When the Luv Bug Catches You!

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When the Luv Bug Catches You!

 

By Edison De Mello, MD, PhD

Blame it on chemistry: Testosterone, Dopamine, Oxycotin, … and your nose, get you Ready for Luv.

Testosterone is not just the “macho hormone” that most people think of it as. It actually drives sexual desire in both men and women. The salivary transfer of this powerful hormone is believed to be what increases sexual desire in partners during kissing.
Dopamine levels, the brain’s pleasure hormone that plays a role in gambling and drug use, are also ...

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Why Men Have Trouble Showing Love

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Why Men Have Trouble Showing Love

 

By Dr. David Laramie

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and with it comes countless customs for displaying love. Lets take up the popular trope that men do not show love as much as women. In the conventional discourse active listening and intimate, expressive, emotional, talk are the standard for what love is supposed to look like. Contemporary pop psychology and many psychotherapies often hold them up as the ideal method of communicating affect. In turn, men are often deemed ...

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Stretching the “Love Hormone”

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Stretching the “Love Hormone”

 

By Olivia Barry, PT, E-RYT500

“Honey, have you been to yoga lately?” You may have asked the question; you may have received the question, but many of us know that yoga — mindful movement and breath practices — plays a big part in how we interact with others. How is it that our partners know if we have been practicing yoga? They can’t feel if our hamstrings are getting a little tight. They don’t ...

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Beat the Statistics: Be the 8%

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Beat the Statistics: Be the 8%

 

By Sari Eitches, MD

Only 8% of Americans achieve their New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some tips to tip the odds of success in your favor.

  1. Make it social. Join an online group of people with similar goals. Join a local fitness or walking group. Make a standing date with a friend to hike and brunch on Sunday mornings or go to yoga and meditation on Thursday evenings. When we tie our ...
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Placebo Effect: How the mind (and body) responds to what we think

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Placebo Effect: How the mind (and body) responds to what we think

 

By. Dr. Alicia Maher

Have you ever flinched at the sight of blood? Or yawned when you see someone else do so? Our brains are reacting to things even when we aren’t conscious of it. Sometimes, this reaction is as powerful as medication, such as what occurs with the placebo response. In every study of medication versus placebo, there will be some people who respond to the inert substance of the placebo, the same as the group getting the active ...

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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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Dealing With Your Boogeyman: Honoring the Voice Within

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Dealing With Your Boogeyman:  Honoring the Voice Within

 

By Kevin Kunkel

We call a boogeyman a boogeyman because it seems scary and we don’t want to face it.  They are the actions and decisions that conjure up fear because they will initially be painful or hard, even if it is for your obvious long-term benefit, and so we don’t want ot face it. Yet facing the boogeyman in our life can make the difference between you living your life from an empowered place or staying stuck in maladaptive, reactive patterns ...

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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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Reduce Your Anxiety!

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Reduce Your Anxiety!

 

By. Dr. David Laramie

In an era that offers opportunities for near constant stimulation and distraction, staying focused is more important than ever.  The ability to deliberately aim and sustain attention is crucial to creativity and productivity and good health.  More than that, it just feels good!  Research has shown that mind-wandering makes people less happy than when their minds are on the task at hand.  In fact, even daydreaming about pleasant things did not provide a big benefit, as ...

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