Canadians are already bracing themselves for the season of office parties, family dinners and turkey overload. It’s okay to indulge over the holidays, but is weight gain and the ensuing feelings of guilt, frustration and falling self-esteem inevitable?
We can promise ourselves not to over-indulge in Christmas goodies, to regularly go for walks to see the Christmas lights, or to join the gym in January, but changes in what we eat and how we live our lives are not easy. How can we make our New Year’s health resolution now?
It would seem that over the years the widely accepted definition of compassion – that is, a feeling of deep sympathy coupled with the desire to alleviate the suffering of others – has been watered down somewhat.
Take the word “alleviate.” While alleviating someone’s pain might include the actual removal of it, it really just means to help that individual cope with or endure their pain.
Carly Simon's hit, 'Anticipation” opens with a truism that has proved to be at times comforting; at times, calamitous. And when it comes to the near distant future, anticipation about our health can be a good or a bad thing, It depends on how you think about it,
My Facebook feed this summer included a steady stream of lists from friends who accepted one of the numerous gratitude challenges circulating social media spheres. I read their posts with curious interest, but I secretly hoped I wouldn't be asked to take on the challenge, too!...
Still, gratitude carries benefits that far outweigh the trivial, or gratitude for the sake of gain, which defeats the purpose. I've written blogs about its benefits and I've read plenty of them, too. I've also experienced the great healing benefit of expressing gratitude.
Cuando nos encontramos en la cima de una montaña, la visión cambia con respecto al mundo, por lo menos, desde dónde uno se encuentra. De la misma manera, la percepción en cuanto al significado de la salud puede cambiar cuando la perspectiva está fuera del cuerpo.(When we are at the top of a mountain, the view changes with respect to the world, at least from where you're at. Similarly, the perception on the meaning of health may change when the prospect is outside the body....As the largest city is smaller height, the disease can be achieved see small and helpless when facing a superior source with clear, crisp skies, where everything is harmonious and beautiful.)
The Ariel Atom is one of the quickest cars on earth, reaching a speed of 100 km/h in just under 2.5 seconds. Even faster is the time between when some people say “I’m spiritual” and “but not religious,” as if within those few milliseconds they might be mistaken for someone misguided, deluded or just plain uncool.
Is there a daily diet that curbs perfectionism, eating disorders?
Four ‘trick or treaters’ knocked on our door on Halloween evening. Somewhat unprepared and surprised to experience this novelty in Australia I managed to locate a few sweet treats for each of them, and they left happily bubbling with excitement.
The current long-held theory of the unbridgeable rift between science and spirituality, promoted by such theorists as Descartes, is beginning to crumble. So said physicistDr. William A. Tiller in his keynote address at a recent public forum in Vancouver.
During his address, “Shedding some light on key issues regarding Spirituality and Health,” Tiller explained that the connection between spirituality and science is becoming better understood and that this holds great possibilities for humanity’s future.
I’ve noticed an increasing trend among young men the last few years – it’s suddenly OK to hug each other. Whether it’s college athletes celebrating a win; alumni seeing each other years after graduation, or just guys catching up after work, hugs are more prevalent than ever. This even has a slang name – “bro-mance!
Regardless of your feelings about Brittany Maynard’s decision to die on her own terms, the story is a tragic one.
After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the former Bay Area resident and her husband moved from California to Oregon – one of only five states where it’s legal to terminate your own life under certain conditions – after deciding, in her words, that “death with dignity” was the best option for her and her family. Although the public debate surrounding Maynard’s decision has focused largely on the right to die, perhaps now is as good a time as any to examine the much less talked about desire to die.
WHEN the WHO representative, Rui Gama Vaz, declared Nigeria free of the Ebola virus in Abuja on October 20, 2014, there was a spontaneous round of applause by the officials present, according to a Reuters report. This is a message of hope, and certainly calls for thanksgiving, considering that the first case of the disease was in Lagos, a city of over 21 million, people with sanitation challenges. Moreover, Nigeria is a country of over 160 million very mobile individuals. Yet, as Vaz rightly stated, this development signifies only winning the battle. Winning the war would depend on halting the scourge and eradicating the virus in West Africa and other parts of the world.
On Remembrance Day - How do we remember those who we barely knew? Learning about my father, and celebrating his bravery set me free from feelings of rejection.
My father is a war hero. While still a teenager, he was a freedom fighter in the French Resistance. He was caught by the Nazis and sent to Buchenwald Concentration camp for two years. When he emerged at the end of the war he was a broken and sick young man unable to talk. Yet he did not give up. Though he got better physically, emotionally he remained deeply injured. Being unable to talk properly as a result, he took mime and acting classes in the hope that the arts would help him heal. And they did. He became a fine actor.
Last month it was breast cancer, this month it's prostate cancer - the calls keep coming to screen our bodies. But might there be a potential for healing if we look away from our bodies into our thinking?
What thought-model is best to have? Are we paying attention to it?
