Getting Sick from Anger and Stress?

Sick of It

Holding onto anger and stress can certainly lead to making you sick. Stress-related illness in women is on the rise. Here are some interesting ways to dispel your negative emotions.

Getting it All Out

One theory about a way to release stress and anger is to physically indulge in the emotions. A new workshop in the UK encourages women, in a safe environment, to rage until their hearts’ content. Tantrums are welcomed—punching pillows, screaming, jumping on bubble wrap, and more.

In general, we are taught to restrain ourselves—for the sake of civility. What about our inner emotional turmoil? Long work hours, low pay, screaming kids, ignoring spouses, traffic, no chocolate, all the things that can make us downright frustrated and furious, but we have no outlet.

Adele Theron has created a space designed for stressed ladies of all ages and statuses to “shout and pummel their way to inner peace.” Her philosophy is that the negative emotions need to be released. Two tantrum instructors currently guide the workshops.

The participants are urged to write angry thoughts on balloons and then pop them, don goggles and a bat and smash various items, all while screaming expletives as loud as they desire. The theory is that our anger is suppressed. Once it’s experienced, it makes room for us to experience greater joy and happiness.

A Different Philosophy

Indeed now is always the best time to improve our health—emotional and physical. And no doubt, stress-related illness is on the rise. But is feeding into the anger the best way to release it? Some therapists, yogis, and other healers would promote a different way of dispelling anger.

For example, meditation instructor Surbhi Sharma believes anger can be redirected. In order to manage inner rage, he states three essential aspects that must be considered: 1) restlessness in the body and mind; 2) past impression of anger in the mind; and 3) lack of awareness or imperfections. Basically, control the anger before it controls you.

The advice is simple, but not always so easy to practice. Guess that’s why it’s called practice—it’s a work in progress. Get your chemistry balanced: eat nutritionally, sleep well, and get some exercise and/or convene with nature. That’s a start. He then suggests that the moment you sense yourself becoming angry, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Observe the change in your state of mind. Deep, mindful breathing releases stress and calms the mind.

Meditation can also be a superb tool for calming the beast within. For other articles on mental and emotional best health, check out


Meditation Can Enhance Your Professional Life

There is no arguing that meditation practice garners positive effects. Most people are happy to express how their personal life and health have benefitted. But what many don’t know is that meditation can actually enhance your professional life as well!


Meditation Actualization

There isn’t an exact figure on how many people across the globe meditate. A consensus revealed that more than 18 million American adults practiced (that was back in 2012.) Today, certainly more people in the U.S. have considered meditation, especially since the National Institutes of Health suggests that stress affects over 75 million people each day.

Some experts estimate, considering countries that subscribe to Eastern traditional practices, there may be over 250 million people in the world who participate in daily meditation.


Your Life on Meditation

It’s no secret that the practice of meditation can benefit your life in many different ways and areas. And that’s not to say that you have to meditate everyday, or for a particular period of time each time. Proof of its advantages has been experienced by those who meditate 10-20 minutes every few days or so. (Additionally, those who practice longer each session, more frequently, and for many, many years reap even more benefits.)

Here are the most recognized results of even a casual meditation program:


  • Stress reduction
  • Improved sleep patterns
  • Boosted immune system
  • Increased patience and empathy
  • Clearer thinking
  • Better decision-making ability
  • Boosted creativity


A Professional-Life Enhancement

If your job and career matter to you, it makes sense that you want to perform at your peak. There are several key factors, which can enhance your productivity in the workplace (even if you work from home.) These aspects are important for professional success and can be made easier through the practice of meditation.


1) Fewer sick days. Meditating helps boost your immune system because it reduces stress. Studies have shown a decrease in the amygdala from meditation practice. (The amygdala is the fight or flight part of the brain.)

Change in that section of the brain is linked to a reduction in stress levels. Stress can create headaches, inflammation throughout the body, changes in gut microbiota, and fatigue. Reduction of the effects will keep you healthier and working more days, productively.


