Monthly Archives: August 2012

Diabetes, Women’s Health, Women News

Job stress increases women’s diabetes risk, a Canadian study has found. It’s well known that stress can take a toll on the body in multiple ways, but a new study suggests that it may impact women’s health in a way it doesn’t affect men’s.

The research, published in the Journal of Occupational Medicine, tracked 7,443 men and women working in Ontario, Canada over nine years. The results showed that low job control — defined in a previous study as minimal “control over [one’s] tasks and [one’s] conduct during the working day” — increased women’s risk for diabetes, but did not have the same effect on men. None of the participants had a history of diabetes.

Peter Smith, Ph.D., the study’s lead author, wrote that women’s risk could be caused by a stress-induced change in immune system functioning or hormone levels, or it could be due to “changes in health behavior patterns, particularly those related to diet and energy expenditure, possibly as coping mechanisms.”


Neil Armstrong!

Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon, dies at 82: Armstrong, the astronaut who marked an epochal achievement in exploration with “one small step” from the Apollo 11 lunar module on July 20, 1969, becoming the first person to walk on the moon, has died.

Hugs Reduce Blood Pressure and Heart Disease,

Morocco World News
Rabat, August 22, 2012

According to a study conducted by University of North Carolina, tender hugs reduce blood pressure which is one of the main risk factors to heart disease.

The study showed that hugs increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, sometimes referred to as the “love hormone”, which is best known for its roles in sexual reproduction.

The hormone of oxytocin triggers a “caring” or “bonding” response in both men and women, added the study.

The study explained that a daily dose of oxytocin mainly stimulated from hugging can help protect human beings from heart diseases and reduce stress.

Women seem to benefit more than men do from hugging as explained by the second phase of the University of North Carolina study.

“Male heart patients with good marriages stay healthier than do those living with conflict,” confirmed Brian Baker, University of Toronto psychiatrist, in his study on how marriage affects men’s hearts.

There is no doubt that hugs are reassuring, making the couple feel the warmth sensations and comfort, particularly when the hugs are exchanged by couples who share special feelings of love and strong emotions.

It is obvious that hugging pleases everyone and assures feelings of comfort and security when it is emotionally shared; since it is free and has proved healthy, people may need to hug their loved ones regularly.

The Why-How-What strategy!

“The goal is not to do business with everybody who needs what you have. The goal is to do business with people who believe what you believe.”

– Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Disgrace and Undecency!

This is an invitation. An invitation to take a moment to feel how much you want to avoid feeling what this photograph evokes, if you really let it in.

I’m not suggesting that our focus should rivet on the horrors; I simply think denial and willful avoidance don’t work — for anyone. Not really. And that it is possible to be with suffering, ours and others, in a way that actually liberates us into a peace we can’t imagine from the vantage point of the one who feels overwhelmed, numb, and powerless. The heart is unbounded, free, eternally unvanquished. It holds all this ~ and ~ more joy than you can imagine.

And so I invite you to join me if you wish, in whatever manner is perfectly yours, to take a few moments to let the love you are free itself.

May all beings be free of suffering. May all those who are suffering in this very moment receive the solace and grace they ache for. ♥

SOS Earth!

Wonderful piece of info from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):
“…This picture shows the size of a sphere that would contain all of Earth’s water in comparison to the size of the Earth. The blue sphere sitting on the United States, reaching from about Salt Lake City, Utah to Topeka, Kansas, has a diameter of about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) , with a volume of about 332,500,000 cubic miles (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers). The sphere includes all the water in the oceans, seas, ice caps, lakes and rivers as well as groundwater, atmospheric water, and even the water in you, your dog, and your tomato plant…”

Stop the violence

Victims of molotov attack by settlers, Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, West Jerusalem, 18.8.2012

A four-year hold Palestinian child in intensive care at West Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital on August 18, 2012, a day after he was seriously injured in a molotov attack by Israeli settlers on the taxi in which he was travelling with his family on the road from Bethlehem to Hebron, in the West Bank.

The child is from Nahalin, a small village west of Bethlehem that after losing 60% of its lands to the nearby Israeli settlements comes under regular attacks by Israeli settlers. In the attack, which happened as the family was on the way to a breakfast at the mother’s family in Al-Arrub refugee camp and which took place in an area under exclusive Israeli security control, two children, the mother and father and the driver were seriously injured.

Photo by: JC/