Self-Help Articles - September 2014

Is there anything about self-help and self-awareness you don't already know? Life is after all, common sense, but falls short as it is driven by emotions. Books and articles on the topic are endless as each person going through a healing process, tries to heal and help others often by creating system that is different than those of the past. Everything must upgrade - from the way we think, to the way we do things, to every aspect of our lives. The best message you can give yourself is the practical one, even if you have to struggle to get it. Your brain will adapt. Keep it simple. Create your own app.

In the search to find your purpose

The answer is in the pupil ...

Have fun along the way ...

Self Awareness vs. Self Help - Einstein Quotes

Empty Nest Syndrome - September 2014

6 Signs You're Eating Too Much Sugar

Sugar Addiction

The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food

Any diet will do if you stick to it

10 Reasons to Love your Homeopath

How Well do You Know Your Own Feelings?

Divorce Decree of Degree? NJ Laws Change

10 Fastest-Growing Jobs In America

8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident

Cheapest Days to Fly Are ...

Libra 2014 - Creating Balance - Visualization Exercise

7 Ways Sleep Affects Your Work   Huffington Post - September 28, 2014
Sleep can impact your wages.
Getting enough Zzzzs could mean less risk for job burnout.
Getting too little (or too much!) sleep can mean more sick days.
Sleep strengthens the sort of memory that can help you on the job.
Getting enough sleep keeps you thinking creatively.
A lack of sleep can make you less productive.
Sleep deprivation is hurting your employer -- and the economy.

Hate running? 25 ways to learn to love it   CNN - September 25, 2014
Running is boring. It's hard. It hurts. It's lonely. And it doesn't give you immediate results. Right? While we don't think any of these are necessarily good excuses (or altogether true!), we do understand it's not always love at first run for anyone who ever decides to lace up and hit the pavement.

National Women's Health & Fitness Day 2014: Natural Food Remedies for Women   Epoch Times - September 24, 2014

David Wolfe, world-renowned raw foodist, recently noted 10 super foods that can be consumed regularly with great implications for women's health (and I would argue men as well). As he reminds us, if you lose your health, you've lost everything. Check out these natural food remedies for women so you can help regain or strengthen your health. Superfoods are quite simply nutrient dense and complex foods that deliver an exponential punch in comparison to foods often consumed on a daily basis. Utilizing them consistently will dramatically alter your health.
National Women's Health & Fitness Day

What's the Perfect Diet?   Epoch Times - September 23, 2014
The Clean Approach is About Personalization
Personalization and the Clean Cleanse
The Clean Approach: Whole Foods Minus Toxic Triggers
Whole Foods
Find your Toxic Triggers
Do Reasonable Experiments
Get a Coach
Final Thoughts

6 Holistic Approaches to a Fever   Epoch Times - September 19, 2014
Conventional doctors have been taught to treat every symptom that comes to their attention. As an example, medication is often prescribed to reduce childhood fever. Yet fever is the body's mechanism for destroying viruses and bacteria. Work with the body and reduce a fever naturally by using these holistic approaches.

Scientists discover 'dimmer switch' for mood disorders   Science Daily - September 19, 2014
Researchers have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as "disappointment." The discovery may provide be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down. Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as "disappointment." The idea that some people see the world as a glass half empty has a chemical basis in the brain.

  How stress tears us apart   PhysOrg - September 18, 2014
Why is it that when people are too stressed they are often grouchy, grumpy, nasty, distracted or forgetful? Researchers from the Brain Mind Institute (BMI) at EPFL have just highlighted a fundamental synaptic mechanism that explains the relationship between chronic stress and the loss of social skills and cognitive impairment. When triggered by stress, an enzyme attacks a synaptic regulatory molecule in the brain.

Single dose of antidepressant changes the brain   PhysOrg - September 18, 2014
A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) reveal changes in connectivity within three hours. While SSRIs are among the most widely studied and prescribed form of antidepressants worldwide, it's still not entirely clear how they work. The drugs are believed to change brain connectivity in important ways, but those effects had generally been thought to take place over a period of weeks, not hours.

Tiny Implants Could Give Humans Self-Healing Superpowers   Live Science - September 18, 2014
Wolverine, Ghost Rider, the Incredible Hulk - all of these characters have at least one awesome trait in common: the ability to heal themselves. And now, the Pentagon wants to give ordinary people this superhuman capability. A new military-sponsored program aims to develop a tiny device that can be implanted in the body, where it will use electrical impulses to monitor the body's organs, healing these crucial parts when they become infected or injured. Known as Electrical Prescriptions, or ElectRx, the program could reduce dependence on pharmaceutical drugs and offer a new way to treat illnesses, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing the program.

Fall in Love with your Personal Trainer   Epoch Times - September 17, 2014
Do the research. Don't settle for the first trainer you see when walking through the gym door. Chemistry, education and skill set is important. The trainer you choose should meet your needs in motivational style, training techniques and price. Next ...

