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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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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STAND UP AND LIVE!

A recent report in Medscape pointed out that the total time we spend sitting has a direct relationship with early death. Yes, and I am sitting as I type this. Am I suicidal or what? Here is the link. If … 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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The Lifestyle Treatment

A recent report in The American Journal of Public Health shows that social isolation is as dangerous for our health, as we age, as smoking or weight problems. Social isolation is a lifestyle issue. Some people turn away from others, … Read More

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Things Are Getting Better

“Mom!” I heard my daughter call from downstairs. “There’s a spider in my tub. Come and help me.” I was slightly annoyed. Why can’t she take care of this herself? Then I heard something heart warming. “We have to be … Read More

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SAUERKRAUT TIME

It is time to make your sauerkraut. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, please read this in about six months. A 2011 article in Psychology Today by Emily Deans, M.D. reviewed an amazing study on stress and gut health. … Read More

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WHY EATING GRASS FED MEAT WILL SAVE THE PLANET

In his TED talk, the deliciously named Allan Savory described “desertification,” the process we see throughout the whole world in which formerly green areas are turning to desert. Some climates, such as Britain, get year-round rainfall and are always green. … Read More

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TRACKING DEPRESSION AND INFLAMMATION

Dr. Ed Suarez at Duke has published another study on c-reactive protein and depression. You can read the announcement here: http://tinyurl.com/LynnJ-creactiveproteinstudy For years now we have been learning how depression appears to have a large component of inflammation. Dr Charles … Read More

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WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE?

TEACHING POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY As I study positive psychology, I feel more and more interest in teaching and sharing. I am happier; I want others to be happier. One of the best ways to improve happiness is to look at specific … Read More

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