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Due to the upcoming Bank Holiday, our office and infoline will be closed on Monday 1st of May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We will be open again on Tuesday 2nd May and our infoline will be open from the 9.30am-6.00pm, so please do get in touch if you would like to find out about the support we can offer to those experiencing anxiety, stress and anxiety based depression.

 

 

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TGI Friday! Our weekly round-up of recently published research abstracts | 28 April 2017

From Microbiome (open access), 26 April 2017.

Fecal metagenomic profiles in subgroups of patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome

Dorottya Nagy-Szakal(1)†, Brent L. Williams(1)†, Nischay Mishra(1), Xiaoyu Che(1), Bohyun Lee(1), Lucinda Bateman(2), Nancy G. Klimas(3,4), Anthony L. Komaroff(5), Susan Levine(6), Jose G. Montoya, Daniel L. Peterson(7), Devi Ramanan(8), Komal Jain(1), Meredith L. Eddy(1), Mady Hornig(1) and W. Ian Lipkin(1).
1. Center for Infection and Immunity, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
2. Fatigue Consultation Clinic
3. Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
4. Miami VA Medical Center
5. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
6. Levine Clinic
7. Stanford University
8. Ayasdi, Inc.

†Contributed equally

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is characterized by unexplained persistent fatigue, commonly accompanied by cognitive dysfunction, sleeping disturbances, orthostatic intolerance, fever, lymphadenopathy, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The extent to which the gastrointestinal microbiome and peripheral inflammation are associated with ME/CFS remains unclear. We pursued rigorous clinical characterization, fecal bacterial metagenomics, and plasma immune molecule analyses in 50 ME/CFS patients and 50 healthy controls frequency-matched for age, sex, race/ethnicity, geographic site, and season of sampling.

RESULTS

Topological analysis revealed associations between IBS co-morbidity, body mass index, fecal bacterial composition, and bacterial metabolic pathways but not plasma immune molecules. IBS co-morbidity was the strongest driving factor in the separation of topological networks based on bacterial profiles and metabolic pathways. Predictive selection models based on bacterial profiles supported findings from topological analyses indicating that ME/CFS subgroups, defined by IBS status, could be distinguished from control subjects with high predictive accuracy. Bacterial taxa predictive of ME/CFS patients with IBS were distinct from taxa associated with ME/CFS patients without IBS. Increased abundance of unclassified Alistipes and decreased Faecalibacterium emerged as the top biomarkers of ME/CFS with IBS; while increased unclassified Bacteroides abundance and decreased Bacteroides vulgatus were the top biomarkers of ME/CFS without IBS. Despite findings of differences in bacterial taxa and metabolic pathways defining ME/CFS subgroups, decreased metabolic pathways associated with unsaturated fatty acid biosynthesis and increased atrazine degradation pathways were independent of IBS co-morbidity. Increased vitamin B6 biosynthesis/salvage and pyrimidine ribonucleoside degradation were the top metabolic pathways in ME/CFS without IBS as well as in the total ME/CFS cohort. In ME/CFS subgroups, symptom severity measures including pain, fatigue, and reduced motivation were correlated with the abundance of distinct bacterial taxa and metabolic pathways.

CONCUSIONS

Independent of IBS, ME/CFS is associated with dysbiosis and distinct bacterial metabolic disturbances that may influence disease severity. However, our findings indicate that dysbiotic features that are uniquely ME/CFS-associated may be masked by disturbances arising from the high prevalence of IBS co-morbidity in ME/CFS. These insights may enable more accurate diagnosis and lead to insights that inform the development of specific therapeutic strategies in ME/CFS subgroups.


Cochrane Database Systematic Review, 25 April 2017 (e-published ahead of print).

Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Larun L, Brurberg KG, Odgaard-Jensen J, Price JR.

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is characterised by persistent, medically unexplained fatigue, as well as symptoms such as musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, headaches and impaired concentration and short-term memory. CFS presents as a common, debilitating and serious health problem. Treatment may include physical interventions, such as exercise therapy, which was last reviewed in 2004.

OBJECTIVES

The objective of this review was to determine the effects of exercise therapy (ET) for patients with CFS as compared with any other intervention or control.

• Exercise therapy versus ‘passive control’ (e.g. treatment as usual, waiting-list control, relaxation, flexibility).

• Exercise therapy versus other active treatment (e.g. cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive treatment, supportive therapy, pacing, pharmacological therapy such as antidepressants).

• Exercise therapy in combination with other specified treatment strategies versus other specified treatment strategies (e.g. exercise combined with pharmacological treatment vs pharmacological treatment alone).

SEARCH METHODS

We searched The Cochrane Collaboration Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Controlled Trials Register (CCDANCTR), the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and SPORTDiscus up to May 2014 using a comprehensive list of free-text terms for CFS and exercise.

We located unpublished or ongoing trials through the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (to May 2014). We screened reference lists of retrieved articles and contacted experts in the field for additional studies

SELECTION CRITERIA

Randomised controlled trials involving adults with a primary diagnosis of CFS who were able to participate in exercise therapy. Studies had to compare exercise therapy with passive control, psychological therapies, adaptive pacing therapy or pharmacological therapy.

DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS

Two review authors independently performed study selection, risk of bias assessments and data extraction. We combined continuous measures of outcomes using mean differences (MDs) and standardised mean differences (SMDs). We combined serious adverse reactions and drop-outs using risk ratios (RRs). We calculated an overall effect size with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for each outcome.

MAIN RESULTS

We have included eight randomised controlled studies and have reported data from 1518 participants in this review. Three studies diagnosed individuals with CFS using the 1994 criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); five used the Oxford criteria. Exercise therapy lasted from 12 to 26 weeks.

