EP 76: What We Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

EP 76: What We Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes the brain to shrink (atrophy) and brain cells to die. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that affect a person’s ability to function independently. 

  • Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.
  • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Drastic and progressive memory decline over time in older adults is not a normal part of aging. There is also an early onset Alzheimers that can start before the age of 65.
  • Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and it gets worse over time. 
  • There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease
  • https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers

The early signs of the disease include forgetting recent events or conversations. As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will develop severe memory impairment and lose the ability to carry out everyday tasks.

People with Alzheimer’s may:

  • Repeat statements and questions over and over
  • Forget conversations, appointments or events, and not remember them later
  • Routinely misplace possessions, often putting them in illogical locations
  • Get lost in familiar places
  • Eventually, forget the names of family members and everyday objects
  • Have trouble finding the right words to identify objects, express thoughts, or take part in conversations
  • https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20350447

What do we know about Alzheimer’s disease

  • We know that the pathophysiological features of Alzheimer’s disease to be an aggregation and accumulation of different forms of amyloid-beta. 
  • Research has shown that when amyloid-beta is no longer properly cleared from the brain, it accumulates and may lead to neurodegeneration long before the first symptoms of AD become visible.
  • It is believed that Alzheimer’s disease is based on the buildup of two proteins in the brain—amyloid-beta and tau—thought to be caused by advanced age and/or genetic factors.
  • https://www.identifyalz.com/en_us/home/pathophysiology/pathophysiology-of-alzheimers-disease.html

What is beta-amyloid?

  • Beta-amyloid is a small piece of a larger protein called “amyloid precursor protein”
  • (APP). Although scientists have not yet determined APP’s normal function, they know a great deal about how it appears to work. 
  • In its complete form, APP extends from the inside of brain cells to the outside by passing through the fatty membrane around the cell. When APP is “activated” to do its normal job, it is cut by other proteins into separate, smaller sections that stay inside and outside cells. There are several different ways APP can be cut; under some circumstances, one of the pieces produced is beta-amyloid.
  • https://www.alz.org/national/documents/topicsheet_betaamyloid.pdf 

Why is beta-amyloid a prime suspect in Alzheimer’s disease?

  • Beta-amyloid is chemically “stickier” than other fragments produced when APP is cut. It accumulates in stages into microscopic amyloid plaques that are considered a hallmark of a brain affected by Alzheimer’s. The pieces first form small clusters called oligomers, then chains of clusters called fibrils, then “mats” of fibrils called beta-sheets. The final stage is plaques, which contain clumps of beta-sheets and other substances.
  • According to the amyloid hypothesis, these stages of beta-amyloid aggregation disrupt cell-to-cell communication and activate immune cells. These immune cells trigger inflammation. Ultimately, the brain cells are destroyed.
  • https://www.alz.org/national/documents/topicsheet_betaamyloid.pdf

Gut and Alzheimer’s disease

There has been recent research showing a potential link between our gut and Alzheimer’s disease. As we have found out, a big portion of our immune system lives in the gut. With this information, it is good to speculate that since a good portion of our immune system lies in the gut and that Alzheimer’s is a disease of inflammation then there may be some relation between the gut and Alzheimer’s. 

Looking at some research we realized that: 

  • Imbalances in gut microbes could contribute to amyloid plaques in the brain, and raise the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers suggest.
  • Researchers noted that previous studies have shown that those with the condition tend to have altered gut microbiota compared to those without dementia.
  • There are numerous lifestyle strategies that can boost gut health, including healthy eating, exercise, stress management, and getting quality sleep.
  • https://www.verywellmind.com/researchers-confirm-link-between-alzheimers-and-gut-5089156#citation-3
  • People that develop Alzheimer’s have a different gut biome than people that don’t
  • People that have Alzheimer’s have different gut biome compared to people without Alzheimer’s

Changes to your diet can play a role in developing Alzheimer’s 

  • Proteins from lean meat and fish, which are broken down into amino acids that form the basis of brain cells.
  • Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains provide important carbohydrates such as glucose, giving the brain much-needed fuel.
  • Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids support the immune system and lower inflammation, and shield your brain from damage.
  • Fermented foods can increase the number of beneficial bacteria in the gut, improving both gut and brain health.
  • Adequate hydration from water, since brain cells require a balance of water and electrolytes for cells to function properly.

We are human beings, not machines. This means that every system and function in our body is linked. Each affects another. We looked at a study that drew a relationship between gut microbiome composition, sleep habits, and cognitive flexibility. Sleep, diet, and cognition have been shown to correlate. 

  • Not only does sleep help your microbiome, but it works the other way as well. A healthy gut will give you a better night of sleep, according to W. Christopher Winter, MD, president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and author of The Sleep Solution.
  • “Sleep disturbances can contribute to gastrointestinal issues, and that can worsen your sleep problems,” he says. “Basically, whatever your goal might be, whether it’s better gut health or improved brain health, it’s easiest to start with establishing good habits around the basics, like sleep, food, exercise, and mindfulness.”
  • https://www.verywellmind.com/researchers-confirm-link-between-alzheimers-and-gut-5089156#citation-3 

Article in science daily stated that:

  • A team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) in Switzerland, together with Italian colleagues from the National Research and Care Center for Alzheimer’s and Psychiatric Diseases Fatebenefratelli in Brescia, University of Naples and the IRCCS SDN Research Center in Naples, confirm the correlation, in humans, between an imbalance in the gut microbiota and the development of amyloid plaques in the brain, which are at the origin of the neurodegenerative disorders characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. 
  • Proteins produced by certain intestinal bacteria, identified in the blood of patients, could indeed modify the interaction between the immune and the nervous systems and trigger the disease. 
  • These results, to be discovered in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, make it possible to envisage new preventive strategies based on the modulation of the microbiota of people at risk.
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201113124042.htm 

A study published on Feb 25, 2021also saw a similar correlation.

  • In this study, we assessed whether behavioral and cognitive performance in 6-month-old AppNL-F, AppNL-G-F, and C57BL/6J wild-type (WT) mice was associated with the gut microbiome and whether the genotype modulates this association.
  • The integrated gut microbiome hippocampal DNA methylation analysis revealed a positive relationship between amplicon sequence variants (ASVs) within the Lachnospiraceae family and methylation at the Apoe gene. Hence, these microbes may elicit an impact on AD-relevant behavioral and cognitive performance via epigenetic changes in AD-susceptibility genes in neural tissue or that such changes in the epigenome can elicit alterations in intestinal physiology that affect the growth of these taxa in the gut microbiome.
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-83851-4 

Foods to avoid when preventing Alzheimer’s

People that don/t develop Alzheimer’s have been shown to eat a more diversified diet. This also includes a diversity of healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat. 

