurance that was supplied by their employer.

I understand that and I am sorry that I cannot see you any more.  Blame your insurer.  You can blame me also that I was not willing to tolerate the lies and subterfuge that your insurer put me through every day but definitely you can blame them.  They deserve your anger.

Between the deductible that patient had to meet before their insurance worked for them and the lies and demands that insurance companies put me through I finally gave up.  How many times do I have to inform the same insurance company day after day that I have a license – 10 years of having to fax or mail a copy of my license to them?!  The way that they disallowed almost every chiropractic-centric code I would bill and then decrease the amount paid for even the codes they did pay.

Insurance companies love to say that they “follow MEDICARE guidelines”.  This is a great way to deny responsibility to providers.  For chiropractors it means that the insurance only pays for one service: the chiropractic adjustment and they pay around $35.00.  No other service is paid for but the other services are ‘expected’ but not paid for. They also tell me that the rest of the services “cannot be billed to the patient”.

What does it mean to “Medicare guidelines”?  Let’s change the argument a small amount to something like religion: all forms of christianity follow the New Testament which is the story and teachings of Jesus.  Which form of christianity is doing it the “right” way?  If they all follow the same guidelines then there must be a ‘right’ way?

Each insurer (there are about 6 major insurers) has their own interpretation and each plan (each insurer has many different plans) and each plan has their own version of following the interpreation of the insurer.  They do not inform the providers what they think is the right way to bill – you just bill and they tell you that you “made a mistake” but only give you a vague message such as “used wrong modifier” or “not authorized” without informing you how to fix the problem.  if you call them the operator informs you that “they cannot tell you how to bill”.  This is a way to not pay you.  It is a very effective way to meet this goal.

I am not a charity.  I have a business to run with rents, fees, employees, and expenses.  The insurance companies wanted to make me serve their patients for free but call me “in-network” or “out-of-network” but that pretty much were euphemisms for “unpaid house bitch”.

No more.  You can blame your insurance company that they lost a good provider.

2) I can only speak for myself but a pet can be the best thing for any heart.  You don’t need to be alone or in need of companionship to appreciate a dog or a cat.  I have owned every kind of pet but only have a dog and a fish right now [the fish I own by default.  My daughter’s father gave it to her but he became mine when she lost interst and now he lives in my office].  The dog is my 6-pound Shih Tzu, Leo #4 [Leo is the name we have named every dog since I was 12.  The name just works for us].

Leo has made my life kinder and happier and it has brought my wife and I closer as we raise him.  She is an amazing mommy to him and he runs to her and kisses her every chance he gets.  A dog is always a dog, no matter his size.  I always thought I could only own a big dog (55+ pounds) but Leo has proven to have his own charms in that he curls up in my lap and sleeps on top of the couch back.

When you compliment a dog their owner is proud 100% because they also think they have a wonderful dog.  You compliment a child and the parents immediately think of how IMPERFECT their child really is.

Honestly, a small dog can be fun to dress up (yes, Leo has 3 halters and 2 sweater as well as a coat with a hood).  Women love the little guy and even moreso when he is wearing his clothes.  I am glad that I am married but I can see how a dog that small wearing a swater can be a real attraction for women to talk to me.  Leo also kisses all the latin girls (he has a unique interest in this one group) and he is great with small kids.  He is fearless with other dogs and they want to play with him also so it all works out great.

One more thing, little dog = little poops.  It is easier.

3) I am tired of young people congratulating themselves on their failure to accomplish anything in life by equalizing it with the words, “but I haven’t commited any crimes, or gotten pregnant, or become a drug addict” as if the avoidance of serious problems with socioeconomic and personal consequences makes you a stellar human being.  It doesn’t.  You don’t get a pat on the head, a cookie, or my undying gratitude for your failure to make your life more complicated or diving headfirst into a hole of neverending problems.

Guess what?  I have also never had those same habits!  I am also not a drug addict, a criminal, nor have I gotten anyone pregnant.  And…I still owe you nothing.

In no way does your living a normal non-criminal life make me feel obligated to support you or assist you as you sit around your home or mine and wait to be served.  I am glad that you are taking your time while you figure out your next move or your idea of what needs to happen before you start to consider your next move.