Seven studies used variations of aerobic exercise therapy such as walking, swimming, cycling or dancing provided at mixed levels in terms of intensity of the aerobic exercise from very low to quite rigorous, whilst one study used anaerobic exercise. Control groups consisted of passive control (eight studies; e.g. treatment as usual, relaxation, flexibility) or CBT (two studies), cognitive therapy (one study), supportive listening (one study), pacing (one study), pharmacological treatment (one study) and combination treatment (one study).

Risk of bias varied across studies, but within each study, little variation was found in the risk of bias across our primary and secondary outcome measures.

Investigators compared exercise therapy with ‘passive’ control in eight trials, which enrolled 971 participants. Seven
studies consistently showed a reduction in fatigue following exercise therapy at end of treatment, even though the fatigue scales used different scoring systems: an 11-item scale with a scoring system of 0 to 11 points (MD -6.06, 95% CI -6.95 to -5.17; one study, 148 participants; low-quality evidence); the same 11-item scale with a scoring system of 0 to 33 points (MD -2.82, 95% CI -4.07 to -1.57; three studies, 540 participants; moderate-quality evidence); and a
14-item scale with a scoring system of 0 to 42 points (MD -6.80, 95% CI -10.31 to -3.28; three studies, 152 participants; moderate-quality evidence).

Serious adverse reactions were rare in both groups (RR 0.99, 95% CI 0.14 to 6.97; one study, 319 participants; moderate-quality evidence), but sparse data made it impossible for review authors to draw conclusions. Study authors reported a positive effect of exercise therapy at end of treatment with respect to sleep (MD -1.49, 95% CI -2.95 to -0.02; two studies, 323 participants), physical functioning (MD 13.10, 95% CI 1.98 to 24.22; five studies, 725 participants) and self-perceived changes in overall health (RR 1.83, 95% CI 1.39 to 2.40; four studies, 489 participants).

It was not possible for review authors to draw conclusions regarding the remaining outcomes.Investigators compared exercise therapy with CBT in two trials (351 participants). One trial (298 participants) reported little or no difference in fatigue at end of treatment between the two groups using an 11-item scale with a scoring system of 0 to 33 points (MD 0.20, 95% CI -1.49 to 1.89). Both studies measured differences in fatigue at follow-up, but neither found differences between the two groups using an 11-item fatigue scale with a scoring system of 0 to 33 points (MD 0.30, 95% CI -1.45 to 2.05) and a nine-item Fatigue Severity Scale with a scoring system of 1 to 7 points (MD 0.40, 95% CI
-0.34 to 1.14).

Serious adverse reactions were rare in both groups (RR 0.67, 95% CI 0.11 to 3.96). We observed little or no difference in physical functioning, depression, anxiety and sleep, and we were not able to draw any conclusions with regard to pain, self-perceived changes in overall health, use of health service resources and drop-out rate.

With regard to other comparisons, one study (320 participants) suggested a general benefit of exercise over adaptive
pacing, and another study (183 participants) a benefit of exercise over supportive listening. The available evidence was too sparse to draw conclusions about the effect of pharmaceutical interventions.

AUTHORS’ CONCLUSIONS

Patients with CFS may generally benefit and feel less fatigued following exercise therapy, and no evidence suggests
that exercise therapy may worsen outcomes. A positive effect with respect to sleep, physical function and self-perceived general health has been observed, but no conclusions for the outcomes of pain, quality of life, anxiety, depression, drop-out rate and health service resources were possible.

The effectiveness of exercise therapy seems greater than that of pacing but similar to that of CBT. Randomised
trials with low risk of bias are needed to investigate the type, duration and intensity of the most beneficial exercise intervention.



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How Trying Something Outside Your Comfort Zone Can Pull You Out of a Mental Rut

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy

Have you ever come to a crossroad in your life?

You know something needs to change, but you have more than one option—and it feels like there’s a lot of pressure on you to make the right choice.

That was me a few months ago.

I was stressed, overworked, and in what you would probably call a rut. Fatigued and struggling to get things done, I initially thought that all I needed was a break. But I soon realized that that wasn’t the case.

What had happened was that being tired had driven me to get stuck in a messy cycle of negative thoughts, and every time I tried to untangle little problems, things seemed to get worse.

Everyone around me was telling me to take a rest. But intuitively, I didn’t think a rest was what I needed. I’m generally a confident guy, but if you spend enough time in your own head, doubt will always begin to plant its seeds.

What I needed wasn’t a break—it was a confidence boost.

So what was my cure for the escalating stress?

What was my grand plan to beat this anxiety?

I thought I’d try stand-up comedy.

Yep. I thought I would do one of the most stressful things most people can imagine. I would get up in front of a crowd and try to make them laugh. So I did.

In the lead up to the night of my set, all the anxiety that I had been feeling was amplified.

As I sat behind the curtain waiting to go on stage, my palms sweaty, leg tapping furiously, I tried to breathe slowly to calm myself down, but my thoughts raced so quickly I couldn’t even make them out. Why was I doing this? Should I just get up and leave right now? Who would knowingly put themselves through something like this?

It was too late. My name was called, I stood up, opened the curtain, and….

It actually went really well.

Don’t get me wrong. It was every bit as scary as I expected, but as I predicted, it shook my brain up enough to break free of the mental rut I was in.

And while it didn’t solve everything overnight, it did set off a chain reaction of renewed attitudes and choices, which left me with more energy, vitality, and positivity than I had had for months.

So without further ado, here are five ways pushing your comfort zone can pull you out of a mental rut

1. It gives you a reference experience for future challenges.

When it’s been a long time since you really pushed yourself, a new challenge can seem incredibly daunting. Your first response is usually “How on earth am I going to do that?”

If, on the other hand, you’ve done something difficult relatively recently, your brain will immediately look to that reference experience as an example.

Since the night of the comedy, I’ve been fortunate to achieve quite a lot in a short amount of time. That’s because every time I face a difficult task, I try to think, “Well, could be hard, but if I could do stand-up comedy, I can definitely do this.”

