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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Can Loneliness Cause Early Death?

We all have heard of the saying that an individual can die of a broken heart, but how true is it? Do you know that being lonely can cause a myriad of health problems, including sleep disturbances and an increase in blood pressure? Shocking as it may be, being lonely has twice the risk of causing premature death than obesity, and a recent study conducted by psychologist John Cacioppo supports this.

Who are the Loneliest People?

Typically, when a person retires from work, he or she experiences a disruption in his or her routine. When work used to take up 5 days of the week and 8 hours or more of the day, having it suddenly stop could cause a lot of physical and psychological changes. The same thing happens if a person loses someone they have been with for a long time. It does cause the broken hearted/loneliness syndrome.

What Effects Does Loneliness Have on Health?

A recent research has shown that loneliness impacts health and causes early death as much as being poor does. The findings says that dying early has an increased probability of as much as 19%.
According to John Cacioppo, a psychologist and the director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago; loneliness poses more risk for causing early death significantly more than having or engaging in poor health behaviour. He further states that it is unsafe to be lonely, and that it is further more than simply being unhappy, when he discussed his research at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting which was held in Chicago last weekend.

What Are the Research Details?

The research conducted by Cacioppo and his colleagues is designed to pinpoint reasons for the relation of loneliness and early death. To conduct the study, they reviewed the surveyed responses which they got from more than two thousand one hundred adults aged 55 years old and older. It is a Health and Retirement Study wherein the researchers controlled for gender, age, objective social isolation, poor health behaviors and socioeconomic status.

What Are the Findings?

Designed to know the underlying factors for the relationship of early death and loneliness, the research by Cacioppo and colleagues found out that being lonely and feeling isolated from other persons can lead to an increase in blood pressure, cause a less restorative and restful sleep, hike up the feeling of depression, cause an increase of stress hormone cortisol in the mornings and decrease the overall sense of living a life of meaning. The research also says that aging is hastened by poor sleep quality. It is like that not only does loneliness can cause early death, it can cause a person to age faster too.

More Research Findings According From Cacioppo

Cacioppo says that while some individuals may be happy being alone, as humans, most thrive in social situations where rapport and support with others can be enjoyed. He also says that staying in touch with former colleagues, participating in family activities and maintaining meaningful relationships is how one can escape the clutches of loneliness brought upon by aging. He further states that good times with family and friends are oftentimes taken for granted or underestimated by people.

Another thing that Cacioppo says is that the challenges and stresses of life is more easily managed if a person enjoys companionship, protection, and mutual assistance which one can obtain from high quality relationships; and these are the keys to longevity and happiness.

He identifies that factors for loneliness when an individual ages are loss of hearing, blindness, and loss of mobility.

According to him, retiring in a warm place like Florida is not enough, but rather what counts is the new relationships that one forges in their place of retirement. The odds of having a long life increases when one has maintained engaging in meaningful activities with other individuals and has quality relationships which he says is related to being able to handle things better and this resulting in less stress.

What Other Experts Say

Joe Burgo, a psychologist who is the founder of and is the author of Why Do I Do That? Agrees with how important feeling connected is for people. He says that as relationships end when one grows older and experiences death of family and friends, plus retirement; people not only feel lonely and grieve these loses but it also challenges an individual’s sense of self. He further says that it is critical for every person to remain engaged and active in their world by forging new ties and tending to old ones plus participating in activities that connects with other people.


  • ·         Premature death risk is increased by 14% in older people who are lonely.
  • ·         Even when one is not an elderly, a consistent feeling of being lonely also poses an increase of 14% chance of dying early.
  • ·         Loneliness has as much impact as being very poor and not having access to some privileges.
  • ·         Staying in touch with friends, families and colleagues can lead to a longer life.


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Are Your Household Chemicals Causing Autism?

With awareness of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities rising up, a new study by The Lancet Neurology has some very disturbing news. According to the study, the number of industrial chemicals which is related to the development of neurodevelopmental disabilities, like for example, autism has increase twice-fold in the last seven years.

Researchers believe that the increased rates of being diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and autism worldwide is due to the pervasive exposure of children to chemicals. They also believe that we now have a silent epidemic of individuals with disabilities in the neurodevelopmental area, a chilling thought.

What are the Chemicals Linked to Autism?

Researchers have added the following 6 toxins to the list of chemicals which are believed to be posing a threat to the brains of young children and fetuses:

·         Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
·         Dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane or DDT
·         Tetrachloroethylene
·         Chlorpyrifos
·         Fluoride
·         Manganese

What Makes Them Dangerous?

Though fluoride and manganese are commonly found in drinking water and are generally not found in high concentrations to be a health threat, the chilling truth is that the other chemicals listed above are much more common and widespread, and yes, even in the home.

Lets Talk about These Chemicals One by One

Polybrominated diphenil ethers used to be present in common house furnishings, like couches because of its primary use as a flame retardant.

Dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) is still found in the soil and water all over US as well as in imported vegetables and fruits. It is a pesticide which has been banned in the US for quite a while now.

Tetrachloroethylene is a common solvent which is used in dry cleaning. It has been linked to increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychiatric condition as well as having a deficient neurological function.

Chlorpyrifos was banned in the US for household use 10 years ago. It is an organic pesticide that is still being used extensively in the farming of a lot of vegetables and fruits, as stated by Dr. Philip Landrigan from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC, the study’s co-Author.

These 4 chemicals, together with manganese and fluoride has been added to the list of 5 other neuro toxins identified in 2006 by Dr. Landrigan and Dr. Phililipe Grandjean of the Harvard School of Public Health.  The other 5 neuro toxins are polychlorinated biphenyls, lead, arsenic, methylmercury, and toluene.

What Harm Does Chemicals Do to the Developing Brain?

Landrigan notes that infants’, developing fetuses’ and young children’s neurological health is more under threat by industrial chemicals than that of an adult and below is the explanation.

The first few weeks of pregnancy is the time when an embryo forms the cells and structures that would later become the spinal cord and the brain. This means that this crucial time is when the young person’s central nervous system is being formed and if some of the chemicals somehow gets into the developing brain, whether it may be methylmercury or lead, it can disrupt the processes in the brain’s development or can even kill young brain cells. When this happens, irreversible damage occurs as the brain’s cells do not regenerate once they die. Landrigan says that this can lead to a reduced intelligence or shortened attention span.

Researchers do know that the increase in conditions like autism and ADHD could be related to an increase in awareness about them, it is not difficult to see that other factors could also be related.

Landrigan says that they noted an increase in the diagnoses of neurodevelopmental conditions related to the increased production and release of synthetic chemicals into the environment over the last 4 to 5 decades. He also says that their research shows that there is a direct link showing how the chemicals he listed has been linked to the neurodevelopmental problems in children.

How to Decrease the Effects of These Chemicals?

At present time, the US has no specific means to know the possible health effects of substances before they make their way to the marketplace, says Landrigan. He also says that this problem must change to decrease the levels of toxins in the surroundings.

Though Landrigan suggests more means to decrease the chances of the chemicals from affecting the brain and neurodevelopment of fetuses, infants, and young children in his study, what we can do as consumers is to be mindful of health news like this and take a proactive role in protecting our children and ourselves.
With the increasing number of safe products in the market, there is no excuse to continue risking your health or your children’s health. Cheers to protecting your divine right to health!


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