Medical Xpress – Scientists shed light on the tight connection between mental and physical health



How do you feel right now, in general? Pleasant or unpleasant? Crummy, calm, or jittery? Somewhere in between?

Northeastern’s Lisa Feldman Barrett and her colleagues have discovered the system in the brain where those basic feelings originate.

The new findings, published last month in the journal Nature Human Behavior, could help solve mysteries regarding the tight connection between mental and physical health, including the neurological drivers behind the opioid crisis. Deciphering those mechanisms would open the door to developing more effective remedies. The findings could also revolutionize our understanding of how we make decisions, leading to more considered choices in areas ranging from the law to the economy.

“This paper really breaks down the barrier between mind and body,” says Barrett, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern. “It shows that the two are not separate, that the system that is important for creating and representing feelings is also important for thinking and remembering, paying attention and decision-making, and so much more. Feelings, in other words, are part of any mental event—any action, any thought, judgment, perception, or decision. They are properties of consciousness.


Two unified networks

The new brain system comprises two unified networks, each of which loops through various brain regions.

The two networks work together to keep your body’s systems—immune, cardiovascular, metabolic, and so on—in equilibrium as you respond to both internal and external “stressors,”—that is, everything from hunger and noise to transitioning from sleeping to waking or even standing to sitting. Such regulation is called “allostasis.” At the same time, these networks create the sensations inside your body—the general feeling states that thrum below the surface. That phenomenon is called “interoception.

When these feelings are very intense, these networks create emotions ranging from sadness to glee.

“This system both regulates the body and manufactures the sensations in the body that result from that regulation,” says Barrett. “But this system is not specific to allostasis and interoception.

The two networks that make up the system are at the core of the brain.” Among the wide array of psychological functions they support are social and physical fear, social affiliation, empathy, moral judgments, memory, attention, and decision-making. The networks also contain the brain cells that integrate senses external to the body, including sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

“These networks had been shown to be important in many , but we showed that, whatever else they are doing—helping you think, remember, pay attention or see—they are also regulating your body and creating feelings,” says Barrett. “For centuries, the mind was thought of as a battleground between emotion and rationality. Then the neuroscientist Antonio Damasio famously argued that rationality and emotion are both important for wisdom. But there is no ‘both.’ The division between rationality and irrationality is artificial; your brain isn’t wired like that at all.”


Addressing the opiate crisis

The researchers performed the research in three steps. First, they analyzed anatomy studies that trace the connections between brain regions in macaque monkeys to verify that the circuitry—the hard-wiring—of the system did in fact exist. Next, they evaluated the brain scans of nearly 700 human subjects to assess how the regions regulating the body related to one another. “We asked the question: Where is there synchrony in neural firing across the brain?” says Barrett. “That led us to these two networks that overlap each other, and that are responsible for regulating the body and generating feelings.”


Finally, they validated their results by showing another group of human subjects evocative pictures as they measured their skin conductance and asked about their level of arousal. Those with a stronger connection between the two networks—indicated by neural synchrony—also experienced more arousal when their physiological arousal in the body was higher. So people with a more tightly connected allostatic-interoceptive system were better able to bring together body regulation with feelings, allostasis with introception.


The discovery of this system may shed some light on the opiate crisis. “People are taking opiates to regulate the distressful feelings that come from a dysregulation of the body,” says Barrett. “Pain is an emotional experience—it is unpleasant feelings associated with actual or potential damage to the .


People may start taking opiates for physical pain, but these drugs work best not at diminishing the electrical signals of tissue damage—called nociception—but at reducing distress, at dampening the unpleasant that accompany nociception. We live in this soup of low-grade stress that is very bad for our bodies. Opiate drugs turn down the dial on this consistent crummy feeling.

Our findings could spur research into trying to better address the opiate and other health crises.”



Patrick Kennedy :- A Common struggle



A Common struggle, Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried


“Amy and our young children are what keep me on my spiritual journey of recovery and hope.  In fact, they are probably the only reason I am still alive.  They remind me every day of our most underappreciated treatment for these illnesses: love and faith.

They also remind me of the biggest reason to fight for mental health parity.  My own children are at considerable genetic risk, just as I was, of developing mental illness and addiction.  

Which means that they can, and must, be part of the first generation in American history to have their brain diseases treated like every other disease.

