My Personal Energy Crisis

by Dr. Robert Jones | February 5, 2014 | Health Self Improvement

Emily consulted me for what she called her “personal energy crisis.” She was 39 years old, and she felt that with each passing year she was getting more tired. Some days she said she just wanted to stay in bed, but she has little ones, so she has to get up. She went to her doctor, and she ran the regular tests—but found nothing wrong. She refused to take the offered antidepressant and left the clinic somewhere between angry and confused. “If everything is normal, why am I so tired?” she asked me. She resorted to self-medication by drinking caffeine several...


Why Is My Wife Always So Down On Herself?

by Dr. Robert Jones | November 26, 2013 | Health Self Improvement

These husbands care about their wives, but don’t know what to do when their wife constantly berates herself or feels low self-worth. These women constantly compare themselves to other women and just don’t measure up. We refer to it as “Comparison Sickness.” Not only do the men not know what to do about it, neither do the women. They see it in themselves. They can’t stand it when they become so self-critical—but they continue doing it. Sometimes it started in middle school. By the time they are adults, they get triggered by almost anything: their son brings home a “D” grade...


Health Tips: The Top 4 Mistakes We Make as We Age

by Dr. Robert Jones | September 4, 2013 | Health

The two biggest problems with aging are weight gain and loss of muscles.  Sound familiar?  By the time you are 32 years old, it’s downhill from there.  But, it can be avoided if you’ll deal with the top 4 biggest mistakes: 1. For all patients that we see, if we had to choose between cardio (aerobic exercise) or resistance training (weightlifting), hands down we would always pick resistance training.  As we get past 32 years old, we start losing muscle mass.  Over 50% of your musculature can be lost during your life—and that means getting older and weaker—and the less muscle...


Breaking the Junk Food Habit

by Dr. Robert Jones | July 19, 2013 | Health

I was talking to a patient the other day and she asked me this question:  if she had to give up one food from her diet, which one of the following should she get rid of? Here are your choices. Choose wisely: a.   soda pop b.   white bread c.   French fries d.   Cocoa Puffs As it turns out, this is a trick question. If you picked any one of the above you are wrong.   Here is the definition of food: any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life,...


The Other Side of Charity: The Art of Receiving Gracefully

by Lorianne Updike Toler | July 9, 2013 | Health Self Improvement

During my thirty-three years, I have had a lot of time to think about charitable receiving due to surprisingly frequent circumstances requiring dependency that dot my life. As a teenager, I contracted strep throat and one of its evil aftereffects, for which antibiotics are designed to prevent, post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. Along with making me very ill, from this I experienced my first episode of a mysterious walking disorder. This disorder would plague me in inconvenient episodes over the next eleven years. During these episodes, I was served by parents, siblings, friends, roommates, classmates, employees, and dedicated Relief Society sisters. Often, I was...


Health Quiz: What Is Women's Biggest Complaint?

by Dr. Robert Jones | March 20, 2013 | Health

1. What is the most common health complaint of women in the U.S. today? a. being overweight b. heart disease c. PMS d. Fatigue 2. Which hormone in a woman’s body causes her the biggest problems in #1 above? a. testosterone b. estrogen c. thyroid d. cortisol 3. What hormone is most responsible for putting weight on a woman’s tummy? a. thyroid b. insulin c. progesterone d. cortisol  Answers Question 1: d. Fatigue. It is by far the most common complaint that women say affects their lives on a daily basis. Can you guess what the most common prescription is given...


3 Ways to Beat Signs of Aging

by Robert Jones | February 8, 2013 | Health

“I feel lousy. Am I just getting old?” This was a serious question asked me by a 41-year-old female patient. I don’t know if she liked my answer, but here’s what I told her: “Aging isn’t optional, but feeling ‘lousy’ is a choice.” I have plenty of patients in their 60s and 70s that feel great all the time. At 62, I would include myself in that group—but I work at it. I don’t think she doesn’t want to work at feeling better, but after so many years of being tired and being somewhat overweight, she didn’t know what to do...


Awareness: Overcoming a Pornography Addiction

by Gordon S. Bruin M.A., C.M.H.C. | January 29, 2013 | Health

This language, the Language of Recovery , is based on five powerful keys that combine the latest clinical knowledge with gospel understanding on effectively treating those caught in the trap of pornography addiction and providing education to those who want to help. In my past articles, the keys to this new language have been introduced: 1. Acknowledgment 2. Surrender 3. Awareness 4. Mindfulness 5. Faith. At first glance these five keys may sound simplistic, but there is a depth and breadth to them that can only be discovered as one begins to practice them daily. The focus of this article is...


Mental health expert: Surrender is essential to conquering addiction

by Gordon S. Bruin, M.A., C.M.H.C. | December 26, 2012 | Health

Understanding the concept of surrender as it relates to recovery from addiction is critical for lasting sobriety. Without personally experiencing what it means to surrender, the one who struggles with an addiction is likely to be stuck in the constant cycle of relapse episodes.  At first glance the concept of surrender doesn’t seem to make sense. It seems like everything we do in order to succeed in the world is based on the concept of the fight. We are told that if things aren’t working out the way we want them to, all we need to do is to work harder...


What's Wrong With This Woman?

by Dr. Robert Jones | December 3, 2012 | Health

Sherrie is 42 years old. She came to our clinic with the following health concerns: fatigue, anxiety, sugar cravings, inability to lose the fat that had accumulated only on her waist, Type 2 insomnia (waking up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep because her “brain won’t turn off”), and inability to handle much stress (she has three teens). She works full time. Although she had already had some blood tests done, we ran some other tests. She had been previously told that “everything looks fine.” But on closer examination, everything wasn’t fine. How would you...