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.

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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Life is Good! Even After a Heart Attack

Life is Good! Even After a Heart Attack

by Sarah Varcas. Despite the obvious challenges of recovering from a heart attack, the blessings of this bizarre sequence of events are greater than the drawbacks. Suddenly being awakened to the presence of my physical heart has triggered a process of what I can only describe as re-heartening...

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Get Up, Stand Up! Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks

Get Up, Stand Up! Five Health Benefits of Standing Desks

by Joseph Stromberg. There was a time when standing desks were seldom seen inside a regular office setting. That's changed, in large part due to research showing that the cumulative impact of sitting all day for years is associated with a range of health problems...

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Menopause: How To Navigate "The Blue Period"

Menopause: How To Navigate "The Blue Period"

by Stephanie Bender & Treacy Colbert. There’s plenty of nonsense out there suggesting that we poor old menopausal biddies just can’t cope with the loss of our youth and fertility or our children leaving home — don’t buy into that for a minute. You haven’t gotten this far in life without...

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What Does Being Healthy & Happy Mean to You?

What Does Being Healthy & Happy Mean to You?

by Lester R. Sauvage, M.D. I often asked my patients three important questions before surgery: Why do you wish to live longer? Do you wish to be happier? and What does being happy mean to you? These queries gave me an opportunity to discuss spiritual matters as well as physical and emotional ones...

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Getting Enough Sleep? From Sleep Deprivation to Sleep Binging

Sleep Bulimia: From Sleep Deprivation to Sleep Binging

by Kat Duff. Occasional insomnia is not a serious problem because our bodies do their best to make it up as quickly as possible. However, several consecutive nights without enough sleep can begin to wreak havoc, especially for those who...

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Why Some People Gain Weight So Easily

Genes, Junk Food, And Weight

by Harrison Wein, Ph. D. Why do some people gain weight more easily than others? A study of mice eating the mouse equivalent of a fast-food diet gives insight into how genetics can influence obesity....

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Hope for Migraine Sufferers: Identifying Your Migraine Triggers

Hope for Migraine Sufferers: Identifying Your Migraine Triggers

by Sharron Murray, MS, RN. To reduce the frequency and severity of your migraine attacks, it’s important to identify your triggers. Triggers are the stimuli that excite oversensitive neurons and initiate the chain of events that lead to our migraine attacks. Although you may find...

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Changing Your Body’s Reaction to Stress: Five Dimensions of Stress

Changing Your Body’s Reaction to Stress: The Five Dimensions of Stress

by Gregory Plotnikoff MD & Mark Weisberg PhD. Stress is both a cause of trouble and the result of trouble. As the first step in empowering you to change your bodily reactions to stress, we ask you to observe and notice what kinds of stressors exist for you. You can't change it if you don't see it or feel it or know about it.

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Are Saturated Fats As Bad As We Have Been Led To Believe?

Are Saturated Fats As Bad As We Have Been Led To Believe?

A US heart researcher looks set to inflame an argument over saturated fats. But an editorial published in Open Heart suggests that...

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Have We Been Duped About The Safety of BPA-Free Plastics?

Have We Been Duped About The Safety of BPA-Free Plastics?

It would seem, and particularly for mothers, fathers, and grandparents everywhere, that using plastics for anything other than decorations is not at all wise. Just what would be your decision if you knew that what you were feeding your children, or your grandchildren, might one day lead to...

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The Energetics of Food: The Yin & Yang of Vitality & Health

The Energetics of Food: The Yin & Yang of Vitality & Health

by Donald R. Yance, CN, MH, RH(AHG). Each of us manifests our own energetic makeup, and this determines the balance of foods that promote vitality and health with the foods that detoxify and eliminate cancerous agents. The dynamics of the yin and yang aspects of different foods and how they relate to each person are also significant...

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Healing Yourself by Creating Art: The Muse That Heals

Healing Yourself by Creating Art: The Muse That Heals

by Michael Samuels, MD and Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD. When art is expressed from the deepest levels of our being, profound healing occurs. Just as you may not consider yourself an artist, you may not think of yourself as a healer, either. You may have never used this powerful inner part of yourself consciously...

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Mary’s Story: Painting to Release the Past & Heal

Mary’s Story: Painting to Release the Past & Heal [Art: detail from Weeping Woman (1937) by Pablo Picasso]

by Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD. For the first time, I was experiencing my pain in a strange, new way. I stood in front of my canvas and was in control for the first time. I painted my emotions. The painting captured and contained a moment that was now past. The painting remained, though the emotion had passed...

