Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Webinar on Mind Medicine Listen at Your Leisure

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  • Speaker: Dr. Mike Klabor. (originally webcast 3-1-2011)
    Can your attitude really influence your physical health? Research in the new specialty of Positive Psychology shows that it can. But how? Studies show that how we think has a strong effect on our immune system and other physiological processes that affect overall health and well-being, our resistence to infection, our recovery from surgery, as well as how long we live. Dr. Klaybor discusses the influence of optimism and positive thinking on brain development, happiness and physical health, then shows how to harness this knowledge and use it in your every day life. We may not yet be able to eliminate medical conditions using Mind Medicine, but improving the quality and length of life is possible right now.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

More on Optimism......

So, the question is, do you believe attitude makes a difference in health, longevity and happiness? Does being an optimist improve quality of life?  If you said "yes", you are correct. What are the important elements of attitude? OPTIMISM!!!!! is considered one of the most important. In a recent article by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Dr. Barry Bittman, suggests the actual difference between pessimists and optimists longevity is about 12 years. Wow!!!! 12 years of fun, creativity and life experience.

It may be time to take a look at your current environment, friendships, life stressors stressors including your perception of stress. If you believe something is stressful, then it is.

As Dr. Maruta, the chief investigator of the Mayo Clinic Study states, "ultimately it is not stress that kills us. Rather, it's our perception of stress that makes the difference." With this in mind, it is never to late to take charge of your attitude. Begin to look at the glass as half full. Take time daily to think about and focus on gratitude. Find positive people, experiences, and work on creating meaning and pleasure in your life. Whatever happens in life has "opportunity: tucked away inside for optimism. Since you have a choice how you think about things, go forward with a positive attitude to enhance optimism.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Neuroplasticity.....What is that?

In a book by Dr. Norman Doidge, The Brain that Changes Itself, there are personal stories of the frontiers of brain science. The premise is the very "hopeful portrait" of the endless adaptability of the human brain. This book gives evidence of how the brain can change its own structure and function through the activity of thought. In addition to these most compelling book of ideas, I believe you will find how your positive thinking changes your brain for health, healing and transformation.

What is neuroplasticity?  Let's start with "neuron" for the nerve cells in our brains and nervous system. "Plastic" for changeable, malleable and modifiable. Thus, neuroplasticity. The premise, we can create new circuits in our brain by using thinking  to turn on or off genes thus shaping our behavior.

If you have felt stuck in your life, practice of these cognitive behavioral techniques can help and as you will discover in the book, you can change your brain.In fact, you can create new circuits that can change your depression, anxiety, pain or stress.

I recently conducted a webinar is about Mind Attitudes, Healing, Optimism and Positive Psychology. In the webinar, I discuss neuroplasticity. You may want to get it to some of your patients (or colleagues) to listen in on the webinar.  The actual title for the webinar is: Mind Medicine: How Your Attitude Can Affect Your Health.  Listen in at your leisure by clicking on this link. 


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Chronic Pain Treatment

In the March 7, 2011 issue of TIme Magazine, the topic is Finding new ways to treat pain. Alice Park states, "pain is the human bodyguard, the cop on the beat racing to the scene....protecting you. "  Pain helps you learn to avoid danger and is essential for survival. The article goes on to ask what happens when pain "goes rogue," or "sends off false alarms and becomes a persistent, unceasing torment." Well 76 million people experience pain that does not dissipate. Pain killing medication is effective only for  time and can be very addictive. So, what is the answer?

A multifaceted approach that combines medication, physical therapy, and psychological support to help patients cope is recommended once it is established the pain is chronic. Multidisciplinary approaches tend to help the more severe cases of chronic pain. In addition, alternative treatment including massage, yoga, acupuncture, biofeedback, hypnosis, herbal supplements and biofield therapies (like quigong) can give a sense of relief and control.

Relief is at hand, consult your physician for recommendations. 

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