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Help Men Recover From Divorce

  1. Stopping to live in denial – If the wives initiate the divorce, most men are taken by surprise. This is because they have been living in a state of denial. It is important to accept the situation, only then one can face it with will and grit.
  2. Not freaking out – It is important not to freak out when the man gets to know about the divorce as it will make him more vulnerable. It is normal to feel lost, hurt and dejected, but one should be able to de-stress and share the shock and disappointment with a friend or a loved one. Acting in haste can be disastrous.
  3. Calming activities – It is extremely important to calm down so that one can plan the next move. This can be achieved by trying yoga or some form of meditation. Deep breathing can also be immensely helpful.
  4. Spending time with kids – Many men get detached from their kids when the divorce proceedings start. This complicates the matters further. Therefore, until the time custody issues are resolved, the man should try to spend considerable amount of time with his kids and be a doting father. Even if the relationship with the mother isn’t working, the one with children shouldn’t suffer. The more time a man spends with his kids, the better the bonding is.
  5. Spending some time alone – Divorce can be psychologically and physically exhausting. Therefore, it is indispensable to spend time on activities that one loves, like playing soccer with friends, watching a movie or anything else. The effort should be to remain strong and sane during the entire process and not let other things in life suffer. It’s important to prioritize other tasks as well.
  6. Reaching out for support – Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we cannot stop ourselves from not being affected by the mental turmoil. In those times, one must not feel shy and reach out for support to the loved ones, support groups or a psychologist. Sharing grief can help one discover lost strength.

Mental health problems can afflict anyone regardless of age, gender, culture or socio-economic background. Going through divorce and starting a new life can be a daunting task and cause immense stress. If left untreated, a person with mental problems can fall prey to other health issues and get into substance abuse. Such patients deserve the highest levels of care and compassion to recover fully and regain control of their lives.

Health Effects of Cannabis

The term cannabis is used loosely here to represent cannabis and marijuana, the latter being sourced from a different part of the plant. More than 100 chemical compounds are found in cannabis, each potentially offering differing benefits or risk.

A person who is “stoned” on smoking cannabis might experience a euphoric state where time is irrelevant, music and colours take on a greater significance and the person might acquire the “nibblies”, wanting to eat sweet and fatty foods. This is often associated with impaired motor skills and perception. When high blood concentrations are achieved, paranoid thoughts, hallucinations and panic attacks may characterize his “trip”.

In the vernacular, cannabis is often characterized as “good shit” and “bad shit”, alluding to widespread contamination practice. The contaminants may come from soil quality (eg pesticides & heavy metals) or added subsequently. Sometimes particles of lead or tiny beads of glass augment the weight sold.

A random selection of therapeutic effects appears here in context of their evidence status. Some of the effects will be shown as beneficial, while others carry risk. Some effects are barely distinguished from the placebos of the research.

  • Cannabis in the treatment of epilepsy is inconclusive on account of insufficient evidence.
  • Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy can be ameliorated by oral cannabis.
  • A reduction in the severity of pain in patients with chronic pain is a likely outcome for the use of cannabis.
  • Spasticity in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients was reported as improvements in symptoms.
  • Increase in appetite and decrease in weight loss in HIV/ADS patients has been shown in limited evidence.
  • According to limited evidence cannabis is ineffective in the treatment of glaucoma.
  • On the basis of limited evidence, cannabis is effective in the treatment of Tourette syndrome.
  • Post-traumatic disorder has been helped by cannabis in a single reported trial.
  • Limited statistical evidence points to better outcomes for traumatic brain injury.
  • There is insufficient evidence to claim that cannabis can help Parkinson’s disease.
  • Limited evidence dashed hopes that cannabis could help improve the symptoms of dementia sufferers.
  • Limited statistical evidence can be found to support an association between smoking cannabis and heart attack.
  • On the basis of limited evidence cannabis is ineffective to treat depression
  • The evidence for reduced risk of metabolic issues (diabetes etc) is limited and statistical.
  • Social anxiety disorders can be helped by cannabis, although the evidence is limited. Asthma and cannabis use is not well supported by the evidence either for or against.
  • Post-traumatic disorder has been helped by cannabis in a single reported trial.
  • A conclusion that cannabis can help schizophrenia sufferers cannot be supported or refuted on the basis of the limited nature of the evidence.
  • There is moderate evidence that better short-term sleep outcomes for disturbed sleep individuals.
  • Pregnancy and smoking cannabis are correlated with reduced birth weight of the infant.
  • The evidence for stroke caused by cannabis use is limited and statistical.
  • Addiction to cannabis and gateway issues are complex, taking into account many variables that are beyond the scope of this article. These issues are fully discussed in the NAP report.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of cancer:

