Keys to Ideal Heart Health – Part 2 of 2

A healthy heart extends your life.

4144132 / Pixabay – A healthy heart extends your life.

Four keys to ideal heart health discussed previously are:  not smoking, body mass index of 25 and under, physical activity per week and total cholesterol under 200.  I added my comments where I thought appropriate to agree or disagree with the recommendations. Allow me to do the same with the final three keys.

The fifth key is blood pressure. The current standard is 120/80 mmHg.  Newer studies indicate that 115/75 mmHg should be the new standard. High blood pressure has many known cardiovascular challenges.  Your blood pressure is something you should know, especially if it is higher than normal.  Blood pressure measuring equipment is available in many places and relatively inexpensive.  It’s a good investment in your health.

Pulse is another indicator of heart health in my opinion. You have a resting pulse and a recovery pulse. Both are good measures of heart health. High pulse rates without a know cause is reason to see your doctor. The average resting heart rate is between 50 and 100 beats/minute. I believe a slightly lower range is indicative of good heart health – 50-75 beats/minute.

Recovery heart rate is measured after exercise. Measure your pulse immediately following any type of cardiovascular exercise (running, jogging, etc.). Measure it again one minute later. When I first started measuring my recovery heart rate 40+ years ago, the standard time was three minutes.  Today the literature says one to two minutes.  A delay in recovery heart rate from exercise can be a predictive marker for your heart health.  Your heart recovery pulse should be below 120 beats/minute after one minute.

The sixth key to ideal heart health is a fasting blood glucose level less than 100 mg/dL.  My research shows that the normal range for your blood sugar level is 82-100 mg/dL.  If your fasting blood glucose readings exceed 126 mg/dL on two consecutive occasions, you are most likely diabetic. Talk to your doctor immediately. If you exceed 109 mg/dL on two consecutive occasions, you are most likely prediabetic. Again, talk to your doctor. Fasting blood glucose means that you have eaten no food for a minimum of eight hours.

The seventh key to ideal heart health is eating a healthy diet.  I’m sure most of you are familiar with the many heart healthy diet suggestions – lots of fruit and vegetables, lots of fiber, fish rather than meat, low sodium and low sugar consumption daily.  I won’t argue with those recommendations.

However, as we age, our bodies are not as efficient as they were when we were younger.  For example, your digestive efficiency decreases approximately 13% per decade.  After age 50, your digestive efficiency is less than half what it was when you were a teenager.  So, if you eat the same amount of food, then you are absorbing less than 50% of the nutrients that your body needs.  If you eat more to absorb more, then you risk gaining weight – also not a good sign for a healthy heart.

The best healthy diet is really a lifestyle – you eat the same things on a regular basis. A diet implies it is a temporary change to your eating habits. I highly recommend the Wahls Protocol when it comes to food options. It is low-calorie and nutrient dense. It is also nutrient balanced. This is something that every diet does not mention.

Several years ago my wife had breast cancer. She had surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Her most detrimental side effect of the drugs and treatments was fatigue. She would take one or two two-hour naps daily. And, she ate very little when awake. She agreed to adopt the Wahls Protocol dietary regimen on Day 1 of radiation. In forty-eight hours she has never had another nap.

She breezed through radiation as a new person. One the last day of radiation therapy, we left Houston, Texas and drove to Jacksonville, Florida (1000 miles). I rented a U-Haul trailer and brought my parents estate stuff back to our home. My wife followed me alone and drove 500 miles each day. She suffered no fatigue-like symptoms at all.

That sounds amazing, but read about Dr. Terry Wahls life and how she conquered multiple sclerosis using her own protocol. Nutrient balance is super critical to overall health and especially heart health.

Keys to Ideal Heart Health Part 1 of 2

Health is both inside and outside

www_slon_pics / Pixabay – Health is both inside and outside

It’s important to look at things critically, especially if they focus on your health.  Don’t blindly accept what is published, even my blogs.  You are responsible for your own health. Below are some keys to heart health I found recently. I do not agree with all, but feel that the information is worth sharing and discussing.

