Tag: stress and health

Health & Fitness

Deep Resilience: Chapter Stress Matters

Updated Stress Response Chapter here Stress Response Chapter for sharing rough draft 11.21.2020 I’ve “completed” another chapter in my long form writing project called “Stress Matters.”  As blog readers know, I’ve been researching stress and monitoring autonomic nervous system activity in the clinic for many years.  This chapter is still in a rough form, but…

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Health & Fitness

Does Mindfulness Meditation Work?

For the record. The question is, as always, what is the risk/benefit assessment?  I would assume the risk to be small, but that would probably depend on the “dosage” and individual’s mental make up.  I’ve had a Vipassana practice off and on for decades, and have also done a lot of self-hypnosis and creative visualization. …

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Health & Fitness

David Sinclair on the Potential for Reversing Aging: Hormesis Revisited

The Biochemistry of Longevity is Discussed in this video For any readers who are interested in some of the biochemistry behind the latest science on strategies to age more slowly.  Many of the strategies we’ve discussed before, as well as the concept of hormesis.  Basically, the current thinking is that we are too comfortable.  Never…

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Health & Fitness

Heart rate variability: Can it serve as a marker of mental health resilience?

This article looks at HRV and how it relates to subjects’ reactions to “stressful laboratory tasks” (sounds dicey!). Subjects with higher vagal activity ( ie higher HRV) before and during the challenges,had improved resilience to tasks and lower markers of stress. This could be a companion piece to this other study which advocates for HRV…

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Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Regulates the Cholinergic Anti-inflammatory Pathway to Counteract 1, 2-Dimethylhydrazine Induced Colon Carcinogenesis in Albino wistar Rats.

I have no idea if we can extrapolate the parameters used in this study to humans, but nice to have them anyway.  Incredible that they were able to see actual cytological changes with the TaVNS. Front Pharmacol. 2019 May 21;10:353. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2019.00353. eCollection 2019. Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Regulates the Cholinergic Anti-inflammatory Pathway to Counteract…

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Case Studies

Heart Rate Variability as a Biomarker for Resilience and Prevention: Data

In the latest issue of Medical Acupuncture they highlighted the importance of Acupuncture as a preventative and a way to optimize health.  I’m preparing a journal article to show that HRV improves, stress decreases in migraineurs who have been successfully treated.  This data is over patient visits for at least a year.  I tried to…

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Case Studies

Stress reduction Na.Am Edition: Tales from the Clinic

This is data from a patient who I’ve treated in the past.  She always has a profound sense of calm and relaxation from treatment. So the data shows a decrease in stress during treatment and some reduction over time.  If you also notice, she has a pronounced increase in her stress levels during needling.  This…

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Case Studies

HRV Stress Levels in Acupuncture Clinic: Na.Am edition

This is an almost picture perfect example of an overall decrease in stress levels with acupuncture.  This, of course, does not always happen. But this data illustrates a few aspects evaluating  the data that I’ve been interested in. Her overall HRV RMSSD and Pnn50 are midrange from 25-40, and .07 to .25 respectively.  With this…

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Health & Fitness

The Vagus Nerve Can Predict and Possibly Modulate Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases: Introducing a Neuroimmunological Paradigm to Public Health

This is a paper calling for monitoring of HRV and using neurostimulation for prevention of “non-communicable diseases”  ie cancer, heart disease, and other chronic non-infectious conditions.  It’s a combined effort of French, Belgian, and US researchers. I’m still picking my way through, but wanted to make this available to readers.  It comes at a good…

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Medical Research

Stress Reduction Over Time: Lu.Wi. Edition

This is another set of  data from a healthy patient in his mid thirties who has issues with allergies, anxiety, insomnia.  This is his data for the first year of treatment.  Again we see an increase over time.  

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