Are You a Supertaster?   Live Science - September 16, 2014
There are natural variations between humans in our senses. We need different prescriptions to correct our eyesight. Some people say that vinyl sounds better than CDs or MP3s and will pay big money for audio equipment, while others can't tell the difference. Strictly speaking, the word 'taste' refers to the five primary tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. There is some evidence for other primary tastes, with fat most likely to be the next to be recognized. Others include calcium and metallic, although the latter is often due to various disorders or conditions.

Suicide Contagion: How the Media Can Help Fight It   Live Science - September 16, 2014
The media plays a constructive role in educating its audience. It is an extremely powerful force in American culture, one that creates awareness and can ultimately have a positive influence, particularly when communicating messages that deal with a very real public health issue - suicide. With the recent loss of admired actor and comedian Robin Williams, reporters, journalists, bloggers and beloved fans went to the media to express their sincere grief and emotions over this unexpected loss. And although much of the outpouring respectfully highlighted the positive impact Williams had on lives, there were still too many examples that focused heavily on the methods and details surrounding the way in which he died.

10 Mistakes That Make Cravings Worse   Huffington Post - September 15, 2014
You Skimp On Breakfast, Your Serving Is Too Big, You Don't Eat Anything, You Don't Know Why You're Craving Something, You Don't Pair The Food You Crave With Something Healthy, You Pile On The Guilt, You Try Willpower, You Keep Temptation Around, You're Dieting, You Use Instagram Or Pinterest

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders   PhysOrg - September 15, 2014
New research shows that schizophrenia isn't a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness. About 80 percent of the risk for schizophrenia is known to be inherited, but scientists have struggled to identify specific genes for the condition. Now, in a novel approach analyzing genetic influences on more than 4,000 people with schizophrenia, the research team has identified distinct gene clusters that contribute to eight different classes of schizophrenia.

  Should you eat before a workout?   CNN - September 15, 2014
Pre-workout snacks shouldn't make you feel stuffed but it is important to eat up. Exercising on an empty stomach can lead to the breakdown of muscle tissue. Without food to fuel your workout, muscle tissue is instead converted into glucose to provide the energy you need, which isn't ideal - whether you're trying to build muscle or lose weight. This breakdown can negatively impact your metabolism and might even lead to injury.

Why does the placebo response work in treating depression?   PhysOrg - September 11, 2014
In the past three decades, the power of placebos has gone through the roof in treating major depressive disorder. In clinical trials for treating depression over that period of time, researchers have reported significant increases in patient's response rates to placebos - the simple sugar pills given to patients who think that it may be actual medication. New research conducted by UCLA psychiatrists helps explain how placebos can have such a powerful effect on depression.

Why You Can't Stand To Be Alone -- And How To Learn To Love It   Huffington Post - September 9, 2014
For many of us, the idea of being alone conjures up a sense of dread. Maybe it's the sense of boredom, or the feelings of isolation, or being forced to confront our own thoughts. In fact, a recent study in the journal Science showed that people would rather give themselves electric shocks than be alone with their thoughts for just 15 minutes. But turns out, there's a difference between being alone and feeling lonely. Even though we may use the phrases interchangeably in conversation ...

4 Ways To Increase Your Ability To Learn   Epoch Times - September 9, 2014
Take Up A New Hobby
Diet And Supplementation

Is Food Affecting Your Mood?   Epoch Times - September 9, 2014
Here are 5 culprits that may be zapping your vitality and leading to major mood swings: Gluten, Sugar, Coffee, Alcohol, and Processed Foods

6 Herbs that Enhance Digestive Health   Epoch Times - September 9, 2014
Sage, Oregano, Rosemary, Lavender, Peppermint, and Thyme

The Psychological Impact Of Diet Soda   Huffington Post - September 9, 2014
In recent decades, artificially sweetened beverages have become an increasingly popular alternative to sugary sodas. At the same time, America's obesity rate has risen to epidemic levels. Odd coincidence? Perhaps not: Considerable research has found consuming these diet drinks results in weight gain over the long run. At first glance, this seems preposterous, since you're substituting a high-calorie product with a no-calorie one.

No Therapist Required! 3 Gentle Ways to Handle Stress   Epoch Times - September 9, 2014
Here are some really gentle ways to help you help your stressed-out mind: Picture a clean, clear mind, write down what's on your mind, change the scenery,

Brain structure could predict risky behavior   PhysOrg - September 9, 2014
Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, health, and safety at risk without a thought. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that the volume of the parietal cortex in the brain could predict where people fall on the risk-taking spectrum.

Nine of 10 American kids eat too much salt, CDC says   PhysOrg - September 9, 2014
Nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease, a new federal government report shows.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Running Shoes In One Simple Chart   Huffington Post - September 9, 2014
Picking the perfect running shoe is practically an art. Between arch type, weekly mileage and terrain, there's much to take into consideration -- not to mention all the color options! But before you can make an educated decision on a new pair of sneakers, you have to know what you're looking at. The jargon websites, magazines and salespeople throw around might be unfamiliar, especially if you're new to running. Consider the graphic on this page ....