Our children must be part of the first generation for which routine doctor visits includes a “checkup from the neck up”.

My goal is to change the way we talk about mental illness and addiction in this country, move the conversation from a painful existence debate to a more useful and forward looking discussion about proper diagnosis and care. 

The sad truth is that while we still have so much to learn about the brain, most patients don’t even benefit from what we already know. 

More than half the people who have been diagnosed with any mental illness do not get treatment at all.  It is time to for this to change.

My hope is that by writing about and exposing the worlds I get to visit, I might be able to make your journey less isolated.  

These struggles are much more common than most people realize, but too many of us still face them alone, if we face them at all.  

That isn’t necessary, it isn’t healthy, and it isn’t how any of us want to live our lives.

I believe more than ever than ever, that we have the power to change the world for people who have mental illnesses and addictions, and for all of those whose lives are touched by these brain diseases – which is to say, all of us.

In fact, I have bet my life on it.”




  1. CBS This Morning
    • Patrick Kennedy shares secret family struggles in “A Common Struggle”
      Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy writes of his own mental illness and addictions, but he also looks at his parents’ problems with alcohol and his mother’s depression. Kennedy believes his father, Ted, suffered from post-traumatic stress after two of his brothers were assassinated. Kennedy joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he decided to reveal the Kennedy family secrets.
      Published on :- 2015-Oct-5th
    • Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s youngest child, has a new memoir that digs deep into his long history of mental illness and addiction. It is a story other family members did not want him to tell. His brother, Ted Kennedy Jr., called it an “inaccurate and unfair portrayal of our family.” Kennedy joins the second hour of “CBS This Morning” to discuss why he co-wrote “A Common Struggle.”
      Published on :- 2015-Oct-5th
  2. Maria Shriver
    • Architects of Change: Patrick Kennedy & Maria Shriver
      Published On :- 2106-Jan-13rd


Poorna Bell – Dear men, this is what the women in your life want you to know ….




  1. ‘My husband was a secret heroin addict’




I used to be married to a wonderful yet complicated man named Rob. He worked as a science journalist, we had a house and a dog, and one day we planned to have children. He also suffered from depression since he was a child, and developed a formidable opiate addiction as a means, I believe, to self-medicate that illness.

In May 2015, he took his own life, unable to see a future in which he wouldn’t still be fighting his illness, unable to reconcile what he thought he was versus what he believed a man should be.

In one of his last messages to me, he said he couldn’t live with being bankrupt, an addict, mentally ill. This speaks heartbreaking volumes of how he saw himself at the end – someone no longer valuable to society.

He had forgotten his huge intellect, his stunning ability to name any species of bird or plant he came across, his kindness, generosity, friendship. His immense capacity to love, which came without conditions or limitations.

As a man on the cusp of 40, he struggled with a lot of things other men do – being a good partner, making money, one day being a dad – but more often than not, those worries were kept hidden beneath a veneer of nonchalance, jokes and ‘everything’s fine’.

However, he would always be the best listener and advice-giver to anyone who needed help.

Men are more likely to develop addictions than women. If you are a man, the thing most likely to kill you, if you are under 45, is yourself. And yet we don’t seem to knit together all of these things to figure out why this is the case.

The idea of self-medicating your own illness to the point of death is preferable, it appears, to asking for help. Because admitting you can’t do it alone goes against the expectation we have for you as men: that you are supposed to fix everything, do everything and deal with your darkest worries in silence.

In an attempt to make sense of Rob’s death, I wrote a book called Chase The Rainbow, which is part memoir, part journalism, to give context and make sense of what is happening to our men.

As part of my research, I spoke to Alistair Campbell who campaigns for awareness around mental health, and to end stigma. He said simply that if a person was still here, then anything was possible. And if they weren’t, then nothing was possible.

What I am here to say, on behalf of all the women in your lives, is that we don’t want your silence. Your silence, quite literally, is killing you.

It shouldn’t have to take a death for anyone to realise this. It shouldn’t have to take a number as terrifying as that suicide statistic to make us really examine what we need and want from our men.

What we need from you isn’t your ability to take out the rubbish or mow the lawn. Or be stoic and silent in the face of adversity. Or even be the breadwinner.

