Category Archives: Relaxation

Now available to stream on video Numen: the animating force in all things living.

white-cosmos-flower-on-field-100231558Newly available to stream online in your home from Vimeo is Numen: the animating force in all things living. This documentary discusses several topics relating to the use of herbal medicine in the pursuit of healthy living. With beautiful cinematography and a provocative storyline, this film is guaranteed to make you think about the current model of healthcare. What are some of your favorite documentaries that look at health and well-being?

 

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Running may help reduce the symptoms of autism in children with the diagnosis

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In 2012, Achilles International, a non-profit organization that provides physical development opportunities for people with disabilities, had developed a training program for children with autism. The program involved helping the children train for a mainstream five mile race, and it has produced some anecdotal evidence that points to a link between running and the symptoms of autism. Achilles found that children with autism who run exhibit a decrease in descriptiveness and aggression, while exhibiting an improvement with social interactions. They say that running gives these children a way to refocus and to decrease stress. A grant provided by the Cigna Foundation will allow Achilles to research this link further. Achilles hopes to find how running effects the symptoms of autism in order to improve the quality of life for these children. How do you keep yourself focused and stress-free?

Find more information at The Washington Post

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Cognitive benefits from laughter

HorseHow often do you laugh? Studies have shown laughter is beneficial in increasing blood flow to areas of the brain reducing stress and anxiety, but a new study presented at the recent Experimental Biology meeting found that humor showed beneficial effects in memory loss as well. The results of the EEG in seniors were tested for visual recognition, learning ability and recall memory tests showed improvements as well as reduced cortisol in their brains, believed to help avoid memory brain cell death. What are some strategies to help increase laughter in your life and for your patients?

For additional information, please visit Medical Daily

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Naps linked with higher risk of death

NapHow often do you nap during the day? Recent studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology have suggested that daytime napping might be a useful marker of underlying health risks. The European study found adults, ages 40-79, who napped for less than an hour a day were likely to die over a 13-year period and those who napped over an hour were at an even higher risk of death. The study notes that there are many factors that could contribute to the higher likelihood of death associated with naps such as sleep apnea, comorbid conditions, age, gender and BMI. What are some of the reasons why you or your patients nap during the day? What recommendations do you provide for getting a better night’s sleep? 

For additional information, please visit Fox News

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Study finds brain changes in young marijuana users

MarijuanaAs a growing number of states legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use, the negative effects are beginning to surface in research. A recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience scanned the brains of forty young adults from Boston University who smoked marijuana. Results of the brain scans revealed that among those who smoked more, a portion of their brain was structurally altered; the part that is involved with decision making, motivation, and emotional behavior. It is important that results of this small study cannot be generalized, however, it serves as a foundation for further research on marijuana smoking and potentially permanent cognitive abnormalities. How will the findings of this study influence the acceptance of recreational versus medical marijuana?  What recommendations would you give to your patient seeking marijuana?

 

For additional information, please visit The Boston Globe

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Three ways to use the placebo effect to have a better day

Blog 4-1.waterfallA new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology is making researchers look at the placebo effect again. The participants were observed during their sleep to determine if they got above- or below-average sleep. When participants were told they got above-average sleep, they performed better even if they did not sleep well. Taking advantage of this placebo effect, there are three simple methods to improve your day: be more productive, get fitter, and feel happier. How? Focusing on a how much sleep you did get rather than dwell on the fact that the last hour of sleep was spent tossing and turning, knowing how much exercise you achieve during your daily activities, and practicing optimism by having something positive to look forward to throughout the day. How have you experimented with placebo effect in your life or in your practice?

For additional information please visit CNN

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Pheromones: a whole new meaning to ‘chemistry’

 

 

Blog 3-28 Was your first impression of someone ever influenced by their odor? Pheromones, a biological factor, play an important role in our sense of attraction. With that in mind, a bar in east London has brought a new scent to the growing dating market where people sniff t-shirts of others in order to determine if they are date-worthy. How do you feel about using science when it comes to the dating world?

For the article visit BBC

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Seven tips for a stress-free vacation – Have a great Spring Break!

winnondVacation may become another source of stress for some people. Here are seven tips to keep in mind if you are traveling or vacationing for spring break.

1. Plan ahead. Plan excursions, travel and accommodations ahead of time.

2. Craft a budget. Figure out how much you want to spend prior to leaving therefore you can enjoy the vacation and not think about budget.

3. Choose your companions wisely. Vacation with family and close friends to minimize frustration.

4. Allow time to unwind. Be able to incorporate room for some down time between activities.

5. Try new things. Experiment with something new mentally and physically, like taking a walk down the beach.

6. Remember to refuel and stay hydrated.

7. Take a deep breath. Unexpected delays or miscommunication may arise, instead of feeling miserable, relax and enjoy your time away.

What strategies do you typically recommend your patients to unwind stress-free?

For additional information, please see Fox News.

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Angry people ‘risking heart attacks’

imagerymajesticPeople with hot tempers may be at an increased risk for having a heart attack or stroke. Within the two hour period following an angry outburst, the risk of a heart attack is increased by five-fold while the risk of a stroke is increased by three-fold. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health calculated that five angry episodes a day would result in 158 heart attacks per 10,000 people with a low cardiovascular risk per year, and increase to 657 heart attacks per 10,000 people with a high cardiovascular risk per year. Even though having an acute cardiovascular event is relatively low with a single angry outburst, temper-prone individuals will be at a higher risk. What are some possible suggestions for your patients to help them cope with stress and anger? What dietary recommendations can be beneficial for your patients dealing with stress?

For additional information, please see BBC News Health.

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Music Therapy May Help Teens With Cancer Cope

ID-100131039Investigators from Indiana University observed that adolescents and young adults who participated in music therapy were more able to cope with their cancer treatment than those who did not participate. Music therapy included writing song lyrics, producing sound recordings, assembling video images and completing an interactive multimedia story. The patient population tested had to undergo stem-cell transplantation, and 100 days after the procedure the music group continued to report significantly better social integration.

What natural coping strategies do you recommend to patients?

For more information visit WebMD
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