Health

Articles on health are divided in general sections. These sections then feature different categories with articles by various authors. Focus of articles is generally on holistic health and preventative medicine, leaning towards natural healing.

Living A Life of Joy: Getting Sober, Staying Sober

Living A Life of Joy: Getting Sober, Staying Sober

by Jenifer Madson. Before I got sober, just shy of my twenty-fourth birthday, the last thing I felt was the freedom and happiness that the promises speak of. I was sick: not just physically sick from the amount of chemicals in my system, but soul-sick, completely bereft of a sense of...

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Energy Medicine: An Emerging Paradigm

Energy Medicine: An Emerging Paradigm

by Finley Eversole, PhD. The prevailing industrial age view of the human body as a machine whose parts occasionally break down, requiring repair only to that part without regard to the whole human being and the sources of the problem, is a health model that will increasingly be replaced by a more unified theory of what a human being truly is.

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Ten Things You Need To Know About Fat

Ten things you didn’t know about fat

Our understanding of fats – including which ones are actually good for us – is evolving. We know for example that red meat and meat products, cakes and biscuits, which are rich sources of saturated fatty acids, are associated with an increased number of cardiovascular deaths.

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Quality of Life for Cancer Patients: Does Massage Therapy Help?

Quality of Life for Cancer Patients: Does Massage Therapy Help?

by Gayle MacDonald, MS, LMT. At the end of the day, less pain, anxiety, and nausea, better sleep and more energy add to quality of life. That is what people with cancer seek. Researchers measure this variable usually with a written questionnaire and sometimes an oral interview...

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Making Herbal Medicine at Home

Making Herbal Medicine at Home

by David Hoffmann FNIMH AHG with Diana DeLuca. There is nothing mysterious or even particularly clever or skillful about making healing formulations from plants. Intimidated by the pharmaceutical elite, we think that to be of any use a medicine must be made by a Ph.D. wearing a white lab coat. Not so! If you can make a cup of tea or cook a simple meal...

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Science May Have A Clue Why Some People Are Obese but Still Healthy

Science May Have A Clue To Why Some People Are Obese and Still Healthy

Some obese people may be able to remain metabolically healthy despite their size because their bodies produce low levels of a certain molecule. High levels of the molecule, called heme oxygenase-1 or HO-1, are linked to metabolic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as high blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol...

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Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

by Jo Adetunji. “It was believed that since fat is the most ‘calorie-dense’ of the macro-nutrients, a reduction in its consumption would lead to a reduction in calories and a subsequent decrease in the incidence of obesity,” he said. But turning to carbohydrates such as sugar and corn syrup has led to a parallel increase in diabetes and obesity in the US.

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Who Is In Charge? You or Chocolate?

Who Is In Charge? You or Chocolate?

by William Fergus Martin. Many of us do things we wish we would not do. We may compulsively eat sugary or fatty things, drink too much alcohol, become a zombie in front of the TV, or whatever. We may judge ourselves as “weak” or “lacking in willpower”, because of this. Maybe we...

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Religious and Spiritual Values Affect How People Cope With Cancer

Do Religious and Spiritual Values Affect How People Cope With Cancer?

Most American adults say that they believe in God and that their religious beliefs affect how they live their lives. However, people have different ideas about life after death, belief in miracles, and other religious beliefs...

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Does Sunshine Addiction or ‘Tanorexia’ Really Exist?

Is There Such a Thing as Sunshine Addiction  Does ‘Tanorexia’ Really Exist?

“Sunshine can be addictive like heroin.” The claim comes via a study published in Cell based on an experiment carried out on mice at Harvard Medical School. Researchers found that ultraviolet light exposure leads to elevated endorphin levels – the body’s own “feel good” internal morphine...

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Five Conclusions From The US Government's New Advice On Eating Fish

Five Conclusions From The US Government's New Advice On Eating Fish

The question of whether to eat fish while pregnant has long been a slippery one. On the one hand, expecting mothers are told that eating fish regularly is good for fetal brain development. And on the other, they’re warned that fish contain mercury, which can cause birth defects.

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Ten Commandments for Cultivating Power Through The Body

The Ten Commandments for Cultivating Power Through The Body

by Nomi Bachar. Each one of us, I believe, wants to enjoy a healthy body. A body that expresses strength and vitality is a source of joy. Since the body and the soul are closely connected, caring for the one enhances the other. Here are my suggested “Ten Commandments” for cultivating power through the body.

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Essential for Good Health: Including Our Mental–Spiritual Needs

An Essential Ingredient for our Good Health: Including The Mental–Spiritual Needs of Our Being (illustration: Anne Heng)

by Ewald Kliegel. “Being whole” is an experience or a state of being in which we are in touch with our deepest inner being. It is a lifelong process with many paths and one of these paths touches on the body and its organs. With what they have to tell us they enrich us: with self-respect, with the discovery of our potential, with a wonderful inner attunement and, of course, also with health...