The unfortunate news is that the majority of foods that increase cognitive decline and potentially play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease are also staples in the modern American diet. 

  • White foods: white bread, white flour, white rice, pasta, and sugar.
    • Causes a spike in glucose and insulin potentially causing inflammation and damage to the brain.
  • Processed meats and cheeses: American cheese, can cheese, mozzarella sticks, sausage, canned meats, cold cuts, etc..
    • Build up amyloid in your body.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:42 Episode Introduction
4:33 What is Alzheimer’s Disease
8:03 What is beta-amyloid?
13:27 Gut and Alzheimer’s disease
15:40 Changes to your diet can play a role in developing Alzheimer’s
21:50 Stdy about gut biome relating to Alzheimer’s disease
28:24 Foods to avoid when preventing Alzheimer’s 

CON EP 75: No Nut November

CON EP 75: No Nut November

Benefits of Sex

We’re all adults here so we can admit that sex is great. It’s something that everyone has the urge to do, it’s programmed in nature, and it’s in our genes to procreate. It’s something that we do to keep our species going.

Sex during the pandemic

We took a look at how the pandemic has impacted sex all over the world. When the pandemic hit it forced a lot of businesses to close, a lot of those businesses were where people went to socialize so one can hypothesize that there would be a decline in sex. 

We looked at a meta-analysis that included a review of 34 articles from 18 countries and their finding were quite stunning.

  • About 43% of people had a worsening or a decline in sexual intercourse.
  • About 28% increase in solo masturbation.
  • Increase in desire but no increase in sexual intercourse.
  • 32% of people that had planned on having children abandoned the idea. 
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8254666/

We also took at birth trends from March 2019 to 2020 and there was a decline of 0.91%, about 1.5 million less than the prior year. Which makes sense because people were not sure about the effects of covid 19 on newborns and pregnant women. 

Health benefits of sex

According to the American Sexual Health Association, being sexually healthy means :

  • Understanding that sexuality is a natural part of life and involves more than sexual behavior.
  • Being able to experience sexual pleasure, satisfaction, and intimacy when desired.
  • Being able to communicate about sexual health with others including sexual partners and healthcare providers.
  • Having access to sexual health information, education, and care.
  • http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/sexual-health/

Headache relief

One observational study that looked at 800 migraine patients and 200 cluster headache patients, asking for experience with sexual activity during a headache attack

  • In total, 38% of the migraine patients and 48% of the patients with cluster headaches responded. In migraine, 34% of the patients had experience with sexual activity during an attack; out of these patients, 60% reported an improvement of their migraine attack.
  • In cluster headache, 31% of the patients had experience with sexual activity during an attack; out of these patients, 37% reported an improvement of their cluster headache attack (91% of them reported moderate to complete relief)
  • Researchers concluded that sexual activity can lead to partial or complete relief of headache in some migraine and a few cluster headache patients.
  • https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0333102413476374

Good cardiovascular exercise

The objective of this study was to determine energy expenditure in kilocalories (kcal) during sexual activity in young healthy couples in their natural environment

Just like any physical activity, healthy sex is good for your heart. A study published in January 2015 in the American Journal of Cardiology found that men who had sex twice weekly or more had less risk of cardiovascular diseases, like stroke or heart attack than those who had sex once a month or less.

Helps with menstrual cramps

One study took a look at if there is any benefit of sex for menstruating women.

  • We hypothesized that pain relief evoked by viewing pictures of a romantic partner would be associated with neural activations in reward-processing centers. In this functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, we examined fifteen individuals in the first nine months of a new, romantic relationship.
  • Greater analgesia while viewing pictures of a romantic partner was associated with increased activity in several reward-processing regions, including the caudate head, nucleus accumbens, lateral orbitofrontal cortex, amygdala, and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex – regions not associated with distraction-induced analgesia. The results suggest that the activation of neural reward systems via non-pharmacologic means can reduce the experience of pain.
  • https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0013309 

Makes you happy 

One study we looked at examined how long does the post-sex glow lasts.

  • We explored how long sexual satisfaction would remain elevated following sex and predicted that stronger sexual afterglow would characterize more satisfying partnerships.
  • 214 couples were surveyed
  • Spouses reported their daily sexual activity and sexual satisfaction for 14 days and their marital satisfaction at baseline and 4 or 6 months later. Results demonstrated that sexual satisfaction remained elevated approximately 48 hr after sex, and spouses experiencing a stronger afterglow reported higher levels of marital satisfaction both at baseline and over time.
  • https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0956797617691361 

Porn

It has been reported that porn addiction has been on the rise here in the US. The internet is vastly used. The ease of access to any search puts almost no limitation on what you can view. Porn addiction has become a real thing for 5-8% of men. 

What is porn addiction?

  • People addicted to porn spend at least 11 to 12 hours per week viewing porn.
  • Most people who have a porn addiction say that porn hurts their personal relationships.
  • Many conditions co-occur with porn addiction, including anxiety, depression, sex addiction, social anxiety, and substance use disorders.
  • The prognosis for porn addiction is good with cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling.
  • https://www.apa.org/monitor/2014/04/pornography 

Effects of addiction

The purpose of one study was to examine the relationships between men’s pornography use, both frequency, and problematic use, on their heterosexual female partner’s psychological and relational well-being among 308 young adult college women.

  • Results revealed women’s reports of their male partner’s frequency of pornography use were negatively associated with their relationship quality. More perceptions of problematic use of pornography was negatively correlated with self-esteem, relationship quality, and sexual satisfaction. In addition, self-esteem partially mediated the relationship between perceptions of partner’s problematic pornography use and relationship quality.
  • https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-012-0164-0 

 

CON EP 74: The Effects of Diabetes on Your Body

CON EP 74: The Effects of Diabetes on Your Body

CON EP 74: The Effects of Diabetes on Your Body 

What is Diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body has a problem with turning food into energy.

When you eat food majority of it, for example, carbs, get broken down into something called glucose. Glucose is then used by the body for energy.

