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“You have cancer!” Those are three words no one wants to hear. It all started in August 2010 when I was age 65. I had been cleaning out my fridge, and that night I noticed my hand and arm were a bit sore. The next day my arm started to swell, especially around the elbow area. I thought I had strained my arm with too much cleaning. Before I knew it, over a period of some weeks, my hand was swollen and my lower arm and elbow had blown up into a very large arm.
Why are large numbers of people – including children – obese to the point that the weight loss industry is booming? Is it just gluttony or might it be something else? Recent research has revealed that there certainly is something else, and it is to do with two particular hormones, the role of one of these having been discovered only very recently.
The two hormones govern when we are hungry, when it’s time to stop eating, and what our body should do with its glucose and fat – store them or burn them. The hormones are insulin that is well understood and leptin which has functions that are recent discoveries. (Hormones are chemical messengers that control all bodily activities.)
Leptin is the more intriguing – let’s look at it first.
By Dr Mary Casey, psychologist
Have you ever started a new job only to discover it’s a minefield of gossip and negativity? Is your workload causing your social life to shrivel up? Or is management leaving you feeling micromanaged or, worse, neglected?
It is a rare number of Australians that really focus on achieving contentment at work, most of us putting up with negative cultures and long hours as part and parcel of working life.
Even though many of us think we could never be content at work, we aren’t powerless and can achieve satisfaction. We spend more time at our jobs than we do with family and friends, so having a good frame of mind at the workplace is essential to our health and wellbeing. A large part of what we can control is how we respond to the culture, colleagues and the work.
I always recommend that early on in a new role, you spot where the negativity is coming from – a particular person, team or project. Once you’ve identified it, set strong boundaries so it’s easier to deal with. In my businesses, I manage 200 employees, so I have had plenty of experience in this area.
My strategies to deal with difficult people at work and difficult workplaces are a result of my research at the Casey Centre over five years. A lot of the following strategies are about creating a positive frame of mind, maintaining it by distancing yourself from negative influences, and nurturing a positive work environment.
by Lyn McLean
Do you have a Gauss lurking unseen at your workplace? Are there many milliGauss in your kitchen or your child’s bedroom? Can they be found at your computer or hiding behind the bedroom wall?
If you live in a house, townhouse, villa or flat, if you work indoors or if you go to school, the answer is probably yes to at least some of these questions.
What are milliGauss and should they be busted?
Abridged and edited from an enewsletter by Dr Joseph Mercola, dated 29-12-12. Dr Mercola, of Illinois USA, produces free, regular enewsletters accessed via his website, http://www.mercola.com. They are natural health oriented and very informative.
Soft, cottony tampons look so innocuous, but they're often laced with dioxin … And a woman unwittingly places them against her skin repeatedly for decades on end. It's the risk no one talks about.
Something you wear so intimately and with such regularity you would want to know for sure it's safe? You may be thinking, what could possibly be not safe with feminine hygiene products?