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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges.

I post to this blog three times per week. Monday posts are evidence-based published articles on mindfulness research and mindfulness-based practices, especially as they relate to health. Wednesday posts are videos of my presentations or interviews. Friday posts consist of Q&A related to living a meaningful, values-based life, regardless of the nature of your particular life challenges.

Here is this week’s question:

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:  In my classes and talks, people often comment about their distrust of medicine because doctors keep changing their recommendations regarding what foods to eat, what supplements to take if any, how much exercise is important, etc.

ANSWER: If you want recommendations that don’t change, follow religious teachings. If you want recommendations based on scientific research that is subjected to critical analysis, listen to your doctors.

Of course the recommendations change quite regularly. The reason they keep changing is because new evidence disproves what had previously been accepted. That is the value of science.

Unfortunately, the U.S. and Canada have fallen way behind Scandinavia and Western Europe in creating an environment most conducive to health and wellbeing.

In North America, politicians have cut funding of medical research due to their inability to understand science and their lack of the wisdom to trust the experts. They have also allowed a large segment of our educational system to teach pseudoscience and creationism. This is resulting in the U.S. falling behind Europe and Asia in the sciences.

This website is offered as a free public service, supplying information that has been found helpful to certain people living with chronic health challenges or issues related to wellbeing. No treatment is offered on this website. The advice is general, and may or may not apply to your individual situation, and is not a substitute for psychotherapy or medical treatment.

What questions do you have about living a life of mastery or about the relationship between the mind and health or wellbeing?

Just scroll down and type your question in the comment box below. Your specific question may not appear in this column. The reason for that is I wait until I get a certain number of related questions, then I pick one that covers them all and I answer that one. People in my classes and presentations asked most of the questions appearing in this column.

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