2. It makes you feel alive again.

A mental rut will depress your emotions and that means you will feel less of the good stuff. The longer this goes on, the easier it is for your body to forget what vitality feels like.

By having a huge rush of neurochemicals like adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin, you immediately remember just how great it can feel to be alive.

3. It can redefine your self-image.

After having spent some time in a mental rut, I started to lose confidence. When I thought about who I was and what I was capable of, I started to constantly reflect on what I hadn’t been able to achieve.

However, when I pushed myself out of my comfort zone, I started to again think of myself as the person who could do difficult things.

Our self-image is such a vague and always changing idea in our minds, but it is one that unavoidably has a big impact on our lives. By doing things that allow you to have a positive self-image, you gather the momentum to pull yourself out of tough times.

4. It will inspire others.

Inspiring other people around you, by pushing your comfort zone, has a number of benefits.

For one, it will change how they perceive you and how they act toward you, and in doing so alter the perception that you have of yourself.

But maybe even more importantly, inspiring people around you can encourage them to push their own comfort zones, and their actions will in turn inspire you. When you spend more and more time around people who are helping each other grow, you’ll all benefit from each other’s positivity, and the boundaries of what you believe is possible will expand.

5. It reminds you that emotions will come and go.

For the last few years, I’ve made a big effort to try and embrace one of the fundamental truths in both eastern spirituality and western psychology: that emotions will come and go; they are just experiences and do not define you.

But I’m only human. So like everyone else I’m constantly forgetting and re-remembering of this truth. Sometimes it’s as simple as noticing the differences in your mood change between morning and evening, and sometimes it’s more profound, such as doing something you never thought possible.

So what does this mean about you?

If you’re going through a mental rut or even a period of depression, and you don’t think it’s simply a matter of needing a rest, try doing something that takes you out of your comfort zone.

I’ve heard of countless experiences of someone doing something new, whether it be surfing, jumping out of a plane, or even traveling to a new place, and it’s completely changed their situation. If you decide to do so, at the very least you’ll have a wonderful new experience to refer to.

Remember that if you’re in a mental rut, you’re not alone. Everyone goes through it at one stage or another, and reaching out to others is important.

How have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, and how did it help you?

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Your Self-Esteem is Not the Problem

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Like everyone else, I’ve had difficult times in my life. I’ve had bad breakups, I’ve made mistakes, and I’ve been hurt. In these difficult moments, a lot of people have cheerfully diagnosed me with “low self-esteem.”  

I never quite agreed. I like myself a lot. I’m proud of my accomplishments and I’ve done enough counselling by now to feel secure about my choices. Myself and I are best buds for life, and cultivating that relationship has been the most rewarding and longest-lasting work I’ve ever done. And yet! Bad things still happen to me sometimes.

In fact, I’m reasonably sure I was able to go through with all those breakups precisely because I have pretty good self-esteem: knowing that I’d rather be alone than in a bad relationship takes courage in a culture that tells women their value is based on who they are with: women are girlfriends, wives, or mothers, not people in our own right.

We are living in a particularly individualistic era. We have put a premium on the qualities of freedom and choice, and the rise of psychology and other technologies has shown us the many ways in which we can improve our own moods and take control of our lives and relationships. Self-esteem has come through as one of the guiding lights of personal growth. Loving yourself is such a fundamental piece that we are actually told we must love ourselves before it’s even remotely possible to love someone else.

Nevertheless, people who have never taken a yoga class or read a self-help book are loved. People that hate themselves are often quite capable of loving someone else. In darker news, nearly 60 percent of women have experienced abuse in a relationship, and around a quarter will have experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetimes. Could all these women have low self-esteem? Are they just letting people mistreat them because they haven’t learned to love themselves? Could that be why this keeps happening?

I’ve started to understand that “low self-esteem” is, in some quarters at least, the latest in a long line of euphemisms telling women it’s their fault. It shifts the focus away from the systemic reasons why these abuses exist in our culture and places the blame and the focus on women as victims. If we consider the perpetrators of this violence at all, who are usually men, we see them as monsters, shocking cultural anomalies, and beyond rehabilitation.

What about those men’s self-esteem? What about growing up male in a culture that does not want men to show any vulnerability or to have any tools for communicating feelings other than expressing violence? What about the ways in which we all participate in a culture where this sort of thing is so common? These questions are incredibly uncomfortable. Much easier to tell women they hate themselves and that it’s their fault. Much easier to keep women hating themselves so they don’t pause to question this nonsensical line of reasoning.

Working on our self-esteem is important and unquestionably makes us happier. When we know how to take care of our own bodies and hearts, life is richer, healthier, more fun, and of course it can improve our relationships. But part of cultivating self-love means understanding that, yes, we make mistakes and should take responsibility for that, but we are also a part of a culture and community that’s much bigger than our individual choices. There are plenty of things in this life we can’t control and our self-esteem can help us understand: that’s ok.

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Ashoka Remedies: Heavy Periods, White Discharge, Gastritis

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD The herb Ashoka is popularly used in a variety of gynecological disorders. The word meaning Ashoka is one which helps to relieve the shoka (grief) or sufferings. Saraca indica Linn is the botanical name. Stem bark is the most used part but fresh flowers are equally beneficial. The plant […]

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Apamarga Achyranthus Aspera Home Remedies: Dysuria, Diabetes

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD Chaff tree is used in Ayurveda for the treatment of Urinary calculi, dysuria, abdominal pain, tumors, gall stones, flatulence etc. It is a small herb growing up to a height of 150 – 200 cm. It is known as Apamarga in Ayurveda.   Botanical name: Achyranthus aspera Linn. Here […]

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Fourth annual conference of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative | Bristol, 13-14 September 2017

Experts in neurovirology, imaging and orthostatic intolerance will take the lead for the fourth annual UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference, being held in Bristol in September.

