January 2015, Volume 5, Issue 1

Happy New Year, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead article is a great piece that both dispels the myths about behavior change and offers science-based tips for making lifestyle improvements.  Bottom line:  Self-care is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
– Omar Khayyam

THIS MONTH’S LINKS

Link of the Month:
http://www.sparringmind.com/good-habits/

Some of the real research findings on behavior change
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejsp.674/abstract 

Significant limitations for at-home cognitive training.  An interesting finding – your brain needs rest, too!  Training too often may be worse than not training.
http://www.psychcongress.com/article/brain-training-efficacy-questioned-20191

Some good tips on buying supplements.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/things-buying-supplement/story?id=26816973

Interesting piece on the effect of appearance on doctor-patient rapport.
http://news.doximity.com/entries/1552767

Disappointing results for B vitamins for cognition.
http://www.psychcongress.com/article/does-vitamin-b-use-effect-cognitive-performance-20056

Mindfully exploring how you embrace technology in your family.
http://theunboundedspirit.com/why-steve-jobs-didnt-let-his-kids-use-ipads/

Even more evidence of inflammation as an underlying cause of depression.
http://www.psychcongress.com/article/elevated-interleukin-6-childhood-linked-later-depression-psychotic-experiences-18606

A sad commentary on our still-broken health care system, and its impact on the mentally ill and their families.
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mental-illness-health-care-insurance-60-minutes/

A very interesting opinion piece on the medical board certification industry.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/opinion/board-certification-has-gone-too-far.html

 

A BIT OF HUMOR
A bit of fun silliness on spiritual “progress”…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOnObX-zORc

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