Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

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Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

 

By Dr Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Since the 2000s, our lives have dramatically changed with the omnipresence of social media and smartphone use. We are now online 24/7 and bombarded with information, such as friend requests, Instagram posts, videos and more. Along the way, we seem to have somewhat forgotten how to interact face- to-face with our peers. And  although we are a part of this large and ever growing social media community, we appear to ...

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly socially isolated world, is essential to our health.  It is so important that all doctors should be asking their patients about their community and support system during every annual health visit. Social connection does not require being physically present with people. Social connection is someone’s subjective experience of feeling understood and feeling a connection to others. We know that friendship (and it’s quality, not quantity) and social connection lead ...

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Get on your Game Face to make Health Changes

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Get on your Game Face to make Health Changes

 

By David Laramie, PhD

If you watched the recent Winter Olympics,  then perhaps you noticed the striking rituals of the world class athletes as they prepared to perform.  Whether they don headphones, stare in to space, shake and stretch, or check their gear – the athletes often have fierce and focused looks on their faces.  The last several years of strenuous work and have all built up to an incredibly pressure filled moment.  In the face of such high stakes, athletes ...

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

 

By. David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm. Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation. Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers. In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive function. There is even ...

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Stress of Remembering

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Stress of Remembering

 

Alicia Maher, MD

Stress. It’s something we’ve all heard plenty about. But today I want to talk about a particular type of stress, the stress of remembering. This is particularly a struggle for those with ADHD, but can be an issue for others as well.

This can be remembering what to pack for a trip or bring to work or to surf. Without a system for remembering, those who struggle to remember can live life constantly feeling like they are forgetting ...

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Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

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Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

 

By Dr. Swati Desai

I remember getting really angry when I was doing my Akasha Cleanse and it required me not to have my morning cup of coffee. It is hard to let go of habits even when they are unwanted. It could be habits around food, alcohol, smoking, or some patterns of strong reactions which we regret later. We know we want to change them and yet we fall into the same hole again and again. How do we ...

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Courage is Good For Your Health

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Courage is Good For Your Health

 

Dr. Bren Boston

Courage makes us feel good. It allows us to have some control over how we react to our fears. Courage gives us the bravery to stand up to our fears, again and again, whether we conquer those fears or not. Perhaps then, we should appreciate that courage can also have a beneficial effect on our mental and physical health. Staying healthy can allow us to be more courageous.

Courage is one of those intangible powers inside all of ...

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The Thanksgiving Conundrum For Men

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The Thanksgiving Conundrum For Men

 

By Dr. David Laramie

With Thanksgiving upon us, there is lots of talk these days about gratitude and giving thanks.  In fact, gratitude has become a year-round, prominent feature in the public discourse.  It is increasingly normal for patients to come into my practice who already include gratitude practices as part of their daily routines, not just a once a year practice done before turkey and mashed potatoes.

However, not many people discuss the big differences between men and women when ...

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A Brief Introduction to Mindful Self Compassion

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A growing body of evidence is demonstrating that one simple practice called “Mindful Self Compassion” helps to address the most common pain points of the human experience in today’s world. Almost all of which are rooted in one underlying emotion: FEAR.

Watch as Akasha Center’s Dr. Swati Desai introduces us to the concept by providing easy to relate to examples, and how MSC can be used to prepare us for anything:

Do you find yourself being very ...

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Ready for Everything? Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

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Ready for Everything? Mindful Self-Compassion Workshop

MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION

  • Do you find yourself ruminating over negative things, finding faults in you, and not enjoying the moment?
  • Do you have a critical voice installed in you that does not quiet down?
  • Do you find yourself afraid of failing and not taking risks even when you know they would take you closer to what you want?
  • Do you find yourself wanting to be special that nothing feels right if you are not?
  • Do you find yourself putting others ahead of you and not always ...
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