Established in 2013, the CMRC aims to promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidence-based and peer-reviewed research into ME.

The two-day conference – being held September 13-14 – focuses on the biology of ME and how researchers can work together collaboratively to further research’

Dr Avindra Nath from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, will talk about his work on neuro- virology and infections of the nervous system.

Blogging recently about the work of the NIH, its director, Dr Francis Collins, explained that Dr Nath is leading “an extremely detailed and comprehensive evaluation of several dozen people with ME/CFS, focusing on those whose symptoms can be clearly traced to an infectious-like illness and who have been sick for less than five years.”


OTHER PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE

* Autonomic intolerance by Dr Peter Rowe, John Hopkins Children’s Centre, Baltimore, Maryland

* Imaging in research by Dr Matt Wall from Imanova, a translational research company that specialises in applying PET and MRI scanning techniques to improve drug development and health research

* Pain and ME by Prof Maria Fitzgerald, University College London

* Learning from other illness fields by John Gallacher, professor of cognitive health at Oxford University

The conference is open to professional and student researchers (undertaking a research-associated study at an academic institution).

Associate Members – that’s anyone with an interest in M.E. who isn’t a researcher – can attend on the first day.

It’s free to become an Associate Member of the CMRC – visit http://ift.tt/2q8OS6l to download an application form.

Registration for Associate Members is £45.


TO SEEK ASSISTANCE WITH THE COST OF ATTENDING

As the CMRC does not receive enough income to cover costs, it has to ask for this contribution, which is heavily subsidised to enable access to the conference for people with ME.

If you are unable to meet the cost of the ticket but would still like to attend, please contact the CMRC (via Action for ME) to request a full/ partial waiver.

For those unable to attend, some presentations from both days will be livestreamed so that you can watch online at home.



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Are You a Multipotentialite? What to Do When You Have Many Interests

“I think a singular identity isn’t very interesting, and I’m a little bit more multifaceted as a person than that.” ~Catherine Opie

Are you a person who gets inspiring ideas every day? Do you wake up, galvanized with such thoughts, only to end up feeling sore as the day ends because you failed to act on these bright morning ideas? Perhaps you also end up blaming yourself and feeling guilty for not having taken any action.

Then welcome to the world of multipotentialite, a word I first encountered when I heard a TEDX talk by Emilie Wapnick. In her talk, Emilie talks about the challenges multipotentialites face and how to embrace them.

Multipotentialite Defined

So who is a multipotentialite? The urban dictionary defines it as “somebody who has potential in multiple fields.” Sounds cool, right? It seems that such a person would lead a meaningful life. They’d never get bored, as there would always be something to catch their fancy.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t usually work out that way. How do I know? I happen to be one.

I am a software engineer turned writer, counselor, web designer, and trek guide. I haven’t stuck to any particular field, so I cannot say I am an expert or a specialist—words the world loves.

I detest family gatherings. Do you know why? People around me talk about promotions and their success while I talk about beginnings. I don’t mind; I’m a learner. But it’s difficult to explain to your family, who wishes to see you settled in your career, that you have multiple interests.

Without a supportive environment, several things can go wrong. Here are some of them.

Great ideas but no follow through

You get plenty of ideas, so much so that it becomes overwhelming. There are countless things you’d like to do right away. Sometimes it’s difficult to choose, for fear that you’ll leave it mid-way. Or you have a desire to do a multitude of things, all at once. Or the dissatisfaction of the earlier half-finished projects may bog you down, so you don’t start at all.

You’re labeled “irresponsible” or “afraid to commit”

You begin to feel that you’re not a responsible person because you don’t stick to anything. After all, hasn’t it been drilled into you that success depends on your level of commitment? And a lack of commitment could mean anything from not being serious to being irresponsible and careless.

The blame game

You start blaming yourself. The pressure to perform and stick to one particular career or task intensifies. It may be a self-created vortex, or others around you will contribute to the pressure by saying things like, “get serious” or “discipline is just what you need.”

Not fitting in

Finally ,you realize you don’t fit in. You start feeling something’s wrong with you, that you’re not like other “normal” people around you who commit to doing things. You believe you’re different and feel you don’t belong anywhere. This can also lead to loneliness or a sense of being alone in the world.

Disappointments greet you

When you’re unable to come up with a goal for yourself, it can hurt. You know you’re ready to put in the hard work, but goals keep changing, as nothing interests you for long. The hurt and disappointment can erode your self-confidence, as well.

The matrix

Yet you try. You keep searching for that single purpose that will make you feel whole again. Maybe you feel there’s something out there that is “you”—something that’s meant especially for you. You only have to find it and then you’ll be okay. Beware: This path is full of lies.

The feeling of being abnormal

You begin searching for mental disorders on the web. Maybe this is a symptom of a condition, or maybe it signifies a psychiatric illness. The web is extremely helpful here, as it displays twenty or more different disorders that you could box yourself into.

You suppress

You start sticking to a goal even if it kills you. You wake up day after day reassuring yourself that things will work out in the end. The suppression does not get you anywhere. Instead, you feel a disconnect, an overwhelming feeling that something is missing.

So this, in a nutshell, is the world of multipotentialites.

In spite of their vulnerabilities, multipotentialites can get a lot done. They’re generally quick learners who are able to grasp varied things, a strength that they could capitalize on. In a team they can come up with innovative ideas; the jack-of-all-trades does not lack solutions. Belief in yourself is the only thing that’s missing. Well, that and a couple of other things.

Trust that the dots connect.

Nothing ever goes to waste. The skills you learn along the way will help you in the future.

For a brief period I got a job as a travel writer when a magazine editor realized that I had explored quite a number of places within my city.

A web design course helped me juggle multiple roles at a start-up that was always short on staff.

The counseling degree gave me a better understanding of people around me. It also helped when my friend needed a student counselor for her tuition center.

