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Your Body Is Wise, But It Needs for You to Pay Attention

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Although complementary medicine has made strong advances, mainstream medical practice still keeps faith with drugs and surgery as the default methods of treatment. The way forward for anyone who wants to establish a high level of wellbeing isn’t going to […]

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The Power of Desire—What Do You Want, Anyway?

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Desire is inescapable, and one could spend years trying to discover if human desire is a blessing of a curse. But right this minute a more practical question demands attention. How can you get what you want? Beyond the basic […]

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Do Your Emotions Help You or Hold You Back?

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Recently, a close friend of mine made the remark that our emotions for the most part are basic, primal, immature, and unevolved. Ever since then, I have been ruminating on the validity of this statement. If our emotions are basically […]

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How to Save the World–A Simple Answer

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Around a decade ago, when I first started posting at Huffington Post, one entry considered the world’s four greatest problems. They were over-population, climate change, pandemic disease, and refugeeism. Despite the suffering and fear it creates, terrorism affects far fewer […]

“I am the master of my fate”: A New Take on Free Will

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Back when schoolchildren regularly read uplifting poetry, there was a famous Victorian poem that affirmed the human birthright of free will. It was “Invictus,” by W. E. Henley and began: Out of the night that covers me, Black as the […]

Multi-institutional Collaborative Clinical Trial to Examine Health Benefits of Integrative Lifestyle Practices at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing

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Self-Directed Biological Transformation Initiative (SBTI) study will use latest mobile health sensors and genomic/cellular/metabolomics biomarkers Scientists and clinicians from seven research institutions have joined together for a first of a kind clinical trial on a whole systems approach to wellbeing. […]

Let’s Raise ISHAR – and why we need to

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      Please watch Let’s Raise ISHAR   Please join us on indiegogo at  http://igg.me/at/ISHAR   Dear Community, ISHAR is an online digital library. ISHAR stands for Integrative Studies Historical Archive and Repository. This will be the digital Library of […]

A Better Way to Approach Pain, and America’s Pain-Pill Epidemic

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By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina   You may have noticed headlines about the rise of prescription drugs as a major cause of addiction and […]

Radical Well being: Where We Need to Go (Part 2)

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 Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD There are two reasons why radical well being hasn’t captured the imagination of the general public. As we saw in the first part, people all too often let their health go and […]

Radical Well-Being: Where We Need to Go

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By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD As far as our health goes, America is about a little of this and a lot of that. The little is self-care, the lot is drugs and surgery. Thirty years after a mind-body […]

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 1)

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By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina Sleep crops up in unexpected places medically, as in the recent finding that for people suffering from bouts of depression, irregular sleep […]

Who Is Right About Happiness? (Part 2)

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Although the pursuit of happiness is so natural that it was written into the Declaration of Independence, modern psychology has turned doubtful about it. In the previous post I listed a few reasons why even the field known as positive […]

Who Is Right About Happiness?

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We know very little about what it takes to be happy, and a lot of what we know is wrong. This seems to be the conclusion of some voices in the movement known as positive psychology. It’s a relatively new […]

Medicine Keeps Changing But Not Well-Being

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP Anyone who regularly follows the medical news from the Associated Press or New York Times will get the impression of fickleness. Research studies sometimes advance medical knowledge, but basic findings also seem to contradict one […]

Hip-Hop Yoga for Healing Trauma

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Hip-Hop Yoga for Healing Trauma By Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Eddie Stern, Co-Director, Ashtanga Yoga New York Thirteen years ago, a man who went by the name of Black Just was shot and killed in South East Queens. He was […]

Depression Is Still a Mystery – We Need a New Model

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By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, Murali Doraiswamy, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics […]

Why Doctors Can’t Make You Well

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For many people, keeping well doesn’t involve taking good advice. After decades of public health campaigns in favor of low-fat diets, moderate exercise, and stress management, it’s still hard to get Americans to comply.  As a society, we are so […]

Why Doctors Can’t Make You Well

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For many people, keeping well doesn’t involve taking good advice. After decades of public health campaigns in favor of low-fat diets, moderate exercise, and stress management, it’s still hard to get Americans to comply.  As a society, we are so […]

How to Inspire Your Brain

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-authors of Super Brain: […]

Five Myths to Dispel About Your Brain

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By Rudolph Tanzi. Ph.D, and Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP,  co-authors of Super Brain, How many of us grew up believing that the brain we are born with is the brain we get for the rest of our lives? How many of […]

Anxiety and Your Super Brain

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By Rudolph Tanzi. Ph.D, and Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP,  co-authors of Super Brain In today’s world of super connectivity and pervasive social media, we have never been in such intimate contact with others. While this is ushering in a renewed […]

“I Will Not Be Pleased” – Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 3)

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One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system. The placebo effect has already existed for […]

I Will Not Be Pleased” – Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 2)

