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Type II Diabetes & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Type II Diabetes & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Type II Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar, or glucose, the human body’s main source of fuel. As the most common form of diabetes, approximately 95% of diabetic Americans are diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and many more are at high risk and completely unaware. Type II Diabetes is related to lifestyle choices and creates a problem in the way your body produces or utilizes insulin.

 Appropriate lifestyle modification, to include diet and exercise combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, will put Type 2 diabetes into remission and eliminate the need for medication in most cases. Since Type II Diabetes generally begins with insulin resistance, people who are overweight or inactive are more susceptible and likely to develop the condition. When you are living with Type 2 Diabetes, your fat cells, liver, muscle cells, among other necessary anatomical aspects, are not responding to insulin appropriately. Your body requires insulin to move blood sugar into cells and if it’s not effectively functioning, blood sugar does not get in the cells to be accessed as energy. Not allowing the sugar to enter blood cells increases the levels of sugar in the blood, leading to hyperglycemia. Over time, the body’s improper use of insulin, the hormone produced in the pancreas to absorb glucose from the blood in order to convert it to energy, leads to nerve damage and other life threatening conditions. Type 2 Diabetes, if not managed properly, will definitely lead to more life-threatening complications to include but not limited to: heart disease, strokes, kidney disease, blindness, dental disease, amputations, etc.

 Type II Diabetes can be reversed with weight loss and increased activity but in order to prevent its return, behavior modification is imperative. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, combined with an appropriate daily food plan designed for a diabetic, is designed to identify negative thoughts and actions, replace them with more realistic and constructive actions, and raise awareness towards proper future lifestyle choices. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy requires you to examine your thoughts, and in this case, your Type II Diabetes. What are the negative thoughts and ideas running through your head? Are you asking yourself questions like, “Why is this happening to me?” or “why can’t I…?” or anything else that would only hurt your self-esteem? Challenge any and all negative thoughts about you and your Type 2 Diabetes. Does this way of thinking help you in any manner, or is it even productive? Educate yourself and learn how to modify destructive thought patterns. Learn how to react positively with modified behavioral patterns through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and reverse your Type II Diabetes.

 YOU HAVE THE POWER TO BE HEALTHY!! You are at the center of your behavioral change process and you must be amiable, as well as internally motivated, to change. Every person is an individual entity and deserves personalized attention; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provides goal-setting techniques, motivational support, problem solving and coping skills training, self-monitoring, and combined with a physical activity/diet program individualized to each person, produces amazing results and increased improvement to the extent of reversing your Diabetes.

 Your improved health and complete personal restoration, emotionally and physically, is essential for quality living. Your health matters and it is in your hands. Think Smart for health and change your behavior to change your life. 

Weight Loss & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Weight Loss & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Recently, I have been reading up on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and its benefits in any and all aspects of life… I figured I would share some of my thoughts 🙂

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Weight loss is an important issue in today’s society as diet and exercise have been the cornerstones of weight loss for years. Weight can affect a person’s self esteem, confidence and morale, causing extreme emotions since staying active and sticking to a healthy diet can be a major challenge. There are so many diets out there and there and those who have tried every program without permanent success. The reason these diets have never had permanent success is because behavior analysis and behavior modification have never been part of the equation. By learning how to make permanent changes in your thinking, you can make permanent changes in your eating.

 

The cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss and maintenance is the only proven method for permanent healthy weight loss and healthy weight management. Cognitive behavioral therapy empowers people and encourages positive elements such as self-monitoring, plans for eating and exercise, the setting and achieving of goals, and above all, an awareness of preventative methods towards unhealthy habits. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you succeed because it addresses your thoughts and beliefs and how these two elements affect your behavior.

 

The purpose of cognitive behavioral therapy is to figure out how thoughts and beliefs play an active role in weight management and subsequently, modify them accordingly in order to achieve optimum health. Being overweight can lead to serious health problems that affect millions worldwide. The many health problems to consider include: heart disease, type II diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, infertility, and so many more. Lifestyle modification is the only successful and proven method for healthy and permanent weight loss; each individual must learn how to create a deficit by decreasing the energy coming into the body and increasing the energy expended on a daily basis.