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Teens Influence Friends To Smoke, But Not To Quit

Teens Influence Friends To Smoke, But Not To Quit

Teen smokers are better at getting friends to start than nonsmokers are at getting friends to quit.“What we found is that social influence matters, it leads nonsmoking friends into smoking and nonsmoking friends can turn smoking friends into nonsmokers,

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Thinking About Death Can Make You Value Life More

Thinking About Death Can Make You Value Life more

An awareness of our own death is potentially extremely distressing. Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?

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A Cold Splash: Water Therapy for Depression & Chronic Fatigue

A Cold Splash: Water Therapy for Depression & Chronic Fatigue

by Peter Bongiorno, ND, LAc. One group of researchers in Virginia suggests that hydro­therapy may be useful to treat cancer and chronic fatigue as well as depression. Cold exposure therapies may actually be the best choice for depressed patients. According to Hippocrates, water therapy "allays lassitude."

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Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirit Healing

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirits

by Pam Montgomery. We can work with plant spirits for our own personal guidance and healing, but when we call upon plant spirits to engage in the healing of another, a particular type of dynamism is added to the healing process. Plants are community beings that are here to serve the community as a whole so that when we step beyond our own personal needs...

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Love Hormone Makes Old Muscles New Again

Love Hormone Makes Old Muscles New Again

Oxytocin is released with a warm hug, a grasped hand, or a loving gaze, and it increases libido. The hormone kicks into high gear during and after childbirth, helping new mothers bond with and breastfeed their new babies. While oxytocin is found in both young boys and girls, it is not yet known when levels of the hormone start to decline in humans, and what levels are necessary for maintaining healthy tissues.

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Sleep, Like Oxygen, Water & Food, Is One Of Life’s Essentials

Sleep, Like Oxygen, Water And Food, Is One Of Life’s Essentials

It’s often said that no-one really knows what sleep is for. Sometimes it’s as if this lack of surety means its functions are relatively unimportant or even vestigial, like an appendix to the story of our life. How we evaluate life has long since focused on the daytime – what we think and feel when we’re awake.

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The Natural Way To Keep Produce Fresh & Stop Waste

The Natural Way To Keep Produce Fresh and Stop The Waste

Nearly a third of all the food produced in the world is lost or wasted, according to the UN’s World Resources Institute. It is a sad irony that we waste so much food – especially fruit and vegetables – but still fail to feed the world’s ever increasing population. We need to start minimizing the amount of food that is produced and then lost.

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How to Increase Your Health and Happiness with Social Interaction

 How to Increase Your Health and Happiness with Social Interaction & Community

by Joyce Meek Yates & Amanda Conrad. Social situations can have a positive influence on your personal health choices. Studies show that the more socially active a person is, the better their memory.

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The Food You Eat Affects Your Mood & Your Mood Affects Food You Eat

How The Food You Eat Affects Your Mood And Mood Affects food

Eating good food promotes overall health and well-being, but what you eat may also impact how you feel. Research suggests that not only can the food you eat affect your mood, but that your mood may influence the foods you choose to consume.

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Making Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage Affordable For All

Making Acupuncture, Yoga, and Massage Is Affordable For All

Fewer high school students smoked cigarettes in 2013 than in previous years, while more adults are delaying health care because they can't afford it. These are among the insights of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest annual report, released in May.

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Tone and Stretch: This Is How We Do It

Tone and Stretch: This Is How We Do It

by Dr. Jay M. Lipoff. You might work the upper body one day and the lower body the following day, split up by cardio and repeated. Another strategy is to do a split routine so you can focus on each muscle group separately. Remember they need a break to recuperate because you are focusing on them.

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Little Kids Eat Healthier Snacks Than Teens

Little Kids Eat Healthier Snacks Than Teens

The average child in the US snacks three times a day. Concerned about the role of snacking in obesity, a team of researchers set out to explore how eating frequency relates to energy intake and diet quality in a sample of low-income urban school children in the Boston area.

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The Key To Good Health Is Creating Strong Immunity

The Key To Good Health Is Creating Strong Immunity

by Len Saputo, MD and Nancy Faass, MSW, MPH. Factors such as sleep, exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, and spiritual connection provide the foundation for a strong immune response. Everything you do -- everything you touch, breathe, eat, and think affects your immunity. How you live your life is the most powerful resource...

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Eating Organic Food Significantly Lowers Pesticide Exposure

Eating Organic Food Significantly Lowers Pesticide Exposure

Eating an organic diet for a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults, research from RMIT University has found.The study, led by Dr Liza Oates found participants' urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower.

