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August 21, 2015

Controlling the Addictive Mind with Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

Can food be an addiction? On this episode of The Health Bridge, Pedram Shojai invites Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. to discuss the psychology behind food cravings and how the mind can have trouble controlling them. Susan opens up to Pedram about the struggles she had with her own weight and addiction to other substances besides food. Are some people susceptible to becoming addicted to things in general more than other people? Is there a way to break a cycle of addiction?

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July 18, 2015

Redefining Commercial Success: Why Big Companies Need YOU In Their Consumer Base

Big companies are evil. Support small, local businesses. A large corporation could never represent those of us who want to be the change.

Right? It’s so easy to buy into these caricatures. But wouldn’t it be great if the organizations we support hit the big time? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a company with the ethos of a or small organic farm had the clout of a CNN or a Walmart?

Yes, it’s very popular to believe that all ethics and morality disappear as soon as a company becomes massively successful. But check your skepticism for a moment, and turn the question around. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a company with the clout of a CNN or a Walmart had the ethos of a [...]

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July 4, 2015

Want to Create Your Own Indoor Garden? Here’s a Step-By-Step Guide

I’m beginning this article with a confession: I’ve never had a “green thumb.” In fact, I couldn’t keep plants alive if my life depended on it. Until, that is, I learned how to create an indoor garden. This works for me for a few reasons:

➀ I forget about my plants, so unless they are right under my nose, I won’t remember to water them. (Thank goodness I don’t have this problem with my dog!)

➁ An indoor garden doesn’t require a lot of real estate or resources to start – just an area you’re willing to devote to your garden and the natural light (or an artificial lighting system) to grow your leafy goodness.

➂ It’s very rewarding, especially if you are like me and [...]

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June 26, 2015

Your Gut Is a Microcosm of Survival of the Fittest, Here’s Why…

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “gut bacteria,” I get a little grossed out. Anything with the word “bacteria” has to be bad, right? Wrong.

Aside from their name, gut bacteria are pretty awesome.

“Why are they awesome?” you ask. They are microorganisms in our intestines that help our digestive and immune system, says Dr. David Dragoo, M.D., a health expert at Money Crashers. In fact, we can’t survive without gut bacteria, says Kristi King, senior dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Gut bacteria, a.ka. gut flora, also help make B vitamins and vitamin K. “You can think of it as another ‘organ’ in the body – it is just as important to keep healthy as the [...]

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