Health Front: The Health Benefits of Good Deeds

By DR. JERRY DeCAPUA, Two Rivers Tribune Contributing Writer

There are many benefits to helping other people in your community. In a book titled “The Healing Power of Doing Good,” author Allan Luks points out ten things that can happen to us when we are selflessly benevolent:

1. Good deeds decrease the effects of both psychological and physical disease, especially those diseases of the heart and nervous system.

2. Rush of euphoria, (helper’s high), & a powerful endorphin release (natural painkillers), followed by calmness.

3. Improves stress related health problems. Reverses depression, gives social contact, decreasing feelings of hostility & isolation. A drop in stress decreases lung constriction, asthma attacks, overeating & ulcers.

4. Enhances joyfulness, emotional resilience, vigor & reduces the sense of isolation.

5. Assisting others decreases the awareness & intensity of physical pain.

6. Chronic hostility & bitterness is reduced. That is good for cardiovascular and stomach conditions.

7. When we remember a good deed, health benefits & well-being return for hours or days.

8. Increase in self-worth and optimism, while there is a decrease in helplessness & depression.

9. Establishes friendships & positive bonds. These emotions strengthen the immune system.

10. An altruistic lifestyle is critical to mental health.

Pharmaceutical Giant vs. Massachusetts

Just before a ban on a powerful painkiller was expected to expire in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration attempted to impose sweeping restrictions on prescribing the painkiller Zohydro. The controversial opioid drug that is as addictive as heroin was soon to be released without restrictions. Governor Patrick singled out Zohydro in declaring a state of emergency last month to confront the state’s growing opiate addiction epidemic. The Governor banned any pain reliever that has hydrocodone as its sole active ingredient and that could be susceptible to abuse.

Nearly 30 states asked the FDA to reject Zohydro’s release as a pain killer, which is five times more powerful than Vicodin. But Zogenix, the pharmaceutical corporation, did not want a ban or any restrictions on their infamous painkiller. Zogenix challenged the ban in federal court and won its release, and has no further comments to make about it. The judge that overturned the state’s ban this last week, said that Governor Patrick overstepped his authority in controlling the drug.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine did just approve a half (half-wit) measure to restrict prescriptions until a risk assessment and pain management agreement with patients is completed. A Prescription monitoring program would also monitor the number of times the drug is prescribed. However, these half measures could not possibly measure abuse. An intelligent addict could pass the assessment and evade the monitoring process. The risk management assessment and pain management contract would really benefit the prescribing physician, whose malpractice liability would be diminished, by mere contract paper.

Meanwhile, the commonwealth of many states are watching Massachusetts to see if any serious restrictions can be made on one of the most powerful and addicting drugs ever to be unleashed.

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June 20th, 2014

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