2 JUN

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Developing Compassion: Five Tips to Quiet the Judgmental Voice

Developing Compassion: Five Tips to Quiet the Judgmental Voice   There is a saying in addiction recovery circles that addicts are, “The piece of s*** around which the world revolves.”   As addicts, we are often grandiose, overbearing, demanding, and entitled. We do whatever we have to do to those around us, and ourselves, to […]

27 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
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Birds of a Feather: Three Ways Your Friends Affect Your Life

Birds of a Feather: Three Ways Your Friends Affect Your Life           Maybe you meticulously count your calories or carefully monitor your children’s time in front of electronics. But have you considered how your personal relationships also bring new experiences into your life, for better or for worse? Here are three ways the people you […]

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18 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
6:00 am
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Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction

Beyond the Family: Four Government Interventions to Fight Addiction   Families in the United States are really going it alone with regard to substance abuse treatment. Even when a loved one wants help, there very frequently are no treatment beds available or insurance will cover only a fraction of the cost or duration of care […]

16 MAY

Constance Scharff, PhD
3:27 pm
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No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium

No Restroom Needed: Three Reasons People Abuse Imodium   A long-time occupier of bathroom cabinets around the country, Imodium (loperamide) and other antidiarrheal medications are under increased scrutiny as deaths from the abuse of this drug begin to increase. A study released by the international journal Annals of Emergency Medicine highlighted the health risks inherent […]

26 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
2:06 am
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Battle of the Bulge: Four Reasons Not to Diet

Battle of the Bulge: Four Reasons Not to Diet   Obsessed with current cultural ideals of ultra-thin beauty, overweight Americans are encouraged, frequently under the guise of better health, to “correct” their bodies through masochistic dieting, sometimes dangerous exercise routines and surgery. But even with all the money spent on weight loss, we’re still, on […]

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14 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:04 pm
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The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong

The Sugar Debacle: Three Ways Nutrition Scientists Got It Wrong   Sugar isn’t just in candy bars anymore. Look at the nutrition label on a loaf of bread, a can of pasta sauce or pretty much any low-fat dairy product and you’ll find sugar, lots of it. One might assume that any substance manufacturers routinely […]

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7 APR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:12 am
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Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature

Four Ways to Harness the Healing Power of Nature Why do city dwellers talk so much about ‘getting away?’ Why is camping such a popular pastime? Recent studies suggest that being in natural settings, or even just sitting beside plants indoors, can improve our mood, decrease stress, and make us more generous. Here are four […]

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23 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
4:33 pm
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Three Important Facts about Pain

Three Important Facts about Pain   Why not get rid of all pain? As science and technology advance to increase the length and quality of our lives, why not move towards eliminating pain altogether? Although pain is perceived as a nuisance by many, it actually serves a crucial function in our lives and the way […]

20 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
11:44 pm
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I Think, Therefore I Meditate: Two Things You’re Getting Wrong about Mindfulness

I Think, Therefore I Meditate: Two Things You’re Getting Wrong about Mindfulness   If you’re doing downward dog, are you meditating? Although yoga and other eastern practices have fully entered the mainstream of “healthy living” and “alternative lifestyle” aficionados, the truth is that many people don’t quite have a grasp on the true origins of […]

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10 MAR

Constance Scharff, PhD
7:06 pm
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Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions

Real or Imagined Stress? Four Ways Anxiety Controls Our Perceptions   Anyone tuned in to a 24-hour news cycle may find it hard to relax. With anchors capitalizing on our collective fears to grow their viewership and internet based media splashing outrageous headlines across our newsfeeds, more and more it seems to be in the […]

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