2) Better relationships with co-workers. A study out of Harvard University explained that those who meditated showed a thickening (a growth) in particular parts of the brain. One of them was the temporo parietal junction—an area associated with empathy and compassion. Trust and collaboration are essential for successful working relationships. It appears that meditation can help our people skills.


3) Improved decision-making. Another area of the brain that recharges from meditation is the left hippocampus. Emotional regulation is guided in that center of the brain, which can help us to make choices made from experience and cognition rather than just emotion. Learning ability is also boosted, which can help with future decision-making as well.


4) Creativity is boosted. Meditation allows the brain to rest—to switch off—but then switch back on again. Once it’s invigorated, it has the ability to think more freely. Without constriction, creativity is invited to flow. Improvement in attention to detail is another bonus.


5) Working memory is enhanced. In the same Harvard study as mentioned previously, it was found that those who meditated had more grey matter in the frontal cortex of the brain. That area is associated with memory and cognition and can help you to be on the ball in a moment’s notice.


Meditation as a Part of Your Life

Again, there is no formula or specific amount of meditation time required to reap its benefits. Different teachers, studies, or pundits may suggest various practices, but, truly, it is a personal endeavor. However, now understanding that meditating can enhance your professional life, you may be more inclined to offer it more attention.

Regardless, meditation can be practiced anywhere, anytime, and for any length. If you desire to participate, whatever time you have or you make will be advantageous to your personal and professional life. Best of wishes in your endeavor to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health!







Get Prepared for Cold and Flu Season

As the seasons are charging and the cold weather begins to close in on us, we need to start preparing for the cold and flu season. Planning ahead for cold and flu season will make life a lot easier on your family. Here are some tips that we do for our family that can be helpful for you to better prepare.


Making your cold and flu fighting kit


Start off by inventorying you medicine cabinet, just in case you may be low or out of ascentials. You are going to want to make sure you have pain relievers/ fever reducers, such as tylenol or motrin. Also the obvious cold and flu medicine is another necessity. The way we do it in our family, we make sure to have at least one bottle of fever reducer and one bottle of cold medicine per child. Same goes for the adults. We keep special cold medicine that doesn’t have any Tylenol in it (for the one weird one that is allergic to Tylenol).


Also stocking up on herbal teas is a good idea. Sleepytime tea is really good for a cold. The chamomile in it helps to relax you and help you rest, while the spearmint will help open you up similar to vicks vapor rub.


Another huge must have in your cold and flu fighting kit is an oral thermometer. It is really important to keep track of how high your families fevers get. If a fever gets too high you will need to get medical treatment as soon as possible. You can get more information on the best oral thermometers to keep in your cold and flu fighting kit on


Keeping the germs at bay


To help prevent the spread of germs, encouraging your family to wash their hands constantly is a must. Make sure to stock up on antibacterial soap and always use hot water when washing your hands. Stocking up on hand sanitizer too is a great way to be prepared for cold and flu season.


Another way to fight the germs is to use throw away cups, plates and eating utensils. You won’t have to worry about washing dishes or worry if you got them disinfected enough to not ‘play ping pong’ with getting a cold or flu.


Make sure to keep an arsenal of disinfectant spray. You are going to want to disinfect everything in the house daily (in my case I spray everything down at least twice a day). Making sure you kills off those pesky cold and flu germs will help your family get over being sick faster.


Last but definitely not least, make sure your family gets their flu shots. It may not fight the cold germs, it will prevent them from getting the flu.


Prepping for those upcoming sick days


It is important to have a plan of action for those upcoming sick days. In case you can’t get off work if your kids get sick, have a backup babysitter. Also check how many sick days you have available in case you get sick as well.


Stock up on soups, easy on the stomach meals, juice and ginger ale. You want to have the kitchen stocked with food and drinks that will be easy on the stomach, but still have the nutrition your family will need to fight off those cold and flu symptoms.


Cranberry juice is high in antioxidants, which help to boost the immune system. Orange juice is high in vitamin C, which is also good to boost the immune system and fight off infections and viruses. Ginger ale and cola will help ease an upset stomach.


