4 nov. 2019

SMART Program Can Help Wheelchair Users Avoid Anxiety and Depression

We all have moments of despair and anxiety. The pace of life and technology, it only seems to be getting worse. We function more and more in “default” mode and are not taking the time to stop and experience all the positive things in life. Being a wheelchair user just adds a whole different level of complexity to daily life, which can make it more difficult to see the “good”.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and there is a new “tool” to help decrease stress and increase quality of life. SMART (Stress Management and Resilience Training) program was researched and developed by Dr. Amit Sood, Executive Director at the lobal Center for Resiliency and Wellbeing at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. He grew up and received his training in medicine in India, so was aware of the benefits of meditation, but was initially focused on cancer research.
After moving to Minnesota, he was astounded by the level of unhappiness in the US. He found the level of depression, anxiety and stress to be about the same as was in India despite the vastly different standard of life. This inspired him to investigate why the brain tends to focus on the bad and find ways to focus more on the good.
Dr. Sood found that our brain functions in the “default” mode or mind wandering 60-80% of the day which worked well when the first humans were trying to survive. When in this mode, the brain strengthens pathways that allow for jealousy, comparison, and negativity. When we live with more attention to details and intent, the super power of your brain, the prefrontal cortex (PFC), is strengthened. The PFC, the very front part of your brain is the “executive”, the stop and think, part of the brain.
The main idea of the SMART program is that if we learn to harness this power, we can learn new habits, strengthen positive pathways in your brain to become happier, less stressed, and healthier humans. While meditation/mindfulness has been proven to work, it is nearly impossible to practice enough every day and be non-judgmental to reap the benefits unless you are a Buddhist monk.
So Dr. Sood researched and found simple short ways to “sprinkle” mindfulness, gratitude, compassion into your day in 2 to 15 minutes. For example, his 5-3-2 plan:
1) Upon waking, before getting out of bed, think about 5 people. A specific memory or detail for each one and silently thank them.
2) Spend the first 3 minutes after you enter your house like you haven’t seen them for a month and don’t try to change them.
3) The first 2 seconds you see someone, silently wish them well.
Easy right? Dr. Sood’s book is available at Amazon.com for $17 and is an easy, humorous, interesting read. He is working on an audio version soon. Here’s a link to his TED talk in 2015 – https://youtu.be/KZIGekgoaz4
Jenn WolffBoard Member & Advocacy Committee Chair
Iowa Chapter, United Spinal Association

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Polio Wasn’t Vanquished by Vaccines, It Was Redefined

Bottle of poliomyelitis vaccine, close-up
Bottle of poliomyelitis vaccine, close-up. Image source The Vaccine Reaction.

by Marco Cáceres

Perhaps the most egregious example of clever sleight of hand (… not to mention the outright, blatant rewriting of history) on the part of public health officials in the United States occurred in 1954 when the U.S. government changed the diagnostic criteria for polio.1 It was the year that medical researcher and virologist Jonas Salk produced his inactivated injectable polio vaccine (IPV). The vaccine was licensed in 1955 and began to be used to inoculate millions of children against polio.
The Salk vaccine has been widely hailed as the vanquisher of polio, and it is commonly used as the shining example of how vaccines are the miracle drugs for combating infectious diseases… and now even against diseases that arenot infectious. Pick any disease, illness or disorder you want. You got cancer, cholera, peanut allergies, stress, obesity… we’ll develop a vaccine for it.
What the apologists for the Salk vaccine regurgitate from a common script (… some might say scripture) is that before the vaccine was introduced and tested on one million children—the so-called “Polio Pioneers”—in 19542 more than 50,000 people in the U.S. were contracting polio each year, and that by the end of the 1950s the numbers were down to less than 10,000.3 Ergo, the Salk vaccine saved the U.S. from polio. Open and shut case.
Hmm, not so fast.
What is conveniently omitted from this heroic story is that the reason the number of polio cases in the U.S. dropped so precipitously following the mass introduction of the Salk vaccine in 1955 was not medical, but rather administrative. Yes it’s true, in 1952 there were 52,879 reported cases of polio in the U.S. And yes, in 1955 the number went down to 28,985, and by 1959 it had dropped to 8,425.3 But first of all, it’s important to note that the numbers were already declining significantly prior to the initial use of the Salk vaccine. In 1953, there were 35,592 cases of polio in the U.S.3 So there were other things going on in the U.S. at the time totally unrelated to the Salk vaccine.
More importantly, though, in 1954 the U.S. government simply redefined polio. Yes, the government can do that. It does this kind of stuff occasionally in order to help it meet its public policy objectives when it is unable to actually achieve them. How often have you heard of Congress playing smoke and mirrors, gimmicks with the national budget deficit, or on the issue of the unemployment rate? Exactly.
When it comes to government and public policy, the truth is seldom absolute. That’s just the nature of the beast.
According to Dr. Bernard Greenberg, head of the Department of Biostatistics of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health:
In order to qualify for classification as paralytic poliomyelitis, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for at least 60 days after the onset of the disease. Prior to 1954, the patient had to exhibit paralytic symptoms for only 24 hours. Laboratory confirmation and the presence of residual paralysis were not required. After 1954, residual paralysis was determined 10 to 20 days and again 50 to 70 days after the onset of the disease. This change in definition meant that in 1955 we started reporting a new disease, namely, paralytic poliomyelitis with a longer lasting paralysis.1
As I wrote in my piece “The Salk ‘Miracle’ Myth“…
Under the new definition of polio, thousands of cases which would have previously been counted as polio would no longer be counted as polio. The change in the definition laid the groundwork for creating the impression that the Salk vaccine was effective.4
So as radio broadcaster Paul Harvey used to say for decades at the close of each of his charming commentaries, “And now you know… the rest of the story.”
Read the full article here.

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