The Obesity Solution - Forget Moderation
Congratulations Colorado! You are the only state with an obesity rate of less than 20%. Twenty years ago, no state had an obesity rate above 15 percent. Today, more than two out of three states, 38 total, have obesity...Continue reading "The Obesity Solution - Forget Moderation"
Moving Bodies: How to Use Your Body to Help Your Mind
by Gregg Krech Generally when we think of exercise we think of getting our body in shape. But personal experience and research in the field of exercise and mental health demonstrate that an active body is a key element of...Continue reading "Moving Bodies: How to Use Your Body to Help Your Mind"
Mental Health Research - Update
1. Depression Risk Higher with Diet of High Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio 2. Folic Acid Supplementation May Reduce Depression Risk 3. Antidepressants Become the Most Highly-Prescribed Drug in America Depression Risk Higher with Diet of High Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio Two common essential...Continue reading "Mental Health Research - Update"
ScienceDaily: Listening To Music Can Reduce Chronic Pain And Depression By Up To A Quarter
It can also make people feel more in control of their pain and less disabled by their condition. Researchers carried out a controlled clinical trial with sixty people, dividing them into two music groups and a control group. They...Continue reading "ScienceDaily: Listening To Music Can Reduce Chronic Pain And Depression By Up To A Quarter"
Where is the Joy in Alzheimer's Caregiving?
By Beverly Bigtree Murphy, MS, CRC, Caregiver I took care of my husband, Tom, at home through the duration of his years with Alzheimer’s. I did it with private home health care, respite breaks for short vacations, and what amounted...Continue reading "Where is the Joy in Alzheimer's Caregiving?"
Learning for Life
by Trudy Boyle Not long ago an acquaintance and I were discussing the art of aging gracefully or living well at any age. She told me that her biggest fear was that she might become like her mother. Although I...Continue reading "Learning for Life"
Mind/Body Medicine in Japan
Dr. Itami is the founder of Meaningful Life Therapy (MLT) in Japan. MLT is a psycho-educational program that provides guidance, support and skills for those who are suffering from serious illness, primarily cancer. It compliments the patient's medical treatment and is based on the premise that the mind and body are not separate. The patient's attitude and life activity impact on their health. Several characteristics of MLT are noteworthy when compared to efforts in the U.S.Continue reading "Mind/Body Medicine in Japan"
My Foot Takes a Vacation: Coping with Injury and Physical Limitations
In the big picture, not being able to put any weight on one foot for several months, and having to maneuver around on crutches is no big deal. My mind being what it is, however, often made it a big deal. Moments of frustration and self-pity were tempered, however, by the realization that I had not only lived, but had sustained nothing more than an inconvenient injury from which I would recover in relatively short order. I was, and am, grateful to have gotten off so easy.Continue reading "My Foot Takes a Vacation: Coping with Injury and Physical Limitations"
Do I Feel A Little Warm To You?: Confessions of a Hypochondriac
The more a person focuses on their symptoms (internal experience), the more pronounced the symptoms become. Therefore, if the problem is the result of self-focused attention, the antidote is to help the person to shift his attention to the world around him.Continue reading "Do I Feel A Little Warm To You?: Confessions of a Hypochondriac"
Seven Factors That Predict Healthy Aging
Vaillant claims that there are seven key indicators of a person's life at age 50 that are pretty good predictors of where they will be (or if they will be) at age 80: "Whether we live to a vigorous old age lies not so much in our stars or our genes as in ourselves."Continue reading "Seven Factors That Predict Healthy Aging"