Avoid any kind of overly spiced soups and foods, because these can cause upset stomachs. Bland may not taste all that great, but they will keep you from getting an upset stomach as well.


Movies, books, Netflix and plenty of rest


Rest is essential to getting over a cold or the flu. Get your favorite movies out, pay up on you Netflix account, and gather up some amazing reading material. Binge watching your favorite tv shows or having movie marathons will help your family to rest up and past the time while they are sick. For us it Harry Potter and Star Wars movie marathons. The binge watch their favorite cartoons on Netflix. And, of course, the stockade of e-book on the Kindle.


Getting sick sucks


While getting sick is not something anyone really looks forward to, being prepared does make it easier in case you and/or your family does get sick. Prep for the worst, but keep you hopes up for the best is a good a good way to look at it, when preparing for cold and flu season.

Contributed by Joe Fleming, Vive Health Co-Founder

Could You Be Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue?

Have you been feeling chronically tired, achy, weak, and apathetic? Perhaps your depressive feelings are a result of a particular hormonal imbalance. It may be possible that you are experiencing adrenal fatigue.

I Never Heard of Adrenal Fatigue!

There are several reasons why many of us have only recently begun to suspect adrenal fatigue as the culprit for our low stamina and lack of overall well-being. (It is also known as hypoadrenia). The primary reason is that adrenal insufficiency is not commonly recognized as a medical diagnosis. Another is that some physicians may be treating just one symptom as opposed to treating the entire body as a collection of systems that needs re-balancing.

What are the Adrenals?

The adrenals (also known as the suprarenals) are endocrine glands. They are found above the kidneys. Adrenal glands produce hormones, which include: adrenaline, aldosterone, and cortisol. They work in conjunction with the hypothalmus and pituitary gland to help regulate countless body processes including: mood, digestion, the immune system, and energy levels.

Symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency

Nothing in this article suggests that you should self-diagnose. In fact, for some of the symptoms listed below, you may want your healthcare provider to run blood tests to rule out more serious ailments. For those who believe adrenal fatigue exists (and can be treated), here are some of the symptoms a person may experience:

  • fatigue
  • unexplained weight loss, or, conversely, storing extra fat
  • low blood pressure
  • joint aches
  • muscle weakness
  • low stamina
  • decreased tolerance to cold
  • depression or apathy
  • lowered resistance to infection
  • a thyroid condition (ie. hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s)

What’s Happened to My Adrenals?

This may not be your situation, but for some, their adrenal glands cannot keep pace with the chronic production and influx of coritsol and adrenaline. These particular hormones are stimulated by fight-or-flight states of being; this basically means ongoing, heightened stress. The adrenals can’t make enough hormones to keep you feeling good and strong when your body is in an almost constant “fight”, “fear”, or “anxiety” mode.

Many holistic physicians believe that all humans experience hypoadrenia at one point in their lives or another. Any conditions that continuously place strain and high stress on an individual can cause adrenal fatigue over time. Excessive stress, nutritional depletion, chemical or metal toxicity, irresolvable financial pressure, etc. are some of the major factors that lend to adrenal weakening.

Additionally, some situations that increase risk from suffering from adrenal fatigue can be:

  • caretaking of an elderly or incapacitated family member
  • new parents who also work outside the home
  • students in college or post-graduate school
  • those in constant fear of physical or emotional abuse

How Can I Found Out if I Have Adrenal Fatigue?

Straight-up, run-of-the-mill blood tests aren’t often sensitive enough to detect small declines in adrenal function. (Large declines are noticeable medically, and your doctor can address other causes and treatments for such hormonal discrepancies.)

One simple test a physician can perform is called the Ragland Sign. For this test, the healthcare provider takes your blood pressure while you are relaxed, lying down. Then, shortly after, you get up suddenly, and the doctor takes your blood pressure right away, again. The numbers should go up. If they don’t, it could be a sign of weak adrenals—especially if you instantly feel weak, dizzy, or shaky upon jumping up. This is, of course, a crude test, but it’s a start toward deducing and identifying…

Something you can try at home in preparation for your doctor visit is another rudimentary test. Take a salad fork and gently run the spikes up the inside of your forearm. Within about 10 seconds, you will see little red streaks (lines). If you do not, it is possible your adrenals are weak. Please do not dig the fork deeper into your arm if you don’t see desired results the first time.

