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When Our Loved Ones Suffer

When a loved one experiences something hurtful and is suffering, I think the instinct for most of us is to identify silver linings and do what we can to fix things.

As a parent to 13 and 11-year old boys, I've come to feel that while there is value in trying to be helpful when they are feeling down, what I'd most like to do beyond offering empathy and a comforting presence is to have them feel the belief that I have in them to eventually find a way to a better place, to transcend their suffering through their own thoughts and efforts. Read more about When Our Loved Ones Suffer

 

Cui Lina: An Inspiration To Many

Many thanks to Asian Boss for sharing Cui Lina's inspiring journey with the world. Read more about Cui Lina: An Inspiration To Many

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

Updated on June 5, 2019, originally posted in June of 2015

If you have a chronic musculoskeletal injury that isn't responding to appropriate rest, stretching, and other rehab measures, you might consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of blood from your arm, using a centrifuge to collect the platelets in your blood, and then injecting concentrated platelets into injured tissue(s).

The idea is that natural growth factors that are secreted by your platelets can promote healing that would otherwise be difficult because of inadequate blood flow and healing capacity. Read more about Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

 

That Magic Finger

Originally posted in May of 2015

From the time our older son was a toddler, he has shown a disposition for sport. Though quite shy by nature, when it comes time to run and hit fuzzy balls, his eyes sparkle and he exudes the kind of joy that I imagine all parents wish upon their children.

As he has grown to love competing on the tennis court, as a family, we have struggled to figure out how to deal with those who blatantly cheat. It's the dirty little secret of the junior tennis world, only it isn't a secret at all. In this gladiatorial sport that often involves the one-on-one intensity of boxing, there are some families who simply don't mind their children cheating others for a win. Our son is now 9 years old and we have been witness to ruthless repeated cheating by kids who clearly know better, all while their parents stand by with their steely gazes, clearly not bothered that their children are robbing others of their hard work. Read more about That Magic Finger

 

Healthy Berries and Cream

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Updated on June 3, 2019

I have this cousin who has long had a serious weakness for creamy desserts. Specifically, creamy vanilla icing commonly found on top of cupcakes. About a year ago, she decided to eschew dairy to see if avoiding casein and whey would help her overcome chronic eczema. She went all out, and within a month, her rashes melted away - it was one of those cases where the improvement was so rapid that the doer swore off pasteurized and homogenized dairy for life. Read more about Healthy Berries and Cream

 

Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

It’s how we behave during times of conflict that ultimately determines the quality of our relationships.

To like, love, and even to adore are effortless when all is good.

But how well do we listen with deep intent to understand when there is disagreement?

How capable are we of considering our shortcomings and how we might have contributed to any conflict at hand?

If we can’t offer heartfelt empathy, and we refuse to take responsibility for our contributions to hurt feelings, the fracture only grows wider. Read more about Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

 

Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

Updated on May 29, 2019

I was introduced to the practice of taking cold showers for multiple health benefits by a good friend in graduate school more than 20 years ago. I still remember the shock of giving it a go for the first time in the middle of a harsh winter in a suburb of Chicago. My body immediately began hyperventilating as I summoned all of my resolve to take on that icy cold water from Lake Michigan. Beyond the initial moment of impact, what I remember most was a deep sense of satisfaction afterward for getting through the experience. Read more about Why I Take A Cold Shower Every Morning

 

When We Have Trouble Forgiving

Originally Posted in October of 2018

Dear Reader,

If you've been receiving my newsletter for a long while, you likely know that I've had some profound ups and downs with my parents over the years, mostly with my dad.

In recent months, I was in a bit of a dark place with deep wounds bubbling up to the surface. I tried a number of things to bring peace to my heart but it feels as though some wounds are like fault lines that lie dormant for long stretches, only to suddenly come to life with unstoppable waves of destructive force. Read more about When We Have Trouble Forgiving

 

Better Than Chocolate | Medjool Vs. Deglet Nour Dates

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From Our Mailbag:

Hey Dr. Ben!

I've been loving pecans and dates together since your post. For years I've had some chocolate in the evening with my tea, and with the pecans and dates combo I haven't had any cravings for chocolate! Read more about Better Than Chocolate | Medjool Vs. Deglet Nour Dates

 

How to Improve Your Posture and Counter Effects of Slouching

This is another mobility exercise that you can do daily to improve your posture and reverse negative effects of slouching.

Taking your arms through slow half circles along your sides while you are lying back on an exercise ball is helpful for improving extension through your spine and flexion through your shoulders. Read more about How to Improve Your Posture and Counter Effects of Slouching

 

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