Archives for December, 2012


Holiday Eating And Your Food Clock

You've heard about your biological clock, but did you know you also have a food clock?

Scientists at University of California, San Francisco, are studying how our food clocks work on a molecular level, according to this article at

They've found that a protein called PKCy helps us reset our food clock if we change our eating habits, especially if we overeat during the holidays.
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Newtown: Not Sure What To Ban, Not Sure Talking Will Help

C.R. writes:

It has taken everyone I know a while to talk through the unbearable tragedy at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut.

In the past, we've blogged (and also read) about several recent terrible attacks, such as the murders at the Sikh Temple, the Batman Killings, and the Fort Hood Massacre, where army officer and psychiatrist, Nidal Hassan gunned down 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded 29 others.

Today, I'm sharing some of my personal thoughts, for what they're worth. In the face of such a wide range of needless death and heartbreak I'm not sure I have anything new to say, but I do have a burning desire to say it.
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Be Yourself. Change?

C.R. writes:

Last Friday, I had a chat with a woman I'd never met before while shopping in my nearby natural foods co-op. We talked about vitamins and diet and skin care and moodiness and winter blues...a whole bunch of stuff.

It turns out, this woman and I lived two blocks away from each other so we decided to share a car service (Brooklyn's answer to the taxi cab) back home.

There used to be a bus, but our much-beloved Mayor cut out several bus lines, including this one, which thousands of people relied on daily.*

Anyway, as we were waiting for the driver to show up, she said to me, "I could tell right away you were from out of town. I'm right, aren't I?"

I said "yes" and said that people generally point out that I'm a bit more polite and smiley than the average Brooklynite. Well, it's been nearly ten years, so perhaps I'm not quite so smiley or polite.
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Verbal Abuse: Mind, Body, And Soul

We return to our discussion with Alice Carleton, a woman whose search for answers about her own pain, especially the abuse she suffered, led her to a career in the field.

Tell us what sparked your interest in making verbal abuse the focus of your graduate research?

It began when I found the book which explained what was happening to me (verbal abuse), and it saved my mind and life: The Verbally Abusive Relationship by Patricia Evans.
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Rising Above Verbal Abuse

Just recently the Michigan Counseling Association invited Alice Carleton to present her paper, Society’s Hidden Pandemic: Verbal Abuse, Precursor to Physical Violence and a Form of Biochemical Assault at their fall conference.

What makes Alice's paper so special isn't just the academic research she did, it's her personal life-story which inspired her to study and write about verbal abuse—because she experienced it both as a child and as an adult.

Alice is joining us at Therapy Soup to talk about the destructive force of verbal abuse and share some of her experiences.
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More Gluten-Free Challenge

Adding Gluten Back In
Adding the gluten back into your diet to test your response is as easy as following the directions nutritionist and author Trudy Scott shared here on Therapy Soup, right before Thanksgiving.

Here's the redux:

Now that you've been gluten-free for a couple of weeks, you may have seen improvements in your anxiety and mood.

You may have noticed that your skin, your digestion or other physical symptoms have improved or been eliminated.

Keep an eye on any painful symptoms.

Have they gone away? If none of the above have changed, there could be other dietary links to symptoms (and non-dietary links as well). For those of you who've entered the book drawing (and if you haven't, what are you waiting for!?), you can learn more about the food and mood link in Trudy's terrific book, The Antianxiety Food Solution.

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