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Myths and Facts about Your Weight & Diet

Myths and Facts about Your Weight & Diet

by Marcelle Pick. It never ceases to amaze me how many myths we’re bombarded with concerning diet, exercise, and weight. Following are some common myths that I hear frequently from my patients. Have you heard them, too? Have you begun to realize that they’re false?

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Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Fraudulent Prescriptions

Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Fraudlent Doctors

Ten years after Medicare's vaunted prescription drug program was signed into law, the Obama administration and Congress are re-evaluating whether it does enough to stop inappropriate prescribing and fraud by physicians.

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I Have Asperger's But I'm Not Rain Man

I Have Asperger's and I Am Not Rain Main (art by Wassily Kandinsky)

by Sophie Walker. The idea that Grace belonged to a group of “different minds” stayed with me. For a long time, I turned over in my head thoughts of famous artists and writers and actors who had seemed to exist at a different altitude, their senses keener and their experiences both sharper or more colorful and, often, more painful.

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What Western Medicine Doesn’t Know: West vs. East

What Western Medicine Doesn’t Know: West vs. East

by Susan Shumsky, DD. In our Western culture, doctors attain mystical status. As our holy men and women, they hold the power of life and death in their hands, and whatever they say is gospel. Few brave souls ever question their doctors. Whatever prescriptions given, especially to vulnerable, elderly patients, are taken without objection or inquiry...

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The Democratization Of Medical Science

The Democratization Of Medical Science

Vinod Khosla has stirred up some controversy in the healthcare community over the last several years by suggesting that computers might be able to provide better care than doctors. This includes remarks he made at Strata Rx in 2012, including that, “We need to move from the practice of medicine to the science of medicine. And the science of medicine is way too complex for human beings to do.”

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Diet For Thyroid Patients – 6 Foods To Include And 4 Foods To Avoid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the lower part of the neck. It has a very important role to play in the different metabolic processes occurring in your body. Your thyroid is responsible for releasing two main hormones. These are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones help in controlling the metabolism in your body.

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Why Fighting Symptoms Doesn't Work

Why Fighting Symptoms Doesn't Work

by Gregory Plotnikoff MD & Mark Weisberg PhD. When you go on the offensive and try to fight your symptoms, it only makes them stronger. Try this: whatever you do, do not think of an elephant. What happens? The harder you try not to think of it, the elephant's image becomes even more prominent...

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Fight Colds and Flu with 3 Immune-Boosting Juices

Fight Colds and Flu with 3 Immune-Boosting Juices

by Michael T. Murray N.D. Raw fruit and vegetable juices are great immune system fortifiers, especially during an active infection with a cold or flu. This time of year, it's critical to get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and bolster the immune system with freshly made juices rich in...

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A Wholistic Approach to Weight Management

A Wholistic Approach to Weight Management

by Donald R. Yance, CN, MH, RH(AHG). Although I don’t believe in calorie counting, I do believe it is essential to be wise in our dietary choices. If weight loss is a goal, then choosing low-energy-density foods for the bulk of your diet and using high-energy foods as condiments or...

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If You Lead A Sedentary Lifestyle, Are You Exercising Enough?

If You Lead A Sedentary Lifestyle, Are You Exercising Enough?

by Antony J. Haynes. The amount of exercise you do on a regular basis is one of the most important influences on the state of your health and your ability to fight against disease. Regular exercise improves cardiovascular health, bone and muscle mass, lung capacity and circulation, digestive functions, and...

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Self-Massage: Techniques for Calming Digestive Distress

Self-Massage: Techniques for Calming Digestive Distress

by Gregory Plotnikoff M.D. & Mark Weisberg Ph.D. The sensation of touch is one of the most profound and healing experiences humans share. Through touch, we can reconnect our mind and body, allowing relaxation and the unwinding of stress and tension. Most types of massage aim to release tension from...

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Healthy Snacks Low on Sugar, Refined Carbs, and Trans Fats

Healthy Snacks Low on Sugar, Refined Carbs, and TransFats

by Antony J. Haynes. Most snack foods contain sugar, refined carbohydrates, and often trans fats as well. This can make healthy snacking difficult. However, there are a variety of insulin-friendly snacks that you can either prepare in advance or quickly...

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The Bipolar Disorder Transformation: The Ups and Downs

The Bipolar Disorder Transformation: The Ups and Downs

by Lynn Hodges. I think people who suffer the lows more than the highs will find it difficult to see bipolar as a friend. I know that when I am severely depressed, I hate the illness and see it as my enemy. Depression is such a wicked illness, leaving the person and everyone around them feeling helpless...

