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Imaging Scans Do Not Always Detect A Reason For Pain

Imaging Scans Do Not Always Detect A Reason For Pain

Cheryl Weinstein’s left knee bothered her for years, but when it started clicking and hurting when she straightened it, she told her internist that something was definitely wrong. It was the start of her medical odyssey, a journey that led her to specialists,physical...
Nocebo – The Contagious Thought that Can Kill You

Nocebo – The Contagious Thought that Can Kill You

(Getty Images) To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences. Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern...
Touch as Nutrition

Touch as Nutrition

Touch could properly be regarded as a form of nutrition. We mistakenly think that touch occurs on the periphery of our self, a skin thing. But truthfully each surface stimulus travels far into the most hidden interior landscapes of our self, traversing long nerve...
Can Gratitude Make You Feel Better?

Can Gratitude Make You Feel Better?

Being grateful can help you: – Increase optimism and reduces negativity – Relieve stress. Since stress can make pain worse, anything that relieves stress can also relieve some of the negative health effects that stress causes. – Boost your immune system. Gratitude can...
Living With Pain: Chronic Pain Acceptance

Living With Pain: Chronic Pain Acceptance

You may have heard the term “chronic pain acceptance”.  At first, it may sound a little sad – as though you are being asked to simply give up. But that is not what is meant by the term. It has more to do with moving on from the struggle, the fight, and frustration of...
Why Some Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

Why Some Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

The idea that we can achieve happiness by maximizing pleasure and minimizing pain is both intuitive and popular. The truth is, however, very different. Pleasure alone cannot not make us happy. Take Christina Onassis, the daughter of shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis....

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