Prayers and Apples is a resource for mind-body-spirit research, divided into a database of scientific studies and a blog featuring easy-to-understand explanations of new developments within the field.
My goal is to increase personal peace, health and happiness by promoting understanding of the relationship between the mind, body and spirit. The information featured on this website encourages physical and spiritual well-being as an integrative treatment element in addressing obesity, depression and generalized anxiety disorders.
(To learn more about my background, please visit my About Me page!)
While Prayers and Apples supports holistic treatment (improved nutrition, increased physical activity, spiritual involvement) as a first choice measure, or combined treatment element, in addressing obesity, depression and generalized anxiety disorders, I in no way discredit the value or appropriateness of pharmaceutical treatments in many cases. However, I feel strongly that a large percentage of patients could go without (or decrease their dosage of) medication and see equal – if not increased – improvement in their conditions if they altered their diet, increased their physical activity and/or explored spiritual involvement.
This belief is rooted in the principles of health psychology.
Prayers and Apples aims to translate (often complicated!) research exploring these topics through fun, pop culture infused posts. As Lopez & Gallagher (2011) note in the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, “The vibrancy of our science is dependent upon the commitment of [others] to a lifelong pursuit of demystifying psychological phenomena”.
The following was created as part of the Prayers and Apples Indiegogo Project. Although the fundraising campaign has since closed, this video serves as a good summary of what Prayers and Apples is all about! (For help navigating your way around the site, start here!)
Butcher, J., Hooley, J. & Mineka, S. (2010). “Causal factors and viewpoints”. Abnormal Psychology (14th ed.) (p.140). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Lopez, S. & Gallagher, M. “A case for positive psychology.” In Shane Lopez & C.R. Snyder (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology (2nd ed.) (pp. 3-6). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.