If you’ve dismissed mindfulness as a fad, you could be missing out on a very valuable tool for your mental health. In fact, it can be just as effective as the gold standard therapy – individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) – for a range of psychiatric symptoms, according to a new study published in European Psychiatry.
Mindfulness entails tuning into the present moment. By paying attention to your feeling sand thoughts as well as the world surrounding you, you can gain a keen awareness that allows you to enhance your mental well-being. It’s particularly useful for those who are prone to destructive ways of thinking as it helps people realize how unhelpful their thinking is. Over time, it allows them to notice when their thoughts are heading into negative patterns and regain control over them to deal more productively.
Researchers from Sweden’s Center for Primary Healthcare Research (CPF) studied 215 patients who were suffering from anxiety, depression, and stress disorders and were recruited from a number of healthcare centers across Sweden. In the eight-week randomized and controlled trial, they studied psychiatric symptoms and measured how they changed throughout the treatment as the participants underwent either individual CBT or mindfulness in group therapy.
In both groups, the average score for the 15 subscales measured dropped significantly. These included general anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal sensitivity, psychoticism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, aggression, paranoid ideation and phobic anxiety.
The epidemic of chronic disorders among US children, now reported to represent well over 1/3 of fully-vaccinated children in America is likely iatrogenic (ie, physician-caused, prescription drug-induced, vaccine-induced, medical/surgical treatment-caused).
(Article by Dr. Gary G. Kohls and Kenneth P. Stoller republished from GlobalResearch.ca)
But the corporate medical and pharmaceutical industries both go through all sorts of contortions to deny responsibility for the epidemic, even to the point of lying, black-listing whistleblowers, publishing fraudulent journal articles, smearing the tellers of inconvenient truths, refusing to publish certain authors that have disproved certain doctrinal medical beliefs, etc.
Drinking up to three cups of coffee daily may improve longevity and reduce the risk of all-cause mortality, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. As part of the study, a team of researchers at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the Imperial College London has examined the beneficial effects of coffee consumption among people across 10 European countries including the United Kingdom, Denmark, France, and Italy. The study has received funding from the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Consumers and the IARC.
The research team has pooled data from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study with a total cohort population of 521,330 participants older than 35 years. The scientists have then evaluated the participants’ diet through questionnaires and interviews. Data from a 16-year follow-up has revealed that nearly 42,000 participants died from various conditions such as cancer, circulatory diseases, heart failure, and stroke.
The study has found out that coffee drinkers have exhibited healthier livers and better glucose control compared with non-drinkers. In addition, the scientists have observed a similar effect after consuming decaffeinated coffee.
“We found that higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases and digestive diseases. Importantly, these results were similar across all of the 10 European countries, with variable coffee drinking habits and customs. Our study also offers important insights into the possible mechanisms for the beneficial health effects of coffee. We found that drinking more coffee was associated with a more favorable liver function profile and immune response. This, along with the consistency of the results with other studies in the U.S. and Japan gives us greater confidence that coffee may have beneficial health effects,” lead author Dr. Marc Gunter reports in a university press release.