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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New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Depression is tricky for some people to cope with because there really is no general consensus on the origins of the illness — is it caused by an imbalance in chemicals in the brain? Or it is caused by the stress of emotional trauma? Is it a little bit of both? Debates rage on amongst scientists; however, a recent study could potentially explain what is going on in our bodies when we deal with ...

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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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October Nutrient of the Month: Zinc

October Nutrient of the Month: Zinc

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN
Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Stubborn acne? Thinning hair? Dandruff? Always feeling run down? You may blame these on stress or aging and may even consider them as minor annoyances. But these symptoms may actually be signs you are suffering from low levels of an essential mineral: Zinc.

Zinc is often treasured as a go-to-support for helping to battle the common cold, but zinc does so much more for the body than just bolstering your immune ...

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

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

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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