“Without music, life would be a mistake”, said Nietzsche, and he wasn’t entirely wrong because we have a natural instinct that leads us to follow the rhythm of the music. In fact, most children move and clap their hands when they hear a song they like. It is a spontaneous response related to our need to communicate and express our emotions through the movement and the body.
There is no doubt that music is a universal language and everyone, except the people who suffer from amusia, is able to appreciate and enjoy it. In fact, it was discovered that people of different cultures react emotionally in the same way when listening to different types of music. So, it is no coincidence that anthropological studies indicate that groups who were more likely to survive were those who had developed a particular dance and were able to share their feelings dancing.
Of course, music and dance not only serve as social glue, but are also very useful for our physical and mental health. Recent studies revealed that one of the keys to happiness and satisfaction is right on the dance floor.
I really like this article because it highlights how to find a therapist that is the best fit for you. I could not agree more with the suggestions. Finding a therapist is very personal and important and just because someone you know may like a therapist, doesn't mean it is a good fit for you.
SOURCE ARTICLE> Article Written by Tracey Cleantis, LMFT February 16, 2011 Psychology Today
Article Written by Carey Goldberg September 16, 2016 WBUR.org
Could Your Gut Microbes Be Affecting How You Feel?
I’d just gotten used to the idea that I’m a walking mountain of microbes. The sizzling field of research into the microbiome — our full complement of bugs — is casting new light on our role as homes to the trillions of bacteria that inhabit each of us. At least most of them are friendly, I figured.
But now comes the next microbial shift in my self-image, courtesy of the new book “The Mind-Gut Connection.” My trillions of gut microbes, it seems, are in constant communication with my brain, and there’s mounting evidence that they may affect how I feel — not just physically but emotionally.
Article Written by Marshall Chang January 20, 2019 UniMedLiving.com
A lesson on the true cause of heart disease
What if I told you that science has figured out a way to eliminate your risk of heart disease if you are under the age of 55, and halve your risk of heart disease if you are over the age of 65, without reducing the amount of fat you eat or alcohol you drink?
Sign me up, right?!
Well, a small town of Italian immigrants in Roseto, Pennsylvania, inadvertently figured out how to do this and the results have been scientifically confirmed and validated.
Many women suffer from digestive problems at midlife, often along with weight gain. In fact, GI tract problems such as bloating, gastric reflux, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers are the second most common reason why people seek medical attention in this country. It’s no wonder, when you consider the standard American diet. Most people living with these problems know that there are endless medications on the market that are claimed to fix these problems so that you can continue to eat the foods you like, and which may cause your GI problems. But it is important to know that this conventional approach just masks the symptoms. GI tract problems are not caused by an antacid deficiency, so taking the popular medications, whether they are over-the-counter or prescription, really won’t help in the long run. In fact, it is well documented that dumping these symptom-masking medications into your GI tract can, in fact, lead to other health risks.
The Adverse Childhood Study found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5,000 percent more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders, or become IV drug users. Dr. Vincent Felitti, the study's founder, details this remarkable and powerful connection.
This article summarizes the core of healing--accessing the emotional, not just the physical. It discusses a patient with Lyme's disease who was sick 40 years and began to heal once they started to address emotional roots to illness. They stopped the cycle of illness. With references to some of my favorites, Alice Miller's books, "The Drama of the Gifted Child" and "The Body Never Lies," this article challenges us to overcome our resistance and biases towards emotional healing. The ACE's study offered scientific evidence that adverse childhood experiences (trauma) can make us sick. Stress, including emotional issues, take a toll on the body---this build up can contribute to illness.