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How would you like to be part of a research study?

Dear Readers, I am taking a bold new step and conducting a survey on people with chronic illnesses that are not easily treated or explained by medicine-as-usual. But I need your help! I’m conducting a survey regarding people with medically unexplained illnesses and how they cope with their illness and make use of their resources, […]

The Dangers of Catastrophizing Pain

We all experience pain from time to time and it’s never a pleasant thing. However, there are some ways that we can make it better or worse for ourselves. One of the things we can do to make it worse is to catastrophize it. What does that mean exactly? Catastrophize in pain intensifies it by […]

The Gift of Health on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is often a time when we eat more sugar than normal. People often celebrate with candy, confections, and special, sumptuous dinners. It’s fine to celebrate special occasions with food. However, there other ways to let people know that you care about them without raising their insulin levels. Here are some ideas for having […]

When Illness Defines Identity

When we have chronic illness, it is very easy to get consumed in what we can’t do and be. This comes to shape our identity and can even hamper our self-esteem. Unfortunately, diagnostic labels can come to define us if we don’t take active measures to prevent that from occurring. As a psychologist I see how […]

Delightful Detoxification

Many people talk about detoxifying their bodies these days, and even their minds to a lesser extent. I think that in these days, with all the chemicals and unnatural agents we come into contact with on a regular basis, it’s a good idea to have some way to regularly help your body with detoxification. I […]

When You’re Discouraged…

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Having a chronic illness or chronic pain has its fair share of disappointing occurrences in life. You may feel discouraged from time to time, and it may be the only obvious choice to you at such times. You may think that you doing really well and then have a relapse of illness, and injury, or something else […]

Going your own way with serious illness diagnoses

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A dear friend of mine was recently diagnosed with cancer and received a lot of pressure to go the traditional route of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Cancer is a pretty serious illness and has a lot of fear connected to it. Fortunately, he had some friends who were knowledgeable about alternative medicine and learned as […]

Empowerment and Choice

Empowerment

As a health coach, I see my job as facilitating your empowerment by reminding you that you have choices about what you do about your health. Health coaching helps you develop carry out and maintain behaviors to help you be healthy happy and fulfilled. Behaviors arise from beliefs, whether we are conscious of them. Beliefs […]