Skepticism and Health

Today many people are avoiding wheat. I saw one report on the internet claiming that wheat uniquely drives up blood sugar. According to this report, blood sugar would rise moderately with an oatmeal breakfast but skyrocket with a wheat breakfast. … Read More

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Do Statins Damage Mental Health?

I just read a new report. It turns out that drugs that lower cholesterol, including statins, damage memory. The article appears in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. The lead author is Brian Strom.| http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26054031 The findings are … Read More

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Hobbies that help you Thrive

Eating a “rainbow diet” with lots of vegetables helps you recover from depression. Why is that? It is very likely that the rainbow diet reduces chronic inflammation. What will raise chronic inflammation? Eating prepared foods. Being worried and upset. Not … Read More

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GUT HEALTH and MENTAL HEALTH

When I started exploring lifestyle interventions a few years ago, I thought that interventions like coaching clients toward healthy eating and more physical exercise (among at least ten or twelve others!) were useful and interesting additions to my clinical skills. … Read More

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NUTRITION AND MENTAL HEALTH

A PRESS RELEASE from Medical Express (http://medicalxpress.com/) from January 28 (but just showing up in my inbox!) is a press release from the University of Melbourne. That’s in Oz, of course. http://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-01-diet-nutrition-essential-mental-health.html “Diet and nutrition essential for mental health” publicizes … Read More

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Lifestyles solutions

On Dec. 10 I interviewed Sandra Scheinbaum, Ph.D. on functional medicine. She is a psychologist, and has been in a practice with other therapists, medical doctors, and a psychiatrist. Her core argument is that psychotherapy has been too narrow to … Read More

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IS SEVEN THE MAGIC NUMBER?

Happiness is mostly a matter of right thinking, would you agree? Practicing calmness, hope and gratitude will all boost happiness? Or perhaps, it is about right action? Acts of kindness and service, focusing on improving skills, embracing a life of … Read More

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