INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Reconfigure Your Brain for Maximum Well-Being
Linda Graham, MFT, presents evidence that, because of the brain’s neuroplasticity—its ability to create new neuronal pathways—anyone can achieve healthier responses to stress by focusing their attention in simple ways.
Deep Breathing & Relaxed Eating Improves Digestion
Marc David, MA, provides convincing evidence that increasing the amount of oxygen we breathe in during meals can improve our digestion and help us gain more energy from our food.
Stress Can Cause Havoc in Your Mouth
Periodontist Alvin Danenberg, DDS, discusses how excessive psychological stress constricts blood vessels and disrupts the healthy bacteria and flow of saliva in the mouth, which can lead to inflammation of the gums, as well as cavities.
Qualities of Happy, Healthy Centenarians
Noelle Nelson, PhD, points out that most people strive for a long, healthy, and happy life, and reveals that there are more centenarians living now than five years ago. Many of the long-lived have chosen certain thoughts and attitudes.
The Cost of Malnutrition
Debra S. Ben Avram, CAE, finds that a team-based approach to nutrition can help reduce the time malnourished people remain in a hospital setting.
Placebo & the Healing Relationship
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, discusses how the placebo effect can be activated by the patient-doctor relationship. He explains that a patient who has a positive experience with their physician is much more likely to recover from their illness than one who has a neutral or negative experience.
Medical Intuition: A Complementary Medicine
Shannon McRae, PhD, relates how intuitive knowledge can help in diagnosing health conditions and explains that it has long been part of the practice of medicine.
Meditation leader Rick Heller presents simple, practical exercises that help inspire loving kindness toward oneself and others.
Walking to Reduce Parkinson’s Symptoms
Love: Chasing and Being Chased
Things That Make You Go Hmmm
A Look at Books
The Cost of Avoiding Conflict
Five Ways to Manage Your Doctor
Proper Diet and Exercise Fight Inflammation, Promote Longevity
HEALTH NOTES AND RESEARCH BRIEFS
A Breathing Exercise • Attention, Movement, and Vitality • Reduce Stress by Washing Dishes • Nutrition and Integrative Medicine • Doctor Establishes “Farmacy” • Bumblebees Deliver Organic Pesticides • Sodas Will Never Be Good for You • Olive Leaf Extract, Blood Pressure, and Cholesterol • Vitamin D and Depression • Organic Turf Care Enters the Playing Field • Decrease Stroke Risk with Diet and Purposeful Life • Chestnut Leaves and Staph Bacteria