Essential Reads

The Secret to a Good Night’s Sleep? Purpose.

By Lydia Denworth on July 26, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having trouble sleeping? A new study reveals that having purpose in daily life leads to better quality of sleep at night, and even prevents sleep disorders.

A Digital Therapist to Treat Depression?

We’re glimpsing the possibility of face-to-face therapy being replaced by virtual, tech-based modalities.

Twins and More: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in How We Do It
Multiple pregnancies bring more bundles of joy, but premature birth is more common. Delayed motherhood and fertility treatments are boosting the frequency of multiple births.

The Upside of Neuroticism

A new study finds that being neurotic may actually help you live longer.

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All Hormones for Menopause Are NOT the Same

Why are some menopause hormones marketed as safer? Here's how to find the truth behind the ads.
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Purpose and Sleep

Does a sense of purpose lead to better slumber?

A Hands-On Approach to Psychotherapy?

Therapeutic touch can be effective if used appropriately.
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The Effect of Stress from Childhood Abuse

Fear, uncertainty, anger, and frustration can be the by-products of abuse that don’t fade but instead build over time. A person in constant stress mode sees danger everywhere.

Have Dogs Specifically Evolved to Eat Bread and Pasta?

Do dogs benefit from a raw meat diet? While wolves are genetically programmed to eat meat, dogs have genes that allow them to digest carbohydrates.
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Huna and Healing

By Matt James Ph.D. on July 25, 2017 in Focus on Forgiveness
Our healthcare system seems to be on everybody’s mind lately and it got me thinking. What exactly is the purpose of modern Western healthcare systems?

Hemp: A Recipe for Brain Health

Two best recipes for daily enjoyment and benefit.

Patient-centered vs. Lab-centered "Personalized Medicine"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 24, 2017 in Saving Normal
We shouldn't neglect the bedside art of medicine as we become enamored by its laboratory science.

Making Healthy Choices

A third of Americans are obese and consumers spend more than $50 billion on weight loss. The reasons for the obesity epidemic may surprise you. Hint: Big Brother is trying to help.

Resilience: Saying Yes to Life

How the right attitude can become a powerful resilience strategy.

Privilege?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A debate: Should society's Haves redistribute more of their assets?

New Strategy and Overdue Resource to Combat Medical Errors

American employers must help eliminate medical errors, but how can we get them to do it?

Stanford Researchers Identify Life-changing Power of Mindset

Mindset plays a surprisingly significant role in our health and longevity, according to a new study from Stanford University.
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Food Educates Every Part of You

Food trains every part of you—especially the ones you don't think about.

Does a Happy Meal Really Make Us Happy?

We know that what we eat impacts our physical health. But what about our psychological health? How does what we eat impact our happiness?
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Mental Health Stigma in Healthcare

Access to mental health and substance abuse care is at risk.

You Must Be Strong

How are Syrian refugees coping without mental health services?

“Dr. Google,” Friend or Foe?

Here are a few of experiences I’ve had with Dr. Google, first as friend, then as foe. I hope they serve as a guide to using Google wisely. It’s not easy to do, that’s for sure.

A Social Cure

By Jolanda Jetten Ph.D. on July 17, 2017 in Social Cures
Feeling under the weather? Did you know that your social connectedness might have something to do with that?

Five Tools That Help Women Accept a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what tools help women accept a mental health problem? Women's resilience is manifold.

John Sarno, M.D., An American Hero

The medical model has failed millions of people with chronic pain. John Sarno understood how the brain creates pain through stress and emotions. By David Hanscom, M.D.
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How to Develop a Successful Personal Recovery Plan

Taking action without planning is a sure recipe for disappointment.

Will Social Prescribing Be the Next Wellness Phenomenon?

"Social prescribing" is a relatively new non-medical approach to psychological, physical, and financial well-being that has the potential to dramatically improve people's lives.

Listening For Golf Balls

Why do patients tell doctors things that don't seem relevant? Who cares if they got hit by a golf ball 30 years ago? Patients do! Doctors should too. But they have to listen.

"Cholesterolphobia" and Eggs: What Do We Know?

There are green eggs (and ham), golden eggs from that golden goose, and Faberge eggs from Czarist Russia, but what about cholesterol-laden whole eggs and cardiovascular disease?

How a Sense of Purpose in Life Improves Your Health

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on July 14, 2017 in Minding the Body
Why bother getting out of bed in the morning? Having a good answer to that question may help you stay healthier and even live longer.

How Our Bodies Age, Part 4

What are the age-related changes that occur and what are the implications for us?
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How Much Booze Is Best?

How much alcohol is safe?

Is Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Unnecessary?

Over the past decade, mounting evidence has questioned whether arthroscopic knee surgery is effective at relieving the knee pain associated with aging joints.