The first key is to never have smoked cigarettes. Quitting smoking more than one year ago is a great start. Your heart health will be better if you never smoked. The long-term effects of cigarette smoking on the heart is extensive – deterioration of the elasticity of your aorta, increased stress on your sympathetic nervous system, and decrease in estrogen in women to name a few.

The second key is to have a body mass index (BMI) less than 25. BMI or the Quetelet index has been around since the mid 1800’s when a Belgian mathematician, Adolphe Quetelet, defined the term. His index is simply the individual’s body weight divided by the square of the height. It’s not a measure of health, but a numerical assessment of thinness or fatness.

Since the BMI is less than accurate for tall people, the Ponderal index was developed to better assess fatness and thinness. Overweight and obese people tend to have more health related problems, many of which affect your cardiovascular system. I’m sure that most people will agree that being closer to the ideal weight for your height is healthier for your heart.

The third key is weekly exercise. Moderate physical activity of at lest 150 minutes/week or vigorous physical activity for at least 75 minutes/week is considered the minimum exercise level. I am a proponent of vigorous and intense physical activity. I believe that exercising your heart muscles is definitely a key to a stronger and a healthier heart.

The fourth key is total cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL. I believe that cholesterol is not a good indicator of heart health. Why, you may ask? Because 50% of the people who die from a heart attack have normal, healthy levels of cholesterol. If half the dead people have healthy levels of cholesterol, why is total cholesterol an effective measure of heart health?

I read an article years ago that stated doctors back in the 50’s and before weren’t worried about total cholesterol unless if was over 300, and then they weren’t worried than much about it. Every cell in our body requires cholesterol. It’s the oxidized cholesterol that becomes a health hazard. HDL (high density lipoprotein) removes oxidized LDL (low density lipoprotein) which becomes the plaque deposited on your arteries.

The American Heart Association recommends a ratio of HDL to total cholesterol no higher than 5:1 with an optimum ratio of 3.5:1. What does that mean? If your HDL is 50 and your total cholesterol is 200, then your ratio is 4:1. I believe the ratio is much more important that the total cholesterol number when looking at cholesterol.

However, There are two other measures of heart health we don’t look at often. One is homocysteine level and the other is the ratio of omega-6 fatty acid to omega-3 fatty acid.

Homocysteine is an amino acid in your blood stream. If it is too high your risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease increases. Homocysteine is not obtained from the foods you eat, but is influenced from them as well as your genes. B vitamins are effective in reducing your homocysteine levels. Low levels of B vitamins have been related to cardiovascular and memory problems. Folic acid,vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 are the preferred B vitamins for heart health.

Excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acid becomes inflammatory in our bodies. The ideal ratio of omega-6 fatty acid to omega-3 fatty acid is 1:1. Anything in excess of 3:1 is considered inflammatory. Reduce your intake of omega-6 fatty acids and increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake.




Should Your History Repeat?

History repeats if you are not careful.

132369 / Pixabay – History repeats if you are not careful.

George Santayana’s 1924 book, The Life of Reason or The Phases of Human Progress: Reason in Common Sense, has a quote that most of us have heard many times in our lives. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Most of the time we hear this quote in regards to some action that should have been taken; or, an action that was taken and should not have been.

Our personal histories are recorded in the daily journal of our subconscious mind. It can account for every experience you have had since birth. Only those things done over and over again are filed for easy retrieval. Those things we did with emotion attached to them are filed for even faster recovery. When a decision is required our subconscious will choose something that we’ve done before and/or something with extra added emotion. In case of a tie, emotion wins over repetition.

Your subconscious does not like you to be embarrassed. It will do absolutely everything in its power to prevent your shame and humiliation. Rather that actually allow you to fail, it will short-circuit the activity you were about to do. It will give you an excuse or defense not to do it. You never actually start, or get very far, therefore you can never fail. Kind of irrational or crazy thinking!

