Could Intermittent Fasting Improve Your Mood?

In the past decade, intermittent fasting has become very popular. Many of us have heard about the purported health benefits from adopting these practices, including benefits to fat loss, muscle gain, insulin sensitivity, and cellular repair. Recently I’ve come across several studies that show the method might be as good for the mind as it…

3 Reasons Social Media Might Be Hurting You or Your Children

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences are not finding out good things about social media use among young adults. It’s making them depressed.  The researchers sampled 1,787 U.S. adults between the ages of 19 and 32 and found significant and linear associations between social media use and depression. Those who…

How Having a Broken Heart or Being Angry Can Kill You

Working in hospitals, it is common to see that when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse goes downhill rapidly and often dies shortly after. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but anyone who has worked in a hospital for a while can tell you that it’s not uncommon. This doesn’t always occur with spouses,…

Psychoneuroimmun…what?

My definition of psychoneuroimmunology is “how stress and sadness make you sick.” Technically, the formal definition is, “a branch of medicine that deals with the influence of emotional states (as stress) and nervous system activities on immune function in relation to the onset and progression of disease.” We now know that the immune system communicates…