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Wellness Wednesday: Wellness Guidelines for Pain

New non-drug guidelines have been released by The American College of Physicians for chronic or recurring back pain. And they include a lot of regular wellness care services!

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The Listed Procedures Include...

 ✔️  Superficial Heat

✔️  Massage, Acupuntcure & Chiropractic

✔️  Stretching & Yoga

✔️  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

✔️  Fitness & Exercise

And more! 

[B]oth mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy proved more effective than “usual care” in relieving chronic low back pain and improving patients’ function.
— Dr. Daniel Cherkin (Lead Researcher, Kaiser Permanente Washington)

It is amazing how quick our medical culture is to prescribe pain meds or to recommend surgery for pain.  Both forms of treatment have their place and can offer symptom relief or help correct a problem, but we often forget to consider the natural remedies available for pain because we are instead blinded by the prospect of a 'quick fix'. Just remember, pain meds (Opioids in particular) can be the root of additional ailments like addiction and depression. This is why it is so great to see treatment guidelines for pain shifting towards what has been considered alternative care in the past.  Just because it is alternative does not mean that it's not proven or that it's not scientific... You are your own greatest Health advocate!.


Sources: 

Brody, J. E. (2017, September 11). Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain. Retrieved October 10, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/well/alternatives-to-drugs-for-treating-pain.html

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TBT: The Fight Against Opioids

In 2015, 15,000 people were reported to have lost their lives due to prescription opioids overdose.

 

⇰ A petition has been filed to ban daily-dose prescriptions that are above 90 milligrams of morphine

⇰ The CDC reported that high-level doses do not improve pain control or the ability to function

⇰Opana ER has been pulled from the market this past July after an HIV and hepatitis C outbreak. 

President Trump is now declaring that opioid abuse is a national epidemic.  There will be a ton of fall out around the decisions made on how to fix this problem, but hopefully we can arrive at better and more holistic treatment options.  Remember, TMS Therapy is a proven and more effective alternative to pharmaceuticals! 

(Even though it is still only FDA Approved for MDD)


Sources: 

Ban high-dose opioid painkillers, groups urge FDA. (2017, August 31). Retrieved September 13, 2017, from https://www.today.com/health/groups-urge-fda-ban-high-dose-opioid-painkillers-t115800

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Wellness Wednesday: Stress

high levels of stress can cause health problems, but stress can have a positive impact on your health as well. 

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How to Use Stress to Your Advantage?

☑️  See stress as your body's way of preparing you to excel

☑️  Gradual exposure to small stressors can serve as a great foundation for handling life's bigger stressors which are inevitable

☑️  Regular exercise is very effective in reducing the irritability that comes with stress

The best way to manage stress isn’t to reduce or avoid it, but rather to rethink and even embrace it.
— Dr. McGonigal, Author of “The Upside of Stress"

Turning stress into an indicator for when to take Action or using it as a motivator to make necessary changes can be life-altering.


Sources:

Parker-Pope, T. (n.d.). How to Be Better at Stress. Retrieved September 05, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-deal-with-stress

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TBT: pH & Panic Disorders?

 Is your body's pH contributing to panic attacks?

⭕️  Research at the University of Cincinnati has found a correlation between acidosis, an excessively acid condition of the body's fluids or tissues, and panic attacks. 

⭕️  Gene-8 (TDAG8) receptors are associated with T-cell death, and an increasing presence of these receptors correlates to more severe panic attacks.

⭕️  Further research is needed to determine how the presence of these receptors is influenced by genetics versus environmental factors.

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Reducing acidity in the body is proven to reduce inflammation and to improve the overall health of the human body.  Good to know that better balanced alkalinity might be experienced as more immediate relief from the symptoms of anxiety. 


Sources:

Nauert, R. (2017, August 25). Progress Toward Identifying Biological Source for Panic Disorder. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/25/progress-toward-identifying-biological-source-for-panic-disorder

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Wellness Wednesday: How to talk to your child about disasters like Harvey

 ⇰  Consider your child's age. 

