Horse Therapy Helps People With Disabilities

June 14, 2006 by  

June 11, 2006 – Horses can provide much needed therapy to people with disabilities. A riding program in Lake County started five years ago with just 20 riders and now serves over 160 children and adults.

Each rider at the Equestrian Connection benefits in different ways from the horses. The program helps people with disabilities take control of their lives.

Twice a week Marie Polinski drives from Evanston to Lake Forest where Equestrian Connection is located. Marie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1988.


To learn more about this program visit or call 847-615-8696.

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Hockey Great “Takes a stroke for Heart & Stroke”

June 14, 2006 by  

WHEN: Wednesday, June 14, 2006
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
11:15 a.m. – Media Registration
11:30 a.m. – Event and photo opportunity with Darryl Sittler
and the Heart and Stroke Foundation
– Cheque presentation to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation by Bayer HealthCare

WHERE: TD Centre Courtyard
66 Wellington Street West
Toronto, ON

WHAT: High blood pressure. Diabetes. Physical inactivity. Smoking. Obesity. Eighty per cent of Canadians ages 20 – 59 have at least one of these risk factors that contribute to heart disease or stroke. While many of these risk factors can be controlled, stroke continues to be the third leading cause of death in Canada(1) with 40,000 – 50,000 strokes occurring every year.(1)

Please join Bayer HealthCare on Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 to test your golf stroke against hockey great Darryl Sittler and learn more about stroke prevention during Stroke Month 2006. All proceeds from the event will be contributed to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Heart attack survival rates improve – stroke death rates remain the same

June 14, 2006 by  

OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ – Canadians admitted to hospital with a new heart attack are less likely to die in hospital within 30 days than in the past, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The short-term (30-day) in-hospital death rate dropped from 13.4% in 1999-2000 to 11.1% in 2004-2005. Patients admitted to hospital with a new stroke were more likely to die within 30 days than those with a heart attack – 18.8% died in hospital within 30 days in 2004-2005, a rate that was relatively stable over the preceding five years.

These new findings are reported in Health Care in Canada 2006, CIHI’s seventh annual publication on the state of the health system. For the first time, this year’s report provides trends for two key health indicators: short-
term mortality rates following admission with a new heart attack and short-term mortality rates following admission with a new stroke. It also examines how these death rates vary across the country and explores factors that may be associated with better or worse odds of survival, including age, sex and the types of care that patients receive.


Heart and Stroke sees obesity increase in children

June 14, 2006 by  

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is out with a report that forecasts an alarming increase in obesity in Canada,especially among children.

It says more can be done to tackle this problem, including a series of tax measures. They would include taxing unhealthy foods, while dropping taxes on healthy items as well as on sports and exercise equipment.

MORE: NEWS. TALK. SPORTS – – Heart and Stroke sees obesity increase in children

Survey highlights youth depression

June 14, 2006 by  
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NANJING: Almost 15 per cent of middle school students in Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu Province, are suffering from depression, a recent survey has shown.

The survey, conducted by Nanjing Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control over the past couple of months, found that among 7,161 students in the city’s 56 middle schools, 14.8 per cent of them are suffering from depression of a different degree.

The symptoms of adolescent depression include insomnia, physical tiredness, loss of appetite, low attention span, apathy, and little sense of value and happiness, an expert with the centre surnamed Li told China Daily on Wednesday.

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Former major league pitcher to use insanity defense in trial

June 14, 2006 by  
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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Jeff Reardon was delirious and legally insane when he walked into a Palm Beach Gardens jewelry store in December and handed over a note demanding money and jewelry, according to a court document filed Thursday.

Attorney Mitchell Beers plans to use a voluntary intoxication/insanity defense when representing Reardon, 50, who lives in PGA National.

Reardon had been suffering for a significant period of time from severe depression, enormous guilt and anger as a result of his 20-year-old son’s 2004 drug and alcohol overdose death, Beers’ motion states.


Less than two weeks before the incident at Hamilton Jewelers, Reardon was released from St. Mary’s Medical Center after a stay to treat depression, according to Beers’ motion.