 

An individualized program combined with the support of a licensed therapist can help a person lose weight; all patients learn how to: control their diets, increase their own personal motivation for activity, develop coping skills to handle any problems normally associated with diet programs, understand weight maintenance skills, change their own body image and their expectation of body image, increase self confidence and self-esteem, create stress management techniques that work for them, and the knowledge to set reasonable and attainable goals for future weight loss and weight management. Without lifestyle changes, people will always experiences relapses, which lead to more negative thinking and that is what cognitive behavioral therapy changes; individuals are educated on how to think differently and overcome common dieting traps of negative thinking. With cognitive behavioral therapy, you can feel in control during challenging situations, feel confident in your abilities to follow a healthy regimen, remain motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and love yourself for who you are and what you can accomplish.

 

Don’t wait till your weight becomes a health risk; be proactive enough to address the problem and find a solution. Help yourself win… change your behavior to change your life. Think Smart for Health. 

Comprehensive Treatment for Whiplash & Traumatic Brain Injury: Working Together for Optimum Recovery

Comprehensive Treatment for Whiplash & Traumatic Brain Injury: Working Together for Optimum Recovery

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Whiplash & Traumatic Brain Injury

 

A study, published in the July 2010 issue of the journal Brain Injury, examined MRI scans of 1200 neck pain patients and found that those suffering from whiplash were more likely to have anatomical changes to the brain resulting in brain injury. Preliminary findings showed that brain injury occurred in 23% of the whiplash cases studied.

 

With state of the art digital motion-ray technology, on-site physical therapists, massage therapists and quality chiropractic care, Colorado Whiplash Injury Center is the place to go for treatment of whiplash injury.

 

Carmel Brain Centers offers treatment for a myriad of neuro-motor and cognitive issues including traumatic brain injury caused by whiplash. Our clinic conducts baseline testing for whiplash-induced traumatic brain injury, and specializes in TBI recovery.

 

What is Traumatic Brain Injury? (TBI)

 

Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction, generally resulting from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body. Mild TBI may cause temporary dysfunction of brain cells; more serious TBI may result in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that will result in long-term complications or death. (Mayo Clinic)

 

Trauma sustained in motor vehicle collisions is the single most common cause of both fatal and mild brain injuries, causing 67% of all cases. Mild traumatic brain injury can be sustained in motor vehicle collisions at speeds as low as 15 mph.

 

If involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is quite likely the victim has sustained some form of traumatic brain injury.

 

Symptoms of TBI include, but are not limited to:

  • Being dazed, confused or disoriented;
  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds;
  • Memory or concentration problems;
  • Persistent headache;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Loss of coordination and/or balance;
  • Mood changes or mood swings;
  • Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior;
  • Feeling depressed or anxious;
  • Difficulty sleeping or inability to awaken from sleep;
  • Sensitivity to light and/or sound;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Convulsions or seizures;
  • Sensory problems such as blurred vision, ringing in the ears or a bad taste in the mouth;
  • Change in nursing/eating habits in children;
  • Dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes.

 

Each year there are about 3 million whiplash injuries in the United States. Head restraints are the single most important protection against whiplash, yet 80% of drivers do not properly adjust their head restraints.

 

If you have experienced whiplash, you have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Colorado Whiplash Injury Center and Carmel Brain Centers have joined forces because we share a common goal; We want to help people, who are suffering from whiplash and traumatic brain injury, achieve optimum recovery.

 

Our clinics work together to treat these life-altering injuries by offering the best in both physical and cognitive treatment programs.

 

Working together, we treat the whole person in our journey to achieve optimum recovery.

 

Dr. Allan German of Colorado Whiplash Injury Center and Carmel Brain Centers invite you to call either office with any questions or drop in for a visit.

 

Colorado Whiplash Injury Center

7075 Campus Drive

Suite 102

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

719-265-1752

www.coloradowhiplash.net

 

Carmel Brain Centers

4740 Flintridge Drive

Suite 220

Colorado Springs, CO 80918

719-375-1788

www.carmelbraincenters.com

 

Communication: Relationship Success or Failure?

Communication: Relationship Success or Failure?

Communication… the most essential concept of success in any endeavor yet the most failed at; it is the process of information flow and idea exchange through a series of verbal and non-verbal actions.

Conflicts generally tend to be simple cases of miscommunication and have the potential to be clarified with improved communication tactics. Unfortunately, when our emotions become involved, the majority of us tend to react with illogical responses.

The most important component of a relationship is open communication. GIRLS & BOYS, YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER IS NOT A MIND READER, NOR ARE THEY PSYCHIC! You MUST communicate your thoughts and emotions in order for the other person to understand… you cannot expect someone to know what is irritating or hurting you by giving them the silent treatment!! We are blessed with the ability to communicate through numerous outlets yet we do not utilize them. Effective communication transpires only if, and when, the intended message from the sender is fully comprehended by the receiver.

