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Brain Plasticity
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April 25, 2010 07:02 PM PDT
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Brain plasticity has been in the news the past few years. Years ago we thought the brain was hardwired and incurable. Now, we know that the brain can be malleable and new brain cells can be created. Books like, “The Brain that Changes Itself”, by Dr. Norman Doidge and “Save Your Brain:The 5 Things You Must Do to Keep Your Mind Young and Sharp” , by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, have presented evidence to show how the brain can change after damage and how to enhance thinking skills. There are also websites that have information or mind games that are purported to help increase or maintain cognitive functioning. Although I do not endorse any of these sites, or can prove without a shadow of a doubt that these mental games will help, they are interesting. For a good resource site go to www.sharpbrains.com. For computer internet brain training programs check out: www.lumosity.com, www.cognifit.com, and www.positscience.com

Health Insurers Have Banner Year- Did You Make More Money In 2009?
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February 21, 2010 01:53 PM PST
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Did you make more money in 2009 than in any other year of your life? I doubt it! In these financial times, most American’s would have to say, "No." Most companies had problems in 2009, and some large corporations and banks even had to be bailed out by the government. Well, in today’s podcast I present information from an article that came across my computer that shows how 4 out of the 5 major health insurance companies made more money in 2009 than the year before. The one company that did not make more money still profited quite nicely. It seems clear to me that these companies are not out to protect the public’s needs. They sell themselves as being there to help the public, but, in reality they are like any other company that is oriented toward making a profit for their stock holders and CEO’s. Regardless of your position on the question of universal health insurance in America, this information should make you question if health insurance companies need to be better regulated and whether these companies need to be investigated for their practices. Listen and you decide.

The Funny Guy Can Get The Girl!
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February 10, 2010 05:30 PM PST
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Today's podcast is a review of two studies that suggest women may be more likely to have a long-term relationship with guys who they find funny. It appears women rate funny guys as more intelligent than guys who are not so funny. And being funny may be seen as an attribute that makes the male a better catch.

"Building a Love That Lasts"- the new book from Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz
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January 12, 2010 03:26 PM PST
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Today I am happy to have Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz return as guests to THE SHRINK IS IN. If you have been a long time listener to my podcast you may recall that I spoke to the Schmitz’ last year about their book, “Golden Anniversaries”. The Schmitz' are America’s #1 Love and Marriage Experts and multiple award-winning authors, they have helped audiences around the world answer questions about love, marriage, and relationships. Their distinguished careers include over 65 awards, 350 books, articles and manuscripts, 1000 speeches, and frequent media appearances. With 26 years of research on relationships and successful marriage on six continents of the world and their own 43–year marriage, the Doctors know what makes relationships work. Today we are going to talk about their new book, “Building a Love That Lasts”, which provides more surprising insights on creating successful relationships. The new book reveals how to sustain a long-term loving marriage. In addition to exploring the seven key ingredients that define a successful marriage–togetherness, truthfulness, respect and kindness, staying fit, joint finances, tactile communication, and surprise and unpredictability–the authors have included hundreds of insightful and practical interviews with happy couples. Elizabeth and Charles also have a new website www.simplethingsmatter.com and a blog called “building Great Marriages” for www. psychologytoday.com.

How Exercise Does Reduce Stress
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December 20, 2009 11:56 AM PST
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We now have data with rats that shows how exercise creates new, calmer brain cells. I talk about the research and the implications for humans.

Seasonal Affective Disorder Revisited
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November 27, 2009 03:30 PM PST
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Today’s show is a follow up to a previous show on Seasonal Affective Disorder-SAD. Today, I review what to look out for when purchasing light boxes and two other treatments found to have some positive effects for patients with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Horoscopes, Tarot Card Readers and Fortune Tellers- Why We Believe them!
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November 06, 2009 03:44 PM PST
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Today, I give the listeners some research from Dr. B.R. Forer which may explain why we believe the generalized statements from Fortune Tellers, Horoscopes, and Tarot Card Readers.

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) caused by PANDAS?
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September 30, 2009 02:01 PM PDT
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Today’s podcast is really a redirection of my listeners to a video I found on Youtube. This video was a conversation between Matt Lauer, from The Today Show, Beth and Sammy Maloney. Sammy was a healthy fifth grader who developed OCD out of the blue. A subsequent diagnosis of PANDAS saved him from a life of torture. I was able to put the audio track on the podcast. The website address of the video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50bQtkfiHvs . You can also get information about the book Mrs. Maloney wrote about her experiences with Sammy at their website: http://www.savingsammy.net/. Check this out.

Dr. Mark Anshel and the “Disconnected Values Model.”
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August 27, 2009 09:30 AM PDT
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In this podcast I talk to Dr. Mark Anshel about why we do things every single day that we know are bad for us but keep doing them. Why is it so hard to stop and do the "right" thing? In addition, we explore Dr. Anshel’s intervention program called the “Disconnected Values Model”.
Dr. Mark Anshel is a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Anshel has been a professor of performance psychology, with specializations in sport and exercise psychology, and wellness program development for 29 years.
He has authored 120 research articles in scholarly journals, with five currently under journal review. He has also authored 11 book chapters and he is the author several books, including Applied Exercise Psychology: A Practitioner’s Guide to Improving Client Health and Fitness (2006), Sport Psychology: From Theory to Practice (fourth ed., 2003), Concepts in Fitness: A Balanced Approach to Good Health (2003), and Aerobics For Fitness (fourth ed., 1998).
His current research is focused on validating the Disconnected Values Model in exercise and wellness settings. This model provides an intervention framework for promoting adherence in replacing unhealthy habits with more desirable, “positive” routines, such as exercise and dietary changes.
Dr. Anshel founded and directed Tennessee State University’s first Employee Wellness Program. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a Fellow with the American Psychological Association (Division 47, Exercise and Sport Psychology), and a member of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society.

Dr. Jack Raglin Talks About Exercise and Mental Health
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July 27, 2009 06:43 PM PDT
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Today, I follow up on an earlier podcast about exercise and mental health. In this new podcast, I talk with an expert in the field, Dr. Jack Raglin, and we further explore the benefits of exercise adherence issues and ways to stick to an exercise program. Jack Raglin, Ph.D. is currently a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University-Bloomington. Jack is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. His research involves integrating the use of psychological and physiological variables to examine various issues in sport and exercise, including overtraining, pre-competition anxiety, performance, exercise behavior and adherence, and the relationship between exercise and mental health.

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