MORE: Former major league pitcher to use insanity defense in trial: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Making a mental recovery – Coast residents still face stress

June 14, 2006 by  
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Ten months after Katrina, her world is still spinning.

Time elapsed since the Aug. 29 storm that devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast has done less to heal wounds than it has to force victims to accept the permanency of disaster – all as new hurricanes threaten to rise and strike again.

Coastal residents still are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, agitation, nightmares and weight loss.


Nurses in free clinics and mental-health workers who have been treating residents on the Mississippi Gulf Coast said those fears are common because people are living in cramped mobile units, and their children are free for the summer without the safety nets that school provided. Some parents are still reeling from guilt, having subjected their children to riding out the storm.

James Yancey, executive director of the Jackson County Children’s Coalition, said young children are resilient, but parents have to be prepared with straight-forward answers for the questions they will get – such as: ” ‘Is it going to happen again? Will it be worse? Where’s a safe place to go? Will I lose all my toys again? … It’s OK for a parent to say, ‘I’m scared, too,’ ” Yancey said.

MORE: Making a mental recovery – The Clarion-Ledger

What is Manic Depression?

June 14, 2006 by  
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What is Manic Depression?

By Kitty Barker

Manic depression is that state of depression in which the patient suffers from mood swings which go between extreme elation and depression. So while one minute the patient may feel on top of the world the other minute there will be feelings of despair and helplessness. Although there are many factors that cause this kind of depression genetic reasons are the most prominent ones. This means that two thirds of the people suffering from manic depression have someone in their family also suffering from the same. It is not only the moods of the person that get affected by this but there are also physiological changes, there will be heightened activity at some time, sleeplessness at another and it also impacts once social rhythms and thinking abilities.

Varying forms of Manic Depression

Bipolar Depression

There are varying degrees of manic depression which means in some cases the ratio of a person being depressed may be 3:1 while in other cases it could be as great as 37:1. What this means is that a person who has a ration of 3:1 will spend three times as much time depressed than elated. Researchers are also if the opinion that the condition of depression that the patients of Manic depression feel is quite more than that of normal depression and indeed the chances of a person committing suicide is twice as much as someone who is suffering from only depression or unipolar depression as it is called.

Mixed Mania

Manic depression is also known to manifest itself in a Mixed state, this means that the people suffering from it will experience mania and depression at the same time. So they may experience agitation, anxiety, fatigue, guilt, impulsiveness, insomnia, irritability, morbid and/or suicidal ideation, panic, paranoia, pressured speech and rage all at the same time. A typical example would be someone tearful or even crying even when seemingly appearing very cheerful or excited. Such states are the most dangerous and are prone to induce the maximum chances of drug abuse and even suicides.

Rapid and utltradian cycles

Rapid cycling means that the individual tends to swing between one mood and the other quite frequently so while you may find them to be in a euphoric state at 10 in the morning as if the world belonged to them you can see them at 11 and feel that they are the most helpless people in this world, although such type of hour cycling is not known to afflict a lot of people there are fairly large number of cases who have greater cycles of a day or a month.

Famous people having manic depression

Although manic depression is a mental disorder and one must take all steps to ensure that one is treated of this condition there are several famous people who have had this kind of illness. And at the same time these people also attribute the reason for their creativity to having some sort of mania which helped them in the creative work they did. Indeed this is not to mean that you should not get yourself treated. If you were suffering from this disorder as it is a dangerous situation and many people like Kurt Cobain who was the lead singer of the rock band Nirvana have ended up committing suicide because they could not control it.

While most such celebrities have had turbulent life they were able to control it and live a more or less normal life. It would surprise most to know that it is thought that a large number of artists, writers and other celebrities like Vincent Van Gogh, Mark Twain, Axl Rose of Guns n Roses, Ozzy Ozbourne, Edgar Allen Poe, Isaac Newton, Florence Nightingale, Jimmi Hendrix, Ralph Waldo Emerson and even Winston Churchill were suffering from it.

In the end with proper treatment this illness can be controlled and taken care of and the list of successful people who have gone through their lives with this disorder should give the patients comfort that not only are they alone, people suffering from similar disease have lived happy and successful lives as well.

