Integrative Approaches to Depression

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When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. —Helen Keller

Depression can make you feel sad, lose interest in activities that you’ve always enjoyed, withdraw from others, have difficulty concentrating, experience changes in appetite, feel hopeless about the future, and have little energy. Depression differs from normal feelings of sadness or grief and usually lasts longer.

Our ancestors got plenty of sunshine, were physically active, went to bed when it was dark, got up at dawn, usually ate a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, and lived in small communities.… Read more »

The Perfect Setting–How Nature Heals

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The number of today’s health care facilities that are focusing on health and well-being rather than just sickness and disease is rapidly increasing. With an emphasis on healing, stress relief, access to nature, and beauty as part of an overall philosophy of wellness, these organizations are discovering what has been known for many years—nature heals. Overwhelming evidence and emerging research on natural elements and sustainability shows that access to nature influences the health outcomes and sense of well-being for patients as well as health care providers.… Read more »

Living to 100 and Beyond

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Living to be 100 years old was once considered a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and lifestyle changes, living to be 100 is not so improbable today.

In 1910, the average life expectancy was only about 48 years for men and 51 years for women. Menopause was hardly even experienced! How times have changed!

As a group, there are more centenarians worldwide than ever before, with the largest population found in America. Five places have been identified worldwide where people live the longest, healthiest lives.… Read more »

Share the Love! Friends Help Friends Stay Healthy

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While many people use supplements, self-help books, or health care providers to help them stay healthy, they often overlook a powerful tool that is right at their disposal–friends!

Did you know that friendships and positive social networks can have a major impact on your health and well-being? It’s true. Good friends are good for your health. Friends help you celebrate the good times in your life and they support you when times are tough.

Friends may even have a great effect on health than a spouse or family member.… Read more »

Thinking About Becoming a Vegetarian?

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During the holidays, we often eat “traditional” meals that include meat and poultry. But have you ever thought about “going meatless” and choosing to become a vegetarian?

There are many reasons that people choose to become a vegetarian. Some are compelled by environmental reasons, others by health reasons, some by economic or aestheic reasons, and others are compelled by religious or ethical concerns. Today, six to eight million adults in the United States are vegetarians and there are millions more in Europe, India, and the Middle East.… Read more »

Hospital Construction Focuses on Creating Healthy Environments

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The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability.  The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.

Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »

Patients Experience Less Pain, Increased Satisfaction with Integrative Care

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A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.

The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »

Color and Healing: What’s the Connection?

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We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color.

Color, one of the most powerful elements in our environment, affects us in many ways.… Read more »

Obesity and Mindful Eating

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Mindful eating has the potential to transform our relationship to food and eating, and to improve our overall health, body image, relationships, and self-esteem.

Over the past 25 years, mindfulness practices have had a positive impact on many areas of psychological and physical health by reducing stress, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and heart disease. More recently, evidence supports the benefits of mindful eating for the treatment and prevention of obesity.

Based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness (which involves being aware of what is happening in the present moment) and mindfulness meditation, mindful eating is a slow, thoughtful way of eating and can help people make healthy food choices.… Read more »