When will power isn't enough: helping patients release bad habits
Understanding the reasons why patients cannot stop their bad habits can save physicians a great deal of frustration and may save the patient's health as well. Patients are not simply self-destructive; the habit is a symptom of some other problem. They may want to change the behavior but cannot. The cause of the obsession is rooted in the unconscious mind, and appealing to the individual's sense of discipline only addresses the symptom. An estimated 96 percent of American adults grew up in dysfunctional family systems, with parents who were either alcoholic or emotionally repressive. As young children these individuals learned that some needs and emotions were unacceptable to their parents. Although these people may have learned to stop expressing those needs and emotions, they could not stop experiencing the feelings associated with them. Thus the people began to drown out the unacceptable feelings with food, alcohol, narcotic or sexual habits. All the patient may consciously experience is the desire for the addictive substance or structure. It will help this type of patient to understand his or her struggle. Recommending that patients begin to explore the roots of their destructive behavior and suggesting appropriate reading material, support groups, and therapists, will also help.
Publication Name: Holistic Medicine
Magnesium: are you getting enough?
Magnesium maintains the heart and muscles as well as helps absorb other minerals. However, surveys show that magnesium intake in adults fall short of the recommended daily allowance for the mineral. Eating the right amounts of magnesium-rich foods or taking supplements can prevent magnesium deficiency.
Publication Name: Joe Weider's Muscle & Fitness
Nine immature work habits to break now
True professionalism requires breaking away from some distractive mannerisms and mistakes commonly done in the office. True professionals always come on time, avoid morning talks with officemates, wear proper office attire and avoid use of e-mails for unofficial purposes.
Publication Name: Glamour
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