Author: Kitty Barker – Kitty often writes for and with Depression-Assistance. You can also see more information on this subject at Manic Depression – should this link be inactive, you can paste this link to your browser –

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How Can You Identify Postpartum Depression?

June 14, 2006 by  
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How Can You Identify Postpartum Depression?

By Kitty Barker

Sometimes women suffer with depression immediately after child birth and this depression is known as postpartum depression. There are five kinds of postpartum depression, any of which can occur after child birth; however similar depression can also occur before or during pregnancy as well.

Patients of postpartum depression who have had other kinds of depression in their lives state that this depression feels very different from any other kind of depression that they have faced in their lives.

What are the different kinds of postpartum depression and How can you indentify Postpartum Depression?

There are five main kinds of postpartum depression or postpartum mood disorders as they are also known and women who have given childbirth may be suffering from any one of these. A brief description of these is given below so that you can see the current news about postpartum depression:

1. Baby Blues – This is one kind of depression which is not considered a disorder at all and as many as 80% of mothers experience it.

The symptoms of the same are given below:

Instability of your mood or mood swings as they are called commonly

Sadness and weepiness


A strong sense of dependency on those around you

Inability to concentrate

2. Depression and Anxiety – This is a postpartum depression which onsets gradually and which can happen any time during the first year of childbirth and is characterized by the following features:

Depression and anxiety which translates into worrying excessively

Finding it difficult to make decisions because you are overwhelmed with the circumstances all the time

Feelings of guilt and phobias


Having sleep problems which could mean not being able to sleep properly or on the other hand sleeping excessively

Physical pain or discomfort without any apparent cause

Lack of comfort near the baby

Decreased libido and losing interest in pleasure

Getting short tempered and irritable

3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – This is a postpartum disorder with which 3 – 5% mothers struggle and it can be recognized with the following symptoms:

Intrusive, repetitive thoughts and mental pictures

These thoughts are often violent and about hurting the baby

There is also at the same time a sense of disgust in these thoughts and horror about them

There would accompany such behavior which would suggest the actions to reduce these thoughts. For example you may try to hide all the pointed or sharp objects with which one can hurt the baby

Repetitive behavior like counting often or cleaning up again and again.

4. Panic Disorder – This postpartum disorder is found in about 10% of the pregrant women. The symptoms of the same are listed below:

Extreme anxiety in phases

Dizziness, shortness of breath, chest pain and a sensation of being smothered or choked

Trembling, palpitations, numbness or tingling sensations

Restlessness, agitations, or irritability

During such attacks women feel that they are going crazy, losing control or even dying

Excessive worry or fears

There will be no triggers for these panics and they will happen suddenly.

5. Psychosis – This is the rarest and what may also be called the worse form of postpartum depression. In such a state the mother goes through tremendous strain to such an extent that this has got a suicide rate of 5% and infanticide rate of 4%. However Psychosis is quite rare and will only happen in one or two per thousand.

Following are the symptoms of psychosis:

Visual or sound hallucinations

Delusional thinking (for instance could be about the infant’s death or maybe even killing the baby)

Delirium or mania

Can I get help to fight postpartum depression?

This is a normal situation in the sense that many women suffer from it and it can be treated effectively through talk sessions with psychologists or medication. However, very often women who suffer from these also tend to be guilty of having such thoughts and they feel that it will be an embarrassment to tell other people that they are actually sad when they should be having the happiest time of their life. And so they end up hiding the problem which further aggravates it only.

Author: Kitty Barker – Kitty often writes for and with Postpartum Depression. You can also see more information on this subject at Postpartum Depression – should this link be inactive, you can paste this link to your browser –

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Stop Smoking Laser Therapy

June 14, 2006 by  
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Stop Smoking Laser Therapy

By Rene Knops

Stop smoking laser treatment is a well know method since over 20 years. It is a common practice designed for people trying to quit smoking.

Stop smoking laser therapy is based on the ancient acupuncture. In ancient times, people used needles to stimulate certain points of the human body and thus stimulate hormone secretion. Nowadays low-level lasers substitute the needles. The laser stimulates the nerve endings and increases the endorphin secretion.

