Of Guts and Brain: The Gut-Brain Axis

Published on May 14, 2017

If you are willing to make a few changes, “disease goes away as a side effect of health.” (Hyman, 2012, p. 29)

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How Kids Can Handle Ridicule by Sabras

Published on April 27, 2017

the great majority of what’s called bullying today is verbal – insults. And even most physical fights begin with words; one child insults another, the insulted child gets angry, and before you know it fists are flying. So if kids know how to handle insults, more serious aggression is usually averted.

The most tempting way for Israeli children to bully immigrants is to make fun of their accents. While we may think this is evil on their part, we should realize that it is normal human behavior. When we hear others speak our language poorly and with heavy accents, we also find it funny. By adulthood, most of us have learned to appreciate that foreigners do not deserve to be laughed at for the way they speak, but children are more likely to succumb to their gut instincts and laugh at those who sound strange.

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The “Dirty Little Secret” About Bullying in School

Published on April 18, 2017

Is your child being bullied in school? Have you done as you’ve been told, and reported the problem to the school authorities? And is the problem continuing or even getting worse?

It is no secret that being bullied is an agonizing experience for children. It hurts their self-esteem, mood, popularity and academic functioning. It can even hurt their physical health.

It is also well known that newcomers to a school are especially likely to be picked on. When students come from a different country, the problem can be exponentially worse. As much as we love Israel, we know how prickly “Sabras” – especially children – can be. Many Anglo families are devastated by the humiliation their children experience at the hands of their classmates. Avoidance of bullying has become a major reason for homeschooling throughout the world. In Israel, it has even led some families to give up on Aliyah and return to their country of origin.

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Exodus and Anxiety

Published on April 4, 2017

Slavery, while terrible, represented a secure existence. By that, I mean that life was consistent, unchanging, certain. A slave will never achieve great things or recognition on a greater societal level, but he/she will also rarely encounter doubt and anxiety.

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Simmering Soup: On the Importance of Asking Questions

Published on March 30, 2017

Sometimes the question sits on the back burner like low-simmering stew that has all but been forgotten. An innocent question may ignite a fire in a chilly room and we are off in a new direction. Or sometimes it buzzes around like a nasty mosquito.

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Why are Teens Getting Fibromyalgia?

Published on March 21, 2017

Teenagers are suffering from stress-related and stress-induced illnesses like never before

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Valuable Tips to Manage Pain

Published on February 6, 2017

Given what we know today, it appears likely that unresolved trauma, whether minor or major, plays a role in the persistence of chronic pain, through mechanisms of kindling (a self-perpetuating phenomenon of neural excitation) and priming (in which the brain readies itself to respond a certain way), that cause us to continually brace ourselves against the threat that caused the pain or the internal threat of pain itself. This is great news, because it means that to the extent that the trauma is worked through at the body/mind level, the pain should either disappear or lessen.

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All Shapes and Sizes: Understanding the Many Manifestations of Disordered Eating

Published on January 30, 2017

I’ve met many young women who obsessively dieted and restricted food intake only to then binge or eat compulsively (often against their will in a sort of uncontrollable impulse), who are miserable and full of self-loathing, who’s entire existence revolves around what they can and cannot eat – but who don’t believe they have a real problem because they’re BMI is in the healthy range.

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Unravelling Therapy: Getting the Help you Need

Published on January 15, 2017

Your ability to feel comfortable with your therapist will help determine your level of trust and the ability to work through things together. What works best for one person may not be helpful for another. Good treatment should be individualized to suit your personal needs.

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How Fear Makes Pain Worse

Published on January 2, 2017

once the fear kicks in, bringing a host of physical and psychological responses with it, all of that preparedness just sits there, making us anxious. And, this makes the pain even worse!

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I Think My Spouse Has Asperger’s

Published on December 26, 2016

“No, he is not the reason I came. Since his diagnosis, I have learned a lot about autism, and the different forms it can take. I’ve come to talk about my husband. I believe he is also on the autistic spectrum. I believe he has Asperger syndrome.”

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Preparing for Seminary in Israel

Published on December 19, 2016

If your daughter is nervous about spending a year in Seminary in Israel, what are the issues to look out for, and how can you prepare her to get the most out of her year?

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The Marathon Culture

Published on December 7, 2016

The Marathon Culture Last week my friend was fortunate to spend her Sunday racing around…

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Tonight’s Role is Played By…

Published on December 7, 2016

Tonight’s Role is Played By… So my grandchildren come for Shabbat, and a favorite activity…

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