THE LURE OF “TELL ME MORE:” HOW GOSSIP AFFECTS US

2019-02-19T15:47:22-04:00March 1st, 2019|Health|

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash BY LISA PROFERA MD There’s something about a bit of juicy gossip that catches our attention. Why does it give us pleasure to talk about others? We, as humans, are social beings. We have been hard-wired for gossip since early evolution. Social interactions and group dynamics were key to the survival of early man tens of thousands of years ago. Primitive man formed social groups for hunting, foraging, and protection. Who is contributing to the group compared to who is not has been a key dynamic throughout history. Just watch a few episodes of the popular reality show, [...]

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DIETING AND INTUITION COLLIDE

2019-02-19T17:37:31-04:00March 1st, 2019|Health|

Photo by Jennifer Burk on Unsplash By Joan Ridsdel "Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens." — Louise Hay Did you make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get fit in 2019? I must admit that it was tempting to go back to dieting after seeing a flurry of new weight-loss advertisements and programs on TV as soon as January 1st arrived. The promise of weight loss by simply following a “reimagined program” that helps us on our way, fits our lifestyle, and has everything we need to succeed [...]

EVER ASKED YOUR BODY TO TELL YOU MORE?

2019-02-19T16:25:18-04:00March 1st, 2019|Health|

Photo by Ana Tavares on Unsplash By Morella Devost, EdM, MA We have a communication problem when it comes to our health. It’s a communication problem that arises from our mechanistic view of the world and of the body. In a mechanistic view of health, the body is an apparatus much like a car or a clock. Health issues are seen as a broken part to be fixed; the body breaks down, just like an old car. The “cure” is to make the symptoms go away. But a symptom is not a problem. A symptom is a messenger. It brings clear communication that we [...]

The “F -Word” That Is Key to Healing

2019-01-28T11:48:10-04:00February 1st, 2019|Health|

Photo by Andreas Selter on Unsplash By Morella Devost, EdM, MA For many years in my life, looking in the mirror was painful. I hated what I saw. There were many days I felt ashamed to leave my house looking the way I did. April, 2007 I used to have massive cystic acne. Last month in this column, I wrote about the healing of my acne and how I realized my physical health was intrinsically connected to the health of our planet. I talked about the 3-day juicing detox that opened my eyes, how I systematically “detoxified” my home after that, and [...]

Joy in the Winter

2019-01-28T12:51:05-04:00February 1st, 2019|Health|

Photo by Brigitte Tohm on Unsplash By Heather Glidden The temps feel like they’ve been cold forever. Theoretically the days are getting longer, but the days still seem pretty short to me, and summer still feels like a long time away. This makes February one of the toughest months in Michigan. What’s the secret ingredient to creating joy during one of the darkest, coldest months of the year? The surprising answer is to open your heart to it! Now, this doesn’t mean you have to fall in love with the winter (although you may find you don’t mind it as much if you practice [...]

THREE DAYS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

2018-12-29T19:51:08-04:00January 1st, 2019|Health|

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash by Morella Devost, EdM, MA I looked into the bathroom mirror of my beautiful Manhattan studio apartment. It had only been three days, and I was stunned. My boyfriend and I were on the final day of our first-ever juicing detox. For three days, we consumed more vegetable juice than the whole prior thirty years of our lives. And for the first time in a decade, I was seeing a significant difference in the appearance of my skin…for the better. Ten years prior, in college, I began developing massive cystic acne that plagued me throughout my twenties. Nothing had [...]

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