Archives for body-mind connection

Matter and Mind

Discovering the cause of a problem leads us towards its solution, so with any health issue we may ask ourselves, "is this a physical problem with my body or a psychological one created by my mind?" This is especially true in the field of addiction: is it created by a physical dysfunction of hormones or deficiency in neurotransmitters, for example, or the result of the ways in which I think, my beliefs and attitudes?
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Creating Desire

In my last blog I wrote that we live with a continuous, largely automatic and unconscious, two-way communication, in that our bodies have an effect on our minds and our minds have an effect on our bodies. The ‘White Coat Effect’ is a well-known example, where concern about having blood pressure checked by a doctor actually causes a rise in blood pressure. This happens so automatically it can be tough, if not impossible, to know what is creating any particular problem we may encounter.
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Q&A: Dear Jenni

The Question: I don't know if you would have seen the Jenni Murray article about why she's getting a gastric band (basically because of years of the diet prison) but after seeing how gastric bands haven't worked for people like Anne Diamond or Vanessa Feltz, I was incensed enough to contact Women's Hour and suggest Jenni attends one of your seminars.
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Brain Tweaking

New ideas, no matter how brilliant, can take a long time to become familiar in a culture, so as to become generally accepted as 'normal'. Neuroplasticity, for example, has been around for millennia, but our awareness of it has happened, relatively speaking, in the blink of an eye.
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I Believe

I'm almost always reading books on nutrition and dieting, with one or two on the go at a time, lying around the house with pages dog-eared and scribbled on. Sometimes I tackle books that have a take on these subjects that's completely different to mine, so I can keep an open mind about things and maybe learn something new, but often these turn out to be the books that are the most challenging for me to read.
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The Elephant of Addiction

Do you know the fable about four blind men who discover an elephant? Each of them grabs hold of a different part, and proceeds to describe the animal from that perspective. The man with his arms around a leg declares that an elephant is like a tree trunk. The man who holds an ear disagrees because he's sure an elephant is a flat piece of leather, while a third holds the tail, saying an elephant is something like a length of rope.
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