Go-To Meditations for this Pandemic Time

Go-To Meditations for this Pandemic Time

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT,

This year’s Men’s Health Month comes amidst the unprecedented stressful times of this pandemic.  Staying healthy both physically and mentally has never been more important, and more challenging.  Social isolation, disrupted routines and exercise regimens, financial losses, unemployment and ruined businesses, fear paranoia and divisive politics, all make it likely that everyone is struggling now more than ever.   While everyone is stressed, and stress is a normal reaction of this crisis, men may be extra ...

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Fight Traffic Stress through Music and Relaxation

Fight Traffic Stress through Music and Relaxation

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Here is how:

I came to Rio this past December to present my work, visit family and to enjoy the  “Cidade Maravilhosa”, or Marvelous City as Rio is known to most Brazilians.

There’s a lot to love about Rio and its beautiful landscape.

The weather, the beaches, great places to eat…

But there’s one thing that can be a real drag…

O Transito… The traffic.

Crawling along, bumper-to-bumper, watching the minutes on the clock tick… tick… tick away. It can get pretty frustrating — ...

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15+ ways to prevent dementia

15+ ways to prevent dementia

By Maggie Ney, ND

In our society, we are quick to blame common symptoms like forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and brain fog on the aging process. While these symptoms are certainly common, they are not an inevitable part of the aging process.  Dementia is the term used to describe individuals who experience memory loss and impairment in judgment. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia.  When we understand the different causes of dementia, we can be proactive about making the changes to ensure that ...

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The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

No, you do not need new reading glasses. You read it right; we have 3 Brains.

Wait! Three brains? I can barely handle my head Brain!

The first one is the HEAD, then the HEART one followed by the GUT brain. These 3 brains are interconnected through an extensive network of neurons, each with particular roles. Resembling a highway of information, these brains, when balanced, provide stability, grounding and the intuition (gut feelings) necessary for ultimate ...

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Families and Screen Time

Families and Screen Time

By David Laramie, PhD

While recently traveling on vacation, I was wholly unsurprised yet continually dismayed to see the incredible hold that cellular phones have on the modern mind.  My favorite example was seeing a father who had ordered fried eggs at a breakfast buffet.  During the scant one or two minutes that his eggs cooked, he frantically played a game on his phone.  This was despite the fact that if he had lifted his head, he could have taken in ...

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Summer Mindfulness

Summer Mindfulness

By Alicia Maher, MD

Ahhhh, summer. So many wonderful things that we look forward to all year. The kids are out of school and there’s more time for the unstructured and fun.

But sometimes a house full of people with unstructured time can also mean more noise and stress. When we start feeling stressed, there’s a quick, simple mindfulness practice that may help. This is a mental exercise to decrease the reactivity we have throughout the day. This one can even ...

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Where’d My Brain Go?

Where’d My Brain Go?

By Bren Boston, MD

Many women who enter the transition into menopause will say, “I’m so frustrated!  I can’t remember the word that’s on the tip of my tongue, or where I left my keys!”

While some of this can be chalked up to the fact that women in mid-life are typically juggling their whole family’s schedules, to-do lists, and endless multitasking, a decline in estrogen also plays a role.

Our brains have estrogen (estradiol) receptors that mediate protection of our brain cells (neurons). The ...

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

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

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?

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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