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Omega Institute The "Warm Embrace" of Addiction by Gabor Maté
Addictions always originate in unhappiness, even if hidden. They are emotional anesthetics; they numb pain.  The first question—always—is not “Why the addiction?” but “Why the pain?” The answer, ever the same, is scrawled with crude eloquence on the wall of my patient Anna’s room at the Portland Hotel in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: “Any place I went to, I wasn’t wanted. And that bites large.” More
Omega Institute Is Gluten Sensitivity Fact or Fiction?
Nick Oddo grew up in a big Italian family eating a lot of bread and pasta. He also experienced some level of depression and mood swings for most of his life. But in the late 1990s, it got worse and he felt out of control. His dad, who was a baker in Italy, took his own life at 54 and his father before him at 35. He wanted to break the cycle.  More
Omega Institute Moving Toward a Sustainable Diet
What’s Best for You and the Planet?
For some the answer is clear: Eat less meat and more vegetables. Eat organic and locally sourced whole foods whenever possible. And if you can grow your own food, even better. But questions remain. Should we be exclusively vegetarian or can we eat some pasture-raised meats? Should we buy local or organic? More
Omega Institute Energy Medicine for Cold & Flu Season
Want to prevent a cold or flu this season? In addition to healthy habits, like washing hands more frequently and eating more green vegetables, you can work with your own energy to avoid getting sick. Energy medicine directs and balances the body’s energy fields to help improve your health. It goes deeper than traditional Western medicine by addressing the subtle energies of the body at the level of your organs and cells, as well as your soul. More
Omega Institute - David Feinstein - Energy Psychology
Snake Oil or Therapeutic Power Tool?
Drawing from contemporary psychological understanding as well as ancient spiritual practices and healing traditions, Energy Psychology (EP) provides simple methods for shifting the brain’s chemistry, specifically through a variation of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Using a combination of acupressure points, along with advanced psychological methods, EFT releases traumatic memories and facilitates healing. The Evidence Accumulates for Energy Healing More
In my daily work with clients, I’ve heard hundreds of stories about grieving people finding an object that they believe is a sign from their departed loved one. These experiences are always very healing for the grieving person—a moment that helps them understand that their loved one lives on and watches over them. Found Objects More
Focusing on the Present
The number of veterans using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies to manage life after combat has increased significantly in the past decade. An increase in the availability of these therapies in general, as well support from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), has helped increase access to these treatments, giving vets a toolbox of new coping skills for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. More
Self-criticism, rumination, and thought suppression are frequently associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Bennett & Wells, 2010), as is depression (Krupnick et al., 2008). There is evidence that self-compassion is negatively associated with self-criticism, rumination, thought suppression, anxiety, and depression, and positively associated with healthy psychological functioning, including life satisfaction and social connectedness (Neff, Rude, & Kirkpatrick, 2007). A small body of literature has assessed the role of self-compassion in PTSD.... More
Since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, more than two million United States troops have been deployed. The operational tempo associated with these conflicts, in conjunction with extended and multiple deployments, exposure to nontraditional combat (for example, urban settings and use of improvised explosive devices), and shortened dwell-time between deployments, has placed unprecedented stress on service members as well as their families.1-3 More
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) represent a genuine breakthrough in healing. Just a decade ago, most research showed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be an incurable condition (Benedek, Friedman, Zatzick, & Ursano, 2009). A long-term study of veterans with PTSD found that even after a vigorous intervention, “the treatment program’s impact on the course of illness had been negligible” (Johnson, Fontana, Lubin, Corn, & Rosenheck, 2004). More

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