The Hacking of the American Mind

The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains

Author: Robert H. Lustig

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101982594

Category: Science

Page: 352

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"Explores how industry has manipulated our most deep-seated survival instincts."—David Perlmutter, MD, Author, #1 New York Times bestseller, Grain Brain and Brain Maker The New York Times–bestselling author of Fat Chance reveals the corporate scheme to sell pleasure, driving the international epidemic of addiction, depression, and chronic disease. While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover. Dopamine is the “reward” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we want more; yet every substance or behavior that releases dopamine in the extreme leads to addiction. Serotonin is the “contentment” neurotransmitter that tells our brains we don’t need any more; yet its deficiency leads to depression. Ideally, both are in optimal supply. Yet dopamine evolved to overwhelm serotonin—because our ancestors were more likely to survive if they were constantly motivated—with the result that constant desire can chemically destroy our ability to feel happiness, while sending us down the slippery slope to addiction. In the last forty years, government legislation and subsidies have promoted ever-available temptation (sugar, drugs, social media, porn) combined with constant stress (work, home, money, Internet), with the end result of an unprecedented epidemic of addiction, anxiety, depression, and chronic disease. And with the advent of neuromarketing, corporate America has successfully imprisoned us in an endless loop of desire and consumption from which there is no obvious escape. With his customary wit and incisiveness, Lustig not only reveals the science that drives these states of mind, he points his finger directly at the corporations that helped create this mess, and the government actors who facilitated it, and he offers solutions we can all use in the pursuit of happiness, even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Always fearless and provocative, Lustig marshals a call to action, with seminal implications for our health, our well-being, and our culture.
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The Two Hands of Yes and No

One Family's Encounter with the Surprising Power of Active Nonviolence

Author: Linn, John, Linn, Sheila Fabricant,Linn, Dennis

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608337979

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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Drawing on examples from modern world history, including resistance to the Nazis, the Civil Rights struggle in the USA, and recent protests by young people around gun violence, the authors offer a compelling introduction to the theory and practice of nonviolence.
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REAL SIMPLE Find Your Balance

Creating a Calm and Happier Life

Author: The Editors of Real Simple

Publisher: Time Inc. Books

ISBN: 084875770X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 96

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Slow down, strip away stress, and save your sanity with this practical guide to creating a better life. Let the experts at Real Simple, AmericaÍs beloved guide to living a better and more authentic life, show you how to relax and get the most out of your days.
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Authentic Health

The Definitive Guide to Losing Weight, Feeling Better, Mastering Stress, Sleeping Well Every Night, & Enjoying a Sense of Purpose

Author: Gus Vickery

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1683506545

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 283

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Authentic Health is a comprehensive guide to reclaiming health for the millions of Americans plagued by painful chronic conditions including obesity, depression, diabetes, and insomnia. In this straightforward, easy-to-use roadmap, Dr. Gus Vickery lays out a comprehensive program for addressing painful chronic conditions, including obesity, diabetes, depression, persistent headaches, and difficulty sleeping. From nutrition and physical activity to lesser-known, but powerfully effective, techniques for managing stress, sleeping well, and cultivating a sense of purpose, Dr. Vickery offers a powerful manifesto for claiming the good health thats within you.,
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Eco-Informed Practice

Family Therapy in an Age of Ecological Peril

Author: Tracey A. Laszloffy,Markie L. C. Twist

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3030149544

Category: MEDICAL

Page: 126

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This innovative book examines how family health and well-being have been impacted by increased alienation from the natural world and calls for greater incorporation of ecological issues into therapeutic practice. Positioning environmental activism as a critical social justice issue, the book highlights the unique opportunities for family therapists to promote reconnection, healing, and sustainability by integrating attention to nature and the environment into their work. Contributors also recommend clinical ideas, strategies, and interventions that can be employed as part of this approach to therapy, research, and teaching. Among the topics covered: Developmental benefits of childhood experiences with nature Applications of indigenous healing methods in Western practice Wilderness and adventure therapy immersion Clinical, educational, and supervisory applications of an eco-informed approach to therapy The first work of its kind to address the overlap in environmental and family sustainability in the field of family therapy, Eco-Informed Practice: Family Therapy in an Age of Ecological Peril fills a significant gap in family therapy literature. Students and professionals in mental health fields will find this book an enlightening perspective on family therapy as well as a set of useful guidelines for implementing this exciting new approach in clinical practice.
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