Shame, shame go away; let us live longer in praise - Kodiak Daily Mirror: Letters To Editor

Shame, shame go away; let us live longer in praise

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019 9:03 am | Updated: 9:05 am, Mon May 13, 2019.

KODIAK — Recently, I learned about a community in the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. The predominantly Italian-American population was studied in the 1950s because — despite their affinity for jugs of wine, meatballs fried in lard and cigars — they had startling vitality. The research done on the community was published in 1964 in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” and found that their close-knit family structure was their secret to longevity. Specifically, the group had much lower rates of heart attack and mortality compared to surrounding communities.

The reason the close-knit structure was effective, researchers believe, is because it cultivated a lower-stress environment. Stress in the mind manifests in the body as disease. Under stress, our reptilian brain produces and releases adrenaline into the bloodstream and it builds into inflammation — a major cause of chronic disease and mortality. 

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