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We often go through life with unnecessary baggage - literally and figuratively. The toxic thoughts in our minds become toxic physical baggage in our brain, and because our brain's are not designed for toxicity, this baggage causes brain damage. Wow, that sounds drastic ... But it's true.
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One of the first lines of defense to a virus or physical injury occurs in the liver, which secretes C-reactive protein which go to the site of injury to help create a temporary "tent" of inflammation. Research shows that we get this exact same reaction to a toxic thought, which is just as physical as the virus or injury! If, however, we don't get rid of the toxic thought, the inflammation stays, turns from something good into something bad, and we have negative toxic baggage that has dramatically increased our vulnerability to illness.
Conclusions Elevated levels of CRP are associated with increased risk for psychological distress and depression in the general population.
Depression is one of the leading contributors to the global burden of disease and the leading cause of disability measured by years lived with disability.1 Although the pathogenesis still is not fully understood, previous studies suggest that low-grade systemic inflammation may contribute to the development of depression.2,3
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a commonly used marker of inflammatory disease when CRP levels exceed 10 mg/L.4,5 When used to study low-grade inflammation and future risk for disease, CRP levels are measured with a high-sensitivity assay. Elevated CRP levels have been associated with psychological distress and depression,6,7 but results are conflicting.8- 11 Cross-sectional population studies with 5000 to 7000 participants have reported an association between CRP levels and depression.12- 14 However, in a cross-sectional population-based study including 9300 participants, the association disappeared when estimates were adjusted for confounding factors, such as chronic illness and body mass index (BMI).15 This finding is supported by other studies,9,11 including a population-based study with 5500 participants.8 In longitudinal studies, a positive association between CRP and depression has been reported by some6,16 but not all10,17 studies. One population-based study with 8100 individuals showed an association between self-reported use of antidepressants and elevated CRP levels.18 Thus, researchers are unclear whether and to what extent elevated CRP levels are associated with psychological distress and depression in the general population.
We tested the hypothesis that elevated CRP levels are associated with symptoms of psychological distress and depression in the general population. For this purpose, we measured CRP levels in 73 131 individuals from 2 independent general population studies and examined the association between CRP levels stratified into 4 clinically relevant categories and symptoms of psychological distress and 3 categories of depression, correcting results for regression dilution bias.
To reduce the influence from confounding, we adjusted our analyses for age, sex, alcohol intake, smoking, physical activity, annual income, educational level, BMI, and register-based chronic disease.
1. "THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT" [Just that. Nothing further. FULL STOP. End of discussion]
2. "WOULD YOU REPEAT THAT SLOWLY?" [insist if they back track. Forces them to listen to the negative absurdity of their statement.]
3. "Are you trying to make me feel bad about myself?"
4. "That's not going to work because I am not going to let it in."
5. . . . [see the link]
In addition, misery loves company, so complainers tend to have friends who also complain, which further reinforces the pattern. Complainers also affect people around them. Ever find yourself sympathizing and sharing your own personal similar experience when someone complains to you about something specific? It can happen easily and unintentionally, even to the least complaining and most positive person. Sometimes this can lead to a long conversation comprising entirely of complaints, ie. focused on politics in a negative way or the fear and anger of what is going on in the world. Ask yourself, how do you feel afterwards?
Prolonged complaining leads to stress, and it’s well documented that prolonged stress makes us sick: weakening the immune system, raising blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, and causing a plethora of other ailments.
Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels (the stress hormone) interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, promote weight gain and heart disease, and increase blood pressure and cholesterol. Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also increase risk for depression and mental illness, and lower life expectancy.