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5 Ways Your Relationship Can Hurt Your Health

By Robert Oldman

Anyone who clicked on a site like https://www.flirt.com and is now in a meaningful relationship as a result may well face their fair share of ups and downs. For most people, dating relationships are new and exciting uncharted territory. The experience will more typically be exemplified by happiness, contentment, fun nights out, cozy nights in. With all that going on, surely there can’t be any negatives associated with being in a relationship or dating someone? Actually, that’s not always the case at all. Your relationship can actually damage your health, in a variety of different, sometimes surprising ways. Here are five you may not necessarily have considered.

Stress

In any relationship, there will inevitably be times when you are less satisfied than others. It is pretty much impossible to coast along without there ever being moments of friction, whether this is anything to do with yourselves, or external factors have come into play.  Everything from worrying about family to money issues to work can impact your stress levels, but having doubts about your partnership can be especially concerning. If you are unduly bothered about anything at all, this can have a negative affect on everything from your blood pressure to your libido. Prolonged periods of stress can lead to even more potentially harmful problems, such as mental ill-health.

Overeating

There can be a direct correlation between stress and eating. What is known as comfort eating is a well-known medical condition, leading to people compensating for feelings of inadequacy by over-indulging, often in fatty or fast foods which are bad for your cardiovascular system. When couples are enjoying a healthy, relatively hassle-free relationship, they might not be aware of it but they can also do damage by spending excessive amounts of time dining out or going on regular restaurant dates. Drinking too much is another potentially risky side-effect for partners who relish each other’s company a bit too much!

Insomnia

While sleeping together and enjoying all the fruits of an active love life are all well and good, the fact you are sharing your bed with somebody can have its downside. Some partners can be restless, tossing and turning, or hogging the covers. One of the commonest issues in the bedroom department is when one of the parties has a snoring habit. Many factors can trigger this unfortunate activity, from eating late at night to drinking too much coffee to smoking, but the bottom line is hours of interrupted sleep for their other half. Insomnia brings several other issues, including impacts on mental health.

Partying

People who are enjoying a healthy and fulfilling partnership will often feel like letting off steam after a long working week. This is something which could well commence when they are at home, fortifying themselves with a few drinks prior to heading out to the bar, club or party. When couples get into the habit of indulging in liquid refreshments on a regular basis, they may well get to the stage where they no longer need the excuse of kickstarting their evening with pre-date drinks. It’s not uncommon for this type of behavior to begin on ‘school nights,’ too. People can all too quickly lapse into problematic drinking patterns, and if there are two susceptible individuals hovering near the supply of bottles, this could become something they share.

Depression

Many things can cause a relationship to slide off the rails, whether there are temporary disagreements or profound arguments. Disaffection can lead to more negative symptoms, and if these remain unchecked, the end result can be depressive illness. When one partner succumbs to any form of depression, the relationship can be tested to its breaking point.

About Robert Oldman

A Chief Writer of a relationship blog. He posseses a degree in Psychology from Kent State University and specializes in the field of interpersonal relationships as well as communication.

Avoid Clinical Entrepreneurial Syndrome

Whether you are running your own business as an entrepreneur – or running someone else’s business as an executive – there is an enormous amount of demand on your resources. You are likely to be playing the role of project manager, human resources liaison, accountant, and marketing specialist. You are the one who gets called on to extinguish fires as well as create new opportunities. All this and more, while remaining positive and energetic.

As enthusiastic as you may be about keeping the business afloat, it’s a fact that humans have a limited amount of resources available. When the demands upon us begin to exceed the energy levels that we have, we experience stress. This feeling is akin to a form of panic – and has a way of creeping into our daily operations. It lies under the surface of our consciousness, and slowly eats away at our resolve. In small doses, it can help us to accomplish great things. In large doses, and if left unaddressed, it can result in our physical and mental decline.

Stress Leads To Burnout

This doesn’t happen overnight. Those who are aware of the possibility of burnout may be able to feel it developing. Burnout is the eventual result of unresolved stress, and it is a warning sign from the mind and body that enough is enough. It is the point at which we decide that we can no longer perform the job functions in which we once took pride. We may begin to avoid work, produce lower quality work, or suddenly quit the job altogether.

