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An apple a day keeps the doctor away
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An apple a day keeps the doctor away
  • Professor J. T. Stinson (fruit specialist and the
    first director of the Missouri State Fruit
    Experiment Station). He said this famous remark
    in 1904 at St. Louis World's Fair. This phrase
    was an adaptation of a medical summary regarding
    the health benefits of apples given to a 12th
    century medical conference at the Salerno Medical
    School.(Italy)

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Some Health Benefits of Apples
  • Bone ProtectionFrench researchers found that a
    flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in
    apples may protect post-menopausal women from
    osteoporosis and may also increase bone density.
    Boron, another ingredient in apples, also
    strengthens bones.
  • Asthma HelpOne recent study shows that children
    with asthma who drank apple juice on a daily
    basis suffered from less wheezing than children
    who drank apple juice only once per month.
    Another study showed that children born to women
    who eat a lot of apples during pregnancy have
    lower rates of asthma than children whose mothers
    ate few apples.

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  • Alzheimer's PreventionA study on mice at Cornell
    University found that the quercetin in apples may
    protect brain cells from the kind of free radical
    damage that may lead to Alzheimer's disease.
  • Lower CholesterolThe pectin in apples lowers LDL
    ("bad") cholesterol. People who eat two apples
    per day may lower their cholesterol by as much as
    16 percent.
  • Cancer PreventionAccording to a study of 10,000
    people, those who ate the most apples had a 50
    percent lower risk of developing cancer.
    Researchers believe this is due to the high
    levels of the flavonoids quercetin and naringin
    in apples.

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Feeding yourself on apples is not the only way
to be healthy.
  • Incorporate good attitudes
  • Avoid bad situations.

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What is the fight or flight response?
  • Also called the "fight-or-flight-or-freeze
    response", was first described by Walter Cannon
    in 1929.

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What is our fight or flight system designed to
protect us from?
  • When activated, the response causes a surge of
    adrenaline and stress hormones to pump through
    the body.
  • This surge can result in tremendous strength or
    heroism
  • When we are in real danger, the fight or flight
    response is invaluable. Today, however, most of
    our response is due to traffic, arguments,
    deadlines, parents, and teachers. So, stress
    hormones also flow into our bodies for events
    that cause no real danger.

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  • The bodys response to immediate physical danger
    the stress response. Energy is mobilized, either
    to mount an aggressive response against the
    danger, or to run away.
  • It is our bodys primitive automated, inborn
    response that prepares the body to fight or
    flee from perceived attack, harm or threat to
    our survival.

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What happens to us when we are under excessive
stress?
  • When we experience excessive stress whether
    from internal worry or external circumstance a
    bodily reaction is triggered, called the fight
    or flight response.
  • This response is hardwired into our brains and
    represents a genetic wisdom designed to protect
    us from harm.

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  • This response actually corresponds to an area of
    our brain called the hypothalamus, which when
    stimulated initiates a sequence of nerve cell
    firing and chemical release that prepares our
    body for running or fighting.
  • http//www.apa.org/helpcenter/
  • http//www.apahelpcenter.org/anatomy/

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STRESS
  • Here is a very quick test to determine your
    stress level or the ability to handle it. Look
    at the following pictures carefully

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Test result
  • One teacher said, "I felt like they were all
    moving...but slowly as if they were breathing."
  • The pictures above are used to test the level of
    stress a person can handle.The slower the
    pictures move, the better your ability of
    handling stress.Criminals that were tested see
    them spinning around madly however, kids see
    them standing still.None of these images are
    animated - they are perfectly still...

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What can we do to reduce our stress and turn down
the activity of our fight or flight response?
  • Take control. In every situation we have those
    things we can change and those we can't. Take
    control of the situation and stop any stress by
    halting anything that makes you feel
    uncomfortable.

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  • Set limits on what you will deal with. Sometimes
    we try and try, but to no avail. Instead of
    continuing the cycle, know when enough is enough
    and be able to walk away knowing you tried your
    best.
  • Exercise daily don't let the daily crazines
    control you. Instead work off those extra
    emotions at the local gym or go on a jog. There
    is nothing better than clearing your mind for a
    clear decision.

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  • List your stress and decide on how to combat it
    rather than avoiding it.
  • Stop being perfect. Nobody is perfect and that
    standard alone will be stressful to maintain.
    There are moments when you can only do your best
    and let it go.
  • Sleep at least seven hours of sleep a day because
    lack of sleep can harm not only your physical
    health but your mental health. Sleep deprivation
    can cause lapses in concentration.

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  • Have a positive attitude. Instead of being
    pessimistic and thinking you can't achieve your
    goals, be positive and thrive on your challenges.
  • Be social and have friends. Have fun with them,
    spend time with them, and talk with them, but
    make sure you steer away from gossip and slander.
    As long as you keep yourself free from negative
    talk, being with people satisfies the soul.

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  • The power of laughter

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PROVERBS
  • A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a
    broken spirit dries the bones.
  • A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken
    spirit saps a persons strength.