Laser therapy is completely painless. Most people describe the feeling as a warming, even tingling feeling. After each session, people feel relaxed and happier. Their smoking cravings are greatly reduced and the depression that goes along with the ceasing process is gone.

Prices for Stop smoking laser therapy are relatively low nowadays. The costs may vary of course but they are usually about $500. If you calculate how much money you are spending on cigarettes, you will see that the cost of the laser treatment is neglectfully low. Moreover, smoking damages your health so badly that you will need a great amount of money to try repair the damages later.

Any stop smoking laser therapy has two stages. The first stage is meant to help detoxification. This usually happens within the first two days of the therapy. During the rest of the course, the lasers are used to reduce he depression rate and the nicotine cravings.

Laser treatment is a non-medical procedure. However, it is not considered appropriate for people who experience specific medical conditions. Pregnant women, people suffering from epilepsy or cancer are not suitable for a stop smoking laser treatment. You should always consult your therapist before undertaking stop smoking laser treatment. If this treatment turns to be inappropriate for you your doctor will be able to prescribe you other medication to help you quit smoking.

It is important to remember is that stop smoking laser treatment does not guarantee that you will actually quit smoking. Smoking habit has two faces – physiological (your body is accustomed to certain substances found in cigarettes’ smoke) and the psychological (connected with your perception of smoking, your habits and lifestyle). Laser therapy can help reduce the physical symptoms of the smoking habit. The rest – you should fight yourself. Stop smoking laser treatment can give excellent results if combined with a behavior treatment, more exercising and the support you can get from your family and friends. The good thing about it is that it is a non-medical treatment so you will not need to take any medications.

Rene’s website helps light and heavy smokers to quit smoking forever. Please visit the site for more information on Stop Smoking Laser

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The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Goes Into Rehab

June 14, 2006 by  
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Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood has checked himself into rehab.

The 59-year-old guitarist is believed to have been battling alcoholism for some time and has now decided to take action.


From: EntertainmentWise

Judy Rankin has cancer

June 14, 2006 by  
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Judy Rankin, a Hall of Famer and golf analyst with ABC Sports, has breast cancer and is undergoing treatment that will keep her out of work for an indefinite period.

“I’m not sick,” she said. “This cancer I have up to now is not an invasive cancer, but it would be at some point down the road. I think I have the best of a bad thing.”

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Kate Moss’ lover’s sex addition

June 14, 2006 by  
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LIFE STYLE EXTRA (UK) – Kate Moss’ new boyfriend TV star Russell Brand has confessed he was so addicted to sex he paid prostitutes to satisfy his needs.


He said: “I’ve got myself in dangerous scenarios to impress and seduce women in brothels in Istanbul, lap-dancing clubs in Athens, bordellos in Havana and discos in Basildon.”

Brand, 30, who describes his behaviour as “compulsive and dangerous”, discovered his sex addiction while he was in rehab to beat addictions to alcohol and heroin.

The shocking news about Russell’s sordid past has reportedly worried supermodel Kate, who has just come out of a turbulent relationship with drug addict Pete Doherty.

MORE: Kate Moss’ lover’s sex addition – Showbiz News – Life Style Extra

Transcription Factor Protein’s Role In Cell Death, Neurodegeneration And Schizophrenia

June 12, 2006 by  

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine discovered that a protein called Elk-1 interacts with mitochondria, the energy storehouse of a cell, suggesting that this protein – typically active in the nucleus — could play a role in cell death and mitochondria-related diseases such as neurodegeneration and schizophrenia.

The neuron is a particular type of cell in the brain that is responsible for, among other tasks, learning and memory, cognitive function, and other higher order physiologies. The neuronal cell exhibits a complex structure where fine hair-like structures called dendrites receive signals from other neurons. These signals are transferred to the soma, or body, of the cell and result in neuronal responsiveness to stimulation.

The researchers found ….

