Portugal: Winning the War on Addiction

June 10, 2016 purposelywell 0

Drug addiction is a major problem worldwide, effecting at least 15.3 million people [1], ruining their lives and causing untold physical complications. Because of the toll such things can take on society, western governments adopted the paradigm of the war on drugs — locking up the users, seeking out the […]

Yoga Helps Protect Cognitive Function

June 9, 2016 purposelywell 0

A 3-month yoga and meditation course may improve cognitive function, according to a study [1] published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease last month. According to this [2] article from Medical News Today, it seemingly combats mild cognitive impairment by assisting the brain in producing more BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). […]

Being Grateful Can Make You Happy

May 25, 2016 purposelywell 0

It’s very common to feel like being grateful is difficult when you’re unhappy. However, research shows that simply practicing gratitude (even if you don’t feel like it) may actually make you happier. Give thanks, be grateful and happiness will come with it. Arthur C Brooks’ article for the New York […]

Magic Mushrooms; Help for Depression?

May 21, 2016 purposelywell 0

According to new research published in The Lancet [1], “magic mushrooms” may be helpful in combating depression. Though the study was a small one (only containing twelve individuals, without a control group), the researchers found their results to be astonishing enough to publish regardless. “This is the first time that […]

Self-Help With Energy Healing

May 15, 2016 purposelywell 1

Helping one’s self with energy healing shouldn’t have to be a difficult task. Sadly, with the myriad of opinions, theories and methods, it can be daunting to begin. The best advice in this respect is that your body will tell you what’s right for you, and experimenting with the intent of […]

Crystal Healing – How does it work?

May 4, 2016 purposelywell 0

Healing crystals have been in use for approximately 5000 years, with some sources claiming it to be closer to 30000 years old [1]. They’re used for a variety of things, from repelling negativity and cultivating calmness, to bringing joy and stimulating intuition [2]. The modern resurgence of popularity surrounding them […]

Civilization Syndrome: Social Media and Disease

May 1, 2016 purposelywell 0

Civilization syndrome is, in essence, the factors that predispose us to diseases based off our culture. Though this term is a relatively recent development, where the many modern things are concerned, it was first used to describe the North American obesity epidemic in 1993 [1]. The authors of the study […]

Overcoming Depression With Mindfulness

April 30, 2016 purposelywell 0

Mindfulness, a concept developed in Buddhism, may be effective at combating depression. Put simply by Psychology Today: “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your […]

Fish Oil Boosts Antidepressants

April 28, 2016 purposelywell 0

Fish oil has been known for quite some time to have beneficial cognitive effects. New research, however, is pointing to it even being capable of assisting with depression. Researchers from Harvard and The University of Melbourne collaborated to perform meta-analysis on data about Omega-3 fatty acids; finding solid evidence that […]

Lyme Disease Still Going Undiagnosed

April 27, 2016 purposelywell 1

Lyme disease causes a host of symptoms – from types of arthritis, to heart troubles; from large lesions or rashes, to dementia. Various types of Borrelia burgdorferi, injected into the bloodstream by ticks and aided by anticoagulants and immunosuppressants, are well known to be the cause. Beyond this, it’s readily treatable, testing […]

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