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The Yin & Yang of Alcohol

Alcoholic beverage sales shot up 55% in the third week of March compared to the same time a year ago, according to Nielsen. As millions of Americans have been forced to stay home they’re drinking a lot of alcohol. It makes sense, alcohol is a totally socially accepted drug for helping us feel better in these stressful times. But just as with any drug, there are health risks. You may not think of alcohol as a drug. Even though it…

Are you Zoom exhausted?

I hear a lot today about ZOOM exhaustion…. ZOOMed out. It is easy to over commit to ZOOM meetings if we are at our desk all day. Don’t overdo on this technology. Use ZOOM to enhance your life, not exhaust you. You can use it for business and pleasure. We have talked to family in Australia for years using video based technology. Now we’re wondering why we didn’t reach out to more distant family and friends. Lately we have reconnected…

Dementia-proof yourself Now

From the World Health Organization (as of 09/19/2019):* Dementia is a syndrome in which there is deterioration in memory, thinking, behavior and the ability to perform everyday activities.* Although dementia mainly affects older people, it is not a normal part of aging.* Worldwide, around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year. (compare with 4 million COVID-19 cases so far)* Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia and may contribute to…

If only we could manage our thoughts

For most of us though … it’s the negative or unwanted thoughts that hold our attention and prevent us from enjoying experiences, distract us from focusing on what’s important, and drain our energy. And, it seems we are powerless to change this. Here’s the good news. If you were to go to a professional therapist to help you overcome:* substance abuse disorders* schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders* depression and dysthymia* manic depression/bipolar disorder* anxiety disorders* eating disordersor a host of other…

Your best COVID-19 strategy

One of the most popular strategies (I’ve seen at least three times on Facebook) was created by Dr. James Robb, MD, FCAP. Dr. Robb has more than 50 years researching various coronaviruses so he is definitely a voice to be heard. His list of dos and don’ts includes: no handshaking, don’t touch light switches, door handles, or anything else that’s likely to have been touched by others, with your bare hands. See the entire list here. But here’s the thing,…

Better than Hugging

Why does hugging feel so good? It’s probably because human touch in its many forms has been shown to be a powerful booster for our health and wellbeing. Touch stimulates the vagus nerve, which has branches running through our entire body. This stimulation helps boost the immune system and release various enzymes and hormones like oxytocin and acetylcholine. The result is a reduction in inflammation, fewer tension headaches and reduced allergic reactions, and a general improvement in overall health. Hugging…

Is 2020 your year?

The astrologists are saying it, the numerologists are saying it, even the Pleiadians are saying it …” 2020 holds a great shift in consciousness, empowering all who answer the call to connect with their next highest frequency.” In other words, this is the year, like no other time in our lifetime, to expect big changes.   Unfortunately, many will be overwhelmed be these changes.  But many others will seize this opportunity and achieve huge positive changes in their lives …this…

Meditate, or die (sooner)!

Okay, I’m not saying that you can’t have a long healthy life without a daily meditation practice, but I do know that you’ll enjoy a longer, healthier life if you meditate daily. The health benefits of meditation focus on relieving stress. The stress in our daily lives that if not treated, will not only shorten our lives, but will also seriously erode the quality of our lives. And, there are at least 11 other health benefits of a meditation practice…

Do we really need friends?

I was a little surprised to learn just how important friendships are to our health and well-being, especially as we get older.  A variety of research studies conclude:– Friendship is the single most important factor in determining a person’s happiness. -Adults should take social relationships as seriously as other risk factors—-weight, smoking and exercise—-that affect mortality. Wow, I definitely need to cultivate some new, deep relationships. I’ve lost some good friends over the past few years and I need to…

Can we heal Ourselves?

My research over the past year concludes that we are born with the ability to heal ourselves from any and every health malfunction. But, we lose this ability very quickly because we are taught by our caregivers (parents, teachers, etc.) that we have very little control over our health. We are conditioned to believe that sickness and disease are a normal part of our life. When we are stricken, we must look to others for recovery help. All too often…