If every time you came to a fork in the road over your entire life, you took the right fork 99 times and the left fork once. The one time you took the left fork, you were injured and had to return to the fork in the road and go the other direction. You have a history of going right at the fork, and when you did not, you paid for it with pain – emotion attachment to that decision – and those experiences will always come ‘front and center’ anytime you are faced with making a decision to go right or left at a fork in the road.

What if your history could become an amazing success story if you took the left turn at the fork in the road? Don’t start with the decision requirement at the fork in the road – that is predetermined in your subconscious mind. Start with the end result and work backwards. That success you desire is only available way down the road. The exact directions are not important now – just achieving the actual success is important.

Begin recounting every day, or several times a day, the satisfaction of making the decision to actually achieve that goal. Write it down, study it, add smell, color, dimension, feeling, sounds – keep a register of how happy you are to have made it in spite of the obstacles. Little by little start thinking backward – what was the achievement before you actually got there? Think the same way about that result. Dwell on it, savor it, and consume it with emotion.

You are not replacing experiences in your subconscious mind, but you are adding experiences to your subconscious mind – experiences that will compete with the narrative of your life. Pretty soon you will have struggle or battle in your subconscious mind when it comes to decision making at the fork in the road. If you are not projected to make the same decisions you made always in your life, there is a chance to make a different decision.

The more you overload your subconscious, the more you will tilt the decision making in favor of something you haven’t done, but only dreamed about. This is extremely important since your subconscious will subvert, challenge, threaten, sabotage and destabilize any attempt to do something in which you might fail. That is why your success has to be so emotionally rewarding. It cannot imagine you failing.

Your subconscious mind will not see that making a left at the fork in the road is detrimental or have a propensity to fail – it will see that you must do that to succeed ‘again.’ Historical successes are repeated more often than historical failures. Your personal history should not repeat itself if your past is not what you want to see again in your future.

Nailing Your Future

Nails and screws require the right tools to be effective.

stevepb / Pixabay – Nails and screws require the right tools to be effectively used.

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.  For want of a shoe the horse was lost.  For want of a horse the rider was lost.  For want of a rider the battle was lost.  For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.  All for the want of a horseshoe nail.  Many of us have heard that rhyme as we grew up.

I attended a seminar many, many years ago and the presenter handed out nails.  They were funny looking nails, but we held on to them for a few moments.  He asked us to examine them and determine what part that nail could play in our lives.  None of us had ever seen a horseshoe nail.  He explained that small actions not taken can have a large effect in our lives.

Was the nail in the rhyme indicative of a particular battle or kingdom that was lost?  It has been attributed in some texts to the death of Richard the 3rd of England at the Battle of Bosworth Field.  Richard the 3rd was King of England for a little over two years.  The Earl of Richmond, Henry Tudor, eventually won the War of the Roses and established his dynasty over England and Wales for the next 117 years.

Interestingly enough, in 1591, Shakespeare dramatized the Battle of Bosworth Field in Richard III (Act 4 Scene 4) and portrayed King Richard III on his horse bogged in a mud pit, unable to move.  King Richard shouted, “A Horse!  A Horse!  My Kingdom for a Horse!” Is a horse on the same level as a nail?  Probably, since kings had armies at their disposal – a horse was a small part of the overall picture.

In the days of old, rhymes were used to parody historical political events, people, royalty, etc.  The lyrics allowed the common folk to do three things – two obvious and the other one not so obvious.  The first objective was to go around the restrictions on free speech or dissent as it was known then.  The second factor is that it taught kids to remember.  Rhymes were easy to remember allowed for that type of learning to be passed down.

The last point evolved as a process to apply logic to consequences – explain what might or could happen if you did what was always done before.  It helped your thinking processes.  It tasked your ability to see the reality of your current condition and what could happen if you did this or that – or, in their thinking, not doing this or that.

Forbes magazine had an advertisement several years ago. The word ‘Think‘ was prominently displayed at the top of the page. It was fairly short and caught my attention.

