Essential Reads

Whatever Doesn't Kill You, Will Only Make You Stronger?

Rethinking what it means to be resilient

High Tech Care for Heart Failure Patients: A Bathroom Scale

A simple scale is a weapon in preventing unwanted heart failure emergencies.

Want to Live Longer? Make Good Friends.

Good relationships have a potent beneficial impact on your health.

Fifty Shades: Glamorizing Abuse or Harmless Escapism?

Claims that the Fifty Shades books harm readers lack solid evidence

Recent Posts on Diet

Germanwings Flight 9525: Scared to Fly, Again?

Don't let the crash in the Alps make your flying phobia resurface.

The New Improved BMI

BMI categories underestimate the presumed health consequences of lower weights and overestimate the presumed health consequences of higher weights.

Whatever Happened to Health?

What you don't count often counts most. If the numbers are good, how bad can things be? Pretty bad.

6 Ways to Improve Your Self-Discipline Today

Self-discipline isn't an innate characteristic, it's a learned skill. The good news is, we all have the ability to start improving our self-discipline today.

Anorexia Affects More Men Than Previously Thought

Anorexia and bulimia are traditionally seen as “female problems” but recent studies show that approximately one third of people with anorexia and about one half of those with bulimia are men.

Brian Williams, Journalism, and Celebrity Culture

When journalists start living in a celebrity bubble, bad things can happen. Just ask Brian Williams. His downfall reminds us of the malleability of memory, and it also poses a cautionary tale to all journalists, particularly to the trend in journalism education to promote "entrepreneurial" journalism -- teaching aspiring journalists to cultivate their own "brand".

4 Steps to End Emotional Eating

Is food your best friend and your worst enemy? It doesn't have to be this way.

Tackling Mid-Life Weight Issues (Part 2): Why Sleep Matters

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 23, 2015 in Cravings
Lack of sleep can have a negative impact on many areas of your life, including the state of your overall mental and physical health. Experts believe that sleep may also play a big role in weight management.

The 5 Secret Reasons We Don't Lose Weight

We all hear so many contradictory messages about the most effective route to weight loss that it is easy to feel confused. Although fads will come and go, there is concrete science to guide our weight loss efforts. One of the most important things is to avoid common pitfalls.

Cancer Risk and Weight: Our Body and "Pathologies of Space"

Being overweight or obese has been associated with metabolic abnormalities such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and abnormal triglyceride and cholesterol levels, as well as cardiac disease, osteoarthritis, and even sleep apnea. Researchers also have found strong associations between excessive body weight and many forms of cancer. Women are even more at risk than men.

3 Secrets to Making Your Good Habits Stick

Just because you're struggling with self-discipline doesn't mean you have to raise the white flag and declare your self-improvement efforts a failure. Instead, work to increase the chances that you'll stick to your healthier habits - even when you don't feel like it.

Eating Healthy but Gaining Weight

Subway turkey sandwich or Big Mac? What side and drink do you want to go with that?

Should Parents Be Punished if Their Kids Are Obese?

As if being a parent weren't hard enough.....

Whatever Doesn't Kill You, Will Only Make You Stronger?

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in The Third Age
When bad stuff happens to resilient people, it appears that in the short-term they don’t do anything different from what nonresilient people do. Instead, they feel something different about their ability to handle things. And as a result, they fare better physically and psychologically over the long-term.

Bored, Blue or Blah? 4 Ways to Cope (Without Eating!)

By Susan Albers Psy.D. on March 20, 2015 in Comfort Cravings
Do you munch when you are bored? Most of us do! Here are some easy, scientifically researched ways to beat boredom eating.

Epigenetics and Memory

Want to increase your cognitive function? Eating the right foods can boost your brain power.

Want to Feel Good, Live Better, and Probably Live Longer?

The other night I watched with great interest a PBS special on heart health. The focus of the show was on Dr. Steven Masley’s book titled "The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up," to be released in paperback next month.

The 4th Lie

Do diets make you thinner and healthier?

High Tech Care for Heart Failure Patients: A Bathroom Scale

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on March 17, 2015 in Patient Power
Heart failure is a common and serious condition, and patients (and their families) suffer frequent ER visits and middle-of-the-night hospitalizations to treat sudden, terrifying bouts of severe shortness of breath or other symptoms. But there is a simple, low tech tool the heart failure patient can use to help reduce these emergency crises. A bathroom scale.

6 Reasons Smart People Don't Diet

Most men and women have been on a diet—at least one, if not many. We have because we’re tempted by the promises that inundate us. Lose a pound a day. Get a flat belly. Increase your metabolism. Be “thinspirational.” What’s not to like about this? The problem? These diets don’t work!

When Love Kills

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 16, 2015 in A Swim in Denial
In 1850s Rome, cloistered nuns got entangled in fraud, murder, sexual hijinks, and what the investigators “false holiness.” The Inquisition kept the scandal buried until 1998. Now the story’s out and it has much to tell us about love, hero-worship, crime, and neoteny.

Tackling Mid-Life Weight Issues: A 5-Step Plan

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 16, 2015 in Cravings
Maintaining a healthy weight and fitness level as you get older is as much about getting enough sleep and stress relief as it is about eating right and exercising.

How Diet Can Help Alleviate Chronic Pain

My colleague Carol Bowman, M.D., staff physician and director of The Pain Recovery Program at Father Martin’s Ashley, discusses the positive outcomes associated with an anti-inflammatory diet as part of an integrated treatment approach for patients suffering from chronic pain.

What the MTHFR Is Up with this Fancy Folate?

By Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc on March 16, 2015 in Inner Source
How do you know if a common vitamin is actually harmful for you? Learn about the differences in folic acid and find out.

Want to Live Longer? Make Good Friends.

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in The Third Age
It may be surprising, but who you choose as a friend matters, and so does the quality of those friendships. Good relationships have a potent beneficial impact on your health.

Older Sad Man Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 15, 2015 in How To Do Life
Although not clinically depressed, many of my older male clients are sad.

Buying And Selling Binge Eating Disorder

By Allen J Frances M.D. on March 12, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
In Greek myth, Cassandra was cursed with the gift of seeing the future without having any power to change it. I now know the feeling. What a mess.

If an Antidepressant Makes You Thin While You Are Taking It

How can you keep pounds off after antidepressant therapy has served its purpose?

4 Shocking Lies About Weight: Part 3

Does being fat cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases?

5 Mind-Body-Behavior Practices That Can Change Your Life

By practicing these research-supported actions in your emotional life, physical actions and behavior, you can enhance your overall health and wellbeing.