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Can't Sleep? The Fragility of Sleep Affects Children as well as Adults

The Fragility of Sleep Affects Children & Adults

by Kat Duff. Our bodies change physiologically, continually altering the amount of sleep we need, the kind we get, and the time of day we are best able to get it as we progress through the life cycle. We assume and relinquish many responsibilities, encounter differing environmental conditions, and make lifestyle choices that impact...

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Meditation and How It’s Helpful for Migraine Disease

Meditation and How It’s Helpful for Migraine Disease

by Sharron Murray, MS, RN. For those of us who suffer from migraine disease, chronic stress can drain our energy and lead to adrenal crisis. Meditation, coupled with deep abdominal breathing, can be helpful in regulating our response to stressful situations, as well as in aborting and preventing migraine attacks and strengthening our kidneys.

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Just How Old Are You Really? There Is A Simple Test

Just How Old Are You Really? There Is A Simple Test

Different measures of physical abilities can be assessed to determine how old someone is including walking speed, standing balance, the speed they can rise from sitting. We found that hand grip strength, a measure of upper-body strength, is consistently a good indicator of future mortality and susceptibility to disease.

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The Sustainable Food Movement Proves We Can Find Hope For The Future

The Sustainable Food Movement Proves That We Can Find Hope For The Future.

When I investigated the threats posed to our global food system by climate change and the environmental damage caused by industrial agriculture — as well what people are doing to fix these problems, I became familiar with...

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Poor Diet Is The Result of Poverty Not Lack of Education

Poor diet is the result of poverty not lack of education

Contrary to popular belief, people who are experiencing food poverty are not ignorant of what they should eat as part of a healthy diet or even where to buy affordable food. There is a wealth of research showing that the most important factor for having a healthy diet is access to affordable healthy food.

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The Autism, Vaccine and Mercury Controversy

The Vaccine and Mercury Controversy

by Stephanie Marohn. There is a metal metabolism defect, often present in autism, which makes mercury especially toxic for autistic children. Even with a normal system, an infant can't handle mercury. Bile is needed for the process of eliminating mercury from the body, but an infant's liver does not produce bile.

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A Multifaceted Approach to Healing Cancer

A Multifaceted Approach 
to Healing Cancer

by Donald R. Yance, CN, MH, RH(AHG). Just as there is no single cause of cancer, there is no single remedy. Therefore when approaching a complex disease like cancer it is important to formulate a balanced protocol that addresses: the characteristics of the disease; diet, environment, and lifestyle; organ weaknesses and the overall deficiency or excess of the person.

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Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults

Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults

Tai chi, a traditional Chinese form of exercise, may help older adults avoid getting shingles by increasing immunity to varicella-zoster virus and boosting the immune response to varicella vaccine, according to research supported by the National Institute on Aging and NCCAM.

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Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

Bicycle Commuting Can Improve Health And Mitigate Climate Change

It's that time of year: Bicyclists young and old are lubing chains and dusting off cheap supermarket bikes, top-of-the line Treks and everything in between. A bike, of course, offers a way to get exercise, reduce your carbon footprint or just have fun. But biking activity, in large part, is driven by the pedaling opportunities available in your community.

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What Are The True Causes of Diseases?

What Are The True Causes of Diseases?

by Christopher Vasey N.D. At first glance, one would think that the causes of diseases are as numerous and diverse as the diseases themselves. However, careful observation will show that, fundamentally, all illnesses share one cause: the deterioration of the terrain, the body’s internal cellular environment...

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Mental Health: Why We're All Sick Under Neoliberalism

Mental health: why we're all sick under neoliberalism

You are in bed, sweating and trembling, dosed up on a selection of painkillers and herbal tranquillizers. Noises outside make you jump. Your heart beats frantically, furiously, unremittingly. You sleep for brief periods, twenty minutes, ten minutes. A police siren goes past and you wake up with a start...

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Where Are The Low-Cost Treatments for Cancer?

Where Are The Low-Cost Treatments?

Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out research into potential treatments that are more affordable. Says one researcher: “What is scientific and sexy is driven by what can be monetized.”

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Once Upon a Mine: The Legacy of Uranium on the Navajo Nation

Once Upon a Mine: The Legacy of Uranium on the Navajo Nation

by Carrie Arnold. On a low, windswept rise at the southeastern edge of the Navajo Nation, Jackie Bell-Jefferson prepares to move her family from their home. A mound of uranium-laden waste the size of several football fields, covered with a thin veneer of gravel, dominates the view from her front door...

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Fat Free and Natural? Seven Food Labeling Tricks Exposed

Fat Free and Natural? Seven Food Labeling Tricks Exposed

by Sandra Jones, The Conversation. If you’re confused by food labels, you’re not alone. Marketers use a variety of tricks to make foods seem healthier and more appealing than their competitors, particularly when it comes to products aimed at children. One of the most powerful advertising tools a food manufacturer has is the packaging.

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