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Mainstream medicine has uncovered the placebo effect and discounted it at the same time.  But more and more it appears that a patient’s expectations, beliefs, and personality are important in the outcome of an illness. By extension, they are also […]

“I Will Not Be Pleased” – Your Health and the Nocebo Effect

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For decades the placebo effect has existed basically as a nuisance, so far as the medical profession is concerned.   Some people benefit from being given a sugar pill instead of an actual drug. This remarkable result cannot be marketed, […]

Global Warming and the Meaning of Doom

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Alarming data and warnings about climate change have been with us for twenty years. The issue has morphed into something like a low-level toothache. The public is numbed by all the bad news, and in place of sensible solutions, we […]

The Real Secret to Staying Healthy for Life (Part 3)

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Because the campaign to get people to practice prevention isn’t being followed up with compliance, American health is at risk. This is true financially, of course, as the cost of caring for an aging population rises precipitously. But it’s even […]

The Real Secret to Staying Healthy for Life (Part 2)

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What is the best way to insure that you will remain healthy your whole life? America has led the world in medical research that gave rise to the best advice on how to prevent lifestyle disorders. This trend has only […]

The Real Secret to Staying Healthy for Life (Part 1)

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If you want to stay healthy for life, you need to take care of yourself. That’s the conventional wisdom. It’s a frequent guilty reminder when we look in the mirror and realize that we aren’t in the best shape. “I’ve […]

Vitamins and Minerals: Nourishing the Ocean Within (Part 1)

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 Commercials on television push the same message – “Take your vitamins” — but doctors are less urgent. A balanced diet of fresh nutritious  foods is still the ideal way to get  the vitamins and minerals that your body needs. A […]

Carbohydrates: to Use or Abuse?

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In a world plagued by food shortage that are reaching crisis level, carbohydrates are the easiest salvation and yet the greatest temptation to abuse. Ironically, the same is true in prosperous countries but for opposite reasons. Where food is desperately […]

The Fat You Eat: A Study in Paradox

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The whole issue of fat in the diet should be simple, as it once was. Doctors followed the dictum of “fat puts on fat,” assigning blame for overweight on a fatty diet. Of the three major sources of calories – […]

Is Cancer Ready for a Turn Around?

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Cancer seems to be heading in a new direction.  This isn’t due, in large part, to declining rates, which tend to be modest. Last week the Centers for Disease Control issued a report noting that overall rates had dropped in […]

Baseline Your Health

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Almost all of us think we could, and should, be healthier. We think that if we did those things we know we are supposed to do–ate better, exercised more, reduced stress, quit smoking–we would feel better, look better, have more […]

Can Your Brain Fall in Love?

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP & Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School Director, Genetics and Aging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Deepak Chopra and Rudy Tanzi are co-authors of […]

A Personal Mission: Define Your Wellness (Part 2)

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            The first part of this post, which needs to be read first, set down goals for making your own wellness program. No one can do this but you, and at the same time, you need to be complete in […]

A New Era for the Brain – Guiding Your Own Evolution

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One of the great abilities of the human brain is to boost itself into a higher function.  No one can explain how this happens. By the time early humans discovered fire and simple tools like the wheel and lever, our […]

A Personal Mission: Define Your Wellness

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           A basic outline for prevention has existed for more than thirty years, but wellness has had a hard time making real headway. Old habits are hard to break. Our society has a magic bullet fixation, […]

The Higher Health, Part 4

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One of the most exciting changes that could mean a breakthrough in health centers on the term mind-body medicine. Twenty years ago, the equation was definitely body-oriented. If it was conceded that the mind plays a part in health, doctors […]

The Higher Health, Part 3

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America has reached a threshold that will permit us to cross over and reach a state of higher health. We have more than enough proof that prevention should be based on positive lifestyle changes. Compliance remains a problem, with far […]

The Higher Health, Part 3

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America has reached a threshold that will permit us to cross over and reach a state of higher health. We have more than enough proof that prevention should be based on positive lifestyle changes. Compliance remains a problem, with far […]

The Higher Health (Part 2)

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In the first post we discussed the possibility that higher health was possible, reaching beyond our current conception of wellness.  Such an advance depends on two things. The first, which isn’t new, is to comply with the current prevention measures […]

The Higher Health – A New Map for Prevention

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Wellness seems to have reached a plateau in America and other wealthy industrialized countries. The information about how to prevent many kinds of lifestyle disorders, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes, has been widely distributed. Longevity steadily increases. Advanced […]

Cancer: A Preventable Disease Is Creating a Revolution

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP   Cancer is the most dreaded of all diseases, and ever since a “war on cancer” was declared forty years ago, massive research has made progress, although the battle is far from won. Very little […]

Arthritis: When the Knees and Hips Go

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP  Arthritis would seem to be a simple mechanical failure of our bodies. Through wear and tear, the cartilage wears out in certain joints – primarily the hip, knee, lower back, neck, and hands – leading […]

