My Human has been very lax lately not posting on this MY FAVORITE BLOG but focusing her attention on CATNIPblog which we all know is dedicated to the wrong species. She has been a bit under the weather and using that for an excuse not to go to art classes, not to clean her office, not to eat properly, not to do anything she doesn’t want to do. HUMANS! I constantly have to remind her it’s time for treats and take her on walks.
My last CATNIPblog post was such an important one that I am referencing it here so all of you who do not have a canine to take care of you will go out and adopt one quickly.
Here’s an excerpt from my post and the salient information:
I take my human out for a walk as often as I can. She’s a bit delusional . . . she thinks she’s walking me. So I constantly have to find proof that she needs to quit patting herself on the back and pat me.
“In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, dog owners on average walked 22 minutes more per day compared to people who didn’t own a dog.”
“If you look at studies on pet ownership, people who own pets seem to live longer than those who don’t own them,” . . .
“The digestive tract and the brain are crucially linked,according to mounting evidence showing that diet and gut bacteria are able to influence our behavior, thoughts and mood. Now researchers have found evidence of bacterial translocation, or “leaky gut,” among people with depression”.
“Normally the digestive system is surrounded by an impermeable wall of cells. Certain behaviors and medical conditions can compromise this wall, allowing toxic substances and bacteria to enter the bloodstream. In a study published in the May issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, approximately 35 percent of depressed participants showed signs of leaky gut, based on blood tests.”
“Bugs That Influence the Brain
Preliminary research suggests that these common gut microbes can also affect our thoughts and feelings.
1. Helicobacter pylori: Children infected with this ulcer-causing bacterium performed worse on IQ tests, suggesting a possible link between H. pylori infection and cognitive development.
2. Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum: Healthy human volunteers who consumed a probiotic mix of these bacteria exhibited less anxiety and depression.
3. Probiotic bacteria B. animalis subsp. lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus, L. delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus, L. lactis
subsp. lactis: Healthy women who consumed yogurt containing these bugs showed less activity in brain regions that process emotions and physical sensations.Researchers do not yet know whether these effects were beneficial; they also have not discovered the mechanism underlying the observed shift in brain activity.
4. Lactobacilli: Healthy students had fewer of these bacteria present in their stool during a high-stress exam time compared with a less stressful period during the semester. The findings suggest a potential link between stress and gut microbes, but the exact relation remains unknown”.
In the aftermath of all health issues imilar situations, feelings, responses occur for all people trying to find the NEW NORMAL after all chronic physical impairments, illnesses and conditions.
I URGE you to read the rest of this excellent post at My Heart Sisters to have a first person account.
Dr Keddy goes into detail about the impact of her unexpected heart attack once back home. Here’s how she begins:
Dr. Barbara Keddy: “It was the worst thing that has ever happened to me and my life has been changed forever. I now have the label of a ‘cardiac patient’. I am a new member of a club I did not want to join and worse, I don’t know the ins and outs of this organization. There is so much to learn and I am dragging my feet as I learn, wishing there was some way to resign from the membership.”
When I was in my 30’s I ate a LOT of chocolate. I ate chocolate rather than eating fruit, vegetables or protein. I liked my chocolate straight up, with a shooter of brownies or on the rocks (ice cream). And I was fit and thin. In my 40’s I cut down on my chocolate consumption. I was nearing middle age and needed to be more health conscious. Looking back the less chocolate I ate the heavier I got. Now I’m overweight.
And NOW a new study came out that finds those who eat chocolate several times a week are leaner than those who don’t eat it regularly!
“A new study finds that people who eat chocolate several times a week are actually leaner than people who don’t eat chocolate regularly.
Really, we asked? Last time we checked chocolate was loaded with fat and sugar. But this new research, along with some prior studies, suggests chocolate may favorably influence metabolism.
To test this theory, Beatrice Golomb, an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, asked about 1,000 people, ages 20 to 85, a simple question: “How many times a week do you consume chocolate?” The participants then completed food frequency questionnaires to estimate their caloric intakes of a whole range of foods including chocolate. They also had weight and height measurement taken to calculate their body mass index, or BMI.
“In our study, people who ate chocolate more often actually ate more calories,” says Golomb. “But in spite of that they had lower [BMI].”
How much lower? For a 5-foot-tall woman, weighing about 120 pounds, the study found that she was likely to be about 5 pounds lighter if she was a frequent eater of chocolate (five times a week). So to lose 20 pounds I need to eat it 20 times a week. They aren’t saying how MUCH so I’ll start experimenting and let you know. Anything in the interest of science.
And, no, the people with serious chocolate habits did not exercise more than those who weren’t in the habit of eating chocolate. Ain’t science wonderful!?
This study certainly does not prove that frequent chocolate consumption causes people to be leaner: The researchers found that chocolate’s correlation to thinness started to melt away among the participants who consumed the most. They also didn’t suss out whether the type of chocolate — white, milk, or dark, which can have varying amounts of cocoa — made a difference.
But what’s fascinating here is the notion that our bodies may not treat all calories the same way.
“I think a really important point is that it isn’t just the number of calories that matter,” says Golomb. But the composition of calories seems to matter, too.
Not all researchers are convinced of this. Broadly speaking, the “calories in, calories out” method of managing weight is effective for most people.
And it’s possible that overweight participants in the study under-reported their their chocolate consumption, according to Jane Wardle of the University College London. Indeed, a lot of researchers agree that self-reported food data can be flawed. (Now who would do that in a SCIENTIFIC investigation?)