Ways to Reverse Your Adrenal Fatigue

Whether your physician recognizes or identifies your symptoms as caused by adrenal overexertion, you can always treat yourself in safe, healthy ways. The key will be diet, lifestyle, and gentle detoxification.

Again, please never self-diagnose from Wikipedia, an alternate medical Internet source, or even this article. The aim here is to inform and increase awareness. If you’re not feeling what you know to be your best health, there’s no reason why you can’t take several safe steps to improve your overall wellbeing—regardless of any diagnosis. Here are some tips:

  • Reduce or discard caffeine consumption. Stimulants damage the adrenal glands.
  • Sugar is a stimulant and erodes adrenal function. Try to eliminate it.
  • Alcohol is your adrenals’ enemy. Reduce or eliminate intake.
  • Believe it or not, anger and raging (inside or outside your body and mind) are stimulants. Practice mind and body techniques such as yoga and meditation.
  • Add coconut and olive oils to your diet
  • Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12
  • Load up on green, leafy veggies and other nutrient-dense foods
  • Get at least 8 hours sleep per night—at least

Whether your doctor accepts or discards adrenal fatigue as a cause for your symptoms, you can still always boost your health by boosting your adrenals.  As mentioned, your adrenals are part of your endocrine system. Check in to see if you are treating all your organs and other bodily systems properly with best health practices. For tips and up-to-date info on these and other health topics, please peruse other articles here on GetThrive!






Superbug? Open and say, “Oh, no!”

As many as 179 patients may have been exposed to a drug-resistant strain of bacteria – known as a superbug – during endoscopic procedures at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center last week due to the difficulty in sterilizing a complicated piece of medical equipment.

What happened?

Two duodenscopes inserted down patients’ throats to diagnose and treat pancreatic and bile duct issues may have exposed patients to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae even though they had been cleaned according to manufacturer’s specifications, according to Reuters. The two instruments have been removed from service and other equipment is now being more rigorously decontaminated, but the infections may have contributed to two deaths, the agency reported.

The issue is not a new one

In addition to buttressing concerns about the lack of proper sterilization of complex medical equipment – occurring in Seattle, Chicago and Pittsburg over the last two years – the most recent outbreak highlights the growing threat of bacteria that do not respond to standard anti-bacterial treatment.

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Why You Must De-Stress Now (And How)

Is there anyone who enjoys feeling stressed out? Maybe we feel that way so frequently that we associate stress with our commonplace state. It doesn’t have to be that way, nor should it. In fact, if you plan on being healthy and living a long life, your only hope is to start de-stressing now.

Whole Lotta Stressin’ Going On

Yes, many of us are burning the candle at both ends. We’re trying to make a living, build a career, take care of our family, our health, our community, and the list goes on. Then there are those of us who aren’t necessarily active but stressed out by thoughts of the things we aren’t doing.

Then, of course, there are life circumstances that fall into our laps and we haven’t the coping skills to keep from freaking out. Short stints of stress are part of life. If we combat them and are able to move on, it may not wreak too much havoc. But when we live with chronic, long-term stress, the effects on our body and mind can be devastating.

Whichever your scenario, just be aware that stress can and will impact every cell in your body if it reigns freely. If you experience any of the following conditions, it’s a sign that you’re still in need of stress management. (There are other causes, too, for such symptoms and ailments, but stress also played a hand in their development.)

  • Fatigue – tired, listless, unmotivated
  • Inattention – focus wanes, lack of concentrationh
  • Headaches – blurred vision, dizziness
  • Changes in skin – loss of tone and/or moisture
  • Decreased immunity – catch colds and viruses easily
  • Changes in gut microbiome – digestive issues, leaky gut
  • Increased blood sugar- narrowing of arteries, higher blood glucose
  • Increased cortisol – hormonal imbalance, thyroid imbalance
  • Weakened muscles – protein breakdown
  • High blood pressure – hypertension
  • Inflammation
  • Auto immune disease – IBD, Crohn’s, MS, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, Hashimoto’s, and others

Although autoimmune disorders can be set into motion from varying factors, studies show stress is linked as a trigger. Up to 80% of those diagnosed with an AI disease reported extreme emotional stress before its onset. Furthermore, the disease itself also causes stress, which creates a vicious cycle.