  • The evidence suggests that smoking cannabis does not increase the risk for certain cancers (i.e., lung, head and neck) in adults.
  • There is modest evidence that cannabis use is associated with one subtype of testicular cancer.
  • There is minimal evidence that parental cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with greater cancer risk in offspring.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of respiratory diseases:

  • Smoking cannabis on a regular basis is associated with chronic cough and phlegm production.
  • Quitting cannabis smoking is likely to reduce chronic cough and phlegm production.
  • It is unclear whether cannabis use is associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, asthma, or worsened lung function.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of the human immune system:

  • There exists a paucity of data on the effects of cannabis or cannabinoid-based therapeutics on the human immune system.
  • There is insufficient data to draw overarching conclusions concerning the effects of cannabis smoke or cannabinoids on immune competence.
  • There is limited evidence to suggest that regular exposure to cannabis smoke may have anti-inflammatory activity.
  • There is insufficient evidence to support or refute a statistical association between cannabis or cannabinoid use and adverse effects on immune status in individuals with HIV.

The NAP report highlights the following findings on the issue of the increased risk of death or injury:

  • Cannabis use prior to driving increases the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.
  • In states where cannabis use is legal, there is increased risk of unintentional cannabis overdose injuries among children.
  • It is unclear whether and how cannabis use is associated with all-cause mortality or with occupational injury.

Various Types of Aromatherapy Oils

In actuality, you do not have to be a massage expert in order to administer aromatherapy on the skin. If you will just look around, you will find tons of aromatherapy oil recipes. However, you need to ensure that you and the person receiving the treatment are not allergic to the oil components and the carrier oil itself. For instance, cinnamon oil is not suitable for direct skin application since it can be a very strong irritant. Also, vegetable oils that are often used as carrier should be diluted well and stabilized to become safe on the skin. Essentially, using the right oil and the perfect mix can travel a long way in achieving total wellness.

There are various types of oils that can be used in the treatment in order to achieve certain goals. Here are a few oils to choose from:

  • Rosemary oil – This one is one of the most commonly used oils when it comes to aromatherapy, due to its handful of benefits. It greatly helps in restoring oral health; relieving conditions like bad breath. It can also provide skin with more moisture and better tone. Plus, it works great in clearing the lungs and healing various respiratory problems like sore throat, cold and flu. It is also believed that rosemary has positive effects on body organs like the heart and liver.
  • Lemongrass oil – This type of oil can help a lot in easing inflammation. It can do a lot in fighting inflammation, causing toxins to be released by the body. It also has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties so it can be highly effective in cleaning wounds and killing germs.
  • Juniper oil – The oils extracted from Juniper berry can be most helpful in healing ailments such as gout, arthritis, rheumatism, menstrual disorders and more. Using this essential oil for massage is also beneficial in relieving anxiety, tension and drowsiness.
  • Mandarin oil – This oil extract is very helpful in treating skin problems. It can be used to rejuvenate skin cells and fighting all sorts of skin infections. In fact, this oil can be used to heal acne marks and even stretch marks.

About Soul Loss and Spirit Loss

The soul which has a human body, at its most simplistic level, is energy. Even at the moment of conception, there is energy. Soul is that energy that is all-pervading. And going one step further, science reveals energy cannot be destroyed; hence, the soul survives the death of its body. Yet, my title suggests soul loss. Does that contradict the Second Law of Thermodynamics? Frankly, no!