Role of glucose

  • Needed for energy and proper cellular function
  • Glucose comes directly from food or is made by the liver (glucogenesis)
  • Glucose hangs out in the bloodstream before being transferred into the cell by insulin
  • When blood sugar is low the liver breaks down glycogen into glucose. 

Role of insulin

  • Produced by the beta cells in the pancreas
  • Insulin is a hormone that circulates in your blood
  • Insulin help cells use glucose for energy

When your body senses an increase in glucose in the blood it notifies the pancreas to produce a hormone called insulin. Insulin then allows your body’s cells to use glucose. Without insulin your body would not be able to use glucose, it is like insulin is the key to the door to let glucose into the cell. 

When you have diabetes your body either doesn’t make enough insulin to counter the glucose or can’t use insulin properly. During this disruption blood sugar stays elevated causing chronic inflammation and leading to other problems like heart disease, eye damage, kidney impairment. 

Currently, there is no cure for diabetes but there are ways to prevent it. Some people are also born with diabetes. 

Diabetes is a chronic dis=sease requiring medication and lifestyle changes, however, when well managed properly the life of a person with diabetes is minimally changed. 

Diabetes facts

Types of diabetes

There are a few different types of diabetes, type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. All are dangerous in their own way and can lead to other health-related problems and even death. 

Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes can affect anyone and it can even start from birth. In type 1 diabetes the pancreas does not produce insulin. The person with type 1 diabetes is going to be insulin dependant because without it cells cannot absorb glucose. 

Type 2 diabetes

In type 2 diabetes either the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin or your body cannot use the insulin properly. Certain people that fall under this category of diabetes can manage their blood sugar with diet and exercise while other people may need medication or even insulin. 

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a little different than the prior types. This diabetes affects pregnant women. We are still unsure what causes gestational diabetes but it doesn’t guarantee that the woman will have diabetes after the birth of the baby. Researchers hypothesis that since there are so many hormones at play during pregnancy that sometimes the mother can get insulin resistance while the child develops inside. 

Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a condition of elevated blood sugars but the blood sugar levels are not high enough to be considered in the diabetic range. This is a warning sign, if you don’t start incorporating better lifestyle habits you may become diabetic. 

Effects of diabetes

Long-term complications of diabetes are associated with a chronic inflammatory state. This causes prolonged damage to the blood vessels and organs, the ones that are affected the most are the heart, brain, eyes, and kidneys.

Heart

  • Over time, high blood sugar can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart. People with diabetes are also more likely to have other conditions that raise the risk for heart disease
  • The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease. It develops over time as the vessels fill with plaque. Atherosclerosis occurs causing a narrowing of arteries reducing oxygen to the heart causing a weakening and straining of the heart muscle leading to heart attacks and strokes. 

Eyes

Brain

  • Research has shown that there is a link between diabetes and dementia. They don’t have an exact rationale behind it but many things it has to do with the heightened levels of inflammation diabetics have. 
  • Even though your brain is responsible for only about 2% of your body’s weight but consumes about 25% of glucose. Some study’s show a reduction of brain volume of people with type 2 diabetes. 

Nervous system

Kidneys

  • When our bodies digest the protein we eat, the process creates waste products. In the kidneys, millions of tiny blood vessels (capillaries) with even tinier holes in them act as filters. As blood flows through the blood vessels, small molecules such as waste products squeeze through the holes. These waste products become part of the urine. Useful substances, such as protein and red blood cells, are too big to pass through the holes in the filter and stay in the blood.
  • Diabetes can damage this system. High levels of blood sugar make the kidneys filter too much blood. All this extra work is hard on the filters. After many years, they start to leak and useful protein is lost in the urine.
  • In time, the stress of overwork causes the kidneys to lose their filtering ability. Waste products then start to build up in the blood. Finally, the kidneys fail. This failure is called ESRD.

Pancreatic transplant

  • Impact of pancreas transplantation on the patient survival – an analysis of the Japanese pancreas transplant registry 
    • Results: 
      • The survival rates at 1, 5, and 10 years on the waiting list were 98.4%, 90.3%, and 78.1%, respectively, while those after transplantation were significantly improved (p = 0.029) at 100%, 97.5%, and 88.9%, respectively. Furthermore, the survival rates of patients waiting for simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation (SPK) at 1, 5, and 10 years were 98.2%, 89.4%, and 75.4%, respectively, while those after SPK were also significantly improved (p = 0.026) at 100%, 94.6%, and 88.8%. The multivariable analysis revealed that the duration of diabetes before surgery was the only independent risk factor (hazard ratio = 1.095, p = 0.012) that affected the patient survival after SPK. 
    • Conclusion:
      •  Pancreas transplantation was found to improve the life prognosis of patients with type 1 diabetes, especially those with end-stage renal failure waiting for SPK.
    • https://www.mdpi.com/2077-0383/9/7/2134/htm 
  • Transplant process
    • The surgeon makes an incision down the center of the abdomen.
    • Next, the surgeon places the donor pancreas on the lower right side of the abdomen attached to the nearby blood vessels.
      • If the pancreas is taken from a deceased donor, then the surgeon removes the pancreas along with a small section of the small intestine.
      • Whereas, if the pancreas is taken from a living donor, the surgeon takes a portion of the body and the tail of the pancreas.
    • The surgeon generally connects the new pancreas to your intestines so its digestive juices can drain.
    • The recipient’s existing pancreas usually remains in their body.
    • https://www.medicinenet.com/what_is_the_success_rate_of_a_pancreas_transplant/article.htm 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/symptoms-causes/syc-20371444

https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes

https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/basics/diabetes.html

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:54 Episode Introduction
2:10 What is Diabetes?
3:50 Role of Glucose
4:06 Role of Insulin
6:13 Diabetes Facts
12:50 Types of Diabetes
18:00 Effects of Diabetes
35:10 Pancreatic Transplant

 

CON EP 73: New Brain Implant Treats Severe Depression

CON EP 73: New Brain Implant Treats Severe Depression

New Brain Implant Treats Severe Depression

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco Health has successfully treated a patient with severe depression by targeting the specific brain circuit involved in depressive brain patterns and resetting them. 

Deep brain stimulation is a promising treatment for neuropsychiatric conditions such as major depression. It could be optimized by identifying neural biomarkers that trigger therapy selectively when symptom severity is elevated. These “Neural biomarkers” are a specific pattern of brain activity that indicates the onset of symptoms. 