Simply “talking” with your partner is NOT communicating if a resolution is not achieved. Listening and comprehending are as important as speaking… sometimes however, we can achieve more simply by just listening. After all, we were each designed with two ears and one mouth.

Take the time to pause for a moment, calm your thoughts, and respond with logic rather than emotion. I am just as guilty of this weakness as anybody; it is much easier said than done because in the moment, our only desire is to make our point. This however, might cause our point to disappear all together as other issues arise and we fail to candidly communicate our thoughts and emotions clearly. Clarity can be extremely powerful but we tend to take it for granted; assuming our counterpart is intelligent enough to grasp the message we are attempting to convey when in actuality, the destructive action is our assumption that we expressed the message correctly in the first place thus causing deterioration in the communication process and attacking a phantom cause.

Try LISTENING as opposed to planning what you are going to respond with next. When all we can do is wait for our turn to speak, there can be no compromise or understanding. BE HONEST!! Hiding emotions or pretending things are well and good does NOT work! There can be no solution if the root of the issue(s) is not presented the opportunity to be discovered. PAY ATTENTION to the other person when communication seems to be failing… HOW are they saying what they are saying? How are you saying what you are saying? How we say something could have a deeper impact than what we are saying actually could. Remember that actions speak louder than words and what we do, will be reflected upon.

The number one thing to avoid in a relationship, (in my opinion it is the root of almost all separations) is allowing outside influences to affect YOUR relationship. Too often, after a couple argues, they seek comfort by venting to their friends or someone outside of their relationship. At these times, the relationship is extremely vulnerable. Instead of communicating your frustrations to others, those frustrations need to be re-examined and discussed with your partner because for all we know, we misunderstood what they were trying to say or vice-versa.

NEVER accept hearsay as valid!! You MUST ensure that your partner is the actual source of information and not something that was heard through the grapevine. You never know who has malicious intentions as rumors are instigated and portrayed as truths. Don’t be the weak link that believes the first negative thing you hear about the situation… there are those who thrive on the destruction of others’ happiness.

Communicate with your partner… listen to what they say, pay attention to what they do, understand what they need, declare what it is that you need, and most importantly, NEVER cut off communication to make a point. This tactic will only backfire and initiate the dissolution of your happiness.

Never sacrifice your happiness over trivial minutia… Learn to approach all things from a position of open understanding, honesty, compassion, and sensitivity. We can all learn new methods of tackling negative situations… Learning is the gateway to growing and adapting.

So I say to you: reflect, understand, learn, grow, and adapt in order to conquer future circumstances with gusto. Communication is like a map of side streets, main roads, and highways… each one will lead you somewhere… why not choose your destination and proactively advance in the direction of awesomeness and happiness? BE THE REASON YOU ARE HAPPY & leave all barriers to effective communication to those who desire unhappiness!

Which do you choose?

I choose HAPPINESS.

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Attitude

Attitude

The more knowledge I gain, the more I understand the impact of attitude on life and everything around it. Attitude is one of those remarkable things in our everyday lives and this is why: Every single day when we wake up, WE HAVE A CHOICE regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. Life has so many aspects that afford us absolutely no control; entities such as time, weather, others around us, and so on will continue on whether we are ready or not; but the wonderful thing about attitude… it can propel us forward or it can knock us back. Our only limitations, if you think about it, are our own minds and attitudes. We cannot change the inevitable so why not make it wonderful?

 

Attitude can assist or derail us in every aspect of life; success in education, wealth, health, and so on depends more on attitude than anything else. Positivity is key when success is on the table. Hard work, determination, perseverance, and excellence in everything we attempt to accomplish require, yet simultaneously reproduce, winning attitudes… positivity breeds more positivity.

 

Our attitude can be more important than facts, our pasts, education, money, circumstances, failures, successes, or even what others do and/or think of us. Unless someone has invented a time machine that I am unaware of, we cannot change the past so why dwell in it? Last time I checked, regret was a negative emotion that never helped anyone. The way I see it, regret is the rejection of personal responsibility. Why regret a past decision? It was the desired action at the time, correct? It had also produced momentary happiness, did it not? If the after effects created negative feelings, then this is what you do: reflect on the situation and understand why it only produced a minimal interim of happiness; take responsibility for your actions in the matter (IMPORTANT: this is not to say that victims are responsible for the actions of those who victimized them, I am only conveying my opinions on situations that we as individuals had full control over); take steps to avoid a future repeat and allow yourself to get over it; you absolutely must let go of the past in order to move on. Once we take responsibility for our actions and accept the fact that we must learn from experience, regret simply disappears and life becomes simplified. We cannot change the inevitable… life is 10% what happens to us but a whopping 90% of how we react to it so… use everything as a learning experience whether it produced positive or negative results. Positive outcomes = acceptable for repeats; negative outcomes = reflection and understanding of why, followed by steps of action to avoid a similar outcome again in the future.

