Monthly Archives: December 2011

Holistic Health Humor: Pretentious Foodie Bullshit Meal

Well done, Onion News Network.

Celebrity Chef Ted Allen Cooks His Favorite Pretentious Foodie Bullshit Meal


Holistic Health: Cool New CBT Tool for Kids with OCD

Is there a place for video games in integrative medicine? A newly developed tool makes me think so.

Ricky and the Spider is a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic computer game for children with obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was designed and developed by the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the University of Zurich in order to provide support for therapists in their work with children with OCD.

OCD worsens over time, so it’s important to thoroughly address it as symptoms appear early in life. The most effective treatment appears to be a combination of therapy and medication, such as antidepressants.

It’s a supplement, not a replacement, for therapy, and the designers stress that it should not be used without the guidance of a therapist. But I love that you can watch a video clip to get a real feel for what CBT is, and what it feels like to undergo CBT. Typically described as an evidence-based type of psychotherapy that focuses on the role of thinking and thoughts in how you feel and what you do, the concept of CBT can be difficult to grasp. Words aren’t always enough to explain what it’s all about.

Ricky and the Spider aims to make it easier for children to understand the disorder, its consequences and the treatment.
In the game, a spider forces Ricky the Grasshopper and Lisa the Ladybug to do things they do not really want to do, such as hop across the meadow in a particular pattern or count their spots every evening before going to sleep. Fearing the spider, they become entangled deeper and deeper in Cod’s web. In the end, Ricky asks Dr. Owl for help. Check it out.

To find a cognitive behavioral therapist, visit

Holistic Health: Soccer’s Surprising Psych Benefits

Playing in a soccer league can boost more than just physical fitness, says new British research.  It can boost mental health, too.

A small study presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology annual meeting found that playing amateur football can help even those with serious mental health problems.  Four years after researchers from Staffordshire and Aston Universities set up a soccer league for men with mental health problems, they evaluated the health of the players. Results showed overall improvements to mental health, including an improved ability to deal with psychological problems such as depression. They also reported increased confidence and even improvements in their social lives.

Previous research from the University of Copenhagen showed that soccer was a mood booster good for overall health, boosting feelings of belonging and reducing anxiety and worry.

To find an adult recreational soccer league near you, check out your local parks and recreation department or

Holistic Health: Visualize vegetarianism with this cool tool

Today's GoFigure looks at Americans who eat a diet mostly or entirely based on vegetables.

What a great site— and resource.  Making health information visually interesting is so much harder than they make this look. Well done Ross Toro & LiveScience!