So my skills were put to good use and I sometimes got paid too, without any conscious effort on my part.

Take small steps.

A quote by Katie Kacvinsky sums this aptly. She says, “You need to be content with small steps. That’s all life is. Small steps that you take every day so when you look back down the road it all adds up and you know you covered some distance.”

Especially when you have hundreds of things that you would like to do, it helps to make a list. Write down your desires and start with one of them. That’s it. Don’t expect anything except the desire to learn.

When you feel saturated, stop and proceed to do the next thing on your list.

The list will grow and so will you. Drop the expectations that you need to finish the project. It’s the learning that counts for you.

Looks for creative ways to contribute.

Maybe you could utilize your skills to earn more, by writing in your particular field, coaching, or even speaking. The important thing is not to give up on your interests; instead, look at them closely and see how you can proactively pursue them to better your situation. This removes the pressure on you and you start feeling less anxious.

Connect with people who can relate.

Joining a like-minded community helps put things in perspective. Forums and websites like Puttylike, started by Emilie, can help you restore your faith in yourself and move ahead in your life.

In the end it’s all about perspective. A quote by George Carlin sums it rather well.

“Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. I see a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.”

So choose to focus on your strengths. Success will surely follow.

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Aurora Quartz aka Anandalite, Rainbow Quartz Crystal

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Piers Morgan meets his Holiness the Dalai Lama

In September 2016 Piers Morgan met his Holiness, the Dalai Lama — and the pair talked about everything, from Mr Trump, to IS, to love and marriage and even celebrity culture. Watch the full (40-minute, uncut), fascinating discussion.

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‘Gut bacteria linked to chronic fatigue’ (full article and link to published study) | The Times | 26 April 2017

From The Times, 26 April 2017. Story by Tim Whipple, Science Editor.

Chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked to changes in the gut’s bacteria in the latest research showing that the condition once derided as “yuppie flu” has real physiological effects.

The scientists involved said that they were hopeful the work could lead to treatments for at least some of those suffering from the condition.

People suffering from CFS, also known as ME, often also have irritable bowel syndrome. In the new study the researchers investigated the link between the two, showing that there were clear gut bacteria changes associated with CFS, a debilitating condition that leaves people extremely tired for much of their lives. Despite affecting an estimated 250,000 people in Britain, its causes and mechanism are poorly understood. Theories have ranged from its being a response to viral infection to its being purely psychiatric. Recent research found a chemical signature that seemed to show metabolic changes similar to hibernation.

In a new study published in the journal Microbiome, researchers showed that the bacteria in the guts of 50 people with CFS were different from those of people without CFS and that this was true whether or not they also had irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that causes digestive problems.

Ian Lipkin from Columbia University said that it was impossible to tell whether the changes were a cause or consequence of the illness but that it was not implausible that the actions of gut bacteria could make people feel more tired.

“It’s something people have been talking about for a while. The idea would be that certain bacteria have an impact on the metabolism. They affect the ability to assimilate nutrients, the energy balance, and cause inflammations which can make you feel ill.”

Many scientists now believe CFS is an umbrella term for several different conditions and Professor Lipkin thinks that even if promoting different bacteria to change the “microbiota” helps some, it will not help everyone. Even so, he said that he hoped to investigate further and anticipated that others would too. “The ME/CFS community is very eager to find solutions. I expect there will be people immediately trying to modify their microbiota. In the end we think all this needs to be done in a full clinical trial but there will be people acting on this.”

People with CFS have been frustrated by the pace of research and even by the characterisation of the disease. Many are angered by NHS advice, based on a major trial, that suggests exercise and cognitive behavioural therapy. They argue that this does not treat it as the physiological condition they believe it is. Some feel stigmatised by a perception that it is not a real condition, hence the yuppie flu label.

Professor Lipkin said that he was aware of the desperation for answers. He said: “We don’t think this could be a panacea. It is a complex disorder. But we do think there are a group of people who may be helped. It is our fervent hope to find real solutions. People become despondent and even suicidal. I want them to realise that we are working on this. Please hang on.”


ANALYSIS

In a Portsmouth hospital, in a small freezer, you will find a miracle cure. Whenever a doctor in the south of England calls, they take out a test tube and bike it over – ready to be administered to a willing patient. Or, at least, to a reluctantly resigned patient (Tom Whipple writes).

The hospital runs a faecal transplant bank, and those test tubes are administered orally.

The reason people put up with it is that by transplanting the gut microbes of a healthy person through their faeces they can cure C. difficile, a disease that kills thousands. It is just the latest condition to benefit from the revolution in our understanding of human biology that has come about by appreciating the bits of us that aren’t human.

Our bacterial passengers make up a significant proportion of the cells in our body, but are far more than passengers. Scientists are now realising the implications of changing our gut flora and the consequences for a vast range of diseases, from multiple sclerosis to diabetes — to, at least according to the latest research, chronic fatigue syndrome.



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 Madar plant-Arka Home Remedies: Joint Pain, Asthma, Cough

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD The plant Madar is well known as Arka in ayurveda. The name Arka symbolizes the deep penetrating and hot potency of the plant. This herb is related to Ravi graha (Sun) as per Indian astrology. It is also called Milkweed, Stabragh or Sodom Apple. Its botanical name is Calotropis procera […]

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Arjuna Home Remedies: Diabetes, Hair Care, Osteoporosis

By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD Terminalia arjuna is a famous Ayurvedic herb for heart care. It is also used for the treatment of aconitum poisoning.  It is a good source of calcium. Acharya Chakrapanidutta  emphasized its utility in healing fractures in 10th  century AD itself.  Though stem bark is the most used part in […]

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Vacation Coloring Page from Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal

Last week I shared the nature coloring page from Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, which launches in June and is now available for pre-order. I’m having a blast coloring my way through the book, and I’m excited to share a second page with you now!

