Finding Your Authentic Self

by Meghan Erkkinen November 24, 2014
What does it mean to be authentic? The word has been thrown around over the last few years by self-help gurus and therapists as a universal goal. So what is authenticity? Can developing our authentic selves actually make us healthier? Very simply, authenticity means being true to one’s self. A person who is authentic approaches life—for example, social interactions and big decisions—with sincerity and truth. The idea seems easy enough, but in today’s world, where we’re asked to summarize our thoughts in 140 characters and ourselves in a single profile page, it can be difficult to achieve. Our fast-paced world can also get in the way. How can we be true to ourselves if we don’t have the time to reflect on who we really are? Authenticity is something that takes practice, courage, and commitment. Taking the road less traveled is easier said than done, and learning to speak your mind isn’t a switch we flip in an instant. We’re conditioned to ... [More]

The Problems with the Paleo Diet

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller November 23, 2014
By now, you’ve probably heard about Paleo Diet. As diet fads go, Paleo Diet is right up there with gluten-free and raw-food-veganism in terms of trendiness. And, all three are neck and neck for making claims they can’t verify.Before I go any further, though, and give too many people too much ammunition to find fault with my position here, I’ll say this: Paleo Diet has some very helpful concepts that are worthwhile for your health. In a similar way, gluten-free diets  can help a lot of people feel better, even when the popular conception of gluten-free is a big misunderstanding. (Gluten free diets are an absolute necessity for those with the serious condition, Celiac Disease.) Even raw food veganism, an extreme food fad, can be a seemingly miraculous cure for people with life-threatening or crippling conditions like cancer, advanced heart disease, and autoimmune disease.Now, back to the problems with Paleo. Paleo diet is based on the idea that we should be eating ... [More]

Eating Together: How Shared Dinners Improve Health, Connectedness

by Meghan Erkkinen November 21, 2014
When was the last time you sat down at the table to eat with your family? Decades ago, this was practice that happened once, twice, or sometimes even three times a day. But these days, between fast food and microwave meals, many people are missing out on this once-common practice. New research shows, however, that eating together as a family—or even as a couple or with friends—can have numerous tangible and intangible benefits. More than half of Americans feel they eat fewer family dinners now than when they were growing up, according to recent polls But most Americans—92 percent—look forward to the family dinners they do have. Why are we spending less time eating together when we enjoy it so much? Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, families find it harder to sit down for dinner. And some families even schedule a sit-down dinner! The typical full-time American employee clocks 47 hours work a week, more than many other countries where family di... [More]

Keira Knightley dares to bare, sans Photoshop

by Meghan Erkkinen November 19, 2014
Keira Knightley, the English actress famous for her roles in such films as Pirates of the Caribbean and Pride & Prejudice, has dared to pose topless in Interview Magazine—but only on the condition that the photos appear unedited. "I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame," the 29-year-old actress told Britain’s The Times newspaper. "I've had (images of)* my body manipulated so many different times for so many different reasons." She went on to tell the newspaper that she agreed to the photo shoot because she wanted people to see what she really looks like—without edits or enhancements to her breasts or other body parts.  In 2004, Knightley appeared on a poster for the film King Arthur with computer-altered breasts, setting off a firestorm among body image activists. She was the center of controversy again in 2006 when she and fellow actress Scarlett Johansson were photographed naked, posing next to fashion designer To... [More]

4 Ways to be Productive and Feel Good about Yourself

by Dr. Shannon Reive-Schmidt October 22, 2014
Dr Reive-Schmidt shares 4 tips to help with productivity and confidence - and avoid procrastination too. [More]

Domestic Violence: An Invisible Problem

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller October 9, 2014
Between the names of football player Ray Rice and the newly crowned Miss America, domestic violence has dominated headlines in the past month. Rice’s assault on his then-fiancée, and now-wife, was caught on video and recently widely circulated, leading to scandal and accusations within the NFL. The new Miss America, Kira Kazantzev has chosen a platform that targets domestic violence, something which she herself has experienced.These high-profile stories have brought domestic violence, an often-invisible problem, to the forefront of public awareness. Physical and emotional abuse in family relationships is a problem that, due to its nature and complexity, too often gets brushed under the rug. Victims may remain silent out of fear or shame. Perpetrators, meanwhile, are too often not held accountable. Oftentimes, we try to distance ourselves from disturbing public health problems like domestic violence by claiming it’s an isolated problem, or that it only happens in othe... [More]

Pets Can Heal Us

by Meghan Erkkinen September 30, 2014
Since the 1960s, pet ownership in the United States has quadrupled, a growth rate much faster than the human population. About 67 million American homes count pets among their family members. Households with pets account for about 62 percent of the households in the United States, nearly twice the number of households with children. If you’re a pet owner or pet parent, you can probably rattle off a long list of the benefits your furry friend brings to your life. For many people, cats and dogs offer companionship and unconditional love. For others, pets provide stimulation for mind, body, and spirit. More and more, science is showing that pet owners reap significant rewards, including boosts to health and happiness. Below are four ways pets improve our physical and mental health. #1 Pets can improve your heart health. Cats and dogs not only hold a special place in our hearts, but they may actually help improve the health of this vital organ. Various studies show that pet owners ex... [More]

INFPs vs ESTJs: Making Sense of the MBTI® types – Pt 5

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller June 13, 2014
In Part 1 of this 5-part series, we introduced the Myers–Briggs Personality Indicator and its first pair of characteristics, Introversion and Extroversion. Part 2 covered the second pair, Intuition and Sensation; Part 3 the third pair, Thinking and Feeling; and Part 4 the fourth pair, Perception and Judgement. Remember that everyone, to varying degrees, has both of the characteristics described in each of the pairs of attributes. Here in Part 5 we provide some shorthand tips for interpreting and applying this remarkable tool to everyday life. [More]

Lose Weight By Eating More Fat? Science Says Dairy Fat Is Healthy

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller June 3, 2014
If you think of full-fat dairy as a guilty indulgence, you’ll be happy to learn that a wave of recent research suggests that the conventional wisdom about low-fat versus whole-fat dairy may be an unfortunate food myth. We are now learning that whole milk products that include the butterfat don’t appear to be as bad for you as we’ve been led to believe over the last several decades. [More]

Procrasting or Information-Gathering? Recognizing Your MBTI Type – Pt 4

by Dr. Daniel J. Heller May 28, 2014
In Part 1, we introduced the Myers–Briggs Personality Indicator and the first pair of characteristics, Introversion and Extroversion. In Part 2 we covered the second pair, Intuition and Sensation, and in Part 3 the third pair, Thinking and Feeling. Here in Part 4 we explore the fourth pair, Perception and Judgement. Remember that everyone has, to varying degrees, both of the characteristics described in each of the pairs of attributes. The descriptions here are of extremes that rarely apply to real individuals, but rather indicate tendencies we all can recognize in ourselves and in others. [More]

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