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Now we know, why men die earlier than women
26.03.16 - pt team
Now we know, why men die earlier than women



A new study has found that the tougher men think they are, the less likely they are to be honest with their doctors.
 
Men are less likely than women to go to the doctor, more likely to choose a male doctor when they do go, but less likely to be honest with that doctor about their symptoms, Rutgers psychologists have found. The researchers believe this may contribute to men's dying earlier than women.
 
"The question that we wanted to answer was, why do men die earlier than women?" said researcher Diana Sanchez, adding "Men can expect to die five years earlier than women, and physiological differences don't explain that difference."
 
Researcher Mary Himmelstein and Sanchez found that men who held traditional beliefs about masculinity that men should be tough, brave, self-reliant and restrained in their expression of emotion were more likely to ignore medical problems, or at least put off dealing with them, than women or than men with less traditional beliefs.
 
Ironically, the researchers found, men tend to be more honest about their medical symptoms with female doctors, because, Sanchez theorizes, to be honest about vulnerabilities causes them no loss of status with women.
 
Himmelstein says. "Men have a cultural script that tells them they should be brave, self-reliant and tough. Women don't have that script, so there isn't any cultural message telling them that, to be real women, they should not make too much of illnesses and symptoms."
 
The studies are published in Preventive Medicine and The Journal of Health Psychology.




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For Heart Diseases Prescribing Medications to Lower Cholesterol, Diet of Less Fat Is Wrong: Heart Surgeon
22.03.16 - By : Dr. Dwight Lundel
For Heart Diseases Prescribing Medications to Lower Cholesterol, Diet of Less Fat Is Wrong: Heart Surgeon



We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.
 
I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled "opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.
 
The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.
 
It Is Not Working!
 
These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
 
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
 
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
 
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.
 
Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.
 
Inflammation is not complicated — it is quite simply your body’s natural defence to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process,a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is beneficial.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well,smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.
 
The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.
 
Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.
 
Take a moment to visualize rubbing a stiff brush repeatedly over soft skin until it becomes quite red and nearly bleeding. you kept this up several times a day, every day for five years. If you could tolerate this painful brushing, you would have a bleeding, swollen infected area that became worse with each repeated injury. This is a good way to visualize the inflammatory process that could be going on in your body right now.
 
Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.
 
While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.
 
How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?
 
Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.
 
When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.
 
What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.
 
While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.
 
Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential -they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.
 
If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.
 
Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.
 
To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.
 
There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.
 
One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.
 
Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the "science” that has been drummed into your head for decades.
 
The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.
 
The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
 
What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.
 

This article was originally published by Prevent Disease.com





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Why Do We Love The Nonsense Talk
19.03.16 - HARLEEN PANDHER
Why Do We Love The Nonsense Talk



Robin Sharma says… "Average People Talk about People. Exceptional People Discuss Their Dreams”.
 
Man is a social being. He interacts and mingle with different groups of society. This interaction becomes all the more pleasant and interesting when we are sitting among our friends. We chat, laugh, and discuss things- sometimes important and sometimes unimportant. We chill. Sometimes, we do bit of "Gossip", too.
 
Life becomes good when surrounded by friends.  We give our ‘true’, perfect, first hand views about people sitting among peers, laughing and opening up with them. A group of girls planned a holiday after they all got married. All the friends were in full mood and talked about everything on Earth. It was quite interesting as they met after a long time so they talked about everything, ranging from their husband’s most irritating habits to good habits, but the favourite topic remained- MOTHERS-IN-LAW. This topic had a variety. Many of the friends were newly-wed so everybody did put their input. Prerna said her mother-in-law was good. She helped her in her daily chores. All were quite amused as its rare we listen to such good things especially about mothers-in-law. Guntas expressed her feelings that her mother-in-law favors her daughter more than her. Ruchika said her sister-in-law felt jealous when all appreciated her for good food she prepares or for the beautiful suits she wore. Other friend poured her heart narrating her tales of bad mother-in-law. Every time, it's not that all mothers-in-law are bad but small little habits get too irritated.
 
