Out of Control Alcohol: Is Abstinence Required, or Will Moderation Work? Part I of II

Suzanne knew something was wrong when she woke up with a hangover on a Monday morning. She never drank on Sunday night, but her friends had come over to provide some company since her husband was out of town. Suzanne had gotten out a bottle of wine to go with …

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TED Talk: Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — …

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What Women Can Do to Overcome Panic Attacks

You open your mouth, but you can’t breathe. Your chest is tight. Your heart is pounding. You feel the perspiration sting at your temples. Something is wrong, but you don’t know what. You sit down and put your head low, but you still can’t breathe. You can’t breathe. Your friend …

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Happiness and Health

When was the last time you laughed or felt happy? If it’s been too long or you can’t remember, consider this old adage: Laughter is the best medicine. Bobby McFerrin had it right when he sang, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Research “Multiple studies confirm that cultivating positive emotions has enormous …

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Free the Clutter, the Rest Will Follow

A few months after Gretchen Gavacs-Squier quit her job, she began de-cluttering her house. She finds herself doing major purges every six months or so, when she gets overwhelmed with papers and her kids’ things. “After purging, it’s like a weight has been lifted!” she says. “It’s liberating!” Clearly, cluttered …

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Exercise Helps Women Cope with Multiple Sclerosis

While exercise doesn’t prevent people from developing multiple sclerosis (MS), certain kinds of exercise may be beneficial to those who already have it. MS is a neurological disease that directly affects the body, but coping with it can bring about depression – and this is where exercise comes in. What …

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Fat Shaming and Weight Bias at Your Doctor’s Office

The anecdotes are legion. One time when Abby Carter (not her real name) had to get her gallbladder out, her doctor told her that he made her surgeon wait an extra day even though she hadn’t eaten anything that day. The doctor wanted her to know what it felt like …

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Women Who Cop This Attitude Live Longer!

American philosopher and psychologist William James said, “Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” It’s a quote that makes sense to most American women. We’re a positive nation on the whole, and believe in having hope for the future. We know that if we can approach each day with an …

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How to Make Meditation Work for You

No doubt you’ve heard about the many benefits of meditation. So far, we’ve discovered that a regular meditation practice can reduce stress, increase focus, improve productivity and creativity, cut your risk for heart attack and stroke, ease chronic pain, improve mood, boost the immune system, and more. You may have …

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How to Sail Through Empty Nest Syndrome

Graduations took place across the country several weeks ago, and now thousands of promising young people are heading off to college or to their first jobs. For most parents, it’s a time of pride, but also of mixed feelings, particularly for moms. Seeing that bedroom suddenly emptied out can do …

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