The United Nations has conducted a global survey on deaths by suicide and found that each year it accounted for 800,000 deaths. Whilst the highest rates were in people over 70 it was also the second leading cause of death in those aged 15 to 29 globally. Men outnumbered women by three to one in developed countries.
The WHO’s director general Margaret Chan was quoted on Reuters saying this was a “call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for too long”.
The steady growth of stepfamilies over the past few decades means there are millions upon millions of stepmums around the globe. Stepmum’s experience significant life changes when they transition into the role of ‘stepmum.’ These changes can be transformative as the experience may bring with it an enriching and enlivening quality to a woman’s life.
Last week I was interviewed about the use of medical marihuana. A survey done by a news site locally showed some 97% of respondents in favour of its use especially in those with cancer. Whilst online surveys can’t be absolutely relied on, this is a remarkably high figure.
And it is not that surprising.
In the USA where President Nixon started the war on drugs over 40 years ago we now have close to 30 states where medical marihuana is legal and two states where it is fully legal. Yet concurrently its use is responsible for a large number of people being in jail.
You’ve probably noticed that if the topic of sex and seniors comes up when your children or other young ones are around, that invariably you get a disgusted look appearing on their faces. Or you may get the response, “TMI” (Too Much Information).
The fact is that when it comes to sex, “It ain’t over till it’s over!”. Seniors are sexually active and can be so until well into their 90’s. In an interview, the well-known fitness guru, Jack Lalanne and his wife stated that they were still sexually active into their 90’s. Sex is a normal part of life and there is actually great benefit keeping it up into your later years.
The human body is remarkably good at regulating itself. Everything from body temperature to heart rate to blood levels of dozens of minerals are all kept in a range that the body needs. For everything there is a sweet spot. Too much or too little is a problem.
Temperature regulation is a good example. If we get a fever then body will seek to bring the temperature back down to the normal level, not lower than normal. In fact a low temperature is as dangerous than a high one.
So it would make sense then for this principal to be applied to most areas of our health.
Yep you heard it, chocolate!
Doesn’t just the whole concept of that sound wrong? All our lives we have been brought up to believe that chocolate is a treat, something you limit, have a little after dinner or after you have eaten some ‘good’ food to balance out the crap in which you are just about to indulge? Well if you are talking about commercial chocolate that has been heat or chemically extracted, loaded with refined sugar and other nasties then you would still be correct, however raw cacao has emerged in recent years with a gold star rating for its health benefits.
There was a meme on facebook that caught my eye. It described growing your own food as being an act of civil disobedience. This seems odd as there is no law against doing it and most of us who grow herbs or lemons would hardly regard it as some sort of statement. I do recognize that for some self-sustainability is a political statement but you need more than just growing a few vegetables to achieve this.
When someone first asked me about my self-talk, I was a little concerned to realize I DID talk to myself. My understanding was, when people talk to themselves, they need medical help.
That was many years ago but I am continually amazed at how little awareness there is about that little voice we all have, as it is a very important contributor to our health and how we experience your world. Are you friends with your unconscious mind?
Here is something you are likely to have missed. The Canadian Heart And Stroke Foundation is ending its Heart Check program. This is the equivalent of the tick program in Australia where certain foods get a tick for being “healthy”.
One small problem- many of them were not.
Constantly feeling bloated and not sure what is causing it? Do you often feel tired and sluggish?
This is quite common and more often than not, it is related to the food that we eat and our overall digestive health. That fullness and swelling of the abdomen can be very uncomfortable, frustrating and even painful for some people. There are lots of dietary and lifestyle measures that you can take to beat the bloat – I will tell you all about these shortly.