NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
January 18, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that from 2011 to 2015, the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo were found to sponsor a total of 95 national health organizations, including many medical and public health institutions whose specific missions include fighting the obesity epidemic?

The study, from this month's American Journal of Preventive Medicine, stated that the two soda companies lobbied against 29 public health bills intended to reduce soda consumption or improve nutrition.

This calls into question their "commitment" to improving the public's health. Moreover, by accepting funding from these companies, health organizations such as the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics seem highly hypocritical.


Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Stress Affects Senses, Amygdala, and More
Bonnie and Steve: When we opine on the effects of stress, more often then not, we focus on inflammation, for good reason. Managing stress is one of the major ways we keep inflammation at bay.

Other damaging effects from stress have recently been discovered. A new study from this month's Psychoneuroendocrinology shows us what stress does to our senses.

Sensory Overload
When we train our senses, we can sharpen them to improve our skills of perception. The stress hormone cortisol completely blocks this important ability.

In addition to preventing the retrieval of memories, there is now a major effect on our perception and perceptual learning.

Cortisol blocks synaptic connections, and therefore the plasticity of the brain: its ability to learn.

These results even affect clinical treatments. Corticosteroids, of which cortisol is one, are often used in the treatment of immunological and neurological diseases. Corticosteroids' effect on perceptual learning may counteract rehabilitation efforts.

Heart Attack
The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests.

The amygdala is an area of the brain that processes emotions such as fear and anger. Under stress, the amygdala signals to the bone marrow to produce extra white blood cells, which in turn act on the arteries causing them to become inflamed. This can then cause heart attacks, angina and strokes.

Those with higher activity in the amygdala were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, and sooner than others. This indicates stress as important a risk factor as smoking, high blood pressure, and poor diet.

Stress Management Must Be Part of Your Everyday Routine
It has never been more important to find a modality/method for stress management then now. As much as our eating style and nutrient recommendations need to be individualized, so does our stress management. Finding the right method is crucial because if you are not compliant, there is no therapeutic value.

Here's one simple way to not only address stress management, but overall health:daily exercise!
All (Hidden) Names for Sugar

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