Diet Essential Reads

Socioeconomic Factors Impact a Child's Brain Structure

In the largest study of its kind, a team of investigators from nine different universities have identified a correlative link between family income and a child’s brain structure.

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.

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.

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.

Fifty Shades: Glamorizing Abuse or Harmless Escapism?

The Fifty Shades Trilogy has provoked controversy because the story revolves around an abusive relationship. A group of researchers has argued that the books may harm women by glamorizing abuse. However, the authors' findings are inconsistent with their claims. Whether the books have a harmful influence or are simply titillating fantasy remains to be demonstrated.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Do You Always Need the Mayo Clinic?

By Peter Edelstein M.D. on February 16, 2015 in Patient Power
Should you always go to the Mayo Clinic, or is it better for you to be hospitalized in your community hospital? Empower yourself and your loved ones with a basic understanding of the difference between the patient care provided in academic and community hospitals.

Lifestyle Interventions for Depression

Clinical depression is a complicated condition. Stress of course is known and easily accepted to be the main cause, but two people may endure the same stress with only one developing depression. What lifestyle factors can make us more resilient, and why?

Adolescence and What Is Enough

Adolescence by it's very nature is an age of discontent where deciding what is "enough" in many facets of one's life can be very hard to do.

What Motivates People to Make Healthier Lifestyle Choices?

By Christopher Bergland on January 30, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
A Cornell University study released yesterday offers new insights that can help you create a personalized inner-dialogue and messaging strategy that will motivate you to make healthier lifestyle choices every day.

Health Benefits of Resveratrol: New Plaudits

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on January 25, 2015 in Memory Medic
If you could only take one pill, would this be the one?

Everyday Bipolar Disorder and Order

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 15, 2015 in Ambigamy
We're all a little bipolar, motivated in opposite directions. Healthier, more trustworthy people own their ambivalences. Here are some tips on how to do it.

10 Tips for Reducing Anger

By Steven Laurent on January 15, 2015 in Chill Pill
I think some readers may take exception to tip no. 4. And many will struggle with no. 7 (myself included); but it's no reason not to strive for it...

Is Your Self Worth Up for Sale?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on January 12, 2015 in Eating Mindfully
You could say that owning both diet food and junk food companies sounds like a conflict of interest. The success of one business may mean losses for another. But on the contrary, this is a successful and profitable business practice, with damaging effects for our self-esteem. The worse we feel, the more money they make.

The Most Important Keys to a Healthy Diet

Incorporating these 8 simple steps into your daily eating regimen can help you achieve the health you are working towards.

I Want Chocolate!

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on December 20, 2014 in Naked Truth
Although the holidays can be a wonderful time of year full of light-hearted cheer, it is challenging time for many of us to manage our eating—particularly for those of us who crave chocolate. Here are three tips to help you manage your holiday chocolate cravings.

How Your Favorite Team Is Making You Pack on Pounds

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on December 17, 2014 in The New You
If you’re a Raiders or Jets fan, this NFL season seems like punishment enough. But the vicarious sting of back-to-back losses might not be the only negative consequence of rooting for a losing team. Researchers are now saying fans are setting themselves up for an even bigger loss: binge eating.

Is a Red Light Effective to Stop People from Drinking Coke?

By Peter A. Ubel on December 17, 2014 in Scientocracy
We have a long distance to travel, before we arrive at Nutritional Facts labels that quickly inform consumers about what is good and bad for them to ingest.

What's a Healthier Option Than Mainstream News?

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on December 16, 2014 in In Practice
No one needs a research study to know that mainstream news generally consists of negative news. For example, the nightly news or morning paper will tell you about a train that derailed but not the thousands of trains that didn't. Especially if you're prone to anxiety, watching or reading mainstream news can be fear and anxiety inducing. Why does this matter?

What One Thing Do You Want to Change about Your Life?

Change is, as they say, an inevitable fact of life. However, it’s not always so easy to make those changes that you most desire. By adopting the mindset of the "agile innovator,” however, those changes might be easier to tackle than you think.

“I Want It—Now!” How Children Learn Self-Control

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 16, 2014 in Moral Landscapes
A child acts up, making a fuss in public. Bystanders are embarrassed by the situation and assume either the parent is irresponsible or the child is a nightmare. Where does child self-control come from?

Diagnosing and Curing Our Sick Health System

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 10, 2014 in Saving Normal
Many tens of billions of dollars are spent every year by the medical/industrial complex to perpetuate bad and expensive medicine. Our politicians are already bought and paid for. The smart money is on this Goliath. Only an outraged public and informed patients can contain harmful over diagnosis, over testing, and over treatment.

Slow Down!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 05, 2014 in Cravings
S-L-O-W D-O-W-N! Stop rushing through your meals and develop a calmer, healthier relationship with food.

3 Goals for Playing Your Best on Game Day

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on December 01, 2014 in The Power of Prime
Defining success in sport is a difficult task. When I ask most athletes and coaches how they define success, it is usually in terms of results. Though, admittedly, results are the ultimate determinant of success, I have found that a preoccupation with them can both interfere with achieving those results and can produce feelings of disappointment and frustration (or worse).

Which Is Better for Your Brain, Chocolate or Exercise?

By Prof. Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on November 26, 2014 in Your Brain on Food
Chocolate is an excellent example of how difficult it is to differentiate food from drug. A recent study reported improved memory and enhanced blood flow in the brain of elderly humans who consumed extracts from cocoa powder. The problem is that no one should eat the incredible amounts of chocolate that are required to achieve any cognitive benefits.

Finding Meaning in a Meal

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on November 19, 2014 in More Than Mortal
We hear a lot about how diet impacts physical health. I would like to propose that diet, and more generally how we think about and approach food, also impacts mental health and psychological well-being.

Have Patience!

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on November 18, 2014 in Cravings
When you lack patience, you feel upset, anxious, tense, irritated, nervous, frustrated, out of control, ill-tempered, rushed, and often ignored. When you have patience, you feel calm, peaceful, tolerant, content, accepting, compassionate, and often relaxed. You choose.

Our Approach to Men, Reinvented

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 17, 2014 in How To Do Life
Are men today treated fairly relative to their merit?

Reduce ADHD Symptoms Naturally With These Five Steps

By Victoria L. Dunckley M.D. on November 16, 2014 in Mental Wealth
Does research support the use of natural methods for treating ADHD? Here are five evidence-based suggestions for tackling the poor focus and disorganized behavior that are part and parcel of this disorder.

Soylent Bad: America's Toxic Relationship With Food

By Jean Kim M.D. on November 12, 2014 in Culture Shrink
The Soylent trend represents the worst in American food culture: the tendency to disregard the simple joys of natural culinary delights and sensual living for a bottom-line, work and efficiency-driven lifestyle. Eating should be about pleasure, mindfulness and relationships, not about concerns over wasting time.