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Marijuana and Milkshakes

How much regulation is too much? (a) do we regulate ALL vices – including potato chips and alcohol, and make them inaccessible? OR (b) do we make ALL vices available – alcohol, drugs, burgers, gambling, sex (sounds like Vegas to me……)? The problem is that we do a hybrid and since we aren’t transparent about […]

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Dating and Dessert: A Tweet Chat on More Love, Less Calories

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“Let’s go out for cupcakes,” he said. Seems innocuous, in fact, downright sweet. However, my friend was getting pretty bummed out. She likes the guy, it’s a new relationship, but she also has been working hard on a physical training regimen, and on losing weight. And it hasn’t been easy. She likes him, but would […]

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A Weighty Messenger……

At a recent book signing I had an eye-opening experience. I am a first time author, so book signings still leave me with stars in my eyes and good feelings. You Are WHY You Eat takes on weight loss and health in an iconoclastic way – no prescriptions on what to eat, no magic promises […]

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Steroids for the soul…..

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As a psychologist and psychology professor who has been teaching Abnormal Psychology classes for over a decade – the Lance Armstrong interview and subsequent coverage reminded me of how naïve we are as a culture and how the media loves both demonizing and profiteering off of the diagnosis of our time. Narcissism. It’s so simple, […]

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Half the world……..

As an Indian girl, you figure it out young. Girls are at the bottom of the food chain, boys get a pass by dint of being boys.  Women should keep their mouths shut or whisper, men can say what they want.  Blind duty and obedience defined a “good woman” and anything else would bring shame.   […]

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Resolve to Stop Outsourcing You……..

This New Year I want you to take a moment and reflect on how much of your life is really your own and how much your life is being conducted solely in the service of others.  Are you in a job that satisfies you or is it for your father?  Are you in a relationship […]

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Happy End of Days!!

December 21, 2012. I awoke at dawn – struggling against my own demons, waiting for the conflagration, for the “end of days”. I was met with a pink sunrise that set the eucalyptus trees outside my window afire in every shade of violet– but certainly no end of days. I am guessing that the Mayans […]

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Guns, Games, Mental Illness, Media, Mindfulness and Grief.

We are looking for answers. We aren’t going to find them. Lots of folks I respect in the field are pulling out some compelling data – but we need to look at the data altogether, in a complex quilt, and not just one piece at a time. And there are lots of anecdotes out there […]

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Mean As The New Vogue

Bullying, teasing, taunting. It reached a fever pitch this week with the Australian DJ prank that resulted in the tragic death of a nurse at a hospital in London. In that case it may have been less about mean, and more about outlandish behavior – in our information saturated world – how much noise does […]

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Cleanse that dirty mind……

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Lots of people like to talk about their “cleanses” – and I typically smile warmly and reflect internally on the sheer nonsense, quackery, and snake oil-y feel of this technique. Yes, there is lots of icky junk that gets into our intestines and hangs out – so a cleanse is an illusory weight loss – […]

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