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Life has numerous turns and twists. Women encounter many stages of growth and change, from puberty and menstruation to giving birth to menopause. All these rites of passage create emotional ups and downs. Because of these factors, women may have a greater susceptibility to depression. Indeed, depression occurs in women at approximately twice the rate of men.

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MAINTAINING MENTAL WELL-BEING IN STRESSFUL JOBS

David Brabon is a plastic surgeon. In his practice at Rockcastle Hospital and Respiratory Center in Mount Vernon, Ky. – the largest respiratory care center in the United States – he removes skin cancers from faces and hands and rebuilds shattered noses, among other tasks. He has learned to not only encourage others but to maintain his own mental well-being.

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CALMING THE MIND THROUGH CONSCIOUS BREATHING

A calm mind is worth its weight in gold, especially in this day and age. There are more bills, emails, tweets, kids running around and relationships in need of time than ever before. Everybody needs to learn how to catch their breath and relax.  Techniques using the breath to calm the mind have been around forever. While these techniques are widely known and accessible, many people feel they don’t even have the time to learn about them, let alone develop a daily practice.

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Genetically modified foods bring some controversy to today’s consumer. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be defined as plants, animals or microorganisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination. When a gene from one organism is purposely moved to improve or change another organism in a laboratory, the result is a GMO. This is also sometimes called “transgenic” for transfer of genes. There are different ways of moving genes to produce desirable traits. Foods produced from or using GMOs are often referred to as genetically modified (GM) foods.


If you’ve eaten anything today, chances are you had GMOs. GM foods are made from soy, corn or other crops grown from seeds with genetically engineered DNA. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, GM seeds are used to plant more than 90 percent of the corn, soybeans, and cotton grown in the United States. Unless you consciously avoid them, GM foods likely find their way into many of your snacks and meals.


Nine genetically modified crops are available today, including corn (both sweet and field), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, potatoes and squash. GM apples have been approved and will be commercially available this fall. The National Center for Food and

ARE YOU EATING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD?

Agricultural Policy estimates 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically modified.


Some clinical researchers believe genetically modified foods are safe, healthy and sustainable, while others claim the opposite. GMOs are engineered to give food more color, increase their shelf life or eliminate seeds. That’s why we can buy seedless watermelons and grapes. Some GM foods also have been engineered to have higher levels of specific nutrients, such as protein, calcium or folate. Proponents of GM foods contend genetic engineering can help us find sustainable ways to feed people in third world countries. Specifically, in countries that lack access to nutrient-rich foods, using GM crops provides nutrient-enriched food for their population.


Learn more about GM foods through information provided by the World Health Organization on its Website, www.who.int. You’ll get an overview of many of the main issues and concerns about consuming these foods for human health. The Web site also lists risks and benefits and discusses how such foods are regulated nationally and internationally.  

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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