Soul loss comes to us from ancient shamanic practices. In days gone by, the healer described the malaise suffered by an individual as soul loss, or a part of the soul being taken away, stolen, or kept by a loved one. Our ancient ancestors believed that a soul could get lost and because it had trouble finding its way back, the individual became ill. Additionally, an evil entity could steal a part of the soul; thus creating illness. A parent, especially a mother, might keep a part of her child’s soul out of love when that child married, or went away and unknowingly create illness. The healer would travel to another realm to locate the wandering soul or a part of one and return it to the client. This was done by directly blowing into the client’s mouth.

Spirit and soul are often interchanged. From my perspective, they are not the same. Unlike the soul, spirit is not all-pervading. It is totally individualized, that is, it refers to specific individuals. It is, of course, non-physical. For some, the spirit is the place of one’s emotions which help define one’s character. Whenever an individual experiences physical or emotional trauma he or she may suffer spirit loss. A parent who loses a child may experience spirit loss. Depression, whatever its cause, signals spirit loss as does anxiety. To help remedy this, the healer will offer certain herbals, suggest specific crystals and maybe a pouch with ground plant leaves to be worn around the neck.

Perceptions and Our Immune System

Medicine is not an exact science but consumerism has influenced the medical profession to act in a way to give the public impression that medicine is indeed an exact science. Medicine is not a consumer item yet they go along with the notion that it is a consumer item. This way they can apply the same standards of measurement of quality that applies to any consumer item which of course further reinforces and distorts our perceptions into believing that medicine is indeed a consumer item. Politics is game of distorting people’s perceptions. Medicine is all about clearing up people’s perceptions and improving their mental health. If the medical profession plays politics it means that they are also involved in distorting perceptions. Clearly they should stop playing politics and stop politicians turning medicine into a political football. They should be exposing politics. Alas, I can see no hope of society ever improving its mental health without the medical profession clearing up its perceptions regarding the current role they are playing.

In my recent article “Mental Illness and Perceptions” I have pointed out how mental illness is related to our perceptions and it is increasing in every society in the world today. If we are to improve our mental health we have to clear up our perceptions. Quite clearly, from what I have stated above we cannot depend on the medical profession to do this. They have one of the highest suicide rates in society. Where is their credibility when it comes to their mental health?

So how do we go about clearing up our perceptions? I can only try to help you understand what happens in the mind from my own observations. If what I write makes sense then it should start clearing up your perceptions.

First of all let us understand what perception means. There is an observer (the ego) in our mind looking at the picture of reality in front of us. So whenever we open and close our eyes (blink) our eye momentarily fixes on a spot and takes a picture of reality. Perception takes place when the eyes are momentarily fixed and not while travelling from one fixed point to another. We are in actual fact taking a series of pictures of reality and it is our brain that interprets it as one continuous event.

In my mind, when I look at reality, I see it as a timeless dimension. When the observer in the mind and what is being observed become one phenomenon, which many of us experience from time to time without recognising it, you are experiencing that timeless dimension. Here there is no past, present or future. You are looking through a clear sheet of glass. It is only when you introduce words such as ‘Oh how beautiful it is etc… ‘ that you step out of this timeless zone and quickly return into your own manmade time zone. The words just smudge that clean sheet of glass and distort the picture.

Everyday all of us are experiencing reality. Our perception causes all sorts of physiological and biochemical changes in our body without us realising it. It influences our subconscious mind positively or negatively to make us feel happy or sad. It directly affects our immune system. In fact in my mind perception is the link that connects our mind to our body.

So let us see how distorted perceptions can affect an individual. Suppose you are looking at your spouse at a distance talking to someone. You come to the wrong conclusion that they are having an affair. Now the moment you make that perception, your subconscious mind will create negative chemicals in your system which will lead to thinking that is essentially negative, which in turn will lead to actions that are fundamentally self-destruct. You will create chaos all round you. Clearly this distorted perception has led the individual to a path of unnecessary self-created misery.
When it comes to personal health many individuals believe that the cure to their illness lies outside them, that is, someone outside them is doing the curing. This in my mind is a false perception.

You see every one of us is born with the healing power within us. This power lies in our immune system and is under subconscious control. It is directly affected by our perceptions.

If you keep a wound clean and protected, it will heal by itself. That is if you provide the right conditions, Mother Nature will heal you. However, if you keep scratching or irritating it, it will never heal. So you see people can heal themselves, if they provide the right conditions for Mother Nature to heal them.