Brain implant treats resistant depression

The group of scientists developed an approach that first used multi-day intracranial electrophysiology and focal electrical stimulation to identify a personalized symptom-specific biomarker and a treatment location where stimulation improved symptoms. They then implanted a chronic deep brain sensing and stimulation device and implemented a biomarker-driven closed-loop therapy in an individual with depression. 

Closed-loop therapy resulted in a rapid and sustained improvement in depression. The patient’s depression symptoms were alleviated almost immediately and lasted over the 15 months they had the implanted device. Future work is required to determine if the results and approach of this n-of-1 study generalize to a broader population.

For the next step, Scangos says, “We need to look at how these circuits vary across patients and repeat this work multiple times. And we need to see whether an individual’s biomarker or brain circuit changes over time as the treatment continues.”

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP

Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is a psychological approach that involves analyzing strategies used by successful individuals and applying them to reach a personal goal. It relates thoughts, language, and patterns of behavior learned through experience to specific outcomes. 

Neuro-linguistic Programing is reprograming your nervous system through the use of language.

Neuro-linguistic programming was developed in the 1970s at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Its primary founders are John Grinder, a linguist, and Richard Bandler, an information scientist and mathematician.

How Neuro-linguistic Programming Works

Modeling, action, and effective communication are key elements of neuro-linguistic programming. The belief is that if an individual can understand how another person accomplishes a task, the process may be copied and communicated to others so they too can accomplish the task. 

Proponents of neuro-linguistic programming propose that everyone has a personal map of reality. Those who practice NLP analyze their own and other perspectives to create a systematic overview of one situation. By understanding a range of perspectives, the NLP user gains information. Advocates of this school of thought believe the senses are vital for processing available information and that the body and mind influence each other. Neuro-linguistic programming is an experiential approach. Therefore, if a person wants to understand an action, they must perform that same action to learn from the experience.

NLP practitioners believe there are natural hierarchies of learning, communication, and change. The six logical levels of change are:

  • Purpose and spirituality: This can be involved in something larger than oneself, such as religion, or another system. This is the highest level of change.
  • Identity: Identity is the person you perceive yourself to be and includes your responsibilities and the roles you play in life.
  • Beliefs and values: These are your personal belief system and the issues that matter to you.
  • Capabilities and skills: These are your abilities and what you can do.
  • Behaviors: Behaviors are the specific actions you perform.
  • Environment: Your environment is your context or setting, including any other people around you. This is the lowest level of change.

The purpose of each logical level is to organize and direct the information below it. As a result, making a change in a lower level may cause changes in a higher level. However, making a change in a higher level will also result in changes in the lower levels, according to NLP theory.

“The map is not the territory,” because it highlights the differences between belief and reality. It points out that each person operates within their own perspective rather than from a place of objectivity. 

Proponents of NLP believe everyone’s perception of the world is distorted, limited, and unique. A therapist who practices NLP must therefore understand how a person in treatment perceives their “map” and the effect this perception may have on that person’s thoughts and behavior. 

NLP technique

Example: A technique attempt to remove negative thoughts and feelings linked to a past event

  • Anchoring: Turning sensory experiences into triggers for certain emotional states.
  • Rapport: The practitioner tunes in to the person by matching their physical behaviors to improve communication and response through empathy.
  • Swish pattern: Changing patterns of behavior or thought to come to a desired instead of an undesired outcome.
  • Visual/kinesthetic dissociation (VKD): Trying to remove negative thoughts and feelings associated with a past event.

NLP also seeks to build effective communication between conscious and unconscious mental processes to help people increase creativity and problem-solving skills. Some advocates of NLP compare the approach to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) but assert positive changes may be made with NLP in less time.

Difference between NLP vs. CBT

Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), is the practice of understanding how people organize their thinking and language and how this affects behavior. While CBT is focused on managing problems by changing how we think and behave.

Research study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-021-01480-w

Source: https://interestingengineering.com/a-new-brain-implant-relieved-treatment-resistant-depression-in-a-world-first

https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/neuro-linguistic-programming

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320368#what-is-nlp

CON EP 72: November Horoscopes

CON EP 72: November Horoscopes

CON EP 72: November Horoscopes

Horoscopes and Zodiac Signs

A horoscope is an astrological chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person’s birth. Within the horoscope, you have zodiac signs which are supposed to tell you a little bit about yourself and who you are. 

12 Zodiac Signs and November Predictions

Aries

Dates: March 21 – April 19

Strengths: 

  • Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, optimistic, honest, passionate

Weaknesses: 

  • Impatient, moody, short-tempered, impulsive, aggressive

Aries likes: 

  • Comfortable clothes, taking on leadership roles, physical challenges, individual sports

Aries dislikes: 

  • Inactivity, delays, work that does not use one’s talents

As the first sign in the zodiac, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything – from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it.

  • For you dear Aries this is the month of creation. Your creative nature is at its highest level and you need to achieve things for yourself. From the beginning of the month without losing a minute you set up your future projects and you benefit from good vibrations so take advantage of it. You make unexpected encounters, you jump on every opportunity, your will to succeed is striking.
  • At work we flatter you, in your private life we seduce you. Most of the time you trust your instinct when making your choices, this month it will still be the case. Around November 18th you face an incongruous situation, in spite of everything, you keep calm, you do not go headlong towards the conflict. Your initiatives are bold, whether you adhere to them or not, it does not matter, you continue on your path.

Love in General:

The stars accompany your choices in love, on this front you are well protected. Your feelings gain in depth, you have the will to build a real relationship. Since nothing prevents you, without restraint, you reveal your emotions to people you love. Book yourself moments of pleasure, escape alone or in pairs.

In a relationship:

Overall, couples are doing well, no major difficulties on the horizon. You share pleasant moments. Towards the 21st you feel the need to step back, to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, to take off and cut the routine, your other half is in agreement with your decision.

Single:

If you are single, you are not frustrated this month, on the contrary, you live your celibacy very well, you are free and it shows. The 14th is an important day, expect to experience love at first sight. Over the adventures of a night you prefer stable and sincere relationships.