Being Alert to Sleep Apnea

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Type 2 Diabetes and the Circle of Life

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Type 2 diabetes has become an increasing problem in modern America. Because it is chiefly linked to obesity, as more people become overweight, and as the age of gaining weight reaches down into childhood, a largely preventable disease turns into […]

Spiritual Healing (Part 2 ): Negentropy

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Deepak talks about activating the force of negentropy as a part of spiritual healing. Negentropy is the opposite of the law of entropy which states that everything moves from a state of order to disorder. Negentropy is the source of […]

Spiritual Healing (Part 1)

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Deepak speaks about spiritual healing as a return to wholeness. When the mind experiences pure consciousness, then the body returns to biological  homeostasis, its state of self-repair.

Hypertension: A Lifestyle Disorder Needs a Lifetime of Attention

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP  <!– Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com The term “lifestyle disorder” had to be invented to describe hypertension.  Almost no aspect of daily life – diet, sleep, exercise, work, and stress – can be implicated.  Your […]

A Story of Alzheimer’s with Jean Houston

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Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Face Fear With Knowledge (Part 2)

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By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., The Joseph P and Rose F. Kennedy, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Genetics and Aging, Massachusetts General Hospital In the first post we confronted the primary fact about […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Face Fear With Knowledge (Part 1)

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By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., The Joseph P and Rose F. Kennedy, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Genetics and Aging, Massachusetts General Hospital   Few people feel comfortable thinking about the aging process, […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Face Fear With Knowledge (Part 1)

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By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP and Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., The Joseph P and Rose F. Kennedy, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Genetics and Aging, Massachusetts General Hospital Few people feel comfortable thinking about the aging process, but […]

Reversal of Aging Part 9: Make Pure Consciousness Your Identity

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Reversal of Aging Part 8: Higher Consciousness

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The Kidneys, an Overlooked Organ That Can Get Sick, Too

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The news that America is becoming an obese nation has sunk in to public awareness, and the rise of diabetes and high blood pressure, both exacerbated by overweight, has also been well advertised. But there is a hidden danger that […]

Reversal of Aging – Part 7: Get Rid of Your Limiting Beliefs

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In part 7  Deepak gives Byron Katie’s procedure to overcome your limiting beliefs. Read Deepak’s latest book War of the Worldviews   www.deepakchopra.com Follow Deepak on Twitter      

Reversal of Aging Part 6 Passion & Detachment

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In part 6 Deepak talks about the role of passion for life and spiritual detachment in the reversal of aging. Read Deepak’s latest book War of the Worldviews   www.deepakchopra.com Follow Deepak on Twitter

Reversal of Aging Part 5: Maintaining Biological Rhythms

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Reversal of Aging Part 4: Foods That Heal

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Reversal of Aging Part 3: Experience Your Body as an Energy and Information Field

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Resetting Your Biological Clock

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Timeless Mind

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Deepak talks about the impact of the experience of timelessness in reversing the aging process. Read Deepak’s new book  War of the Worldviews

No More Laughing at Fat Kids

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It’s a paradox that a problem like childhood obesity should crop up in a country like America where we are flooded with information about nutrition. At any age, obesity is generally considered a lifestyle disorder. Only a small percentage of […]

More Asthma Than Ever, But Why?

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Asthma is one of the most common diseases in the world, with as many as 300 million sufferers. We’ve all seen what an asthma attack looks like, the typical symptoms being shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the […]

Depression: Shedding Light on the Darkness

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It’s not news that depression has become a kind of invisible epidemic, afflicting millions of people. We live at a time when depression is approached as a disease. That has a good side. Depressed people are not judged against as […]

Your Back Pain (and What It’s Trying to Tell You)

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At one time or another the misery of lower back pain is felt by everyone, which is no surprise. Our upright spine is as unique to being human as having an opposable thumb. But where anyone can see that using […]

Heart Attack Myths and the Missing X Factor

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Some epidemics are hard to treat because medicine has no cure, while others, more insidiously, are hard to treat because people latch on to the wrong cure. Heart disease is a prime example of how a half truth turned into […]

Ending Diets That Don’t Work: How People Actually Lose Weight

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Our bodies are designed to remain in balance, and when they go out of balance, a natural mechanism has been interfered with. Usually this occurs through decisions that we make that turn into habits. Decisions are conscious and can be […]

The Path from Heart Disease to Heart Health

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You might have heard the expression “You’re as young as your arteries,” and it’s true. But keeping your arteries young can seem like a mysterious thing for many people, as much as they feel inundated by an unending stream of […]

Weekly Health Tip: Understanding and Coping with Nicotine Withdrawal

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        Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD,Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com     Each year, nearly 450,000 Americans die from smoking related illnesses. That’s more than all deaths from HIV/AIDS, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle […]

