How trauma lodges in the body

Psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk is an innovator in treating the effects of trauma on people.
In this interview, he talks at length about how bodywork, like yoga and eye movement therapy can restore a sense of well being.


Sitting too much is not the same as too little exercise.

Intense exercise for an hour a day will not fix the metabolic changes caused by sitting all day!
To be more exact, "the deep red quadriceps that are designed for postural support...quickly lost more than 75% of their ability to…

(Good) gut microbes like to feast on cocoa powder

It's another gut microbe story!
By feasting on the cocoa powder, the microbes break the large polyphenols (potent antioxidants) of cocoa down into small sizes that can then cross from the gut and into the blood.

Polyphenols have many beneficial…

Placebos - Even if we know we're using one, still heal!

A few weeks ago I heard a fascinating interview with Ted Kaptchuk, a  faculty member at Harvard Medical School, who has a degree in Chinese Medicine, and who, for the last 15 years, has been studying the biological changes associated…