Taurus

Dates: April 20 – May 20

Strengths: 

  • Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable

Weaknesses: 

  • Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising

Taurus likes: 

  • Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high-quality clothes, working with hands

Taurus dislikes: 

  • Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics

Practical and well-grounded, Taurus is the sign that harvests the fruits of labor. They feel the need to always be surrounded by love and beauty, turned to the material world, hedonism, and physical pleasures. People born with their Sun in Taurus are sensual and tactile, considering touch and taste the most important of all senses. Stable and conservative, this is one of the most reliable signs of the zodiac, ready to endure and stick to their choices until they reach the point of personal satisfaction.

  • Focus on projects. At the beginning of the month you are not more motivated than that, you let yourself become lazy, around you the climate is warm, you feel like you are in a cocoon so that explains that, you do not necessarily want to leave.
  • Towards the 13th some small financial worries will be managed, you will not be able to escape, but we can say that you will keep the upper hand and you will master the situation. Professionally you may be put under pressure because of a change in planning or something like that. Your personal life is protected, the planetary aspects presage a harmonious situation when it comes to your loves, dialogue is favored, from the 19th to the 23rd the period is ideal to concretize or engage yourself.

Love in General:

The stars are watching, you are in love and everything is going well. Feelings are growing deeper. The time has come, you want to build your love life. The little flings do not interest you, you need something concrete and suddenly you reveal yourself in your best light. If you have wishes they will be granted.

In a relationship:

You pretend not to be motivated, your partner does not understand your lack of enthusiasm but don’t worry it’s just a slump, it does not last. Very quickly you recover, you decide to prepare a surprise for your other half. Until the end of the month your relationship rolls well.

Single:

A little love story turns into passion, you do not touch the ground anymore. You may want to tackle everything for this person, your entourage is trying to reason with you but it is lost. This month you hear nothing but what your heart dictates.

Gemini

Dates: May 21 – June 20

Strengths: 

  • Gentle, affectionate, curious, adaptable, ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas

Weaknesses: 

  • Nervous, inconsistent, indecisive

Gemini likes: 

  • Music, books, magazines, chats with nearly anyone, short trips around the town

Gemini dislikes: 

  • Being alone, being confined, repetition and routine

Expressive and quick-witted, Gemini represents two different personalities in one and you will never be sure which one you will face. They are sociable, communicative and ready for fun, with a tendency to suddenly get serious, thoughtful and restless. They are fascinated with the world itself, extremely curious, with a constant feeling that there is not enough time to experience everything they want to see.

  • A little sensitive, you are not easy to live with right now. This month you have responsibilities (professional, family …) if you lack the will, get closer to people who spread positive energies, do not lock yourself in your bubble. Winter is a special time, the decrease in brightness can affect the morale of everyone differently, the important thing is not to sink into bad thoughts.
  • Until November 11th, your ideas are confused. Around the 19th you receive an answer that should please you, psychologically everything will be better. Your priority is to do what you love, you set up personal projects by following your intuitions, it is already a big step towards success. Your generosity arouses admiration, you can be proud of your actions.

Love in General:

If your feelings are often contradictory, what is certain is that they are sincere. Your loves are going up and down in the first half of the month, then over the last fifteen days everything is much better. You succeed in preserving harmony in your romantic relationships. The family is present, in case of need you can count on your loved ones.

In a relationship:

Between the obligations of daily life, children, and activities you have trouble managing everything, but you ask your partner to get their hands dirty, if they agree to do it, there will be compensated for it, even if you do not quite agree with them.

Single:

If you are single, you’re tired of loneliness and you go around in circles. The stars encourage new encounters, you may experience a relationship with an ex or live a loving friendship. In any case, you say goodbye to isolation, you find your zest for life.

Cancer

Dates: June 21 – July 22

Strengths: 

  • Tenacious, highly imaginative, loyal, emotional, sympathetic, persuasive

Weaknesses: 

  • Moody, pessimistic, suspicious, manipulative, insecure

Cancer likes: 

  • Art, home-based hobbies, relaxing near or in water, helping loved ones, a good meal with friends

Cancer dislikes: Strangers, any criticism of Mom, revealing of personal life

Deeply intuitive and sentimental, Cancer can be one of the most challenging zodiac signs to get to know. They are very emotional and sensitive and care deeply about matters of the family and their home. Cancer is sympathetic and attached to people they keep close. Those born with their Sun in Cancer are very loyal and able to empathize with other people’s pain and suffering.

  • At the beginning of the month, some conflicts can arise from nowhere. Turn down the volume and bury your head in the sand to calm things down, everything will be fine. As soon as the situation does not turn to your advantage you get on your high horse, quiet your mind instead and leave to take a rest in peace, disconnect from the daily routine even if only for a few hours.
  • It is only from the third week that calm returns. At that moment you are ready for new adventures, you let the pressure drop, the planets then open the way, opportunities are at your fingertips. You finally get out of your shell, you express yourself and your feelings, your mind is freed from all constraints. You are free.

Love in General:

You have the right to be in a bad mood, except that if it lasts too long you risk putting people against you. Make an effort because your irritability makes your entourage run away from you. If you feel guilty because of a particular situation, by relativizing you will regain your self-confidence. We love you, we show it to you, we reassure you.

In a relationship:

You spend time with family rather than in private, if it does not seem to bother you it’s not the same for your partner. This month the invitations are many, you enjoy them together, it is a situation that suits you very well.

Single:

If you are single, the stars put you on a pedestal and the people you meet around the 23rd are constructive, you are not at the end of your surprises. It will be necessary to review your priorities, the planets have decided to change your plans. You benefit from good astral influences.

Leo

Dates: July 23 – August 22

Strengths: 

  • Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous

Weaknesses: 

  • Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible

Leo likes: 

  • Theater, taking holidays, being admired, expensive things, bright colors, fun with friends

Leo dislikes: 

  • Being ignored, facing difficult reality, not being treated like a king or queen

People born under the sign of Leo are natural born leaders. They are dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist, able to achieve anything they want to in any area of life they commit to. There is a specific strength to a Leo and their “king of the jungle” status. Leo often has many friends for they are generous and loyal. Self-confident and attractive, this is a Sun sign capable of uniting different groups of people and leading them as one towards a shared cause, and their healthy sense of humor makes collaboration with other people even easier.

