Essential Reads

Introduction to Investing in Healthy Minds

How can and should we invest in the mental health of young people?

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

Why are we still surprised when obesity is linked to better health outcomes?

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

Do you want your daughter to feel better about her body than you do? Read on.

Women and Mental Illness

Why Are Mental Health Issues More Common Among Women?

Recent Posts on Health

The Mindful Geek

The last 50 years have seen an explosion of anti-smoking campaigns as public health officials realize that smoking is a chief cause of cancer, cardiovascular illness and a host of other diseases. To some extent these campaigns have worked: We are seeing a dramatic reduction in smoking among younger generations. Good progress, but frankly it isn’t enough.

Pardon Me—Or Else!

By Rebecca Coffey on April 27, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Haters gonna hate. Forgivers gonna live longer.

Bullying Hurts Everyone, Even Bystanders

A vast majority of teens are called homophobic names in middle and high school. This name-calling is not the result of kids being kids. It is bullying, and it harms everyone.

Introduction to Investing in Healthy Minds

True or False: As a society we should be investing more in the mental health of young people. I’m guessing you answered “true.” But can you prove it?

The Personality Transplant

By Erica Sonnenburg Ph.D. on April 26, 2015 in The Good Gut
There is an information super highway that connects our brain and our gut called the brain-gut axis. Recent evidence indicates that our gut microbes are tapping into this axis and influencing our brain and behavior.

The Social Pain of Rejection

By Amy Banks on April 26, 2015 in Wired For Love
SPOT theory confirms that people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones – but it also tells us that we all live in glass houses.

My Sunday Morning With Mental Health Advocates

I wanted to spend our time hearing the thoughts of those who attended, families and patients, about they believed stood in the way of improving mental health services and what we could do about it

Sitting Can Drain Brain Power and Stifle Creativity

Sitting has become an epidemic. Not only does sitting increase health risks and obesity—sitting can also stifle creative thinking and disrupt cognitive engagement.

Aerobic Activity vs. Weight Lifting: Which Burns More Fat?

A combination of strength training, aerobic exercise, and reducing caloric intake is a winning formula for weight loss. However, there is one important caveat.

Keep Your Body Tuned Up

Your body is a complicated machine, too

How a Health Crisis Becomes a Gift

A health crisis or any personal roadblock can feel overwhelming, make you angry or frustrated. But, let's look how to turn it into an opportunity.

How to be Healthy: Grandma’s Advice May Be Best After All!

We live in a fast-paced world, and new wellness information comes out constantly. Each day, a new list of foods to have and to avoid gets published, dismissing what was said before. But if we look closer at current trends, we find that many health practices from 100 years ago still have a lot of intrinsic value today. Turns out grandma's advice may be the best after all.

How Well Do You Understand Your Emotions?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on April 24, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
How tuned in are you to your emotions?

Why Is Air Pollution So Bad for Your Brain?

Air pollution has long been associated with health risks including asthma and an increased risk of stroke. New findings show that air pollution also damages the human brain.

What is a Psychological Doctor?

By Gregg Henriques on April 23, 2015 in Theory of Knowledge
A psychological doctor is different than a psychological researcher, psychiatrist, or a counselor. This blog explains why and offers a case example.

Dementia and the "Obesity Paradox"

By Harriet Brown on April 23, 2015 in Brave Girl Eating
Why are we still surprised that obesity isn't all bad?

Walking to Boost Creativity

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 23, 2015 in The Human Beast
We are all familiar with the health problems caused by obesity. These problems are peculiar to a modern sedentary way of life and are virtually unknown in physically active subsistence societies. Now evidence builds that physical activity is crucial for brain health, and even for creativity.

Healthy Gut, Healthy Brain

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on April 23, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
The bugs in your gut can positively or negatively influence your mental function and stress response; it is definitely worth your effort to keep them very happy with a healthy diet.

Loneliness And Death

Loneliness may reduce life expectancy more than obesity or smoking.

Apple Watch or Apple MD?

If the body is information, is living better through quicker information?

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, Inaugurated

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's inaugural speech calls for civic leaders to ignite discussions on mental health, and to bring the topic "out of the shadows".

What to Tell Your Daughter about Her Weight

How do we keep our girls from being weight obsessed in a culture that values thinness?

Women and Mental Illness

A host of factors may contribute to the higher prevalence of mental illness in women. In this post, we explore many of these.

What’s Your Pressure Style?

How do you perform under pressure? Your pressure style might be holding you back or downgrading your results.

Dying, Demented, and Alone

Once upon a time in American medicine, you could usually rely on the presence of a spouse, family member, or friend to help make decisions for patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease. That is likely no longer going to be the case. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a startling fact about a changing America: most people are single.

Good Faith

By Russ Gerber on April 22, 2015 in Our Health
Materialism or spirituality? Which way should you go? Which way can you count on?

10 Ways Mindfulness and Meditation Promote Well-Being

This post includes a "Top Ten" list of ways that mindfulness and meditation promote well-being based on the latest scientific research.

4 Lifestyle Changes That Will Boost Your Mental Health

When we seek help for a mental health condition, we can expect to hear about various medications and treatment options, but what’s often missing from the conversation is any talk of lifestyle changes.

Four Ways that Online Harassment Can Be Upsetting for Youth

By Michele Ybarra MPH, Ph.D. on April 21, 2015 in Connected
What factors make some incidences of online harassment more upsetting to youth than others? While most Internet-using youth do not get harassed online, a fraction of youth harassed online are upset by the experience. Knowing what to look for can help us assist youth in need.

Life Is Not a Premortality Condition

By Allen J Frances M.D. on April 21, 2015 in DSM5 in Distress
Western medical science has changed life into a premortality condition and death into a failure of treatment.