Hip Hop Psych…

Although not exactly classified as hip hop the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is being cited by researchers as having possible use in therapy for patients with mental illness. hip hop soloHip-hop is rooted in rap which was first introduced in the 1970’s. It has now grown to become a major cultural and commercial powerhouse. The success of the play “Hamilton” is an indication of how it has weaved itself into our culture and how it is now being accepted by so many diverse audiences. In the United Kingdom researches have found that it can have a major impact in the treatment of Mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.  The treatment is now being referred to as Hip hop psych. Hip hop is rich in references to psychiatric illnesses, drug abuse, domestic violence and poverty which is linked to severe cases of mental illnesses. This in turn hits a familiar note with troubled youths who are trying to deal with society and are unsuccessful at it. Most of what we have come to associate rapper’s lyrics with is cursing, seeking money and exploitation of women but there are also rappers who are are describing the harsh realities of society and even suggesting coping mechanisms for young people to deal with these in a positive way. Therapy consists of encouraging troubled youths to write and rap what they are feeling and where the see themselves in the future as being a positive force in society. This has led to the creation of the national campaign “hip hop forHip hop dancing mental health” who main message is to help troubled youths “beat the blues with positive mental health tunes. The goal is to encourage rappers, charities and medical groups to explore more deeply the true potential of hip hop. Through the use of rap it now believed that we can possibly reverse the effects of destructive parental mistreatment and the absence of strong role models with a path that is comfortable and familiar to these younger adults.

Needle Free Diabetes Care…

Diabetes self care can become a tedious process if you are trying to be conscientious about managing the disease. Glucose monitors and insulin pumps are the best options Glucose monitortoday for automating the complicated daily progress of blood management. Even those involve pricking the skin. Echo Therapeutics of Philadelphia, Pa. is working on a transdermal biosensor to replace the poke with a patch. This instrument would be able to give a reading through the skin. The procedure would entail scraping the top layer of skin cells with a toothbrush like device and this in turn would send a signal to a remote monitor that would set off an alarm if a person’s levels go out of range.

Healthy Weight Loss Tip…Put the Scale Away

Weighing yourself every morning if you are trying to lose weight, can prove to be more Scaledetrimental than constructive. Our bodies can fluctuate by a few pounds from day to day. This can be the result of water retention which can vary greatly. Seeing a higher number on the scale then you are expecting can lead to discouragement and even sabotage of healthy eating. People who are trying to lose weight can become “scale obsessed” and start to lose focus on their way of eating and add unnecessary stress to their lives. Weekly weighing can give a more accurate reading of your progress.

Coconut Husks and Sustainability…

Coconut husk clothing “Cocona” is a trademarked name for a lightweight, breathable sports wear fabric derived from coconut-husk waste. It is proven to be warm, water and odor resistant. Of the 50 billion coconuts grown worldwide annually, 85% of the coconut husks end up as trash. “Essentials Materials” a Texas based company has succeeded in transforming this waste product into automotive truck liners, planters and battery covers for electric cars. The process is accomplished by combining the husks with discarded recycled plastics.

 

 

Best Way to Hydrate…

British researchers Tested 72 physically active men between ages 18 and 35 to determine what was the best way to keep hydrated. Men were first asked to drink half a liter of waterHydration drinks an hour before beginning the test. Beverages consumed were of a variety that included everything from coca cola, Gatorade, orange juice, teas, coffee, whole and fat free milk and water. Each subject consumed a liter of one of the beverages. Urine output was tested over the following four hours. The milk consumers had the smallest amount of urine output followed by those who drank water. A sign of better hydration. Sugar drinks rated the lowest.

 

Purple Maize (Peruvian Corn)…

Purple corn is grown in the Andes Mountains at about ten thousand feet above Peruvian purple cornsea level. There is a limited amount of fruits and vegetables that contain blue or purple pigment. If you are trying to make a true rainbow diet it is a good addition. This dark color supplies the body with vitamin K a necessary vitamin for blood clotting and blood flow. The Peruvians, Ecuadorians and Bolivians soak the kernels in water and make a drink that they combine with spices and fruit. It is also used as a natural dye for fabric. High in anthocyaninins which are anti- inflammatory and encourage tissue regeneration. A food you may be familiar with is blue corn chips.

Weight Loss Tip…Smell Therapy

“Smell therapy” is a unique way of approaching weight loss. In 1933 research by Dr. Allen peppermint leavesHirsch of “The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation” in Chicago performed an experiment with 3,000 plus subjects. The stronger the person’s sense of smell the more likely they were able to lose as much as 18 pounds in a month. Since smell is so closely associated with taste, certain smells can trick the brain into thinking it has received that particular food. The subjects were given scents of banana, peppermint and green apples in an inhaler whenever they experienced hunger. These scents actually promoted a sense of fullness. Try keeping some natural scent oils on hand and see if simply smelling some of these, you are able to deter eating when you are not physically in need of food.