How would you answer the question in the middle? (If you’re reading this in your inbox, click here to comment on the site.)

My favorite vacation happened four years ago, when I went to Italy with my boyfriend and our families. Though it may be hard to believe given my fair skin and light hair, I’m actually 50 percent Italian, so it’s always been a dream of mine to see Rome with my family.

It was the first time we’d ever traveled overseas together, and my siblings’ first time leaving the country, so that made it even more magical.

But that wasn’t what I most appreciated about this trip. I come from one of those families that spends a lot of time close to home, crammed together in a kitchen too small to fit us, endlessly entertained by each other’s company. And yet I have an insatiable explorer inside me, who never tires of discovering new places, people, and ways of being.

Dining al fresco on a cobblestone street with my siblings and parents to my left, my boyfriend and his parents across from me, and the Coliseum mere miles away, I felt whole. For that brief week, family and adventure overlapped, and I’ve never felt more happy or complete.

Stay tuned for another page next Wednesday. Getting my markers out now!

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How to Breathe Your Way to Inner Calm

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~Etty Hillesum

Today I’d like to discuss something that I’ve found to be very important: our breathing.

“What do you mean our breathing? Don’t we do that all the time? Why do I need to read a blog post about it?”

Yes, we do this involuntarily, but did you know that there are different ways we breathe? Improper breathing can affect how we feel, mentally and physically, and, in reverse, how we feel can lead to improper breathing (if, for example, we’re stressed).

Imagine what’s going on in the following scenarios:

You’re being chased by a grizzly bear. 

Chances are, you’re breathing rapidly, taking shallow breaths (drawing in minimal air to the lungs), expelling a lot of effort, and heavily expanding your chest. This is known as thoracic breathing, or chest breathing.

Thoracic breathing switches on our sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for that fight-or-flight response we get when we sense any kind of danger, stress, or threat.

Chest breathing doesn’t optimally use our lungs (via our diaphragm), and can even lead to hyperventilation.

This type of breathing isn’t necessarily bad, since it gives us the ability to run from that grizzly bear and can help during vigorous exercise. But we often do this unnecessarily, and it makes us feel more anxious and stressed.

You just did something relaxing and feel very calm.

Chances are, you’re breathing slowly (drawing in optimal air to the lungs via the diaphragm), are expelling minimal effort, and are expanding your abdomen/belly as you take in air. This is known as as diaphragmatic breathing.

This type of breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which has the opposite effect of the fight-or-flight response, inducing a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Diaphragmatic breathing, or deep/belly breathing, is beneficial to both of our minds and bodies. In fact, it has scientifically been shown to help those suffering with PTSDpaindepressionanxiety, and other debilitating conditions.

There’s a reason why it has been featured on the websites of NPRHarvardTIMENew York TimesNational Institutes of Health, and The Wall Street Journal.

As someone who tends to exhibit the fight-or-flight response at unnecessary and non-threatening times (a work in progress!), I can personally attest to how deep breathing reduces the adverse effects of tension, stress, and anxiety.

Back before I learned about deep belly breathing, I often went into fight-or-flight mode when I felt uncertain and worried about my relationships, finances, school, meeting deadlines, or my health, and it only made things worse.

I didn’t want to continually work my body and mind into an unnecessary frenzy over situations that didn’t warrant it.

Everything changed when I began my journey into the world of yoga.

To help us improve our breathing, my teacher would often tell us to lie down on the ground and place one hand on our belly and the other on our heart. She’d then instruct us to visualize the breath expanding in our belly as we inhale, through contraction of our diaphragm, and notice our belly slowly deflating as we exhale.

We would switch between inhaling through the nose and exhaling out through the mouth, as well as sighing out through our mouth as we exhaled. (Side note: I highly recommend sighing out through your mouth to release tension—it feels great! Make some noise with it too!)

By the end of the class, we would work up to pranayama, which is the ancient practice of controlling the breath, and I would find myself feeling a sense of calm. If you’re interested, you can read more about pranayama here, and this TIME article provides some pranayama exercises as well.

I’ve taken the breathing exercises I learned in my yoga classes and have started practicing them in my daily life. If I feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, or restless, I take a few minutes to perform some belly breathing and I instantly feel more at ease.

It’s important to note that deep breathing isn’t a cure-all and won’t get rid of the underlying problems that are causing you stress. But it can at least provide you with a temporary sense of calm, which will help you find clarity and think rationally in difficult situations.

If you’d like to give deep breathing a try, you may want to start with one of these exercises.

General Deep Breathing

This is a simple technique you can use anywhere. Find a place to sit or lie down and take a moment to breathe as you normally would.

When you’re ready, breathe in slowly through your nose and feel your abdomen expand fully. I personally like to close my eyes, but you can leave them open if you prefer.

Now breathe out slowly through your mouth or nose (whichever feels better) and feel your abdomen slowly deflate. If you’d like, you can place your hands on your belly so you can physically feel what it’s doing.

I recommend trying this breathing technique for at least eight rounds of inhaling and exhaling. Play around with doing it for shorter or longer periods of time and breathing in/out through your mouth/nose, and make sure to do what works best for you.

Four-Seven-Eight Technique

This practice makes use of counting while you inhale and exhale to maximize belly breathing. In this technique, you inhale through the nose and count to four, hold your breath for a count of seven, and then exhale for a count of eight. You can find a guided video here.

Visual Breathing Guide

This is a fantastic video that provides a visual reference to sync your breaths to. It could be an invaluable resource to help you slow down, calm down, and take deep breaths.

*Note: If you ever find yourself feeling worse or hyperventilating after doing any breathing exercises, please stop practicing them. We are all unique, and what may work for one person may not work for another, so please be compassionate with yourself.*

There you have it: why and how we can use our breathing to our advantage, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Breathing isn’t just a biological survival mechanism; we can also use it as a tool to help induce relaxation and reduce the effects of stress, anxiety, and tension.

