NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
February 15, 2017
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that a study in the January issue of Environmental Research found high levels of toxic metals in the liquid that creates the aerosol that e-cigarette users inhale when they vape?

The the liquid in five brands of first generation e-cigarettes were examined for cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese and nickel. The liquid is the component of e-cigarettes that, when heated, delivers ingredients, often including nicotine and flavors, to the user.

The researchers found all five heavy metals, which can be toxic or carcinogenic when inhaled, in all five brands.

We are the first midwest distributor of this scrumptious snack. Like real food? How about only two ingredients: mango and coconut. We can't sell them over the web yet, but we carry them in our office or you can call/email/add to web ordering instructions if you want to buy a package(s).

Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Mind Full or Mindful?
Bonnie and Steve: A new study from Mindfulness found that people who are more mindful are more receptive to health messaging and more likely to be motivated to change.

Mindfulness is usually defined as having awareness of the present moment and has been shown in previous studies to reduce negative reactions to emotionally charged situations.

Health messaging often causes people to react emotionally in negative ways, so the researchers investigated factors that could potentially influence people to be more receptive to health messages and more motivated to change their behavior.

In order to gauge how mindful each subject was in their day-to-day lives, the researchers asked them to complete the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (link to questions are here; see how you fare!), or MAAS.

The MAAS is composed of 15 scenarios - including "I forget a person's name almost as soon as I've been told it for the first time" and "I tend to walk quickly to get where I'm going without paying attention to what I experience along the way" - that are answered on a scale of 1-6, ranging from "almost always" to "almost never." The higher a person's total score, the more mindful that person is considered to be.

The study showed that less mindful people were also less likely to make a positive change in their behavior as a response to health messaging. People who are more mindful, however, reacted less negatively to health messages and were less likely to feel ashamed by them. These people, in turn, were also more likely to change their behavior to be healthier.

The findings add to the growing data on the health benefits of mindfulness. Incorporating mindfulness cultivation into existing intervention strategies can promote more widespread positive health behavior.

A simple way to start being more mindful? When you hear something meaningful, take a beat, and think about what you heard. Repeat again. Being mindful of a message three times in succession creates much more of an opportunity to cement it in your thought process and treat it positively.
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Have a happy, healthy day,

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