This was one side of the coin. Mrs Cheena organized kitty party at her place. Naturally ladies of her age attended the party. When they were together, the topic of daughters-in-law was natural to crop up. Now, they all narrated their views. Some gelled quite well with their daughter-in-laws while few had issues. Mrs. Cheema was not very happy at the prospect of daughter-in-laws becoming more open and modern. One of the member complained that her daughter-in-law is too lazy. Mrs. Pandher complained that too much education has spoiled young girl's mind. Over all, it was mainly criticism in the whole party.
 
Few days back, I was sitting at my friend's place, Surbhi. It has been just few months that she had joined a college near Chandigarh. She was narrating her piece of story about how politics goes around at work place. Females are not given much opportunity to come forward in life. Her experience was not very healthy. While we were chatting, one of our friends, who was working in a newspaper joined us. She was so frustrated with her colleagues that she didn't felt like interacting with them. She complained about then not being co-operative and instead being more into back-biting. Quite unexpectedly, we discussed lot many things and derived many conclusions. Overall, we had a great day. But, somewhere all we were involved into the whole day was criticism. 
 
Yesterday, I was out of station and when I came back I was so pissed off to find the house all messy and dirty as my servant didn't come. Without wasting much time, I ran to my neighbor’s house to discover that her maid also didn't turned up because she's sick. Then, standing at the gate only we discussed rather criticized servants whole-heartedly. Our so called discussion went something like this--Oh God, these maids are pathetic. Give them money every day but don't ask them to work. They are thankless creatures. They have nearly become indispensable but what to do we don't have any option. We literally have to submit ourselves to them. Ufff....so bad...
 
Aman and Neeraj were discussing politics. Neeraj commented... Manmohan Singh is a corrupt man, without having any facts or logic. Aman pointed him out if he has seen him doing corruption? Neeraj's reply was quite amazing... No, I haven't met him but I "think" so. So, now we can well imagine what our plight is when we speak. "Kejriwal’s government will work or it will not work… He’s good administrator or he’s bad.” We comment. Appreciation is less but criticism is more. There are two things- Think before you speak or at least think after you speak. Hardly any people actually implement this. We don’t even bother what is said or done. Majority of us talk without logic, merely just few observations or sometimes they are not even observations instead fake comments about others. And, after criticizing, we end it saying…. "Oh, leave it, we were just discussing”.
 
These are just the few instances from routine life. Did you notice something? We have talked about variegated topics we are involved into. We hardly appreciate any person’s hard-work. As it’s said,
 
"The most easiest and simple task is to condemn and criticize others”.
 
The problem is, we have so many complexes---may be inferiority or superiority complex. We lack initiative in life, and don’t have much courage to ‘be a change to bring about change’. We don’t think in those terms. Then, what happens when we see other person excelling in his or her life, we feel jealous. And, out of jealousy, we tend to say bad words about others. The problem is they can’t stop the other person so the easiest way is to condemn and criticize others. Quite unfortunate to point out, if we have a look around, we’ll notice that in seminars we don’t concentrate on new issues. "NEW ELEMENT’ is lacking just people are running to get a certificate or a status in the long run. These are just few observations.
 
Besides these, there are not one but numerous topics we talk throughout the day. Fashion, politics, family relations, sex or others we can talk about them at length.
 
The point is throughout the day we are so much engrossed in our daily routines that we don’t even observe we waste so much time gossiping about others. If self-introspection is done then we’ll see how much actually we talk sense? Or we talk about some constructive work? Last but not the least, how much we are positive? We hardly like to talk about new issues in life, we rarely talk about creative aspect of life but are more involved into back-biting. So, we need to mend our outlook. If not much, at least we should try to concentrate on positive aspects of life. Actual aim of writing this piece is that we should analyze as to how much we talk about overall developments, achievements, creative ideas, dreams, desires, goals of our life in a day. Instead, we are busy discussing other people and their lives, which leads us nowhere. So quit nonsense talks and become exceptional people and discuss dreams...




