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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
Breath is life. The very first and last thing we do in life is take a breath. More and more medical and scientific articles and research reports are suggesting that the origin of most illnesses, both physical and psychological, is a lack of oxygenation in our bodies. More
Omega Institute Skip the Toxins and Make Healthy Snacks for the Kids
Research has found that children exposed to the chemicals in food packaging are more likely to be obese or develop insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. One study in the journal PLOS ONE, found a link between obesity and Bisphenol-A (BPA), used in everything from metal cans to plastic bottles, while another study, published in the September issue of Pediatr More
To begin this simple but relaxing meditation, select a quiet time and place. You can be seated on a cushion or chair. Take a upright yet relaxed posture, as though with the quiet dignity of a king or queen. More
Each full breath we take has a beneficial impact. If we take that full breath consciously, with awareness, the benefits are exponentially increased. We can develop a practice of breathing this way. We can even cultivate skill in the way we allow our breath to be modulated by our experiences, and the ways that we encourage a full deep breath in every moment—in the presence of all of the vicissitudes of a human life. More
As David Wolfe explains, anyone can strengthen the immune system and start leading a healthier life. The secret is to concentrate on putting good things into your diet, rather than focus on eliminating the bad stuff. Your immune system is vast and complex. It is designed to detoxify your body as well as protect your body from illness and foreign invaders. More

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