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A dear friend of mine, Bill was diagnosed several years ago with terminal prostate cancer.  The tumor was so large, the upper portion protruded into his abdominal cavity.  His doctor recommended immediate surgery and chemotherapy.  Bill asked the doctor if he could wait a few weeks, because he felt within himself that he had a […]


Do you know that you have the power to improve your health, or do you believe that it’s your family history, your genes, your doctors,  your access to medical care, your health insurance plan that is most important? Many years ago when I was in medical school, I attended a lecture that was at the […]




It’s virtually impossible to pay attention to one thing for a long time. A recently conducted study reviewed the impact Buddhist meditation had on an individual’s s ability to be attentive and determined that meditation training helps people do better at focusing for a long an extended period of time on a task that requires […]


A new study indicates that an over-the-counter supplement may help people with depression who haven’t responded to anti-depression drug therapy.   Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts general hospital have found that S-Adenosyl-Methionine or SAMe, when added to a patient’s antidepressant treatment aided more people with major depression to reduce and improve their symptoms […]


Those ubiquitous wires connecting listeners to you-name-the-sounds from invisible MP3 players — whether of Bach, Miles Davis or, more likely today, Lady Gaga — only hint at music’s effect on the soul throughout the ages.   Now a data-driven review by Northwestern University researchers that will be published July 20 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience pulls […]


Boston University researchers have discovered a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD in children and common industrial chemicals. They found a high blood level of polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs) is associated with  increased  chance of developing ADHD.  This particular class of chemicals are frequently used in a wide variety of consumer products.   The research […]


A recent survey conducted around the world, involved more than 136,000 people in 132 countries asked questions about income and happiness, and included questions about happiness and income. The results indicate that while life satisfaction usually rises with income, positive feelings don’t necessarily follow.   The results of the first Gallup World Poll, appear in […]

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