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Anger, Hatred, Cowardice

What is going on in the country concerning Dr. Christine Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh is appalling and so disturbing to me that it became necessary for me to once again check out Thicht Nhat Hahn's book "Anger" from the library.  Years ago my psychiatrist recommended this book be read because he sensed anger disturbing the quality of my life. Anger causes confusion, consternation, debilitating emotions...dangerous emotions causing havoc in the lives of others and in the life of the person under its sway.

The Value of Meditation

When I was in St. Francis Hospital in San Francisco in 1974,diagnosed with an acute schizophrenic episode, paranoid varietyand later in June of '74 my doctors recommended both yoga and meditation for the relief of mental and physical anxiety and stress (in addition to walking.)  At that time  these disciplines (except for walking), were relatively new in the United States.  As a young girl a friend's father was a journalist exposed to unusual thinking. He recommended to me that I read Paramahansa Yogananda's  book, "Autobiography of a Yogi.

Creativity and Mental Well-Being

Stress is a common ailment in modern society. It is an underlying factor and cause of many diseases (dis-eases), physical and mental.  According to AARP, "We are just beginning to understand the ways that stress influences a wide range of diseases of aging, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and certain types of disability, even early death," says Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who has been at the forefront of stress research for 30 years.

Changes Deranges.....No. 1

I am in a quandary.  I no longer have help doing the computer work involved in my website and blog, and I am tired of writing about myself, and I am having difficulties in finding qualified people willing to contribute to  my idea of writing about mental well-being or health.  So, I am going to write some poetry, mostly about my observations as I get old, and what I see around me in our society...a stressed, anxious, over-fed and   under exercised nation.  Unfortunately our habits seem to be spreading throughout the so-called 'civilized' world, and the incidence of what Dr.

Music and Hope

Music means the world to me, and played a huge role in my recovery from the depression, stress and anxiety brought on by my dealing with schizophrenia.  Fortunately I started in the second grade and continued through college playing the  piano. My teacher was Mrs. Hulfish and she lived on Winchester Street in a lovely old white house with a large front yard full of green grass and big, old trees.  I would walk from my home to her house once a week throughout my years of grade school, elementary school and high school.

How Music Soothes the Soul

In the Old Testament of the Bible, in 1 Samuel Chapter 16, King Saul's troubled mind prompted him to ask his servants who among them could play some music to soothe his tired, weary mind.  Saul's servants told him that an evil spirit was troubling him, and that they knew of a valiant soldier who was skilled in playing the lyre. They offered to bring him to Saul so that when the evil spirit bothered him again, this musician, the son a Bethlemite named Jesse, could play for him.  This talented musician was known to be favored by the Lord, and his name was David.

The Brain-Gut Connection

There's a lot of literature on the  brain-gut connection, including psychology books that explain how mental illness and chronic conditions such as Autism, and chronic degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's are linked to the microbiome in our colons.  Our microbiomes are a fragile microcosm of beneficial bacteria that can be disrupted or destroyed by the Standard American Diet (SAD), antibiotics, processed foods, neurotoxins, gluten and casein, and other toxins.  Lately a lot of research studies are showing that Americans are eating fast foods, overprocessed foods, and animal products that are produced by large factory farms, which are responsible for the inhumane and unhealthy treatment of livestock.

My Father's Suicide

I am certainly not an expert on suicide and why people do it and how many people do it.  But I do know my father killed himself when he was about 58 years old.  

I told my shrink he came from an extremely poor family and his formal education ended in the sixth grade.  His mother died when he was young and he was shuttled from one family member to another.  By the time he was 16 years old he was providing for himself.  He was intelligent and was self taught, and had a tremendous respect for education.

Other Factors Contributing to Mental Ill Health

Other factors that can possibly contribute to dementia and Azheimer's disease, autism, ADHD, bi-polar disease and perhaps, schizophrenia, are dietary insults, such as gluten and sugar. Whether these actually lead to these unfortunate diseases is less doubtful than was so a number of years ago.  The link between excessive sugar and diabetes has been proven scientifically.  In fact, Alzheimer's is now called Diabetes Type III.  Both  of our families were addicted to sugar.

Why GMO's Appear to be Harmful to Humans and the Planet

Before going into my father's suicide, I want to discuss some of the factors that my doctor and I feel led to the depression and possibility of illness that may have contributed to his untimely  and tragic death.  He was  at the time ( the 40's, 50's and 60's) what was called a 'tree surgeon' and he dealt heavily in spraying crops and trees with DDT and other toxic chemicals and pesticides.  According to my brother who  worked as a youngster with him, they did not even use masks.