Facing fear of cancer

“Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter,  mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.” –Jennifer Aniston “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” (–Franklin D. Roosevelt) Cancer runs in Linda’s family (not her real name) and she tested positive for the BRCA (BReast CAncer) 2 gene, indicating that … Continue reading “Facing fear of cancer”

Your Health is Your Business, Indeed

Do you agree with this statement, or do you believe that your health is your doctor’s business? You might say, “I’m not an MD—how can I be more knowledgeable about my health than my doctor, who has studied medicine for many years?” Well, let me tell you something: When it comes to your own body … Continue reading “Your Health is Your Business, Indeed”

Achieving Good Health through Optimism

Is it possible that your health depends on your level of optimism? Yes, it is! How optimistic you are determines how healthy you are. We’ve known for many decades that you can’t separate your health from your emotions. You’ve often heard about the mind–body connection, and studies support the idea that a positive perspective can … Continue reading “Achieving Good Health through Optimism”

Why Is Losing Weight So Hard to Do?

In 2000, the World Health Organization called obesity a global epidemic. By now, we all know overeating is fraught with risks. For example, The International Journal of Obesity, the American Obesity Association, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all state that obesity exposes us to an increased risk of developing  gallbladder disease, heart … Continue reading “Why Is Losing Weight So Hard to Do?”

Emotions and Health

Does the link between emotions and health exist? Am I questioning the link between emotions and health? I don’t think so. What I am discussing here is my personal view on how people regard this statement. Some people simply can’t see any link between anger, resentment, worries, anxiety, jealousy or even perfectionism, and their headache, … Continue reading “Emotions and Health”

We Must Love People Back to Health

(Material for this essay comes from the following sources: the book “Life 101” by John-Roger and Peter McWilliams, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum, Life Magazine, Fall 1990, the book “Would You Believe?” by Canadian religion author Tom Harpur and the poem “The Dilemma”, authorunknown) * * * … Continue reading “We Must Love People Back to Health”

Have you lost your drive because you’re out of gas?

“Help! There’s a lot I’d like to do, but I’ve run out of gas. What can I do?” Lack of energy or exhaustion is a problem that is holding many people back. Energy is the fuel that powers our drive to get things done; constant bouts of exhaustion are the brakes that bring our progress … Continue reading “Have you lost your drive because you’re out of gas?”