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People are generally afraid of the idea of schizophrenia and there are a lot of misconceptions. There are over two million Americans with this mental illness and a number of medications to help treat it. It often can appear in the late teens or twenties for individuals and is very difficult for the whole family as well as the individual that suffers from it.

There is a beautiful video by Jill Taylor who discusses her own stroke as well as her interest in becoming a brain researcher in order to understand schizophrenia due to her brother’s diagnosis with this illness. She is an innovator in understanding the way the brain and mind function.

Symptoms can include confusion, delusions and hallucinations. There can be isolating tendencies and withdrawal habits from others.Depression and anxiety may be quite high and it is easy to get overhelmed. Cognitive problems can manifest in the areas of decision making, attention and the capacity to learn. Delusions can be chronic and one may think that an electronic gadget is communicating with them through waves or that they are constantly being watched by someone. It is painful to see someone shaping their behavior based on delusions that dominate the mind. Some people with medication are able to lessen these disturbing thoughts and not believe them to the degree that they had in the past.

Sometimes people with this diagnosis can show little affect and have a type of flat tone with little excitement. Dr. Laing worked with schizophrenics in the UK and had a radical approach with this population. He saw many aspects of our society and environment as insane and that believed it could be worked with as a journey into the inner self. His views were seen as controversial but many in the seventies appreciated his spiritual and existential approach to this problem. He saw the patient is resorting to this behavior as a coping mechanism and that it grew from an inner despair.

Most people with schizoprhenia are not able to work and many qualify for disability in the United States. The intrusion of audio or visual hallucinations, problematical thought patterns and mood liability makes daily functioning a challenge and work responsibilities can often be impossible to sustain with any regularity. There have been many advances in medications and counseling is often used to help identify underlying triggers. Family support is important and there may also be hospitalizations required when symptoms are intense or there is lack of medication compliance.

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Managing your own business can be overwhelming at times. Besides the obvious duties of running the business effectively and ensuring the process is profitable, the many other small but necessary details cannot be ignored: What do you want the décor to emulate? What retirement plan do you want to offer? Do you want to use scent branding? Which aroma or hygiene products are you going to use?

There are a multitude of restroom and washroom hygiene products, aerosol solutions, sanitizer dispensers, and industrial deodorizers available, but Air-Scent International is a one-stop provider for all industrial cleaning and hygiene products.

Air-Scent has been in existence for almost 70 years. In the mid-1940s Bob Surloff, founder of Surco® Products, Inc., invented the first fan operated air freshener dispenser. Appropriately, he called the brand “AIR-SCENT®.” Since then AIR-SCENT® has been developing, manufacturing and distributing high quality professional air freshener dispensers and totally-effective 30 day refills.

Today, AIR-SCENT® International is recognized as a world leader in the manufacture of air freshener and odor control products for every application. Making air fresheners, deodorizers and totally-effective odor control products is Air-Scent’s specialty.

Air-Scent International’s air freshener dispensers, refills, drip systems and odor control specialties are the hospitality industry’s dream for restroom air freshening, restroom hygiene and odor control service applications.

Air-Scent expertise also resides in scent marketing, or scent branding, products. Scent marketing is a marketing and advertising technique that directly appeals to the influence of scent and how different scents can appeal to various market segments.

Using smell to attract consumers is the essence of this sensory branding technique. Subliminal scent branding is the art of using scent to guide a person’s actions. Instantly hungry when you walk into a candy store? Immediately relaxed when you walk into a lavender-wafted spa retreat? Chances are the establishment is using the air freshener dispenser system to deploy the scent branding technique. Thanks to today’s technology advancements, fan and aroma dispensers can be wall-mounted, battery-operated, and complete with modular fan rotary movement.

Hygiene and cleaning products go hand-in-hand not only with odor control and aroma enhancement, but factor into pest control as well. Air-Scent International has just the right products to eradicate this pesty nuisance.

No restaurant, food establishment, or building manager wants little winged friends infiltrating our space. There are products available to zap out any unwanted pests.

Air-Scent International’s electronic flying insect control traps are the products of choice for effective indoor fly control in food-handling, commercial, industrial and residential areas. The fundamentals of the flytraps are simple, yet highly effective, and there is always a fly trapping system to suit every need.

