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Bernie Siegel MD's picture

Information, Inspiration And Expiration – Part Two


(Here is the link to Part One of this article.)

I do, however, point out the benefits of love to the individual and those with whom they are in contact. When people are unwilling to do this, I let their families know that they need to take care of themselves, too. Why? Because there is something called Siegel’s sign in physical diagnosis. When a family walks into your office and everyone looks sick except one person, you can be sure the one who looks well is the one with the illness and is using it to manipulate everyone else in the family. I always guarantee them a cure on their next visit. They never come back to that office again and always arrange future meetings in the ER or other safe places where a cure is not available.

Irene Carr's picture

What Supplements Should I Take?

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What supplements should I take?

I get asked that question all the time.  I even got asked that question several times during a workshop I gave that was titled “Ayurveda:  Food is Medicine.”  Based on the title of the workshop, you probably have guessed my answer, at least in part.

Anna Garrett's picture

Make Friends With Your Girls: It May Save Your Life

Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life

4 years ago, I walked 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in Atlanta with my dad (not pictured), my daughters, Caroline and Stephanie, and our friend Shannon, in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer in January of 2011 and in honor of my sister who was diagnosed when she was 40.

Alicia Lawrence's picture

10 New Ways To Use Essential Oils

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The words “essential oils” probably conjure images of utter relaxation. Whether they’re slathered on someone’s back during a massage or used to stretch deeper during yoga class, essential oils certainly have power in aiding us as we seek serenity. It may come as a surprise to learn that they do more than waft these calming scents. In fact, essential oils have myriad uses that can be incorporated into your daily life. The following list covers only 10 of the potential ways that you can mix up your usage of essential oils, although there are hundreds out there. Experiment, take a deep breath and enjoy.

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Radiation Therapy Is OVER!

Radiation Therapy is over.


Radiation therapy is complete! Although there will be periodic checkups in the months and years ahead, I feel a great sense of completion. Yahoo!

Eric Nelson's picture

The Downside To Profanity

Most folks would probably say that using the occasional swear word has absolutely no bearing on their health. But ask these same people if they think that a regular injection of anger, cynicism or hopelessness is a good idea and you’d likely get a very different answer. And yet, once you realize that these are the very qualities of thought that often provoke such spirited outbursts, it becomes clear that there’s little, if any, difference.

Bernie Siegel MD's picture

Information, Inspiration And Expiration – Part One

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Beginning in 2015, The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), a test that is required of all applicants to medical school in the U.S. and Canada, includes a section on social and behavioral sciences and it is recommended that students take a course in psychology and sociology/anthropology to prepare for the MCAT. This is great news, as far as it goes. Since 1978, I have been talking and writing about the need to include a much broader base of human communication education to augment the science requirements. Most medical school applications have a section for the applicant to express their motivation and commitment to a medical career, but success in the science courses remains the true emphasis during the selection process.

Anna Garrett's picture

How Moving Your Butt Can Add Years To Your Life

How Moving Your Butt Can Add Years to Your Life

Have you heard the news? Sitting is the new smoking.

Andrea Amador's picture

How Emotional Eating Comes To Your Rescue: Self-Compassion As The Antidote To Bust Down Your Binges


The multi-billion dollar diet industry has most people hoodwinked into believing that the way to lose weight and get healthier is by taking a bootstrap approach and whipping themselves back into shape with a diet. But in all of the 34 years when I was a dieter, the most valuable lesson I learned is that diets just don't work for the majority of people. Why? Because food is not the issue. It doesn't matter if you set an intention to eat a huge naked salad, a pound of steamed broccoli and a 3 oz chicken breast for dinner. You can be sure that when life knocks you down, your good intentions are going to go straight to hell and you may just end up in a heap on the kitchen floor shoveling ice cream into your mouth, trying to stop the tears.The foods you eat are not what you should be trying to manage. It's those hell and back moments that are probably keeping you overeating.

Eric Nelson's picture

Happiness And Its Many Health Benefits Are Not Exclusive

“Recently, a critical mass of research has provided what might be the most basic and irrefutable argument in favor of happiness,” declares Kira Newman in her article on Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center website. “Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. Indeed, scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer.”

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