June 2012, Volume 2, Issue 6

Happy June, everyone!  

My favorite article this month comes from AlterNet, and offers a really paradigm-shifting overview of why more isn’t better when it comes to work. The most game-changing (and life-changing!) advice: Work less and become MORE productive! Let’s all help each other to prioritize life balance. Another key point from the study – showing up to work sleep deprived – even by one hour! – is equivalent to showing up drunk. Just don’t do it! Passion is not equal to having no life outside work. 

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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July 2012, Volume 2, Issue 7

Happy July, everyone!

My favorite article this month is the nice, nuanced overview of the rise of integrative medicine by David H. Freedman of the Atlantic. It is especially important to note the comments about the huge role stress plays in disease, and the role mind-body medicine could play in creating better, evidence-based care. Also note the comment at the end from one of the biggest alternative medicine critics, in regards to hypnosis: “But I believe it works.”

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Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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May 2012, Volume 2, Issue 5

Happy May, everyone!  

My favorite article this month is one exploring the research on how to make ourselves smarter – and ward off dementia.  One way to do that is to learn something new.  Not just dancing, which was highlighted in the article, but anything new.  Don’t worry about the probability that you’ll never use it in the future.  Take a class to challenge your mind – and have some fun, too!  This article made me really grateful for my own dance practice.

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Wishing you a wonderful month!
Chanel Helgason, MD

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April 2012, Volume 2, Issue 4

Happy April, everyone!  

My favorite article this month is this nice summary of the nutrition recommendations from Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food.”  I highly recommend it.  It is easily one of the best books on nutrition I’ve read.  It takes a complex & controversial subject – how & what to eat – and pulls from it some wonderful common-sense wisdom, which is often sorely lacking in our discussions around food.

You can find the book here:  http://michaelpollan.com/books/in-defense-of-food/.   It’s a quick read, insightful, quite funny in spots, and very worth the time.

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Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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March 2012, Volume 2, Issue 3

Happy March, everyone!  

My favorite link this month is a great article on the art of mindful eating and how to start your own practice.  Mindless eating is, unfortunately, all-too common in our fast-paced culture, and can lead to poor food choices.  I have tried the mindful eating “raisin” exercise, mentioned in the article, in a mind-body skills group once, but using Doritos instead of raisins.  I was shocked at how truly disgusting – chemical, fake, overpowering – the flavors were…flavors I thought I enjoyed when I consumed them at a much faster pace.  Perhaps we would all eat less processed food if we REALLY tasted it? 

I also highly recommend the book referenced in the article – “Mindless Eating” (http://mindlesseating.org/) by Dr. Brian Wansink.  It reviews the various unconscious triggers that lead us to eat more than we need – and how we can manage them to make better choices, automatically. 

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Wishing you a wonderful month!

Chanel Helgason, MD

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February 2012, Volume 2, Issue 2

Happy February, everyone!  

My favorite link this month is Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar’s discussion of “time affluence” and how much this impacts our well-being – even more than material affluence.  The sense of “time poverty” eats away at our life satisfaction and our ability to enjoy the everyday things in life, like our work, close relationships, or time spent with children.  Creating more space in our lives, by taking a day of rest, or reducing our commitments, creates more happiness for us – and those around us!

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Wishing you a wonderful month!
Chanel

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January 2012, Volume 2, Issue 1

Happy New Year, everyone!  

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My favorite link this month is the article summarizing Ekman’s research on compassion fatigue in caregivers.  Burnout is all too common in health care, and poses real risks to patients.  What I liked best about this article was its focus on solutions – the use of empathy training to counteract compassion fatigue.  As someone who is passionate about Nonviolent Communication, which is one effective approach to learning empathy, I found the positive results of this study very hopeful.

As an aside, I highly recommend this book for those interested in learning more about NVC: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life, by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg.

As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergenius.biz.  

Have a great 2012!

Chanel

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December 2011, Volume 1, Issue 2

DECEMBER 2011, Volume 1, Issue 2

Happy December, everyone!  Here’s this month’s collection of interesting, intriguing, and fun links.  Please feel free to send me anything interesting you would like me to include, and  to share this with friends and colleagues.  Please send suggestions, comments, links, or subscription requests to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.

My favorite link this month is to Dr. Goldacre’s TED Talk.  As someone who tries to bridge the gap between conventional Western medicine and Complementary-Alternative Therapies, combining the best of both worlds when I can, I found his talk both entertaining and sobering.  The reality check of realizing that capital-S Science can be abused to further the ends of any cause – whether it’s alternative medical quackery, or it’s the promotion of dangerous or useless drugs – the end result is the same – people are not getting the best care, and are suffering unnecessarily.  Fortunately, the solution is within our power – choosing to use our critical thinking!

Have a great month!

Chanel

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November 2011, Volume 1, Issue 1

NOVEMBER 2011, Issue 1, Volume 1

Happy November, everyone!  Thank you so much for your patience as I transitioned this newsletter to the new format.  I hope you enjoy it!  We should be back on schedule to send one of these out every month.  Please feel free to send me anything interesting you would like me to include, and please feel free to share this with friends and colleagues.  Please feel free to send suggestions, comments, links, or requests to subscribe to: chelgason@synergenius.biz.  Have a great month!

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