How to Manage the Stress

Everything you’ve read up until now about stress management still remains true. There are several paths of action to help yourself and you probably already know what they are. It’s all in the implementation. Knowing and doing are not equally effective in this case. You must be proactive and treat yourself kindly.

  • Try to rid yourself of the source of stress. If you can, then it’s actually a simple fix. Sometimes, however, this is just not possible. So, if the stressor remains in your life, your next course is to learn how to manage
  • Seek counseling. A specialist can offer coping tools.
  • Talk to a therapist. Talk therapy and cognitive behavior therapy can help you find ways to reframe your thoughts. The way you perceive things in your life may be a cause of undue stress or anxiety.
  • Exercise and get outdoors. Walking in nature calms the soul and lowers blood pressure. Exercise helps release hormones and chemicals that relieve stress in the body.
  • Practice yoga. Yoga distracts the mind from ruminating and improves your mood. It strengthens the brain’s neuroplasticity, increases flexibility, and boosts your immune system.
  • Meditate. Sit quietly and imagine yourself in calm, beautiful surroundings. Don’t think about any responsibilities. Unplug your phone and electronics and give yourself the time you deserve.
  • Get a lot of rest. Eight hours per night is recommended to keep your mind and mood in tip-top shape. You need that strength from sleep in order to reduce stress.

Today is a good day to start de-stressing. For other helpful articles on health management, click here.




New Treatment for Salmonella, Without Antibiotics

Salmonella is a common bacteria often called “food poisoning.” In some cases, antibiotics are needed to keep an infection from spreading. New research has developed a treatment that can be an alternative to antibiotic use.

Salmonella is not an Omega-Rich Fish

Salmonella is a bacteria that was named after an American scientist, Dr. Salmon, over a century ago. It is a food-borne illness that causes diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever. The symptoms usually begin somewhere between 12 and 72 hours after ingesting the contaminated food.

Over one million cases of Salmonella are reported each year in the US. Experts believe, realistically, there are over 20 million; they’re just not all reported. You cannot tell if food is contaminated by looking at it. Eggs, meats, produce, and nuts are all susceptible to becoming tainted.

A Word on Eggs…

It used to be, before the 1970’s, that eggs shells would become contaminated from chicken feces. Since then, eggs must be thoroughly cleaned and inspected, which diminished the eggshell-Salmonella-problem. Now, however, the bacteria can be inside grade “A” eggs. Hens’ ovaries contract Salmonella, so the egg actually contains the bacteria before the shell is even formed.

Research to the Rescue!

A team of scientists from UC Irvine and MIT have tested a treatment that allows the body to create new antibodies that fight Salmonella infection. The new antibodies attack the invading microbes. The scientists immunized lab mice with microbes that target salmonella and other bacterial molecules.

After two immunizations, the mice were injected with the bacteria. From the vaccine, antibodies were formed, which were found to decrease gut bacteria levels in the mice.

Antibiotics Vs. Alternate Treatments

Antibiotics can be lifesavers, but because of their overuse over the past decades, their ability to fight off some infections has weakened. Additionally, antibiotics kill off good antibodies as well as the sick ones. With this new treatment, the researchers are introducing an antibody strengthener without killing anything but the bad stuff. Scientists are hoping “this new approach may reduce the reliance on antibiotics.”

Avoiding Salmonella

Sometimes it will be impossible to avoid getting bit by the food poisoning bug. However, there are measures to lower your risk…

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold
  • Never leave food sitting outside in temperature over 90 degrees for more than one hour. Two hours tops for cooler temps.
  • Clean utensils, bowls, and cutting boards with antibacterial soap or bleach. Keep your hands very clean while cooking and serving too.
  • Cook foods thoroughly; 160 degrees for ground meats and 165 degrees for poultry.

