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How Much Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Premature Death?

How Much Exercise Reduces Your Risk of Premature Death?

We all know that exercise is good for our health, yet too few people meet the recommended minimum amount of exercise suggested by doctors, hours a week of moderate exercise. That’s only 30 minutes of moderate movement five times a week. However, new research tells us that we actually need a little more exercise than that – an hour of moderate exercise, 7 days a week is optimal for keeping the grim reaper from...
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You’re More Creative When You Walk

You’re More Creative When You Walk

It’s true. According to Stanford University researchers, a new study indicates that walking increases creative ideation by 60%. That boring meeting may be much more fruitful if you hold it on your feet, on the move.

The Stanford report begins:

People have noted that walking seems to have a special relation to creativity. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1889) wrote, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking” (Aphorism 34). The current research puts such observations on solid footing....
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Female Veterans Killing Themselves in Unprecedented Numbers

Female Veterans Killing Themselves in Unprecedented Numbers

“Staggering” and “obscenely high” were the terms one expert used to describe the rate of female veterans completing suicide, in a recent LA Times article. This is a trend my treatment center and I have been following for some time and are glad to find that researchers are finally bringing the hardships our returning veterans face to light.

Why do women veterans complete suicide so much more often than non-veteran females? The LA Times report gave several...
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Pot’s Evolution: How the Drug Has changed Over the Years

Pot’s Evolution: How the Drug Has changed Over the Years

It’s a topic of near-constant conversation in our communities; “Should marijuana be legalized?” In an increasing number of states, the answer is yes. But the debates are clouded by a great deal of misinformation. What matters to me as an addiction treatment professional is that the public makes informed decisions based on good facts. Here are some facts about how marijuana has changed since it became popular in the 1960s and moved into the...
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