Showing posts from August 14, 2016

Can Schizophrenia Look Like Depression?

What Is Schizophrenia?

It’s a serious mental illness that can be disabling without care. About 1% of Americans have it. People with the condition may hear voices, see imaginary sights, or believe other people control their thoughts. These sensations can frighten the person and lead to erratic behavior. Although there is no cure, treatment can usually manage the most serious symptoms. It is not the same as multiple personality disorder.

What Are the Symptoms?

They include:

Hallucinations: hearing or seeing imaginary things
Delusions: wildly false beliefs
Paranoia: the fear that others are plotting against you

Some signs, such as lack of enjoyment in everyday life and withdrawal from social activities, may mimic depression.

How It Affects Thoughts

People with schizophrenia may have trouble organizing their thoughts or making logical connections. They may feel like the mind is racing from one unrelated thought to another. Sometimes they have "thought withdrawal," a feeling tha…

The Meat You Eat: What's Good for You?


It gets a bad rap. While it can be unhealthy to eat too much fatty red meat, lean red meat doesn't raise your cholesterol and contains nutrients like protein, vitamin B12, iron, niacin, and zinc. Beef tenderloin is a lean, delicious -- and healthy -- way to go.


Like beef, lamb is a good source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and iron. Irish lamb stew, full of healthy vegetables and lean cuts of lamb, is a great meal to share with friends.


This is one of the leanest red meats, which makes it healthier from the start. But there's more: Compared to beef with the same fat content, bison doesn't make as many of the fatty plaques that can clog your arteries and lead to heart disease.


This isn't on many menus in the U.S., but three-quarters of the world eats it. It has far less fat and calories than other red meats, and has plenty of vitamins and nutrients. It also has very little saturated fat -- even less than chicken. An Ind…

How Grudges Hurt Your Health

ByJoanna McParland

According to a new study, people are more sensitive to pain when they feel a sense of injustice.

We all experience the ups and downs of life sometimes. We might be treated badly by others or miss out on something we think we deserve, like a promotion at work. This can make us feel wronged, but we tend to get over it—or so you might think. In recent years, researchers haveshown thatcarrying a sense of injustice or unfairness about something, particularly over a prolonged period, can have an adverse effect on our health. In particular, it can make painful conditions worse. Theclassic caseis where a person incurs a painful injury and blames someone—a car crash victim aggrieved at a reckless driver, for example, or a worker blaming their employer for an accident on the shop floor. The victim’s sense of injusticeneedn’t stemfrom the accident itself, either. It might come from how they are treated afterwards by the likes of health professionals, insurance representatives, or …

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 20, 2016

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Aha, I get it! Once yesterday has gone it’s gone right? It may not have been such a great day for us so perhaps we are very relieved to see it go. Tomorrow, however, is another brand new opportunity for us to make it a great day by what we do and how we behave. Aren’t we blessed to have a new day to look forward to so let’s not waste it and plan to do our utmost to make it a winning day, and the next day, and the next………..


10 Tips for Effective Communication

--by Liz Kingsnorth

LIZ KINGSNORTH explores the ways we can improve our relationships with others at home, at work and with friends, by improving the way we communicate.
1. An intention for connection.Aim for a respectful and compassionate quality of connection, so that everyone can express themselves, be heard and understood. Trust that the connection is more important and more nourishing than being right, or even just having your say. Connection means to try to be open and stay in touch with what matters to the other person – and to yourself – in each present moment.
2. Listen more than you speak.We have two ears and one mouth – a reminder of what is important! Listening is key to a healthy relationship. Often we are only half listening, waiting for our chance to speak, wanting to make our point. When our attention is with our own thoughts, we are not listening. Listening means to enter into the world of the other person, to intend to understand them, even if we disagree with what th…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 19, 2016

“Positive thinking is better than negative nothing.”

Personally, I have always been a great believer in positive thinking. It just makes perfect sense to me. What’s the alternative? Always thinking negatively or fearing the worst prevents us from exploring and perhaps succeeding at the opportunities or relationships presented to us in life. Surely it’s more to our advantage to think “ok, I’m not too sure about this but I will give it a go and see what happens” than to be negative, opt out, and the opportunity is lost forever so you’ll never know what might have been? I’d rather take the former option, what about you?


When the Boss Flunked

"Bob stood up and read his evaluation out loud. It was not pretty. There were lots of problems and weaknesses that his team had identified. He had basically flunked. As the 100 top leaders sat there, listening to Bob read his report, the place was absolutely quiet." This article shares the riveting story of what happened when the leader of a successful company failed his 360 degree evaluation. It just might change your ideas of what true power really is.

--by Aryae Coopersmith

I recently came across an excerpt from the “The Power Paradox” by Dacher Keltner. The paradox, he says, is that whenever any of us find ourselves in a position of leadership, a position where we can make a positive difference for others, “the very experience of having power and privilege [can lead] us to behave, in our worst moments, like impulsive, out-of-control sociopaths.” The way out of the paradox, he says, is using “power that is given to us by others...”

Reflecting on this, I shared the following …

Why Isn't Everyone on This Diet?

What DASH Can Do for You

The DASH Diet can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which is good for your heart. In fact, DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, or high blood pressure. Even if you don’t have high blood pressure, the DASH Diet is worth a look. It may help you lose weight because it’s a healthier way of eating. You won’t feel deprived. You’ll have lots of vegetables, fruits, and low-fat dairy products while cutting back on fats, cholesterol, and sweets.

Cut the Salt

Too much salt causes fluids to build up in your body. This puts extra pressure on your heart. On DASH, you’ll lower your sodium to either 2,300 or 1,500 milligrams a day, depending on your health, age, race, and any medical conditions. Here are some ways to cut back:

o Choose low- or no-sodium foods and condiments.
o Watch foods that are cured, smoked, or pickled.
o Limit processed foods. They're often high in sodium.

Get Your Grains

Eating whole grains like whole wheat br…

10 High-Fiber Foods You Should Be Eating

Get More Fiber

You don’t have to eat a bag of Grandma’s prunes. Leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, and beans are all good for keeping away the fat that stays deep in your belly. That’s called visceral fat, and it’s the most dangerous kind because it can wrap around major organs, including your liver, pancreas, and kidneys.

Get More Fat

Seriously. When it comes to fat vs. carbs, believe it or not, fat may be the better choice for your belly. Studies show that when fat calories replace carbohydrate calories in a balanced weight-loss diet, people gain less fat around the middle. And that’s the worst place to carry it. A woman who has a waist of more than 35 inches or a man who has one of more than 40 is at greater risk of a heart attack, a stroke, or possibly even certain types of cancer.

Stop Trying to Outrun It

Still trying to “burn off” that belly fat by pounding the pavement hour upon hour? Research shows that a few quick bursts of high-intensity exercise -- a 30-second sprint or inten…