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  •  It's not clear if stress is particularly important (7+ / 0-)

    for AD. Stress management can't hurt, of course.

    •  Stress is an underlying disrupter of (9+ / 0-)

      health all through the body. Some people have more trouble with their gut, others skin, lungs.  We usually don't know whose genes are suceptible to any particular stress trigger.  In this case, if started younger, it could help some % for whom it is a trigger.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 04:10:55 PM PDT

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      •  No evidence that it causes Alzheimer's (3+ / 0-)
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        •  Uh, no, this is a WHOLE lot more (2+ / 0-)
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          complicated than that simplistic assumption.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Thu Mar 20, 2014 at 11:08:41 PM PDT

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          •  You're verging on victim blaming. There are (1+ / 0-)
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            things that happen beyond a person's control, and they don't deserve to be told that they earned it.

            Stress is also not a  uniquely 21st century phenomenon. There have always been sources of stress. How would you envision wiping it out?

            •  Particular stress related to post-industrial (1+ / 0-)
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              living conditions are unique to the human existence I believe.


              "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

              by Pescadero Bill on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 09:57:32 AM PDT

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            •  Try reading comments more carefully (0+ / 0-)

              I am in no way suggesting people who have stress illness' are to blame. (Seriously, what comment led you to that conclusion?) Most significantly because I am all too familiar with having developed multiple diagnoses that my lifestyle habits should have prevented. What I wasn't able to do was maintain stress management.

              Stress management is different than wiping it out. I am way too aware that the thousands of toxins we now have in our environment cannot be removed. They trigger all kinds of illness, dysfunction and inflammation -the other underlying cause of disease.

              The difference in management is habits that biologically counter stress by decreasing hormone levels more quickly. Walking and bonding activities (singing, laughing, lactation, orgasm and high risk actions/events) keep the excess hormones reduced and countered with endorphins. Those were highly prevalent in tribal groups and continued in varying forms with civilization.

              The other pieces our culture is deficient in are traditional practices that reduce stress. Meditation and yoga are significant stress management. Other activities such as the middle/far east tea traditions or the relaxed enjoyment of meals.

              As a cardiac nurse I have told many patients that the Mediterranean diet is very good but you probably will not have the best results unless you also follow the Mediterranean lifestyle. Americans increasingly do not take time to eat lunch away from their desks. Family dinners?  Did that, it makes a big difference in how the kids cope with the stress at school. Stats support it.

              Teaching people how their human body works and helping them understand the disease/healing process has always been central to my nursing practice. I am so non-judgemental, a lot of coworkers concluded I am naive.

              Then there's my sig line.

              "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

              by Ginny in CO on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 05:38:12 PM PDT

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              •  Reference please on family dinner making a big (0+ / 0-)

                difference on how kids cope with school.  I am asking to learn, not to challenge you.  
                How well were family dinners separated from other things, such as reading to your children?  I would bet that encouraging your children to read ranks ahead of eating with them in terms of school success.  BUT can these factors be separated?  There is a big correlation between eating with and reading with your children.  
                Also parents who eat and read with their children probably are better educated, better paid and more concerned about school performance - all factors leading to success of children in school.

    •  I disagree. Already research has shown that (3+ / 0-)

      depression is a major risk factor along with a sedentary lifestyle (which may be a result of social isolation)

      Depression is often identified as a brain chemistry issue, but I see it more of an egg layed by the chicken of chronic stress.

      Chronic Stress caused by a culture that has all sorts of issues, that could be alleviated with mindfulness, urban planning, living wage, affordable housing, and perhaps learning to value our elderly instead of throwing people away once they hit 40 or 50.

      "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

      by GreenMother on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 05:13:51 AM PDT

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    •  Stress interrupts sleep patterns and it's sleep (0+ / 0-)

      that helps 'clean' the brain of the assaulting proteins in the first place.

      There's the negative effect on our bodies of our modern stressful lives, then there are the unknown negative effects of long term exposure to environmental chemicals such as those used in agriculture like glyphosate and fumigant pesticides found on many fruits and vegetables.

      fumigants remain the most heavily used pesticides in the state at over 50 million pounds. They also rank among the most hazardous and drift-prone, traveling from where they’re applied in the field to neighboring homes and schools. Fumigants are prevalently used in the state’s strawberry fields, and because they are likely to drift—posing health threats to those living or working nearby—state officials are increasing their support of farmers as they phase fumigants out.

      http://www.panna.org/...

      We are at a point where we can finally study the first generation human lab rats having been exposed their entire lives to these toxic chemicals. And I count myself as one. Though kids growing up today are probably much more saturated considering they started out with toxin laced mother's milk in many cases.

      Lucky us huh?


      "We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." - Louis Brandies

      by Pescadero Bill on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 09:46:55 AM PDT

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