Few things possess more Power than a Thought.  Because a Thought has the potential to become something significant.  To solve something meaningful.  And to inspire us to achieve great things.  What makes a Thought so powerful is that it can be created by anybody.  At anytime.  From anywhere.  That’s why Thinking should be encouraged and nurtured in all its forms.  No matter how small.  Or how impossibly grand.  Because wherever Thinking happens, Big Ideas follow.  Minds become enlightened.  Knowledge grows.  And people discover new ways to unlock their Potential.  So start Thinking.

Language, words, experiences, debates, reasoning, etc. made us what we are today.  But, most of us do not engage in stimulating mental jousting to defend ourselves.  As we accept who we are, we become conditioned to remain in our status quo for the rest of our lives.  We have the potential to become much more than we are today, but we choose not to engage in the activities necessary to evaluate or make those decisions.

Even if we make the decision to do it, we find resistance from our subconscious mind which prevents us from fully achieving it.  We pass it off as another attempt to improve that failed. We file it under ‘failure’ to be resurrected when needed to thwart our next opportunity for improvement.  Thinking is critical to step out of the life you currently have to attain the capacity to help yourself and your legacy – not to mention all those you can help by being in a position to do so.

New Colon Cancer Option?

Colon cancer rates are decreasing annually.

byrev / Pixabay – Colon cancer rates are decreasing annually.

Colon cancer rates have been dropping about three percent a year in recent years. The medical community attributes this to increased awareness and colonoscopies. The latest studies using animal testing show that green tea might be an effective agent to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer.

The latest published results on 2014 stated that nearly 140,000 people were diagnosed with colon cancer. Men had slightly more cases than women. That same year over 51,000 people died from the same disease. In 2017, twenty-nine studies involving more than 1.6 million individuals were analyzed to determine the effect of green tea and colon cancer.

Overall, there is a reduction of risk of seven percent in the overall study when people drank green tea regularly. In women, the results were more astounding – a 32% decrease in the risk of colon cancer. This was based on a single cup of green tea a day.

The active ingredient in green tea attributing to this success is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Two studies were done with mice to assess the reduction in risk regarding prevention and the impact on existing tumors.

Both studies showed positive results. There were 55% fewer cases of tumors forming. Forty-five percent of the tumors that did form were smaller. And, the tumors that did form were more likely to be benign than malignant.

Scientists determined that the pro-inflammatory signaling molecules responsible for colon cancer were suppressed by EGCG. The presence of the tumor-promoting gene, beta-catenin, were inhibited by EGCG. Additionally, the rate of tumor cell death statistically increased.

EGCG was incorporated into the diet of mice with precancerous tumors. The study noted a reduction in the existing lesions. EGCG also reduced weight gain, fasting glucose and inflammation levels in these mice that had been fed the standard American diet high in fat and simple sugars. Our poor diet is a contributing factor to the increased risk of colon cancer.

Further studies demonstrate the mechanism of how EGCG interferes with colon cancer development. EGCG suppressed the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway used by colon cancer stem cells. This has caught attention of pharmaceutical drug manufacturers. There might be a new drug based on these studies.

Human studies show that people who drink more green tea have lower rates of colon cancer compared to those who do not drink green tea. It is harder to assess the total effect in humans because we do not infect humans with cancer-causing chemicals in testing. Animals injected with cancer-causing chemicals developed fewer and smaller tumors when EGCG was integrated into the testing regime.

I drink a combination of at least four teas daily – green tea, oolong tea, gynostemma tea and puehr tea. It took me decades to acquire a taste for unsweetened tea. I rarely go a day without several cups of tea. Most restaurants offer black tea as their staple. Nothing wrong with black tea, it is same as green (or white) tea, but the tea leaves have matured more.

Why not consider at least one glass of green tea daily to help fight inflammation and possibly reduce your risk of colon cancer.

Double-Edged Sword Part 3 of 3

Are you armed correctly to succeed?

Devanath / Pixabay – Are you armed and have the skills for success?

Your subconscious mind is a double-edged sword when working towards success and failure. It can help you or hurt you. There are ways to wield the sword more on the success side.