What we want from you is to still be here. Because if you are here, then we have a chance of changing things, and if you aren’t, then all we can do is build on your legacy. It seems unthinkable that the future of boys and men are built on the bones of others, but until that number goes down, it will keep happening.

I remember asking Rob a lot, if he was okay, because he didn’t seem to be. And nine times out of ten, he insisted he was fine. The truth would only emerge when he had reached a situation of such desperate proportions, I wondered why his real emotions always only came out after paying such a high price. He lost his house, dog and eventually, me.

I don’t think I ever truly understood his shame or his loneliness, and I wish he had given me the chance. When I asked him once, why he couldn’t talk to me until it got really bad, he couldn’t articulate it. He just said: “I… can’t.”

He kept convincing himself he could fix it all and I would never have to know about the real extent of his problems.

I don’t think he ever understood what I wanted from him; what any wife, mother, daughter, sister or friend wants from any man in their lives. We don’t want perfection. We don’t expect you to have it all figured out anymore than we do. We don’t expect you to never make mistakes, or never feel sad, small, vulnerable or lonely.

The parts we tend to love most about you are not your rough edges, or your ability to keep a stiff upper lip. It is your softness, kindness; your ability to trust us with your hearts; to cry in front of us. These are not failings because they make you more than a man: they make you human.
We do you a disservice by writing you off as simple and straightforward. You grow up in the same world we do, and yet we paint you as emotionally one-dimensional. You are complex, your waters run deeper than we can imagine. If we are capable of softness and strength, then why do we imagine you aren’t?

The story I love most about my father is that he wrote poetry for my mother when he worked long shifts at A&E. The thing I loved most about Rob was his habit of placing flowers on my bedside table while I slept so I would wake up to the scent of freesias.

The women in your lives love you for a thousand reasons. I doubt any of them has anything to do with your ability to carry heavy things. We don’t expect you to only share your successes, your power, your strength. We need you to share your pain, your fears, your worries.

Because for those of us left behind, who have lost our men, there is not a day that passes when we don’t wish they were here. So we could tell them that those expectations are not realistic, that no one can hold all of their worry and concern inside, and that’s not what we want from them anyway.

What we want, above anything else, is but the sharpest of wishes: that they were still here.


Dissociative Identity Disorder


  1. Herschel Walker – Dissociative Identity Disorder
    • Discussion with Herschel Walker, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman ( his ex-wife ), and Jerry Mungadze ( his therapist )
    • Uploaded On :- 2010-Apr-28th
    • DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder 1 of 2
    • DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder 2 of 2
  2. Kanaan Ministries – Foundational Understanding of Mind Control – Dissociative Identity Disorder
    • Dissociative Identity Disorder



Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker is widely regarded as one of football’s greatest running backs. He led the University of Georgia to victory in the Sugar Bowl on the way to an NCAA Championship and he capped a sensational college career by earning the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Herschel spent twelve years in the NFL, where he rushed for more than eight thousand yards and scored sixty-one rushing touchdowns.

But despite the acclaim he won as a football legend, track star, Olympic competitor, and later a successful businessman, Herschel realized that his life, at times, was simply out of control. He often felt angry, self-destructive, and unable to connect meaningfully with friends and family. Drawing on his deep faith, Herschel turned to professionals for help and was ultimately diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

While some might have taken this diagnosis as a setback, Herschel approached his mental health with the same indomitable spirit he brought to the playing field. It also gave him, for the first time, insight into his life’s unexplained passages, stretches of time that seemed forever lost. Herschel came to understand that during those times, his “alters,” or alternate personalities, were in control.

Born into a poor, but loving family in the South, Herschel was an overweight child with a stutter who suffered terrible bullying at school. He now understands that he created “alters” who could withstand abuse. But beyond simply enduring, other “alters” came forward to help Herschel overcome numerous obstacles and, by the time he graduated high school, become an athlete recognized on a national level.

In Breaking Free, Herschel tells his story — from the joys and hardships of childhood to his explosive impact on college football to his remarkable professional career. And he gives voice and hope to those suffering from DID. Herschel shows how this disorder played an integral role in his accomplishments and how he has learned to live with it today. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge.

Kanaan Ministries ( South Africa – SA )


Amanda Buys, Kanaan Ministries, South Africa, is the instructor.