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Nature Wallpapers – Best Stress Busters

June 12, 2006 by  
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By CD Mohatta

All city dwellers miss the enchanting nature. The waterfalls, the rivers, the lovely flower fields, the mountain ranges, these all are a treat for the tired eyes. After we go to nature, we feel very peaceful and calm. Our disturbances of mind slow down. Today, most of the stressed workers are looking for anti stress treatments. What can be a better stress buster than nature?

How Nature wallpapers are great stress busters – Our eyes, ears, touch and other senses directly affect our mood. When we view a lovely sight, our mind becomes positive and the state of the mind changes. Try this experiment. Watch some very dirty sight and note the state of your mind. Now watch a beautiful sight and note the change in your state. You will find a sudden change for the better. Nature wallpapers can help us bring these changes fast.

Nature Wallpapers are full of variety- you will get a huge variety in nature wallpapers. You will get scenes of beaches, clouds, countryside, deserts, flowers, lakes & seas, landscapes, mountains, panoramas, plants & trees, rivers & streams, sunsets, and waterfalls. In each of these topics, you will get to choose from dozens of wallpapers. Imagine of the variety available?

Sizes – You will get free nature wallpapers in sizes suitable for most of the monitor sizes. Download one that fits your monitor.

Cost – Some websites offer free nature wallpapers while most of the websites charge money. Select from free websites. You will get a great collection free.

Precautions while downloading – Avoid adware and spyware. Don’t download exe. files. Download lightweight wallpapers and enjoy. Nature wallpapers area lovely sight to watch. You can also send your selection to your friends and family. Enjoy with these free downloads.

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The Best Stress Relief and It’s Free!

June 12, 2006 by  
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By Vicki Miller

“Let your mind be quiet, realizing the beauty of the world, and the immense, the boundless treasures that it holds in store.” by Edward Carpenter

The Best Stress Relief and It’s Free!

Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most moving. I love to watch sunsets whenever possible, especially after a busy day. One evening, after a particularly hectic day, I observed one of the most beautiful sunsets ever. As the sun went below the horizon, the skies turned various shades of pink across an unusual cloud formation. As far as I could see, the sky was ablaze with color. I was in awe. I was mesmerized and so moved that I begin to silently say thank you for the opportunity to view such beauty. I felt such peace and serenity that I wanted it to last forever. And guess what? This pure pleasure was free!!

When I was sitting on the deck, I wondered how many people were also watching this spectacular sunset. When was the last time you enjoyed such simple pleasures as watching the sun rise or set? Nature offers beautiful things for us to see everyday, but most of the time we are too busy to even notice. What would it take for you to add one simple pleasure to your daily routine? Would it mean turning off the TV for a short while, pulling yourself away from the computer, or working one hour less? Think about being out in nature. What brings you joy? Is it seeing a rainbow after a storm, planting flowers, bird watching, sitting by a body of water, listening to a waterfall, being the first person on the golf course early morning, walking your dog or watching the sun rise or set?

Think back to some of the pleasant memories in your life. How many of them have something to do with nature? As writer Wayne Dyer says: “It is not an accident that so many of our most revered poets and writers have found nature to be the source of their artistry. It is in nature that one loses all judgments and false pretenses because nature does not judge.”

For one week, pick a designated time each day to immerse yourself in nature. Just listen and observe, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Pay attention to how you feel at the end of the week. Energized? Serene? Rested? Commit to making this simple pleasure a part of your daily routine and give yourself the best stress relief – and it’s absolutely free!

Copyright June 2004 by Vicki Miller

As a Life Transition Coach I work with clients to identify what’s most important to them and prioritize around these values. I help my clients identify and remove obstacles in the way and bring clarity and focus to their dreams. What is your dream? Are you undergoing a major transition and not clear where to turn? Call (972-306-4489) or email me, (, to set up a complimentary, no obligation 30 minute coaching session. Download my FREE e-Book, 12 Fun Ways to Change Your Life, or sign up for my FREE monthly newsletter at

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FDA Approves Cervical Cancer Vaccine

June 11, 2006 by  
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June 8, 2006 — Women for the first time have a vaccine to protect themselves against cervical cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved use of the vaccine, Gardasil, for use in girls and women ages nine to 26. It works by preventing infection by four strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease.


