What do relationships have to do with my health?

Relationships are an important ingredient in drug and placebo efficacy.
(models used for illustration purposes only)@Glow Image

"It's all about relationships." That’s the “elevator” training I often gave to my staff when I was a manager. It’s a foundational principle they needed to understand because relationships bring results. If they didn’t understand and apply this principle they weren’t going to be successful. Building relationships isn’t horse trading or politics. It’s establishing a rapport that engenders understanding, trust, compassion, and a conviction that you care for the other person. It’s being Continue Reading

Are the labels put on us really who we are? And what about our health?

The labels we assign to others, and ourselves, can affect health.

It would be a rare person who could navigate through life completely unaware of expectations placed upon him by others or by himself. One way expectations are powerfully conveyed is in the words we choose and how we use them, as my wife and I found in raising our children. Words choices, as well as our thoughts about them, affected their behavior. Research has also shown that expections by teachers is a powerful influence on student performance. For instance, Harvard professor Robert Continue Reading

Where Will Mapping the Brain Lead Us?

@Glowimages

“Investing in “the best ideas.” That’s what President Obama wants to do. And he plans to do it by funding the mapping of the human brain. Scientists envision this as a “concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.” Understanding where perception, actions, and consciousness comes from or resides is an intriguing idea, but I’m wondering if the search will ever provide the Continue Reading

Lifting the Fog of Chronic Depression

@Glowimages
Model used for illustrative purposes only

I have a friend who suffers from SAD -- seasonal affective disorder. The long periods of clouds and rain depress her so much that she feels she can no longer live in the northwest. She and her husband are actively looking to work and live in a sunny climate. My friend is not alone in her depression. The Center for Disease control estimates that 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from depression. Moments of temporarily feeling blue are not uncommon for most people at some point in their Continue Reading