The signs of stress which contribute to burnout include fatigue, insomnia, irritability, changes in weight, problems with digestion, becoming forgetful, and inability to concentrate. If you notice that these symptoms are becoming part of your daily experience, take it as a sign that something needs to change. If you aren’t able to change your workload in the face of stress, look into ways of changing your behaviors during your valuable time off. Failure to do so can mean the end of your venture as a successful business manager.

Avoid Burnout Through Being Proactive

As the stress that leads to burnout tends to attack us on three fronts – physical, cognitive, and emotional – the following are three ways to mitigate its negative effects.

Combat Stress on the Physical Level

The adrenaline and cortisol that the body produces in response to stress are responsible for activating our flight-or-fight response. These hormones prepare our bodies for action. When we fail to use this energy in an active way, it can turn on us and wreak havoc with our physical health. To disseminate that energy in a way that is best for the body, try engaging in similar actions as experienced in emergency situations – like going for a run or boxing it out at the gym.

Master Stress on the Cognitive Level

Much of what we interpret as being stressful depends on our perspective. What we have defined as our values and aspirations can fuel our sense of purpose, and that purpose can become an obsession. If we have tied our sense of self-esteem into our occupational achievements, we can become overwhelmed with producing results. To reduce that stress, which we experience over job demands and deadlines, we need to create a mental space where we are able to separate from those types of thoughts. Consider finding mental relief through engaging in meditation or mindfulness techniques on a daily basis. Venting that stress through consulting with a good therapist each week is another possibility.

Diminish Stress on the Emotional Level

Human beings need to have fun. When we engage in pleasurable activities, our body responds through releasing endorphins such as oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. Unlike the urgent feelings which stress hormones produce, these types of natural chemicals result in our feeling happy, calm, and content. Keep in mind that it is unlikely that you will be able to remove all the stress associated with running a business by having fun. But you can counteract some of it by making sure to schedule time in your busy calendar for engagement in recreational activities.

About Dr. Jeff Nalin

Dr. Jeff Nalin, Psy.D is an award-winning licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Chief Clinical Director at Paradigm Malibu Treatment Center. The center has locations in both Malibu and San Francisco.

Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness

By Cynthia Li, MD

DOCTOR-AS-PATIENT MEMOIR REIMAGINES THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HEALING

“In Cynthia Li’s spellbinding book, we encounter the moving story of a physician struggling with her own autoimmune illness. Li’s writing is so intimate — and so exacting — that it cuts like a knife. She raises fundamental questions about the future of medicine, her own future, and about being a doctor and a patient at the same time. The result is a beautiful book that will be read and remembered for years to come.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies

Millions of people worldwide are affected by autoimmune diseases. Some are common, like Hashimoto’s thyroid disease, and others are mysterious conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and dysautonomia. While the latter are gaining attention, patients struggling with these ailments are often dismissed by their doctors, families, and friends. The medical community often refers to them as “difficult patients” because they don’t follow the traditional checkboxes of illness and their symptoms can elude standard testing. When one doctor develops a disabling autoimmune illness and becomes that “difficult patient” herself, the beliefs and methods she once swore by collapse.

Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness  takes us on an intimate whirlwind of a journey with Cynthia Li—a doctor who seemingly had it all until her health took an unexpected turn, leading her to question her medical training. Dr. Li’s story is raw, honest, and vulnerable as she describes her descent first into an autoimmune thyroid condition, then mysterious symptoms that leave her housebound with no end in sight. Test after test came back “within normal limits,” baffling her doctors—and herself. Housebound with two young daughters, Dr. Li began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to discover a way to heal.

Dr. Li is forced to dive into the root causes of her illness, and to learn to unlock her body’s innate intelligence and wholeness. Dr. Li relates her story with the insight of a scientist, and the humility and candor of a patient, exploring the emotional and spiritual shifts beyond the physical body. What’s more, she chronicles 15 practical steps on “how to get off the couch,” and expands this list in Part III, so fellow sufferers can find the wisdom and inspiration to begin their personal healing journeys.

