Is the Disconnect between Biology and Culture making you Ill? Part Three: Homeostasis and Couch Potatoes who were Born to Run.

Homeostasis is really about balance, and in this case, energy balance. We are predisposed to maintain this homeostasis by taking advantage of surplus energy and storing it as fat. And while this trait has served our species for 2 million years, we no longer live in a feast or famine environment, and those conditions of …

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Opinions are Not Facts, and Things are seldom as they first appear.

“The rise of childhood obesity has placed the health of an entire generation at risk.” ~Tom Vilsack  Often of late, we hear non-experts make sweeping pronouncements on subjects from healthcare and education to socioeconomics. Seldom do they add anything to the conversation, instead muddying the already perturbed waters. While we certainly cannot fault someone for …

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The Willow, the Tortoise, and The Master: The Use of Symbolism in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Self-Help

As Desdemona is preparing for bed on the night she will be murdered, she sings a song about a willow tree. In Hamlet we learn that the prince’s love, Ophelia, falls from a willow tree into a brook where she drowns. Shakespeare may have understood the willow as a symbol of loss and grief, and …

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Water

"Cross the meadow and the stream and listen as the peaceful water brings peace upon your soul." ~ Maximillian Degenerez Recently I decided to get a new scale for the bathroom, and being easily impressed by technology, I selected one with several assessments aside from weight. This included measures for muscle weight, bone weight, BMI, …

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Prisoners of Childhood

While I try to respond to inquiries from readers, recent accounts in the press have prompted this month's post. It should be mentioned that the development of chronic conditions and the association with child abuse was the topic of my dissertation. That work reflects in this month's post. Childhood should be carefree, playing in the …

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How Leptin, Ghrelin, and other Hormones can Thwart your best efforts to get “thin.”

In 1950, researchers at Maine's Jackson Labs produced a strain of Mice labeled OB/OB, or Obese/Obese, as both parents carried a recessive mutation that was expressed in Obesity. This recessive mutation was found to cause the mice to become three times as large as normal mice, and their appetites were ravenous. They were inactive and …

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