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Reading and Healing

“Story-telling has long held a place of prominence in American culture, but only recently has come to be viewed as a having a role in the practice of American medicine … anthropologists, artists, writers, psychologists, physicians and historians … explore the role of stories in medicine and healing.”

“Narrative is gaining recognition in medical schools”.

“Being able to collect better stories from patients helps physicians become better practitioners … Stories are how we get to know each other and how we make sense of our world. When patients read stories about others whose experiences are similar to their own, they know they are not alone.”

From: phys.org

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Books never sleep

“Books are the best teachers. They impart knowledge without laughing at our ignorance and stupidity. They never sleep nor do they need food. The onus is on parents and teachers to make youngsters aware of this.”

“When taught to read at a young age, children tend to visualise, imagine and conceptualise better. Their ability to concentrate is heightened, along with their ability to write. All these abilities would definitely be affected if a child is not encouraged by the teacher or parent to take up a book and read.”

“Constant exposure to television, visuals on cellphones and internet could also lead to neurological impairments and dyslexia amongst children…”

More: m.timesofindia.com

Books, nutrition for the soul

“Books are nutrition for the soul.

When creative participation is required, imagination engaged, the experience reaches beyond dubious sustenance to gourmet richness.

Reading is fundamental. Fundamental to learning, yes; but also to thinking. To creativity and imagination, as applied in a very practical sense to life, to work, to growth.

According to the National Literacy Trust, regular book readers have not only better vocabularies, but also more confidence and greater understanding of other people, issues, and cultures. Reading also benefits society; book readers are also more likely to engage in their communities and be better decision makers.”

More: http://m.cdapress.com/columns/sholeh_patrick/article_f75c53b8-2123-504d-9b34-504af35261b3.html

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Bibliotherapy

The “Center for Fiction—a nonprofit that holds readings and events, gives writers office space and promotes the general celebration of literature—called A Novel Approach, in which writers and editors involved with the center (“bibliotherapists”) will give you a 45-minute consultation dealing with the life crisis of your choice and prescribe a year’s worth of reading to help you get through it. …

people who consider themselves serious readers believe that reading is “making their lives better, and that they are becoming better human beings through reading”.

From: http://observer.com/2013/02/how-literature-saved-my-psyche-attending-a-book-themed-therapy-session-at-the-center-for-fiction/

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Smart Meters. Cancer. Privacy.

Smart meters. They are installed by water companies, and electricity providers.

“Feeling anxious about the high energy microwaves beaming out constantly from these deadly devices? Having nightmares about DNA damage, and fascistic intrusion from ‘your’ power company? … In many states, the power companies send the police along with the installers to force you to submit… In many reports, the home owners are intimidated, roughed up, threatened, abused, and arrested for standing up for their rights against the minions of GUS and ‘big power’. … So what i will do is to put a little ‘cap’ of folded aluminium foil over the broadcast bulb of the smart meter. … it shuts off the microwaves as a source of health degrading energies in my local environment.” Read more: http://www.halfpasthuman.com/smartmeters.html

Smart meters may be not only deadly, they are also intrusive:

“Depending on the functionality of the meter, the smart meter may be able to track how much electricity is used within each room of the home, as well as how much is used by the various new smart appliances in your house. Just as the smart meters can communicate wirelessly with devices such as TV sets or tablets to show you your electrical consumption, they also communicate this information with the power company, which keeps records about the volumes and patterns associated with your daily life. The implications for personal surveillance are staggering.” Read more: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2013/02/14/refusing-smart-meters-to-protect-your-health-and-privacy/

So, you want electricity but not cancer? You can wrap yourself, or the smart meter, in sheet metal. You can stop paying your bill, and maybe they will remove the meter. But, what then?

Some have found a solution:

Chick Lit bad for your health

“New research reveals that chick lit ‘heroines’ like Bridget Jones make women feel worse about themselves.

Most women assume that a dose of Bridget Jones can only make them feel better about themselves.But new research has revealed that spending time with self-scrutinising chick lit characters like ‘our bridg’ is actually more likely to have a negative effect on women’s confidence and body image.

A study by Virginia Tech university has found that reading books in which the lead character worried about her weight made women uncomfortable about their own body image.”

More: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2274368/Does-book-make-look-fat-Chick-lit-heroines-like-Bridget-Jones-bad-health.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

If Chick lit depresses you there are books that can help: https://spywriter.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/the-best-medication-is-a-book/

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Reading fiction aloud is therapeutic

The “Liverpool-based charity The Reader Organisation … seeks to bring about a “reading revolution” by encouraging people to read poetry and novels aloud to each other.

The Swiss linguist and thinker Ferdinand de Saussure describes language as a form of treasure that is shared with others when we speak. Treasure is also something that can be hoarded. If you keep all the good words – the rich, descriptive, wild long words – to yourself then you retain their high value. Share them with the masses and you end up … with the linguistic means to create a society of equals, which is exactly what the hoarders of social and cultural capital don’t want.

…the benefits of reading in company as described by one woman: “Doctors and stuff aren’t always what you need. Other people can help too.

“The accumulated experience of peers and equals, all of whom have been in the same boat at one point or other, is shared to the benefit of everyone. It’s hard to think of a more powerful, not to mention empowering, sentiment.”

More: http://m.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/01/reading-fiction-friends-therapeutic

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The best medication is a book

“People suffering from anxiety, depression or relationship problems will be offered self-help books on prescription from their” doctors, “it was announced today.

Those suffering mental health issues will be given written prescriptions to visit their local library…

The initiative … will result in every public library having a designated list of texts for problems ranging from “anger” to “worry”.

Other areas of expertise include “relationship problems”, “sleep problems”, “social phobias”, “stress”, “binge eating” and “bulimia nervosa”.

Each book has been assessed as “effective” in helping combat mental health problems”…

More: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9839458/GPs-to-prescribe-library-books-to-combat-anxiety-depression-and-relationship-problems.html

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Read fiction to be a good person

Yet another study finds reading fiction makes us better persons:

“During the act of reading engaging fiction, we can lose all sense of time. By the final chapter of the right book, we feel changed in our own lives, even if what we’ve read is entirely made up.

Research says that’s because while you’re engaged in fiction — unlike nonfiction — you’re given a safe arena to experience emotions without the need for self-protection. Since the events you’re reading about do not follow you into your own life, you can feel strong emotions freely.

The Dutch study found that good fiction—the kind that sucks you in with characters you can identify with—can have a lasting effect on a person’s expression of empathy. Bad fiction, the kind you can’t really get into, has exactly the opposite effect.”

More: http://www.healthline.com/health-blogs/healthline-connects/reading-fiction-increases-empathy-013013

SpyWriter Jack King, the author of:
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Depressed? Literature more effective than pills

“Reading books is more effective than pills or therapy when it comes to treating depression, according to a study published in Plos One. The research studied a sample of 281 patients in the UK with mild symptoms divided into two groups. The first group were given a self-help book that followed the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, while the second group underwent a series of traditional therapies based on therapy sessions and antidepressants. After four months, the group that read the CBT guide showed greater signs of improvement. CBT concentrates the patient on the present, rather than analysing and re-living memories and childhood traumas. The therapy helps to identify and modify thought disorders and irrational mental patterns.”

More:
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0052735
http://www.west-info.eu/cbt-books-the-best-therapy-for-depression/

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