Survivors of traumatic events, people with chronic illnesses, those struggling with addiction and many others usually do so much better when they have someone to talk to, which is always one of the everyday dilemmas of people.
We often hear our friends say that eating foods rich in antioxidants will help ward off cancer cells or free radicals within the body. Is this true? Well, it is one of the perks of regularly eating foods that are antioxidant-rich. It doesn’t mean though that if you already have cancer, eating these foods will make the cancer go away in a snap. The point here is that if you eat these foods early on, the onset of cancer might be prevented.
The World Health Organization announced that cancer is still among the leading causes of mortality, owing to the 8 million cancer deaths documented in 2012. Apparently, a large portion of these deaths are associated with improper diet and lifestyle routines, which include not getting the right nutrients from fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. Second to cancer is heart disease, and following that are hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, with unhealthy diet being a contributing factor for all.
You eat this and that because you think that it’s healthy and nutritious. Well, you may have been eating a lot of “wholesome” foods, but in reality, it’s not really healthy at all. Your local grocery store may confuse you even more because they are focused on sales and not telling you the real deal.
My family owns a farm in our hometown. Before, it used to be a sugarcane farm and you won’t see any other plant except for some few palm trees lining the roads. We used to go there just to take a breather from the city life and we would buy food and fruits that we see along the way. After a few years, that farm is now transformed into a beautiful plantation of fruit trees and root crops and a generous land spared to grow organically fed pigs and chickens.
If there is one way to annoy an M.D., veterinarian or nutritionist, it is to start a sentence with “I saw on the internet that…” No, you didn’t. You saw something which you are not equipped to interpret or understand, out of context, from an unreliable source. This is why you are willing to pay money for the services of someone who has actually spent years and thousands of dollars to gain the scientific knowledge necessary to give credible advice.
Anxiety attack help is still seen by many as popping a Valium, or perhaps breathing into a paper bag. While such actions may be effective at the time, one has to wonder if it is not also possible to avoid or diminish anxiety or panic attacks, without the person at risk being forced to avoid stressors or otherwise constrain their daily activities.
As it happens, the answer is not just probably, but definitely “yes”. Exercise, meditation of various types and cognitive-behavioral therapy have all been shown to be effective ways of managing both the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks. On a physical level, just like exercise (particularly aerobic exercise) stabilizes hormone levels and improves metabolism, good nutrition also impacts the brain in a very direct sense. This means that a person’s mood is more stable and they are less likely to spiral into an uncontrollable, physical fight or flight state. “Activity scheduling entails creating a plan, say, Sunday night, for the week where you plot out times to be with people, take exercise classes, work on projects, etc. Often, people wait until a mood or motivation moves them. Rather than waiting for those tenuous experiences, I urge people to be proactive and follow their values. Don’t wait to feel better, but start to live better now.” Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD, LA-based clinical psychologist said.
As far as long-term recovery goes, talk therapy in a variety of modes offers the best option, with around 90% of depression patients responding positively to treatment. This is unfortunately of little use when I can’t find a good therapist near me, or if I need to get back on track as quickly as possible and get on with my life.