The Ongoing DINE-CD Trial to Study Whether Diet Might Help Manage Mild to Moderate Crohn’s Disease

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With an estimated 1.6 million people living with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in the United States, there is increasing need to research safe and effective ways to manage debilitating symptoms that–pardon the expression–hit patients right in the gut. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis are considered the two main types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and they manifest differently … [Read more...]

Taking Back Control Over My Moving Limbs at Dystonia Zoo Walk Providence

Taking Back Control Over My Moving Limbs at Dystonia Zoo Walk Providence

This Saturday, my husband and I are heading to Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI, for the very first time, and I can’t even explain how much I’m looking forward to this unique experience. It’s been more than a decade since I last visited a major zoo, but getting the chance to have close-up encounters with snow leopards and giraffes isn’t the main reason that I’m itching to get to Providence. … [Read more...]

Dr Farias Reveals How to Recover Control Of Our Brains and Bodies to Redefine Thriving With Dystonia

A Ballerina Remembering Dance

Dr. Joaquin Farias, a leading specialist in treating dystonia, has been helping people with this debilitating movement disorder to recover control over their brains, bodies and lives for more than 20 years. As a featured speaker at the 2018 international conference on Movement: Brain, Body and Cognition, held July 27-29 at Harvard University School of Medicine, he gave an enlightening talk that … [Read more...]

Bob Kuhn Chooses An Attitude of Adventure and Optimism To Face The Challenges of Life With Chronic Illness

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At age 60, Bob Kuhn decided to tackle the 50cc Quest, driving his motorcycle 3800 km from San Diego, Calif. to Jacksonville, Fla. in just over two days. In a recent TEDx Talk, the lawyer, who lives with the neurodegenerative movement disorder called Parkinson’s, explained why he decided to take the grueling challenge to cross the United States in 50 hours or less. “In one word: Adventure," he … [Read more...]

Moving into a New Normal of Living With the Movement Disorder Dystonia

Moving into a New Normal of Living With the Movement Disorder Dystonia

Yesterday, I had my first neurologist’s appointment of 2018. After eight years of living with the diagnosis of the neurological movement disorder dystonia, it amazes me just how far I have come. From countless falls every time I tried to walk each day and needing to use wheelchairs and scooters in public, I now find myself able to get through a thorough neurological exam under fluorescent lights … [Read more...]

Psychologist Edith Eger Expounds on How To Be or Not To Be a Survivor of Trauma

Psychologist Edith Eger Expounds on How To Be or Not To Be a Survivor of Trauma

It's been a tremendously empowering and emotionally stirring week of Sounds True's The Healing Summit. At the start, Peter Levine, PhD, coached listeners on how to "tune in and drop into" the body–through the gentle presence, compassionate awareness and rhythmic movement of Somatic Experiencing–in order to dislodge the "tremendous compression of survival energy" locked into the physical form by … [Read more...]

Memoirist Reveals How to Recover A Sense of Self After Stroke, To Find Truth Through Trauma

Memoirist Reveals How to Recover A Sense of Self After Stroke, To Find Truth Through Trauma

Trauma is never simply a single, isolated event. Its impact occurs in cascading waves that ripple out in multiple directions at disparate periods in time. Present trauma builds upon trauma from our past–the experiences are distinct, yet not separate. While an initial traumatic event might have already happened once, its impact and repercussions will be felt anew again and again, until we can learn … [Read more...]

Volunteers for Regional Hospice and Palliative Care in Conn. Provide Respite and Personalized Attention to Patients

Volunteering for CT Regional Hospice is a Gift That Keeps on Giving

One of the greatest gifts we can give to both our fellow human beings–and to ourselves–is to volunteer our time in service to others. Greek philosopher Aristotle is quoted as stating that the essence of life is “to serve others and do good.” Not only does serving others through volunteer work seem to imbue our lives with extra meaning, purpose and direction; it also fosters optimism and greater … [Read more...]

Technology Offers Survivors the Tools to Redefine LivingWith Cancer

Cynthia Malaran rewrites script on living with breast cancer

Being diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening health condition–like cancer–can understandably cause great uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Despite the prevalence of those feelings in cancer patients, a recent study by Pfizer found that a 76 percent of those surveyed believe that a positive outlook is essential to living with the disease. Research suggests that actively cultivating a positive … [Read more...]

If I Toss the Obligatory To-Dos, Do I Free Myself to Peacefully Flourish?

The Zen of Doodling

For most of my adulthood, it’s felt as if I’ve been waltzing between an addictive race to accomplishment and the exhausted paralysis of perfectionism. It’s not surprising, really, that there are so many of us stuck in this precarious pas de deux. The frantic rhythm of modern society seems to thrive off this fear of not measuring up and its most reliable partner–an addiction to busyness. In a … [Read more...]