“I entered my health challenges as a doctor, and came out a healer,” says Dr. Li.  “I hadn’t known the difference before. I first had to unlearn the idea that chronic diseases are determined by a fixed number or a positive test result, or fulfilling specific criteria. So the body, I realized, isn’t a three-dimensional puzzle to be solved. It’s a living, dynamic ecosystem to be nurtured. At the heart of my healing was learning to embrace my sensitive nature.”

Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, Brave New Medicine offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. This is the first memoir by a doctor evaluating her own complex illness through the lens of an integrative and root-cause paradigm. While many books are written by laypeople on mysterious illnesses, having a doctor go through this journey, explaining it from the inside-out, embracing the art of intuition—and pairing it with the analytical mind—offers a whole new dimension. Dr. Li explores epigenetics, neuroplasticity, the microbiome, environmental health, and functional medicine along with acupuncture, ancestral cooking, qigong, and grief rituals to get down to the root causes of her illness. In healing herself, she learns she is healing her family, too.

“The simplest step in healing is also the hardest: believing it is possible,” adds Dr. Li.  “An insidious process often happens with chronic disease, when the illness becomes your identity, especially when it’s an all-encompassing, debilitating condition like autoimmunity, chronic fatigue syndrome, or advanced cancer. The key to shifting our beliefs is to step outside of the prognoses and diagnoses long enough to tap into the innate intelligence within our cells. Because the body is where the subconscious lives, and where symptoms are trying to tell us the imbalances that are brewing. This isn’t positive thinking. It’s physiology at its best. By addressing root causes, reducing inflammation, restoring imbalances, and connecting to something greater beyond us, healing happens as a side-effect.

About the Author:

CYNTHIA LI, MD graduated from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and has practiced internal medicine in settings as diverse as Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, St. Anthony Medical Clinic for the homeless, and Doctors Without Borders in rural China. Her own health challenges led her to functional medicine, a paradigm that addresses the root causes of chronic conditions. She currently serves on the faculty of the Healer’s Art Program at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, and has a private practice. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and their two daughters.

Connect with Cynthia Li, MD on Facebook @dr.cynthia.li and visit www.cynthialimd.com.

 

Brave New Medicine: A Doctor’s Unconventional Path to Healing Her Autoimmune Illness is available September 1, 2019 in paperback at Amazon and other retailers.

Overcoming Chronic Illness

Did you know that 40 million Americans are limited in their usual activities due to chronic illness?

Dr. Bill Rawls, a leading integrative health expert on Lyme disease and other similar/related chronic illnesses, has created a PROVEN 5-pronged approach to overcoming a chronic illness.

As a successful OB-GYN, Dr. Rawls’ life came to screeching halt after he was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in his late 40s. While suffering with the symptoms associated with fibromyalgia (insomnia, fatigue, joint pain) and others suggesting this was something bigger (chest pain and heartbeat irregularity), his research outside of conventional medicine began. Shifting his focus from searching hopelessly for a diagnosis towards health restoration, Dr. Rawls’ new lifestyle practices of adopting a cleaner diet, being vigilant about regular exercise, and studying herbal supplements that have healing properties worked in tandem to reverse his fibromyalgia symptoms – until one summer he suffered a tick bite.

After being diagnosed with Lyme Disease and re-experiencing the same symptoms as fibromyalgia, Dr. Rawls consumed everything he could about using herbs for medicinal use; studied remedies used for hundreds of years, reviewed clinical studies, spoke with other professionals well versed in complementary and alternative therapies, and more. After applying what he had learned to himself and his practice, Dr. Rawls is a living testament to how natural health solutions work and that you can live a symptom-free life.

So what are his proven 5 steps to overcoming chronic illness?

  • Keeping a healthy whole-foods diet
  • Regular exercise
  • Stress management
  • Detoxification
  • Microbiome balance  

Dr. Bill Rawls // NC

Dr. Bill Rawls, MD, is a leading expert in Lyme disease, integrative health, and herbal medicine. In the middle of his successful medical career as an OBG-YN, Dr. Rawls’ life was interrupted by Lyme disease. In his journey to overcome it, he explored nearly every treatment possible – from conventional medicine to a range of alternative therapies. In the more than 10 years since his recovery, Dr. Rawls has helped thousands of patients find their path to healing from Lyme disease and chronic illness. He is the author of the best-selling book Unlocking Lyme, and the Medical Director of RawlsMD.com and Vital Plan, an online holistic health company.