What happens when you go to the doctor? The doctor makes a diagnosis and prescribes the right treatment. We assume the doctor is healing you, but is he? Not really, because what we do as a doctor is prescribe the right treatment and conditions that helps your immune system to heal yourself. If your immune system does not respond, then no doctor in the world can save you. Remember the healing process always takes place within the individual not outside him. It is what you do with yourself 24 hours a day that will heal you. Hence if you provide the right conditions, Mother Nature must heal you.

So you see it is most important for every one of us to understand how our perceptions affect our thinking which in turn can lead us to wrong or right conclusion. If you know you have to power to heal yourself and it lies in your immune system, and it can be boosted with positive perceptions, wouldn’t you take steps to straighten out your perceptions on various issues?

Therefore if you are in conflict, stressed out, anxious or depressed, it means you are not in harmony with your subconscious mind and your immune system is at risk. You should not try to keep your feelings to yourself but try to talk to someone who can help you see the problem from another point of view. It is only by straightening out your perceptions that you will be able to find instant relief from your symptoms.

After reading this article your perceptions should be clear about you being the sole person responsible for your own health and that you have the power within to heal yourself. If you think you have got the message but still think someone outside you does the curing, it means that you have not understood what I have written. You are indeed writing your own destiny.

Benefits of Aromatherapy Candles

The art of aromatherapy is using the aromatic oils (essential oils) found in plants for the treatment of disease and for other health benefits. Those essential oils are taken from the plants and mixed with other substances, such as alcohol, lotion and other oils. Traditionally, they were applied in an oil base and massaged into the skin but they may also be beneficial when they are inhaled by being sprayed into the air or through the use of high-quality aromatherapy candles.

The fragrances from the essential oils work within the body, including the nerves of the nose to stimulate enzymes, hormones and to cause changes in the functions of the body. This would include lowering the pulse and reducing your blood pressure. It is also thought that aromatherapy may help to stimulate the production of substances within the body that reduce pain.

Aromatherapy candles make it very convenient for anyone to enjoy the benefits that this ancient art has to offer. You can sit in a room with these candles, enjoying some music or a good book while at the same time, improving your health. Each scent is going to have a specific benefit to the body, including the following popular choices.

Lavender – An individual who is depressed or fatigued would appreciate the benefits of Lavender aromatherapy candles. It helps to calm a person’s nerves and to relieve stress. It is also a good choice when you want to get some restful sleep.

Jasmine – The oil from the Jasmine plant has a scent that is reported to have antidepressant properties and can help you to relax.

Quit Smoking Weed Quickly

  • Setting a date to quit weed. Most people who use pot just verbally say they will quit smoking tomorrow or simply when out of weed, this is the most dangerous approach and most ineffective; it’s good to set a date to quit in a weeks’ time or days or even month. By setting a date to stop smoking weed gives you a goal to work to achieve.
  • Make sure you discard all smoking gear, most marijuana smokers very decorative paraphernalia like bongs, rolling tools, vaporizes and smoking bows. Getting rid of such things puts you at a hard time devising ways to smoke and this becomes more difficult for you and the harder it gets the more likely you are to quit smoking.
  • Being prepared and ready for withdrawal; having set your day to stop smoking weed makes the body ready for withdrawal enabling it to be easy for you. The feeling of anxiety is common at withdrawal and learning on how t cobalt it is an added advantage. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms include physical tension, anorexia, anxiety, and more. Sometimes it’s good to seek medical advice to help you get through the withdrawal stage.
  • Finding a replacement activity; rather than having to devote this extra free time on a hobby, it’s good to use this time on something you can do fast and easy as lighting like going for a run playing the keyboard and turn to it whenever you are tempted. If bored to do this try comedy movie that will have you smile.images4

Depression and the Subconscious Mind

From the statistics above it is clear that the medical profession is also suffering from a disorder of perception like many of their patients. When it comes to mental health they do not want to look at themselves for fear that they might have to change their directions. Yet unless they realize that we are hypnotic creatures and our perceptions create physiological and biochemical in us, all our research work will only prove to be just chasing shadows not the substance.

