The Wine Guy: The comforts of love, God and home

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with Anthony Scarano

The stress that most affects people is by and large emotional and work-related.

The first organ to be affected by stress is the small intestine, which is in charge of digesting food but is also very much influenced by emotional traumas. This can create a tight, painful, bloated stomach and lead to poor digestion, constipation, PMS and other problems. These problems, in turn, can contribute to liver and gall bladder problems.

Emotional stress can come from being in a bad relationship, separating from your spouse, divorce or the death of a loved one. This stress can affect the heart and the lungs as well as the small intestine. The lungs are affected because of the grief and sadness caused by loss or the lack of companionship and/or affection.

Work-related stress also causes many troubles. The fast-paced lifestyles many of us lead to survive financially in this country upsets the body's natural biorhythms. This results in fatigue from the constant draining of life-force energy from the kidneys and adrenal glands, which severely hurts the liver. The anger and frustration that many people feel because of their jobs; the fear of losing one's job, money or business; having to deal with shady business practices; or working in an unpleasant or unhealthy work environment damages the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, stomach, pancreas and spleen.

Being angry and frustrated can also have a negative impact outside of one's health and well-being. When anger is feeding a person he expresses impatience with and cruelty to others instead of love, joy and respect. A stressed individual becomes accident prone and is quick to fight with co-workers, customers or others in the workplace.

Rare is the person who is free of some sort of negative emotion that affects his life in some way. This is one of life's cruelties.

The mind is a marvelous wonder worker. In a moment a person can turn from saint to sinner or vice versa. By practicing controlling one's thoughts and mental pictures a person can learn mental control. This is more difficult for some than others because deep rooted mental habits and psychological problems may be buried, unresolved, under years of repression and are hard to dig up and conquer quickly and easily.

Some people can turn to religion for help, using prayer as a sort of meditation that can help bring relaxation and balance to the body and mind (simply asking God for favors is not true prayer, a person must take a proactive role in gaining inner peace, balance and understanding). Even religious articles can help soothe if read with an open mind and willing heart.

Jesus Christ preached of treating people with respect and love, promising that doing so will work wonders and produce peace. And it is true that if one treats other with respect and understanding he will, for the most part, get such treatment in return. The person who treats others with disdain and disrespect breeds contempt and resentment and is essentially sowing the seeds of his own destruction.

Home should be a place where one can find peace, serenity, love and a healing atmosphere. Home should bring comfort, whether it be from being with the people who love you and accept you for all that you are - despite your flaws - or from the things that are familiar such as flowers or decorations. Dinner time should be a quiet and loving time when the whole family joins the table. There should be no television or distracting noises, the children should be quiet and well-behaved, and the conversation should be light, pleasant and joyful. The table should have prepared foods such as fruit and vegetable dishes - not just pizza - food that is easily digestible. For the adults a small glass or two of wine is a must.

You can't go wrong living this way.

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an 88-year-old Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.