Chronic pain and depression perpetuate one another, good article from Harvard Mental Health Letter

(This article was first printed in the September 2004 issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter. For more information or to order, please go to following is an excerpt that sounds very much like my own chronic pain and resulting depression/inability to focus on anything but constant physical pain in my ears mouth and jaw: (Read whole article by clicking  here.)

“…Brain pathways

The convergence of depression and pain is reflected in the circuitry of the nervous system. In the experience of pain, communication between body and brain goes both ways. Normally, the brain diverts signals of physical discomfort so that we can concentrate on the external world. When this shutoff mechanism is impaired, physical sensations, including pain, are more likely to become the center of attention. Brain pathways that handle the reception of pain signals, including the seat of emotions in the limbic region, use some of the same neurotransmitters involved in the regulation of mood, especially serotonin and norepinephrine. When regulation fails, pain is intensified along with sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety. And chronic pain, like chronic depression, can alter the functioning of the nervous system and perpetuate itself.

“If at first you don’t succeed,” a poem on failure by Unknown….

Failure doesn’t mean – “You are a failure,”
It means – You have not succeeded.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You accomplished nothing,”
It means – You have learned something.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You have been a fool,”
It means – You had a lot of faith.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You don’t have it,”
It means – You were willing to try.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You are inferior,”
It means – You are not perfect.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You’ve wasted your life,”
It means – You have a reason to start afresh.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You should give up,”
It means – “You must try harder.

Failure doesn’t mean – “You’ll never make it,”
It means – It will take a little longer.

Failure doesn’t mean – “God has abandoned you,”
It means – God has a better way for you.


Quote of the Day: “Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignorance.” –Lilly Calandrello

“Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignorance.”

–Lilly Calandrello

Donnell Century Farm in Spring Creek, Madison County, Tennessee has local, hormone-free beef in West Tennessee

If you live in West Tennessee and would like to try locally raised, hormone-free angus beef, I suggest you contact the Donnell Century Farm, located in the Spring Creek Community of Madison County, near Jackson, Tennessee by clicking or calling the numbers below, or visit their booth at the Jackson, TN West Tennessee Farmers Market:

Donnell Century Farm All-Natural Angus Beef Email: email us here
Andrew & Jessica Donnell
3764 Hwy 70E
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 427-3059 h
(731) 693-1676 c

Register to Vote by October 6!!! You Can Register to vote here! It’s easy, try it, you’ll be glad you did.


click here for Tennessee-specific voter registration and election info.

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OCTOBER 6 is the TN Deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming Presidential Election!!!!!!


At the poll, voters can show any ID with signature or voter registration card to vote. However, if you are a first time voter that registered by mail you are required to show your voter registration cards, drivers’ license, or photo id with your name and signature.

If you have none of these IDs then you must show two of the following forms of ID. One from each group.

Group A

  • valid photo ID government or private
  • current utility bill
  • bank statement
  • government check
  • pay check
  • government documents with your name and address
  • .Group B

  • Any document with voters’ name and signature (credit card)
  • Or sign an affadavit of ID form provide by the pollworkers.
  • Federal Reserve and Treasury ask Congress for permission to buy $700 BILLION in bad loans to “avoid recession…”

    Great idea, increase the American taxpayer’s already daunting burden with the purchase of $700 BILLION in bad debt….I gues that will somehow save some companies, but I don’t see how it can possibly help joe public keep his house form being foreclosed on or get a raise.¬† Scary.¬† Read Washington Post article about this here.

    Read world-renowned Harvard economist, Greg Mankiw’s take on the AIG bailout, here.

    World-renowned Harvard Economist, Greg Mankiw, had the following to say about US Taxpayers bailing out international banks and insurance companies on Monday: (see his post in its original format by clicking here.)

    More Capital for the Financial System

    Doug Elmendorf and Paul Krugman seem to agree that the government should be putting capital into banks and other financial institutions, in exchange for a share of bank equity, rather than using taxpayer dollars to buy bank assets that no one else wants at prices no one else will pay.

    See also Sebastian Mallaby, who conveys this proposal:

    Raghuram Rajan and Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago suggest ways to force the banks to raise capital without tapping the taxpayers. First, the government should tell banks to cancel all dividend payments. Banks don’t do that on their own because it would signal weakness; if everyone knows the dividend has been canceled because of a government rule, the signaling issue would be removed. Second, the government should tell all healthy banks to issue new equity. Again, banks resist doing this because they don’t want to signal weakness and they don’t want to dilute existing shareholders. A government order could cut through these obstacles.”