Coconut Oil: Healthy or Not So Healthy?

The American Heart Association has released a review discussing the importance of limiting saturated fat in the diet to promote cardiovascular health, specifically advising against the use of coconut oil. The AHA focuses on the recent rise in the use of coconut oil, and how the public has started to view such a concentrated source…

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Finances and Mental Health: Part 1

When people usually think about mental health, they think of aspects such as emotional management, social support, sleep, exercise and even diet. But financial health is an equally important aspect of mental health, one that is often overlooked. Researchers at the University of South Hampton concluded that, “Researchers concluded the likelihood of having a mental…

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KNOW THE RISKS | Part Two: Too Much of a Good Thing

RISKY BUSINESS: A RECAP A few weeks ago, we talked about May is Mental Health Month, the nationwide initiative to educate the public about the facts and fictions of popular mental health perception. This year, the nonprofit Mental Health America ( is spreading awareness about a concept they are calling Risky Business: We believe it’s…

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All the Little Pieces of Me

Kim has spent the last six months going from specialist to specialist. Today, as she heads into yet another office, she feels exhausted, overwhelmed, and hopeless; she’s spent valuable time and money trying to find the answers to her ongoing symptoms, and has been stymied at every turn. Unfortunately, the appointment today is just as…

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Conquering Your Gym Phobia

Originally published in Health & Healing in the Triangle, Vol. 19, No. 5, Health & Healing, Inc., Chapel Hill, NC, publishers. Reprinted with permission. By Katie Rickel, PhD “Me?!” My therapy client rolled her eyes and sighed. “Oh, I can’t work out in a gym! Gyms are only for fit people. Not for people like…

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Food & Mental Health

Remember that old saying, “You are what you eat?” Well, it’s true. Recent studies are discovering more and more evidence that shows that we are literally what we eat, and this is especially true for mental health. The Link Between Mental Health and Diet Roxanne Sukol, MD, a preventive medicine specialist at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness…

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