Archive for the ‘Mental and Emotional’ Category

Is Stress the Cause of Cancer?

May 17th, 2015 by Dr. Keith Nemec

How can you live a stress-free life and prevent cancer and other health problems? By learning to manage your cortisol stress hormone levels and by putting the mental/emotional stress in your life in the proper perspective. Once you know how to balance the physical factors of sleep, diet and exercise along with the mental and Read the entire post…


Natural Techniques to Help Cope with Cancer Related Depression

March 5th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A diagnosis of cancer understandably leads to a virtual roller coaster of mixed emotions. Fear and anxiety are typically at the forefront, and an uncertainty about the future can often affect the patient’s heart and mind. A feeling of anger is not unusual, as patients try to understand why they have been stricken with the Read the entire post…


Effects of Media on Exercise, Sleep, and Mental Health

February 5th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Adolescents with high media use, reduced sleep and low physical activity comprise an ‘invisible-risk’ group that has high prevalence of psychiatric symptoms, according to a large international study led by researchers at Karolinska Institutet.Over 12,000 adolescents (14-16 years old) in eleven European countries answered questionnaires covering different risk behaviors and psychiatric symptoms. Statistical analyses of Read the entire post…


Religion Protects Against Depression

January 27th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A thickening of the cerebral cortex associated with regular spiritual or religious practices could be the reason those activities guard against depression — particularly in people who are predisposed to the disease, according to new research at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. The study involved 103 adults at either high Read the entire post…


Does Stress Have an Impact on the Development of Cancer?

January 9th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

People know intuitively that stress and anxiety can adversely affect their day to day health. We’ve all experienced it; the stressful work week that culminates in a weekend spent nursing a cold or the flu. This is more than anecdotal. Scientific studies have drawn a link between periods of intense stress and the occurrence of Read the entire post…


Does Pain Early in Life Make One “Stress Hardened”?

November 15th, 2013 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Early life pain alters neural circuits in the brain that regulate stress, suggesting pain experienced by infants who often do not receive analgesics while undergoing tests and treatment in neonatal intensive care may permanently alter future responses to anxiety, stress and pain in adulthood, a research team according to the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State Read the entire post…


Meditation, Autoimmune Disease, and Rheumatoid Arthritis

August 25th, 2013 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore are studying to see if meditation helps sufferers of the autoimmune disorder, which affects about 2.1 million Americans, mostly women. Those with the disease often have general fatigue, soreness, stiffness and aches at first. Joints may swell and become damaged over time. Groups of Read the entire post…


Stress, Loneliness and Boredom – Emotional Eating

July 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Almost half of adults turn to food to stifle feelings of boredom, loneliness and stress, research suggests. A British survey of 43% of adults found they eat to change a negative mood. But 25% feel guilty after eating and another 25% feel if they become thinner they will be happier. The survey of 2,000 people Read the entire post…


Metabolic Syndrome Affects Mental Health

May 21st, 2013 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A study found that older people who have metabolic syndrome, a group of cardiovascular risk factors, had a 20 percent higher risk of cognitive impairment compared to people without the syndrome. Metabolic syndrome doesn’t refer to any single type of metabolic disease, but instead to a specific group of symptoms, including abdominal fat, insulin resistance, Read the entire post…


Stress Ages Your Cells

January 29th, 2013 by Dr. Keith Nemec

A new finding may explain how stress could ultimately lead to premature aging. Chronic psychological stress is associated with accelerated shortening of the caps, called telomeres, on the ends of chromosomes in white blood cells – which causes them to die more quickly — according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy Read the entire post…