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Work Stress Triggers Heart Disease and Diabetes

An interesting article dated January 25th 2006 says “A new study by researchers from UCL Epidemiology and Public Health has found that stress at work is an important factor in causing heart disease and diabetes (…) The study at University College London which was led by Dr Tarani Chandola, concludes:

“One possible explanation is that prolonged exposure to work stress may affect the nervous system. Alternatively, chronic stress may reduce biological resilience and thus disturb the body’s physiological balance.” 

Having a balance is essential in our lives.  We often find joy, happiness, meaning, and passion through work and it is true that we learn and grow through work experience.   It is important to find the way to find balance between work and personal life.  Many people find “their centers” by doing exercise, yoga, playing music, writing journals or poetry before or after […]

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Does your child have ADHD?

Does your child have ADHD? If you are a minority in the US, you may not know…according to the Journal of Pediatrics.

Minority children are less likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It’s not necessarily that they have less chance of getting it, rather, more likely they have less access to needed medical and mental health services that help to diagnose it.

Could it also be there is a cultural stigma attached to having there be “something wrong” with a child? It is common to have fear and anxiety in having any types of diagnosis within the family, yet this article says “A diagnosis can help kids get the proper treatment and medication they need, and early intervention can be key in helping a child learn.”  It is common to express fear of having a child be diagnosed with ADHD because one might worry their child will […]

Is there a Prescription for a Balanced Brain?

There’s an epidemic happening out there that’s getting less attention than, for instance, the epidemic of obesity we’re experiencing.

“We’re entering an era of an epidemic of overwhelm. A time when too many people’s mental resources are being stretched through multitasking, fragmented attention and information overload.”

“The trouble is, we are short on simple, clear information about good mental habits. Few people know about what it takes to have optimum mental health, or the implications of being out of balance. It is not taught in schools, or discussed in business. The issue just isn’t on the table. The result is that we mentally stretch ourselves in ways that may have even bigger implications than a poor diet.

So, my friend and colleague Dr. Dan Siegel and I got together recently and decided to create what we’re calling the Healthy Mind Platter. This platter contains the seven essential daily mental activities necessary for […]

An Active Brain Slows Down Dementia

Dementia is a debilitating disease that can affect not only individuals but their family members. Up until now there has been little success in retarding the progression of this insidious disease. There is hope though…

A recent study shows that by simply keeping the brain active may slow the onset of dementia.  Read the recent article “Active Brain Keeps Dementia at Bay” by Helen Briggs in BBC News.

In it they discuss some promising research/study findings that dementia onset can be delayed by lifestyle factors.  The brain study found that individuals who kept brain busy showed 15% slower in cognitive decline than those who did not.  The brain is very complicated and cause for many types of dementia remain unknowns.  Many researchers in the world are trying very hard to learn more about brain, find cause, and cure.  In the meantime, Dr. James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Association […]