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Tag Archives | physiological stress

Video: Can Thoughts Make Us Sick?

The work I write about and teach has to do with learning how to disengage from being negatively affected by our dysfunctional or troubling thought processes and beliefs. One of my mentors, Professor Erik Peper, coined the following: “The limits of our experience and potential are the limits of our beliefs,” and also: “negative attributions […]

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Video: The Pharmaceuticals of the Brain

We can improve the brain’s ability to synthesize the drugs we need by improving our level of wellbeing. Increased wellbeing reduces physiological stress, which allows the body to work more optimally. In optimal health the brain writes prescriptions that are filled by the body in just the right dose, schedule, route, and in the perfect […]

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Video: Self-Acceptance and Emotional Repression

The following two expressions describe the danger of lack of acceptance: What you resist persists. If you don’t want it, you’ll have it. Acceptance of what is making us unhappy does not mean dwelling in it. The goal is to accept what we don’t like while simultaneously working to cultivate what we want. Self-acceptance means […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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How Your Thinking Affects Your Health Part 1 of 3

  Every change in your emotional state leads to a cascade of hormones and neurotransmitter substances, and can effect changes in the shape, voltage, and biochemistry of cell membrane receptors, and those changes influence gene expression. Neuropeptides, hormones, enzymes, and dozens of other agents are directly affected by our emotional state. There are neural, endocrine, […]

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Q&A Ask Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below and I will answer them on a future Friday in […]

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The Practice of Living Mindfully

  Can’t Meditate? The practice of mindfulness is available to everyone. And as the definitions and descriptions in my April 20th post show, mindfulness is not complicated. Still, it isn’t easy to do, for three reasons: 1. It requires strong intentionality and clarity of purpose. 2. It requires enormous self-discipline on a daily basis. 3. […]

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What Causes Disease? Part 1

Almost everyone I have ever known who was diagnosed with cancer or any other serious chronic medical condition wondered: “Why me?” Most people think they may have done something to cause the disease. To make matters worse, well-meaning friends often ask questions that imply that the disease could have been caused by a particular diet, […]

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