 

 

The only facet of life that we have any control over is our attitude… Make it a GREAT attitude and enjoy your life. Why simply accept life as it is when you can proactively make it AMAZING? We get the special gift of experiencing this current life and I believe we should make it worth living. Attitude is contagious… surround yourself with people who make you happy, people who make you laugh so hard that you forget anything negative… you simply forget the bad and focus solely on the good 🙂 Why spend life sad or angry when happiness is unpretentious and unfettered? You will ultimately be a stronger person tomorrow than you are today so take a deep breath and let it go. Experience makes you who you are… embrace it.

 

Attitude… I believe this is the driving force behind our survival. Winston Churchill said, “Never never never give up.” The letters in HOPE = Have Only Positive Expectations… it reminds me of a phrase I saw on brotips; The word HATERS = Having Anger Towards Everyone Reaching Success… sounds like an attitude problem to me.

 

Would you rather be a hater or an ACHIEVER? It’s all in your attitude 🙂

Pathological Tendencies

Pathological Tendencies

As adults, we tend to meet people from all walks of life. Whether we network professionally, socially, online, personally, or randomly start up a conversation with someone sitting next to us; we have all encountered the guy/gal who chooses to exist in his/her own fabrications of reality. This sort of individual chooses to construct alternate versions of the truth and ultimately generates the downfall of many relationships. Those with a pathological tendency are typically unhappy and choose to surround themselves with individuals who remain ignorant and blind by choice.

What would possess any individual to do something purposely to injure someone else’s emotions?

What does a person say about him/herself when almost everything that he/she says is a concoction? What manner of personal representation is that?

When an individual constantly misleads others, there is no real communication, no respect, and most definitely no opportunity to lay a foundation for anything potentially long-term. The results all convey disrespect and misdirection with the end goal being complete confusion. Anything that might happen, unless witnessed by others, will be exaggerated and sensationalized as the truth is grossly misrepresented. The individual with the pathological complex will always represent him/herself as the victim or the hero but never as the person in the wrong.

Constantly being lied to by an individual one thought could be trusted is deeply wounding. It cuts far deeper when the individual has promised to discontinue such behavior yet blatantly continues to embellish and deliberately deceive. However, when these lies are actively interwoven into others’ lives and the betrayal breeds and festers to a far greater perfidy, how does one disentangle the conundrum? The optional courses of action: attempt to rectify or walk away. The options may appear severe or unforgiving but they exude drama-free simplicity. If the deceit is introductory and can be refreshed, logic dictates that action to amend the fallacies is necessary and worthwhile. However, when the lies have been spewing for an elongated period of time and weak-willed individuals have been absorbed into the indulgent fantasies, seek an unsullied and fundamentally beneficial network. Individual sanity is much healthier than ignorantly blissful conformity.

The following characteristics are actions conducted by clinically diagnosed “Pathological Liars” and I found it all to be beyond ruminative. My intention is to facilitate awareness towards a major social issue so that others my benefit and avoid a potentially indignant catastrophe.

Be cautious and steer clear of individuals exhibiting the following signs:

  • Exaggerates things that are ridiculous.
  • One-upping. Whatever you do, this person can do it better. Nobody can/will ever top them in their own mind. They have a concerted need to be better than everyone else. This also applies to being correct. If one attempts to confront an individual like this, no matter how loving or well intentioned, it will not be effective. It threatens their personal fantasy and causes an argument. At this point, the individual in question will proceed to access an arsenal of rumors and introduce sharp blades of false allegations rather than admit that there is anything wrong with them. This results in the ostracism of the only individual who pointed out the inconsistencies.
  • They “construct” a reality around themselves. They don’t value the truth, especially if they don’t view it as harming anyone. If they are confronted and backed into a corner, they will act defensively and immediately retaliate with ugly actions. Eventually, they begin to defend actions; “Well, what’s the difference? You’re making a big deal out of nothing!”
  • Due to the fact that these people do not value honesty, they will not value loyalty. Be mindful of what you share with them. They will not only share with others, but they will embellish and portray you as unflattering in various respects. Their loyalty is fleeting; their insecurity finds solace in confiding their “truths” to whoever is presently in their favor.
  • They may be somewhat of a hypochondriac. This is especially useful when caught in a lie; for example, they may claim they have been sick; there is some mysterious “illness” that has them all stressed out. It’s another excuse or tool for their behavior.
  • Obviously, they will contradict what they say. This will become very clear over time.

