Happiness is Wellness

In many articles about wellness and health, emotions are sometimes overlooked. They play a huge role in being able to live a healthy lifestyle. It is said that having friends actually changes your DNA and makes you a happier person. Smiling and laughing burn calories and improve the immune system. Emotional health is very correlated to overall wellness. It is a misnomer in a sense that the mind, body and soul are called three different things as they all are actually one thing, you. All deserve equal care and attention in order to achieve wellness. 

The feeling of happiness – whether you equate it with optimism, joy, well-being, personal achievement or all of the above – goes hand-in-hand with healthier habits. People who are in good spirits tend to eat better, exercise more frequently and get better sleep than those who are not. This could be, in part, because leading a healthy lifestyle helps you achieve your goals, leading to happiness.

It could also be that such habits lead to better health, which in turn lends itself to a better mood and happiness. Beyond these rather common-sense associations, however, is intriguing research that suggests there’s something more about happiness that makes you healthy.

Beyond its tendency to occur alongside better eating, exercise, and other healthy habits, it appears a positive mental state may have a much more direct effect on your body.

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Mapping the Human Brain, No Easy Task but We Are on Our Way

Everyone could benefit in an incredibly profound way if we were able to understand down to the last neuron exactly how the human brain functions, interprets information and what exactly leads to perception. As soon as we understand crucial aspects of human thought like perception, memories, dreams, stream of consciousness, just imagine what we could do with this information for health, technology, entertainment and general understanding of one another. Some ethical issues are bound to arise but this would be an revolutionary feat.

Officially dubbed the Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative (yeah, we prefer the “BRAIN” acronym too), the program launched last year to speed up the development of innovative tech and help guys and gals in white lab coats to create a new, dynamic picture of the mind. It was backed by $126 million from a few government agencies but is expected to receive $5 billion over its decadelong life span.

At Columbia, Rafael Yuste’s laboratory is one of 150 around the U.S. that’s working on projects under the initiative. His team is building 3-D holographic microscopes that may one day be able to map all the neurons in the human brain. Yuste – a Spanish doctor, neuroscientist and professor – is an important piece of figuring out the brain puzzle. After all, he first proposed the interdisciplinary initiative to the White House as a way to finally solve the problems of cognition and mental illness by “breaking the code” – figuring out the relationship between brain activity and thought. “If we could understand how this ‘computer’ works, we could fix it when it’s broken,” says Yuste.

Think Natural Remedies Won't be Covered under Insurance?

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has received a lot of heat in the news from both sides and the true effects of this measure still remain to be seen. Traditional insurance has been to blame for marginalizing many readily available naturopathic and holistic remedies for illness because it is not covered in these policies. This however may be changing as the Affordable Care Act is said to put Naturopathic practices on a more even keel with conventional practitioners. 

After years of wrangling, dozens of lawsuits and a Supreme Court decision, the re-election of President Obama sealed the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: the law would stand.

When the bulk of the law takes effect in 2014, some 30 million uninsured Americans will receive health coverage; insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to those already sick; and new measures will try to stop the skyrocketing cost of health care.Supporters hail the law as the greatest expansion of the social compact since the Medicare/Medicaid expansion of the 1960s.

But for naturopathic doctors (NDs) seeking to expand access to their medicine, the survival of health care reform marks not the completion of their work, but the beginning.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1FaCec6

Think Natural Remedies Won’t be Covered under Insurance?

President Obama’s Affordable Care Act has received a lot of heat in the news from both sides and the true effects of this measure still remain to be seen. Traditional insurance has been to blame for marginalizing many readily available naturopathic and holistic remedies for illness because it is not covered in these policies. This however may be changing as the Affordable Care Act is said to put Naturopathic practices on a more even keel with conventional practitioners. 

After years of wrangling, dozens of lawsuits and a Supreme Court decision, the re-election of President Obama sealed the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: the law would stand.

When the bulk of the law takes effect in 2014, some 30 million uninsured Americans will receive health coverage; insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to those already sick; and new measures will try to stop the skyrocketing cost of health care.Supporters hail the law as the greatest expansion of the social compact since the Medicare/Medicaid expansion of the 1960s.

But for naturopathic doctors (NDs) seeking to expand access to their medicine, the survival of health care reform marks not the completion of their work, but the beginning.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/1FaCec6