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My Sister’s Cancer Might Have Been Diagnosed Sooner — If Doctors Could Have Seen Beyond Her Weight

My older sister, Jan, visited me in San Francisco last spring. “You look great,” I told her, noticing that her clothes were hanging loose; she’d been heavy most of her life. “I’ve lost 60 pounds,” she said, and I automatically congratulated her. “I wasn’t trying,” she replied. It hit me then that something was very wrong, first with her health, but also with the way I assumed that her weight loss was a sign of well-being. My own judgments and shame associated with being fat got in the way of seeing my sister. Looking closer, her face seemed strained, and despite the constant smile she turned on, she wasn’t well…
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Health Care’s ‘Upstream’ Conundrum

At the heart of America’s vaunted health care system is a frustrating puzzle. The United States pays three times as much per citizen as the average of other wealthy nations—far more than even the second-highest spender, Switzerland, adding up to $3 trillion a year. Yet for all that enormous expenditure, we come in dead last among those nations in lifespan. And as the bills climb, our life expectancy is actually shrinking. What’s going so wrong? …
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Utopic Wellness Communities Are A Multibillion-Dollar Real Estate Trend

Thirty minutes from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport lies a countryside oasis that resembles a fancier, modern-day version of Little House on the Prairie. Imagine 40,000 acres of forest surrounding newly built Craftsman and Victorian homes–each with sweeping Southern-style wraparound porches sprinkled with lemonade-sipping residents, old and young. Behind each house lie “alleyways” of forest trails–there, athleisure-clad grandmas go on runs while clusters of unaccompanied kids forage for secret treehouses strewn throughout the landscape. Nestled behind a communal organic farm…
Read at Fast Company

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet. Instead of another type of diabetes, it’s increasingly looking like Alzheimer’s is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet. In some cases, the path from sugar to Alzheimer’s leads through type 2 diabetes, but as a new study and others show, that’s not always the case…
Read at The Atlantic

A Comprehensive Guide to the New Science of Treating Lower Back Pain

Cathryn Jakobson Ramin’s back pain started when she was 16, on the day she flew off her horse and landed on her right hip. For the next four decades, Ramin says her back pain was like a small rodent nibbling at the base of her spine. The aching left her bedridden on some days and made it difficult to work, run a household, and raise her two boys. By 2008, after Ramin had exhausted what seemed like all her options, she elected to have a “minimally invasive” nerve decompression procedure. But the $8,000 operation didn’t fix her back, either. The same pain remained, along with new neck aches…
Read at VOX

The Shorter Your Sleep, The Shorter Your Life: The New Sleep Science

Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance will inevitably cling to him like ivy. On an aeroplane, it usually means that while everyone else watches movies or reads a thriller, he will find himself running an hours-long salon for the benefit of passengers and crew alike. “I’ve begun to lie,” he says. “Seriously. I just tell people I’m a dolphin trainer. It’s better for everyone.” Walker is a sleep scientist…
Read at The Guardian

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Creativity Is Available To Us At Every Moment

Ricky is interviewed by Allie Stark, on “Gutted.”

Creativity Is Available To Us At Every Moment

Ricky is interviewed by Allie Stark, on “Gutted.”

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Mindfulness Travels with Linda and Larry Cammarata

Mindfulness Travels with Linda and Larry Cammarata

Mindfulness Travels with Linda and Larry Cammarata

Explore your world with awareness, acceptance, and joy. Mindfulness Travels provides educational retreats to inspiring places throughout the world with leaders in the field of mindfulness and mindful movement. Our retreats support you in cultivating present-centered awareness, kindness, compassion, and joy for yourself and for the greater good of others. Mindfulness Travels is a vehicle that can take you there.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Mindfulness Travels with Linda and Larry Cammarata

Mindfulness Travels with Linda and Larry Cammarata

Mindfulness Travels with Linda and Larry Cammarata

Explore your world with awareness, acceptance, and joy. Mindfulness Travels provides educational retreats to inspiring places throughout the world with leaders in the field of mindfulness and mindful movement. Our retreats support you in cultivating present-centered awareness, kindness, compassion, and joy for yourself and for the greater good of others. Mindfulness Travels is a vehicle that can take you there.

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