Your subconscious mind retains every event in your life – real or imagined. Use your dream skills to create a success filled life with the things you want to achieve. Create a memory that captures the satisfying emotion of accomplishing that goal.

Do that repeatedly – several times a day. Build up a history in your brain of success after success to cancel out the history of failures that already exists filed away inside your head.

The words ‘want’ and ‘need’ are not understood by your subconscious mind. You need to use words such as ‘expect’ and ‘desire’ when talking to yourself. Anything you say to your conscious mind is almost unattainable. The conscious mind controls less than five percent of what you do daily.

Affirmations are only effective when using the present tense, when they are positive, and when they are personal statements. I don’t want… does not compute in your subconscious mind. Tomorrow, I will… does not compute. It would be nice to… does not compute. Changing the personal statement helps. I am expecting… Or, Red is expecting… Or, Red O’Laughlin is expecting… Or, Mr. O’Laughlin is expecting.

Changing the personal perspective hits the subconscious mind in different ways. Add emotions when doing affirmations. Add aromas or sounds to your affirmations. Make them stand out above and beyond the normal in your life.

I use the example of riding a bicycle when we were younger when I speak about adding emotion to your thoughts. Have you ever ridden a bicycle, I ask my audience. Did you ever ride a bicycle barefoot? Did your foot ever slip off and hit the pavement while riding? Anyone who has experienced the ‘feeling’ of their toe scraping along the concrete will not forget it. Anyone who has not done it can ‘feel’ the pain.

Choose emotions – positive or negative – and incorporate them into your visualizations and your affirmations.

We pick up bad habits as we go through life. Sometimes we get rid of them. These bad habits affect us. Do we hang around with the wrong people? Do we read (or not read) the right materials/articles/etc.? Do we watch the wrong things on television/Internet/etc.?

Anything that keeps negativity in your life should be significantly reduced or eliminated. I gave up television network news (and most other television shows) in 1987. It was too negative for me. It seemed (to me) to be more opinion-based than news-based.

Tell me what happened, not what you think about it. I read headlines today and dive down deeper when it piques my interest. I keep in my mind that what I am reading/listening to is probably biased from the perspective of the writer/broadcaster.

Stress is another factor that slashes the wrong way and keeps us from succeeding. The negativity from whatever source increases your stress. Everything thought you have creates chemicals in your body – good and bad. Everything you see, hear, say or feel creates chemicals in your body – good and bad.

Jump out of the comfort zone you live in and begin a new life – starting today. When asked, “How are you?’ – typically a question that the person asking does by rote, you might answer, “OK”, “Not bad”, or some other negative or neutral response.

My mentor answered, “Excellent, as always!” with enthusiasm. It took me about thirty days of responding with this expression before I believed it and felt confident every time I said it. Even on those few days when I was a bit less than reasonable, saying, “Excellent, as always!” with enthusiasm caused an immediate change in my psyche.

Use visualization and affirmations daily to help your subconscious mind slash through the barriers stopping you from getting there. Eliminate the distractions you have control over.

Eliminate stress daily in your life. There are lots of excellent videos on YouTube for stress relief. Use Emotional Freedom Techniques (also on YouTube) for focus, stress relief and achieving your goals.

Double-Edged Sword Part 2 of 3

Double-edged swords cut both ways.

azboomer / Pixabay – Double-edged swords cut both ways.

A reader commented that my blog of yesterday (14JAN18) didn’t tell the rest of the story. What can be done to effectively use a double-edged sword to improve your future? For that, I apologize.

Our subconscious mind can be a double-edged sword. It depends on how we control it. Our subconscious mind stores everything we see and hear. If there are more failures than successes, then the subconscious mind will continue to support your future failures.

This sounds silly. Why would your brain program itself for future failure? The prime directive of the subconscious mind is to protect you from injury and embarrassment. It uses your personal history to decide to help or hinder.

Let’s say you went on a diet and succeeded. There is a success that is now planted in your brain’s archive. You go on another diet and succeed. Great, success is stored upon success. The things you are successful at are easy to find and your subconscious mind will support you in future diets.

