When I read this story about a man who murdered his wife, then himself, after she got Alzheimer's and was too difficult to care for, I didn't feel misty-eyed like some readers. I was furious. We should live in a society that values people, no matter their abilities, and provides a safety net for care when a caregiver can't bear the burden. We should always have plans in place for people who need it.
While this is obviously not the blog of a doctor and not ever meant to be medical advice, and you should talk to your own doctor before trying any treatments, this story about a woman who needed help getting away from cutting herself is an interesting one. Her therapist suggested drawing on herself instead, which makes sense; how many of us have drawn on ourselves to deal with anxiety? I know I have, especially while in school.
Everyone I know seems to be dealing with some sort of anxiety lately. Even me. I've found a lot of things that help, whether they include dancing and moving around, journaling out my feelings, talking with my partner and a good nap--or even a good cry. But sometimes you just can't access the things that help or you need something new to try.
Say it ain't so, Starbucks! Cancer? There is a byproduct that occurs from roasting coffee beans known as acrylamide that is a known cancer causing agent. It's present in dozens of coffees, including Starbucks, and a judge in Los Angels has ruled that the company must label their products to confirm this chemical's presence.
A new study has been published that indicates that being an only child can change the structure of the brain. It's a small study and pretty much all studies need to be taken with a grain of salt these days (as do the media that reports on the studies!), but it's something that does make sense. According to the study, being an only child may make you more flexible in terms of thinking, a creative quality that may be reduced when you have siblings.
Can laughter really be used as medicine? Many people believe so, from those who engage in laughter on a daily basis as a way to relieve stress to those who enjoy practices like Laughter Yoga. Science has shown that laughter not only increases our immune cells and helps us fight infection, but it also triggers endorphins, which make us feel better. No matter what you think about laughing and cheesy comedians, they definitely have value within our lives.
When it comes to diseases like anorexia nervosa, patient care cannot be taken seriously enough--but what if you could predict the disease and help treat it before it damages a person's life forever? The UC San Diego School of Medicine has discovered that anorexia nervosa is linked to a gene in a new report, released after a team was able to create the first cellular model of the eating disorder in history.
I keep hearing more and more news stories about antidepressants that just don’t work, making me wonder:
A. If we might have a lot of potentially dangerous, unmedicated people out there who could hurt themselves or others.
B. If we have a lot of people on medication who could be helped not with drugs, but with the simple power of belief—whether it be in themselves or a placebo.
A lot of research has been indicating that Alzheimer's may have dietary causes. The evidence seems to be mounting to reclassify Alzheimer's as a form of "type 3 diabetes," at least partly caused by eating too much sugar and possibly nitrates (as in processed food and prepared meats).