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12 Surprising Insights From Our Trip to a War Zone

Personal Perspective: Interviews that touched us the most on our way to Ukraine As my husband, Eric Haseltine, and I left Los Angeles last month to interview Ukrainian refugees in Germany, Poland, Czechia, and Ukraine, we had no idea that this trip would make such a...

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A Simple Superpower Can Immediately Reduce Anxiety

Personal Perspective: There are many health benefits associated with hugs.   To reduce anxiety, a lot of people self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, or prescription anti-anxiety medications, but they forget about a built-in tool everybody has, a superpower hidden...

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New Insights on Havana Syndrome

Examining medical conditions that partially overlap with a mysterious illness.   On February 10th, 2022, the UT Southwestern Medical Center's Peter J. O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute organized a day of conferences on the condition known widely as "Havana Syndrome,"...

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7 Creative Ways to Reduce Anxiety

Several techniques, all using imagination, can help us feel less anxious.When I was a child, alone in my room at night, I had a lot of anxieties. To decrease these anxieties, I learned to fantasize about having an extraterrestrial friend with me. I was the only one...

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The Brain Exercise That Got Me Out of Anxiety and Depression

A Personal Perspective: The Gestalt therapy session that helped me the most.  When I was at my lowest point with intense anxiety and depression, a Gestalt therapy brain exercise changed my life for the better. Steve, my husband of 12 years, had passed away eight...

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A Simple Lesson on Aging and Happiness Taught by a Dog

Here's a reverse aging tool I learned from my neighbors' dog.  My next-door neighbors said to me last week, “You brought our dog back to life,” which touched me deeply. You may think that because I am a physician, I applied my medical skills to their dog, but...

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10 Surprising Substances That Can Kill a Toddler

One single pill or one sip of a common liquid can be deadly for a 2-year-old.    You may think that your house is safe for a toddler, but is it? Recently, I attended a conference by Dr. Cyrus Rangan, Director of Toxicology and Environmental Assessment for...

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7 Lessons for Success Learned From a COVID Vaccine Inventor

The story of Dr. Katalin Karikó and her key ingredients for success.  Dr. Katalin Karikó, one of the inventors of the messenger RNA COVID-19 vaccine, was recently awarded (with Dr. Drew Weissman) the 2022 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Dr. Karikó’s success...

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What’s the New Phenomenon Called “COVID Vaccine Arm”?

What’s the New Phenomenon Called “COVID Vaccine Arm”?

The eighth day delayed reaction to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Reactions to the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine usually last three or four days after the first shot, but a new side effect is beginning to appear in some patients, including me, on day eight after the first...

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Surprising Benefits of Physical Exercise on Sex and Orgasms

Surprising Benefits of Physical Exercise on Sex and Orgasms

Understanding exercise-induced orgasms, “coregasms” and sexercises.   Source: Chris Gilbert, MD, PhD Most people know that physical exercise is good for general health but very few know how important physical exercise can be for sex and orgasms. Did you know that...

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4 Secret Benefits of One Minute of Exercise Per Day

4 Secret Benefits of One Minute of Exercise Per Day

One minute per day can transform you.   Do you know all the positive effects of physical exercise on your body and your mind? I bet you don’t. And even if you do know some of them, you may think that the recommended-by-the-Mayo-Clinic 30 minutes per day of...

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10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Love

10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Love

How and where can you find your person?   Finding the perfect love is important not only for a happy life but also for a healthy one, so it’s worth spending time and energy doing so. Here are 10 tips for finding the perfect love: 1. Meet a lot of available single...

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Why Common Cleaners and Disinfectants Can Be Deadly

Why Common Cleaners and Disinfectants Can Be Deadly

Lessons about household cleaners and disinfectants from two case studies.   Disinfectants should be saving lives by killing germs, yet, if they are not used the correct way, they can kill. Here are two case studies. Let’s see if you can figure out what went...

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7 Ways to Emerge From COVID-19 Stronger and Happier

7 Ways to Emerge From COVID-19 Stronger and Happier

Turn a negative situation into positive life-changing actions.   How can we turn a coronavirus quarantine into a meaningful and happy time? We don’t have a choice: The number of coronavirus/COVID-19 infected patients is growing and a lot of people are still dying...

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Can Quantum Physics Hold the Key to Happiness?

Can Quantum Physics Hold the Key to Happiness?

A quantum physics analogy to quantum emotions.   Physicists talk about quantum physics, quantum mechanics, quantum entanglement, quantum computing but what if we could, by analogy, apply the quantum physics theory to our mind and talk about quantum emotions? What...

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New Ways to Fight Against Colon Cancer

New Ways to Fight Against Colon Cancer

3 lessons to be learned from Michael’s story   New miraculous drugs against colon cancer are being discovered and tested in clinical trials as we speak. Here’s one example: Michael’s story: Just a few months ago, in June 2019, at the age of 57, Michael felt...

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