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

Anger Over Trump’s Words Harms Our Health: Can We Forgive?

By Rita Watson MPH on August 17, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
If we are angry about Trump's Charlottesville words, we can instead cling to the words of Nelson Mandela, as cited by Barack Obama in the most liked tweet in history.

Mental Health Principles from the Wisdom of Psychotherapy

In thinking about a value system based on psychotherapeutic principles, I began to consider some guidelines that might be of value for achieving a freer, more satisfying existence.

Cooking and Problem-Solving with Kids

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in Screen Time
While problem-solving skills are not taught directly in the classroom, they are part of everyday life-building skills. It is important to provide children with real-world examples.

Crossing a Thin Line: Caloric Restriction and Health

Caloric restriction has occurred throughout history during war and famine, but restricting caloric intake while maintaining adequate nutrition may increase our "healthspan."
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Life’s Imaginary Prison Bars

By Alex Pattakos Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Meaningful Life
"Prison bars imagined are no less solid steel."
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The Lunar Eclipse and Your Shadow

By Diana Raab PhD on August 16, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
Are you feeling a bit off this week? Are strange things happening to you and your loved ones? There's a chance that this might be an effect of the upcoming lunar eclipse.

Fit or Fat, Fat but Fit, or Big Fat Lies

By Kari Anderson DBH, CEDS on August 16, 2017 in #BeHerNow
Another study suggests we can’t be fat and fit. An eating behavior therapist discusses what we really know.

What Are the Roots of Distress Among Refugees?

Research is changing the way we address the mental health needs of refugees.
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Hey Doc, I’m Not Crazy! Part II

Mental health and physical health are linked more than you know.

Careers for People People

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in How To Do Life
The second in a series on interesting careers.

After Charlottesville: Is Racism a Mental Illness?

In what ways might racism be considered a mental illness? How might this understanding help us treat those who suffer from pathological bias?

Introduction to Integrative Mental Health Care

Are you curious about new ideas in mental health care? Integrative mental health is a new paradigm that uses treatments from Western medicine and alternative medicine (CAM).

Dealing with Stress at School in an Age of Anxiety

By Daniel P. Keating Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Stressful Lives
A stress epidemic threatens students' learning and mental health. Understanding the sources can help teachers, leaders, and parents create a culture of reslience at school.

Quantitative Electroencephalography in Mental Health Care

Are you looking for more an advanced approach that can help you evaluate abnormal brain activity in OCD, depressed mood or bipolar disorder? QEEG brain wave analysis could help.
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It's Poverty, Stupid!

Billions spent to raise U.S. reading scores have had little, if any, effect. Is the money misspent? Maybe, but there is another major factor holding us back.

Unusual Ways to Lose Weight

Losing weight isn't always healthy. Beware: Here are ten things that will make the weight come off.

Are You Ready to Be Your Own Doctor?

By Haider Warraich M.D. on August 14, 2017 in On Modern Medicine
Shared decision making is all the rage in medicine, with several recent studies espousing its benefits. But how ready, willing and able are patients to take on that role?

Death and the Risk-taker

By George Michelsen Foy on August 14, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, who criticized the safe life, is killed saving children from drowning

Three Things I Know for Sure

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on August 14, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Oprah says Weight Watchers is mindful eating and weight loss is the only path to health. Here are three things I know for sure about health, weight, dieting, and mindful eating.

Coffee is a Drug Not a Beverage, Drink Up! Just Not Too Much

Coffee is a Drug, Not a Beverage, So drink up! Just not too much.

How to Plan a Mindful Vacation That Can Change Your Life

By Seth Meyers Psy.D. on August 12, 2017 in Insight Is 20/20
The smartest, most mindful thing you can do when planning a vacation is to ask yourself one basic question: What do I need emotionally and physically at this point in time?

Study Suggests Most Effective Way to Cut Sugar from Coffee

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on August 11, 2017 in Urban Survival
A new study finds the most effective way to cut back sugar in your coffee.

Why Too Many Sperms Spoil the Egg

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in How We Do It
Men can produce too many sperms as well as too few. Excessive sperm numbers around an egg can result in multiple fertilization, abnormal chromosome numbers, and miscarriage.

Who’s to Blame When a Child Dies in High-Conflict Divorce?

By Linda Esposito LCSW on August 11, 2017 in From Anxiety to Zen
Filicide is the most unimaginable crime perpetrated against children. The very act defies explanation, yet opening up the dialogue may be the only hope for the lives lost.

Do You Ask for What You Want?

By Atalanta Beaumont on August 11, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ask for what you want, and surprise yourself by how often you get it.

Music Is Good for the Soul, and Your Health

Study after study has found that music therapy has a positive effect on a broad range of physical and psychological conditions.
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What Is Mental Illness? Does Trump Have One?

When the term "mentally ill" is used to describe President Trump, is the term being used appropriately?

Health Care and Equality in India

By Marc Nemiroff Ph. D. on August 10, 2017 in Where the Heart Is
Indian health care: Is America listening?

Preserving Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance System

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The New Normal
Prevention is cheaper than the cure.

You Won’t Believe Who Can Help You Relieve Stress

Is even vacation time grueling? A new way of thinking can reduce stress.