You can start by getting off your ass and cleaning your surroundings.  I owe you nothing and neither does anyone else.

4) I think that we all wonder why we cannot lose weight when we begin and exercise program – it is very “underwhelming”. Scientists studying the issue agree that most of us compensate for the calories lost to exercise by eating more, moving less, or both. Our resting metabolic rates may also decline if we start to lose pounds. All of this shifts us back toward “positive energy balance”, which is otherwise known as weight gain.

We all do it – we take pride in our workout and then eat the kinds of foods that put the weight back on.  Food has gone from a neccesity to an enemy in our lives!  Not only do we need to eat less we need to eat for less hours of the day.  There are diets out there with names like the 10:8 diet or something like that where we can eat for 10 hours but must stay away from food for 8.  They are all the same idea: eat less foood and eat for less hours and (probably) we should make better food choices such as staying away from sugar and salt and the sources of them.  We all need to be better educated as to what we are eating and what is in it.

5) Despite very liberal thinking by some people that communism is a fair and egalitarian political system with checks and balances it is not.  There has never been a country that has attempted this system that has not quickly devolved to tyranny and fascism.  On a small-scale like an Israeli kibbutz it can work but that is only if it is voluntary and open to people coming and going within reason.

The biggest problem of these systems is the obvious: the people who are LEAST CAPABLE  gain the most from the system while the MOST CAPABLE gain the least from their efforts.  Immediately, the most capable feel used and underappreciated.  Their (natural) response is to find ways to gain more from their efforts or skills and that leads to either criminal outputs or deep resentment which can lead to anti-social behavior.

What has happened in the past in countries that have attempted these political systems (Russia and China) is that the country has to take a repressive approach to those who oppose the prevailing ‘equality’ of resources and skills, ‘re-educate’ the people who have the most to offer and are resentful of their status, or kill people who do not respond well to the state’s attempts to suppress them.

The most prevalent problem with communism is that it is not a pure system but a politicized police state that rewards its highest-ranking members with luxury for nothing more than loyalty and proper birth.

Democracy: the worst system in the world except when you compare it to every other system in the world.  

I am very glad I was born in the United States.  Flawed but wonderful.

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Alzheimer’s disease: A novel food to improve cognitive function

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Alzheimer’s disease: A novel food to improve cognitive function

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., MS

Walnuts have been shown to improve memory, cognition and neuronal effects related to oxidative stress (OS) and inflammation (INF) in animals and human trials.
Walnut looks like the brain, has a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. The folds and wrinkles of a walnut resembles to human organ: the brain. The shape of the nut even approximates the body part, looking like it has left and right hemispheres. And it’s no surprise walnuts are nicknamed “brain food”—they have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function.” The wrinkles and folds mimic the neo-cortex.
Alzheimer's disease: A novel food to improve cognitive function
Walnuts develop over three dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function. They may also help head off dementia. Recent study found that walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. They found walnuts reversed some signs of brain aging in rats. Walnuts also appear to enhance signaling within the brain and encourage new messaging links between brain cells
Fibrillar amyloid beta-protein (Abeta) is the principal component of amyloid plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientific studies suggest that walnuts may reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by maintaining Abeta in the soluble form. Basically, walnuts had inhibited Abeta fibrillization. It is proposed that polyphenolic compounds (such as flavonoids) present in walnuts may be responsible for its anti-amyloidogenic activity.
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Poulose SM1, Bielinski DF, Shukitt-Hale B. Walnut diet reduces accumulation of polyubiquitinated proteins and inflammation in the brain of aged rats. J Nutr Biochem. 2013 May;24(5):912-9
Chauhan N1, Wang KC, Wegiel J, Malik MN. Walnut extract inhibits the fibrillization of amyloid beta-protein, and also defibrillizes its preformed fibrils. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2004 Aug;1(3):183-8.

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Big belly in 40s raises Alzheimer’s risk in 70s

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Big belly in 40s raises Alzheimer’s risk in 70s

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Having a big belly in middle age appears to greatly increase one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia decades later, researchers said on Wednesday.

Their study tracked 6,583 people in northern California for an average of 36 years starting when they were ages 40 to 45. Their abdominal size was measured at the outset of the study.