Advertising and marketing companies are trying to figure out how to deal with me, or should I say with my demographic. I’m one of the 76-million baby boomers populating the U.S. which, for some, translates to the “older” generation. Retailers politely ask if I qualify for their senior discount. Now I’ve had another label fastened on me for the sake of marketing conformity -- I’m part of the “silver economy.”(I guess that beats a gray economy). Anyway, that’s their impression of me.
Aging, and all that goes with it, is frequently on people’s minds. There are many components to aging that people are concerned about: mental decline, physical decline, and insufficient funds to live during retirement are just a few. One news report even indicated that some individuals would rather die than live with insufficient funds. Despite the many perceived negatives with living longer, research continues on longevity. But there is a new focus – extending quality of life by reducing or eliminating many of the present physical limitations connected with aging.
“None of us in science and medicine have the answers we tell you we have,” said Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School at last month’s TEDMED conference, “because the universe of what we don’t know dwarfs that of what we do know.”
Congratulations to Nik Wallenda on his high wire feat in Chicago. I can't imagine being in his shoes, but it got me thinking about the nagging fear that consistent, reliable health is on shaky footing.
Could you ever imagine walking a tightrope high off the ground blindfolded with no net to catch you? One false step and...
I’m not an authority on dealing physically with contagious diseases but I do know about handling fear. I’ve learned that stopping fear of disease can go a long way toward stopping disease itself.
The Christian Science Monitor quoted Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group: “There are two kinds of contagion, one is related to the virus itself and the other is related to the spread of fear about the virus. Both contagions must be defeated.”
Hundreds of silver haired concertgoers walked briskly - laughing and jostling like teenagers. Why? Because we had all just come from a concert where we clapped, sang and danced along - transported back to the rock and roll of our youth. No signs of aches or pains or any physical inhibition in the exuberance of our rejoicing.
Thinking of our health solely from a physical standpoint, is like a bird trying to fly with only one wing.
Every day the media reports new claims of breakthroughs for cures of everything from some cancers to the common cold. As I read all of these announcements, I wonder whether focusing so exclusively on tests and remedies for illness, actually produces breakthroughs in our understanding of what health really is, and how we care for it.
My dad dabbled in paint, mostly wall and house paint, but occasionally he tried his hand at a paint-by-numbers kit. Remember those? Craft Master kits were the rage. Just follow the numbers and a beautiful picture appeared after some trial and error.
Ebola, ISIS, midterm elections, climate change, drought, unemployment. The headlines of the day provide plenty of fodder for fearful reactions.
"We Have Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself" was the topic of Tom Ashbrook's recent On Point NPR program, echoing FDR's famous words, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Given the news of the day, I was intrigued by the topic and listened to the replay online.
Diversi sondaggi sulla felicità effettuati sui popoli del mondo danno spesso La Danimarca ai primi posti. Negli studi effettuati, i danesi hanno superato del 20% il livello di soddisfazione delle popolazioni limitrofe, dove comunque la qualità di vita non è molto diversa dalla loro. Alcuni economisti dell'università inglese di Warwick che hanno approfondito la ricerca, imputano il fenomeno alla rarità della variante corta del gene SLC6A4 in grado di determinare tristezza e felicità nelle persone.
Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was speaking to had just learned that a year after going through chemotherapy, she was still cancer free.
The concept of mind we’re all familiar with is fast becoming the mind of the past. The decision-maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunches, innovation, emotions, judgment, memory, opinions, stubborn will, and so on is actually a rather narrow concept we’re finding out. Human mind 1.0.
You see them all the time in the news - statistics on the number of people who were in the hospital last year, the rate at which people will catch the flu this winter and numerous other statistics about some aspect of our health.
Researchers use these biological health statistics to figure out risk factors and develop ways to prevent, control and treat or manage disease.
Have you ever heard the statement, “There are no atheists in a foxhole”? I recently came across this statement, and it really brought to mind the idea that although most of us aren’t actually hunkered down in a war zone foxhole, figuratively many of us feel that we are as we fight for health. It can actually feel like a combat zone for anyone who has a serious health condition, addiction, emotional stress, or other crises. And in these situations, people are more inclined to seek a higher power for help.
It seems to govern so much of our lives. It starts as a child with birthdays, balloons and excitement, before increasing in pace as teenagerhood, careers and the pressure of family life add their demands. Finally there's the senior years which seem to bring to a crescendo the "tick tock" of the body clock.
Have you been hired in a job that the simple requirement is to be joyful?
When I came to the United States and landed a job with an American family, the first question they asked me was, “Can you give joy?”
Well, I got the job, and the joy that is within me was doubled because as I worked with this family, I found out that when we give more, we receive more – not materially but a priceless peace of mind and steady healthy consciousness.
¿Qué es lo que buscas en tu vida? Y ¿cómo encontrarlo?
Muchos en la sociedad no logran encontrar su propósito, sufren de depresión y, en desespero, se vuelven al alcohol. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) informa que “cada año mueren en el mundo 3.3 millones de personas a consecuencia del consumo nocivo de alcohol, lo que representa un 5.9 por ciento de todas las defunciones”.
