The Amygdala: The connection between stress and heart disease

Artistic picture of a stethoscope and a foam heart

A recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School and published by UK medical journal The Lancet suggests that the effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain could potentially explain the link between the risk of heart attack and stress.[1]

Experts and scientific studies coincide that emotional stress can have a serious negative effect on the increase risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Stress affects the body in many ways, one of which being directly affecting the heart and blood vessels. Some experts even believe that emotional stress can be just as dangerous a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure.[2] Medical professionals have had little understanding until now about the link between stress, the brain and heart disease. However, this recent study, conducted by Harvard Medical School, suggests that the effect stress has on the amygdala section of the brain Read more

Chemo Brain: The foggy side effects of treatment

Woman who has undergone chemotherapy standing at window

A growing topic amongst oncologists and cancer survivors revolves around one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, more commonly known as “chemo brain”. Chemo Brain has been known to greatly affect some cancer survivors quality of life; even several years after kicking the disease to the curb.

According to the World Health Organisation, statistics indicate that number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next 2 decades. This could account for an estimated 23.6 million new cases of cancer as soon as 2030[1]. Almost absolutely every cancer patient undergoes one or more of the following treatments: surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy. The aggressiveness of many patients’ oncology treatments requires a huge amount of mental and physical strength, family support, and a positive and hopeful approach to the day-to-day.  However, even after beating cancer, patients who have undergone chemotherapy can experience “Chemo Brain”. During chemotherapy Read more

Food and Flu

Cold hands holding a bowl of soup

Winter is officially in full force and here to stay – at least for the next couple of months! No matter how many vitamin Cs we take or how thick our scarves are, it is very unlikely that we will completely avoid catching at least one flu or cold during the season.

For many of us appetite becomes non-existent when we are ill and even more so when we have a fever. It is of the utmost importance, however, to remember that medical professionals concur that the body actually needs more calories than usual to function properly and fight off sickness during the flu. In order to kick your flu to the curb as fast as possible, stick to a fixed eating schedule (at least 3 meals a day) and keep your calorie intake as regular as possible. There are several foods that we should avoid entirely during the flu as they can Read more