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This message is about human interaction; it is vitally important to both women and men...

The following has been going around the net and it was directed to my attention a number of times, recently.  Unfortunately, I am unable to identify/confirm its source, but it is essential advice.

"In a class given at Stanford, the last lecture was on the mind-body connection–the relationship between stress and disease.  The speaker (head of psychiatry at Stanford) said, among other things, that one of the best things that a man could do for his health is to be married to a woman whereas for a woman, one of the best things she could do for her health was to nurture her relationships with her girlfriends.  At first everyone laughed, but he was serious.

Women connect with each other differently and provide support systems that help each other to deal with stress and difficult life experiences. Physically this quality “girlfriend time” helps us to create more serotonin–a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and can create a general feeling of well-being.  Women share feelings whereas men often form relationships around activities. They rarely sit down with a buddy and talk about how they feel about certain things or how their personal lives are going.  Jobs? Yes.   Sports? Yes.  Cars? Yes. Fishing, hunting, golf?  Yes.  But their feelings? Rarely.  Women do it all of the time. We share from our souls with our sisters, and evidently that is very good for our health.  He said that spending time with a friend is just as important to our general health as jogging or working out at a gym.

There’s a tendency to think that when we are “exercising” we are doing something good for our bodies, but when we are hanging out with friends, we are wasting our time and should be more productively engaged–-not true.  In fact, he said that failure to create and maintain quality personal relationships with other humans is as dangerous to our physical health as smoking!  So every time you hang out to schmooze with a gal pal, just pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself for doing something good for your health!  We are indeed very, very lucky.   Sooooo, let’s toast to our friendship with our girlfriends. It’s very good for our health.


Also note: 

Depression can be associated with being at higher risk for Parkinson’s and other diseases.  For instance, a study, published in the journal, Neurology, found that the "rate of Parkinson’s disease among people with depression was almost three times that of people without it. Among people with depression, those who were hospitalized and those whose depression was recurrent were at higher risk, suggesting that the more severe the depression the greater the risk."

Bakalar N. "Depression Tied to Increased Risk of Parkinson’s Disease." NY Times May 20, 2015 

Methods: Using data from nationwide Swedish registers, we conducted a matched-cohort study of 9,430 vagotomized patients (3,445 truncal and 5,978 selective) identified between 1970 and 2010 and 377,200 reference individuals from the general population individually matched to vagotomized patients by sex and year of birth with a 40:1 ratio. Participants were followed up from the date of vagotomy until PD diagnosis, death, emigration out of Sweden, or December 31, 2010, whichever occurred first. Vagotomy and PD were identified from the Swedish Patient Register. We estimated hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) using Cox models stratified by matching variables, adjusting for country of birth, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, vascular diseases, rheumatologic disease, osteoarthritis, and comorbidity index.

Results: A total of 4,930 cases of incident PD were identified during 7.3 million person-years of follow-up. PD incidence (per 100,000 person-years) was 61.8 among vagotomized patients (80.4 for truncal and 55.1 for selective) and 67.5 among reference individuals. Overall, vagotomy was not associated with PD risk (HR 0.96, 95% CI 0.78–1.17). However, there was a suggestion of lower risk among patients with truncal vagotomy (HR 0.78, 95% CI 0.55–1.09), which may be driven by truncal vagotomy at least 5 years before PD diagnosis (HR 0.59, 95% CI 0.37–0.93). Selective vagotomy was not related to PD risk in any analyses.

Conclusions: Although overall vagotomy was not associated the risk of PD, we found suggestive evidence for a potential protective effect of truncal, but not selective, vagotomy against PD development.

  • Received November 21, 2016.  Accepted in final form February 21, 2017. Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology.  This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND), which permits downloading and sharing the work provided it is properly cited


Collaborative model of healthcare

  1. "It is possible to screen for and treat depression in the primary care setting.
  2. Collaborative care for depression can succeed in diverse settings with a range of staffing combinations, patient demographics, and physical layouts.
  3. Centralized data support is essential to drive operational workflows and quality improvement across multiple sites."

Black J, Chokshi DA, GouldM, Singer J. "Collaborative Care for Depression in a Safety-Net Health System." Catalyst  NEJM.org , Case Study, May 24, 2016


What are your thoughts? Do your friends keep you healthy?  

P.S. I'll bet women more than men know what I'm talking about.

The above speaks to the bio-psycho-social model of health care and it's from: "Women's Success Coaching; Live Your Potential." [Last accessed 9/7/10] If you can identify the original source, please let me know; I'd like to give it the proper attribution.