⇰  Ask your child what they have already heard about the incident

⇰  Listen, be honest, and focus on the fundamentals of the events☂️

⇰  Reassure them by saying things like, “It is ok if this bothers you; we are here to support each other.”

⇰  Maintain routine to provide normalcy for your child

⇰  Spend extra time together and encourage your child to express his or her feelings around the experience and appropriate exposure

Lend a hand to those affected!

Our thoughts and prayers with everyone in Houston


Sources:

Crist, C. (2017, August 09). Pediatricians offer strategies for talking to kids about bad news. Retrieved August 29, 2017, from https://www.reuters.com/article/us-children-communication-idUSKBN1AP2HV

Moreno MA. How to Talk to Your Children About Tragedies in the News. JAMA Pediatr. Published online August 07, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2351

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TBT: The Nun Study

In 1986, Professor David Snowden started studying the onset of Alzheimer's among 678 nuns. 


While the study is still in progress, his work has indicated that there are certain lifetime behaviors and/or tendencies that can influence the onset of Alzheimers later in life.

 

Autobiographies with "Idea density" and a positive outlook

Dr. Snowden believes that idea density and positivity have something to do with Alzheimer's prevention.  This ongoing longitudinal study focuses on an ideal population in terms of a uniform lifestyle amongst its subjects (the nuns). And because lifetime journaling is regular for nuns, Dr. Snowden has been able to use journal entries from early adulthood as a reference to identify things like idea density (complexity, vivacity, fluency, etc.) and positive thinking. What he continues to find is that these two variables are key indicators in determining which subjects developed Alzheimer's later in life. In fact, roughly 80% of the nuns identified as lacking linguistic density and positive thinking went on to develop Alzheimer's later in life, compared to only 10% amongst those not lacking. Confirmation bias could certainly be at play, but these figures definitely give legitimacy to how reinforcing neural pathways can preserve the function of the human brain.  Some nuns are even calling for further structural analysis of the brain...

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“Through brain donation, we can help unravel the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease"

- Sister R. Schwalbe

 

The nun study might be creating More questions than it is answers, but it is building a strong case for keeping the brain active.  It's good to know there there are behaviors to work towards that can better create longevity and overall mental capacity.


Sources:

Belluck, P. (2001, May 06). Nuns Offer Clues to Alzheimer's and Aging. Retrieved August 23, 2017, from http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/07/us/nuns-offer-clues-to-alzheimer-s-and-aging.html

[Ethan Rozin]. (2006, Dec. 28). nun study video. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw2lafKIEio. 

R. (2012, April 26). Aging with Grace. Retrieved August 23, 2017, from https://robinmd.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/aging-with-grace/

https://www.amazon.com/Aging-Grace-Teaches-Healthier-Meaningful/dp/0553380923

HH Services: Tips on Finding the Right Therapist for You

Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
— David Richo

1. Ask friends and family for referrals. 

2. Find out what type of therapy is right for you (unconscious motivation, cognitive therapist, family-oriented systems, etc.)

3. Shop online or call a practice to see what their counseling philosophies are all about.

4. Pick a therapist based on the quality of the therapeutic relationship and then create a regular relationship that is convenient to you, not the other way around.

5. Notice how you feel while talking to them, but understand that it is normal to feel nervous and awkward the first time when speaking with a licensed counselor.  Remember, everything is confidential by law!

 

At The Healing House, we like coupling our counseling care with Biosound Therapy to reinforce breathwork with biofeedback and to visualize mindfulness with fun games or brain wave imaging.  

The first session is always at a discounted rate so that a proper therapeutic relationship can be established :)

Call 407-701-4500 for more!


Sources:

Cleantis, T. (2011, February 16). How to Find the Best Therapist for You. Retrieved August 21, 2017, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freudian-sip/201102/how-find-the-best-therapist-you

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TBT: Exposure Therapy through Virtual Reality

➲  Exposure Therapy is a technique used in which patients mentally revisit a traumatic experience or a phobia with the emotional guidance of a therapist. 

