Showing posts from October 8, 2017

Warning Signs of Bipolar Disorder

What Is It?

Sometimes called manic depression, bipolar disorder causes extreme shifts in mood. People who have it may spend weeks feeling like they're on top of the world before plunging into a deep depression. The length of each high and low varies greatly from person to person.

What the Depression Phase Is Like

Without treatment, a person with bipolar disorder may have intense episodes of depression. Symptoms include sadness, anxiety, loss of energy, hopelessness, and trouble concentrating. They may lose interest in activities that they used to enjoy. It’s also common to gain or lose weight, sleep too much or too little, and even think about suicide.

When Someone Is Manic

During this phase, people feel super-charged and think they can do anything. Their self-esteem soars out of control and it’s hard for them to sit still. They talk more, are easily distracted, their thoughts race, and they don’t sleep enough. It often leads to reckless behavior, such as spending sprees, cheating, fas…

What Your Hair Says About Your Health

Does Bad Hair Mean Bad Health?

Is your hair trying to tell you something about your health? Maybe. Some conditions and medications affect your body as well as your hair. In other cases, you may just need to take better care of your hair or scalp. Use this pictorial guide to see what separates myth from fact when it comes to your health and your hair.

White Flakes Pose No Health Risk

Dandruff isn't contagious. So how do you get it? Doctors aren't sure, but one theory is that it may be due to an overgrowth of a fungus. Other possible risk factors include oily skin, stress, obesity, cold, dry weather, and having eczema or psoriasis. Although it's embarrassing -- and the itching can be bothersome -- dandruff isn't harmful.

Tips for Dandruff Treatment

To decrease the buildup of dandruff's dead skin cells, try using an antidandruff shampoo daily. Leave shampoo on for 5 minutes, then rinse well. You may need to try several dandruff shampoos to find one that works best for you.…

Inspirational Quote – October 14, 2017

“I’m going to make the rest of my life, the best of my life.”

This should be a mantra for everybody to follow. It doesn’t matter what has gone before in your life, how old you are, what you possess or don’t possess, who you know……. Just to have the insight to realize that, by your own thoughts and actions, YOU have the power to ensure that every day, from this day forward, can be the first of many best days of the rest of your life. How amazingly liberating is that? It may take us a long time to learn that every day we live is a gift but the fact that we have gained this insight leaves us no excuse for then not living life to the full from the very second we do…….no excuse whatsoever.

The Refuge

For hundreds of generations, the Gwich'in people of Alaska and northern Canada have depended on the caribou that migrate through the Arctic Refuge. They believe that they are guardians of the herd, and that the fates of the people and the caribou are forever entwined. For the last 30 years, the Gwich'in have been fighting to preserve a pristine coastal plain where the caribou calve their young, "the Sacred Place Where Life Begins." With their traditional culture threatened by oil extraction and climate change, two Gwich'in women are continuing a decades-long fight of to protect their land and future.

How to Hack Your Brain to Stay Safer

A new book reveals how our minds make us careless and what we can do to overcome this.BY DEBORAH YIP

Society has become safer over the past century. In the United States, the chance of death by preventable injury dropped by about half from the 1920s to the 1990s. However, our progress has plateaued for the past couple of decades, which is an obstacle to well-being. How can we do better? While common safety tips (e.g., “Don’t run with scissors”), laws (“Click it or ticket” seatbelt enforcement), and even safety design features (child-proof pill bottle lids) have helped, “The next safety revolution is going to have to happen in our own minds,” writes Steve Casner, a research psychologist at NASA, in his book Careful: A User’s Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds. Casner’s book guides us through common mental pitfalls that put us in harm’s way and presents practical solutions for preventing injury—whether it’s indoors or outdoors, at a doctor’s appointment, watching kids, or simply growing older…

How to Argue with Your Partner in a Healthy Way

New research suggests that romantic conflict can hurt our health. How do we fight right?BY PETER JARET

Robert W. Levenson, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, studies how couples interact, looking for clues to marital stability and satisfaction. In his latest research, Levenson has found that the ways people argue in a marriage can have long-term consequences for health. He talks below about his findings, and what they mean to the health and happiness of couples. Peter Jaret: All couples squabble. What differences have you observed in the way people argue? Professor Robert W. Levenson Robert W. Levenson: Couples differ in terms of the things they get stuck on, the areas of disagreement, and the emotional quality of their conversations. In our latest research, we looked at two different ways people deal with conflict in a marriage. At one extreme are people who express a lot of anger. Some of our angriest couples would express four discrete moments of anger…

An Unexpected Friend at Our Awakin Circle

Awakin Circles started two decades ago when a family in California decided to open their living room on a weekly basis for people to practice stillness, participate in a circle of sharing, and partake of a meal together. Today there are dozens of Awakin Circles held in homes that span the globe. In these ordinary settings, extraordinary stories unfold. Such as this one from an Awakin Circle held earlier this year in India: "As the talking stick passes, each one shares for a little bit. Until the stick arrives at the hands of first-time guest, who seems to be about 25 years old." After confessing to a life ridden with crime and trauma the young man is astonished at the warmth of the circle. He wonders out loud "I wonder what makes you all trust and open doors for a person like me at this gathering?" Read on to learn how the welcome and acceptance he received profoundly impacted this first-timer.…

A Visit to the Possibility Alliance

Peter Klamus returns to a simpler time, as he visits Possibility Alliance, a Missouri homestead with no electricity, gas, cars, or planes. Dinners are shared by candlelight and fireflies bring light to the night sky. Owners Ethan and Sarah Hughes acquired the land in 2007, and have welcomed thousands of visitors whom they educate about post-fossil-fuel-living. Their community is close-knit and self-sustaining, coming together for morning meditations and home cooked meals. "While my stay was brief, it felt full in terms of the ingenuity, beauty, and love I experienced." Kalmus writes. Click the link below to learn more about these restless explorers of the good life.