  1. Captive Spirit
    • The following is an extract from the latest course ACTS (Advanced Counsellors Training School). For the complete course – there are 23 DVDs and 3 manuals, which can be purchased from our office, please contact our office:
    • Parts
      • Captive Spirit – Part 1
        Published On : 2016-May-27th
      • Captive Spirit – Part 2
      • Captive Spirit – Part 3
  2. Foundational Understanding of Mind Control
    • Foundational Understanding of Mind Control – Part 1
      Published on :- 2016-May-30th
  3. SRA / Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) Advanced Training Sessions
    • SRA / DID Advanced Training Sessions 1 – 3
      Added On: 2017-Jan-16
  4. Neshamah – Journey to Freedom
    • Amanda Buys, Kanaan Ministries, South Africa, is the instructor in this video seminar on the Neshamah and is supplemental to the teaching “Understanding Neshamah in Counseling DID/SRA”. It was recorded in January of 2013.
      Published On :- 2013-Sep-27


Captive Spirit

Captive Spirit Part 1

  1. The enemy comes against the Counselor and places fear in his heart and mind
    • Every new level comes with his own level of intimation
    • Balance between Faith and Fear
  2. Isaiah 42:22
    • But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
  3. Wound Type
    • It is a Spirit wound [ Segment 11 ]
      • It is not just a soul wound
      • Once it gets into captivity, it is both a Soul and Spirit wound
  4. The Captive in the Tower
    • The enemy takes advantage of these moments of great suffering and trauma to capture a fragment/piece of us and takes us prisoners in his kingdom
    • When a person suffers from intense trauma, regions of fear capture his spirit and soul
  5. In her youth, she suffered through an alcoholic father
    • She built a stronghold
    • Others those it was just stubbornness

Captive Spirit Part 2

  1. Lord, I repent that I did not run to you
    • Proverbs 18:10
      • He also who is slack in his work Is brother to him who destroys.
        The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.
        A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own imagination.…The name of the Lord is a strong tower

Captive Spirit Part 3

  1. Lies of the Evil one
    • Isaiah 28:16-18
      • A Cornerstone in Zion
        …Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed.
        He who believes in it will not be disturbed.
        I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place.
        Your covenant with death will be canceled, And your pact with Sheol will not stand;”
  2. Repeated Transgressions
    • Prisons of Sin
      • Sexual Immorality


SRA / Dissociative Identity Disorder ( DID ) Advanced Training Sessions

  1. Now people can say that I have prayed, but how do they live
  2. The physical traits of the fruit can be there and exists, but how is being expressed
    • They can be pray
    • But how does that person live?
  3. Really have to live and pray
  4. The way we live is a testament to God’s ability to change lives
  5. It is not just about sitting in Church every Sunday and making sure that I keep that sit…
    • That is a joke
    • That is playing a Church
  6. Am I changing the community around me
  7. Am I there for my neighbor
  8. It does not matter what my skin color is
  9. It does not matter what my Political Party is
  10. Checked
    •  I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming, and he has no claim on Me. ( John 14:30 )
  11. Anointing
    • If you want Authority before the Lord, it is based “On how are you Living
    • It does not mean my gifts
      • I can be very gifted, but not have any anointing


Screen Shots

Fruit of the Spirit

Definition ( Segment Part 1 – 25th Minute )


Anointing Is



TIM MULLANEY – How Gilead ‘broke’ Obamacare


As someone who is decidedly apolitical, it is always a solace to follow that “confirmation bias”.


Opinion: How Gilead ‘broke’ Obamacare


The cost surge in the exchanges is about a few drugs — and it’s fixable

The news that Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Humana are pulling back on commitments to sell insurance on was greeted with utterly predictable reactions: Republicans yelling that they told us Obamacare wouldn’t work, while Democrats say the GOP has cried wolf about the Affordable Care Act for years.

But no one is listening to what Aetna AET, -0.69% and United UNH, -0.11% actually said: The problem’s not really Obamacare. Their biggest challenge in individual insurance is the cost of super-expensive new drugs, especially to fight hepatitis C and HIV — both markets dominated by erstwhile Wall Street darling Gilead Sciences GILD, -1.28% .

The fight over the exchanges is everything wrong with Washington in a nutshell, because it’s clear that a large percentage of the problem is something specific and fixable, but no one is listening because the answer doesn’t fit ideological preconceptions.