➲  The company Limbix is working to fully engage patients during Exposure Therapy by utilizing Google Virtual Reality Goggles and a smartphone. 

➲ Limbix will not only be used to help individuals with a fear of heights, flying, or bridges, but it will also be used to help coach individual through a particular traumatic event by them back to the location of the event through virtual reality. 

The prospect of combining psychotherapy and virtual reality is a real game changer.  Exciting things to come!


Sources:

[Limbix, Inc.]. (2017, Jun. 15) Limbix: Modern Therapy Tools. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tsNE6cSbMg

Metz, C. (2017, July 30). A New Way for Therapists to Get Inside Heads: Virtual Reality. Retrieved August 09, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/30/technology/virtual-reality-limbix-mental-health.html

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HH Services: Improving Confidence with Body Language

Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become.
— Amy Cuddy, Harvard Psychology Professor

 ✔️ Smiling to feel happier or dressing up for an interview to be on top of your game actually work!

 ✔️ Practice Mindfulness by staying in the moment and knowing nothing is perfect.

 ✔️ Use body language to your advantage! Standing tall like Super Woman will cause your brain to release chemicals that increase and stabilize your confidence. 

Really cool stuff that you can let your body trick your mind into feeling more confident.


Sources:

Kaplan, E. (2017, April 07). How to Replace Your Self-Doubt With Unshakeable Confidence. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from https://journal.thriveglobal.com/how-to-replace-your-self-doubt-with-unshakable-confidence-fc9bf59615c5

[Ted]. (2012, Oct. 1). Your body language may shape who you are | Amy Cuddy. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks-_Mh1QhMc

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HH Services: Are You Approaching Gratitude the Right Way?

Is there a problem with how we are perceiving gratitude? John Monterosso, Associate Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at the University of Southern California and the author of "The Trouble With Gratitude" says that people can achieve better sustained gratitude by working on their very perception of it.

Monterosso claims that sustained gratitude's best sources are ultimately: 

1) focusing on interpersonal relationships and

2) a Mindful awareness of the moment

We regularly focus on identifying sources of gratitude in our Counseling and Biofeedback services at The HH.  And our providers will tell you that it's almost equally important to learn how to forgive yourself for 'not feeling grateful enough', which is another point that this article touched on.  Apparently practicing gratitude, like anything else, can be a process.   


Sources: 

Monterosso, J. (2017, July 21). A Psychology and Neuroscience Professor Explains What We Get Wrong About Gratitude. Retrieved July 31, 2017, from https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/10813-the-trouble-with-gratitude

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TBT: Heads Together

William, Catherine, and I started this campaign because we saw that fear of judgment, stigma, and outdated prejudice meant that too many people stayed quiet about their mental health challenges. I’ve seen the threat these fear and stigma imposes on my work with veterans and my former army friends.
— Prince Harry of Wales, Co-Found of Heads Together

  📌  Duke and Duchess William and Kate, as well as Prince Harry, found a common thread of mental health as the challenge behind numerous problems in society.  

📌   The Heads Together campaign is working with charities to break the stigma and provide help for individuals dealing with mental illnesses. 

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Click the button below to read more about Heads Together and how you can get involved!

Great to see big names getting involved with mental health awareness!


Sources:

About Heads Together. (n.d.). Retirved July 10, 2017, from https://www.headstogether.org.uk/about-heads-together/

Patrons_heads_together [Photograph found in Royal Foundation]. (n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://www.royalfoundation.com/heads-together-duke-duchess-cambridge-prince-harry-working-eliminate-stigma-around-mental-health/

[Heads Together]. (2017, Feb. 21). Heads Together | Prince Harry's speech at Heads Together Training Day in Newcastle. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUL9tmPZ8XI&t=1s

[Heads Together]. (2017, Apr. 21). Catherine, William + Harry | Heads Together| #oktosay. [Video File]. Retrived from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45RqUmxDXiY

 

HH Services: 3000 Pulses Later with Martha Rhodes

It’s almost like the reinvention of Martha. And that’s a great feeling.
— Martha Rhodes, Author of 3000 Pulses Later

 ▪️  In 2009 Martha Rhodes discovered TMS Therapy as a treatment option for depression.

