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Month: December 2013

5 Ways To Rewire Your Brain For Meaningful Life Changes

5 Ways To Rewire Your Brain For Meaningful Life Changes

By Dr. Hilary Stokes     November 26, 2013 Neuroscientists have discovered the strategy for rewiring the brain. Contrary to popular approaches, this strategy involves more than just positive thinking or working hard. In fact, there are five pathways that must be activated in order to create new neural networks in the brain. Let’s explore a few principles from brain science in order to better understand how to successfully activate these pathways. First, the act of thinking sets into motion a chemical…

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It’s never too late to get fit, study on ‘healthy aging’ finds

It’s never too late to get fit, study on ‘healthy aging’ finds

Relaxnews  Tuesday, November 26, 2013 PARIS (AFP) – People who start exercise even late in life can reap the benefit in good health, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine said on Monday. Researchers tracked the health of nearly 3,500 Britons whose average age was 64, for more than eight years. People who had a record of sustained and regular exercise – meaning vigorous activity at least once a week – boosted the likelihood of “healthy ageing”…

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Eat Nuts, Live Longer?

Eat Nuts, Live Longer?

Study linked a daily handful of any nut to 20 percent reduction in death risk over 30 years WebMD News from HealthDay     By Serena Gordon     HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) – If you like nuts – and it doesn’t seem to matter what kind is your personal favourite – you might be cutting your risk of early death by eating a handful of them every day. New research found that people who ate a 1-ounce…

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15 Healthy Practices You Already Know (But Should Go Ahead & Start Doing)

15 Healthy Practices You Already Know (But Should Go Ahead & Start Doing)

BY EMILY KOCH   NOVEMBER 5, 2013 Here are 15 things you already know that you should really just go ahead and start practicing now, because the older version of yourself will be eternally grateful if you do. For that matter, everyone will be glad you did. 1. Move your body. You can’t underestimate the power of experiencing the strength of your physical body in healthy ways. Find healthy movement that you enjoy and try to participate in it at…

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Just Say No: When It Makes Sense Not to Take Your Medicine

Just Say No: When It Makes Sense Not to Take Your Medicine

By Alexandra Sifferlin    Oct. 16, 2013    It sounds like something a quack would support, but it’s true. There’s growing evidence that lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet and exercising more may be enough to prevent and even treat conditions ranging from diabetes to cancer. The latest comes from a review of studies, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that analyzed the effects of a combination of behaviors that reduced the rate of Type 2 diabetes among…

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10 Words Everyone Should Live By

10 Words Everyone Should Live By

BY DR. LAWRENCE ROSEN   JULY 10, 2013 I’ve noticed a trend in wellness circles. Whether in my work with patients or in my yoga classes, I keep coming across the same words. On a given day, one might be the theme of a dharma talk or a TED Talk video someone mentioned to me. (Or, as was the case one strange morning, the same word was featured in both.) I am sure the universe is sending me messages, and…

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Join a Choir, Sing Your Way to Happiness?

Join a Choir, Sing Your Way to Happiness?

December 6, 2013 | By Health Editor FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) — Singing in a choir might be good for your mental health, a new study suggests. British researchers conducted an online survey of nearly 400 people who either sang in a choir, sang alone or belonged to a sports team. All three activities were associated with greater levels of mental well-being, but the levels were higher among those who sang in a choir than those who sang…

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7 enduring lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life

7 enduring lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life

Forget Love Actually. True wisdom lies in this Christmas classic. By Matt K. Lewis | December 10, 2013   If you’re looking for proof of the decline of values, comparing two holiday movies — Love Actually and Frank Capra’s timeless black-and-white classic It’s a Wonderful Life — is illustrative. The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr recently penned an excellent takedown of the former, calling it the “least romantic film of all time.” Among the pernicious lessons imparted, Orr says, is the notion “that love is overwhelmingly a product of physical attraction and…

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The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind

The Confirmation Bias: Why It’s Hard to Change Your Mind

People search for information that confirms their view of the world and ignore what doesn’t fit. In an uncertain world, people love to be right because it helps us make sense of things. Indeed some psychologists think it’s akin to a basic drive. One of the ways they strive to be correct is by looking for evidence that confirms they are correct, sometimes with depressing or comic results: A woman hires a worker that turns out to be incompetent. She…

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25 Healthy Holiday Choices

25 Healthy Holiday Choices

By Suz Redfearn   WebMD Feature   Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Enjoy a tasty and fulfilling December followed by a regret-free January. Here are 25 healthy holiday choices to make, starting now. Eat early. Don’t skip breakfast, says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered dietitian. “Don’t let last night’s big meal keep you from having a healthy breakfast today, and every day,” she says. If you don’t commit to breakfast, you may spend the rest of the day overeating. Graze….

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