  • This month, you’re one of the luckiest signs of the zodiac. From the first week, you find your balance. New projects are gaining value, you are growing in strength, your past efforts are finally paying off! Little by little the snowball effect works pretty well, you take off, your determined character will make all the difference.
  • Throughout the month the professional field is highlighted, proposals flow, contacts multiply, you lay your foundation. The stars draw attention to the fact that some of your commitments may have some consequences for your private life. However small victories give you motivation. In the third week, you are completely devoted to your family (parents, children).

Love in General:

To avoid overflowing you know how to handle several situations at once. But if you want to get involved in the work too much, we could blame you for being less available in your private life. So, around the 23rd you decide to make concessions by devoting yourself more to your loved ones, in order to strengthen the bonds.

In a relationship:

If at the beginning of the month you hide your bad mood it is only to avoid arguments. It is true that because of your workload you are a bit on edge. Quickly you raise the bar, you offer your partner a little moment of intimacy, you know very well how to do it!

Single:

Around November 17th, Venus offers you the opportunity to make an exceptional meeting, as well as to tell you that you will shine with a thousand lights. At that moment your power of seduction is at its peak, you are bewitching. You experience very romantic moments.

Virgo

Dates: August 23 – September 22

Strengths: 

  • Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical

Weaknesses: 

  • Shyness, worry, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play

Virgo likes: 

  • Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness

Virgo dislikes: 

  • Rudeness, asking for help, taking center stage

Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.

  • It’s around November 9th that everything around you is starting to change. You are in a rather favorable period, in the combative sign of Virgo, you lead the work and your personal life, you are a real little soldier. However, be careful not to exceed the limits, because, in terms of your well-being, towards the 19th, it can very quickly spoil.
  • Instead, release the pressure, it will allow you to relax, after all you have the right to take a little time just for yourself. The strong Virgo shines when others need them, they want to reassure, they serve without expecting anything in return. At work it’s different, you let others believe that you agree with everything yet you do things your own way.

Love in General:

When it comes to matters of the heart beautiful surprises await you but when it comes to family small quarrels or disagreements will come to thwart your plans. To be able to think about the possible consequences, you just need to distance yourself. The first week is stressful, fortunately, the people who are most important to you, support you.

In a relationship:

If at the beginning of the month a slight malaise settles in your relationship, it will be up to you to identify the reasons. You are looking for a way out of this little crisis but to your amazement, your other half takes the lead, you are relieved and very satisfied.

Single:

From the 13th the planets give you multiple possibilities to meet people. You are not necessarily on the defensive but you remain suspicious. A person catches your eye, you let yourself be charmed, the attraction is reciprocal, there is a closeness in the air, you let your guard down.

Libra

Dates: September 23 – October 22

Strengths: 

  • Cooperative, diplomatic, gracious, fair-minded, social

Weaknesses: 

  • Indecisive, avoids confrontations, will carry a grudge, self-pity

Libra likes: 

  • Harmony, gentleness, sharing with others, the outdoors

Libra dislikes: 

  • Violence, injustice, loudmouths, conformity

People born under the sign of Libra are peaceful, fair, and they hate being alone. The partnership is very important for them, seeking someone with the ability to be the mirror to themselves. These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry, they are in a constant chase for justice and equality, realizing through life that the only thing that should be truly important to themselves in their own inner core of personality. This is someone ready to do nearly anything to avoid conflict, keeping the peace whenever possible

  • Like the good scales that you are, you seek your balance, but as of the 2nd you seem destabilized by a situation that you do not control. However, the stars protect you since you succeed where you thought you had failed, it’s a great victory! Around November 17th, opportunities arise. The planets offer you quite extraordinary possibilities if you have to travel, change jobs or move.
  • By giving priority to your goals, you multiply your chances of success, even your wacky ideas find takers. If you are looking for a comfortable life, the changes that are coming will satisfy you. In family, the relationships are cordial and sincere, the bonds are strong. Around the 26th new contacts are favored, you attract sympathy.

Love in General:

The period is sweet for your loves, everything is fluid, you are stimulated by life-giving energy, you are a real magnet. However, you do not know if this positive phase will last but you live for the moment without worrying about the rest. The exchanges are rewarding, you are very happy with this turn of events.

In a relationship:

As a couple, you express your desires, your partner is all ears, your communication goes well, together you consider future projects. You have found your balance, your relationship brings you total fulfillment. You do not need anything else, the love of your other half is enough for you.

Single:

You like to please and charm, the Libra is flirtatious and this cocktail makes you irresistible. Whether you chose a one-night affair or a stable relationship for the long term, you give it your all, seduction is your area of expertise. Whether at work or in the evening you turn heads.

Scorpio

Dates: October 23 – November 21

Strengths: 

  • Resourceful, powerful, brave, passionate, a true friend

Weaknesses: 

  • Distrusting, jealous, manipulative, violent

Scorpio likes: 

  • Truth, facts, being right, talents, teasing, passion

Scorpio dislikes: 

  • Dishonesty, revealing secrets, superficiality, small talk

Scorpios are passionate and assertive people with determination and focus you rarely see in other zodiac signs. They will turn to in-depth research to reach the truth behind anything they find important. Great leaders and guides, Scorpios are resourceful, dedicated, and fearless when there is a challenge to be overcome. They will hold on to other people’s secrets, even when they aren’t very fond of them, to begin with, and do anything they can for those they tie themselves to.

  • At the beginning of the month, doubts and many questions emanate from your mind. As of November 10th you move on, everything becomes less messy in your head, everything is more evident, you decide to give a new meaning to your life, you start to set up professional projects. Be careful not to raise the bar too high.
  • Then it’s time for your personal projects to see the light, which is worth the busy schedule, everything is well set, and love in all that? Have you thought about it? Towards the 21st the changes are announced. You have the energy to spare; happiness is at hand, the beneficial action of the planets makes you want to dedicate yourself to your family life, your relationship, or to create new encounters.

Love in General:

If you have to make a decision or make a choice in love, that until now you had the time to make, everything changes. Take courage with both hands, the astral vibrations are favorable, it is now or never. Let your emotions express themselves, do not hold back your feelings. Thanks to your sixth sense you will live very exciting moments.

In a relationship:

There is a good understanding between couples, each one finds their equilibrium. The basics are solid, you very easily agree, this facilitates everyday life. Between you two everything is fluid. This mutual benevolence is palpable from the outside. In anticipation of the end of the year, you could embark on a project related to vacation.

Single:

A romantic meeting could happen from November 22nd. The stars breathe good energies, love comes to you, you have no effort to make. If you are afraid of being disappointed, that you are being restrained, the planets prove you wrong.