 ▪️  After going through 6 weeks of treatment, Rhodes was able to successfully achieve full remission from what had been a very treatment-resistant case of Major Depressive Disorder prior to that.

 ▪️ In her autobiography, 3000 Pulses Later, Rhodes talks about her experience before and after completing TMS Therapy and specifically about her remarkable turnaround as a result of this treatment.

3,000 pulses to the left prefrontal cortex is the best treatment going for depression.  Double the effectiveness of any antidepressant on the market with no side effects other than mild scalp discomfort!  Plus, you can stay on the meds that work well for you.  We are grateful for champions of this therapy like Martha!


Sources:

[Emory University]. (2016, Jan. 6). OTT: TMS - Depression, TMS & Emory. [Video File] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6NG3DvcZGI

Martha Rhodes; a TMS Success Story | Part I. (2013, April 05). Retrieved July 24, 2017, from http://tmsneuro.com/depression-treatments/martha-rhodes-a-tms-success-story-part-i/

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TBT: 13 Reasons Why

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→   The Netflix original series, "13 Reasons Why" has become the most tweeted about show in 2017. 

→   The drama-mystery series based on the novel by Jay Asher focuses on the story of a teen who commits suicide. 

→   The number of teens and young children that have been hospitalized for suicidal thoughts and actions has doubled in the past decade. Naturally, parents are concerned about how this series may affect its viewers, an already vulnerable population.  

Harvard Health has written an article on 5 recommended topics to cover with your child if they are watching "13 Reasons Why". 

Harvard Health's Physician Editor is being proactive with proper mental health education that counters how this series is potentially normalizing depression for teens.  Make sure to check it out!


Sources:

McCarthy, M. C. (2017, May 03). 5 things to tell your child about 13 Reasons Why. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/5-things-tell-child-13-reasons-2017050211695

Peterson, K. (2017, May 08). The controversy behind Netflix's teen-suicide drama '13 Reasons Why' - and why it's hitting close to home. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/tv/sd-me-thirteen-reasons-20170508-story.html

Scutti, S. (2017, May 05). 'Alarming' rise in children hospitalized with suicidal thoughts or actions. Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/05/health/children-teens-suicide-study/index.html

Wellness Wednesday: Should Days Off for Mental Health Count as Sick Days?

I wasn’t expecting the exposure, but I am so glad I was able to have such a positive impact on so many people.
— Ben Congelton, CEO of Olark Live Chat

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🔅  1 in 6 Americans are medicated for mental health.

🔅  The CEO of Olark Live Chat encourages his employees to take sick days not only for physical illnesses but also for mental illnesses. 

🔅  Without a healthy mind, workers are not able to perform to their full capabilities. 

It's always tricky balancing the burden of life's inevitable expenses and proper self care.  But sometimes you have to put your own gas mask on first to ensure that you are able to maintain career challenges.


Sources:

P. (2017, July 10). A Boss' Response to an Employee Taking a Mental Health Day Is Going Viral. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from https://www.attn.com/stories/18200/how-email-helping-break-mental-health-stigma?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=internal

Miller, S. G. (2016, December 13). 1 in 6 Americans Takes a Psychiatric Drug. Retrieved July 16, 2017, from https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/1-in-6-americans-takes-a-psychiatric-drug/

HH Services: Growth of NeuroStar

👍  Another NeuroStar success story in the testimonial below 👇

✔️  806 treatment sites currently in the USA alone 

✔️  NeuroStar can be found all over North America and has a particularly strong presence in the United States and in Japan.  There are positive growth trends internationally as the demand increases for neurostar and for TMS therapy in general now that the care benefits are better understood.  

