HSP Summer Retreat Aug 12-14 2016

I am proud to introduce my dear friend and colleague, Natalie Harvey. Skilled in psychology and a dedicated performance consultant at Dale Carnegie, she is the founder of HSP Montreal, The Highly Sensitive People MeetUp group, and an HSP events host and organizer.

If you, or anyone that you know, is highly sensitive (15-20% of the population) you should check out the HSP website here where you can learn more about being highly sensitive, take a test to know whether you are or not a highly sensitive person, and find various resources available to you.

We are organizing an amazing summer retreat for this August in Vermont, USA – the first of its kind in this part of North America!! The Misty Hilltop Resort is a real gem and there will be well-known professionals and HSP coaches as well as various workshops and activities to help you harness your sensitivity. We are very excited! Click here for more information, talk to one of us from the organizing team, and to register. There are only 25 spaces and they are filling up fast.

We hope to see you there! 😉

Mayo Clinic Minute: Less Salt Doesn’t Mean Less Flavor

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft of voluntary guidelines encouraging food manufacturers, restaurants and food service operations to reduce sodium in prepared foods. The average American adult’s salt intake is approximately 3,400 milligrams per day, which is more than the 2,300 milligrams per day recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans .

The goal of the new guidelines is to make a difference in salt intake when dining out; however, as an executive chef from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program demonstrates, there are ways to reduce salt in your kitchen. Jeff Olsen has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

Mayo Clinic Minute: The Truth About Gluten

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Celiac Disease Foundation wants to make the process of going gluten-free easier for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. Mayo Clinic experts agree that people with celiac disease should not consume gluten. But, many people who don’t have celiac disease also go gluten-free, because it makes them feel better. Dr. Joseph Murray says for that group, gluten may not be the issue.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses gluten with Dr. Murray.

Decoding Food Expiration Dates

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating across America. There are some common freshness codes stamped on items in stores, but the information can be confusing. 

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dietitian Angie Murad decodes the dates and explains that most don’t have anything to do with expiration. Jeff Olsen reports. 

Mayo Clinic Minute: Mediterranean Diet Improves Bone Health

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

Women who eat a Mediterranean diet are slightly less likely to fracture a hip, according to a new study.

Researchers examined whether diet quality affects bone health in postmenopausal women. Study results, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, show women who adhered to a Mediterranean diet were 0.29 percent less likely to fracture a hip than women who didn’t stick to the diet.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits and vegetables, and lower in red meats and dairy; however, it’s more than just a list of ingredients. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen talks to Dr. Donald Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, about the staples and subtleties that make up the Mediterranean diet.

1 in 10 Women Suffer From Postpartum Depression

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

You’ve waited nine months, and your new baby finally has arrived. But a few weeks later, instead of feeling joy and contentment, you experience anxiety, sadness, episodes of crying and guilt. You may be suffering from postpartum depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 1 out of every 10 women will have some degree of postpartum depression, which is different from and more severe than the “baby blues.”

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to family medicine specialist Dr. Summer Allen about ways to handle postpartum depression.

Flavorful Ways to Reduce Salt in Your Diet

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

Americans consume too much salt, and that increases the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency says, most of the salt in the American diet comes from processed foods and restaurant dishes, but even home-cooked meals can be too salty.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen speaks with a wellness executive chef from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program about ways to add flavor without reaching for the salt shaker.


Mayo Clinic: Watch a Colonoscopy

Source: #ScopeScope: Mayo Clinic Colonoscopy on Periscope | Mayo Clinic Connect

Mayo Clinic made history on March 1, 2016 by broadcasting a colonoscopy live on Periscope, an initiative called the #ScopeScope.

Colorectal cancer claims nearly 50,000 lives each year in the U.S. alone, and yet with appropriate screening it is among the most preventable and curable cancers. That’s why Mayo Clinic has collaborated with the national advocacy group Fight Colorectal Cancer for the last three years to encourage colorectal cancer screening.  In 2014 we hosted an awareness event at Target Field in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Twins, and last year we produced a music video featuring Mayo Clinic staff.

For the #ScopeScope, Mayo Clinic Social Media Network Director Lee Aase volunteered to have his colonoscopy broadcast on Periscope, a Twitter-owned mobile video platform. More than 3,000 viewers joined live, and nearly 1,800 watched the archive in the 24 hours it was available on Periscope. Here’s the Mayo Clinic News Network story:

For Valentine’s Day, let’s bake some anatomy!



You can watch a video here on how to make this Anatomically Correct Heart Cake.


Or you can order a box of anatomically correct chocolates here. Because who wouldn’t want to receive a chocolate uterus or colon for Valentine’s day? 🙂



And here is yet another video link for a (slightly harder to make but very detailed) Anatomically Correct Heart Cake.

HUMAN, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Source: HUMAN, a film by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

HUMAN is a collection of stories about and images of our world, offering an immersion to the core of what it means to be human. Through these stories full of love and happiness, as well as hatred and violence, HUMAN brings us face to face with the Other, making us reflect on our lives.