A total of 1,049 of them — nearly 16 percent — went on to develop Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia by the time they reached their 70s. Those in the upper 20 percent in terms of belly size in middle age were almost three times more likely to develop dementia than those in the bottom 20 percent of belly size, the researchers found.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older people, and researchers have been working to understand the causes and risk factors for the brain disease.

Belly size in middle age was a much better predictor of later development of dementia than looking merely at obesity as shown by a person’s body mass index, a measure of body fat based on height and weight, the researchers said.

“It’s not just weight, it’s where you carry your weight that is a very important risk factor,” said Rachel Whitmer, a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, who led the study.

“If you have two people who are both 10 pounds (4.5 kg) overweight, one carries it around the middle and one carries it around the hips, that person who carries it around the middle needs to know they are at greater risk,” Whitmer said in a telephone interview.

Previous research has shown that having a large abdomen in middle age elevates one’s risk for diabetes, stroke and heart disease, but the researchers said this was the first study linking belly fat in middle age to increased risk of dementia.

Having a large belly raised one’s risk of dementia regardless of whether the person was of normal weight overall, overweight or obese, and regardless of health conditions such as diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease, according to the study published in the journal Neurology.

“We’re sort of at the beginning of understanding the clinical effects of these byproducts of fat,” Whitmer said. “But there is evidence from the molecular level, from animal models, and from population studies that it could have a negative effect on the brain.”
Measuring abdomen size in the elderly may not be as valuable an indicator of dementia risk because people as they age naturally are apt to lose muscle and bone mass and gain belly size, Whitmer said.

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What’s Wrong With My Shoulder?

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What’s Wrong With My Shoulder?

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Your Shoulder

It’s not just a simple joint — it’s a complex structure of muscles and tendons (which hold your muscles to your bones). It lets you scratch your back, drive your car, or get something off a shelf. But all those moving parts mean things can go wrong, which is why so many people have shoulder problems at some point.
Shoulder parts

Shoulder Parts

Your shoulder has three bones: the top of your upper arm (the humerus bone) fits into a hole called a socket in your shoulder blade (the scapula bone). A combination of muscles and tendons called the rotator cuff keeps the bone centered in the socket and connects it to your shoulder blade. 

Shoulder Problems

If your shoulder hurts and you have trouble breathing or tightness in your chest, call 911 right away — those could be signs of a heart attack. You also should ask someone to drive you to the emergency room if you can’t use your shoulder to move your arm or have sudden swelling or intense pain.
If the pain isn’t that bad but it doesn’t get better or your shoulder is swollen, red, tender, or warm, see your doctor. He’ll ask questions about your symptoms and see how easily you can move your arm around.


Your doctor may want to get a closer look at the inside of your shoulder. X-rays will show any obvious injuries to the bones, and a CT scan can give a more detailed view. An MRI scan or ultrasound can show if the tissues around your shoulder are damaged.
Shoulder anthroscopy


If your doctor’s still not sure what’s going on, he may recommend this. He’ll make a small cut in your skin and send a narrow tube with a camera on it into your shoulder. Not only can an arthroscopy help find the problem, but in some cases, special tools can be used to correct it.  


Small fluid-filled sacs called bursas cushion the connections between your bones. If you make the same motion with your shoulder too often — like throwing a baseball or lifting something over your head — these sacs can get inflamed. When you have bursitis, even simple things, like getting dressed or combing your hair, can really hurt.  


Like the soles of your favorite shoes, tendons can wear away slowly over time. Conditions that inflame your joints, like arthritis, can cause it, too. In your shoulder, the tendons of your rotator cuff and biceps are most likely to have problems. 
Sports shots

Acute Tendinitis

“Overhead” activities like tennis, baseball, and swimming can cause a form of this, especially if you do them too often, in the wrong way, or without enough rest in between. With treatment, this kind is more likely to get better than the “wear and tear” tendinitis that happens over a long period of time.
Tendon tear

Tendon Tear

It can happen slowly over time or suddenly — after a turn or twist — usually in the tendons of your rotator cuff or biceps. It hurts and keeps you from moving your shoulder easily. If it tears completely, your muscle can pull away from your bone, and it can take a long time to heal. Depending on your age and severity of the injury, your shoulder might improve with time and treatments suggested by your doctor. However, some tendon tears might not improve without surgery.
rotator cuff


Your rotator cuff is sandwiched between two bones: your shoulder blade and your upper arm bone. So when it swells (usually from injury or overuse) and you lift your arm, your acromion, which is part of your shoulder blade. rubs — or “impinges” on — the muscles, tendons, and bursa underneath. This can cause bursitis, tendinitis, and even torn muscles.
dislocated shoulder


A sudden blow or long-term wear can work the tip of your upper arm bone either partly or all the way out of your shoulder socket. You might know it as a dislocated shoulder. It can tear ligaments, tendons, and muscles, which makes it more likely to happen again. It can cause pain and unsteadiness when you raise your arm, and you may have arthritis there later.  


If you have this in your shoulder, it’s usually a type called osteoarthritis. That’s when the cartilage, which covers and protects the ends of your joints, breaks down. Along with causing pain and swelling, it also can make the joint hard to move. It often starts in middle age, is caused by wear and tear, and gets worse over time.  
Shoulder fracture


You can break or crack your collarbone, upper arm bone, or shoulder blade. This can cause severe pain, swelling, and bruising. Older people often get them from falling. Younger people are more likely to get them playing sports or in car accidents.
Physical therapy


It’s the same for most shoulder injuries: rest and physical therapy — a combination of massage, strength training, and special exercises that help you rebuild shoulder strength and range of motion. Drugs may help with pain and swelling, and your doctor may give you a shot of medication in your shoulder.


You probably won’t need this — rest and physical therapy work most of the time. But certain problems, like a torn rotator cuff, may need surgery. It can range from simple arthroscopy to take out scar tissue to major open surgery to rebuild your shoulder.

Treatment for Less Common Problems

These include infections, tumors, and nerve problems. Your doctor can treat a bacterial infection — caused by an illness or an infected wound — with antibiotics. Tumors may need to be removed with surgery. Nerve problems may be caused by a simple pinched nerve or diseases that affect your brain cells and nerve cells likes Parkinson’s disease. In those cases, you’ll probably need to see a specialist to treat the underlying issue.

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All About Magnesium

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All About Magnesium

What Is It?

Magnesium is a mineral your body needs to work right. It helps with hundreds of important body processes, including those that control how your muscles and nerves work. It helps to keep your bones strong, heart healthy, and blood sugar normal. It also plays a role in your energy level. You can get magnesium in many foods and drinks. But if your doctor thinks you need more, she may suggested that you add supplements.

How Much Do You Need?

An adult woman needs about 310 milligrams of magnesium a day, and 320 milligrams after age 30. Pregnant women need an extra 40 milligrams. Adult men under 31 need 400 milligrams and 420 milligrams if they’re older. Kids need anywhere from 30 to 410 milligrams, depending on their age and gender. Talk with your pediatrician about how much magnesium your child needs.

Are You Getting Enough?

Almost half of Americans don’t get enough magnesium from their diet. Over time, low levels of the mineral may set the stage for a variety of health issues, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and migraines. Older adults, alcoholics, and those with type 2 diabetes or digestive issues are more likely to lack it, either because their bodies get rid of too much magnesium or they don’t take in enough in the first place.

Can You Get Too Much?

If you’re healthy, your kidneys flush out the extra magnesium you get from foods. Still, too much of it can bring on cramps or nausea. The same is true if you use laxatives or antacids that have magnesium. At really high doses, the mineral can make you very sick.
Talk to your doctor about magnesium pills, because some conditions, such as myasthenia gravis, can get worse if you take them.

Benefit: Strengthens Bones

Your body uses magnesium to build new bone cells. Research suggests that it may also protect against bone loss, broken bones, and the bone disease osteoporosis. Studies show that women with osteoporosis tend to have lower levels of magnesium than those who don’t.

Benefit: Fights Inflammation

Inflammation is your immune system’s reaction to potential harm. In the short term, it helps your body fight off viruses and heal wounds. But if you have inflammation all the time, it can lead to health problems such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. Magnesium can help keep that from happening.

Benefit: Protects the Heart

Magnesium helps your heart pump blood. Right levels of the mineral can lower your chances of an irregular heartbeat, heart disease, or a heart attack. Magnesium relaxes the walls of your blood vessels, and that can help keep your blood pressure down. It also may help boost your HDL, or “good,” cholesterol levels.

Benefit: Prevents Migraines

Experts think magnesium helps to block or lower pain chemicals in your brain and keeps your blood vessels from tightening. You’re more likely to get migraines if you don’t get enough. A supplement may help keep these headaches away.

Benefit: Lowers Odds of Diabetes

Magnesium helps a hormone called insulin work right. Insulin helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. In one study, people who got the most magnesium in their diet were less likely to get the disease than those who got the least.
mixed nuts

Source: Nuts and Seeds

Snack on an ounce of almonds or cashews, and you’ll get about 80 milligrams of magnesium. Other good choices include pumpkin seeds, pecans, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and flax. Sprinkle them on a salad or toss them into a trail mix. You’ll also get heart-healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.
whole grain bread

Source: Whole Grains

When it comes to nutrition, whole grains beat out white bread and other highly processed foods. Not only do they have lots of fiber, but they’re also high in magnesium. Two slices of whole wheat bread pack 45 milligrams of the mineral, a half-cup of brown rice has about 40 milligrams, and a half-cup of cooked oatmeal gives you 30 milligrams.

Source: Avocado

Any way you slice, dice, or mash it, this is a great source of magnesium. One cup of the diced fruit holds 44 milligrams. It also serves up heart-healthy fats, fiber, and folate. Try adding avocado to your sandwich, salad, or taco.
leafy greens

Source: Dark Leafy Greens

Here’s yet another reason to eat your veggies. You’ll get about 150 milligrams from a cup of cooked spinach or Swiss chard. Besides those two standouts, other good magnesium sources are dark leafy greens such as collard greens and kale. Bonus: They’re also loaded with calcium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K. The vegetables don’t all have to be leafy. Okra, for example, is magnesium-rich.
tofu in soup

Source: Soy Products

Soy is a staple among vegetarians for its plant-based protein. But it’s no slouch in the magnesium department, either. A cup of soy milk rings up 60 milligrams, while a half-cup of firm tofu packs about 50 milligrams. Also check out tempeh, made with fermented soy, edamame, and soy yogurt.
bean soup

Source: Beans

On a given day, only 8% of Americans eat a serving of beans. That means most people are missing out on a healthy magnesium source. A half-cup of black beans has 60 milligrams and kidney beans has 35 milligrams. Other magnesium-rich legumes include chickpeas, white beans, and lentils. From stews to salads, you can add beans to nearly any dish. You’ll get an extra dose of fiber, protein, iron, and zinc.

Interactions With Medicines

Talk to your doctor before you take a magnesium supplement. And make sure she knows everything else you take. Some drugs can make it harder for your body to absorb magnesium. And magnesium supplements can make some antibiotics and osteoporosis meds not work as well as they should.

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Surgical weight loss beats diet and exercise for reversing diabetes

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Surgical weight loss beats diet and exercise for reversing diabetes

(Reuters Health) – People who have weight-loss surgery are more likely to achieve remission of diabetes than those who try to shed excess pounds by dieting and exercising, a recent study suggests.

Researchers randomly assigned 61 participants with type 2 diabetes to one of three weight-loss interventions: an operation known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass; a type of surgery known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding; or an intensive weight-loss program focused on cutting calories and increasing exercise

After five years, six people who got the Roux-en-Y procedures, or 30%, achieved partial or complete diabetes remission, compared with four people, or 19%, of the participants who had gastric banding, the study found. None of the people in the diet-and-exercise group achieved remission.

“Any degree of weight loss, even that achieved by non-surgical means (typically about 5% of starting weight as shown in this study), can be helpful in controlling health issues such as diabetes, lipids, and hypertension,” said Dr. Anita Courcoulas of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the study’s lead author.

“Nevertheless, the head-to-head comparison of lifestyle treatment versus surgical procedures, as in this study, shows (the) superiority of the surgical treatments for diabetes-control endpoints and weight loss,” Courcoulas said by email.

Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, also known as lap-band surgery, is a less-invasive procedure that involves placing an adjustable inflatable belt around the upper portion of the stomach. The band can be made of silicone and tightened by adding saline, and the effects are reversible. It effectively reduces the amount of food the stomach can hold, and people are advised to eat portions about the size of a shot glass post-surgery.

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is a more invasive procedure in which a surgeon staples off the upper portion of the stomach and reroutes food to bypass the rest of the stomach and the small intestine. The working part of the stomach is reduced to the size of an egg, and this cannot be reversed.

Everyone in the study had type 2 diabetes, which is associated with aging and excess weight. Patients were 47 years old, on average, obese and living with dangerously elevated blood sugar levels.

Five years after the procedures, people who had the Roux-en-Y bypass surgery lost an average of 25% of their body weight, compared with about 13% with the lap-band and 5% in the group assigned to intensive lifestyle management.

In addition, 56% of the people who had Roux-en-Y procedures had stopped taking medications to manage diabetes by the end of the study, compared with 45% of the people who had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and none of the participants in the lifestyle group.

One limitation of the study is that researchers only tested one approach to diet and exercise for weight loss, and other approaches might have achieved different results, the study team notes in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study was also small, and done at a single medical center, so results might differ with more people or in other locations.

Still, the findings add to evidence suggesting that surgical weight loss may be the best approach to achieving diabetes remission, said Dr. Michel Gagner of Herbert Wertheim School of Medicine at Florida International University in Miami.

“It decreases the overall caloric intake more efficiently and sustainably than just diets,” Gagner, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

Patients with poorly controlled diabetes should consider surgery when they’re obese and unable to lower their blood sugar enough with medications, said Dr. Ricardo Cohen, director of the Center for the Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes at Hospital Oswaldo Cruz in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“The best option for medically uncontrolled type 2 and (obesity) is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass,” Cohen, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email.

SOURCE: bit.ly/3ageNjt Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, online January 9, 2020.

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The Truth About Dandruff

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The Truth About Dandruff

Little White Flakes

You see the light yellow or white flakes on your shoulders or in your hair. Those are the telltale signs of dandruff. Dandruff flakes are dead skin cells that fall off your scalp. When you have dandruff, your scalp may look scaly or red and feel itchy or raw. Scratching or rubbing your head loosens the flakes. You may notice them more when you wear dark clothes.

Is Your Hair Care to Blame?

Dandruff doesn’t mean you have dirty hair, but the way you style your hair or the products you use might cause a flaky scalp. Some hair coloring and styling products can leave a flaky, dry residue or trigger a skin reaction that looks like dandruff. If you already have dandruff, not washing your hair enough can make your dandruff look worse because dead skin cells build up. You may want to try different hair products to see if they help your dandruff clear up.

Dandruff Can Show Up in Other Places

You can get dandruff on parts of your body other than your scalp, like your forehead, eyebrows, eyelashes, or ears. Flaky skin on your chest — or anywhere you have body hair — could be a sign of dandruff, which is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis. If the skin on your body is oily or greasy or has a slight redness, that could also be a sign. Talk to your doctor about treatment.

Wash Away Dandruff

Special shampoos from the drugstore can treat dandruff. These ingredients are common:
  • Ketoconazole fights dandruff-causing fungi.
  • Salicylic acid gets rid of flaky skin but can be drying and can sometimes make the scalp more itchy.
  • Selenium sulfide slows the buildup of dead skin cells and fights fungi.
  • Tar slows dead skin buildup, but it may discolor blonde, gray, or color-treated hair.
  • Zinc pyrithione attacks the fungus that may cause dandruff.

Natural Dandruff Remedies

Some research supports these natural dandruff treatments, but there’s no proof they work consistently.
  • Aloe. Using aloe on the scalp may help lessen itchiness and scaliness.
  • Tea tree oil shampoo. Using a 5% tea tree oil shampoo may lessen dandruff and that itchy feeling.
  • Lemongrass shampoo. Washing with a 2% lemongrass shampoo may help fight fungi that cause dandruff.

Smarter Shampooing

Follow the directions on the dandruff shampoo label. Using the pads of your fingers, gently rub the shampoo into your scalp. Leave the shampoo on your head for 5 minutes — or as directed — before you rinse. If you prefer the smell of your normal shampoo and conditioner, you can use those afterward. As your dandruff gets better, you may not need to use dandruff shampoo as often.

