By Mark Hyman, MD

The following comes from The UltraMind Solution.

Many of our attitudes and perceptions are powerful factors that determine our health and well-being. Fortunately, they are learned behaviors that can be unlearned. Studies show that it is not lifestyle or even socioeconomic status, but the perception of our place in the world that influences health.

One would think that disease risk factors commonly associated with poverty or low socioeconomic status such as smoking, consumption of alcohol, junk food, obesity, and lack of exercise explains the higher rates of disease and death in poverty stricken communities. But a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that even after considering those behaviors and risk factors, higher rates of disease and death could not be just explained by these factors alone.

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