Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Microbiome Impact


In addition to helping with digestion, your microbiome, especially the bacteria in your gut, appear to impact a range of bodily functions, from immune defenses to the production of vitamins, anti-inflammatory compounds, and even chemicals that relay messages among brain cells. Estimates are that many Americans, maybe more than 100 million, experience symptoms such as irregular bowel movements, abdominal discomfort related to gas or bloating, and sometimes constipation or diarrhea. Reportedly, 70-80 percent of your immune cells are located in your GI system and connect with and send information to the central nervous system and to other body organs. The bad news is that this is “old news,” that has not been widely disseminated or that has been forgotten or ignored. (https://www.physiology.org/doi/full/10.1152/ajpgi.1999.277.5.G922)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Microbiome and Dementia



 By now you probably already know that humans are composed of a Genome (chromosomes and genes); an Epigenome (everything that is not genetics); a Virome (all the viruses in your body, some ”good” and some “bad”); and your Microbiome (all the bacteria and other organisms in your body, some beneficial and some harmful). It is beginning to appear that the bacteria in your “gut” are way more important than previously thought. According to David Brownstein, M.D., researchers in Japan found that individuals with dementia had a very different gastrointestinal microbiome compared with dementia-free older adults. This raises questions about the role of “bad gut bacteria” not only in dementia but also with an increased risks for other conditions such as obesity, asthma, and type 1 Diabetes.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Importance of EQ


Importance of EQ

My brain’s opinion is that Emotional Intelligence is a required course for success in every aspect of life—and a next class is always available. That can be both amusing and challenging. Just when I think I’ve got a new EQ skill pretty well integrated into my life, another one pops up that I never even considered. In addition, as one researcher put it, EQ homework is challenging and the exams are often tough to pass—sometimes you have to retake the exam one or more times! Because of this, many drop out, failing to realize how high levels of EQ can be exponentially helpful in every area of life. You can do it, you know. It’s a mindset. Some have said, “I’ve done such-and-such my whole life and I don’t think I can change.” Heavens to Betsy. They may have been successful but the research is that EQ can increase one’s success. Build he skill and see how it impacts your success. In addition, you can role-model EQ to others and that may give them a leg up.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Answer for EQ Question Six


Answer for EQ Question Six

ü Enjoy the challenge and pay raise

This is a very complicated EQ decision and is predicated on “all things being equal…” If you decide to go along with the temporary involuntary transfer (for any number of reasons) then the smart decision is to avoid complaining and whining and asking “Why me?” (Why not you? You may be the best person for this job.) Marking time and waiting for the promotion may never materialize if all you are doing is marking time and waiting—that soon becomes obvious to at least some individuals. If the job market is good and you believe you can quite easily obtain another comparable job or if there is a compelling family reason that you need to consider, so be it. Whatever you would choose, however, avoid burning bridges behind you because “six degrees of separation” has been touted as falling to “three degrees of separation” (due to social media), and word can travel quickly . . .

Thursday, June 20, 2019

EQ Question Six


EQ Question Six

After an involuntary and temporary transfer to a project with a new boss in a remote area (albeit with a pay hike and a promotion possibility), you:

1. Mark time waiting for a promotion
2. Enjoy the challenge and pay raise
3.   Complain or whine and ask “Why me?”
4. Jump the gun, resign, and look for new job

Which option represents the highest level of EQ?

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Answer for EQ Question Five


Answer for EQ Question Five

ü Evaluate their comments, accept the challenge, and learn the lingo

No one brain knows everything. Period. It is impossible! And every brain that falls within the bounds of a relatively normal brain (although I dislike the term “normal” because every brain is different and the word itself just means commonly occurring) can learn new information if he or she chooses to do so. Asking them to keep their opinions to themselves just ensures that I will have no helpful feedback to help me learn and grow (unless they ignore that request). Since I am very clear that my brain doesn’t know everything, I am very comfortable chuckling and saying something like: “Obviously, I don’t know the lingo. However, I’m very willing to learn it and will appreciate any help you can give me.” And then, whether they help me or not, I learn what the lingo means in that genre. In the process, my brain will be stimulated and challenged for the better. Ignoring another person is likely one of the most unkind and damaging things one can do to another human being because it marginalizes them. Would I ever transfer to another venue? I have done so when it became clear that “knowing the lingo” was not the issue; rather the “clique” was unopen to anyone new in the department or to me in particular. Since my brain doesn’t cotton to every brain on the planet, I accept every brain won’t cotton to mine. It is what it is.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

EQ Question Five


EQ Question Five

When co-workers comment that you obviously are not very smart since you don’t know the lingo, you:

1     Ignore them

2     Ask them to keep their opinions to themselves

3     Transfer to another department

4     Evaluate their comments, accept the challenge, and learn the lingo

Which option represents the highest level of EQ?