It is truly unfortunate that certain events must unfold in order to draw these individuals out and sadly, in the process, several are hurt… friendships are torn apart… and relationships in general suffer drastically. Therefor, in retrospect, remember… Karma is a Bitch and always comes back with a bite. If you exude positivity, then positivity comes back; if you exude negativity, then negativity comes back.

 

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t. – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
–Pope John XXIII

It is far easier said than done and I am just as guilty of what I am stating we should not do as anyone else, but I wake up every morning and I convince myself that I am me and I should not let anyone else define me but myself. Too often, we allow others control. To learn how to see before we do, and prevent ourselves from allowing any wrongdoing, is a step in the right direction of one’s genuine self; but this takes time and several stumbles along the way. I strive to learn rather than to regret; some days it is easier than others but I refuse to let anything negative stop me. Regret, in my opinion, is one of the ugliest words we can use to describe our past and I refuse to allow it to hinder me.


Regret does nothing positive for us or our mental well-being. What is regret? It is a negative feeling that breeds from negative emotion. Why? We look at an action, comment, or experience that consumes our thoughts, the emotions stemming from it, and we allow those emotions to take over as opposed to logic. When we regret something, we refuse to take responsibility and we desire to find a scapegoat. Why allow ourselves to feel bad about an action that we chose to commit in the first place? If we realize that the results were not what we desired, then we should not become consumed by negative thoughts, we should learn from it and choose to see it as a stepping stone… find the positive in it. When we accept responsibility, and we do not try to defend our actions but rather understand them, we tend to learn more about ourselves.

 

Have the courage and the strength to accept yourself as you are rather than how someone else thinks you should be. Before we can know others, we must know ourselves and before we can love others, we must love ourselves. Knowing and loving who you are as a person is one of the most difficult things to achieve and few of us rarely do. I know it is difficult for me to accept things about myself but I strive every day to build a better relationship with myself and to accept who I am. To be true to oneself, it takes insight, sincerity, honesty, and integrity. Before we can live for others, we must live for ourselves. And most importantly, before we can trust others, we must learn to trust ourselves. It takes years to build up trust, but only seconds to destroy it. You can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes; after that you’d better have learned something. Don’t compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do. It’s not what happens to us that is important but what we do about it. You either control your attitude or it controls you. It isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others… sometimes we have to learn to forgive ourselves.

 

We must define ourselves instead of letting others define us. Unfortunately, too often, we do not and we allow others’ stereotypes and expectations of who we should be, conquer our lives. By allowing others to have such control over our lives, it is as simple as attaching strings to our beings, handing those strings over to someone else, and be doomed to be controlled by a metaphorical puppet master. Questions such as, “Why do I want to……….?” Should always be answered by “Because I want to” and never “Because so and so said/did/heard,etc…” Our happiness is dependent on us and nobody else so, why allow someone control over our other emotions?


“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” I should not have to and will not always be worried about what people think about me, on the contrary, I strive to have the courage to stand up and proudly say, “This is who I am. What you see is what you get and if you don’t like it, move along. I will never again try to change who I proudly am for anyone and you are no exception.” I will always strive to be a good person; and I will always strive to improve my education, my outlooks, and myself. Life’s little challenges, although we feel like we are being tested, are just little lessons along the way to learning who we are. Embrace those challenges and learn to achieve in spite of them. Our philosophy and attitude about our lives is not measured by our words but by our choices and actions so in essence, the choices we make are our own responsibility.


There will always be individuals who choose to create chaos. They are miserable in their existence and choose, because it is a choice, to spread that misery since as cliché as it sounds, misery loves company. Do these people truly know who they are? Or are they so blinded by underhanded motivations to honestly see who they are? In turn, instead of using that energy to create havoc, motivate yourself to understand yourself and why you are not happy. Attitudes, whether positive or negative, are extremely contagious. Positivity breeds more positivity and negativity breeds more negativity. It takes far less energy to be negative. So why be lazy?? Be positive!!


Those who know others are intelligent
Those who know themselves have insight.
Those who master others have force
Those who master themselves have strength.
Those who know what is enough are wealthy.
Those who persevere have direction.
Those who maintain their position endure.
And those who die and yet do not perish, live on.
–Lao Tzu