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Panic Attacks: Our Minds Cannot Be Trusted

Panic Attacks: Our Minds Cannot Be Trusted.

by Alex Lickerman, MD. People who suffer from panic attacks on a regular basis will often say that having them makes them feel as if they're about to die. That's how the only panic attack I ever experienced felt, too.

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The Physical Body + The Higher Self = The Body's Intelligence?

The Body's Intelligence = The Physical + The Higher Self?

by Robert Bruce. Your life began as a single living cell that divided countless times according to the blueprint contained in your DNA. Your entire physical body is made up of intelligent, connected, living cells. Everything that happens to your body is controlled by your body intelligence and its cells. But it is far more than a biological machine...

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How To Shut Off the Body's Source of Toxins

How To Shut Off the Body's Source of Toxins

by Christopher Vasey N.D. The principal source of toxins is our diet. If an illness has appeared, it is because the foods we consume supply and produce a greater quantity of toxins than our eliminatory organs can remove. It is therefore...

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You Can Do It! Healing Yourself with Powerful Affirmations

You Can Do It! Healing Yourself with Powerful Affirmationsby Robert Bruce. Affirmations are statements of intention that can be used for anything: to attract wealth, for life changes, to find a perfect partner, for self healing -- from curing diabetes to losing weight to quitting smoking, etc...

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How Private Sector Health Costs Are Killing the American Dream

The federal government doesn’t have a deficit problem. Its fiscal issues are entirely related to the bloated cost of American health care. If we paid the same amount for health care per person as people do in other wealthy countries with longer average life expectancies, we’d have a balanced budget now and surpluses projected for the future.

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From Bladder Weakness to Bladder Wellness

How To Go From  Bladder Weakness to Bladder Wellnessby Olivia Roberts. A misbehaving bladder is a very common problem. Some people go to the loo unnecessarily often, or leak when laughing or stretching. If you are in the habit of going to the bathroom on the first signal, you will feel 'full' even when the bladder is car­rying only a small amount of liquid...

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Self-Care: It Goes Beyond Massages and Pedicures

Self-Care: It Goes Beyond Massages and Pedicures

by Renée Peterson Trudeau. When you think about self-care, do you have visions of massages or pedicures and facials? Total self-care also includes eliminating self-criticism, not overscheduling, releasing the need to be perfect, saying no, refusing to do things out of guilt, and giving yourself much-needed...

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It's Easy! Stretching Techniques for Suppleness and Flexibility

It's Easy! Proper Stretching Techniques for Suppleness and Flexibilityby Dr. Jay M. Lipoff. There are many great ways to stretch. Some people respond to different stimulus so don't think you have to do one version or the other. You may find using several stretching methods helps you accomplish your goal; much like changing your weightlifting routine can push your muscles to new gains...

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A Journey to Miraculous Healing & A Shamanic Medicine World

A Journey to Miraculous Healing & Shamanic Medicine Worldby Margaret De Wys. “Now, ma’am,” he said to me, “are you a healer?” “No,” I said, “I am not.” Would I ever call myself a healer? I would not. The power that came from Ncumu, God, was what healed...

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Warmer Seas May Raise Mercury In Fish

Warmer Seas May Raise Mercury In Fish

As a new report highlights the link between warming waters and mercury pollution, scientists fear for contamination to the marine food chain. Scientists in the US say they have found evidence suggesting that warmer sea surface temperatures may increase the ability of fish to accumulate mercury.

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10 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress

10 Simple Ways To Relieve Stress

Stress is unavoidable and often goes overlooked until a point where you find yourself so stressed that you start thinking irrationally. Therefore it’s very essential to break through stress to ensure that your mind is at peace.

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Challenging Negative Thoughts: The Ups and Downs of Life & Depression

Challenging Negative Thoughts: The Ups and Downs of Life

by Lynn Hodges. One of the most difficult aspects of depression is coping with the nega­tive thoughts that happen moment to moment. People often ask me whether I think you can take an active role in managing and reducing your depression. I answer a very big yes to this question...

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Why Do Nuns Outlive the Rest of Us? Six Tips for Healthy Aging


Why Do Nuns Outlive the Rest of Us? Six Tips for Healthy Aging

Catholic nuns have a conspicuous presence in the American imagination. They're depicted as kindhearted innocents like Sally Fields' plucky heroine in The Flying Nun, and, on the other end of the spectrum, as the ruler-wielding, knuckle-smacking villains of many Catholic schoolchildren's early years.

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