Previous studies have suggested that psychological stress is a major influence in the symptoms of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma. Melissa A. Rosenkranz, from the University of Wisconsin (Wisconsin, USA), and colleagues compared to methods of reducing stress: a mindfulness meditation-based approach, and a program designed to enhance health in non-meditative ways including exercise and music therapy. The team induced psychological stress to the subjects, and measured changes in immune and endocrine markers. The results showed that mindfulness meditation was more effective at reducing stress-induced inflammation. The study authors conclude that: "These results suggest behavioral interventions designed to reduce emotional reactivity may be of therapeutic benefit in chronic inflammatory conditions. Moreover, mindfulness practice, in particular, may be more efficacious in symptom relief than the well-being promoting activities cultivated in the [non-meditative] program.”
Melissa A. Rosenkranz, Richard J. Davidson, Donal G. MacCoon, John F. Sheridan, Ned H. Kalin, Antoine Lutz. “A comparison of mindfulness-based stress reduction and an active control in modulation of neurogenic inflammation.” Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Volume 27, January 2013, Pages 174-184.
A type of meditation, known as mindfulness-based stress reduction, helps to relieve the inflammation response seen in arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and
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#112 - Use In Case of Emergency
The American Red Cross recommends six basics you should stock for your home in the case of an emergency. Keep the items that you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to carry container (a covered trash container, a camping backpack or a duffle bag) that is kept in a readily accessible location (the guest closet or garage, for example).
Your Disaster Supplies Kit should include:
• Water: One gallon of water per person per day, keep at least a three-day supply of water per person.
• Food: A three-day supply of non-perishable food.
• First Aid Supplies: Including bandages, dressings, gloves, anti-bacterials, and non-prescription drugs (pain relievers, antacids, anti-diarrheals, etc); see the web resource below for a more thorough list
• Medications for health conditions
• Tools and emergency supplies
• Special items necessary for infants and elderly or disabled persons
• Copies of key family documents: birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, drivers licenses, banking and credit card account numbers, insurance policies, health records, household inventory lists; continue reading for further details.