Get Some Safe Sun

Spend a little time in the sun to fight dandruff. Sunlight helps suppress the fungus that causes dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Just make sure to protect your skin, including any exposed scalp, by wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.

Time to See Your Doctor

If you’ve been using a dandruff shampoo for several weeks but still have dandruff, it may be time to see a doctor. You should also see a doctor if your scalp is swollen or red, if your hair is falling out, or if you have a red, scaly rash on other parts of your body. You may need prescription-strength dandruff shampoo, an antifungal product, or a steroid cream for your scalp or other parts of your body.

What Causes Dandruff?

No one is really sure what causes dandruff. It’s probably caused by a fungus. Hair follicles and oil glands make an oil called sebum, which may be a breeding ground for yeast or the fungus. This fungus usually lives on your skin, but too much fungus may lead to dandruff. Too much sebum also may cause dandruff. Being exposed to a lot of dry air can cause skin to dry out and flake, which can look like dandruff.

Dandruff Triggers

Dandruff tends to be worse during dry months. Cold, dry winter weather in particular can make dandruff worse. Stress or fatigue can trigger or aggravate it, too.

Conditions That Lead to Flaky Scalp

Skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis can cause a buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp. People with serious medical problems such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and HIV are prone to developing dandruff. And, for unclear reasons, people recovering from a stroke, heart attack, or head injury are also more likely to have dandruff.

Conditions That Lead to Flaky Scalp

Skin problems like acne, eczema, and psoriasis can cause a buildup of dead skin cells on the scalp. People with serious medical problems such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and HIV are prone to developing dandruff. And, for unclear reasons, people recovering from a stroke, heart attack, or head injury are also more likely to have dandruff.

Babies and Cradle Cap

When babies have seborrheic dermatitis, it’s called cradle cap. The brown or yellow scales may be itchy. You may find it on the skin of a baby’s scalp, eyelids, nose, and groin area. Cradle cap normally clears up on its own by the time the baby is 8 to 12 months old. Try putting mineral or vegetable oil on the baby’s scalp for 10 minutes, then washing with a mild baby shampoo. Talk to your health care provider if it doesn’t go away.

Dandruff: Harmful or Just Annoying?

Although having dandruff can be embarrassing, it’s harmless. It doesn’t mean that you’re not clean. It’s not contagious: You can’t catch it or pass it along to someone else. Dandruff doesn’t directly cause hair loss, but scratching your scalp a lot could cause temporary hair loss.

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Surprising Things That Raise Your Blood Pressure

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Surprising Things That Raise Your Blood Pressure

The Bigger Picture

You’ve probably heard to watch the amount of salt you eat, especially if you’re concerned about your blood pressure. That’s because it makes your body hold on to water, putting extra stress on your heart and blood vessels. Salt — and worry, and anger — aren’t the only things that can raise your blood pressure. Although temporary “spikes” aren’t necessarily a problem, numbers that remain high over time can cause serious damage.

Added Sugar

It may be even more important than salt in raising your blood pressure, especially in a processed form like high-fructose corn syrup. People with more added sugars in their diet see a significant rise in both their upper and lower numbers. Just one 24-ounce soft drink causes an average 15-point bump in systolic pressure (the top number, or the pressure during a heartbeat) and 9 in diastolic (the bottom number, or the pressure between beats).

Sugar can be as bad as salt.


This isn’t just about the number of friends you have — it’s about feeling connected. And being stressed or depressed doesn’t fully explain the effect. It also gets worse with time: Over 4 years, the upper blood pressure of the loneliest people in a study went up more than 14 points. The researchers think an ongoing fear of rejection and disappointment and feeling more alert about your safety and security may change how your body works.

The pain of unrequited emotion ties into our need for purpose – we need a reason to exist.

Sleep Apnea

People with sleep apnea have higher odds of getting high blood pressure and other heart problems. When your breathing is repeatedly interrupted while you’re sleeping, your nervous system releases chemicals that raise your blood pressure. Plus, you’re getting less oxygen, which could damage blood vessel walls and make it harder for your body to regulate your blood pressure down the road.