But what research shows is that certain foods contain compounds that have some power to positively influence metabolic factors.
“When people talk about the health benefits of chocolate,” says food scientist Joshua Lambert of Penn State University, “they typically talk about compounds called polyphenols.”
When he investigated some specific polyphenols found in cocoa, he found that they potently inhibit an enzyme, called pancreatic lipase, that’s responsible for digesting dietary fat.
This means that the fat in chocolate may exit our bodies before it has a chance to be absorbed. Or, in other words, these compounds in cocoa may help us fend off fat.
Lambert’s studies have been conducted in test tubes and mice, not in people. “So there’s a big leap from what we’re doing to what the [UC San Diego researchers] are doing.”
But it might be one mechanism that explains why frequent chocolate eaters tend to be leaner.
Another possible mechanism is that the compounds in chocolate may increase the energy that cells make. Researchers are studying this as well.
So, for now, if you’re a chocolate lover, lose the guilt. Or, be reassured, for now, that the associations between eating chocolate and body weight move in the preferred direction.
And one more thing: This study was not funded by the chocolate industry. Funding came from the National Institute of Health; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and the UC San Diego General Clinical Research Center.”
What an incredibly wonderful world this is to be missed by people I’ve never met in person yet feel like family. Wendy, Laurie thank you so much for your concern
I’ve been off for a while – off-line, off mentally, physically and dare I say emotionally. (It’s a bit blasphemous in the therapeutic community for a therapist to be off emotionally and admit it SO PLEASE don’t tell anyone. I DO have a reputation to uphold)
Not sure which is the chicken, which is the egg. All this heart tweaking, testing, stopping miracle Mirapex (click for the saga) has set off my fibro “stuff” and/or the fibro stuff caused the heart stuff which set off the fibro stuff.
The upshot: My body feels like it’s been hit with a train, my brain isn’t remembering, and my affect is rather flat – that’s therapist speak for “depressed”. I’m blessed that I have enough energy to go to work, and focus while I’m there. I find other people’s difficulties and issues far more interesting than my own.
This is the first time I’ve used the new word press format – and the WordPressies already gave this post a title: “Title (optional)” The WordPressie People are really smart. Most things in life are indeed optional – even health.
Been off-line for a few days listening to my heart.
Experiencing . . . again . .. light-headedness when exercising and blood pressure careening from too too high to too too low.
The funny thing is that I have reverse “white coat syndrome” – You know, when you get anxious in the doctor’s office and your blood pressure becomes elevated. My blood pressure goes into a perfect range every time a healthcare professional takes it!
Yup, my heart is REALLY smart. It knows when it’s going to the doctor’s office. It knows when it’s being monitored.
I wore a 24 hour halter monitor to see if the light-headedness had anything to do with the electrical activity.
As soon as they put the electrodes on yesterday I went on a long fast paced walk — no light-headedness.
An hour later I walked a bit over a mile to my office to see a client — no light-headedness. (Thank goodness the client I saw is compassionate. She didn’t blink as I sat wiping the perspiration from my face, neck and hair).
When I got home I went on another 45 minute walk — no light-headedness.
Knowing I had to turn the halter monitor in today and I had meetings all morning I got up at 5:30 am and walked for 60 minutes, up and down hills. You guessed it. No light-headedness.
The National Library of Medicine’s Visible Human Project®.” has created an astounding collection of over 18,000 anatomical, three-dimensional images of normal male and female human bodies. Using techniques such as CT (Computerized Tomography), MR(Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and cryosection images the project has provided a stunning array of images and video that were never before available for viewing by scientists and the general public. To see another VERY cool video of a “melt through of the human body”, click here . You will need Real Player to view these clips (download free version of Real Player by going to http://www.real.com/freeplayer)
Computerized Tomography is the process of using computerized digital processing to generate a three-dimensional image of the internal organs using a series of two-dimensional x-ray images. The individual x-ray image “slices” are taken using a x-ray tube that rotates around the object taking many scans as the body is moved through the gantry. The scans from each 360 degree sweep are processed to produce a single cross-section. The word “tomography” is derived from the Greek tomos (slice) and graphia (describing).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a technique for creating images of organs inside living organisms. It is primarily used to visualize pathology or other abnormalities in living tissues and is now a commonly used form of medical imaging.
The male cadaver used in the Visible Human Project was from Joseph Paul Jernigan, a 38-year-old Texas convicted murderer who was executed by lethal injection on August 5, 1993. He donated his body for scientific research at the recommendation of the prison pastor. Some people have expressed ethical concerns over this. The female donor remains anonymous.
The male cadaver was frozen and cut into 1,871 axial slices (1 mm) which were photographed and digitized yielding more than 65 gigabytes of data! The female cadaver was cut into 0.3 mm slices yielding some 40 gigabytes of data.
The goal of the Visible Human Project was to produce images that contribute to our knowledge of human anatomy for medical, educational, and research purposes. Continuing discoveries are being made as a result of this project.
Instructions: Unrolled and spread 1 & 1/2 can crescent rolls on bottom of un-greased pan. Combine softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla. Spread mixture over crescent rolls. Unroll and spread remaining crescent rolls over mixture. Spread melted butter over the top and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
*EAYOR = eat at your own risk.
The owner of this blog nor his Human are responsible for any and all
health issues, cravings or weight gain
that may result from this post.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 553 | Total Fat: 36.2g | Cholesterol: 82mg