In Your Own Hands: Mindfulness-Based Practices to Optimize Wellbeing
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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind

When Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients were given a placebo that they believed was the same drug that had previously controlled their PD symptoms, they got that same symptom relief from the placebo. What happened was that their powerful beliefs actually catalyzed dopamine synthesis in their brains. In states of perfect health, our brains synthesize all […]

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Q & A with Dr. B

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: Deep Faith in the Power of a Faith Healer Can Be Curative

This video summarizes a case study in which three dying ICU patients got well after being told that a faith healer was working on their behalf. One of the patients even said she could feel the changes happening to her while the faith healer worked. None of the patients benefited when the faith healer actually […]

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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges. Every Tuesday I post a new, very brief video from my presentations or interviews. Every Friday this Q&A column appears. Here is this […]

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Video: The Importance of Hope

When oncologists diagnose patients with cancers that carry a very high fatality rate, they need to give them hope. They can do this by focusing on the patients who got well rather than on the ones who died. For example, with cancers that carry a 97% fatality rate, it would be good to tell the […]

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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges. Every Tuesday I post a new, very brief video from my presentations or interviews. Every Friday this Q&A column appears. Here is this […]

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Video: Your Friends and Family May Save Your Life

A study done in the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda County) over a nine year period showed that the people with the highest quality and quantity of social support and connections had the lowest rates of sickness and death. An eight year follow-up with the same study group showed the same results – those who […]

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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges. Every Tuesday I post a new, very brief video from my presentations or interviews. Every Friday this Q&A column appears. Here is this […]

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Video: Lawrence LeShan’s Cancer Patients Go Into Remission

Psychologist Lawrence LeShan spent his entire adult life practicing psychotherapy with advanced metastatic cancer patients. When he threw out the old Freudian model in which he had been trained, his patients began to unexpectedly go into remission. By helping these patients, all of whom had been given very dire prognoses, to fine meaning and purpose […]

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