Clinical trials showed Gardasil prevented 100 percent of cervical cancer related to the two HPV strains in women who had not been previously infected, Merck representatives said. It also prevented 99 percent of the cases of genital warts caused by the two other strains.


The target age for receiving Gardasil is low because the vaccine works best when given to girls before they begin having sex and run the risk of HPV infection. The vaccine may not protect people already infected and may increase their risk of the kind of lesions that can lead to cervical cancer, the FDA has said.


The national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will decide June 29 whether to endorse routine vaccination with Gardasil. That endorsement is critical if a vaccine is to become a standard of care.

It then will be up to individual states to decide whether to add the vaccine to the list of others required before students may attend public schools.

More: Discovery Channel :: News :: FDA Approves Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Report: Cancer rates high for WTC workers

June 11, 2006 by  
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NEW YORK, NY, United States (UPI) — Nearly 300 rescue and recovery workers from the World Trade Center site have been diagnosed with cancer since Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Post reports.

Blood-cell cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and Hodgkin`s disease are being reported at a much higher rate than normal from World Trade Center rescue workers, attorney David Worby told the Post.

Doctors say these cancers typically strike three to five years after exposure to toxins such as benzene, which was widespread at the Trade Center site due to burning jet fuel, the newspaper said.

Worby`s law firm Worby, Groner, Edelman, & Napoli, has filed a class-action lawsuit with 8,000 participants.

Dr. Robin Herbert of Mount Sinai Hospital would not say the cancers are directly related to the Sept. 11 terror attacks, but told the Post that there have been several ‘red flags.’

Thirty-three workers have died of cancer since the attacks, the newspaper said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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Andrew fights back to cycle a mountain

June 9, 2006 by  
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DESPITE going through three years of hell, cancer survivor Andrew Pallister is fighting back.

Andrew, 51, of Pardshaw, plans to ride a bike 11,000 metres up a French Mountain for a cancer charity.

He has been diagnosed with cancer twice and his wife has had breast cancer, but Andrew will not give up.

The managing director of Hydro Ellay Enfield Limited in Workington was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in spring 2003.


He underwent treatment and life seemed to be getting back to normal until just before Christmas. He started having dizzy spells and tests revealed that the cancer had spread to his brain.

In three years, he had to have major brain surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

He had brain surgery on January 11 this year and was back at work by February 13.

In between his treatment, his wife Valerie, 50, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer.


He tries to live each day to the full and is determined to raise money for cancer research.

Now, less than five months after his operation, he is getting ready for a cycling challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

He had already planned, with five of his friends, to take part in the ‘Raid Pyreneen’ in France, a 450-mile ride with an 11,000-metre ascent in 100 hours.

He and the rest of the Eaglesfield Flyers aim to raise £10,000.

It will take place between June 22 and 26 and covers the length of the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

Source: times and star workington lake district, workington news sport, west cumbria news, lake district news

Depression – A Modern Dis-ease

June 9, 2006 by  
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Depression – A Modern Dis-ease

By Margo Kirtikar Ph.D.

In our present turbulent times, more people suffer from depression than what we can ever imagine. The feeling of depression for sure has always existed in stressful conditions, for as long as mankind has. When surrounded with loving family members and friends who genuinely care for your well being, the emerging out of a depressed state of mind is made much easier than if one were alone, feeling neglected and unloved, without a network of support. Interestingly, the more we immerse ourselves into the materialistic world to satisfy our physical senses and the further away we are from our true feelings, out of touch with our inner self, the more prone we are to fall into the trap of depression. Apparently, the highest rates of suicides amongst the young generation, due to depression, are found in the wealthiest countries, with the highest standards of living, such as Sweden and Switzerland and Japan. It is not surprising that we seem to have an epidemic of depression on our hands. Just look at our fast pace of life, the breaking down of families and relationships, denial of our true emotions, many singles living without companionship, children not having enough love or affection, the stress of work or family abuse, bad living habits or bad eating habits. The list is endless, no one seems to have time any more for the essential things in life. Most of all, I think, the primary reason is the fact that we in general have deprived ourselves from our own spirituality, failing to communicate with our very individual soul. Too busy living in a cold materialistic world accumulating things, chasing success, money or fame, we have forgotten the very Spirit of our existence. Moreover, in our frenzy as we rebel again traditional religion we deny God, the very Source and Force of Life. My knowledge is not that of theory but of personal experience. I, like millions of others, have also suffered, now and again from a feeling of being depressed. I know what it is like to be stuck in a black hole, depressed, I know how it feels when it seems as if there is no way out of a miserable situation. Yet, with time, reaching deep within me and connecting with the very Source, the inner Force or God if you like to call it that, a light has always appeared at the end of the dark tunnel, offering new opportunities with new pastures to explore. With time and practice, I learned how to handle these dark moments. Rather than fight it, I recognize the feeling, I acknowledge it and I allow myself to be depressed but only for a short while, say an hour, half a day, or a day, depending on the situation. But then I wake up determined to begin a new day with a fresh new positive attitude and with new positive plans. There is a lot of suppressed and denied anger, resentments, fear and guilt in depression.

