Pumping for Healthier Babies and the Working Mother

Pumping for Healthier Babies and the Working Mother

By Melissa Belli, MD

When asking mothers why they stop or cut down on breastfeeding, a significant proportion say returning to work was the deal breaker for them. The difficulties of pumping at work and the inconvenience of the current pumping technology greatly influence a woman’s decision to continue to breastfeed.  According to the Centers for Disease Control 77% of mothers in the USA initiate breastfeeding, yet only 16.4% are exclusively breastfeeding by 6 months (49% still breastfeed at 6 months ...

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Is the Runner’s High a Quick Buzz or a Long-Term Benefit?

Is the Runner’s High a Quick Buzz or a Long-Term Benefit?

By Myles Spar, M.D., M.P.H.

“Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.”
– Henry David Thoreau

Every day I have patients who come to me asking what they should take to help prevent memory loss or to treat depression or “brain fog” – a loss of ability to concentrate fully. I have several supplements that can help those things, but there is one prescription that is more proven, consistently helpful and accessible than any pill ...

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From Scattered to Centered

From Scattered to Centered
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What’s the Big Deal About Genetically-Modified Organisms?

What’s the Big Deal About Genetically-Modified Organisms?

Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

The Answer: Your Health

For over forty industrialized nations – including countries such as Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, and Spain – the question of whether or not to identify and label GMO’s is a no-brainer. When asked how Europeans handle GMO labeling, a European colleague of mine – not surprisingly – laughed as she wisely said, “You Americans can make such a big deal out of nothing. In Europe, this is a very easy question to answer: ...

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Sugar Maybe Bad, But Sweet is Wonderful

Sugar Maybe Bad, But Sweet is Wonderful

The taste of sweet is central in nature in that it is a primary taste in almost all major food groups. Sweet has the quality of a heavy, steadiness, that is deeply satisfying and delightful to our bodies. In ayurveda, a balanced diet is when a meal contains all 6 tastes: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Each of the 6 tastes balances our bodies in different ways, and, if we re-gain effective understanding, we will hear our bodies ...

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Mindfulness Meditation and Brain Health

Mindfulness Meditation and Brain Health

Swati Desai, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Richard Davidson, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was named as one of the hundred influential people in the world in 2006 by Time magazine. This very influential researcher who was known for his work on neuroscience of emotions was invited to visit His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1992 in Dharamsala, India. Dalai Lama asked him why scientists did not study the ...

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How to Release the “Brakes” on your Brain for Better Performance

How to Release the “Brakes” on your Brain for Better Performance

Alicia Maher, MD

I’m going to step away from the heavier neuroscience teachings that I became accustomed to doing in my years in academic medicine. I think it can be much more helpful to use a metaphor to illustrate how we are using our brains to make our lives better or worse. This metaphor is to think of the different aspects of your brain as either the gas or brake pedals in your life.

Often, the ways that your brain is acting ...

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Stress, Hormones and the Female Body

Stress, Hormones and the Female Body

Every year I write an article on how to manage stress during the holiday season. While learning stress management tools are important, it is also important to appreciate how stress affects our body and our hormones. Stress produces a hormonal response. Whether the stress is induced by running into a tiger in the woods, as experienced by our ancestors hundreds of years ago; sitting in traffic; or trying to finish an article by its deadline, stress causes a hormonal cascade ...

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Meditate Away the Holiday Stress

Meditate Away the Holiday Stress

Swati Desai, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Desai is the Director of Integrative Psychological Services at the Akasha Center, Meditation Teacher, Psychotherapist, and a regular blogger at Huffington Post. Check her website www.swatidesai.com. To make an appointment with her or to talk to her, please email at meditate@swatidesai.com or call at (310) 308 9531.

Holidays are a time for increased attachment: to material abundance, to family togetherness, to vacation time, and to the fantasy of joy that comes with all ...

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A Simple Cleanse for Body, Mind, Spirit & Palate

A Simple Cleanse for Body, Mind, Spirit & Palate

The article below has been submitted for publication to the Huffington Post. It states my views on the importance and value of cleansing. I was INSPIRED to write this article for a number of reasons. First, our next group cleanse will be happening later this month at the Loews Beach Hotel and I wanted to introduce people to Akasha’s unique approach to cleansing. Second, my own health has improved tremendously since I started cleansing regularly. In contrast to a decade ...

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