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75 Years Long Study Of People By Harvard Found That Happiness Comes From One Thing…
16.03.16 - pt team
75 Years Long Study Of People By Harvard Found That Happiness Comes From One Thing…



What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life?

If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken.

As the director of 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction.

In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.
 
Happiness is one of the most important things in life, yet it's also one of the hardest to study.
 
Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger is the director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest and most complete studies of adult life ever conducted. Waldinger described some of the secrets to happiness revealed by the study in a recent TED talk.

The study followed two cohorts of men for 75 years, starting in 1938:

268 Harvard sophomores as part of the "Grant Study" led by Harvard psychiatrist George Vaillant
 
456 12- to 16-year-old boys who grew up in inner-city Boston as part of the "Glueck Study" led by Harvard Law School professor Sheldon Glueck
 
The researchers surveyed the men about their lives (including the quality of their marriages, job satisfaction, and social activities) every two years and monitored their physical health (including chest X-rays, blood tests, urine tests, and echocardiograms) every five years.

They came away with one major finding: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.

In his TED Talk, Waldinger pointed out three key lessons about happiness:

1. Close relationships
The men in both groups of the Harvard study who reported being closer to their family, friends, or community tended to be happier and healthier than their less social counterparts. They also tended to live longer. By comparison, people who said they were lonelier reported feeling less happy. They also had worse physical and mental health, as defined above.

A 2014 review of dozens of studies published in the journal Social and Personality Psychology Compass suggests that loneliness can get in the way of mental functioning, sleep, and well-being, which in turn increases the risk of illness and death.

2. Quality (not quanity) of relationships
It's not just being in a relationship that matters. Married couples who said they argued constantly and had low affection for one another (which study authors defined as "high-conflict marriages") were actually less happy than people who weren't married at all, the Harvard study found.

However, the effect of relationship quality seems to depend somewhat on age. A 2015 study published in the journal Psychology and Aging that followed people for 30 years found that the number of relationships people had was, in fact, more important for people in their 20s, but the quality of relationships had a bigger effect on social and psychological well being when people were in their 30s.

3. Stable, supportive marriages
Being socially connected to others isn't just good for our physical health. It also helps stave off mental decline. People who were married without having divorced, separating, or having "serious problems" until age 50 performed better on memory tests later in life than those who weren't, the Harvard study found.

And other research backs this up. A 2013 study in the journal PLOS ONE found that marriage, among other factors, was linked to a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

All of this suggests that strong relationships are critical to our health.

Society places a lot of emphasis on wealth and "leaning in" to our work, Waldinger said. "But over and over, over these 75 years, our study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community."

Original post appeared on Ted.com




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Spring Trends - Pastel Shades
12.03.16 - Prabhsimar Kaur
Spring Trends - Pastel Shades



Spring season should be termed as a confusing season because this season neither lets you feel cold nor hot. Apart from this, spring is the time when we shed off the load of clothes we have been wearing in winters and welcome summer with open arms, but this not too hot and not too cold season also has some trends to follow as this season is different in all the terms. 
 
Spring season has its own colours which not only compliments the weather outside but also lets you soak in the sun and still helps you to remain all cool. Recent trend which has been seen this season is of the pastel colours.
These colours look good in summer but in spring season they have their own effect. 
 
Pastel shades look refreshing in this season as too dark colours of winter and bright summer colours don't look as good as them. Pastel shades are usually described as ‘soothing’, ‘soft’, ‘near neutral’, ‘milky’, ‘washed out’, ‘desaturated’, lacking strong chromatic content. 
 
Pink, mauve, and baby blue are typical pastel colors. Recently tinsel town celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Madhuri Dixit, Hema Malini, Genelia D’Souza, Jacqueline Fernandez and others have been seen carrying pastel shades and even on various red carpet occasions these shades have been among the top choices in traditional as well as western wear. 

Many designers have launched their collection in these beautiful shades.
 
Now apart from the common reds, pinks and greens, go for these new shades which have now become a must have colour in one's wardrobe.






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