It was one hundred years ago this week the right for women to vote didn't pass, the front page Miami News-Record article Cheryl Franklin illustrated. The topic for the emancipated at the Miami Women in Business luncheon presented by Northeast Tech's Sara Stephens was the Myers Briggs Type Indicator MBTI Self Assessment. Carl Jung inspired the mother and daughter who developed the instrument to help people understand and I believe to value their own preferences by using Jung's theory of psychological types.

While sitting with the women at the round tables, I was remembering back to those books in the long hallway in the house where I grew up and how those books had influenced my life. The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud but more so The Human Mind by Karl A. Menninger because handwritten in the front and back pages were lines composed by Kahlil Gibran, the philosopher from Lebanon. The blend of both psychology and philosophy would influence me more than I ever dreamed, leading me to major for a time in each at different colleges.

And there we were linking back to Carl Jung who through his lifetime became such a well known and quotable psychologist who said, "The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." While with Menninger: "Hope is an adventure, a going forward, a confident search for a rewarding life." As the session proceeded our group members moved across the room to settle in with people who admitted their preferences and got more comfortable in knowing themselves.

Two of LEAD's Lay Health Advisors who are friends from another life came by this week to pick up one of the PUR water filters, since one was recovering from congestive heart failure. I made a batch of cookies for them, actually a batch of 5 cookies. It is my new way of resisting temptation, and living a healthier life by just cooking a few and a few more another time. My father had a diagnosis of diabetes when he was my age, so I am trying to change my ways.

Some researchers are finding a couple of other links to diabetes that have nothing to do with food. Something I had no idea about was the relationship with social isolation and diabetes. Dr. Carla Perissinotto, a geriatrics researcher at the University of California, San Francisco expressed, "One theory is that too much time alone might lead to increased stress and inflammatory reactions in the body. Stress hormones are thought to influence how the body processes glucose, or sugars, and may contribute to the development of diabetes." Could it also be that stress can also come as, “Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.” - C.G. Jung

People who have many close relationships with friends and family members may be more motivated to be socially engaged, physically active and follow a healthy lifestyle, Dawn C. Carr, a researcher at Florida State University Carr said.

By contrast, people who live alone may have less motivation to cook healthy meals, get out and exercise or do other things that can keep us healthy.

“We need to nurture important relationships and be sure that we take our social health as seriously as our physical and psychological health,” Carr advised. “This is something we need to cultivate throughout our lives.”

We all know that the Tar Creek Superfund site's contaminate of concern is lead, but where there is lead there is also often arsenic in our environment. A new study reports that chronic exposure to arsenic interferes with insulin secretion in the pancreas, which may increase the risk of diabetes.

Long-term exposure to higher levels of environmental arsenic has been linked to cancer, heart disease, and other health problems and ingestion of large doses can be lethal. While sub-toxic levels of arsenic may not be fatal, they can still be dangerous, and researchers suggest "the metabolic risk imposed by arsenic is likely underestimated."

Learning how arsenic changes the signaling for insulin secretion is important to exploring future strategies for reducing diabetes risk, the research team explained. Furthermore, these findings suggest that arsenic-induced diabetes risk may be reversible if policies are enacted to reduce environmental exposure. All the more reason to push EPA to clean up this site!

The Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin is a treasure of an art museum, but until March 3 it has a unique exhibit of Native American Contemporary art, featuring pottery by Richard Zane Smith and 17 others. Linda Sue Warner, Jill Micka, Wanonia Schmidt and I attended the opening reception. The show will amaze you as it did us.

Take a ride, take some friends and discuss those pieces on the way home and way in the night as the images return continuing to impact you. "Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity" ~ Khalil Gibran.

Widen your circle, it is good for you and will help prevent diabetes, who would have known? The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. Karl A. Menninger

Adding you to my circle.

Respectfully Submitted ~ Rebecca Jim

Rebecca Jim is the executive director of the LEAD Agency (www.leadagency.org).