We must acknowledge the fact that our hopes and fears and desires affect our perception of reality. Our perceptions lead us to think in a particular way thus affecting our thinking. Our thinking process is hypnotic. It is made up of words and sentences. It influences our subconscious mind positively or negatively depending on the type of words we use; meanings or beliefs do not matter. Now our mental and physical health depends on our immune system which is directly under subconscious control. So it is the subconscious mind that is the elephant in the room and the way we influence it is what we should be addressing.

As I have said before, how one feels at a given moment depends on how one is stimulating one’s subconscious mind. When you are happy it means you are stimulating it positively; when you are depressed and miserable it means you are stimulating it negatively.

If we look around us every one of us is an ego tripper and a time traveller. From the moment one is born, one starts acquiring an identity. One is given a name and then everything we do becomes I, Me and Mine. This self-centred action leads to possessiveness which in turn leads to thinking in terms of “My house, my car, my wife, my husband, my kids etc.” One does not realize that when we go through life this way acquiring wealth, knowledge, power etc. it is a self-isolating process. This process leads to building a mental wall round us. On day sooner or later, depending on the circumstances and one’s conditioning, unless an individual becomes aware of it, one will surely find oneself totally isolated, totally surrounded by this wall and totally alone.

This is the dark side we refer to when our perceptions create a very gloomy picture of reality where there is total despair and everything in life becomes meaningless. This of course is a distorted picture of reality which an individual acquires through self-centred thinking and lack of self-knowledge. Please understand that our thinking process is a hypnotic process and we are constantly hypnotizing ourselves. Under this hypnotic spell the ego is liable to talk himself or herself into taking extremely stupid actions.

If any of you find yourselves in this precarious situation, my advice is not to take yourself too seriously. The wall you have built around yourself is of your own making. It is in your mind. You can break it down and go beyond it just by becoming aware of it in the first instance. Awareness is the weapon you use to dehypnotize yourself. Once you can make that perception that it is a self-created barrier it will melt away. It is a wall you have built through ignorance. You are a part of this universe and the timeless reality. As you clear up your perceptions, you will realize that is there is a whole world beyond the cocoon you have created. However if you withdraw into your shell, you will only be reinforcing that wall.

Verbalizing our feelings is a habit we have acquired in our thinking process. We use words and sentences to express our feelings and as a means of communication. Now these words can have a powerful hypnotic effect on the way we feel about a situation.

Please let me explain how words intensify or give form to your feelings. Suppose you are very angry. You start expressing your anger using words such as “I hate that so and so etc… ” You will find that if you keep using negative words and language you can become quite emotionally upset, and liable to act in a destructive way. But if you did not verbalize your feelings and just tried to understand and stay with them, you will find that they have no life of their own. The feelings will just melt away. Yes it is the words that activate your feelings. Try to maintain the feeling of anger without saying anything in your mind and see how long you can maintain it. You will find that without words your feelings have no substance.

Another habit of the ego is to keep analyzing the negative experience you may have had. Well my friend if you keep analyzing the situation, you will become even more miserable. This is because once you use words it gives form to your feelings and it will activate the thinking process even more. You will be going round and round in circles like a squirrel in a cage. So my advice is stop analyzing. If someone does not want to talk you, don’t ask yourself why etc. You should say in your mind “If you don’t want to talk to me, I have no time for you either. Good bye and good luck.” You will be amazed to find yourself instantly free of the negative feelings.

As we are all ego trippers and time travelers, sooner or later we can expect the dark curtain descending on any one of us out of the blue. If you think you love someone and it is causing you heartache, clearly your perception is distorted because love never makes one miserable. Love always makes one happy. It is your selfishness and your ego that is making you miserable. Learn to understand what love is. When you; love you are always a winner because when you love you never possess a person. However if you possessed someone, it is not love. You will have a feeling of loss attached to it. Love and possession cannot coexist. That is the fundamental law of the mind. Please learn to understand what love is and how your ego tries to manipulate it. Love cannot be manipulated. Once you clear up your perceptions of love and possession, you will be amazed to find how open and free you will feel.

Do not depend on the world to make you happy. You have to make yourself happy. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and regretting. Life is never meant for regrets. All the experiences in life, the good and the bad, are all good for you. They teach you a lesson in life and should make you a better person. Learn from those experiences, make amends and move on. Make the whole world your oyster not only your little shell.

So my message to the medical profession and to all the people who are suffering from depression, anxiety etc. is very clear. If you don’t wish to become one of the statistics in a mental health survey like above, please do not ignore the elephant in the room. Be willing to change your perceptions and harmonize with your subconscious mind. Ignoring the facts will not make them disappear.

Gist of Autism

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the full name. There are mild, moderate, and severe symptoms, hence why it is a spectrum disorder. Behavior Analysis is a field within psychology that focuses on understanding behavior and how it is affected by the environment. The use of scientifically-validated teaching techniques to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior is known as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Positive change is correcting the symptoms of ASD.

Positive change in behavior are: (but not limited to) increase socialization, increase communication skills, decrease problematic and repetitive behaviors

Some of the common repetitive behaviors displayed in individuals with ASD are aggression, self-injury, bizarre speech, and hand flapping.

Although Autism is typically a life long condition, it is beneficial that individuals receive interventions and therapies. There becomes a concern when individuals don’t achieve certain developmental milestones. Learning to talk, walk, eat independently, and play with others are things that an individual should start learning between the ages of birth and 3 years old. Overall, Autism means that person has developmental delays in some way(s).

Someone who has Autism may need more support to develop certain skills. The earlier interventions are the better. Interventions can start as early as 18 months (with some agencies) to 2-3 years old. Individuals with Autism with have different abilities and limitations. It is important that each individual is treated accordingly and has the best interventions and therapies for their needs.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious medical condition which affects the individual’s normality how he/she thinks, speak, feels and act. The individual who encounters schizophrenia finds difficulty in correlating the imaginary and the reality. The biggest misconception among the people, confuse schizophrenia with the split personality or multiple personality disorder actually, both are the different streams.

Types of schizophrenia

With respect to the symptoms and behaviors, schizophrenia can be classified into 5 types as follows.
Paranoid schizophrenia: The most common subcategory of schizophrenia is paranoid schizophrenia. In this type, the individual conduces to lose the touch with the real world by struggling with heavy fear and anxiety.
Hebephrenic Schizophrenia: Disorganized schizophrenia is the other name of this type. The individual encounters illogical thinking and actions. The actions are highly triggered by environmental factors.
Catatonic Schizophrenia: It is a rare type of schizophrenia where the individual encounters group of symptoms, that influence and develop schizophrenia. The main symptom is Stupor – no response and movement in the individual’s body and mind.
Undifferentiated Schizophrenia: The suffering individual might not fit into a specified category. Rather displays both positive and negative symptoms oscillates over the period of time.
Residual Schizophrenia: In this type, the individual might develop the long-term history of negative symptoms.

Symptoms of schizophrenia

  • Illogical thinking
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Disorganized speech
  • Stupor- No response and movement in the individual’s body and mind
  • Waxy flexibility – if an individual’s body part is placed in a position it will not be moved until someone else moves it
  • Difficulty feeling pleasure
  • False, fixed beliefs

Causes of Schizophrenia

The exact cause of schizophrenia is not fully understood. But according to the researchers, some factors might trigger an individual to develop schizophrenia they are:
Environmental factor: Studies suggest that including the factors like depression and stress there are few other factors might also develop schizophrenia such as low oxygen level while birth, parental loss, and high rage.
Chemical imbalance: Experts displays that abnormalities in the brain chemicals might also pave the chance of developing schizophrenia.
Substance abuse: Drugs such as LSD, weed, marijuana, and alcohols can also possible make an individual schizophrenic. There is a high chance of symptoms of hallucination, abnormal emotions, and disorganized thinking.
Genetic: Do you know the chance of encountering schizophrenia is 50% higher if the individual is a twin. Genetic is also a factor that plays a vital role in schizophrenia.

Treatment options

A proper treatment is the only way to overcome schizophrenia which can lead a productive life. Treatment follow-up involves a combination of medication, therapies, and counseling sessions. Adhering to the treatment plan can help in the reducing the worsening of the schizophrenia condition and also helps in preventing the risk factors like relapses.