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Video: Use of the Imagination to Improve Wellbeing

This presentation was given at the Marin Center for Independent Living in 2013. Examples are given to explain about the power of the mind to effect physiological changes. Guided exercises will give you an experience of how you can learn to use your imagination to improve how you feel and to actually improve physiological functioning […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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Video: The Challenges of Living with Chronic Medical Conditions

This is part one of a 7-part series presented at Marin Center for Independent Living. In this first video, the viewer is introduced to the experience of what it is like to live with a chronic illness or disability. Just the burden of trying to make sense of medical bills can be overwhelming. Even with […]

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In Your Own Hands – Manage Your Stress Before Your Stress Manages You

Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know. Helpful Things TO Say […]

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In Your Own Hands

Every Monday, my blog post “In Your Own Hands” is where I’ll be featuring articles I find interesting or that I think are a good resource to help you take charge of your health. What articles have you read recently that caught your attention? Leave a comment and let me know.  Eating Helps Dementia Patients […]

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Video: Mind Training Cures Depression

Never do anything you don’t want to do. The most powerful mindfulness practice is to consciously choose everything you do from moment-to-moment. Eliminate all toxic words from your language—words such as have to, must, got to, can’t, should, shouldn’t, and replace them all with: “I’m choosing to…” This “I am choosing” practice reprograms the brain […]

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Skills, Not Pills

Change in Response to Discomfort Discomfort or new signs or symptoms are often warnings that something needs to change. The reason for this is that all pathological conditions, no matter how minor, have come into existence in a very specific physiological environment. Although it is often difficult to uncover the cause of the new symptom […]

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Chronic Medical Challenges and the Mind

Cognitive Fusion with New Symptoms A primary source of emotional distress for those living with many diseases relates to panic over new symptoms. Even experienced mindfulness teachers can find it difficult to recognize that the frightening attributions they assign to new symptoms are often nothing but mental constructs and are usually not based on facts. […]

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Experiential Avoidance: What We Resist Persists

Experiential avoidance is a term that originated in contextual behavioral science research. It refers to a common psychological pattern to which we are all susceptible: the attempt to avoid unpleasant thoughts, images, feelings, sensations, and emotions. Experiential avoidance prevents us from being accepting of and present to our natural inner impulses, and this is problematic […]

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The Connection Between Mood and Cancer

In a large prospective study by research psychologist Richard Shekelle and his team at the Western Electric plant in Chicago, 2,010 middle-aged male employees were given psychological tests that looked specifically at depression scores. The men were followed for seventeen years. The men who had tested as depressed developed cancers over the course of the […]

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