If you should experience Salmonella-like symptoms, remember to stay hydrated. Dehydration is one of the biggest dangers when suffering from diarrhea and fever. You may also want to read about E.coli bacteria, another common source of food poisoning— click here. And more articles on healthy living, feel free to peruse GetThrive!





Haiti Still Reeling from Hurricane Matthew

As disaster strikes again, the impecunious nation of Haiti is left with a ravaged infrastructure, leaving thousands homeless, displaced or living in ramshackle shelters.

The Storm

The damaging winds from Hurricane Matthew on October 6 left thousands without a home or food and unable to seek medical attention.  Bridges were destroyed along with cell towers and power lines.  Those who survived the storm’s wreckage were left with nothing.

Haiti is a small island located in the Caribbean between Cuba and Puerto Rico and considered the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

Sadly, more than 300 people lost their lives; families have been torn apart, separated and coping with the death of loved ones.  Small amounts of relief are providing food, medical supplies and temporary housing for those remaining.

Medical Care

Conor Shapiro, who runs the largest hospital on the southern peninsula, St. Boniface Hospital in Fond des Blancs has seen very few patients “…because roads are blocked, and a key bridge washed out.  That’s just the south, and that’s just what they know about.”  A concerned Shapiro hoped for a more collaborative international effort.

Hospitals are overcrowded, and many are flooded with muddy water preventing the people from receiving the medical attention they need.

Mourad Wahba, U.N. deputy special representative for Haiti, described Hurricane Matthew ‘as the country’s worst humanitarian crisis since the earthquake in 2010.’  Although evacuations were put into place, some residents had no other place to seek refuge.

Haiti had not fully recovered from the 2010 mag seven earthquakes that killed over 200,000 people.  Since the earthquake, there were many working to rebuild homes, re-grow crops and reconstruct what was literally destroyed.  Those that lost their homes were living in make-shift structures that were unable to withstand the 145 mile an hour winds of Hurricane Matthew.


The aftermath of the storm left a ruined country with death, destruction and contaminated water escalating the outbreak of Cholera which has been ongoing since 2010.  Contaminated water poses the biggest threat as it breeds illness and disease.

David Nabarro, a special advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General, stated that the measure of cholera is difficult to scale due to remote areas of Haiti yet to be reported.  There are main streets that continue to be impassable which slows down the distribution of medicine and aid for those in need.

Cholera is an acute infection of the small intestine that usually comes from contaminated water.  It is often fatal and characterized by profuse vomiting and diarrhea.  The bacterium, Vibrio cholera is most often found in water or foods contaminated by feces from someone infected with cholera.  It spreads easily in countries with deficient water treatment, poor sanitation and inadequate hygiene which are all basic fundamentals to prevent disease.

The Sick

The New York Times reported that in the town of Rendel, where Cholera was already rampant, there is a makeshift concrete clinic treating crowds of patients with few nurses.  These nurses reportedly work long shifts with a single lantern.  They also reported that some of these patients refuse treatment for Cholera because of a lack of the ‘vomiting’ symptom and risk fatality.

Eric Valcourt, a Roman Catholic priest, runs a clinic and school that serves as a shelter for those too sick or poor to leave.  He told the Times “Ninety percent of our village is gone and many left by foot to escape the disease and devastation. The rest died from cholera or the hurricane.  The village was left with only one public official.”

According to the CDC, in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Haiti was afflicted with the worst epidemic of cholera in recent history and has since struggled to overcome it.

Since 2010, close to 10,000 people have died from Cholera, and hundreds of thousands have been diagnosed. Cholera is now taking over the areas that were destroyed by the hurricane, through the mountains and coastal towns, causing residents to feel hopeless.  Many are trekking miles to reach a paved road in the hope of relief and aid, while carrying livestock, torn bags of clothing, and sick children.

The after effects of Hurricane Matthew left brokenness that with the help and efforts of many can heal and rebuild.  Together we can help those who have suffered, and no act is too small.