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When You Need to Hire an Outsider for Home Healthcare

PART TWO This is a continuation of the Sept 12th text interview with home healthcare  expert Steve Olian discussing the issues around hiring someone to care for your loved one at home. We will now discuss the decision of whether to hire an agency or an individual. LB: Although you’re paying more for the agency, […]

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Mindfulness Practice, Mastery, Wellbeing, and Health

Meditation provides a way to quit living in the potent mental movies of disaster, regret, anger, and fear that not only rob your peace of mind, but can sometimes trick the body into believing that they are really happening. —Joan Borysenko   The practice of mindfulness is available to everyone and it isn’t complicated. Still, […]

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Caring for A Loved One At Home

LB: Hello, I’m Larry Berkelhammer bringing you more information about living well with chronic illness. This is the first of a five-part text interview with Steve Olian. I’ll return to video interviews after this five-week series. LB: Larry Berkelhammer SO: Steve Olian  LB: I have with me today Steve Olian, an MBA, who worked in […]

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Humor is Therapeutic

Laughter in the Fast Lane One summer evening long ago, my wife and I were sitting in traffic on the freeway, not moving an inch and late for a dinner engagement in San Francisco, feeling frustrated and angry. Both of us were busy telling ourselves a story: the freeway would not be at a standstill […]

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Practice Loving Self-Care

“Self-care” is a straightforward term that encompasses any action we take to nurture our health. Finding the right physicians to help us manage our conditions, receiving appropriate treatments, eating nourishing foods, and getting sufficient rest are all examples of self-care. But what is loving self-care?  When we practice loving self-care, we give ourselves the gift […]

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Video: “Fighting Cancer: A Nontoxic Approach to Treatment”

Psychophysiologist Erik Peper, PhD, discusses the book he co-authored with cancer researcher Robert Gorter, MD. He describes a novel, promising, nontoxic treatment for cancer, the results of which, have been quite exciting. In line with the actual pathophysiological process of all disease, these authors view cancer as a failure of the immune system. This is […]

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Practice Humor for Health and Wellbeing

Learn to view thoughts as nothing but passing brain phenomena. For those of us living with chronic health problems, it’s important not to take ourselves and our medical situation too seriously. Worrying or agonizing about our health challenges isn’t helpful—in fact it’s deleterious to our health—so it’s highly beneficial to learn to see the humor […]

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Practice Gratitude To Increase Well-Being

Gratitude has been defined by research psychologist Robert Emmons as a felt sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life. He found that when we practice gratitude, we benefit by becoming better able to elevate our mood simply by recalling memories of being grateful. When grateful people are asked about past events, they tend to […]

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Video: Mastery Through Conscious Breathing Practices

In this interview of Dr. Erik Peper, we discuss the power of Tumo breathing. This form of conscious breathing has been studied by Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard and many other Western researchers. It is a special form of conscious respiration that increases metabolic rate and allows Buddhist monks and others who practice it to […]

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When Experiential Avoidance Is Healthy

Recently, I’ve been addressing the dangers of how cognitive fusion and experiential avoidance can prevent us from living in full contact with our present moment, lived experiences. However, there are situations where going into a trance and escaping our current experience serve a useful function. For example, when experiencing a dangerous, harmful situation over which […]

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