Comfort vs. Discomfort

Where does your preference lie on the spectrum of comfort to discomfort? And in what areas?

For me, I like workouts, personal challenges, and temperatures (bot and cold exposure) more in the uncomfortable side of the spectrum. My clothes, food, and technology, I prefer in the comfortable side.

Where could it benefit you to move an area to a different area of the spectrum? In example, today I’m traveling, so choosing to fast instead of indulging in the many offerings of food like substances at the airport. Yet. I’m tuning into ways to bring more comfort to my body today, by rubbing my neck and ears, while enjoying the sunrise over Mount Rainier.

What practice of moving more towards comfort or discomfort would you like to try today? Can you engage in this practice 5 times today?

12 Days of Connection

Twelve Days of Connection 2018

This holiday season, I was thinking about what I wanted to share with family and friends. I want to share moments of connections, by sharing with others how much we appreciate them and what we see as their strengths, through some fun games and activities.

The Twelve Days of Connection contains activities to foster connection and vulnerability. The only supplies you need are paper (or index cards), pens/pencils, some art supplies, tea, and a handful of coins. For my closer family and friends, I created little bags for each day, which contain all the needed supplies and the activity for the day. You can do this, or just choose the activities that call to you.

Have fun!

005 – Questions to ask when reviewing medication efficacy studies

Personal History

  • Witnessed people experiencing difficulty on and trying to get off of medications
  • Concerns about the efficacy and legitimacy of studies and some pharmaceuticals

 

When looking at studies

  • What’s a placebo? Nocebo – negetive expectation on treatment.
    • Placebos more effective in treating issues related to dopamine.
    • The larger, more colorful, or intense the placebo, the more effective.
  • Is there a control group?
  • Is the control group on an active placebo?
  • What’s the difference between the control group and the treatment group?
  • Have the studies looked at what happens when one tries to get off the medications? What happens when one tries to get off the placebo?
  • How long is the medication shown to provide benefit compared to the control group? Example Benezos may have a 2 week window of providing more benefit then what the control group receives.
  • What population is the study on? Do you match the population?
  • What’s the recurrence rate of the symptoms on the drug verses no treatment?

 

For the professional prescribing you the medication:

  • What’s their expectation for how long you will be on this medication?
  • What’s their plan on getting you off of this medication?
  • What are the risks on being on this medication, what are the risks when getting off this medication, and what are the long term risks of this medication?
  • What are other maybe more natural ways of treating this issue?
  • What’s the company that owns this medication policy on making public their studies, does it include loose language like “all studies will be considered for publication”? This could mean the company is hiding studies that illustrate ineffectiveness or harm.

 

Things to consider if you’re already on medications:

  • If you’ve tried to quit or reduce your dose and you feel worse, these may be signs of detox and not a sign that the drug is working and you need to stay on it.

 

Resources

The Journey Begins

What are the benefits of exercising one’s bodies? I’m sure you thought of many, such as increased strength, mobility, and stamina. When we are fit, it can be more enjoyable to be in our bodies. Yet, how often do you exercise your mind? This is an exploration of the exercises and tools to make your mind a deeply enjoyable place to be.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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