Sagittarius

Dates: November 22 – December 21

Strengths: 

  • Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor

Weaknesses: 

  • Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic

Sagittarius likes: 

  • Freedom, travel, philosophy, being outdoors

Sagittarius dislikes: 

  • Clingy people, being constrained, off-the-wall theories, details

Curious and energetic, Sagittarius are the travelers of the zodiac. Their open mind and philosophical view motivate them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is an extrovert, always optimistic, full of enthusiasm, and ready for changes. This is a Sun sign of individuals who are often preoccupied with mental work, but when they find grounding, they show their ability to transform visions and thoughts into concrete actions and circumstances.

  • Good news dear Sagittarius, at the beginning of the month, the planets slow down your projects but only so you can act better afterward. From the 13th your projects are set for the long term, their realization is close. You put away your impatience, you are ready to take your time, you are on the road to success, opportunities arise, the time for change has come.
  • From the 19th the stars teach you to surf on novelty, you transform due to the tests, you are on the brink of achieving a feat, in return, you will be asked to remain constant. Strokes of luck punctuate the month. In your private life it’s something else, the hour of truth has come, if you have anything to say, now is the time to do it. The exchanges are good, the general atmosphere is beneficial.

Love in General:

The stars are very understanding with you. Love is protected, however, do not do anything. The small family annoyances do not interfere in your matters of the heart, you have enough perspective to make the difference. The third week brings calm, the atmosphere in love is invigorating, you build very strong bonds.

In a relationship:

Your partner seduces you unless you are blind, their love for you is obvious. Towards the 15th, a nice project in love emerges, far from everything (family, children), a real moment in love. You have nothing to do, your other half takes care of everything, reservations, activities, leisure, what a beautiful program!

Single:

Dear singles, the past may resurface, a person comes back to court you. If at first, you are surprised, the approximation is smooth. Everything is going very well for you, until the end of the month, life is full of surprises.

Capricorn

Dates: December 22 – January 19

Strengths: 

  • Responsible, disciplined, self-control, good managers

Weaknesses: 

  • Know-it-all, unforgiving, condescending, expecting the worst

Capricorn likes: 

  • Family, tradition, music, understated status, quality craftsmanship

Capricorn dislikes: 

  • Almost everything at some point

Capricorn is a sign that represents time and responsibility, and its representatives are traditional and often very serious by nature. These individuals possess an inner state of independence that enables significant progress both in their personal and professional lives. They are masters of self-control and have the ability to lead the way, make solid and realistic plans, and manage many people who work for them at any time. They will learn from their mistakes and get to the top based solely on their experience and expertise.

  • For you Capricorn, the month is half-hearted, before starting anything, you have things to settle. If you expect new and sensational things you may go hungry. The first week seems hesitant, so do not do anything that could compromise your plans and make yourself discreet.
  • Situations you have never faced, make you doubt your abilities, it is only at the end of the second week that the difficulties dissipate, your talents are put to the test, you are tested, you are confident enough, you gain credibility. In the last fifteen days, everything is better, the energy of the stars allows you to succeed in all your projects, you have the will. You receive compliments from your loved ones, the family circle is welded.

Love in General:

In love, your feelings come and go, you lack certainty and yet you should not. Even if sometimes your dream of living serenely escapes you, you are in good energy. If your relationship has been tainted by your jealousy or your possessiveness, you have understood that on these points you have work to do.

In a relationship:

You’ve seen better times, especially in the first fortnight, you may be tired of the routine or have a little difficulty in situating yourself in your relationship, this explains the small malaise that settles in your relationship. Very quickly, everything calms down, your partner does everything to distract you.

Single:

For a good part of the month, you seem a little capricious when you learn to appreciate the people who revolve around you, your nervousness disappears, you become more pleasant and less demanding. Around the 14th the stars place someone along your path, you know how to recognize it.

Aquarius

Dates: January 20 – February 18

Strengths: 

  • Progressive, original, independent, humanitarian

Weaknesses: 

  • Runs from emotional expression, temperamental, uncompromising, aloof

Aquarius likes: 

  • Fun with friends, risky business, fighting for causes, intellectual conversations.

Aquarius dislikes: 

  • Limitations, broken promises, being lonely, dull or boring situations.

Aquarius is a sign different from the rest of the zodiac and people born with their Sun in it feel special. This makes them eccentric and energetic in their fight for freedom, or at times shy and quiet, afraid to express their true personality. In both cases, they are deep thinkers and highly intellectual people who love to fight for idealistic causes. They are able to see people without prejudice and this makes them truly special. Although they can easily adapt to the energy that surrounds them, Aquarius representatives have a deep need to have some time alone and away from everything in order to restore power.

  • At the beginning of the month, you are losing speed, there is a small drop in energy or a lack of will, you lag, you might decide to take a step back, just to decompress. Your situation does not change, you are tired. The stars allow you to take breaks. Do not hesitate to look inside yourself and reflect in-depth on your real desires.
  • As far as the social field is concerned, around the 16th of November, you are surrounded by good allies, they help you and you develop beautiful ideas, very nice proposals come to you, you flourish. The family supports you, feeling supported is good for you, yet you try not to build castles in the sky too quickly.

Love in General:

In the field of love, you would like to take action. You are tired of waiting for a situation that does not evolve fast enough for you, you decide to take things in hand. As soon as you have the opportunity, go for it! Seizing the opportunity when it comes up seems like the best thing to do. Do not postpone anything for the next day.

In a relationship:

You lead your relationship with an iron fist as if you were running your own business, be careful your partner does not agree with you, they also have a say, so show a minimum of flexibility and everything will be better between you two.

Single:

The stars could surprise you. Without searching, you could meet someone nice. Initially, a friendly relationship can eventually evolve into a loving relationship. Around November 20th, everything is going faster. Your emotions sparkle, you are happy. The month ends under good aspects.

Pisces

Dates: February 19 – March 20

Strengths: 

  • Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical

Weaknesses: 

  • Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr

Pisces likes: 

  • Being alone, love, sleeping, music, romance, swimming, spiritual themes

Pisces dislikes: 

  • Know-it-all, being criticized, the past coming back to haunt, the cruelty of any kind

Pisces are very friendly and often find themselves in the company of very different people. They are selfless and always willing to help others, a very fine intent for as long as they don’t expect anything much in return. People born with their Sun in Pisces have an intuitive understanding of the life cycle and form an incredible emotional relationships with other humans on the basis of natural order and senses guiding them.