What’s True, and Not, About Stress (Part 3)

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  In two earlier posts (which I hope you will go back and read) we found that stress is a complicated matter that intertwines body and mind. Mechanical stress is simple. If you put pressure on a car engine or […]

Weekly Health Tip: When To Take Heartburn Seriously: The Word on GERD

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  Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD,Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com       For many people, all it takes is eating that one extra doughnut or going to bed on a very full stomach. […]

Weekly Health Tip: Take a Load Off Your Knees: Dealing with Osteoarthritis

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  Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD,Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com   Your knee joints are one of the unsung heroes of your body. If you’re like the average American, you take just over 5,000 steps a day, and each one of those […]

What’s True, and Not, About Stress (Part 2)

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In the first post I began to talk about the spiritual side of stress. That’s such an unusual approach that it might be good to review stress more conventionally first. Stress is made more complicated because mind and body are […]

Weekly Health Tip: What’s So Bad About Belly Fat?

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Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com   The list of health risks tied to being overweight or obese seems to increase every year—along with the nation’s waistline. While losing weight […]

What’s True, and Not, About Stress

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This is one of those posts where it’s tempting to add “keep reading” to the title. Stress is the gray little monster in the corner that keeps out of sight. Everyone promises themselves to reduce the stress in their lives, […]

Weekly Health Tip: Functional Foods – How Do You Separate the Hype from the Health?

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 Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com  If you’re concerned with eating healthy, you may have heard about “functional foods.” Nutritionists and marketers use this term to describe foods that go beyond the basics of supplying nutrients to […]

Weekly Health Tip: Stress and the Brain

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Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD,Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com The human body responds to stress with a powerful fight-or-flight reaction. Hormones surge through the body, causing the heart to pump faster and sending extra supplies of energy into the […]

Weekly Health Tip: Yoga’s Health Benefits

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Between work, raising a family, and coping with an uncertain economy, stress has become a “normal” part of daily life for most people. That could explain why so many Americans—about 16 million at latest count—have […]

Weekly Health Tip: Mercury in Fish — How Much is Too Much?

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com   When you order fish in a restaurant these days, you might feel you need a marine biologist to help you make your selection rather than a waiter. Figuring out which fish is safe […]

Weekly Health Tip: High-Fructose Corn Syrup: What Are the Dangers?

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                          Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com   Processed foods are one of the things people are often […]

Weekly Health Tip: Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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This Pregnancy Calendar is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com There is probably no more important time to watch what you eat than during pregnancy. When a pregnant woman eats, she is […]

Weekly Health Tip: Prostate Cancer: Screening and Prevention

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Visualization is courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Chances are good that you or someone you know has had experience with prostate cancer. One in six men are diagnosed with the disease […]

Weekly Health Tip: New Reasons to Brush and Floss

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Taking good care of your teeth at every stage of life is a good way to avoid painful toothaches, expensive trips to the dentist and tooth loss in old age. […]

5 Tips to Find Serenity In Your Busy Life (By Mallika Chopra)

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Stressed out?  Feeling stretched with too much to do?  Want to just escape from your life for a bit to a far away island for some peace and serenity? I have learned from years of meditation that some simple techniques […]

Weekly Health Tip: Time for Teens to Get Moving

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Visualization is the courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Attention all parents of adolescents: Does your teen get at least 60 minutes of exercise every day (1)? In an age when kids […]

Weekly Health Tip: The Power of Meditation

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Visualization is the courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com The stress and strife of daily life have a direct effect on our health. Most dramatically, our very chromosomes are affected by stress. […]

Weekly Health Tip: Understanding Celiac Disease

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Visualization is the courtesy of TheVisualMD.com Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Celiac disease is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Yet, experts believe that nearly one in 100 people may have this autoimmune ailment, which is […]

Weekly Health Tip: You Are Home to Millions of Microbes!

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com If you are in the habit of scrubbing your hands, your home and your children with bacteria-fighting gels and soaps, consider this: The average adult intestine has already been […]

No More Science Please, I’ve Already Made Up My Mind

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We live in a society saturated by science, and every year we hear alarming reports that unless we educate more scientists, America will lose its position as number 1 in research and technology (some experts believe we’ve slid out of […]

Weekly Health Tip: To Stretch or Not to Stretch?

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< Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com If you exercise regularly, you probably have a routine set of steps to get ready. You make sure you have water, appropriate clothes and shoes, and any special […]

Breastfeeding: Nature’s Perfect Baby Food

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WATCH: Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, M.D., Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com The moment a mother delivers a new person into the world, her next amazing feat begins: producing and delivering the perfect food for that baby. Hormonal changes at delivery […]

Spiritual Solutions #30: Living in Pure Potentiality

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond The Law of Pure Potentiality How can we apply the Law of Pure Potentiality, the field of all possibilities, to our lives? If you want to enjoy the benefits of the field of […]

Mind, Brain, Genes and Neuroplasticity, and Enlightenment

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Weekly Health Tip: It’s Hard to See Through the Smoke

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  Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and  TheVisualMD.com We all know that smoking causes cancer, cardiovascular disease, and multiple respiratory illnesses. Does anyone really need another reason to quit? Okay, here’s one: To save your vision. Surprised? […]

Weekly Health Tip: Should You Always Buy Organic?

