Mind-Body Therapy, The Movember Foundation & Gambling

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The Movember Foundation has historically been crucial in raising awareness of the most significant issues facing men around the world-

Such as testicular and prostate cancer. But for the first time last year, Movember encouraged men to speak up about their mental health, and educated people about the importance of communication about mental health.

How could the three distinctly different ideas- mind-body therapy, the Movember Foundation and gambling- be related in the same blog post???

I am a long-term cancer survivor. I launched a small non-profit in 2004 called PeopleBeatingCancer. And finally, I gamble- for fun. I am a bit challenged, physically, due to the conventional cancer therapies I underwent in ’95-’97. I can’t do many of the hobbies, sports, etc. I used to do. So I gamble. I find it fun and challenging.

I am in the majority of gamblers, according to the Stanford School of Business article linked and excerpted below. Yes, there are a percentage of people who exhibit addictive behavor when gambling. However, as someone who participates in gambling as an entertaining activity, I consider gambling to be one of my mind-body therapies. I am impressed with the work that the Movember Foundation does, knowing as I do how important it is to fund research into cancer and mental health.

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Astoundingly, over 1.4 million men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. Research is vital in cutting out the risks of cancer and also dealing with the physical and mental well-being of men. Mental health is a bigger deal than ever. With men of all ages around the world dying earlier because of this. 2013 saw the Movember Foundation begin fundraising for mental health programmes in the United States.

The issue of mental health has been recognised alongside the issue of testicular cancer during the most recent Movember. Astounding figures were released recently; with the revelation that over 85 men committing suicide every week in London alone. Movember addressed this during their 2018 campaign and encouraged men to speak out about their feelings. Since then there have been no figures released, but the stigma that men should hide their feelings is slowly disappearing.

I believe that online gaming has a positive impact on mental health, and there is no better place to play that netbet.co.uk. Here you will find the best and most comprehensive range of games on offer.

Movember is about more than just fundraising. The message is that everyone should look after each other and even more straightforward, ask if your fellow man is okay.

Sport takes the charity month very seriously, with a range of stars taking part in the growing of the moustaches. Famous names include Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, Gillette Soccer Saturday host, Jeff Stelling and rugby stars.

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Most Gamblers Are Just Out for Fun

Is gambling an addiction or a form of entertainment? Mostly the latter, according to a new academic study that found evidence that most people have strict “loss thresholds” they will not cross when gambling

Specifically, they wanted to take a data-based approach to investigating some of the most commonly raised criticisms of the casino gambling industry. Their study examined three separate but related questions: First, is gambling addictive? Second, do consumers display “irrational” beliefs in gambling behavior? And finally, how effective are the marketing incentives from casinos in promoting gambling activities?

Not surprisingly, there was evidence that some gamblers exhibit addictive behaviors. However, that percentage was relatively small — just 8 percent of all consumers — and in line with what other studies have found. “Medical researchers have estimated that between 5 percent and 8 percent of all gamblers show evidence of addiction,” said Narayanan. “Our findings were aligned with that.” (To determine addiction, Narayanan used a widely accepted definition of addiction from economics literature that asserts an addiction exists when a person’s past “consumptive” behavior has a strong positive effect on his or her current behavior.)

“There’s no doubt that gambling addiction exists, but these results indicate that the casinos are primarily entertainment destinations,” said Narayanan. “After all, a lot happens there other than the gambling — there’s the opulence to look at, the ability to sit and have a drink, or watch a show.”

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