The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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How about a little holiday pop quiz? I’m thinking of a gift that has these qualities: It doesn’t have to cost a dime, yet is priceless; you may not recognize that you already possess it until you, or someone close to you, loses it. What is it? Drum roll, please. It’s your health. Good health… Read more »

Sleep, Part 2: Go to Your Room!

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In my last newsletter, I described the ways that sleep deprivation affects the body’s essential functions. In short, sleep is a key component to health. Getting under 8 hours of sleep can lead to illness, obesity, and poor overall daytime performance. Feeling trapped in a cycle of daily fatigue and nighttime wakefulness? Applying the 3Rs… Read more »

Healthy Eating: Check-in Time!

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It’s a new year, and many of us are feeling inspired to take on new habits—or abandon old, unhealthy ones. Is maintaining a healthy weight one of yours? Now that the holidays are over, take a moment to reflect on how you kept yourself in good health, physically and emotionally, during the festivities. No doubt… Read more »

Healthy Eating, Part II: Use Your Intuition

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Who said you must lose weight to be healthy? They were dead wrong. It’s time to realize that you must get healthy in order to lose weight, not the reverse. The diet mentality doesn’t work because it offers false hope for losing weight quickly and permanently, often using recommendations that are boring, restrictive, and unsatisfying,… Read more »

Healthy Eating, Part I: Throw OUT the Diets

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I’m excited about my new way of looking at eating. I’ve decided to totally eliminate the concept of “bad” foods. I refuse to feel guilty if and when I splurge. So far I’ve resisted the impulse to buy every tabloid that highlights a new fad diet modeled by a svelte, bikini-clad starlet. I didn’t always… Read more »

Taking Control of Stress

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Ever think that pain, discomfort, and other symptoms all feel worse when you’re stressed? You’re not alone…and you’re right on the money! In fact, various studies have shown that anxiety, stress, and other emotional conditions can actually decrease the body’s immunity and leave us open to illness, from the common cold to heart conditions. Psychologists… Read more »

Putting the 3 R’s Into Action

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In my last post, I said using the 3 R’s can help you take control of your attitude, and attitude is what makes the real difference in our health and overall sense of well-being. But you’re not just a hypothetical example; you’re a real living human being. It’s time to get personal. Are you up… Read more »

Putting the 3 R’s to work in your life

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The “3 R’s” I listed in my last post,–Recognize, Reframe, Reclaim–,sound great on paper, and using them has a positive effect on overall wellness, even for people with chronic pain. But it takes work. Roll up your sleeves: here’s how to put these steps to work. R#1 – RECOGNIZE the mind-body connection Verbalizing positive thoughts… Read more »

Roberta’s 3R’s: Three Steps to Ease Living with Pain

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Are you living…or are you just existing? Pursuing a fulfilling life—even if you are in pain–can be a challenge, but “Roberta’s 3 R’s” below are positive steps you can take right now to direct the course of action pain has on your life and purpose. Neck, back, joint, and other pains and inflammation all can… Read more »

Tips To Quit Smoking

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Mary McGowan, MD To quit Smoking… Change routines to quit smoking. If you smoke while driving to work, get to work a different way-in a car pool or by public transportation. If you smoke before or after drinking coffee, switch to tea. If you associate smoking a cigarette with the end of a meal, leave… Read more »