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Has Abuse Occurred in Your Workplace?

Has Abuse
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When someone mentions “workplace violence,” what do you envision?  An initial assumption can be far different than the reality.  For instance, anyone can abuse (including females) and workplace abuse can take place in the very organizations that exist to protect people from abuse.  How can that be?  And what can be done about it?  I’ll let the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explain…
“Workplace violence is any…
  • physical assault,
  • threatening behavior,
  • or verbal abuse occurring in the work setting.

“Workplace Violence Includes:
  • Psychological traumas
  • Intimidation
  • Harassment of  any nature
  • Being  followed, sworn or shouted at
  • Threats or obscene phone calls
  • Beatings, Suicides, Near-suicides, Stabbings, Shootings, Rapes"

  • Making false, malicious or unfounded statements against coworkers, supervisors, or subordinates which tend to damage their reputations or undermine their authority
  • Verbal harassment; abusive or offensive language, gestures or other discourteous conduct towards supervisors, fellow employees, or the public
  • Disorderly conduct, such as shouting, throwing or pushing objects, punching walls, and slamming doors
  • Verbal threats to inflict bodily harm; including vague or covert threats
  • Attempting to cause physical harm; striking, pushing and other aggressive physical acts against another person"

What are the risk factors?
  • Lack of...recognizing and managing escalating hostile and aggressive behavior…"

What are the administrative and work practice controls to implement?
  • State clearly to…employees that violence will not be tolerated or permitted
  • Establish liaison with local police and state prosecutors
  • Require employees to report all assaults and threats
  • Trauma-crisis counseling
  • Critical incident stress debriefing
  • Employee assistance programs to assist victims
  • Early recognition of escalating behavior or warning signs"

What kinds of records should be kept?
  • Incidents of abuse, verbal attacks, or aggressive behavior
  • Information on [those] with history of violence"

What is the economic impact of workplace violence?  It’s astounding...
  • "Costs 500,000 employees 1,175,100 lost work days each year
  • Lost wages:  $55 million annually
  • Lost productivity, legal expenses, property damage, diminished public image, increased security = $ billions

You are precious cargo—when someone mishandles their responsibilities toward you, they are the responsible offender.  If someone in authority claims to believe victims, but then does not take immediate and appropriate protective action, victims can report the workplace abuse to all known agencies in authority, until someone takes appropriate action—including law enforcement and the state employment security department.  Victims deserve protection from those who are harming them, especially since an abuser’s actions never reflect who the victims are—but are a direct reflection of who the abuser has chosen to be.

Tiny House Wisdom: Andrew Morrison at TEDx

Love Andrew's speech...makes the soul sing to see this discussion on TEDx! ❤

PlantPure Nation, a Documentary

I love Dr. T. Colin Campbell's family...
1)  Watch the trailer above.
2)  Go to the Kickstarter. ❤


Thanks to Jennifer Esposito's post—which crossed my path as I've been dealing with my own funky health issues (even though I eat one of the healthiest diets on earth)—I requested the MTHFR blood test.  Lo and behold, it revealed that I have two copies  (homozygous) of the MTHFR gene mutation A1298C.  What?
I'll let Dr. Erlich explain...
"There is much confusion about MTHFR genetic mutations...  Consequently the majority of people unknowingly carry a genetic mutation that can contribute to significant health issues—health issues that can be minimized by just taking a couple inexpensive B vitamins.
"What does the MTHFR mutation do?  Having a MTHFR mutation means that the enzyme that converts folic acid into it’s activated form (5-MTHF) acts sluggishlyHaving two defects at the same point makes it more sluggish than just having one...  Thus when an enzyme is sluggish, the biochemical reaction that relies upon it occurs slower than it should.  When one pathway is working slower than others, the other pathways that depend upon it either back up or find a detour to shunt their excess product...usually not as efficient, using more energy (ATP)...often causing new problems to be managed.
"The MTHFR enzyme metabolizes folic acid into 5-MTHF, needed to combine with homocysteine to break it down and to facilitate methylation processes in the body...
"Methylation is required for many processes in the body, from breaking down histamine, seratonin and dopamine to turning DNA on and off. Consequently, having a defective methylation capability is associated with...autoimmunity disorders.  Defective methylation can come from not having the 5-MTHF or not having enough B12, so the disorders and symptoms associated with the MTHFR mutations often overlap with those due to B12 deficiency. Many may simultaneously have deficiencies in both.
"While I don’t test every one of my patients for the MTHFR mutation, I certainly try to test everyone...as these disorders are all too common, this explains why I end up ordering MTHFR testing, as well as B12 levels, on the vast majority of my patients. 
"I find that knowing your MTHFR status is far more empowering than it is scary. It allows you to provide your body with what it needs to function most efficiently and hopefully prevent disease. Finding that you have a mutation, or even two, also encourages you to get your other family members tested. Parents and siblings may likely also carry this mutation and often benefit greatly from the additional knowledge and support."
So...nutrition training taught us to ideally only take a Methyl B12 supplement, unless labs showed a need for otherwise—but even then, to first attempt obtaining them via whole food/sunlight.  But now, due to the MTHFR lab result, the doctor has suggested a few additional supplements, to see which can do the work that the double gene mutation cannot.  In a couple months, I hope to know.  ❤

Bamboo Goodhew

Soft, comfy, and full of natural fibers, it's been lovely stocking up on Goodhew's when they're on sale. Crafted in the USA, using good practices, they keep the toes (tootsies) toasty.  I know this is still a challenging issue for vegans, so if you have a more ethical natural sock, please, please pass it along! 

Gluten-Free, Jennifer's Way

A delectable (early) Christmas package arrived fresh from New York.

These cookies are simply exceptional (and the bagels are divine!).

Deep thanks go to Jennifer Esposito's (tasty + hardworking!) GF bakery.

Jennifer's Way and MTHFR

For those of us who have struggled with the mysterious challenges of celiac disease, Jennifer Esposito's advocacy on this front is heroic.  Her blog post on MTHFR is brand new to me, but has me researching it as we speak.  Deep thanks to @JennifersWayJE. ❤

Breaking the Depression Code

with Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., author of the upcoming book, Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, due to release on January 27th, 2015. ❤