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HOW GOD CHANGES YOUR BRAIN

As you learned in the previous blog, prior to the significant impact of  Dr. Dossey's writings praying was considered the domain of religious faith and organized religion. As a result of his efforts, during the past  twenty years research involving prayer, religion, and healing of patients has become much more precise and sophisticated. The book entitled How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Waldman (both affiliated with the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania) described a number of scientific breakthroughs. 

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PRAYER IS GOOD MEDICINE

This is the title of a book written by Larry Dossey, MD who served in the military as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam where he received the Army Commendation Medal of Valor as well as a Bronze Star.

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Bullying

b2ap3_thumbnail_3487148_s-1.jpgBullying is a popular topic these days as news reports and the Internet increasingly highlight its occurrence.  

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Meatless Mondays

Early in November 2012, the Los Angeles city council unanimously approved a resolution recommending city residents not eat meat on Mondays. This Meatless Monday campaign started internationally in 2003. The Los Angeles effort is associated with Johns Hopkins University’s public health school.

Not only is the environment diminished by the amount of meat consumed in this country, a high-meat diet is linked to health problems such as colon, prostate, kidney and breast cancers, as well as heart disease. Furthermore, the problem of obesity can significantly be moderated by reduced meat consumption.

So what’s a meat eater to do?

b2ap3_thumbnail_meatless-img.jpgHundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables may reduce cancer risk. Results from a Harvard University study showed that replacing saturated fat-rich foods (such as meat and full fat dairy products) with foods rich in polyunsaturated fat (such as vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds) reduces the risk of heart disease by 19 percent. Research results also suggest that higher consumption of red and processed meat increases the risk of Type II diabetes. In addition, the consumption of red and processed meat is associated with higher mortality rates.

Interestingly enough, replacing a meat-based meal with fish such as tuna and salmon isn’t that difficult to do; nor is substituting an inexpensive bean and rice dish for meat, since the two combined form a complete protein. Fortunately, information regarding meatless meals is readily available on the Internet—not only are there countless recipes, updated research results inform readers of the many health benefits of eating meatless meals.

Years ago when I became interested in healthier diet options, I began by choosing white turkey and chicken instead of red meat. Gradually I began to incorporate fish into my diet. Now I am comfortable with fish two or three days of the week and lean fowl on the other days.  When I have a yearly physical exam and the doctor remarks about the status of my good health, I attribute this to regular exercise and a healthy diet. You’d be surprised how rewarding it is to transform anxiety-ridden doctor’s visits to a life-affirming event!

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Exercise to Improve your Body and Mind

As mentioned elsewhere on this website, my writings feature a holistic perspective. I’ve included many mental and emotional exercises in Grow Up Your Ego, but today I’m thinking about the numerous ways we can exercise our bodies. While we all know that walking is a low impact and simple exercise, we tend to forget the profound health benefits it provides. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking lowers blood pressure, helps manage weight, lowers bad cholesterol, reduces the risk or manages Type II diabetes, and improves one’s mood. To obtain maximum health benefits, one should walk 30 to 60 minutes a day most days of the week. It’s best to warm up by walking slowly the first five minutes. Walking slowly the last five minutes of the walk is recommended as well. If you aren’t a regular walker, at first only walk as far as is comfortable, for example 5 to 10 minutes. Then gradually build up to 15 minutes, and so on. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of walking is that it can be done with others, which includes walking with one’s children. When I’m walking the trails close to where I live, I frequently observe parents who either have infants cradled in back packs or who are pushing them in strollers.

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Water workouts also are relatively simple and can be very enjoyable. According to a study published in the April 2012 American Journal of Cardiology, three or four days a week of swimming laps for 15 to 45 minutes leads to significant improvement of vascular function. Did you know that, in addition to reducing stress and the risk of cardiovascular disease, swimming burns about the same number of calories as jogging, with less stress on your joints?

Overall, research concludes that regular exercise routines contribute to healthier lives, reduced stress, and improved interactions with others—which by extension includes a more positively energized approach in relating to infants and children.

Your submitted comments posted here would be of help to everyone. Share your experiences with consistent daily/weekly exercise and the affirmative effects on yours relationships. Tell us what helps you stick with the commitment to regular routines, or what obstacles stand in your way.

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