Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Awaken the Will and Wisdom to Enlighten Your World

We aren't quite sure why, but a mouse experiment has shown the former keeps the intestinal barrier more stable. You should avoid artificial sweeteners and emulsifiers as they can damage your intestinal barrier and make your gut leaky. There is a food group known as FODMAPs that may increase intestinal permeability in the context of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). More on this later. MEDICATIONS INCLUDING NSAIDS AND PPIS We did treatment programs in the area and sent him to a mountain program, not for punishment but to experience some meaningful personal achievement that might reboot his reasoning. Conor went with a friend and they escaped, so that was a big bust. That's when a friend asked if I knew about a program for teenage kids where they were locked down in what could be called a voluntary prison. By that point, we were desperate. Police were coming to our house, and we had two little girls we were trying to raise without exposing them to Conor's stuff. I knew that if I didn't do something drastic to contain my kid, then I was going to lose my marriage and my life. We were going to counseling to overcome this, but nothing was working. Conor, as your mom, I said, you have to stay alive, and you have to finish your high school education by eighteen, and it's my job to get you there. We hired a huge guy who worked with special needs kids to track Conor and keep him out of trouble. He was sensitive and wonderful, but even he couldn't contain Conor, so we called the guy in Montana to come get our son and take him to that voluntary prison. But surely, you might think, if you have more money, it gives you more opportunities to save people. So he recalculates taking into account the number of rooms each person had in their home, in case this made it easier to help. Again the results were the same. Of course it would be wise to be very cautious about these findings, particularly given the extremely sensitive subject matter, but even so Hoffman's models do show that better-off countries saved more Jews and that within a country the richer people tended to be more generous. Which if nothing else suggests that the widely held view that rich people are always more selfish is certainly not always true.

Thankfully, people from all socio-economic groups are capable of great generosity and self-sacrifice, just as they're equally capable of horrific acts of selfishness and evil. INDUCING PEOPLE TO GIVE AWAY THEIR MONEY Whoever they get their money from, the rich or the poor, charities are always on the look-out for ways of attracting more donations. People are employed to work on charity appeals, crafting messages that emphasise the importance of the charity's work or pull on our heart strings. But what sort of language is the most effective in inducing people to give more? I'm going to be a bit abrupt here, OK? I generally answer by going back to what I've said many times - just start where you are, doing everything you can and go further and further. It's like any hobby or passion. Keep it ordinary and humble, then enjoy getting wilder as you learn more. Start consuming less, reading the news, attend your first protest, commit to signing a petition every day (learning about the cause first), switch your feed to inspiring prophets and share their messages boldly, then ask the more inspiring question of yourself, `What can I do next? You meet new people, find new links down the rabbit holes and soon enough you're off and running wildly. And it all just falls into place. That said, I have a big resource list of places for you to start at sarahwilson. Possibly one of the most beautiful moments on my journey occurred during the global strikes in September 2019. I'd agitated for weeks on the importance of attending. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and indomethacin increase intestinal permeability. This effect is made a great deal worse with the coexistence of psychological stress. If you are going through stress, be particularly conscientious about looking after your gut health if you must take painkillers. The worst possible combination for intestinal permeability is to have a stressful job, stay up late, or work night shifts and then binge drink on weekends with some aspirin the next day to calm a hangover. Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) that many people use for symptoms of acid reflux may also increase gut leakiness.

Preventing a Leaky Gut The following factors may help keep the gut lining sealed: Dietary soluble fiber Glutamine Reducing the duration of a stress response At that point, it was our only hope. Conor didn't know this was coming, but he went missing that night. As usual, I waited up for him, hoping he'd show, thinking that maybe he was just partying too much, and that maybe if we rode out the storm, it would eventually be okay. I was seriously in the denial club, which is natural for parents, but it's the worst place to stay. At 6 AM the phone rang. It was Conor. He was so high on something that wasn't just marijuana. I listened for an hour and a half. He and his friend were talking about running away to Mexico. I could hear he was at this kid's house, and I figured we could tell the bodyguard to go get him. A neat experiment in 14 bakeries in Brittany provides some clues. This was conducted by Nicolas Gueguen, the same psychologist who did the studies on waiters getting bigger tips when they presented the bill on a heart-shaped dish or touched customers lightly on the arm. This time his study wasn't about tips, but charitable donations. On the counter of each bakery, above the tarte tatins, the pains au chocolate and the croissants, a collecting tin was placed. On the label of every tin was identical information about the humanitarian work carried out by a charity in Togo in West Africa.

But one single word was different. A third of the tins used the phrase `donating = loving'; What we don't know is whether that word `loving' induced more people to give or whether the same number of people donated, but gave more; The researchers speculated that once again the power of priming was at play, with the word `loving' evoking feelings of compassion, solidarity and support, which led people to be more altruistic. I'd suggest `loving' is an even more powerful primer than that, being such an emotional and personal word, drawing us to think of loved ones who we dearly want to protect. I'd had to push through my own resistance - I'm not a fan of public displays of anything. But I was rising to the enlarging option (and the cries of the scientists and kids to help them). I posted and tweeted and called the relevant organisers to get the best information to share. There were seven people in my travels to rev up engagement, however, who were resistant - they were either oblivious about it or claimed to be worried for their safety. By the morning of the strike I was despondent. I sat at home on the floor of my study and wept, partly from exhaustion. The Resistant Seven were playing on my mind. I couldn't believe my fellow humans were not firing up at such a critical opportunity to be heard (and contribute to that 3. My bigger self knew I should be more compassionate - other people had the right to their own opinions - and that going in too hard could be counterproductive. But my gripping self just wanted to inspire, to rally, to embrace these people in enlarged group soul. Plant substrates Vitamin D DIETARY SOLUBLE FIBER Soluble fiber strengthens the integrity of the mucus layer that lines the intestinal wall. This may explain why mice don't seem to develop a leaky gut from drinking alcohol if they eat oats twice a day.

Other examples of soluble fiber include psyllium husks, the husk of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata whose use is widespread in India, pectin, found in apples, and alginate, found in brown algae and used widely in Japan. The cells lining your gut feed on the amino acid called glutamine. They pick their food from what travels down from your stomach, so the food you are swallowing needs to contain this. REDUCING THE DURATION OF A STRESS RESPONSE Earlier, I described a theory that is based on the ability of the vagus nerve to encourage the integrity of the tight junctions between the cells of the intestinal wall. I felt like God was telling me that Conor had to go away? I almost backpedaled, but after hearing Conor so zonked on drugs, I knew he needed serious help. The transporter showed up and scared the crap out of Conor. He thought it was the police, as he'd been dabbling in steroids and selling them and thought the football player he owed money to had sent this guy, which just freaked him out. My father and I went on the same plane to Montana, but Conor was so high he wasn't even aware we were there. He was sixteen. It was tragic leaving him there. Mama, don't leave me! Conor, I don't have a choice. He was able to finish high school in a self-directed program. Anyway, it clearly worked wonders. By comparison, the researchers concluded that the word `helping' was not just a bit redundant but was also an instrumental term, seeming to require something of people and stripping them of their freedom to donate. The fact that the word to donate in French, `donner', is also used when you want to order someone to do something (donnez-moi mon billet) might also have had an impact. All in all, love might seem a strong word to use in charitable appeals - after all we generally don't know the person we are helping with a donation, so how can we love them? But perhaps charities shouldn't be shy of using the word.

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