There's a reoccurring question I've been hearing a lot lately: "Is
stress unhealthy?" Or "Does stress make you sick?" I'd like to go on
the record to say that the jury is NOT still out on this question. Numerous studies in recent years have demonstrated the link between stress and sickness.
Every couple of weeks, I get a call from a friend, neighbor,
family member, colleague or friend of a friend, asking me to help them navigate
the healthcare system.
Often, the questions follow a serious diagnosis.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Institute of Noetic Sciences Invitational Conference
at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur,
California, where the
conversation centered on humanizing healthcare.
It used to be that yoga, as well as other mind-body practices, were believed to be esoteric "flower power" exercises practiced in relative obscurity by people on the fringe of society and American culture. Cut to the 21st century where hospitals, community centers and wellness facilities around the country are teaching both yoga and meditation.
Why aren't we hearing more about nurse practitioners and nurse mid-wives as part of the solution in the health reform debate? In studies, it has been found that nurse practitioners can effectively manage 80% of primary care.
A recent article in Time magazine describes a new form of therapy - ecotherapy! A growing number of psychologists believe that many of the current problems facing people today - depression, anxiety, and stress - are due, in part, to our alienation from nature.
I had the opportunity this week to spend time with National Health Service colleagues in Manchester, England where I gave a keynote address at a conference called Self Care Aware and found their commitment to self care to be nothing short of stunning.
In a recent interview on
Peter Orszag, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, noted
that that as much as $700 billion a year in healthcare costs do not improve