However, if you failed, your subconscious mind will file it away as a failure. You go on another diet and fail again – another failure is stacked up with the previous one. Over time, you create a history of failures with dieting.

When you really need to lose weight, your subconscious mind will review your historical archives and see that you have always failed when attempting to lose weight. It doesn’t want you to be harmed by the embarrassment trying and failing again, so it undermines your effort to succeed at dieting. Therefore you fail before you ever get started. It is the reverse of always succeeding.

Your subconscious mind has limits. Once you know the limits you can use them to your advantage. It doesn’t know the difference between real or imagined. The real failures are cataloged in your brain. But, if you imagine success, then that success is added to the archive. You may still have overwhelming memories of failure and a single imagination of success. Over time you add more and more positive results to counter your life’s history of failure in this one area. Over time, your accumulated successes will equal your total failures.

At that time, your subconscious mind cannot help nor hinder you. It doesn’t have a true historical perspective of what can help or harm you. Visualization is a great tool to swing the double-edged sword in the positive direction.

Add emotions to your visualizations. Emotional events are stored front and center in your brain’s history. They are easy for your brain to locate. And, the emotion supercharges that event compared to non-emotional. That is why it is difficult with many people suffering trauma to overcome the memories of that trauma.

Add an aroma to your visualization. Smell a lemon, for example, every time you think about a attaining a specific goal. This about the adulation and excitement you will receive from your friends and family when you achieve that goal. Smile when you visualize your goal. Anything to enhance the memory you choose for goal completion amplifies the success of that imagined event.

Vince Poscente used colored dots to remind him of his goal to be an Olympic champion. He strategically placed the dots in places he would see every day. Each time he saw a colored dot, he would stop for a couple of seconds and breathe in the visualization of standing on the Olympic stand receiving his medal.

He would add as much emotion as he could with each visualization – hear the cheers of the audience, the aroma of the crowds, the breezes blowing, the vibrations of the clapping, etc. He would feel his body reacting to receiving the medal, seeing it and holding it. His imagination of winning that medal was played over and over again for months.

Reprogramming your subconscious to work for you is not something described in a thousand words or less. Tomorrow’s blog will continue this theme.

The Double-Edge Sword of Your Future Part 1 of 3

Always better to be looking in the right direction.

sasint / Pixabay – Always better to be looking in the right direction.

Our subconscious mind is the most powerful weapon you have in your arsenal to succeed or fail in life.  It is a true double-edged sword.  A single-edged sword is generally used for slashing and cutting – there is only one direction in which to cut or to slash.  The double-edged sword can be swung with equal devastation from one side to the other.

Most people don’t realize the power their subconscious mind has over their life.  They think that their conscious mind is in charge.  The best description that I have heard comparing the conscious mind with the subconscious mind comes from Vincent Pocente.  He tells a story in which your conscious brain is equivalent to a mouse sitting on the back of an elephant (your subconscious mind).  The mouse is trying to tell the elephant where to go and how to get there.  The elephant does not understand the mouse’s language, nor can it even feel the mouse running around on its back.

You know what you want, what you desire and what you need.  These words describe the language of your conscious mind.  However, your conscious mind does not control you future.  You future is controlled by expectations – not wants, desires and needs.  Your future is controlled by your subconscious mind.

How is it a double-edged sword?  You can use it to help you get ahead, to achieve goals, to develop your self-esteem, to protect you from additional failure, etc. It is the productive edge of the sword – cutting and slashing away the obstacles preventing you from attaining what you seek.  If you use it as most people do – they ignore it and allow it to run their lives of autopilot, then you get status quo or less in life.

The prime directive of your subconscious mind is to defend you against failure and embarrassment.  It will do everything it can to uphold that directive.  Let’s pick something simple – you want to learn to play an instrument or learn a new language.  You begin and find it difficult.  You have never done something like this before. Your subconscious cannot decide if this is good or bad for you.  There is not enough historical data to make a decision to support or thwart you.

