Put Your Mind on Your Eating and Your Eating On Your Mind


By Aparna Mele, MD Not just a trendy mental game, mindful eating is a sort of meditation in motion being actively studied for its far-reaching health benefits. This kind of practice, like other mindfulness techniques, emphasizes judgment-free awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and sensory experiences to help you focus on the meal you are eating, … Continue reading Put Your Mind on Your Eating and Your Eating On Your Mind

Mental Wellness During Challenging Times


By Aparna Mele These most challenging times have made the issue of mental health more important than ever. The stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic have been difficult enough, and now the social distancing requirements have led to profound changes in our daily routines. All of us are faced with daily uncertainty about how long this … Continue reading Mental Wellness During Challenging Times

Happiness Chemicals


By Aparna Mele Metabolism, response to injury, stress levels, energy, reproduction — our endocrine system, the system of glands that produce hormones, regulates all these things. Essentially, hormones are the messengers that control many of our bodily functions. They regulate our physical health and our mood. Dopamine is responsible for reward-driven behavior and pleasure seeking. … Continue reading Happiness Chemicals

A Month of Daily Goals This Spring


By Body Zone Sports Clean out the refrigerator and cabinets of all unhealthy, tempting foods Drink water. Americans on average consume an additional 500 calories a day from beverages. If you replace your other drinks with water you’ll not only eliminate the additional calories but also fill the body with its much needed fluid of … Continue reading A Month of Daily Goals This Spring

Take a Bite Out of Colon Cancer


By My Gut Instinct March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the 3rd most common cancer and 4th leading cause of cancer-related death in worldwide. Because > 90% of CRC cases involve a carcinoma that develops from a precancerous polyp, screening for and early identification, and removal of polyps through screening colonoscopy … Continue reading Take a Bite Out of Colon Cancer

GoggleWorks, Penn State Health St. Joseph & Berks LaunchBox Announce Virtual Reality Project 


New art tool will help patients overcome anxiety and post-traumatic stress for blood withdrawal Dr. Jerry Lee, pediatric physician at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical (St. Joseph), achieved positive results from testing VR software in a situation where a child resisted immunization and blood withdrawal due to a history of trauma. GoggleWorks and CTMR learned … Continue reading GoggleWorks, Penn State Health St. Joseph & Berks LaunchBox Announce Virtual Reality Project 

I Am Different, Not Sick: Thoughts from a Gifted Bipolar


By Richard Gardner One of the issues which looms large in the field of medicine and mental health, and which has disturbed me for many years is the definition of “healthy”. I am not really sure what healthy actually means, except for an average of everyone’s health in a population with no tolerance for “healthy” … Continue reading I Am Different, Not Sick: Thoughts from a Gifted Bipolar