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About Molly O'Brien

Molly O'Brien is a freelance writer based in Gainesville, Florida. She specializes in community and personal health topics. Born in Huntington, New York, she graduated from SUNY Farmingdale with a Bachelor of Science in biology. Molly has a passion for literature, language and art in all forms. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in English with a specialization in creative writing.

Four Signs Your Relationship with Food may be Unhealthy

By Molly O’Brien Do you find yourself judging, labeling, criticizing and shaming your food choices? Has eating become a chore rather than an enjoyable way to nourish your body? You are not alone. This negative relationship with food and our bodies, although subtle, is common. I spoke with Kelly Ulmer M.Ed, Ed.S, a counselor who [...]

Emotional Freedom Techniques

By Molly O’Brien Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a relatively new therapy, developed in the United States in the 1990s by Gary Craig. In its short life, EFT has gained a lot of attention from healers, scientists and doctors worldwide. Sometimes called psychological acupressure, EFT combines elements of Chinese medicine with modern psychology to release [...]

Color Vibration Therapy

By Molly O’Brien Ancient cultures dating back to 2000 B.C. used the healing powers of color and light. Color was woven into all aspects of their culture, including health. According to Faber Birren’s “Color Psychology and Color Therapy: A Factual Study of the Influence of Color on Human Life,” ancient Egyptians used specially made solariums [...]

Understanding Epigenetics

By Molly O’Brien Epigenetics is one of the largest waves of research to hit the scene since the discovery of DNA structure in the early 1950s. Watson and Crick’s breakthrough in the mid-20th century lead to unparalleled discoveries concerning how our genetic makeup is fixed through inheritance. Today, scientists are learning this is not entirely [...]

The Brain-Gut Connection

By Molly O’Brien The expression “gut feeling” is grounded in scientific fact. The nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach is one way your intuition expresses its opinion. When you “go with your gut,” you are responding to a visceral feeling, perhaps guiding you to decide if someone new can be trusted and whether doing so is a right [...]

Mushrooms: The New Superfood

By Molly O’Brien In the first half of the 20th century, mushrooms — a type of fungus — received little public notice except as a tasty addition to certain dishes. In the 1950s these fungi gained attention because of some species’ psychedelic properties, as shown by Dr. Timothy Leary. Now mushrooms are moving on to achieve “superfood” status. What [...]

The Healing Power of Sage

By Molly O’Brien As you may know, sage is a cooking spice found in most supermarkets. For many spiritually minded folks though, it is also an herb known for its healing properties. An evergreen shrub belonging to the mint family, sage has been used since ancient times for burning away negative energy. Native American tribes and [...]