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said Saïd Amin (@said) replied to varjavand (@varjavand) on Pinned comment
Mersi for the concern and well-wishes Varjavand-jaan.

Sounds like an informative book that I should read. Thanks for the heads-up.
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varjavand varjavand (@varjavand) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I hope there is nothing seriously wrong with your father. I wish him well and a long happy and worry-free life.
That is not probably a problem that arises at older ages. All the cases, Dr. Sullivan discusses in his book are related to younger individuals who think they have physical disease while the test results show otherwise. Reading this book is helpful to manage such cases and to discern the unexplainable phenomena that medical science has yet to uncover and more importantly to understand the relationship between body and mind.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
"The hardest thing, Dr. O’Sullivan explains, is to tell a patient that he is not suffering from what he believes is a disease. It may be a psychological problem that is, in fact, rooted in his mind."

I am literally in the midst of dealing with such a situation. My 87 year-old father is convinced, and I mean convinced that he has cancer. We have done blood work, scans, repeatedly...as in, every two or three weeks (or so it feels like), but nope...he's still convinced that he's terminally ill and that more tests are needed. Alas, I don't fight it and just go with the flow, providing him the space to vent/complain about his condition and worries. Telling him that he's wrong (based on test results) is futile and usually only aggravates our dynamic, so instead, I keep it positive and celebrate all that we have to be grateful for...like, this moment.
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varjavand varjavand (@varjavand) on Pinned comment
The bodily reactions to emotional incidences, such as fear, anxiety, stress, failure, rejection, are normal and do not indicate any illness. However, such reactions are severe, they result in illness that often impairs or alters somatic functions. Instilling positive mental attitudes is an effective mechanism to help these patients with the process of healing. Helping a patient to develop positive attitudes is quite helpful; however, many doctors overlook this simply because they do not either believe in the healing power of positive thinking, or they simply have not mastered the art of doing so.
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Cyrus___ Cyrus___ (@Cyrus___) on Pinned comment
Most soy is nasty. Avoid in general.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
A missed opportunity for this country!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
A far-reaching interview that covers lots of ground. From America's standing in the world, China's rise, Citizens United, labor, challenging the status-quo and more. Part I can be found here: promarket.org/eliot-spitzer-u-s-never-will-ability-hold-powerful-account/

ES: "Let me state it in a less purely cynical way—it’s not that I’m not cynical, trust me. The status quo is enormously powerful. Very few people really want to look at it and say, “The system’s not working. We’ve got to do something different.”

If you’re an elected official, what brought you to the dance is what you want to keep doing. By definition, you’re there as a consequence of the current system, so how bad can it really be?"

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The Democratic party is slogging its way left and having an intense, but much needed debate about its values, priorities, agenda. This is encouraging. I'm also hopeful that momentum eventually builds around the repudiation of special interests/big money -- riddance of such funding would help optics (confidence in our politicians/system) and should help cynical, would-be voters to get off the sidelines and participate. And not to mention, if a politicians funding is overwhelmingly from micro/small donations, it should steer them towards working more impact-fully (and truthfully) for the people. If a politician can't inspire enough people to donate a few bucks to fund their campaign, should they be running anyway? Big money often props up hand-picked politicians (artificially) that we, the people, are hardly inspired by. Kick out the big money and we'll likely have a better crop of politicians to choose from.




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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Man, this was a tough/sad read. Unless I missed it the article did not disclose actual numbers for how prevalent hymen reconstruction surgery is.

The full study can be downloaded here: bit.ly/2wkrMzI
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realDonaldTrump realDonaldTrump (@realDonaldTrump) on Pinned comment
I hear only bad people get bitten by misskeetoes. Mo Brooks was right.
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Manupok Manupok (@Manupok) on Pinned comment
I used rupharma.com before, can recommend them for the cognitive enhancement products.
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Matan Matan (@Matan) on Pinned comment
I used to take Noopept on a daily basis. It did help with concentration but you cannot take it continuously. I stopped after almost 3 months. Now I just take them when needed when the workload is high.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
"quite pigmentally challenged"
Ha! Funny :)
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Entrepreneur Entrepreneur (@Entrepreneur) on Pinned comment
Such an unexpected death! From an energy drink... I, myself drink a lot a coffee and never think of the risks I'm taking while consuming too much caffeine.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
I was a young boy visiting West Africa when I first saw a person with albinism. Between the shock/confusion of seeing this and feeling really uncomfortable with the unfamiliar settings, I repeatedly begged my mother that we take the next flight back to the States. I was scared. By the end of our 3 week trip (which was great!), the site of seeing people w/ albinism became quite normal.

It's really great that AlJazeera is educating their readers about people with albinism and especially the persecution that they continue to endure. Were it not for these two articles I would still be referring to people with albinism as 'albinos.'

Thanks for sharing.
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) replied to ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Unfortunately is always the poorer people that pay the high price. Serious environmental crises are looming everywhere. The technology to produce greener energy is there but the will is not.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
It's getting more and more interesting how these words "ab va hava" keep popping up in people's daily lives in today's Iran's.
From lack of adequate drinking water in big (and small) cities, to drying up of lakes and rivers, to quality of air in most cities,... the environment and our patterns of consumption in Iran are not exactly healthy or sustainable.
The unprecedented environmental crisis of Islamic Republic has also produced unprecedented protest movement of its own, very distinct from the 80's protest movements in how these recent protests are community based, autochthonous, with a leaderless model.
"Ab va Hava" in Ahvaz has not been good lately.
Pollution has diminished and destroyed Ahvaz and people are not happy campers anymore.




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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Thank you for sharing your personal experience. Unfortunately money and greed have destroyed our planet earth beyond repair.
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MashGhasem MashGhasem (@MashGhasem) on Pinned comment
Back in the days in Ghiasabad, they used to say "a little pain really doesn't hurt" but times have changed!
With all the advances made it looks like there's no more excuse or reason for any pain, related with sex (unless you're into S&M, but that's another story!).
Though some still believe a little pain really doesn't hurt!

8 Reasons It Hurts During Sex—And How To Fix It
www.prevention.com/sex/better-sex/solutions-for-painful-sex
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Psychologist Psychologist (@Psychologist) on Pinned comment
"A lot of people masturbate in order to go to sleep—crank it, wank it, splooge, boom, go to sleep." - Jim Pfaus

There you have it... "scientific" mod :|
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FitFanatic FitFanatic (@FitFanatic) on Pinned comment
The opioid epidemic killed more than 33,000 people in 2015. The NYTimes recently took a closer look at America’s opioid crisis nyti.ms/2i0ck3x
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