As you progress you build a history.  If the history is success – you learned to play an instrument well, or learned to be proficient in a foreign language; your subconscious will continue to help you with additional instruments or languages.  You have built a history of success.  But, if you gave it up because it was too hard or any other reason, you are creating a history of failure.

Most of us have been programmed since birth by our parents, siblings, relatives, friends, schools, work-mates, television, newspapers, magazines, etc. to fail.  Not intentionally, but we have been programmed to fail.  The average eighteen year old has been told NO at least 80,000 times.

Your subconscious doesn’t have to experience failure to store failure in its data banks.  Your parents can tell you that you will fail if you do that – that statement is equal to you doing it and failing.  You can see someone else fail and it can be imprinted into your neurons that you will fail if you do the same thing.  Once you start sliding down the negative side of the mountain it is difficult to climb back up and cover up those failure moments.

Your subconscious mind has rules that you might not know about.  It doesn’t understand negative or future.  It operates in the present.  If you say, I’m not going to eat dessert – your subconscious mind hears, I’m going to eat dessert. You’ve done it before and it makes sense, so it will support you eating dessert.

You have to understand what rules to play by when you are attempting to reprogram your subconscious mind.  The rules are simple and easy to do, but if you waver, the blade comes back and whacks off any progress you might have made.

Fear – Perception or Real?

Two sides to many views.

johnhain / Pixabay – Two sides to many views.

In Shakespeare’s play, King Lear (4.1.32), The worst is not, so long as we can say, “This is the worst.”  How many times have you heard someone say that it can’t get any worse than this?  I know that I’ve heard it number of times, especially when companies are laying off people or shutting down.

Worse and worst are relative terms – obviously evaluated by each person differently.  We forget often that we walk in our shoes all the time. We don’t really have an appreciation for the ordeals that others go through – or the ability or stamina that they exert daily to maintain their lives.

Just because it is a terrible time in one person’s life doesn’t mean that things are necessarily bad all over.  A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, opens with, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” The opening paragraph is illustrative of comparing good times and bad. Google it if you are curious.

An unemployed person has many choices.  Our comfort zone prevents us from exercising many of them.  We typically apply for something similar what we did – after all, that’s where we have experience.  I’ve had the opportunity to be unemployed for more than a year a couple times.  My choices were not always the best, but they seemed to be the best at the time.

As we approach a very low point in our lives, we make choices based on expediency, fear, convenience and several other factors.  Expediency – we need something now – we have to pay bills, etc.  Convenience – we don’t have to move or change many other things in our lives.

Fear causes physical and emotional changes in our bodies.  Many times we have no control over it.  Yet, fear can be approached and overcome. Fear is a perception at a time in your life.  It is built, developed and maintained in your subconscious mind.  The fear itself is one thing, but your opinion of how you will fail if you attempt it is the limiting factor.

Fears have to be confronted.  How do you do that?  The first thing to do is tell yourself that it is not the worst of times – and, that it can’t get any worse than it is now.  Both are defeating affirmations that reinforce and cement those thoughts into your brain and make them more believable.

Being in charge is the first thing you must do.  Say, “I am in charge of my life, my destiny.”  Let your subconscious mind know that you are willing to make decisions and take charge. It doesn’t happen with one statement – it has to become part of your psyche.

You have to look at the bright side. You cannot see it at this time because the shades have been pulled down over your eyes. Affirmations and visualizations are your two friends.  I would also add Emotional Freedom Techniques – they work for many situations.

You have to get your brain in gear to overcome those ‘temporary’ fears that are holding you back.  It’s interesting, if you look back in your life at those times things seem so bad then, and you were really worried about the future – how did they turn out?  Did you not overcome them with or without your help?

Keep focused on what you want, and don’t exclude options that seem illogical or unreasonable.  They seem that way because you allow them to seem that way.  Get control of your attitude next.

Your self-image and self-esteem need bolstering and only you can do it.  Spend some time working on you – invest the time necessary to uncover the real you that has been hidden by years of negative programming.

What Works Combating Alzheimer’s and Dementia?


jarmoluk / Pixabay – Memories.