Air-Scent International can manage odor control, implement scent branding, and provide air freshener dispensers and refills for the everyday layman or hospitality manager.

Ever since you were a little kid, it has been engraved into your head to never run with scissors, hold the door open for your grandmother, don’t cheat, and to always wash your hands. It’s not the Middle Ages anymore, and hygiene and cleaning solutions are available at your fingertips with one click of the mouse or lift of a telephone.

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There are a multitude of restroom and washroom hygiene products, aerosol solutions, sanitizer dispensers, and industrial deodorizers available, but Air-Scent International is a one-stop provider for all industrial cleaning and hygiene products.





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ADHD stimulants are brain antioxidants. That will come as a surprise to many people. The use of stimulants, long term, for ADHD is a concern for patients and parents. The question of whether stimulant use is damaging to the brain is one that is frequently asked. Long term studies have found the stimulants used to treat ADHD to be safe overall and new studies are pointing to possible long term brain benefits from stimulant treatment.

The stimulants improve brain oxygenation and decrease the damage caused by oxygen free radicals in the brain. There is some evidence to suggest that children who take stimulants to treat their ADHD symptoms perform better academically and later in their schooling than kids who are not treated with stimulants. The long term affects of stimulant use with regards to future life outcome measures (such as being gainfully employed as adults, succeeding in college, etc) has not been researched extensively.

There are no long term studies comparing stimulant treatment to other forms of treatment such as behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, supplement therapy, or other interventions but there are at least a few studies that have looked at kids over a 10 year period and concluded that the children that were treated with stimulant therapy achieved better academic results, later in life, than the kids that never received treatment.

The likely biological reason for the improvement in this academic success in youngsters who have been treated with stimulants relates to the stimulant’s ability to improve the brain’s use of oxygen. ADHD Medication act to reduce the oxidative stress on the brain. Several psychiatric and neurological illnesses including schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease have been associated with unfavorable levels of brain oxygen free radicals. It is thought that these oxygen free radicals cause brain DNA damage that, in turn, causes psychiatric and neurologic symptoms.

A study published recently in the Journal of Neural Transmission found that Strattera, the Ritalin (methyphenidate) and the Adderall (amphetamine) family of medications, in the laboratory, can act to significantly decrease an enzyme that indicates high Brain DNA oxidative stress. The authors conclude that Ritalin, Adderall and Strattera help ADHD, at least in part, by decreasing free radical damage to the brain’s DNA.

Having a biological basis for the improved outcome seen in people treated, long term, with ADHD medication is important. Many parents and patients, concerned regarding the long term harm that might result from being treated with ADHD medications, may be surprised by these findings as this new information points to just the opposite conclusion, that there may be long term benefits from ADHD medication treatment.

As there are no comparison studies, we do not know if other therapies also decrease the brain’s oxidative stress and improve later outcomes for ADHD. Therapies with flavanoids such as Quercetin and Resveratrol have been also shown to decrease oxidative stress in the brain. Other anti-oxidants that have been shown in studies to improve brain function include coenzyme Q10, Ginseng, Ginko-Biloba and dark skinned berries such as cherries and blueberries.

Vitamins may act as anti-oxidants as well. Vitamins C and E, the B vitamins, the Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc have been found to increase cognitive functioning and this may be partly the result of the vitamin’s anti-oxidant action. Iron is necessary for proper brain functioning and is an important component of healthy oxygen levels in the brain and has been strongly associated with improved cognitive functioning in people with ADHD.

Supplements such a phosphatidylserine, lemon balm, Bacopa monnieri and vinpocetine may all improve cognitive functioning and may all do so by improving brain oxygenation and by directly or indirectly decreasing the oxygen free radical brain injury.

Stimulants may help the long term outcome of people with ADHD by decreasing oxygen free radical damage to the brain’s DNA. Other therapies may also help but have yet to be studied. Further research on the outcome of ADHD using various treatment measures is necessary to fully evaluate the risks and benefits of long term stimulant use for ADHD.

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1. Cannabis smoked in moderation is harmless.
Many believe that smoking cannabis in moderation will not cause addiction or cause physical damage. It’s true that smoking cannabis in moderation will do less harm than smoking cannabis excessively or getting totally stoned every night. Nonetheless, even smoking cannabis moderately can still cause a cannabis dependency.

