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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 7B "The findings can contribute That is likely why the Insti- to our emerging understand- tute of Medicine of the Na- ing of the processes through tional Academies surmised which longstanding romantic that close relationships gener- ties are beneficial for our ally add years to one's life. health." MedicineNet is a great web- ABC News reported on a site for a variety of health and C-FORCE study conducted by the State fitness education, including HEALTH AND FITNESS University of New York at Os- information on love and sex. CHUCK NORRIS wego that found that bloodHere are a few keys that clear- info@creators.compressure lowered when peo-ly show the interrelation ple were with their spouses or among brain, body and bed- Q: Chuck, my parents tell partners. This was true room: me that love and health are whether they were happy or--Oxytocin, the s0-called related, because I'm not feel- not in their relationships. In "hormone of love and com- ing so well in either regard, short, "familiarity breedsfort," is plentiful in couples So what's love got to do with lower systolic numbers." when they are intimate. it? Sarah Mahoney from Pre-~ When oxytocin flows, endor- Sally W.vention magazine further ex- phins increase and pain de- Seneca Falls, N.Y. plained: "A study last year creases. That is why some in- A: I'm no Dr. Ruth, but it from the University of Pitts- dividuals find headaches, doesn't take a rocket scientist burgh found that women in arthritis pain or PMS symp- to figure out that there are good marriages have a muchtoms dissipate after sex. MSN definite correlations among lower risk of cardiovascular Health reported, "Doctors at the brain, body and even the disease than those in high- the University of NorthCar- bedroom, and there's no bet- stress relationships. The Na- olina have found that hugging ter time to address them than tional Longitudinal Mortality may dramatically lower blood now, when we're coming up Study, which has been track- pressure and boost blood lev- on Valentine's Day. ing more than a million sub- els of oxytocin." Just this past week, the So- jects since 1979, shows that Studies also show that ciety for Personality and So- married people live longer, having sex once or twice a cial Psychology reported, "Re- have fewer heart attacks and week has been linked with searchers are.., finding that lower cancer rates, and even higher levels of an antibody love can play a critical role in get pneumonia less frequent- called immunoglobulin A, or the health of long-term rel'a- ly than singles. And a newIgA, which can protect you tionships and of the couples study from the University of from infections and getting themselves." Iowa found that ovarian can- Dr. Lisa Diamond from the cer patients with a strong University of Utah conducted sense of connection to others research of couples in roman- and satisfying relationships tic relationships and found had more vigorous 'natural that their levels of cortisol, a killer' cell activity at the site hormone associated withof the tumor than those who stress, increased during sepa- didn't have those social ties. ration and had negative ef- (These desirable white blood fects on positive interactions cells kill cancerous cells as and sleep, among other part of the body's immune things. Diamond concluded, system.)" POEM OF THE WEEK American Life in Poetry Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004- 06 Jaimee Kuperman is a poet living and working in the Washington, D.C., area, and she shares with many of us the experience of preparing one's self for a visit to the dentist. Do you, too, give your teeth an especially thorough brushing before entering that waiting roorn?~ _ The New Dentist Driving to the new dentist's office the slow drive of a new place with the McDonalds that I don't go to on the left, the mall two miles away. The Courthouse and the Old Courthouse road signs that break apart, the fork in the road that looks nothing like a fork or a spoon, in fact at best, maybe a knife bent in a dishwasher that leans to one side. And I know the dentist will ask about my last visit and want to know in months that I can't say some time ago and I know he will ask me about flossing and saying when I'm in the mood won't be the appropriate answer. He will call out my cavities as if they were names in a class. I brush my teeth before going in. It's like cleaning before the cleaning person but I don't want him to know I keep an untidy mouth. That I am the type of person who shoves things in the closet before guests arrive. --Jaimee Kuperman Poem copyright 2010 by Jaimee Kuperman American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. J e}~__ "~.,,. TWO Local Technicians SI-IAJ;tI . {i !-~'~a ~ Copiers & Fax Machines FROM SHARP MINDS ,~}: ......... :. Laser Printers COME SHARP PRODUCTSTM ~ ,~.!: ~. * New or Remanulactured (888) 447-2679 - (530) 284-1112 Fax: (530) 284-1102 101 Pine St., Greenville Serving Plumas, Lassen, Sierra & Modoc Counties February 2012 Employee Of The * Month Northeastern Rural Health Clinics Proudly Acknowledges LVN colds, according to scientists at Wilkes University. MSM Health added, "A 2002 study from the University of Bristol in England found that men who had sex two or more times a week cut their risk of having a fatal heart attack in half." --For women, one of the most common causes of arousal dysfunction is day- to-day discord with their partners. The old adage that "sex starts in the kitchen" is as true today as it ever has been. Similarly, for men who are overachievers or worka- holics, human experience and studies both show that where our mind is, our li- bido follows. A host of bed- room inhibitors and stimula- tors start or end in the mind, revealing that in both gen- ders, the brain is still the largest and most powerful sexual organ. --Dopamine is another feel- good brain chemical that of- ten is associated with the ear- ly stages of a romance or feel- ings of infatuation and being in love. Dopamine surges ush- er in feelings of contentment and euphoria. However, dopamine levels in relation- ships last anywhere from six to 18 months (maybe longer), which may correspond with people's feelings of "falling out of love." Though love is definitely more than a feeling, I believe dopamine is God's way of getting our relation- ships off the launchpad. We are then responsible for im- plementing daily acts of love (if you will, speaking our mates' love languages) that grow and drive bur relation- ships deeper and wider. --Endorphins, the brain's natural pain and stress fight- ers, sometimes called the E narcotic, are another type of neurotransmitter, bringing pain relief, sedation or major sensations of well-being. Med- icineNet notes, "Endorphins interact with the opiate recep- tors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine." Many things can trigger en- dorphins, including pain, stress, exercise, massage and meditation. Sex is a potent trigger for the release of en- dorphins. And they are also likely associated with driving a relationship deeper in love, beyond the dopamine and oth- er early chemical stages. Mahoney concludes, "The benefits of love are explicit and measurable .... Some ex- perts think it won't be long before doctors prescribe steamy sex, romantic get- aways, and caring communi- cation in addition to low-cho- lesterol diets and plenty of rest." In short, as Dr. Jon Manet of Florida State University summarized, "Love binds ro- mantic partners together for the long term and is associat- ed with a wealth of positive relationship processes." But : love also can exacerbate pain, he added. "The more love one : feels for one's partner the more one has to lose if the re- lationship ends. It's all about protecting one's relation- ship." What's love got to do with it? Everything! Write to Chuck Norris (info@ creators.corn) with questions about health and fitness. Copyright 2012 Chuck Norris Distributed by creators.com After 4/12 news per Quincy 283-0800 Susanville Greenville Chester Portola 257-5321 284-7800 258-31,15 832-4646 It }