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          Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, M.D., Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com The benefits of organic farming are undeniable. Crops grown without chemical pesticides do not contaminate the earth with toxic substances. Organic farmers use crop […]

A Plan to Eradicate Alzheimer Disease with Dr. Rudolph E. Tanzi

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Weekly Health Tip: Too Many Unhappy Meals

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com One of the most important things parents can do for children’s future is to help them maintain a healthy weight. The current statistics tell us we have some work […]

Spiritual Solutions #28: How to Be In Tune and Expanded

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond The More Energy You Devote to Something, The More You Have Here are a few steps that can cause the channels of energy to expand: Learn to give. When you feel most like […]

Weekly Health Tip: A Big Fat Question

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com After our recent post about the dangers of trans fats (Weekly Health Tip: Why Trans Fats Are the Bad Guys) , a reader named Merrymaven posed a very good […]

Health Tip 19: Watch Your Back!

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Your lower back is the linchpin of your frame. Taking a few steps to protect and strengthen this vital area will literally keep you in action. The muscles and […]

Weekly Health Tip: Erection Protection

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Men who experience sexual dysfunction generally don’t react by reaching for the phone and speed-dialing the doctor. Being unable to achieve and maintain an erection seems like a private, […]

Weekly Health Tip: Why Trans Fats Are the Bad Guys

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Surely you’ve heard the bad news about trans fats. New York City has banned their use in restaurants. Many state governments have taken action to limit their consumption and […]

Spiritual Solutions #27: Move Out Stuck Energy

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by Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond The Energy to Change The difference between healthy and unhealthy energy can be summarized as follows: Healthy energy is flowing, flexible, dynamic, balanced, soft, associated with positive feelings. Unhealthy energy is stuck, frozen, […]

Weekly Health Tip: It’s Heart Health Month!

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Chances are, you will never have a heart attack. If you know your family history of heart disease, keep track of your blood pressure, and stick to healthful habits, […]

Spiritual Solutions #26: The Universe Evolves Through You

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond The Universe Needs You It takes a breakthrough to reveal how precious you really are. Almost no one believes that he or she is absolutely necessary in the grand scheme of things. Yet if […]

Weekly Health Tip: The Winter Blues

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Have you had enough of winter? Are you ready for the golden days of spring and summer? The shorter days from December to March can bring the curtain down […]

Spiritual Solutions #25: Let the World Work for You

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond Let Synchronicity be Normal At truly synchronous moments, the universe is embracing you, and you see who you really are. Leaders are expected to produce results, so it’s not surprising that the greatest […]

Weekly Health Tip: Could You Be Anemic?

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Your blood vessels are the body’s superhighway. Blood races through more than 50,000 miles of vessels, delivering nutrients to cells and hauling waste products away from them. One of […]

Spiritual Solutions #24 Listening to Your Inner Voice

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond. Keep Listening to Your Inner Voice No matter how skilled you become at dealing with challenges, in the end every decision gets tested inside. Whether you call it listening to your gut or […]

Weekly Health Tip: Drink Water to Prevent Kidney Stones

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com The kidneys are the hubs of the body’s plumbing system. In any plumbing system, a steady supply of water keeps the whole operation flowing. In the kidneys, waste products […]

Spiritual Solutions #23: Law of Least Effort, Healthy Produce

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond Law of Least Effort When you struggle against this moment, instead of knowing that this moment is as it should be, you’re actually struggling against the entire universe. Instead, you can make the […]

Weekly Health Tip: Could You Have HPV?

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a sneaky invader. Genital HPV, pictured above, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., yet most of the people who have […]

Weekly Health Tip: Get Aerobic & Anaerobic Exercise

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Every January, millions of Americans resolve to exercise with renewed dedication and vigor. Whether you are starting a new fitness program, or fine-tuning your current workouts, thoughtful planning will […]

Spiritual Solutions #21: Balance Food, Exercise

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Balance Your Exercise Before you decide that hard work is the way to prevent aging, consider that “work” as defined by physics is not synonymous with sweat and strain. Exercise has a quantum effect, […]

Weekly Health Tip: Define Your Wellness Mission

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Here comes 2011! More than 40% of American adults make a resolution to change their ways each year. It may not surprise you to learn that fewer than half […]

Spiritual Solutions #20: Turn Separation into Unity

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond What Would Jesus Do? What would Jesus do in my shoes? He would keep walking the path. He would manifest as much courage, truth, sympathy, and love as he actually possessed. He wouldn’t pretend […]

Weekly Health Tip: Blood Pressure Basics

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Every time your heart beats, its power propels blood through your arteries as it begins its journey to the rest of your body. Your blood pressure is the force […]

Spiritual Solutions #19: Effortless Responsibility

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By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond What Does Responsibility Mean? Responsibility means not blaming anyone or anything for your situation, including yourself. Having accepted this circumstance, this event, this problem, responsibility then means the ability to […]

Weekly Health Tip: What Do My Cholesterol Numbers Mean?