2. Cannabis has nutritional benefits.
Cannabis has no nutritional value for the human body. It does not contain any vitamins, essential trace elements, fatty acids or amino acids, complete proteins or even carbohydrates. It contains some dietary fibre if chewed and swallowed, but then, so does tree bark.

3. Cannabis is a great sexual enhancer.
Cannabis can enhance sexual arousal in some people – to begin with. But research has proven that frequent smoking of cannabis will reduce the ability to maintain erection and enjoy sexual intercourse.

4. Smoking cannabis can help keep you warm on cold days.

Cannabis causes your blood vessels to dilate (get wider) for a time. This can have the effect of making you feel temporarily warmer. But dilated blood vessels quickly cause the body to lose heat more rapidly than if they were normal. People who get stoned on cold days can consequently suffer from the life-threatening condition of hypothermia without experiencing any of the body´s natural warning signs such as shivering.

5. Cannabis has medicinal value.
Cannabis is probably one of the biggest researched substances after opiates by medical laboratories around the world. To this day, I know of no pharmaceutical facility that seriously uses cannabis for any medicinal purpose. The claim that cannabis has a medicinal value is usually made by the illegal growers, importers, sellers and smokers in an attempt to justify their activities.

6. Cannabis is not addictive.
It is true that there are more addictive dugs than cannabis but to claim that cannabis is not addictive is irresponsible. Drug rehab centres all over the world are trying to rehab cannabis smokers on a daily basis.

7. Cannabis is a soft drug.
Cannabis has been called a ´soft drug´ by many authorities around the world. But whether cannabis is classed as a soft or hard drug there is nothing harder for a spouse than having to watch a loved one slowly killing their body and personality with a narcotic addiction. The truth is all hard drug users started from ´soft drugs´. People who use cannabis may one day have to ask themselves, “which rehab should I book my self into?”

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What are the new ADHD treatments, if any? Most parents seem resigned to the fact that psychostimulants combined with some behavioral therapy seems to be the best solution. But this is somewhat clouded by the bad press that the ADHD meds are getting.

Class action lawsuits and financial conflicts of interest

Class action suits have been won against some drug companies. Even more alarming is the fact that there is a conflict of interest in that the drug companies are far too closely involved in the pharmaceutical research and the clinical trials of these medications. This was stated very clearly, quite recently, by a former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell. She now teaches medical ethics at the Harvard School of Medicine

Neurofeedback / EEG (electroencephalogram)/Biofeedback

One of the new treatments for ADHD being tried is EEG or biofeedback. How does this work and what are the results? First, electrodes are placed on the skin around the forehead area. The biofeedback training by the therapist present will help the ADHD child through a series of mental activities to maintain the smile on the smiley icon or some similar visual. The actual feedback from the brain shows which brainwaves are being used to keep the smile on the icon. In this way, the brain is being trained to improve concentration, attention and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity.

Why is neurofeedback not used more in ADHD treatment?

One recent trial published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry did actually show that there was a 25% reduction in the ADHD symptoms of the children given this EEG treatment. But the main problem seems to be that there have not been enough trials done to show conclusively that this treatment may actually be adopted as a newer ADHD treatment. Up to now the samples have been too small and also the testers were not blinded as to the status of the children being tested and there was also a lack of appropriate control groups.

Green time activities for ADHD

One of the new ADHD treatments is where children were taken for a 20 minute walk in the open air surrounded by greenery. These children actually showed higher levels of concentration compared to when they were taken for a walk downtown in the shopping malls. This study was done by the University of Illinois but more studies will have to be done and on a larger scale before this is adopted as a newer ADHD treatment. However it makes sense for children to be given more green time for a wide range of healthy reasons.

ADHD behavior therapy and ADHD homeopathic remedies

As I remarked at the beginning of the article, the mainstay of new ADHD treatments and old ones, seems to be a combination of behavior therapy with some medication.

But which medication? As the psychostimulants and the companies that produce them are the subject of more and more controversy, it seems wise to look at alternatives such as ADHD homeopathic remedies. Why not find out what these involve. There are no risks and no side effects either coupled with the fact that they are much cheaper. Why not discover more by clicking on the link below.

