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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Two Minutes to Improved Health and Happiness

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Two Minutes to Improved Health and Happiness

 

By Dr. Sari Eitches

There is a 2-minute habit that many of the world’s happiest and most successful people practice on a daily basis: keep a gratitude journal. It is a simple, yet a profound practice. All that is needed is to reflect on each day and jot down 2-3 things that you are grateful for. They can be as small as a wellmade matcha latte or as big as your physical health and safety… what matters is that these ...

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Gratitude and your Mood

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Gratitude and your Mood

 

By Alicia Maher, M.D.

 

One of the central tenets of Thanksgiving- gratitude, offers us a powerful tool for changing our mood. There are times when it’s not our thoughts about the situation that are causing problems for us, but rather it really is the situation itself. A good example of this is grieving, or loss. In addition, there are those instances where one just feels too low to get out of a negative thought pattern. And, sometimes, it just isn’t ...

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Freeing Up Your Gut with Abdominal Massage

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Freeing Up Your Gut with Abdominal Massage

 

By Kevin Kunkel M.A.

The health of your body and mind relies on the health of your gut.  Consider:

  • nearly 80% of one’s immune system is in the gut, placing a large responsibility on our gut for fighting diseases, infections, and illnesses
  • Nearly 90% of the sleep and mood-regulating neurotransmitter Serotonin is made in the gut
  • the digestive system controls our metabolism and our ability to absorb the vitamins and nutrients critical for our health and energy level
  • the gut and brain are intimately ...
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Understanding a Woman’s Low Libido

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Understanding a Woman’s Low Libido

 

By Dr. Maggie Ney

Having a low libido is pretty common. Moments of low desire are natural and normal. In fact, there is no normal frequency or set of behaviors that can diagnose a woman with a low libido. Low libido is an issue when the lack of desire is having an effect in her life and causing distress. It many ways, a healthy libido can be a sign of optimal health. All systems in the body need to ...

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