The first full moon on Christmas Eve in nearly four decades graced the skies this past December. That night, my family and I attended a candlelight church service where we listened to an incredibly talented violinist and cellist play an arrangement of 'Silent Night' that could only be described as holy. It was an awe-filled moment when we left the church just before midnight, the moon lighting our path.
Most people reading the words “heart healthy” would probably think they referred to the quality of food or maybe some sort of exercise. Are there reasons to believe that what we think has an impact on the health of our hearts?
There is actually a significant amount of research taking place showing the effect of one’s thoughts on health. Bruce Lipton, PH.D, a cell biologist and former Stanford research scholar, studies and writes about the impact of our thoughts on our cells. In a recent video he says: “Before we blame the cells, we must first look at our thoughts, our beliefs and our behaviors because these are more important to our health than the genes.” He concludes: “When we change our thoughts, behaviors and beliefs, we can change our biology. We are the masters of our lives not the victim of our genes.”
I haven't heard it, but if there were such a joke, it would probably be based on a stereotype of one kind or another. Stereotyping another's religion can be a hurtful thing, in some cases even malicious in its intent. It can breed fear and violence. But it can also be a red flag that something needs to change, and a time for recognizing that we can do better than this. We can do a better job of understanding one another.
The celebrity influence is pervasive in our lives. We take our cues from celebrities on what to wear, what to watch and how to spend our money. And, we listen to their health advice. This advice spreads more easily these days with the growth of social media. After all, Katy Perry - promoter of vitamin supplements - has 80 million Twitter followers; that’s 77 million more than the World Health Organization!
Like many people, I love listening to the radio when driving. I don’t subscribe to satellite radio with their clear signals, so sometimes, the music or news programs I am listening to get interrupted by static. But I know that when I tweak the dial just a bit, or drive on further, that particular station will once again come in loud and clear.
WHAT do "identity," "sharing economy" and "face with tears of joy emoji" have in common? Not a lot at first blush! But they've each been selected as the 2015 "Word of the Year" - by Dictionary.com, the Australian National Dictionary Centre, and the Oxford Dictionary respectively. The decisions were based on the prominence and frequency of usage of the terms throughout the year.
The cold rain and long, dark evenings on the west coast of BC during the winter can seem endless. But for some people, it is more than weather and daylight they have to deal with.
Academic researchers began reporting on the links between less light and depression back in the 1980s. Soon it gained a name – Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD. In describing her winter struggles with depression, my neighbour Irene commented, “It felt like I was perpetually walking around with my own personal rain cloud.”
According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s possible that everything we think about aging may be wrong.
Well-known bioethicist, author and former Obama administration advisor Ezekiel Emanuel rocked the Twittersphere last year by saying he’d rather not stick around until he reaches what most consider to be a ripe old age. “Seventy-five years is all I want to live,” he wrote in a widely discussed essay in the Atlantic. “I want to celebrate my life while I am still in my prime.”