Depression, which is actually suppressing negative emotions, drains you of your energy and causes chronic fatigue. Many people live with a mild case of depression for a long time without even realizing it. They live with this denial for so long that what might begin as a light case of depression could develop with the time into a major illness. A light depression left unattended, can deteriorate to become worse and then still worse. Sometimes it could lead to very serious mental problems that will eventually require serious medication and perhaps even long or even permanent hospitalization. In the United States visiting a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or attending workshops for self-development is a popular and accepted way of dealing with personal problems and unhappy issues. People are more aware of the benefits of self development. In Europe, self development is mostly frowned upon or even ridiculed unfortunately. Europeans are only now, very slowly and very reluctantly, catching on to this new idea. Far too many believe falsely that talking to a friend about their problems is good enough. The reality is that friends do not appreciate at all being used as garbage bags for your problems and unhappy moods. It is also not fair to dump your problems and negative emotions, which is bad polluted energy, on to others. If you have been the recipient of an hour of listening to a friend’s complex problems and unhappiness then you know how drained and exhausted you feel after such a meeting. You say goodbye as you leave them, with a big sigh of relief, looking to breathe some fresh air to clear your mind. In the Eastern worlds perhaps they have less use for professionals in this field as families there are still intact and relatives, especially the elder generations, are always there to give love, affection, care, support and perhaps even advice as they lovingly listen to the woes of the young. Not to forget the fact of strong religious beliefs where faith and prayer can be a source of help too and work as an anchor for stability. Suffering from depression is not a stigma and it is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. The earlier one recognizes this and the quicker one seeks help, the bigger are the chances of recovery and the less danger there is of ending up with manic depression, paranoia or schizophrenia. To avoid falling into the trap here are some of the symptoms that you can look out for.

If you suffer from any of the following on a regular basis for a month or more, then it would be advisable for you to seek help immediately. The sooner you do this the better are your chances for recovery. Don’t try to delay by talking yourself into believing that you can get out of this on your own. Only the very few are strong enough to do this.

If you find that you are
unable to relax
lay in bed sleepless night after night
feel constantly exhausted and drained of energy
find it difficult to get out of bed mornings afraid to face the day
are avoiding contact with your friends and family
are avoiding answering the phone
are spending a lot of time alone at home
like brooding in the dark
are avoiding light, fresh air and sunshine
have no desire to take care of yourself, to bathe, to groom yourself
require a huge effort to do anything
are always in an unhappy hopeless mood
see nothing but the negative side of life
have no desire to listen to music
have no sense of humor and you don’t laugh
feel unloved as if the whole world is against you
get angry if someone mentions that you need to see a doctor!

Here are some simple solutions that you can take care of yourself when you notice the beginning symptoms of depression that can help you to get out of it. If the depressed state persists for a couple of weeks, then you really should seek professional help immediately. Share your problem with a member of the family or a friend and ask them to accompany you to see a specialist. Alternative and natural healing methods, in my point of view, are more desirable to begin with than traditional medicine. However, for chronic cases traditional medicine might be the only answer.

