Essential Reads

When Food Is Medicine

Asking about diet can improve outcomes in depression

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art therapy is and always has been a resilience-building approach.

Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!

Treat your body well and it will reward you throughout your life

Recent Posts on Health

Want a Release? Myofascial Release Gave Me a New Body

If you're feeling tight and out of kilter, don't assume the problem is outside of you. Your fascia connect up every cell in your body and if they are stuck, you are stuck. You can feel good now by releasing your fascia.

When College Shopping, Don't Forget About Mental Health

How well a school responds to its students’ mental health needs can be literally lifesaving, and that’s not just for the students already dealing with concerns such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Many mental health issues first emerge in early adulthood, and college - with its stresses, competition and disconnect from familiar support network

My Boyfriend Died Because I Failed to Make a Phone Call

By Temma Ehrenfeld on September 03, 2015 in Open Gently
Is his privacy more important than his life?

When Food Is Medicine

By Emily Deans M.D. on September 03, 2015 in Evolutionary Psychiatry
Doctors designed the dietary intervention of this study of older adults because they thought it wouldn't impact mental health compared to psychotherapy. They were in for a big mood-brightening surprise.

Crossing the Line

Undocumented immigrants may be scapegoats this election cycle, but their plight demonstrates the need for new and more humane state and national policies.

10 Health Tips from Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine

By Susan Biali M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Prescriptions for Life
Ten top health and lifestyle tips for better sleep, weight loss, exercise and more, from the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

The GPS Approach to Chronic Pain

By Mark Borigini M.D. on September 01, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
It would seem that chronic pain that is experienced as a noxious physical stimulant, and is often hand-in-hand with symptoms whose origin lie in the emotional and cognitive parts of the human being, is fueled by neural links between the somatosensory part of the brain and those parts that process and express emotional and cognitive brain outputs.

Meet the Methyl Toxic Chemical Family

Earlier this summer, the CDC released a report on a family vacation gone terribly wrong. Back in March, two adults and two teenagers vacationed at a condominium resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Unbeknownst to them, a pest control company was fumigating the condo below with the highly toxic chemical methyl bromide.

DON’T Buy Erection Drugs on the Internet

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 01, 2015 in All About Sex
A recent study finds that 77 percent of Internet “Viagra” is fake.

How Can We Learn From the Unwell Brain for a Healthy Mind?

Neuroscience is a young kid. Given the research boom these days, one cannot imagine that neuroscience, as a field of study, is only 100–150 years old. At the turn of the 19th to the 20th century there were no imaging/scanning devices available available that could provide direct and online insight into the functioning of the brain.

Art is about Resilience, It Always Has Been

Art expression and the creative process are really manifestations of the drive toward health and well-being, not merely signposts of repression, projection, displacement, and sublimation. As Louise Bourgeois noted, “Art is a guarantee of sanity” – it a human way of self-actualizing rather than "pathologizing" the human condition.

Physical Punishment—and Violence

Physical punishment is damaging to the mental health of children and the societies in which we live. There are alternatives that build on children's ability to integrate feelings, language, and cognition.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Weight Loss

The contradiction at the heart of most weight-loss "treatment."

What Is the Link Between Depression and Diabetes?

People tend to gain and lose weight all their lives, but do these extra pounds lead to poor health?

Is it Normal to ‘Hear Voices’?

By Joe Pierre M.D. on August 31, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Hearing voices can be a normal experience, but what are auditory hallucinations and what does hearing them mean?

Your Opportunity to Move

Dr. Segar, who directs the Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center at the University of Michigan, extols the virtues of our innate opportunity to move through space or water at our own will and in our own way. Taking this concept to its logical completion we begin to understand the vast importance of her thinking.

3 Ways Your Beliefs Can Shape Your Reality

By Juliana Breines Ph.D. on August 30, 2015 in In Love and War
Beliefs may not single-handedly determine your physical health, financial status, and chances at finding love, as some claim, but they are powerful nonetheless.

Guns, Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Trauma and Murder

By Kathryn Seifert on August 30, 2015 in Stop The Cycle
Restricting guns and increasing access to mental health treatment is only part of the answer to violence in the US. We need to look at the role of substance abuse and family violence that surrounds children with violence. There is a need to examine our cultural tolerance of substance abuse and guns as a rite of passage and family violence as nobody else's business.

Checklist Medicine Makes For Checklist Monkeys

Why is your doctor only looking at her monitor?

Tips for Parents to Increase Physical Activity in Children

According to research, physical activity plays an important role on academic achievement in children and adolescents. As a parent, your child is dependent on you to guide their healthy habits to cope with life. Here are a few tips to help increase physical activity in youth.

Defusing Anger Using Respect

By Joseph A Shrand M.D. on August 28, 2015 in The I-M Approach
Anger is a powerful and scary emotion designed to change the behavior of someone else. But respect is equally powerful, a behavior designed to change the emotion of someone else. Read how respect is used in this story.

Body Confidence, the Most Potent Aphrodisiac of All!

By Atalanta Beaumont on August 28, 2015 in Handy Hints for Humans
Body confidence, the most attractive aphrodisiac there is.

The Superhuman Athlete

Find out how Olga Kotelko stays fit physically and mentally at the age of 95.

The perils of our “on-call” work culture

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Leader's Code
It may surprise you that we are all "on-call" and it is taking a toll.

Law Does NOT Treat ADHD but Medical Intervention Does

By Shimi Kang M.D. on August 27, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
There are plenty of us who might not know how to react upon meeting people with ADHD. So what exactly is ADHD? What does it mean for those who have it? And how can we help?

Could Psychiatrists Have Prevented the Virginia Shootings?

As reports began to appear of the disturbed background of that shooter, the media seems to have universally decided when reporting that case, that mass shootings are readily explained by severe mental illness.It is possible that the same media reaction and deductions may follow these tragic Virginia Live TV shootings, though it is early days in coverage of the case.

Why Are Today’s College Students So Emotionally Fragile?

Brain research reveals why controlling parents stunt their children's growth.

All About Coconuts: The Perfect Food

By Leslie E. Korn Ph.D. on August 25, 2015 in Rhythms of Recovery
Coconut is a premiere food for mental health and brain function.

When Working Shifts Works Against You

By Shelby Harris Psy.D. on August 25, 2015 in The Land of Nod
A discussion of Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Quantify Here Now

By Bruce Poulsen Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 in Reality Play
In a culture that places a high value on quantitative self-knowledge, wearable devices obscure as much as they reveal. While no one doubts their potential health benefits, they keep us transfixed on some aspects of our experience while hiding others.