✔️  The US has seen a 20% growth in NeuroStar systems in the past year. 

Great things are in motion with some serious momentum for NeuroStar TMS Therapy!


Sources:

NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy Depression Outcomes Registry Surpasses 500 Patient Milestone. (2017, May 22). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://www.wboc.com/story/35485332/neurostar-advanced-therapy-depression-outcomes-registry-surpasses-500-patient-milestone

[NeuroStar Advanced Therapy]. (2017, Apr. 19). NeuroStar - Patient Story - Kristi. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVO25y55ptg

With ProvenNon-Drug Therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2017, from http://neurostar.com/en/

Wellness Wednesday: Morning Routines

Morning routine for the CEO of Twitter includes:

1. Meditating for 30 minutes. 

2. Working out 30minutes. 

3. Drinks coffee. 

4. Checks Twitter for the news.

5. Walks for an hour to work. 

For Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, wellness is his top priority.  And while business success has helped make it possible for Jack to have time in the day to focus on his own well-being, he claims that it's also the very thing that allows him to stay on top of his game.  Daily routine requires great discipline any way you cut it, and few succeed without it.   

It's important to note how Jack only uses Twitter as a part of his morning routine to read the news. Social media is truly revolutionary the way we are able to connect to almost anyone in the world within seconds! But this kind of accessibility can also be very consuming, so keep social media on your own terms.  Customize it, and use it how you want to.  But then carve out time to give your mind a break and an opportunity to unplug from technology.  This helps avoid things like focus fatigue and anxiety.

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Sources:

Wagner, K. (2017, June 21). Why Twitter's Jack Dorsey chose computer science over becoming mayor of New York. Retrieved June 30, 2017, from https://www.recode.net/2017/6/21/15845686/jack-dorsey-twitter-square-ceo-time-management-mayor-new-york

TBT: National Mental Health Act of 1946

on July 3rd, 1946

The National Mental Health Act became law


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➲ The Act came into formation due to the mental health issues veterans returning from World War II were facing.  

➲ The Law was passed in recognition that patients benefit more from evaluation and treatment rather than being institutionalized. 

➲ The NIMH was placed as a leader for further research and analysis on the brain and psychiatric disorder. 

We are continuing to make progress in mental health with evolving treatments and philosophies.


Works Cited:

National Mental Health Act. (2017, June 01). Retrieved June 20, 2017, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Mental_Health_Act

Wellness Wednesday: Meditate While You Work 😙 😙 😙

You can not out-work a problem, you have to out-meditation it.
— A.G. Lafely, CEO of Procter & Gamble

Many companies, both large and smalls, are adding meditation to work. Whether starting your own business or trying to convince your boss, see below how different companies have incorporated the practice in the workplace. 

 

- Apple-  

Apple allows employees up to 30 minutes each day to meditate. On-site medication and yoga classes are offered as well as a meditation space.

-Google-

Google created the program, "Search Inside Yourself",  to help employees learn how to breathe mindfully, listen to their coworkers, and improve their own emotional intelligence. 

-McKinsey & Co.-

McKinsey & Co. collaborated with an Australian client to form a meditation program. The program itself saved the Australian business more than $20 million. 

 

Other large companies that encourage meditation through yoga classes and personal spaces: Prentice Hall Publishing, HBO, Nike, Deutsche Bank, Yahoo!, & AOL Time Warner, and more!

HH Input 


Works Cited

[Norman Rosenthal]. (2013, Apr. 2). Norman Rosenthal: How Meditation Can Help Your Business [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Y99b6WadQ

10 Companies That Promote Employee Meditation | OnlineMBA. (2017, June 14). Retrieved June 20, 2017, from http://www.onlinemba.com/blog/10-big-companies-that-promote-employee-meditation/