(1) Identify and differentiate your feelings. Emotional –
Acknowledge and experience them. i.e. be a witness to your emotions. Look at your emotions as if they were an ‘object’ in front of you to be analyzed. Communicate your feelings to the person concerned directly (if the feelings are connected with another person) or then see a therapist. Putting your feelings down in writing on paper can work wonders. Drawing or painting can help too. This puts you in charge of the situation rather than being the helpless suffering victim.
(2) Physical –
Exercise daily. An absolute must against depression is physical exercise to maintain good health. Daily walks, aerobics, dance, gym exercises daily is a must. The object is to move, keep on moving the body. This pumps oxygen into your blood, your blood circulation improves, and it keeps up the vibration of the cells saving you from being heavy and lethargic.
(3) Mental –
Learn to accept and to integrate both the desirable and undesirable of your self image. Do this by self observation, self acceptance and self improvement. Learn to love yourself as you are by practicing self love. If you cannot accept and respect yourself, forgive and love yourself, it is not possible for you to practice these emotions with others around you. This is a well known fact.
(4) Recognize and live your own thoughts, values and beliefs. The power of thought cannot be ignored in healing the mental self. Maintain positive thoughts through positive affirmations. (see below)
(5) Guilt breeds fear and resentment, stress and tension, anxiety and conflict. Guilt is a major obstacle in healing a relationship. For a relationship to heal both must be free of all guilt feelings.
(6) Forgiveness is the major key to healing, peace of mind and healthy growth. Learn to let go and to forgive others and most of all to forgive yourself. If you are hard on yourself, others will be hard on you. If creativity is stifled, inner conflict, depression and illness ensues. If you constantly try to be less than what you are, do less than what you are capable of, you will be forever unhappy.
(7) St. John’s Wort, a herbal remedy, is well known to help with mild cases of depression. Also Bach Flower remedy, Rescue is good to have always near at hand. A therapist specialized in these remedies can help you.
(8) Listen to happy music, have a lot of light in your home and at the work place.
(9) Surround yourself with happy flowers, the colors yellow and orange for energy.
(10) Be grateful for whatever good you have in your life. We all have something to be grateful for. Gratitude is healing and makes you feel good. Be grateful and thankful for what you have rather than being unhappy about what you do not have. You can always create what you want in your life. Get out of the depressed state first so that you can create.

Affirmations –
Here are some basic affirmations to repeat as often as possible. You can repeat these anywhere anytime, aloud and/or quietly mentally. Choose the ones that correspond with your own need. You can begin with repeating any three or four for a whole week, then take another three or four for the next week and so forth. The idea is that you repeat these aloud as often as possible until it becomes a habit for you to think them. In time you will be able to know them all by heart and you can then make up your own affirmations as you need them.

I am healthy
I am happy
I am creative
I am a beautiful person

I love myself
I love life
I love my body
I am happy to be alive
I am master of my life
I am thankful for everything I have

I love people
I love being active
I love being with myself
I love being with people

I do everything that is good for me
I am in touch with my higher self
I am in touch with the Divine within me
I am in touch with my intuition
I always know what is good for me

I am free of the past
I am free of fear
I am free of all anxiety
I am free of all negativity
I have faith in myself
I have trust in myself

My body is healthy
My mind is strong and healthy
My organs are healthy
I sleep peacefully

I am strong full of energy and vitality
I feel inner peace and harmony
I am in control of my thoughts
I am in control of my emotions
I am fully aware
I am master of my life

I am a beautiful being
I am happy to be me
I am full of love (the energy of love is a universal healer)

NB. You can make up your own affirmations. Always remember to be in the positive.
Ex. I am wealthy. I am fearless. I am slim. I feel wonderful. etc. etc.
© Margo Kirtikar Ph.D.

Margo Kirtikar Ph.D. is psycho therapist since fifteen years. She helps and guides individuals who find themselves at a crossroad and going through difficult changes in their lives. She helps them to contact their own inner source of strength and inner guide so that they are able to think clearly and independently to make their own decisions. She uses both eastern and western techniques and therapies dealing with mind, emotions and energy. website: email

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