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com Every complete medical checkup includes an analysis of the fats in your blood–mainly, your cholesterol levels. The balance of “good” and “bad” cholesterol in the blood is an important […]

Spiritual Solutions #18: The Law of Intention and Desire

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By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond Attention and Intention Inherent in every intention and desire is the mechanics for its fulfillment. Intention and desire in the field of pure potentiality have infinite organizing power. And when […]

Weekly Health Tip: How the Fatty Acid DHA Builds a Brain

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com In the first year of life, a baby’s brain is under heavy construction. It nearly triples in size, from about ¾ of a pound to more than 2 pounds. […]

Spiritual Solutions #17 – Get in Touch with Body-Mind

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By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond Connecting to Body-Mind To become familiar with the miracle of the human body-mind is to acquire awesome power. This power is magical because it allows you to experience the body-mind […]

Why You Don’t Want to Be Happy

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In the wake of exploring the new field of positive psychology, which led to a book on how to be happy, I had a nagging thought in the back of my mind. It’s encouraging that psychology has begun to focus […]

Weekly Health Tip: Never Smoke. If You Smoke Now, Quit

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com A smoker’s body shows evidence of the habit’s deadly effects from head to toe. The way tobacco smoke ravages lung tissue is well known. The cardiovascular system is also […]

Weekly Health Tip: At Holiday Time, Take a Moderate Approach

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras,and TheVisualMD.com Which of the two stomachs shown above will yours resemble after Thanksgiving dinner? When we overdo it at the table, the stomach expands beyond its normal capacity, sometimes to the […]

Weekly Health Tip: Sleep Strengthens Your Memory

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com These slumbering people are recharging their bodies, sweetly dreaming to prepare for a new day. But their brains are buzzing with activity. While we sleep, the part of the […]

Spiritual Solutions #15: Find the Flow

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond Be in the Flow If you want to be in the flow of life, you can’t struggle against it at the same time. The ego must examine its fears and stop trying to […]

Weekly Health Tip: Build Your Brain with Exercise

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras,and TheVisualMD.com This fit cyclist, as visualized by TheVisualMD.com, is an impressive example of how exercise can build lean muscles and a sturdy skeleton. But did you know that exercise can also […]

Spiritual Solutions #14 – Simple and Whole

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By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond The Simple State There is a state of non-suffering inside you; it is simple and open to awareness. By contrast, the state of suffering is complicated because, in its attempts […]

Weekly Health Tip: Build Up Your Bones

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras,and TheVisualMD.com There seems to be no part of your body so impenetrable and permanent as the skeleton. Bones protect your organs, provide the framework for your muscles, and make it possible […]

Spiritual Solutions #13: The Path to Love and Sustainability

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond By Deepak Chopra Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Annie Bond The Path to Love Our materialistic worldview has reduced love to a haphazard flow of hormones coupled to psychological fantasies. The spiritual truth is […]

Mind Body Medicine: Using the Mind to Improve Health

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As someone who trained and certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology over 35 years ago I began to see the connection between consciousness and biology. I was always puzzled that two patients with the same illness seeing the same physician […]

Weekly Health Tip: Manage Your Stress to Protect Your Health

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Brought to you by Deepak Chopra, MD, Alexander Tsiaras, and TheVisualMD.com The consequences of allowing stress to rule our life are not only emotional. Physical structures throughout the human body take a beating. Tiny spines on the dendrites of nerve […]

Spiritual Solutions #12: Affecting Your Whole Reality

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Affect Your Reality Being able to affect your whole reality at once is the essence of “simultaneous interdependent co-arising.” There is no limit to how far your influence can reach but to find that […]

Spiritual Solutions #10: Rhythms of the Universe, Inside and Out

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond All One With the Universe On earth, we feel the effects of the moon in the circadian rhythm, and the effects of the moon in the lunar rhythm, as it waxes and wanes. The […]

Spiritual Solutions #7: True Self, True Food

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie B. Bond True Self Light has the power to fill the void afflicted by darkness. Healing yourself comes in two stages–releasing the energy of suffering, then replacing it with the soul’s energy. It is a […]

Spiritual Solutions #6: Are You Trapped by Beliefs and Advertising?

