Health

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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