Lily CBD

From a mother dealing with the physical and mental struggle of arthritis, fibromyalgia and sciatica, (former Director @ Spike Lee’s agency Spike DDB)  Russell Markus, Founder of Lily CBD, sought out healthy alternatives for his mom. The journey through chia seeds and sensory deprivation tanks ultimately lead him to CBD.

“I desperately wanted to provide my mother & close friends a healthy alternative to help with their physical struggles and stresses. As a society, we’ve been so conditioned to use pills that provide short term benefits, yet they often lead to long term issues. Let’s be honest, we all know friends and family who have been victims to these pills that have spread like a wildfire throughout our society. I was desperate to make sure that didn’t happen to the people I loved.”

The journey led him to launch Lily CBD, a hemp based CBD oil, born from a desire to give ourselves and those we love an alternative to the conventional ways of calming and nurturing the mind and body. Named after two loving maternal great-grandmothers from Brooklyn, Lily CBD, a CBD focused company, is crafted to help you feel alive.

Lily CBD was laser focused on sharing their organic practice CBD to friends and family in early April to begin collecting feedback. Starting in late May, Lily CBD launched in Soho House, The Assemblage, and Parsley Health and officially opened up their eComm store to the public in July. The currently company is self funded. “Finding partners was not about quantity, rather finding individuals & organizations who were to be progressive in their approach to health & helping society,” says Russell.

In August, the brand continued growing it’s partner network with locations like HealHaus, a wellness center in Brooklyn, Clover Grocery in the West Village, The End in Williamsburg, Office Coffee on Canal Street and STAE Beauty Essentials @ The Surf Lodge in Montauk. The brand will continue to expand its list of national partnerships throughout the remainder of 2018 and into the following year. “There’s a lot of product on the market, and I only feel comfortable sharing a CBD with the world that, I feel comfortable with my family taking. While I haven’t tried all the CBD that’s out there, our full-spectrum and terpene rich formula is unmatched to any lab results I’ve seen. ”

On LilyCBD.com, customers and clients can select from a range of strengths depending on their own personal ailments and general health. Lily CBD is committed to working with single source, organic practices, family farms and is creating a network of farms accessible within 100 miles of the state of New York.

“We needed to be able to sit with farmers, help in the harvest and touch & feel the product. As the industry grows, expected to far exceed $20 billion by 2020, there’s going to be a range of quality in the market. We have to strive to share high quality CBD grown with integrity.”

In order to ensure integrity when helping to heal while providing clients with the best knowledge possible, Dr. Soyona Rafatjah (Formerly of Parsley Health) joined Lily CBD as Functional Medicine Advisor. “CBD can be an extremely effective treatment for a multitude of diagnoses, and comes with minimal if any negative effects. I have personally seen patients of mine find relief from various conditions like seizures, insomnia, anxiety, migraines, and pain, when no other therapies were helping. I believe that a combination of the increase in positive scientific studies and the positive feedback by millions of people who use it, can be credited for the skyrocketing usage and access to CBD products in the past few years. A 2017 survey from Brightfield Group and HelloMD on 150,000 people showed that 42% of people who used CBD had stopped their over the counter and prescription pain medications. With drug overdose recently becoming the leading cause of death in Americans under 50, CBD could be potentially reverse this trend, saving millions of lives of people in their prime years.” says Dr. Rafatjah.

Lily donates 5% of all sales goes to charities focused on children with Autism, Epilepsy and Mental Health Issues.

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Lily CBD comes three retail strengths 500mg ($99), 1000mg ($179), and 1500mg ($249) & custom strengths for key food and beverage partners. The CBD is made with organic practice Hemp CBD Oil and non-gmo MCT coconut oil. Our organic practice hemp-CBD is farmed over a three months season. Once fully matured, the CBD is CO2 extracted from the hemp flower in a state-of-the-art facility in order to produce the cleanest, healthiest CBD possible. Our full spectrum oil is non-psychoactive and filled with CBD, CBC, CBG, CBDV, CVDA and a wide range of terpenes.

Our CBD has been tested for the quality of our cannabinoid breakdown, nutrients, and terpenes while ensuring it contains ZERO heavy metals, pesticides or any contaminants.