Phosphatidylserine (PS) is an essential fatty acid.  Our bodies produce these essential fatty acids from the foods we eat.  As we age, our bodily processes slow down – they lose efficiency.  PS levels begin to decline as we reach middle age.  This is exacerbated by lowering levels of other essential fatty acids, folic acid and vitamin B12.  PS is required for successful neurotransmission.

PS deficiency has been noted to various types of mental impairment – Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression and Parkinson’s disease.  The deficiency of PS in patients with mental impairment led some investigators to believe that PS supplementation could reverse memory loss if PS levels were brought up to normal levels.

It has been observed that PS supplementation has raised levels of PS in our brains and has boosted nerve chemical activity, stimulated nerve cell growth and lowered levels of stress hormones.  In many cases, PS appears to reverse age-related memory loss in clinical studies.

I have looked at several studies with successful outcomes when patients were treated with 100 to 400 milligrams of PS a day for an average of three months.  The patients were typically elderly with various degrees of age-related memory loss. I have personally seen success with a family member.

Is a deficiency in PS the only cause for age-related memory loss?  No.  A number of studies have shown that hypertension, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, heavy mental poisoning, menopause, multiple medications, depression, lack of mental activity, stress and atherosclerosis have an effect of cognitive impairment.  In fact, one study done by Larrabee & Crook in 1994 estimated that more than half of people over age 60 have some age-related memory impairment.

Age-related memory impairment can be as slight as a perception of memory loss.  You say to yourself, “Where did I put my car keys?”  Many times, this slight level of perceived memory impairment can be overcome by looking at the location of where you placed your keys, glasses, or other item that you use frequently and say to your brain, “I left my keys on the counter next the phone.”  This reinforces your brain to remember where you left something.

What simple things can help prevent memory loss?  Treat hypertension if you have it. Take more vitamin B12 if you are deficient. B12 in a cobalamin. Methyl cobalamin is absorbable under the tongue and bypasses the stomach. Cobalamin cannot survive the digestive acid in your stomach. Make sure you take the right form of B12.

Take a test of heavy metal poisoning, and, if poisoned, take an appropriate remedy.  You can also have your doctor review your medications to see if there might be overlapping side effects might also include memory loss.  A change in prescriptions might be advised – talk to you doctor.

The FDA has had reports cognitive difficulty from patients taking statin drugs for cholesterol control.  Half of the memory loss problems occurred within the first two months of starting a statin protocol.  Some memory loss problems were identified within five days.  Recovery from memory loss was noticed in those most of those patients who discontinued their statin drug programs.

Depression can be treated in a number of ways.  I have seen interesting positive results with Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  Lack of mental activity is easy – do more crossword puzzles, Sudoku and the like. Read more, talk more to people you don’t associate with much – the conversations will be different and simulating.

Overcoming stress is similar to depression relief.  There are many solutions.  EFT has amazing results with stress relief.  Atherosclerosis can be evaluated by your doctor and treatment can be forthcoming if that is your problem.  Thirty to forty minutes of moderate walking a day can ‘force’ more blood into your brain and begin knocking down some of the cobwebs that might have grown there because of inactivity.  All these options are open to you, plus PS supplementation.

PS supplementation has been shown to be more effective with early on-set Alzheimer’s.  There are few side effects from PS supplementation – nothing greater than an upset stomach.  Generally, the longer you had impaired memory problems, the longer it takes to return to normal.  There has been a noticeable change in memory loss in most patients, even if they don’t return to the full memory level.  There seems to be a gradual build-up of PS to required levels in your brain.  The longer it is taken the better the results.

Professor Parris Kidd from the Memory Loss Institute has reviewed over 3000 peer-reviewed research papers on PS and found remarkable benefits.  PS supplementation has been established as very safe to take.  Professor Kidd believes that PS supplementation (phosphatidyl serine and phosphatidyl choline) is the single best means for conserving memory and other high brain functions as we age.  Retaining good brain function in later years can be as simple as using your brain more.

This is a partial list of actions that might be considered.