Archive for Health and Wellness

Eat Less

The US Department of Agriculture a recommendation that stated that “Americans need to eat less”. Really. That’s the best the government could come up with? Eat less? Newsflash to the policy folks who probably wrote 100 drafts of this recommendation before they came to this conclusion – the American people already know this. Kids as […]

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Reality TV and Public Health: Beware the Messenger

Does Kim Karsdashian really have a place castigating MTV’s glorification of Teen Mom’s as a facilitator of teen pregnancy ( http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/21/kim-kardashian-blames-mtv-for-teen-pregnancies/ )? After all, it was she that took some creative shortcuts to get to the top of the food chain in Hollywood – and it worked out well for her. She turned some interesting […]

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Optical Illusions

This blog was inspired by a menu at a pancake house. Muses are everywhere. The kids’ menu portrayed classical optical illusions – which line is longer, which center circle is bigger? And if you have been alive for more than a few years you know the answer. The lines are the same length. The center […]

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ADD or Me Me Me?

I read an article today about the misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children – and the conclusion of this study, conducted by investigators at Michigan State, concludes that some kids are getting “diagnosed” merely because they are the youngest kids in their classes. The true diagnosis of ADHD is based on observation […]

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Stress Fractures: Mental Health in our Daily World

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I got pulled over by the cops for a driving violation a few days ago. It was 430 PM and the light where I can typically make a right on red onto a freeway onramp has different rules between 4 PM and 7 PM – no right on red. I am so stressed these days […]

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He who Hesitates is Found: Finding Mental Health in Space

The best part of a vacation? The weeks leading up to it. Of going to an event? Getting ready for it. Anticipation is magic. It is the hours leading up to something that are full of possibility, that which has not been yet realized. We rush through life and often miss the pauses and the […]

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Moving On and Letting Go: A Path to Wellness

Letting go is a popular buzzword in modern psychobabble. Let it go – it’s applied to anger, weight, regret, loss, bitterness. This suggests that we can flip a switch and put down a burden as though it were a sack of potatoes. In the macro, this is not bad advice. These old wounds fester – […]

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Mothering 101: Parenting in a Modern Age

What does it mean to be a good mother? I struggled with that one today. So many of our performance indicators in this society are tangible and objective – dollars and cents, scores, grades. Sadly, this has devolved into how we judge so many non-quantifiable skills like mothering, marriage, friendship, and just plain life. I […]

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The Zen Date: The Impermanent Relationship

First and last date: Venice, CA. “I am going out to sea for 2 months tomorrow….” Color me happy – the most musical words a commitment-phobe like myself could have heard on a first and clearly last date. We met at a bar, he asked me out, we were quite different, and yet he was […]

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Informed Consent: Efficient Dating in a Modern Age

As a clinician and as a researcher we are required to use informed consent forms. You have filled them out before – every time you go to the doctor, sometimes even when you go for a massage. It is a cover your ass document that spells out your rights as a patient/client/consumer. The high points […]

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