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Discover much more about new ADHD treatments and ADHD homeopathic remedies available. Experts now tell us that child behavior problems can be solved with behavior therapy combined with a natural treatment for ADHD. Robert Locke is a Health enthusiast who specializes in Children’s Health. He has written extensively on ADHD.





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For years, an evil that has plagued our society is alcohol. Alcohol has affected millions of people worldwide. It not only affects health of an addict, but also lives of the individuals who are close to him. Numerous therapies and programs have been developed to help an alcoholic, but most of them cater to only some facets of recovery and recuperation.
For those who are looking for a program that not only cures the body, but also heals the mind and soul, detoxification program at an alcohol treatment center is the best choice. Detoxification simply entails purging the body of impurities and negativities caused due to alcoholism and make a person happy, fit and strong. Detoxification is an uncomplicated and an effective program that has helped many people. Thus, detoxication programs are one of the best ways that helps an alcoholic.
Detoxification program is a vital component of any alcohol treatment offered at an alcohol treatment center. However, a number of points should be kept in mind before making a suitable detox plan for a patient. Some of the essential details that are required for the right program comprises of factors such as age, sex, medical issues of the patient, medical history, level of alcohol addiction and the willingness of the addict to get aid. Once the basic requirements are met, the experts organize detox treatment etiquette to be followed by the patient. The detox program available at an alcohol treatment center is medically supervised by the experts at the center. Patients are kept under 24 hours observation to make sure that they do not face difficulties related to relapse and thus are able to complete their program effectively. Many patients may face many troubles initially during the start of the process, but with a little hard work as well as support, it is probable that they will come out of the addiction hale and hearty.
A major problem with alcohol addicts that may lessen the efficiency of the treatment is bad health. Thus, individuals going through the detoxification program require some added supplements to help them make a fast recovery and these extra nutrients are provided via healthy, wholesome and nutritious meals. Diet and medication programs are extremely helpful during detoxification of the body, recovery and aftercare procedure for an alcoholic. A number of withdrawal symptoms can be eradicated with correct medication and effective therapy.
Care is also taken to handle any warning sign shown by the patients. The patients tend to resist the change and show symptoms related to alcohol withdrawal or bad effects of medication. These include vomiting, nausea, body ache, frustration, anxiety, tremors and a likelihood of seizure. All these require special attention and can seriously hinder the healing process if they are neglected.
Before selecting any detox program for the patient, it is crucial to realize that every patient is different, thus his or her needs will be different, and so the right program must be chosen which can effectively cure the individual not only physically, but also emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Every program has its own philosophy, which distinguishes it from the others. Thus, go for the apt treatment for your loved ones and provide them with an opportunity to live life once more.

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Many people in today’s world are traveling by airplane because of the convenience of time saved. We’ve come a long way from our previous modes of transportation via train, boat, etc. However, thousands of people remain petrified at the thought of boarding a plane and riding through mid air.

Today I’m going to talk a little about aviophobia or fear of flying as well as give you a few tips on how to alleviate your stress while flying. Before we go any further, I want you to know that you are by no means alone and should not feel ashamed of your fear.

Did you know that flying is safer than riding in a car, bike, motorcycle, or boat combined? That’s pretty incredible when you think about it. Yet, the thought of dying via plane crash brings about more fear (in me anyways) than the thought of death via these other methods.

Let’s look at why this could be the case and in the course find out tips to quell this fear of flying once and for all.

1. MEDIA INFLUENCE: Think of all the sources of doom and gloom regarding flying in the media such as newspapers, news reports, movies, etc. No wonder everyone thinks that they will be involved in a fatal plane crash the next time they board! Just remember that “good” news is bad news and “good” movies involve dramatic (and unlikely) situations.

2. GET TO KNOW YOUR REAL FEAR: You must determine what your root fear is. Perhaps it isn’t flying at all. Maybe it is fear of loss of control. For when you are driving your vehicle, you control what happens behind the wheel. When you are riding in an airplane, you have no power in the operation of the plane. All you can do is sit there and listen to the pilot over the speaker hoping you were able to get a window seat since you aren’t able to see anything else. Maybe you are afraid of heights or of being in enclosed spaces for several hours at a time.

