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Don't Let Hostility Double Your Risk of Heart Disease

I suspect you're well aware how negative emotions can slow down your body's natural ability to heal itself. In particular, one of those negatives -- hostility -- has been linked to a greater incidence of heart disease among men.

Although researchers found no link between hostility and heart disease in women, men who feel high levels of hostility doubled their risk for such problems. By the way, hostility is quite a different animal than aggression or rage, scientists said. Among its characteristics:

  • An impatience and resentment toward others.
  • Impaired follow-through on instructions or doctor's suggestions.
  • Cynicism.
  • A suspicion of the motives of others.

A suspected cause of the problem: Men may be more prone than women to reacting to stressors in their environment.

Thankfully, you don't need a toxic antidepressant to tame those out-of-control emotions if you address them by learning a non-invasive and effective energy psychology tool like the Emotional Freedom Technique.

You can also turn to the power of prayer for help to calm down such strong feelings. So many studies have documented its value, in fact, I believe it's criminally negligent not to recommend it.

Heart, Vol. 91, No. 12, December 2005: 1609-1610

Yahoo News November 24, 2005

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