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By Deepak Chopra and Annie Bond Are You Trapped by a Belief System? Examine your possible motives for wanting to suffer. Do you deny that there’s anything wrong? Do you think it makes you a better person not to show […]

Anxiety: How To Change Your Response

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Once you know how to cope with an anxiety attack, the next stage is to change the conditions that lead to the anxiety response. Anxiety is like a shortcut. When faced with uncertainty, the normal response is to stop, consider […]

Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety (Part 1)

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Fear is a natural reaction built into the mind-body system. It is triggered by danger, and after the danger is past, so is the fear response. But when fear spreads out into a general condition, it becomes a mysterious thing: […]

The Mystery of Illness

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Most people assume that germs and genes cause disease. The germ theory has brought us a long way, and genetic theory promises to take us even further. But there is still a mystery surrounding why certain people get sick while […]

May Is Perinatal Depression Awareness Month: Why You Need To Pay Attention

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Just last April, The Junior Leagues of California’s State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), working with Assembly Member Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), sponsored Assembly Concurrent REsolution 105 (ACR 104) to designate the month of May as “Perinatal Depression Awareness Month” in […]

Sarina Jain with Deepak Chopra

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Deepak Chopra and Dean Ornish at TEDMED

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The Mother Baby Bond

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What We Can Do To Stop Childhood Obesity

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I struggle almost every day to get my younger daughter to eat fruits and vegetables.  Since she was a baby, she has just refused to open her mouth to certain foods, and I have tempted all sorts of games, rewards, […]

5 Powerful Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

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With childhood obesity, autism and other childhood disorders on the rise, everyone from doctors to teachers and parents are seeking solutions for better health. At the most basic level, everyone can agree that kids can benefit from eating healthier.Truth is, […]

Tara Stiles Yoga Teacher & Deepak Chopra

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Vladimir Voeikov, Ph.D. Interview at Sages and Scientists Symposium

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B. M. Hedge, M.D. Interview at Sages and Scientists Symposium

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How to Be Your Own Placebo (part 2)

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In an earlier post I raised the question of the mind healing the body. We know that this is possible because of the placebo effect, in which patients obtain relief even though the doctor has given them only a sugar […]

Total Well Being

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How to Be Your Own Placebo

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Some years ago while researching cases where patients spontaneously recovered from cancer — an occurrence that remains unexplained — I hit upon a striking fact. There is no consistent thing that such patients do, no single technique drug, or alternative […]

The STARTFUND Story with Fred Matser

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Reversing Aging

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The Mythology of Science-Based Medicine

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By Deepak Chopra, Larry Dossey and Rustum Roy The current healthcare debate has brought up basic questions about how medicine should work. On one hand we have the medical establishment with its enormous cadre of M.Ds, medical schools, big pharma, […]

How to start listening to your body

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This may be hard to believe, but as a doctor I’ve seen many patients with beautiful, young, so-called perfect bodies who never listen to them. They are too worried to know what their bodies are actually saying. They are too […]

Is this about health care or spiritual care?

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By the time this post appears, the Senate will probably have agreed on some kind of health care bill. I wanted to assess the hidden side of the bill, whatever emerges. It took five months for Congress to grind its […]

Just Listen! Your Body Is Speaking to You

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If I could pick one ally in the pursuit of happiness, I would pick the body, and that means everyone’s body, not just the beautiful, young, fit ones. I know how millions of people feel about their bodies. America is […]

7 New Ways to Find Happiness

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One of the most positive ways to live is to look on every obstacle as a hidden opportunity. This holiday season poses huge challenges for those among us who have lost their jobs or feel financially insecure. Even if you […]

The Fatal Prescription Pad

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It’s well known that the most expensive medical technology in America is a doctor’s ballpoint pen. Doctors call for hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary tests and procedures every year. This has become a major thrust in healthcare reform. […]

The Prescription for Depression? “Oops, Never Mind!”

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Most of us have been depressed at one time during our lives, or know someone who is seriously depressed. When Prozac burst on the scene 20 years ago, it seemed that a major step had been achieved. More people responded […]

Your Energy is Infinite and This is Why

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Where do you get your energy? Until you know the answer, your sources of energy will be limited. Food can only supply so many calories, and quite often, if those calories come from fat or sugar, there is actually a […]

Your Energy is Infinite and This is Why

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Where do you get your energy? Until you know the answer, your sources of energy will be limited. Food can only supply so many calories, and quite often, if those calories come from fat or sugar, there is actually a […]

Reinventing the body, resurrecting the soul

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Dear Readers and Friends, In our quest to grow and evolve, we all run into obstacles. We meet resistance. Change proves stubborn and at times impossible. Anything that I can do to overcome these obstacles is a contribution I never […]

How Your Neighbor Can Make You Fat (or Thin)

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A new field of sociology is studying “social contagion,” a deeply mysterious phenomenon that could change everything we think about our behavior. We all experience how fads and trends work. Out of the blue, everybody seems to be doing something […]

The body as an energy and information field

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Why health care reform won’t reform health care

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Like most people, I was encouraged and energized by President Obama’s stirring speech to Congress last week. With rare candor, he told the truth about the three C’s of reform: costs, coverage, and character. The last C was the most […]

Do you want a healthcare system or a healing system?