Who knew how much power our bellies hold? Go forth and give your belly (and your overall self) some much-needed, deep love!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Devotional Kitchen

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There is a quality of the sacred that can be felt in the food we eat. With attention, we notice how our meal was prepared; the intention infused as it was chopped, mixed and seasoned. Jessica Quinn, an Ayurveda inspired nutritional therapist, recently returned from five months in the Amrit holistic kitchen in Goa, India, where she became intimately familiar with the power of this intentional way of creating nourishment for the mind, body and spirit.

The Ayurvedic-inspired kitchen she worked in serves the Samata Holistic Retreat Center, which in turn supports the conservation group Dunagiri high in the Himalayas that is working to save endangered Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicinal plant species.

Quinn, who has spent years studying both Chinese and Ayurvedic healing systems, describes what inspired her to work at the retreat center: “I wanted to be in the kitchen and put all of my prana into the food that was served because of my deep connection to the healing systems of the East, and preserving those herbs that are endangered.”

Each day she would walk into the kitchen where a section is dedicated to puja. The shelves on the wall held pictures of deities, candles, incense, and flowers. Ghee was kept in brass containers that would be poured into smaller brass containers that had a wick. She describes Tess, the kitchen manager, performing puja; quietly whispering the morning mantra as she prepared the offering, lighting the ghee candles and incense, and arranging fresh flowers.

“She would offer a blessing to whatever god she wanted to call into the kitchen that day. For Hindus, each god represents an attribute we have as humans. For example, the blessing to Saraswati would call into the kitchen creativity and truth.” The ceremony was sealed as Tess dipped her wooden wick into a small pot of natural red paint, and placed a bindi between the eyebrows of every person in the kitchen. Quinn began each day feeling honored; “She would take the blessings she offered during puja, give us a hug and say good morning, and look us in the eye. She would give us that honor and respect that we are a family, we are a community, and we are doing this work for a higher purpose beyond ourselves.”

Quinn felt the importance of “that quiet, sweet time in the morning”; beginning each day with this sacred promise and invitation. She tells of days in the kitchen filled with joy and laughter; where there was a delight and sense of purpose in the creation of each meal to honor the guests at the retreat. If someone was having a hard day, they would excuse themselves, so that their energy would not become part of what the guests were ingesting.

Tess also taught the importance of the hands and how food was handled. She taught Quinn to put mantras and positive thoughts into her hands, because it was those hands that created the food. Ancient blades and mortar and pestles were used in lieu of modern machines. She describes an intimacy with the food, extending into the act of eating itself, which is done using the hands. This Ayurvedic way of eating is based on the practice of mudras that is believed to stimulate the digestive juices. Eating with the hands also heightens the sensorial experience, allowing for more depth of flavor, smells and textures to come forth.

Quinn explains being part of this bigger circle; “Tess would call in blessings for all of us in the kitchen; that we would have positive thoughts that would flow into our hands, which would extend into the mouths of those being fed, and even further into the whole cycle of the retreat center and the non-profit.” Stepping into that circle and being informed by the higher purpose created a deep sense of meaning for Quinn. She carries that with her and it has inspired her own work in the world. For that, she is deeply grateful.

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Heulandite Stimulates The Brain & Helps Release Karma

Heulandite is a high vibration stone. Take you on inner journeys, aids you to release past life karma. Both green & peachy white stones aid connection to past lives in Atlantis or Lemuria.

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How To Overcome Insecurity and Change Your Negative Relationship Patterns

“Sometimes our thoughts are backed by so much insecurity that they create lies we believe.” ~Unknown

After nearly a year of being single and after going through my fifth breakup, I found myself involved with someone new.

It was the typical guy-meets-girl story you read about all over the Internet. We met for dinner and drinks and there was an immediate attraction. We laughed and talked and overall had a great night. By the second date, he stayed the night at my house and didn’t leave for four days.

This time I felt I was more prepared. I had studied relationships. I had learned about communicating. I was sure I was going to get my needs met and everything would be perfect.

I thought I was changed and that meant everything would be different this time. Surprise! Life doesn’t work that way.

I’m not sure I noticed it at the time, but I was still feeling a little insecure and unsure and wasn’t ready to let go of my fears. I made sure to continually tell him what I wanted and needed in a relationship. Little by little, I was pushing my agenda on him.

Naturally, he started to back away. I don’t think he even knew why and I certainly didn’t know either. I only knew I was feeling out of control and was perpetually pissed at him for being a jerk.

Slowly, we stopped spending all weekend together. He wasn’t coming over after work as often. His texts were more sporadic. Then, one Friday went by with not a word. Then a Saturday and then Sunday went by. It had been three whole days with no text, no call, no plans, no nothing.

Who did this guy think I was? Didn’t I deserve some sort of contact? What was I to do? Certainly this behavior was not acceptable!

The Breakup

So I cried and blamed him and told myself I had chosen wrong again, and that I wouldn’t be put in a position of feeling “less than.” Then I texted him out of the blue with the words, “Don’t ever call me again.”

I thought this was the totally mature way to handle things and that I was only “protecting myself.” I was, right? Wrong.

I couldn’t stop thinking about what I had done. I felt awful. I knew what I had written wasn’t what I wanted to say or what I felt. I realized that yet again I was acting out of fear, and if I wanted to change my patterns, I had to change myself.

I wanted him to be wrong, but I realized he wasn’t and that he was just reacting to me.

I also realized that I was the only one who could change my world, so I did. I thought long and hard about what I wanted and read some more. I realized that my style of communication was still failing, and that if I wanted things to change with him, they had to change with me.

So after about two weeks I called him and apologized for the way I ended things. I told him I’d reacted out of fear and that I was confused and scared and didn’t know what else to do. I knew that in addition to apologizing I had to change my patterns of interacting with him.