  • For you Pisces, the month of November is sunny, luck and confidence are back. The planets are shaking up your little habits, a little shaken at first, you do it very quickly. This fuss is destabilizing but for the right reasons, you could see it as a way to change your destiny. Your projects put the wind in your sails in terms of novelty, you seem delighted with these transformations.
  • The second week is significant, indeed, everything is played out at this time. You find financial support, your ideas are reliable and viable, you have support, your projects are concrete with a bonus: a satisfactory collaboration exceeding all your expectations. The end of the month is very favorable, although calmer on a general level, this month could be decisive.

Love in General:

Success is waiting for you whether you are in a relationship or not. You are full of good energies, it is the end of the period where you swim between two waters, you know what you want and what you do not want anymore. In love you make a new start, you’re on your way to living your dreams.

In a relationship:

There is room for tenderness, as a couple. You’re good together and it’s obvious. With your partner you are fusional, you multiply the tender gestures, your complicity is beautiful to see. Throughout this month, between you everything flows, no clouds are on the horizon.

Single:

The feelings you have for someone make you believe in love again. If you have been in contact for only a few days, your relationship grows, it takes on importance. You start to envision a future for two in the very near future, it’s a chance to seize.

Matt’s Chart

Sun in Pisces – The sun determines your ego, identity, and “role” in life. It’s the core of who you are.

  • You are fundamentally dreamy, insightful, and in your own world. 
  • You exist on a chaotic plane of the divine that is not at all material. 
  • Your rich imagination endows you with a strong intuition for hidden emotional currents. 

Moon in Gemini – The Moon rules your emotions, moods, and feelings. This is likely the sign you most think of yourself as since it reflects your personality when you’re alone or deeply comfortable. 

  • Your emotional self is often restless and unsettled. 
  • You’re extremely adaptable, which sometimes makes you feel pulled in too many directions. 
  • You are easily bored and need to feel like you are free to be creative and create meaning, which can make you feel like you’re in a constant identity crisis. 

Ascendant in Scorpio – Your ascendant is the “mask” you present to people. It can be seen in your personal style and how you come off to people when you first meet. 

  • You come across as passionate, incisive, cunning, strategic, and perceptive. 
  • Your intense and tenacious drive comes off as intimidating and powerful if not malicious or aggressive.

Peter’s Chart

Sun in Gemini

  • ​​The sun determines your ego, identity, and “role” in life. It’s the core of who you are and is the sign you’re most likely to already know. 
    • You are fundamentally dynamic, quick-witted, eclectic, and curious. 
    • Fascinated by everything, your childlike energy is often scattered in a million directions. 
    • On a social level, this may come off as gossipy or flaky.
    • It’s in your fifth house, meaning you feel the need to distinguish yourself from others through romance, self-expression, creativity, and pleasure.

Moon in Virgo

  • The moon rules your emotions, moods, and feelings. This is likely the sign you most think of yourself as since it reflects your personality when you’re alone or deeply comfortable. 
    • Your emotional self is analytical, responsible, and pacifying. 
    • A bundle of nerves, you struggle with a need to be pure that may come out in self-sacrificing or nitpicky tendencies.
    • It’s in your eighth house, meaning you find security and safety through darkness, taboos, rebirth, sex, and transformation.

Ascendant in Aquarius

  • Your ascendant is the “mask” you present to people. It can be seen in your personal style and how you come off to people when you first meet. Some say it becomes less relevant as you get older. It changes every two hours. 
    • You come across as broadminded, intellectual, and prone to abstraction, though somewhat detached or abrupt in your dealings with the real world. 
    • Your unconventional interests may seem eccentric or pretentious to others.

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:55 Episode Introduction
02:45 What are horoscopes and zodiac signs?
04:00 Aries
07:13 Taurus
09:55 Gemini
13:39 Cancer
17:25 Leo
20:44 Virgo
23:54 Libra
26:53 Scorpio
31:40 Sagittarius
35:08 Capricorn
38:35 Aquarius
41:42 Pisces
45:11 Matt’s Chart
47:15 Peter’s Chart

 

CON EP 71: Health Anxiety with Aleks Zubek

CON EP 71: Health Anxiety with Aleks Zubek

CON EP 71: Health Anxiety with Aleks Zubek

In this episode, we would like to introduce our guest Aleks Zubek who is a Licenses Professional Counselor with a Masters in Counseling Psychology.

We dive into some interesting topics such as depression, anxiety, and finding your inner self. Another informational episode where you’ll surely have a lot of takeaways.

The questions below are some we tackle.

  • You’ve got your Masters in Counseling Psychology and now are a Licensed Professional Counselor, what made you choose that route? And what’s the schooling process?
  • What does a LPC? Do you work with a team?
  • Is there a certain psychological or mental demographic that you specifically help or is it a wide range?
  • You taught us a little about health anxiety, its almost like the fear of getting sick or imagining an illness, can you explain what it actually is?
  • Where does this stem from? Are certain people more susceptible?
  • How do you treat it or help someone with health anxiety?
  • What kind of patients do you work with?
  • Is there a trend or an increase in certain mental illnesses that you are seeing?
  • Do you have a favorite type of patient?
  • Is there any advice that can generally help most people?
  • More open communication, being honest, getting help, meditation?

 

SHOW NOTES:

0:00 Cup of Nurses Introduction
1:56 Guest Introduction
2:15 News and updates about Aleks Zubek
5:15 What is your day-to-day as an LPC?
9:46 What is the state of the unit in terms of mental health?
11:28 What are the common mental health issues of your patients?
12:48 Are you seeing a lot of health anxiety lately?
17:00 How do you help someone manage their anxiety?
19:38 How do you stop the disease that are causing the symptoms?
21:50 Is it depression that causes anxiety or the other way around?
23:30 What are your tips to people who are suffering from anxiety/depression?
28:23 Have you noticed any trends or issues that are more prevalent now?
34:28 What are the traits that a person needs in order to overcome trauma?
36:47 Questions you can ask yourself to assess your own mental health
41:48 How do you get somebody to open up 100%?
46:20 How do you develop emotional literacy?
49:40 How soon do you start seeing improvements from your patients?