lee bowers, ph.d.

An Introduction To Medical Psychology
Medical psychologists have post doctoral training in various methods to help patients who have chronic and/or serious medical problems. Typically this includes working with the person on managing the emotional aspects of their illness, and also, reducing physical symptoms of the disease and the side effects of various treatments. Read more

Are You a Slave to the Seasons (or other allergens)
An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies. This includes indoor/outdoor, food & drug, latex, skin and eye allergies. Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the United States among all ages, and the 3rd common chronic disease among children under 18 years old. People with allergies usually have more than one type. Approximately 75% of all sufferers have an indoor/outdoor inhalant substance as their primary allergy. About 10 million people are allergic to cat dander, the most common pet allergy. The most common indoor/outdoor triggers are pollen, dust and mold, and pet dander. Read more

An Introduction To Health Psychology
Medical or Health Psychology is a specialty concerned with how biology, behavior, and social factors influence health and wellness. It came into existence in recent years as science developed more evidence that we are truly a body-mind. Every cell in the body is affected by our thoughts and emotions. We now know that most chronic (and often even acute) illnesses are influenced by our thoughts, personalities, and behaviors. Read more

Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Energy Therapies

NET, EFT, NAET, JMT, NMT, TFT and I could go on and on. In the last decade, there has been a proliferation of energy therapies claiming to effectively treat and even eliminate everything from anxiety and depression to severe auto immune disorders. How is the consuming public to know what works and what doesn�t, how to select a therapy, and how to find the right practitioner? Read more

How to Survive Anxiety Over Today�s Economy
In my roughly 25 years of private psychotherapy practice, I�ve never seen people as anxious and worried about finances as they are today. Certainly it is not without reason. Most people have seen their retirement savings dwindle. Unemployment is at a several - decade high, and of course the media drives home reminders of possible economic calamity every day. How are YOU coping? Read more

Of Course Two Brains Are Better Than One!

How many times have we heard someone say, �I just have a gut feeling about this?� Most people, when they refer to their �gut� are talking about their digestive system � stomach, intestines, etc. So how does your stomach make decisions for you? Read more

What You Don�t Know Can, In Fact, Hurt You
German physiologist Manfred Zimmerman, of the Neuroscience and Pain Research Institute, estimates that every waking second, our eyes process ten million bits of information, our skin one million bits, our ears and nose one hundred thousand bits each, and our tastes buds, one thousand bits. That�s a totally sensory input of 11,201,000 pieces of information per second! But only about 77 bits per second are actually processed on a conscious level. That means every second we�re taking in over 11.2 million pieces of information we know nothing about, consciously! Wow! Read more

Coping With the Dreaded �C-word�
�It�s cancer,� the doctor said, looking at me solemnly and waiting to see my response. I remained composed. It wasn�t a total surprise � I knew there was a strong possibility. Still, that word, being attached to my name � it felt like a kick in the stomach. Here I was � the person who�d helped hundreds of others manage the crisis of a serious health problem, now facing one herself. Read more