Our Bodies, Our Fears

Written by Ransy Reynis

Our Bodies, Our Fears

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As they reach forrepparttar duct tape, Americans say they’re more anxious than ever. Scientific research about how our brains and bodies process fear can teach us how to live with long-term stress

By Geoffrey Cowley NEWSWEEK

Feb. 24 issue — Anthony Lepre started feeling awful almost as soon as Tom Ridge putrepparttar 127660 nation on high alert for a terrorist attack last week. The normally well-adjusted Los Angeles chiropractor started tossing and turning instead of drifting off to sleep at night. He awoke inrepparttar 127661 middle ofrepparttar 127662 night short of breath, his heart pounding. Andrepparttar 127663 sound of his telephone seemed a sure sign of bad news.

BY MIDWEEK, HE was rushing off to Costco to stock up on fruit juice, bottled water, peanut butter, canned tuna “and extra food for my cats Monster, Monkey and Spike.” He also picked up a first-aid kit, six rolls of duct tape and a bulk package of plastic wrap to seal his windows. “The biggest problem was that I felt helpless,” he says, “completely powerless overrepparttar 127664 situation.” The health-conscious 46-year-old even found himself chomping pizza and sweets, figuring a few treats would help him “forget aboutrepparttar 127665 situation for a while.”

And so it went for millions of Americans. The recent barrage of bad news—nukes in North Korea, snipers in Maryland, a failing economy, an imminent war, a threat of domestic terror—has left this privileged nation feeling unusually vulnerable and uncharacteristically anxious. Gas masks and biohazard suits are selling as briskly as duct tape and plastic sheeting. Winter vacations are on hold. Psychotherapists are working overtime. And even people who soldiered on after 9-11 are now blinking. Thirty-five-year-old Kateria Niambi, a lifelong Brooklynite who works as a marketing director in lower Manhattan, never thought of leaving New York duringrepparttar 127666 grim fall of 2001. Yet she recently bought a house in suburban New Jersey and now plans to pack up her two daughters and move. “It was like, ‘Where can I go that my kids will be safe?’ ” she says.

Straddling the Science/Magic Line: A Look At Magnetic Therapy

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

What'srepparttar difference between science and magic? It's our understanding of what makes something happen.

If magic is hocus-pocus, science is simply well understood hocus-pocus. Fire? Solar eclipse? Volcanic eruption? Earthquake? Once we can explain it, it becomes science. But sometimes we're stuck straddling that science/magic line.

Consider magnets.

Remember when you were a kid back in elementary school and you first discoveredrepparttar 127659 wonder of magnets? What a thrill it was to explorerepparttar 127660 possibilities! There's nothing like messing with natural forces to spark a child's imagination.

Thirty five years later, I'm still fascinated by magnets. Magnetic therapy has been used for thousands of years in Asia and Europe. Some believe that magnets help restorerepparttar 127661 flow of blood throughrepparttar 127662 capillaries, therefore assisting inrepparttar 127663 flushing of toxins that may accumulate due to injury or illness. Magnets have been used to relieverepparttar 127664 pain of arthritis, carpal tunnel, migraines, joint injuries, menstrual cramps, and much more. There has been some research inrepparttar 127665 last couple of years indicating that magnetic therapy may offer relief to those suffering from depression and attention deficit disorder.

Yet we're not sure how--or if--this really happens. It's got to be some kind of placebo effect, right? We're all looking for simple solutions to help us feel better. Sometimes we want things to work so much that they actually DO. Does that mean it's all a bunch of hooey?

I've learned a lot about magnets since my husband started developing and distributing Bodylinx, a line of inexpensive magnetic bracelets. Tom stated right fromrepparttar 127666 beginning that he wanted to downplayrepparttar 127667 jewelry's possible health benefits. He likesrepparttar 127668 bracelets because they’re fun—you can play around withrepparttar 127669 magnetic links and rearrange them. Though he remains reluctant to promote a healing property he doesn’t really understand, some of his customers are strong advocates magnetic therapy.

We believe whatever we tell ourselves. If we want to think that a bracelet helps our arthritis, we are free to believe that. And if it turns out to be true, did it work because we believed it or because there is some kind of science/magic at work?

As important as it is to question our beliefs regularly, it's also crucial that we become willing to suspend disbelief. Fifty years ago, nobody would have believed that we'd have spacecraft landing on Mars and sending us digital images ofrepparttar 127670 craters there. As a species, we have broken barrier after barrier by daring to believerepparttar 127671 impossible one small idea at a time.

We need to accept that there may be therapies that work even if we can't prove they do or understand how it happens. This doesn't mean we have to be gullible or stop questioning. We simply need to entertainrepparttar 127672 possibility.

Whenever possible, I like a hefty dose of science to back up my beliefs. There is a magnetic field present on our planet. Fortunately, we don't often shoot out into space and have to deal withrepparttar 127673 physical effects of that. What about those who do?

Rememberrepparttar 127674 early days of space exploration? We had to wait several hours after splashdown beforerepparttar 127675 astronauts appeared at any press conferences.

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