Category: Diseases

Can meditation help treat addiction?

Karstin, The Journal of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly and the International Journal of the Addictions report that meditation can decrease cigarette, alcohol, and drug abuse. An analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes hound that meditation produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use than either standard substance abuse treatments (including counseling, pharmacological…
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What is major/clinical depression?

Janice, According to a report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), nearly 18.8 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from major depression. Depression is a dangerous precursor to many diseases and conditions. Suicide, linked to depression, is the third leading cause of death in 10- to 24-year olds. A study by…
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How common is insomnia?

Kendrick, Many studies show almost two thirds of adults (62 percent) experienced insomnia in the last year. One third of adults say they get fewer than 6.5 hours of sleep each night. Eighty-five percent of insomniacs never seek medical treatment. Millions of insomniacs have turned to over-the-counter night time sleep aids, creating $100 million-a-year business.…
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How common is chronic pain?

Hillary, A survey done by USA Today/ABC News/Stanford University indicates that four in ten adults say they suffer from chronic pain. Dr. Doris K. Cope, director of the Pain Medicine Division at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, recently said, “Ancient people saw pain more accurately, pain not only as a physical condition but as…
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What is greed?

Evan, Greed is fear-driven emotion. Greed is when you believe that you never have enough. Individuals who are greedy live in a philosophy of scarcity. They believe that there is not enough money, food, or love. When you are greedy there can never be enough of anything. You can never live in trust because you…
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What is guilt?

Elliott, Guilt is feeling not worthy. Guilt is toxic, and I have worked with many individuals whose lives have been lost to guilt. Guilt is living your life looking in the rear-view mirror. This is no way to live. The past is over and done. Guilt is like a cancer that eats away at your…
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How common is high blood pressure?

Michael, Over 50 million people in the United States have hypertension, or high blood pressure. One in four adults has hypertension, which is defined as systolic blood pressure over 140 and diastolic blood pressure over 90.

How common is heart disease?

Will, Heart disease is the number one killer in America. Sadly, 250,000 people with heart attacks will die each year before they get to the hospital. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women over 40 years old, especially after menopause. More women die of heart disease than all other cancers combined. Once…
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What is arthritis?

Rose, Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases. The word “arthritis” means joint inflammation. Two of the most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type and is sometimes called degenerative joint disease because the cartilage in the body breaks down, or…
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How common are anxiety disorders?

Over 20 million Americans are afflicted by anxiety disorders, ranging from panic attacks to general anxiety and phobias. University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers believe that less than 25 percent of adults with anxiety disorders receive treatment.