From stories of everyday experiences to accounts of the most unbelievable lives, these poignant encounters share a rare sincerity and underline who we are – our darker side, but also what is most noble in us, and what is universal. Our Earth is shown at its most sublime through never-before-seen aerial images accompanied by soaring music, resulting in an ode to the beauty of the world, providing a moment to draw breath and for introspection.

HUMAN is a politically engaged work which allows us to embrace the human condition and to reflect on the meaning of our existence.

You can watch the full movie here:

HUMAN vol. 1

HUMAN vol. 2

HUMAN vol. 3

What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness – TED Talk

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it’s fame and money, you’re not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you’re mistaken. As the director of a 75-year-old study on adult development, Waldinger has unprecedented access to data on true happiness and satisfaction. In this talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.

You are more beautiful than you think

In one of the most famous Dove films, Real Beauty Sketches explores the gap between how others perceive us and how we perceive ourselves. Each woman is the subject of two portraits drawn by FBI-trained forensic artist Gil Zamora: one based on her own description, and the other using a stranger’s observations. The results are surprising.

Source: Real Beauty | TED-Ed

I got 99 problems… palsy is just one – TED Talk

“I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time,” Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali.” With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

Therapy dogs have calming effect on children having cancer treatment

Source: Therapy dogs have calming effect on children having cancer treatment – Medical News Today

There are many stories of the positive effect that therapy dogs can have on children with cancer and their families. But until now, there has been little hard scientific evidence to back them up.
young girl with dog
The study suggests therapy dogs can have a calming effect on young cancer patients.

A new trial presents some of the first solid data to support anecdotal reports of the positive impact dog therapy programs can have on children with cancer and their families. Continue reading

How stress affects your body – Video

Our hard-wired stress response is designed to gives us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Sharon Horesh Bergquist gives us a look at what goes on inside our body when we are chronically stressed.

Source: How stress affects your body – Sharon Horesh Bergquist | TED-Ed

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Total Knee Replacement

Source: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Total Knee Replacement — NEJM

slus_oa1501074In patients with knee osteoarthritis who were eligible for unilateral total knee replacement, treatment with total knee replacement followed by nonsurgical treatment resulted in greater pain relief and functional improvement after 12 months than did nonsurgical treatment alone. However, total knee replacement was associated with a higher number of serious adverse events than was nonsurgical treatment, and most patients who were assigned to receive nonsurgical treatment alone did not undergo total knee replacement before the 12-month follow-up.

View the summary video here.

View the full article here.

The voices in my head – TED Talk

To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn’t know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

We can now edit our DNA. But let’s do it wisely

Geneticist Jennifer Doudna co-invented a groundbreaking new technology for editing genes, called CRISPR-Cas9. The tool allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA strands, which could lead to treatments for genetic diseases … but could also be used to create so-called “designer babies.” Doudna reviews how CRISPR-Cas9 works — and asks the scientific community to pause and discuss the ethics of this new tool.

Why do women have periods?

A handful of species on Earth share a seemingly mysterious trait: a menstrual cycle. We’re one of the select few mammals on Earth that menstruate, and we also do it more than any other animal, even though it’s a waste of nutrients, and can be a physical inconvenience. So where’s the sense in this uncommon biological process? TED-Ed describes the history and evolution of menstruation.

Source: Why do women have periods? | TED-Ed

How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are – TED Talk

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.

How I help transgender teens become who they want to be – TED Talk

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren’t comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need.

How to Spiralize Vegetable Noodles (Without a Spiralizer)

Source: How to Spiralize Vegetable Noodles (Without a Spiralizer) | POPSUGAR Food

While everyone loves a good pasta, filling up on a ton of carbs isn’t what we’re always going for. Thankfully, there are a lot of healthy and tasty alternatives in the form of vegetables, and we’re here to show you how you can eat pasta without any guilt. And while the spiralizer is a great invention, it’s something most people don’t own, so we’re going to show a few different ways to achieve the same noodle with various kitchen appliances.

Watch the different ways that you can make voodles (vegetable noodles) here

How to lose weight… without dieting

She’s a doctor, and she’s telling you how to lose weight without dieting. I, as a doctor myself, agree with everything that she says… except the fact of cutting out dairy all together!

Dairy is SO important in a healthy diet! Don’t forget the rule of the healthiest diet that research has found (over and over again) which is the 5×3 rule (the secret they tell you in medical school, but not known generally): eat 5 fruits/vegetables and 3 dairy products a day. The fruits/vegetables need to be raw or cooked by you, NOT in a juice or puree or canned food! And potatoes/fries are NOT a vegetable here! And the dairy needs to be at least partially fat – not fat-free or skimmed, because your body needs a bit of fat to absorb some vitamins – vitamins A, D, E, and K – which are vital for you health. You would literally die without those vitamins!

You cannot diet without eating healthy, otherwise it’s a habit that either won’t stick, will lead to a yo-yo diet, or that is bad for your health. That’s why the 5×3 rule makes sense.

Here’s the video: