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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.

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