3. RELAX: Though it sounds elementary, if you can learn to relax, you will already be ahead of the game. Perhaps you have an inability to relax that is affecting not only the area of your life dealing with flying but also affecting several other areas. Take a few deep breaths and concentrate on being calm.

4. IMAGINATION IS KEY: Imagine that you are in a place that you love, a place that is exhilarating, exciting, adventurous, but also secure. If you can remain in that place long enough to feel at ease, the trip in the airplane won’t seem so dreadful. Maybe a fond childhood memory will do the trick, or perhaps thinking of a romantic date or spontaneous activity you loved.

These are the best ways to overcome aviophobia in the short term anyways. And perhaps making a habit of putting these techniques into practice will eventually lead to long-term results. Just remember that your fear does not have to be permanent!

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Attention hyperactivity deficit disorder is a biological condition of the brain that affects somewhere between 5 and 15 percent of school aged children. It also affects approximately 5 percent of adults. In most classrooms you will find at least one child with the condition. They may be disruptive and impulsive, quite and disorganized, or disorganized and hyperactive. These variations make attention hyperactivity deficit disorder a unique psychological disorder with many different faces. While this may be the case, one symptom that must be present for a diagnosis is inattention.

A clearer definition would be a mental illness characterized by difficulty paying attention and a high degree of restlessness and impulsive behavior. Symptoms begin before the age of 7, last for at least 6 months, and create substantial difficult in at least two settings, usually at home and in the classroom.

While it was once thought that boys were 10 times more likely to have the condition now it is estimated they are 3 to 5 times more likely. Over half of the children with condition struggle socially and have difficulty getting along with their peers. Others have problems following rules and struggle coping with disciplinary measures. As one adult put it when asked how he felt growing up with attention hyperactivity deficit disorder he simply said “I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole all those years”.

As children grow into adolescence the primary symptom of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity are often overshadowed by the secondary symptoms of low self esteem, loss of motivation, frustration, worry, boredom, sleeplessness, and loss of hope. After a number of years of not quite living up to expectations many teens become discouraged. Hyperactive behavior likely is beginning to turn more inward during the teen years and may manifest itself as a general sense of restlessness and fidgeting.

In adulthood attention deficit hyperactivity disorder generally doesn’t improve much though adults may have developed a coping mechanism to deal with restlessness and hyperactivity. Unfortunately, problems with attention generally don’t improve on their own.

In summary, as a young child goes through life attention deficit hyperactive disorder may change slightly but never goes away. This does not mean they will be a failure. While many do experience self esteem issues, depression, family problems, and financial difficulties others will become wildly successful drawing from their creativity and propensity for risk taking. The successful ones will have learned to either manage or delegate their problematic symptoms while letting their strengths run.

What Next? For children, teenagers, and adults alike finding an effective treatment option is a good first step to managing attention hyperactivity deficit disorder symptoms. The most common form of treatment are of the prescription stimulant variety of medications, such as Ritalin, Concerta, and Cylert. While effective all stimulant medications come with a number of serious label warnings. The risk of side effects, or perhaps lack of success with stimulants, has prompted many to investigate other options. A couple examples of this are behavior modification therapy and/or natural remedies. Natural remedies for ADHD are a side effect free way to address such problematic symptoms as inattention, distractibility, impulsivity, erratic behavior and hyperactivity and can be used both as a standalone treatment or as a compliment to other nonprescription alternatives.

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One of the most distressing symptoms of an anxiety attack is chest pain. But don’t worry, you’re not having a heart attack. Chest pain is just one of many symptoms you may experience during an anxiety attack.

What Are the Symptoms of an Anxiety Attack?

Apart from chest pain, typical anxiety attack symptoms are; trembling, tightness across the chest / throat, shortness of breath, hot / cold flashes, nausea, dizziness, tingling in your fingers, disorientation and a feeling of some impending doom, etc.

As you can see these can be the signs of other conditions, so you are always best to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. This article is written assuming that you have suffered an actual anxiety attack.

What Causes Anxiety Attack Symptoms?