This time, instead of making everything about me and my wants and needs and fears, I began to take an interest in him and his life. I completely put myself aside (for the moment) because I knew that if I wanted a different result, I had to try a different path.

Go Slowly

First off, I went slowly. I let him contact me at his own pace. He had to feel comfortable with talking to me again and realize I wasn’t going to freak out or push some needy agenda on him.

I had to learn to calm myself, which is something I thought I had already done, but apparently I had more work to do.

Oftentimes we reach out to others in the expectation that if they respond correctly, we’ll be reassured of our worthiness. Don’t let someone else dictate how you feel about yourself. If someone calls or doesn’t call or texts or doesn’t text, you need to be okay with it and realize the world won’t end.

Have some patience (which is hard for many of us), and try and sit back and enjoy every moment of the conversations or time together you do have. Stop living in the past or the future. Be present and go slowly. Life is not a race to the end, but a journey with laughter and love and joy and pain all along the way, and you can’t escape any of it, so stop trying.

Listen

Secondly, I listened. I listened to what was going on in his life and asked questions. I took an interest in the struggles he was having and was sincerely concerned and understanding.

If you want to know someone and want them in your life, listen to them. They don’t need to know your entire story right off the bat, (It’s been four months and he doesn’t know mine).

People are generally egoistic, and showing your potential partner that you want to know about them, what moves them, what motivates them, and what type of person they are will go a long way.

I’m not saying you should listen with a goal in mind. Don’t think to yourself, “Aha, if I listen to him or her, he/she will want to be with me.” Listen because you care. Listen because the world doesn’t revolve around you and your needs all the time.

Human beings are amazing creatures, and every single one of us has different fears, needs, and desires. The more time you invest in understanding your potential or current partner, the more you will get in return.

Stop Assuming You Know

Thirdly, I learned how to stop assuming and start asking. Never assume how someone feels. Never assume what they want or what they need.

Some days we would be in the middle of texting and he would suddenly *poof* disappear. I was left confused and irritated.

The next time it happened, instead of assuming he didn’t want to talk to me or he didn’t care (which is what I would normally do), I asked him about it and he told me why it happens. And of course it had nothing to do with me. Victory!

Instead of saying nothing, I said, “I’m trying to understand you, and sometimes when we’re in the middle of talking and you suddenly disappear. Why is that?”

I asked because I truly wanted to understand. I didn’t blame him. It took a lot of courage to ask, as I normally just make up answers in my head and put up walls, so I was really proud of myself for doing it.

Most of us tend to jump to conclusions about how others feel because we view the world through our tinted lenses. This is fairly normal, but it can lead to confusion, misunderstandings, and anger if you do it all the time. Try to step outside yourself and see how others may perceive you or perceive the world.

When you ask someone a question, come from a place of love and wanting to understand, not from a place of blame or frustration. Be straightforward and say, “I’m trying to understand you better. When xxxx happens I am often confused, and I’m wondering if you could explain it to me.”

When you want to share your feelings or communicate what is going on with you try not to say, “You make me feel x, y, z when you do x, y z.”

People don’t make you feel anything to you. Their actions may trigger certain feelings, based on how you interpret them, but it’s also possible you are already feeling depressed or anxious or lonely or scared, and only think it’s the other person who is making you feel that way.

We all choose what we believe and how we interpret the things other people do, and those beliefs and interpretations create our feelings. The other person can’t possibly know what’s going on in your head unless you explain to them that you have these insecurities and that it isn’t their fault, but you want them to know.

When you come from a place of insecurity, you will often project blame onto the other person when it’s possible that what they did or said had no negative connotation whatsoever.

Sometimes people are clueless, sometimes thoughtless, sometimes self-absorbed, but most of the time their intention isn’t to hurt your feelings. Try to remember this before you speak.

Learn to Communicate From Love

Love and intimacy are scary. There are days when I still struggle with whether he cares, and I suddenly go quiet and retreat into my world.

My natural reaction when I’m falling in love is to want to run—and run fast. I want to put up walls and let the other person try to climb over them, as I’m sure many of you do as well. I’m sure you also know this isn’t remotely healthy and is only a protective mechanism.

Communicating from love means letting down your walls, even if just a little, and being open to being hurt.

One day I was talking to him about my blog and how it means a lot to me when people are thankful for what I write or appreciative of my stories. Because he was playing on his computer and didn’t seem to be listening, I felt unimportant.

I became quiet. My plan was to say nothing. I assumed he just didn’t care to listen. My old patterns were creeping back in. However, this time I realized that if I want to keep moving forward and keep changing, I had to share my feelings instead of running inside myself.

I know that most of my fears of not feeling important stem from my childhood and my issues, and it isn’t fair to push them on him. I told him, “Sometimes I don’t feel important to you.” Just saying it was a relief.

I could tell he didn’t have a clue what I was talking about. He said, “Of course you’re important and I care about what you have to say.” I realized in that moment the fears I had were my own and weren’t rooted in any truth.

It can feel monumentally scary and overwhelming to share even little fears, but if you do it in a way that shows your vulnerability and if you are with someone who has any capacity to love, then you will be amazed at the results you get.

In the End

By doing all those things I mentioned above, I changed my relationship. When I gave to him he gave back. The more I put out the more I got in return. I stopped making the entire relationship about me. Everything has changed, and it’s all because I chose to change it.

Remember that in the end you have no control over anyone but yourself. If you want or need something, stop looking to the other person to give it to you and start looking to yourself.

You can change your life and your relationship patters. It may not happen overnight and it may not be as fast as you want, but have some faith and keep moving forward. Love will happen.

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About Carrie L. Burns

Carrie L. Burns is a blogger on a mission of self-discovery. As a sexual abuse survivor that struggled for years with depression anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of self-love, and relationship issues, she found her purpose through writing and sharing her story with others. Check out her other writing at www.acinglife.com.

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