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DEFINITON OF LAUGH
  • To express amusement, happiness, carelessness,
    disrespect,etc by breathing out forcefully so
    that one makes sounds with the voice usually when
    smiling.

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WAYS OF LAUGHING
  • GUFFAW
  • CHUCKLE/CHORTLE
  • GIGGLE
  • SNIGGER/Am SNICKER
  • SMILE
  • GRIN
  • LEER
  • SMIRK
  • TITTER

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Scientifically speaking, laughter is caused by
the epiglottis constricting the larynx, causing
respiratory upset. The study of humour and
laughter, and its psychological and physiological
effects on the human body is called gelotology.
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LAUGHTER AND THE BRAIN
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Modern neurophysiology states that laughter is
linked with the activation of the ventromedial
prefrontal cortex, which produces endorphins
after a rewarding activity.
  • Research has shown that parts of the limbic
    system are involved in laughter. The limbic
    system is a primitive part of the brain that is
    involved in emotions and helps us with basic
    functions necessary for survival. Two structures
    in the limbic system are involved in producing
    laughter the amygdala and the hippocampus.

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LAUGHTER AND HEALTH
  • Solid scientific research demonstrates that
    laughter offers the following benefits
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Strengthening cardiovascular functions
  • Reducing stress hormones
  • Improving circulation
  • Increasing muscle flexion
  • Oxygenating the body by boosting the respiratory
    system
  • Boosting immune function by raising levels of
    infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting
    proteins called Gammainterferon and B-cells,
    which produce disease-destroying antibodies
  • Triggering the release of endorphins, the body's
    natural painkillers
  • Producing a general sense of well-being.

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BENEFITS OF LAUGHTER
  • Hormones Laughter reduces the level of stress
    hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline),
    dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases
    the level of health-enhancing hormones like
    endorphins.
  • Physical Release
  • Internal Workout A good belly laugh exercises
    the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works
    out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed
    afterward. It even provides a good workout for
    the heart.

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  • Distraction Laughter brings the focus away from
    anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions.
  • Perspective Humour can give us a more
    lighthearted perspective.
  • Social Benefits of Laughter Laughter connects us
    with others. Also, laughter is contagious, so if
    you bring more laughter into your life, you can
    most likely help others around you to laugh more.

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  • Strengthening of the immune system.
  • Pain reduction.
  • Lowering of blood pressure.
  • Natural anti-depressant

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PATCH ADAMS
  • HUNTER CAMPBELL ADAMS
  • MAY 28, 1945 WASHINGTON DC UNITED STATES
  • AMERICAN PHYSICIAN, SOCIAL ACTIVIST, CITIZEN
    DIPLOMAT, PROFESSIONAL CLOWN, PERFORMER AND
    AUTHOR.
  • 1972 GESUNDHEIT! INSTITUTE

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  • Gesundheit! Institute, envisioned as a free,
    full-scale hospital and health care
    eco-community, is planned on 316 acres (128 ha)
    in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Its goal is
    to integrate a traditional hospital with
    alternative medicine--acupuncture, homeopathy,
    etc. Care will combine integrative medicine with
    performing arts, crafts, nature, agriculture, and
    recreation.

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Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from
around the world to travel to various countries
(including post-war Bosnia in 1998) where they
dress as clowns, to bring hope and joy to
orphans, patients, and other people. His life
inspired the film Patch Adams, starring Robin
Williams. Adams is currently based in Arlington,
Virginia.
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  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vBL1m-zNtWOs
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vCCoA031Xpfw
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vu1LTwDcwpZc

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  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vFInCP-Xw3UYfeature
    related
  • http//www.youtube.com/watch?vnokxBmdxUu4

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In his youth, Adams was a self-described science
nerd and, of course, the class clown. However,
his formative years were not easy. His father was
killed in combat during the Vietnam War, and
Adams suffered from depression, spending several
stints in a mental hospital. The experience
convinced him to dedicate his life to serving
humanity.
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TIPS TO LAUGH
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  • Think funny thoughts and develop a playful
    attitude.
  • Collect and share cartoons.
  • Practice laughing.
  • Play with your profession. Look for the laughter
    in your work.
  • Hang out with people who laugh.

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  • Collect funny sayings.
  • Share your embarrassing moments with others,
    its a guaranteed source of laughter.
  • Watch comedies or funny movies but try to avoid
    destructive humour.

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  • Play with your friends.
  • Tell others what youve laughed about today.

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Silly hamsters tickle each other under the
armpit.
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Wrong Bus
A drunken man gets on the bus late one night, staggers up the aisle, and sits next to an elderly woman. She looks the man up and down and says, "I've got news for you. You're going straight to hell!" The man jumps up out of his seat and shouts, "Man, I'm on the wrong bus again?"
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I told my wife that a husband is like a fine
wine he gets better with age. The next day, she
locked me in the cellar.
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When I die, I want to go peacefully like my
Grandfather did, in his sleep -- not screaming,
like the passengers in his car.
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You tried your best and you failed miserably. The
lesson is 'never try'. -Homer Simpson
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