Fact or Myth: Is Chronic Pain Just In Your Head?

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This is a FACT.

Relief from chronic pain seems to be out of reach for many. Doctors are looking at the mechanics of chronic pain – what causes it and why – and have determined that the pain response may very well be linked to how your brain is processing pain.

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How to Relax for a Good Night’s Sleep

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Not too many people will argue with the statement that North American culture is fast-paced. There never seems to be enough time to do all things that need to be done, whether it’s going to work, caring for kids or aging parents, doing chores, making meals, or keeping track of finances. While it’s good to have a full, active life, sometimes this frenetic pace can lead to stress and stress can lead to sleepless nights. And when you don’t get enough sleep, you open a Pandora’s Box of potential ailments that run the gamut from concentration problems to chronic fatigue. Continue reading

Have A Nice Day/Week/Month/Year/Life!

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Have you ever been so depressed that you could not concentrate at work, were short and irritable with people close to you, had no energy or just couldn’t care about anything?  Then your depression is taking too large a toll and there are things you can do and skills you can develop.

True depression is a clinical state and may need serious, even medical, attention.  The interesting truth is that when most people say, “I’m depressed,” what they are really saying is “I’m disappointed.”  It’s easy to point at a situation or person as the culprit; but most often, we are actually disappointed with decisions we have made, in what we’ve done, what we haven’t done, what we’ve said or haven’t said, or with whom we’ve chosen to align ourselves.  We are disappointed by choices we have made.

People who have a Positive Mental Attitude rarely get “down.”  Continue reading

A Simple Solution to Snoring

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Getting out of your chair regularly might have an unlikely benefit, says a Toronto sleep researcher: reduced snoring.

Douglas Bradley, director of the Toronto Research Institute’s Sleep Research Laboratory, has linked excessive sitting to sleep apnea, a condition where a sleeping person’s throat collapses, stopping breathing and interrupting sleep.

The culprit is fluid that gathers in the legs during long stretches of sitting. When you lie down at night, that fluid moves to your neck, where when your muscles relax, your airway can get sucked shut “like a wet straw,” he says.

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