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Mental & Physical Effects of Drumming (Chad’s Review)

Mental & Physical Effects of Drumming (Chad’s Review)

About a year ago I got the idea I was going to buy a djembe. I can’t even remember for sure why but I think I was reading Eliade’s book on Shamanism, which round about came after reading neuroscientist Sam...

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Chad Reilly March 2, 2017 No Comments

Intermittent Fasting, BDNF, Depression, More

Intermittent Fasting, BDNF, Depression, More

Dietary restriction stimulates BDNF production in the brain and thereby protects neurons against excitotoxic injury. Duan W, Lee J, Guo Z, Mattson MP. J Mol Neurosci. 2001 Feb;16(1):1-12. [FREE FULL TEXT] Abstract Dietary restriction (DR) increases the lifespan of rodents...

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Chad Reilly March 22, 2016 No Comments

Placebo Effect: You Probably Shouldn’t Know This, But…

Placebo Effect: You Probably Shouldn’t Know This, But…

This is one of those papers where the abstract doesn’t quite cut it, and the whole paper was a fascinating read. I got thinking about it after reading my favorite paper on acupuncture, “Acupuncture is Theatrical Placebo” and I have since...

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Chad Reilly February 23, 2016 No Comments

Cross Training: Weights, Cardio and Anxiety

Cross Training: Weights, Cardio and Anxiety

State anxiety responses to 60 minutes of cross training. Hale BS, Koch KR, Raglin JS. Br J Sports Med. 2002 Apr;36(2):105-7. [free full text] Abstract OBJECTIVES: Significant reductions in state anxiety following bouts of aerobic exercise have been consistently noted, whereas...

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Chad Reilly July 20, 2015 No Comments

Optimism, Physical Therapy and Everything Else

Optimism, Physical Therapy and Everything Else

Optimism. Clin Psychol Rev. 2010 Nov;30(7):879-89. Carver CS, Scheier MF, Segerstrom SC. Abstract Optimism is an individual difference variable that reflects the extent to which people hold generalized favorable expectancies for their future. Higher levels of optimism have been related...

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Chad Reilly January 6, 2015 No Comments

Emetophobia and the Biopsychosocial Model of Low Back, Neck Pain

Emetophobia and the Biopsychosocial Model of Low Back, Neck Pain

Exposure therapy for emetophobia: a case study with three-year follow-up. J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Jun;27(5):527-34. Maack DJ, Deacon BJ, Zhao M. Abstract Emetophobia, also referred to as a specific phobia of vomiting, is a largely under-researched and poorly understood disorder...

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Chad Reilly December 11, 2014 No Comments

Low Back Pain: Use of Biopsychosocial Model Does Not Improve Outcomes

Low Back Pain: Use of Biopsychosocial Model Does Not Improve Outcomes

Twenty-five years with the biopsychosocial model of low back pain-is it time to celebrate? A report from the twelfth international forum for primary care research on low back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Nov 15;38(24):2118-23. From the review: "The...

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Chad Reilly May 6, 2014 No Comments