The two biggest insurers leaving the exchanges say the No. 1 problem is specialty-drug costs. That problem is fairly narrow and already beginning to go away. And the comprehensive solution Obamacare needs can begin when Washington reads five whole earnings reports for insurers, including Anthem ANTM, -0.43% and Cigna CGN, -10.83% , who aren’t cutting their exchange sales.

Which Washington, collectively, won’t do.

Let’s run numbers first. UnitedHealthcare Aetna and Humana HUM, -0.61% will lose $1.5 billion to $2 billion on federal and state insurance exchanges this year — a pittance next to the $3 trillion health-care system, or even the companies’ nearly $300 billion in yearly revenue. Those three companies beat second-quarter profit estimates by an average of seven cents a share. Threatened they’re not.

Here’s what they say about why they’re losing money. Cause, outside D.C., facts matter.

“The severity of chronic conditions inside the population actually increased year-over-year,” UnitedHealthcare Chief Operating Officer Daniel Schumacher said. “If you look at the prevalence of chronic disease, things like HIV and hepatitis C, diabetes, [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease], those are things that the prevalence was high to begin with in 2015, and that has increased into 2016.”

Aetna said its losses were driven by “specialty pharmacy,’’ a segment revolutionized by the arrival of super-expensive HCV drugs (up to $94,500 per patient) beginning in 2013. Its fix is far from ditching insurance for the roughly 25 million people Obamacare now covers: It just wants the feds to include drug expenses in ACA formulas letting insurers share risks of the highest-cost patients, as they share hospital costs now. Cost-sharing makes the law’s ban on discrimination against sick people possible.

“There is no way to fix this unless we include pharmacy… and we find a way to cover these individuals,” Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini said. “These people need this care, and it’s appropriate that they get it.’’

This is where we get to Gilead, the world’s largest maker of both HIV and hep C drugs. (About two-thirds of Gilead’s sales come from hep C drugs, and its HIV medicines aren’t cheap either). And to where official Washington might learn something from watching the markets.

The market is suppressing Gilead’s stock because the surge of hep C drug sales will be temporary, not the “death spiral” cable-news pundits see. As Gilead’s chart shows, shares surged after 2011, when it bought a startup that developed its HCV portfolio. But then Gilead crested and turned down, for a few reasons.

First, competing drugs arrived, pressuring Gilead’s prices. (Gilead spokesman Mark Snyder says “most payers receive substantial discounts,” with the biggest for Medicaid and the Veterans Administration). Second, because Gilead, Merck MRK, +0.01% and AbbVie ABBV, -0.33% are rapidly curing the estimated 2.4 million to 3.5 million HCV carriers — most of whom don’t know they have it — which causes 20,000 annual U.S. deaths. About 650,000 Americans have been cured since modern treatments arrived.

And only 30,000 new cases occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control — because blood-donor screenings have eliminated the main cause of transmission. Most of those people got HCV from pre-1992 transfusions. I was one. So demand is already shrinking outside the exchanges.

Indeed, weekly prescriptions for Gilead’s HCV drugs are down 30% in the last year, according to Barclays. Overall sales of $12.4 billion last year, and $8.5 billion this year, will drop to $3.3 billion by 2020, analyst Geoff Meacham says. Similarly, new U.S. HIV infections are down 19% in the last decade.

This is why Washington shouldn’t panic — not about HCV, and not about Obamacare. It’s why headlines like “Obamacare’s Economic Assumptions Collapse” are as silly as claims that inflation is skyrocketing and America is heading for a Greek-style fiscal crisis. That these claims are made by the same people is no coincidence. And it’s why “broke” is in quotes in the headline.

There’s a reason insurers don’t want Obamacare ended. They want cost-cutting mergers like Aetna’s proposed Humana deal, which regulators are blocking, and drug-cost sharing. (Congress will also have to add money to lower subsidized premiums and add moderate-income young people to the risk pool).

The law’s Medicaid expansion helped United’s $30 billion Medicaid-insurance business grow 15% in the second quarter — almost five times United’s losses on They can handle growing pains.

Fixing Obamacare isn’t that hard. It just begins with the hardest Washington task of all: Shutting up, for one minute, to listen.


  1. Gilead’s Earnings: Diving Deeper Into The Numbers With $84,000 Sovaldi Drug