Living a Healthy Life

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be a struggle, and the ideal routine seems to change all the time. Yet physical well-being plays an undeniably important role in our daily lives. In many ways, our mental health impacts our ability to be physically healthy, and vice versa. Researchers in both domains have a lot to say about what it takes to be well.

Recent posts on Health

Unsafe Refuge

The Centers for Disease Control recently reported on the case of a family poisoned in their home after a botched Florida fumigation. It would be reassuring to view this as a fluke

Three Ways Stimulants Negatively Change Your Life

There are so many more than just these reasons to avoid abuse of stimulants.

Four Ways to Help Your Kids Avoid Depression and Addiction

Intentionally building your relationship with your child to include trust, open lines of communication and mutual support is one of the best ways you can encourage your child.

Is Light Exercise Enough to Reduce Depression?

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 28, 2016 in CBT and Me
How intense does exercise need to be to control symptoms of depression? New research shows that we may not have to work as hard as we think.

How to Stop Dieting: 3 Keys to Sane, Sustainable Weight Loss

Most diets don't work, because they're impossible to stick to long term. Try following these principles for successful sustainable weight loss and break that yo-yo dieting cycle.

Stone-Walling Your Wife Can Give You Back Trouble

By Temma Ehrenfeld on July 28, 2016 in Open Gently
Stone-walling can give husbands back and neck pain, according to a study with 20 years of data.
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How Self-Control Can Help You Live a Healthier Life

Self-control is a vital strength and key determinant of success in everyday life.

How Does a Lung Cancer Diagnosis Change a Life?

Does a lung cancer diagnosis lead to new ideas about lifestyle, stress relief and disease? Yes it does.

Why We Read WebMD

Research explains the impulse to look for medical information online.

Mental Healthcare Lacking for Small Business Owners

Small business owners also face the risk of experiencing mental illness.
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Are You Showing Signs of Stress?

We’re stressed out, and that negatively affects our health, which contributes to even more stress. This spiral is not headed in a good direction. What does stress do to us?

Why Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery?

After fifteen plus years of suffering from this illness with little relief from symptoms, I often feel forgotten by the medical community.

A Nation Advances on Its Stomach

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in The Human Beast
Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Now, economists conclude that how well fed a nation is drives the economy.
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Hot Flashes Forever? Maybe

What's the deal with hot flashes?

Two (Often Overlooked) Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life

Do you want to improve your quality of life, but don't know where to begin? If so, I have good news. A study published today offers two practical ways to improve quality of life.

If We Only Had a Brain: Participate in a Clinical Trial

By Greg O'Brien on July 26, 2016 in On Pluto
Just a few keyboard swipes could put the U.S. on the road to triumph over Alzheimer’s. If you're experiencing memory loss that disrupts your daily life, seek help. Take the test.

Fighting Lung Cancer Stigmas Saves Lives

How reframing lung cancer can lead to earlier diagnoses, more knowledge about the disease and maybe, just maybe, a cure.

Weight-Loss Floss and the Art of Health Behavior Change

By Joel Minden, PhD on July 26, 2016 in CBT and Me
Finding it difficult to eat right or exercise? Instead of searching for willpower, address the barriers to success.

The Incredible Healing Modality You've Never Heard Of

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on July 26, 2016 in Feeling It
Foot zoning looks a lot like acupressure but is not at all the same. Foot zoning, practitioners claim, brings a person back into balance.
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Why Change Is So Hard

Change is hard only if you think it's so.

Compassion Fatigue in a Globalized Society

How can we stay informed about tragedy and suffering in the world around us, while also maintaining a caring perspective about others and a healthy life for ourselves?

The Surprising Emotion Behind Anxiety

Are you seething inside but acting cool on the outside? Learn how to safely let go of your controlled demeanor, and communicate honestly and directly.

A Five Second Health Secret Your Doctor Will Never Tell You

A fast, fun, simple solution for longstanding health problems

3 Easy Things You Can Do to Be More Successful

By Ryan Anderson on July 24, 2016 in The Mating Game
Are you wondering how to be successful? Greatness is within everyone. A few simple adjustments to your life can go a long way.

How Common Are Sex-Related Injuries?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People often report sex-related injuries, from masturbation or vigorous passion. How common are these experiences, and are they evidence of people being "out of control"?
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Can Trauma Improve Our Psychological Health?

The impact of trauma is complex. Not all of it is bad, and sometimes it may even be good.

Inside the Mind of the Munich Mass Killer

This kind of conundrum has led some psychiatrists to suggest mass or spree killers suffer from a rare disorder so far unclassified and unknown in the textbooks.

"A Person of Substance"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
An obese person's interior and exterior life.

Mom With Metastatic Cancer Talks About Resilience

From time to time I receive inspiring letters from people who have encountered my work and are kind enough to share their lives. Here is one such letter that brought me to tears.