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Fun with Ansomnia

Do you wake up in the middle of the night, frustrated and anxious that insomnia is robbing you of your health and sanity? Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself is to accept it as your normal sleep cycle, and relax and enjoy it, because, as it turns out, that actually may be the case. There’s historical and scientific evidence which suggests that humans aren’t meant to stay up 16 hour, and then go to sleep for 8… Read More »

Why Immune System Vessels Rock My World

Up until now, believing that your mind had a direct impact on your immune system was considered rather woo-woo in some circles. But now, scientists have found a mechanism they can actually see and touch and make predictions about. And that opens doors to a lot more research–and a whole new shift in seeing things. There are two things I love about this new study: Researchers Find Textbook-Altering Link Between Brain, Immune System.  The first is the findings themselves: Scientists “…have determined that the brain… Read More »

A Sense of Purpose Is Good for the Heart—Literally.

Having a strong sense of purpose in your life reduces the risk of heart disease by 19 percent. The research, which was presented at the American Heart Association’s EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions earlier this year, was a review of 10 prior studies and included data from over 137,000 people. In the new analysis, purpose in life was defined as a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living. Dr. Randy Cohen, the study’s lead author,… Read More »

On Happiness, Regrets and Caitlyn Jenner


This quote struck me in the new Vanity Fair interview with Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce Jenner): “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.” I found this especially interesting because I recently read about Bronnie Ware’s the Top Five Regrets of the the Dying.… Read More »

Sonoma County One of the Healthiest

Sonoma County continues to be one of the healthiest counties in California, based on a new report released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is the second year of the County Health Rankings, the most comprehensive report of its kind to rank the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states by using standard measures to determine how healthy people are and how long they live, according to a recent news… Read More »