Publications

Connective Tissue Breakdown: Remodeling, Repair, and Prevention Using an Inclusive Method of Treatment

Research on aging, including therapies for external, internal, and emotional concerns, will continue to expand to accommodate for the demands of baby boomers who are seeking to stay young as old as possible. The youngest baby boomers turned 55 this year and, while many of them are looking forward to retirement, you can be assured that none are looking forward to aging. With intrinsic and extrinsic aging, certain deteriorations may occur, giving rise to disorders and illnesses such as arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, ocular disorders, skin laxity, cellulite, arthritis, and joint problems, to name a few. These conditions have one thing in common: connective tissue. Because connective tissue deterioration in the body can have far-reaching, systemic effects, much research has been devoted to decoding its mechanisms.

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Stress Check: How Cultural Stress Is Impacting Health and Longevity, and What We Can Do About It

Our phones recognize our face shapes berter than our friends. Digital consumption is replacing human touch. Even when we’re together, we are texting rather than talking. lf personal connection was classified as a sustainable resource, we could hypothesize that it is non-renewable and fleeting fast.

How is it that, in this age of being more connected than ever, we are at our loneliest? Advances in technology, enhanced screen time, and digital interconnectedness have collectively created a false sense of connection and a new type of stress: Cultural Stress (CS) and its pervasive, recogn izable syndrome classified as Cultural Stress Anxiety Syndrome (CSAS).

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Effectiveness of positive insights for emotional wellbeing and stress reduction: A four-week intervention in participants experiencing Cultural Stress

Stress has been highlighted as a key risk factor in modern societies for the pathogenesis of aging related diseases (Gassen et al., 2017). For example, perceived stress (e.g. Parks et al., 2009; Puterman et al., 2010) and work-related stress (Ahola et al., 2012) are frequently associated with accelerated cellular aging. Moreover chronic, excessive and/or persistent stress, i.e. the cumulative load of day-to-day stresses are often cited as independent risk factors for a wide range of serious health problems including cardiovalscular disease, stroke, depression, and autoimmune disorders (McEwen et al., 1998). Furthermore, longitudinal assessments of over 3000 adults have observed that chronic stress over a period of several years can have enduring negative impact on health outcomes 3-7 years later (Steptoe et al., 2005). Thus, stress is readily identifiable as an important risk factor for aging-related diseases (Gassen et al., 2017).

Positive emotions and stress-reduction have profound effects on overall wellbeing and physical health. Based on scientific findings from positive psychology, we have developed 11 positive insight cards that we expect to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing.

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A Pilot Study on Cultural Stress Anxiety Syndrome, Its Implications on Aging, Gene Expression and Treatment Strategies

Epidemiological studies are clear about the deleterious effects of stress on health and aging [1-3]. Stress can cause disease, enhance aging and shorten lifespan [4-6]. Although complex, most kinds of stress are easy to identify: acute stress, episodic acute stress, chronic stress and all types of stress share similarities in how they affect the way the body functions [7,8]. However, more recent examination has produced the need for a new category of stress called Cultural Stress (CS) [9]. CS identifies stress from political, climatological, technological and cultural changes and it is a direct result of our interconnectedness and advances in technology. It is also symptomatic of long commutes, overpopulation, noise pollution, toxin exposure through consumables [10] and the incessant use of smart phones, to name a few things. While CS is manmade, it is largely unavoidable in today’s modern society, for those who live on the grid, unless a conscious effort is made to prevent exposure. Even though CS is wholly unnecessary for survival, it can be hard to identify as it is akin to the constant, perhaps unidentifiable, yet equally obtrusive hum of a refrigerator and exists like a ceaseless ringing phone that demands subconscious and conscious management. Patients, most of the time, are conditioned to the continuous stress of CS and are, therefore, unaware that the collection of symptoms and anxiety they experience can be traced back to CS. CS superimposes all other stress types.

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Evaluating the Potential Benefits of Cucumbers for Improved Health and Skincare

The importance of diet on health has been welldocumented; deficiencies in key vitamins and minerals can result in serious developmental and metabolic problems. Undoubtedly, the phrase “you are what you eat” has some merit to it: the better you eat, the better you look and feel. Additionally, eating healthy and nutritious foods boosts immune responses and helps fight infections as well as free radicals.

With so many nutritional requirements to take into account, finding the right natural food sources to meet our body’s needs can seem like a daunting task. Each month there are new recommendations or food trends regarding eggs, meat, fat, or even water consumption. Suffice to say, ongoing research of the benefits of foods is needed, and one fruit, which deserves more consideration is the cucumber.

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