I am the first to say that sleep apnea is over-diagnosed, especially in the world of DOT medical exams but if it exists it ties into increased blood pressure.
potassium rich foods

Not Enough Potassium

Your kidneys need a balance of sodium and potassium to keep the right amount of fluid in your blood. So even if you’re eating a low-salt diet, you could still have higher blood pressure if you’re not also eating enough fruits, veggies, beans, low-fat dairy, or fish. While you may think of bananas as the go-to source, broccoli, water chestnuts, spinach, and other leafy greens are better to get potassium if you’re watching your weight.


Sudden, or acute, pain ramps up your nervous system and raises your blood pressure. You can see this effect when you put one hand in ice water, press on your cheek or fingernail, or get an electric shock to your finger.

Herbal Supplements

Do you take ginkgo, ginseng, guarana, ephedra, bitter orange, or St. John’s wort? These and others can raise your blood pressure or change how medications work, including drugs to control high blood pressure.

There is something called the standards of pharmaceutical quality and purity that is regulated: what you buy is what you get.  THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THIS FOR SUPPLEMENTS. Basically, you have no idea of what you are buying or what is in the capsule and the people who make them are under no obligation to follow any standards when they make them.  it is WORSE if the country of origin is outside the United States.
thyroid gland

Thyroid Problems

When this gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone, your heart rate slows, and your arteries get less stretchy. Low hormone levels also might raise your LDL “bad” cholesterol, another thing that can stiffen arteries. Blood moves through hard vessels faster, pushing on the walls and raising the pressure. Though not as common, too much thyroid hormone can make your heart beat harder and faster, which will also bump up your numbers.

You Have to Pee

Systolic pressure went up an average of about 4 points, and diastolic, 3 points, in a study of middle-aged women who hadn’t gone to the bathroom for at least 3 hours. Men and women of different ages saw similar effects. High blood pressure becomes more likely as you age, so you need to get accurate readings. An empty bladder could be one way to help do that.
ibuprofen in hand


All nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can raise your numbers — whether you’re healthy or you already have high blood pressure. Though the average rise is only a few points, there’s a wide range, which means it could affect some people much more than others.  
doctor checking patient blood pressure

Your Doctor’s Office

You might see a difference if you compare readings during an appointment to the numbers you get at home. Named for the traditional garb of medical professionals, the “white coat effect” is the rise in blood pressure — up to 10 points higher for systolic (the upper number) and 5 for diastolic (the lower number) — that can happen simply because of where you are. The bump is likely due to nerves or anxiety.

Although I hear this complaint from every patient who shows hight blood pressure (“I have white coat anxiety”) it is sometimes true.  Some patient do drop 5-10 points by just sitting.  

It is well-known that I do not wear standard medical clothes in my office in order to decrease the opportunity for this problem to occur.
woman using nasal spray


Ingredients like pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine can narrow your blood vessels. That means the same amount of blood has to squeeze through a smaller space, like a crowd pushing through a hallway. These drugs can also make blood pressure medications less effective. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you choose over-the-counter products for sinus problems and colds that are safer if you have high blood pressure.
dry cracked earth


When your body’s cells don’t have enough water, your blood vessels tighten up. This happens because your brain sends a signal to your pituitary gland to release a chemical that shrinks them. And your kidneys make less pee, to hang on to the fluid you do have, which also triggers tiny blood vessels in your heart and brain to squeeze more.
birth control pills

Hormonal Birth Control

Pills, injections, and other birth control devices use hormones that narrow blood vessels, so it’s possible your blood pressure will go up. It’s more likely to be a problem for women who are older than 35, overweight, or smokers. You may want to keep an eye on your blood pressure, checking every 6-12 months. A lower dose of estrogen may keep your numbers closer to normal.


It happens whether you’re young or old and no matter where you are. The higher your resting blood pressure, the higher the numbers go when you start speaking. And the effect lasts for a few minutes. It seems the subject and emotional content of what you’re saying matters more than the fact that you’re moving your mouth.

Soothing words and soothing company can lower blood pressure whether you are hearing hte words or saying the words.
pack of antidepressants


Medicines that target brain chemicals like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin — including venlafaxine (Effexor), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tricyclic antidepressants, and fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) — can change not only your mood but also your blood pressure. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) might raise it if you’re also taking lithium or other drugs that affect serotonin.

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