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How to Make You Life as Simple as a Child’s

by Bob Curley on November 17, 2014

happychildJOPHIELsmilesFlickrAre the habits, attitudes, and outlook you’ve developed over the years quietly making your life more difficult than it should be? To find out, ask yourself these critical questions, posed by The Mind Unleashed.

Are you:

  • Looking to others for answers only you can give yourself?
  • Letting others make you feel guilty for living your life?
  • Allowing toxic people to get the best of you?
  • Filling your life with unnecessary drama and gossip?
  • Automatically assigning negative intent to other people’s actions?
  • Always worrying that someone is going to take away what you have?
  • Trying to compete with everyone else?
  • Taking too much without giving back to others?
  • Focused on popularity over effectiveness?
  • Cutting corners and taking the easy way out?
  • Focused on every other point of time except right now?
  • Stuck on your past mistakes?
  • Guilty of an “all or nothing” mentality?
  • Expecting life to always be happy?
  • Always thinking of worst-case scenarios?
  • Letting loss devour you?
  • Avoiding facing the truth?
  • Putting off making decisions?

“When we were young we saw the world through simple, hopeful eyes. We knew what we wanted and we had no biases or concealed agendas. We liked people who smiled. We avoided people who frowned. We ate when we were hungry, drank when we were thirsty, and slept when we were tired,” notes writer Marc Chernoff. “As we grew older our minds became gradually disillusioned by negative external influences.  At some point we began to hesitate and question our instincts. When a new obstacle or growing pain arose, we stumbled and fell down.  This happened several times. Eventually we decided we didn’t want to fall again, but rather than solving the problem that caused us to fall, we avoided it all together.”

“As you know, when we stop doing the wrong things and start doing the right things, life gets easier,” says Chernoff. “It just makes sense. So how have you been making your life harder than it has to be? What can you do today to simplify things?”

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Massage, Acupuncture Can Reduce Cancer Pain

by Bob Curley on November 24, 2014

acupunctureneedleFlickrCancer pain and anxiety can be effectively addressed through the use of complementary medicine such as massage, acupuncture, guided imagery, and relaxation response interventions, according to researchers at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

The study, funded by the National Center of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, aimed to determine whether such therapies could be an effective alternative to narcotic drugs. Lead author Jill Johnson, Ph.D., said the study found that patients reported an average 47 percent reduction in pain and 56 percent lower levels of anxiety when undergoing alternative therapies.

Lung, bronchus, and trachea cancer patients reported the largest decrease in pain, while prostate-cancer patients had the biggest improvement in anxiety levels.

The research was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs.

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Longer Lifespan May Be One Benefit of Better Wellbeing

by Bob Curley on November 24, 2014

UCLlogoPeople who have a higher level of personal wellbeing seem to live longer, according to a study led by British researchers.

Medical News Today reported Nov. 8 that the study of about 9,000 people with an average age of 65, found that just 9 percent of those with the highest wellbeing scored died during an 8.5-year followup period, compared with 29 percent of those with the poorest wellbeing scores.

On average, people with the best wellbeing scores lived two years longer than those who scored the worst on an evaluation of their wellbeing.”We cannot be sure that higher well-being necessarily causes lower risk of death, since the relationship may not be causal,” said lead researcher Andrew Steptoe of University College London. “But the findings raise the intriguing possibility that increasing well-being could help to improve physical health.”

The findings were published in The Lancet.


Take a Week to Get Your Sleep Back

by Bob Curley on November 21, 2014

Sleeping_angelPaulSappianoWikiWouldn’t it be great if you could conquer your lousy sleep patterns by next week? Fox News has seven steps you can take over the next seven days to improve your slumber:

  • Shut off your phone or leave it somewhere other than your bedroom.
  • Turn off the TV and fluorescent lights, which emit sleep-disrupting blue light. If you need light in your bedroom, try a red bulb, instead.
  • Try working out in the morning rather than afternoon or evening.
  • Rise with the sun if you can, but if you must use an alarm clock, resist hitting the snooze button.
  • Have more sex: it helps you sleep (afterwards).
  • Maintain your sleep patterns on the weekends.
  • Seven is also the magic number for hours of sleep, so set your alarm accordingly.

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Stop a Migraine Before It Starts

by Bob Curley on November 21, 2014

headacheSarahGFlikrMigraine headaches can be hell, and often even medication can provide only marginal relief. To prevent a migraine from hitting in the first place, try these steps recommended by NerdWallet:

  • keep a headache diary to learn your warning signs and potential migraine triggers, such as alcohol or certain foods
  • maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet that includes food rich in magnesium, such as nuts, whole grains, and dark, leafy greens
  • use yoga, meditation or other healthy techniques to manage your stress
  • avoid skipping meals
  • get 6-8 hours of sleep nightly
  • talk to your doctor about preventive medications
  • read up on Botox and consider whether it might work to reduce your migraine symptoms

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Sugar Worse for Kids Than You Realize

by Bob Curley on November 21, 2014

sugarcerealExcessive sugar consumption can rot your kids’ teeth and contribute to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes, but as Fox News reports, those are just the best-known of the problems caused by eating too much sugar.

Kids who eat too much candy, drink too much sweet beverages, and consume too many sugar-rich carbs also may experience:

  • more coughs, colds, and allergies
  • croup and acid reflux
  • weakened immunity
  • dietary imbalances

To cut back on sugar consumption:

  • make swaps like yogurt for ice cream and applesauce for sugar when baking
  • serve water or seltzer rather than juice or soda
  • check product labels for hidden sugars
  • substitute fresh fruit or spices for sugar substitutes like agave nectar or honey, which still are sugars
  • change your child’s diet slowly so they can adjust to healthier choices
  • teach your kids why healthy eating is important
  • advocate for better food choices at school

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How to Maintain Your Healthy Weight Loss

Keeping pounds off is harder than losing them initially; Fox News reported Oct. 2 on some strategies for maintaining your hard-earned slimmer physique, including: set realistic weight-loss goals that can be sustained over time — no more than 1-2 pounds weekly avoid alcohol, a hidden source of calories that also can disrupt sleep and slow […]

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Avoid These Common Drug Errors

Seventy percent of Americans take some type of prescription medication, so it’s important that you don’t make mistakes when self-administering powerful and sometimes dangerous drugs. Health reported Oct. 21 that common medication errors include: overpaying for a brand name when there’s a cheaper generic alternative available mixing medications with food and drinks that can cause […]

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Make Sure Your Granola Bar Isn’t a Candy Bar

Some granola bars are healthy snacks, while others are simply candy bars in disguise. Greatest reports on what makes a granola bar good or bad and recommends some healthy choices. A good granola bar will have: less than 8 grams of sugar under 200 calories are high in protein and fiber contain a few, easily […]

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How to Make Your Low-Carb Diet Work Better

Research suggests that people may lose more weight on a low-carb diet than a low-fat diet, but you still need to eat balanced meals, LiveScience reports. For better success on a low-carb diet: Beware of excluding certain foods from your plate. It’s fine to skip MSG or hydrogenated fats, for example, but your body still […]

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Spice Up Your Diet for Health

Chili peppers, jalapenos, habaneros, and cayenne not only add some zing to your food, they contain compounds like capsaicin that may improve your health as well. Fox News reports that the benefits of spicy food may include: weight loss due to increased metabolism lower levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol possible anti-cancer action lower blood pressure […]

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