Believe it or not, an attack is the result of your body’s natural primeval reaction to what it perceives as a threat to it. This is a natural response that helped us humans thousands of years ago either fight or flee from imminent danger.

At any ‘sign’ of danger, chemical reactions were very quickly triggered around the body to help enhance speed of thought, vision, physical strength and speed, etc. This gave us as much chance as possible to fight and win, or, run away to safety.

But today you’re extremely unlikely to come across a wild animal or enemy in the high street! Instead, your body picks up on suddenly elevated fear, stress or anxiety, as a sign that there is imminent danger and so triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response.

The chemical reactions are then set in motion, but you get confused, because you aren’t aware of any physical threat, so the result is that these chemical reactions manifest themselves to you as the symptoms of an anxiety attack.

What Triggers an Anxiety Attack?

It really doesn’t take much to trigger an attack. But the key starting point is that a person already has a level of anxiety, worry, or stress, that is way higher than normal.

These are people that are going through a period in their lives where they are stressing and worrying about problems, events, situations, etc., in a way that is way out of proportion to their seriousness.

So that an everyday event, such as shopping in a supermarket, being stuck in traffic, having a job interview, etc., adds to your already elevated anxiety and so raises your anxiety enough to trigger your body’s fight or flight response, resulting in the symptoms of an anxiety attack.

What to Do When You Are Having an Anxiety Attack.

The first thing is to remember that an attack can’t do you any harm. During an attack, if you force yourself to remember that the symptoms you are experiencing are just your body’s natural reaction to a perceived danger that doesn’t actually exist at all, you are halfway to defeating your attack.

Breath slowly and rhythmically, and, try to focus outwards rather than inwards on yourself. Focus on what is happening around you, so that you become distracted from your symptoms. You won’t be able to stop the symptoms at once, but you’ll be able to shorten the length of the attack considerably.

But What Do You Do to Prevent Further Attacks?

One of the key issues is the actual fear of having another attack. And no wonder, the experience of an anxiety attack is so horrible that you don’t want to go through that again — I know I’ve been there!

Here’s the thing though: That very fear can of itself trigger another anxiety attack. Remember above how I talked about fear being added on top of already heightened anxiety? Well that’s what can happen here; you being terrified of having another attack can trigger the very thing you’re scared of!

You need to break out of your vicious anxiety cycle by eliminating your fear of an attack. And you do this by meeting your fear head-on (see below).

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In 1912 a researcher named Émile Durkheim published a work which he called “The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life”. To simplify a lot of what he said, it basically boiled down to, the images of religion and God within a society were reflective of the society itself, in a social and political sense. Meaning, our images of God reflect the existing power structure and cultural norms of our society.

Using Europe and the United States as an example, all the popular depictions of important figures such as Jesus or God, are either prohibited by various sects, or they are portrayed as white men. God, when shown, is usually depicted as being older. This reflects a society that is dominated by males, therefore until just recently, God was always referred to in short with “he”, not “she”. There is also a trend in society towards the older, rather than the younger.

If you examine the social structure and power structure of American and European society in the past, you will see it was generally dominated by white men, who were in their more elder years. This of course, does not hold true universally, William Pitt became a member of English Parliament at age 21, and became Prime Minister under George III at age 24, during the 1780′s, and was a very important figure in English history.

So in essence, a religion worshipping a God and other religious figures portrayed based on the political and social structure, is in fact, worshipping the current status quo. One is reaffirming their loyalty to the social and political structure in this way.

This idea works in many religions, if you look at the Jewish faith, the second most important figure outside of “God” would be Moses, who is always depicted as being an elderly, white, bearded male. Even fictional characters merely based off of being symbolic of Judeo-Christian figures, such as Jesus, are shown in this way.

There is some logical and scientific backing for Durkheim’s ideas as well. It has been found, in general, that the most religious sectors of societies, cross culturally, tend to be the most conservative and patriotic, believing that the current order should be kept in tact, because it is what their religious images and principles are based off of.

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In 1912 a researcher named Émile Durkheim published a work which he called “The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life”. To simplify a lot of what he said, it basically boiled down to, the images of religion and God within a society were reflective of the society itself, in a social and political sense. Meaning, our images of God reflect the existing power structure and cultural norms of our society.