Sunday, August 31, 2014

Heatlh & rejection

Today, during ABC (Apply Bottom to Chair) or RESEARCH,
I found this interesting information on REJECTION.

This scene of the Admonitions Scroll shows an emperor turning away from his consort,
his hand raised in a gesture of rejection and with a look of disdain on his face.

Social rejection has a large impact on a person’s health. An unsatisfied need to belong would inevitably lead to problems in behaviour as well as mental and physical health. Numerous studies have found that being socially rejected leads to an increase in levels of anxiety. Additionally, the level of depression a person feels as well as the amount they care about their social relationships is directly proportional to the level of rejection they perceive. Rejection has an impact on the emotional health and well being of a person as well. Overall, experiments show that those who have been rejected will suffer from more negative emotions and have less positive emotions than those who have been accepted or those who were in neutral or control conditions.

In addition to the emotional response to rejection, there is a large effect on physical health as well. Having poor relationships and being more frequently rejected is predictive of mortality. Also, as long as a decade after the marriage ends, divorced women have higher rates of illness than their non-married or currently married counterparts. In the case of a family estrangement, a core part of the mother’s identity may be betrayed by the rejection of an adult child. The chance for reconciliation, however slight, results in an inability to attain closure. The resulting emotional state and societal stigma from the estrangement may negatively impact psychological and physical health of the parent through end of life.

The immune system tends to take a very impactful hit when a person experiences social rejection. This can cause severe problems for those with diseases such as HIV. One study investigated the differences in the disease progression of HIV positive gay men who were sensitive to rejection compared to those who were not considered rejection sensitive. The study, which took place over nine years, indicated significantly faster rate of low T helper cells, therefore leading to an earlier AIDS diagnosis. Interestingly, they also found that those patients who were more sensitive to rejection died from the disease an average of 2 years earlier than their non-rejection sensitive counterparts.

Other aspects of health are also affected by rejection. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure increase upon imagining a rejection scenario. Those who are socially rejected have an increased likelihood of suffering from tuberculosis, as well as dying by suicide. Rejection and isolation were found to impact levels of pain following an operation as well as other physical forms of pain. Rejection and exclusion cause physical pain because that pain is a warning sign to help us survive. As we developed into social creatures, social interactions and relationships became necessary to our survival, and the physical pain systems already exsited within our bodies.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I met him at the Dead Poets Society in 1989.


Robin Williams

(July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014)

Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien – but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most – from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.

- Barack Obama

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sister's Day.

On the first Sunday in August, we celebrate being or having a sister.

Sister's Day is a day reserved to the sister or sisters
whom you distinctly love although you also fairly fight with sometimes.
My two granddaughters Nina (27 months) and Gweni (15 months) are  citizens of Australia and are living an idyllic life with their stay-at-home mum Magi and dad Michael. They are expecting their new sister, Elli, early in November.
Making faces in the mirror of the grannies' room;
A room with visitors twice a year.

Water-fun in the notorious heat of the Australian Outback.

A sissy-hug op the trampoline.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Day of Mourning, A Day of Hope

In the Jewish nation, and especially in JERUSALEM, the 9 th of Av (4/5 August) has a violent reputation.

Terrorist attack on 9th of Av in Jerusalem.

Tisha B'Av is the day the Jewish nation morns the destructions of their temples. The First Temple was also destroyed on the 9th of Av (423 BCE). Five centuries later (in 69 CE), as the Romans drew closer to the Second Temple, ready to torch it, the Jews were shocked to realize that their Second Temple was destroyed the same day as the first.
According to the Hebrew Bible, Solomon's Temple, also known as the First Temple, was the Holy Temple (Hebrew: בֵּית־הַמִּקְדָּשׁ‎: Bet HaMikdash) in ancient Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount (also known as Mount Zion), before its destruction by Nebuchadnezzar II after the Siege of Jerusalem, when the Jews of the Kingdom of Judah went to exile, known as Babylonian Captivity.

Destruction of first temple. Painter unknown.

Destruction of the second temple. A painting by David Roberts (1796-1849).

The Second Temple was an important Jewish Holy Temple (Hebrew: בֵּית־הַמִּקְדָּשׁ הַשֵּׁנִי‎: Bet HaMikdash HaSheni; Arabic: بيت القدس‎: Beit al-Quds) which stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem during the Second Temple period, between 516 BCE and 70 CE. It replaced the First Temple. Jewish eschatology includes a belief that the Second Temple will in turn be replaced by a future Third Temple.

The Third Temple, or Ezekiel's Temple (Hebrew: בית המקדש השלישי‎: Beit haMikdash haShlishi), is a Jewish Holy Temple architecturally described and prophesied in the Book of Ezekiel, a house of prayer for all people with a sacrificial service. It is noted by Ezekiel as an eternal edifice and permanent dwelling place of the God of Israel on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Good morning, Mr Mandela

I just came from a funeral. Madiba's.
I just finished Zelda la Grange's book on the 19 years she served her Khulu. 

Good Morning, Mr Mandela

On 6 December last year, just after midnight the captain of flight SA7861 on route to Minchin announced that Mr Mandela passed away.

My reaction was relief.
And thankfulness that he could rest.
At last. 
The South African government kept the world in the dark about Mr Mandela's life and death for more than six months by then. We don't know to interpret the official statements. We only know for certain that everything was not as ordinary the statements made then out to be. And the eruptions of lust after power and money from the inner circles, confirmed the undignifying politics that surrounded the issue.    

My personal belief that Madiba died six months earlier was changed by Zelda la Grange's account of the last year of his life. Although Zelda did not saw him during the last six months, she belief the accounts of some of the members of is inner circle that did, including Mrs Graça Machel, the wife that adored Madiba.

Zelda also confirmed the disrespect that Madiba, his wife and some of his dearest acquaintances were bullied with, just as we suspected.

The most vivid example of the disregarding of the humanness of Madiba is seen on this ANC publicity stunt below. This was a disgrace; to  impose on his privacy and to use him when he could not stood up for himself. How shocked we were when this public-exposure-at-all-cost picture appear.

SABC mandela exclusive

Zelda la Grange served as Mandela’s secretary, gatekeeper and constant companion for the best part of 20 years.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The public deaths of two giraffes.

Two very sad giraffe stories . . .

A bid to save a young giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, and the giraffe was put down on a Sunday morning in February.

Thousands of people had signed an online petition appealing for a change of heart over the two-year-old called Marius.

The zoo said it had no choice because of its duty to avoid in-breeding.

Marius was killed by a bolt gun, not a lethal injection, which would contaminate the meat.

A post-mortem examination was broadcast live on the internet.

A crowd of visitors, including children, watched as the carcass was skinned, cut up and fed to the lions.

Those responsible for the death of a giraffe whose head struck a South African highway overpass while it was being transported in a truck will likely be prosecuted under animal protection laws.

Prior to the giraffe accident, startled motorists took photographs of the truck, which was carrying two giraffes whose long necks were visible above the sides of the vehicle.