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The current debate over healthcare reform has been about politics and money. There is no escaping either factor. Huge vested interests are spending millions of dollars a day to pressure Congress into minimal reform. But even if the political system […]

The Medical Myth of “More Is Better”

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A doctor who’s in the thick of the current health-care debate made a crucial point when he told me that the real issue shouldn’t be limited to medical insurance reform rather an entire medical-care reform. It’s been rightly said that […]

Deepak on Health Care Reform with CNN’s Campbell Brown

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Health Care Reform: Let’s Face the Truth pt. 1 & 2

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Health Care and Daniel in the Liars’ Den

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We were told from the start that health-care reform would be tough. On one side stands the public, with its tangled needs for medical care. What would be best for them? President Obama’s town meetings have outlined the basics: lower […]

Mainstream Medicine and the Oprah Factor

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A recent cover story in a struggling news magazine, under the title “Crazy Talk:” accuses Oprah Winfrey of spreading “dubious advice” in a wide range of health issues from menopause and hormone replacement therapy to autism, cancer, aging, and weight […]

5 Simple Alternatives to Toxic Cleaning Products (By Annie Bond)

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People tell me all the time that living in a less toxic home improves their sleep, makes their babies less fussy, and boosts their sense of well-being. Step-by-step, you too can have a healthy home. How? By updating your cleaning […]

Want to Go Solar? Cut Your Energy Use First (By Deep Patel)

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One of the most common complaints about “going solar” is that the upfront cost is just too high. The primary reason a solar power system can be a high ticket purchase for many solar power shoppers is because of the […]

How to Travel Green– Across the Neighborhood or Across the World (By Jeff McIntire-Strasburg)

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We’ve all got places to go: work, the farmers market, yoga class, that idyllic little cottage in the Greek islands. Each time we make one of these trips, we also make choices about how much pollution (greenhouse gases and others) […]

When it Comes to Beauty, it Ain’t Easy Being Green (by Angie Provost of Intent.com)

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Kermit’s words have never been truer than they are today. It ain’t easy being green, especially when it comes to your personal care regimen. With all the efforts being made to green our cars, homes and even our government, we […]

Top 10 Frugally Green Workout Tips (By Linda LaRue)

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We all agree that we need to do a better job conserving our planet’s limited resources, but where do you begin? Here are 10 simple suggestions that will help you get green into your workout routine without much effort at […]

Vegan Baking & A Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (By Mark Reinfeld)

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Perhaps in no other category of food preparation than dessert does the light of vegan cuisine shine so brightly. Visit your local health food store or pick up a vegan cookbook to discover the bounty of rich and decadent sweets […]

Celebrate Earth Day with a Vegan Sheperd’s Pie Recipe (By Mark Reinfeld)

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Here is a recipe that is typically made with animal products. This is for a hearty main course from our book Vegan Fusion World Cuisine that will satisfy omnivores and vegans alike. Shepherd’s Pie 45 min prep / 1 hour […]

Improve the Quality of Your Water (by Norma Lehmeier Hartie)

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Drinking bottled water is a huge waste of finite resources, a source of pollution and a waste of money. Yet, millions of Americans continue to buy bottled water. If you are buying bottled water because you are afraid of the […]

A Chopra in Yoga Class (by Mallika Chopra)

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Are you intimidated by doing yoga. I am! I realized today that it has been over 3 years since I took a yoga class. I blogged about my last yoga class on October 4, 2005! The original blog is below… […]

10 Steps to a Greener Diet

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  By Curtis Cook from Intent.com When did eating become so complicated? How do we sort our way through hundred mile diets and the dilemmas of omnivores? Should I feel terrible for eating California lemons in Canada? Here are some […]

Alternative Medicine is Mainstream Medicine

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Co-authored by Dean Ornish, Rustum Roy and Andrew Weil   In mid-February, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the Bravewell Collaborative are convening a "Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public." This […]

Leave the Sinking Ship: An Open Invitation to the Wall Street Journal to Get on Board for Integrative Health Reform

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Deepak Chopra, MD Andrew Weil, MD and Rustum Roy, PhD On December 26, 2008, the Wall Street Journal published “The Touch that Doesn’t Heal,” an article by Steve Salerno. Without discernible professional credentials in health reportage, the writer opened his […]

Breast Cancer: Healing the Whole Woman (By Mallika Chopra)

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. While I have met many women going through treatment, or those who are survivors, I actually had my first intimate experience with the prospect of breast cancer only a week […]

TIME Magazine Video Interview With Deepak Chopra

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