The folks at Stanford School of Medicine are putting doctors in touch with their patients. Literally.
To this end, faculty member Abraham Verghese and his team provide training for 25 hands-on physical exams that, according to Verghese, are given little if any attention beyond the typical med student’s first or second year of training – “old-fashioned” stuff like tapping the knee to check for reflexes, shining a light to test for pupil dilation and how to use the tried and true tongue depressor.
Gratitude allows us to move through life with more grace, affording greater rest and peace.
There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and inter-faith scholar, would likely agree with this old proverb. In a 2013 TedTalk on gratitude in Edinburgh, Scotland, he suggested that happiness is an outcome of gratitude in our lives. He points out that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but rather gratitude that makes us happy.
“You all know this, but it’s worth stating the obvious,” declared Amy McGuire, a genomic bioethicist from Baylor College of Medicine at the start of this year’s TEDMED conference in San Francisco. “Genomic sequencing is not an infallible prophecy of our future.”
A bold statement to say the least, especially considering her audience – an eclectic collection of doctors, nurses, medical researchers and others intent on improving the world’s health and health care using the most advanced and innovative means possible.
Yes, I do believe that religion can be scientific.
In a recent article on this website, Swami Kriyananda asks the question, "Can We Make Religion Scientific?"
To me, religion is a set of beliefs about God. It could also include certain practices relating to those beliefs. No matter what our religion, I think each of us in his/her own way, is seeking to learn more about God, to build up our understanding of this higher power.
Two items in the news last week never seemed more unrelated. One was a commentary on personal finances and the need to resist instant gratification. The other was one of many stories on Ebola. Not the outbreak of the disease, but the spread of fear surrounding it.
Both pieces – one on passion, the other on panic – had a common thread. They each urged greater self-control.
The years between 15-25 are frequently a time of questioning and great discovery, but like many others I found them difficult. I had to deal with chronic disease, failure in my chosen career, a persistent lack of self-worth along with indecision about an alternative career path, and loneliness. Although never diagnosed, a psychologist would probably have called me depressed.
Who would have thought that a simple ’thank you’ is worthy of a scientific study?
Robert Emmons, Ph.D., and professor at the University of California, Davis, has written the first major scientific study on gratitude - its causes, and potential impact on human health. Published findings from his studies have shown that a conscious focus on blessings improved moods, coping skills and overall physical well-being.
For many, health care is no longer just about caring for their body. People are waking up to what they can do to contribute to their health on a mental level. That often means considering the healthy impact of their spiritual practice, whether that involves regular visits to the temple, the mosque, a meditation room, or church. There's now plenty of research to support these findings.
En una entrevista que le hicieron a la doctora en cardiologia Mimi Guarneri, autor del libro de El corazón habla, señala la estrecha relación que existe entre las emociones y el corazón, cómo se altera debido a ellos. Según sus investigaciónes, cuando se experimenta alegría, gratitud y todo cuano se puede llamar emociones positivas, armonizan los latidos del corazón.
“What makes diamonds a good investment?” I asked my friend who is somewhat of a diamond expert. He listed four reasons – indestructibility, portability, stability and encashability. In other words, not only are diamonds considered to be almost indestructible, but their size makes them easy to carry, their prices are stable and they can be easily sold internationally.
The new science of epigenetics shows that genes and DNA are not static and do not control our biology, but are controlled by signals from outside the cell, including our positive and negative thoughts. Molecules don’t trigger events in our cells; mind does!
Tomar boas decisões sem estresse (Make good decisions without stress)
By Tamara Grigorowitsch
Tomar decisões acertadas sem se deixar influenciar pelo estresse ou por impulsos momentâneos. Quem não deseja desfrutar dessa liberdade?
Esse tem sido um tópico quente de diversas pesquisas, que discutem as consequências de se tomar decisões sob o efeito do estresse. Contudo, para o público leigo, persiste uma questão de ordem prática: Como fazer no dia a dia? É possível elevar o pensamento acima do sentimento de ansiedade e ter a certeza de que se está no caminho certo?
People have been defining and re-defining the word “health” for a long time now. Today the word most often refers to physical health, and the phrase “health care” has come to mean primarily care of the body. But it hasn’t always been that way.
Major change. For those who use iPhones and iPads, Apple just launched a thorough update of their operating system for its customers. Without requesting it, a new icon appears when this software is downloaded. It is the “Health” icon. I didn’t ask for it. It just appeared.
I absolutely could not believe it! Here we were, new to Tennessee and invited to our first social event. The house was beautiful, full of our newly made friends – and here I was sneezing uncontrollably…eyes watering…and breathing troubled. We quickly finished the meal, made our apologies and left. The culprit: a very large hairy dog.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Cultivating the right state of mind can help one stay active and vibrant.
A centenarian friend of mine seemed to understand this point. She lived alone in an upstairs apartment with no elevator. She did all her own cooking and cleaning, kept her house spotless, and managed her own investments. She often said, “I don’t believe God sees me as old.” This centenarian saw age as a reflection of a divine view, not as a number of years.