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Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

It’s Best to Make Your Own Drugs

the doctor within-the brain

A significant segment of the population lives with more than one chronic medical condition. The pharmaceutical industry makes drugs for almost every type of chronic condition. However, only a handful of these drugs, such as antibiotics, actually cure disease. Most pharmaceuticals simply control symptoms to varying degrees, and they are not without side effects. In addition, until the generic form becomes available, the price is often astronomical....
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Chronic Illness

Did You Make Yourself Sick? Part 2 of 2

Chronic emotional distress can magnify the effects of all the other physiological stressors, because emotional distress causes physiological stress. Think of a time when you developed a headache, neck ache, bellyache, or backache as a result of feeling emotionally distressed. The pain, discomfort, burning, or other unpleasant sensation is a symptom of physiological stress. Physiologically, the symptom could be the result of the triggering of an imbalance in stomach acidity or from a constriction of arteries...
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Chronic Illness

Did You Make Yourself Sick? Part 1 of 2

Almost all the cancer and chronic illness patients I ever worked with wondered if there was something they may have done to cause their cancer, autoimmune disease, neurodegenerative disease, or other medical condition.

Co-workers, friends, and family members often feel vulnerable when someone they know well is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. This is especially true when they know that the person lived a reasonably healthy lifestyle. It soon dawns on them that if such a healthy...
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Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

Do You Struggle to Maintain a Meditation Practice?

Most of us learned to worry unnecessarily about events over which we have little or no control; it’s part of the human condition. Every time we allow ourselves to get caught up in ruminative thinking, we reinforce the neural circuits that make it more likely that we will experience anxious and depressive feelings. I have found mindfulness practice to be the best antidote for unhealthy thinking.
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Acceptance

Curiosity and Openheartedness Improves Health

It is essential to get good medical care. However, I have found that medicine does not have any cures for my autoimmune disease, primary immunodeficiency, severe malabsorption syndrome, and other conditions. Once I finally realized that there were no cures and that no cures were likely to come in my lifetime, and that because of co-morbid conditions, the existing treatments could create new problems, I began to look at the evidence for the efficacy of mind...
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Happiness & Wellbeing

Are You Too Self-Conscious?

I used to create enormous suffering for myself by imagining that people were watching me and negatively judging me. I never questioned that terribly dysfunctional belief because it had been with me since early childhood. After decades of reinforcing that horrific belief on a daily basis, the neural circuitry supporting it had become part of my biology. Years of psychotherapy had helped me gain an intellectual understanding of how childhood verbal abuse had contributed to that...
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Body Mechanics & Tai Chi Chuan

Can We Make Ourselves Sick With Worry?

The early Greek metaphysicians as well as indigenous healers throughout history have known empirically that chronic emotional distress leads to chronic physiological stress, which eventuates in disease. Even in the days before physicians and indigenous healers could measure emotions and stress, it was obvious to all of them that there was a direct connection between emotional/mental state and state of health.
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Mindfulness Practice

Cancer and the Mind

For the last 2400 years, physicians have known that there is a connection between the mind and health. Although no one has ever come up with any type of evidence-based mind treatment proven to cure disease, it is well known that the connection is very real.

Despite the lack of any controlled trials proving that the mind can cure disease, thousands of years of anecdotal evidence should not be ignored.

Throughout the 1970’s, Ainsley Meares, , an Australian...
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