The Power of Illness and Living in the Here and Now

The Power of Illness and Living in the Here and NowIn ancient Greece, there were temples with rooms to which sick people could retreat. This was a time of quiet introspection, based on the understanding that illness is a sacred space where inner work can be done, so that healing may come from the core of our being.

Is Drinking Wine Really Good For Your Heart?

Is Drinking Wine Really Good For Your Heart?As the weekend approaches, people are opening wine bottles in bars and restaurants and homes around the world, ready to kick back and relax.

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous Levels

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous LevelsSince World War II, rates of depression have doubled in the U.S., and depression is now the second most disabling illness in the Western world after heart disease. I have organized a holistic program for the prevention and treatment of depression into five areas — physical self-care, mental/emotional self-care, spiritual self-care, people support, and lifestyle habits.

How Very Low-calorie Diets Reverse Diabetes

How Very Low-calorie Diets Reverse DiabetesNew research clarifies the mechanisms by which caloric restriction rapidly reverses type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans will develop type 2 diabetes by 2050, according to recent projections by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Reports indicate that the disease goes into remission in many patients who...

The More Air Pollution, The More The Mental Distress

The More Air Pollution, The More The Mental DistressThe higher the level of particulates in the air, a new study shows, the greater the indications of psychological distress. Where a person lives can make a big difference to health and quality of life. Every increase in pollution of 5 micrograms per cubic meter had the same effect as a 1.5-year loss in education.

The Long, Strange History Of Diets and Dieting Fads

The Long, Strange History Of Diets and Dieting FadsLet’s jump back to 1028, the year William the Conqueror was born. Healthy most of his life, he became so overweight in later years that he went on a liquid diet consisting of almost nothing but alcohol. He lost enough weight to resume riding his cherished horse, but a riding accident soon led to his untimely death.

In America's Sandwiches, The Story Of A Nation

In America's Sandwiches, The Story Of A NationEveryone has a favorite sandwich, often prepared to an exacting degree of specification: Turkey or ham? Grilled or toasted? Mayo or mustard? White or whole wheat? We reached out to five food historians and asked them to tell the story of a sandwich of their choosing.

Can Brown Fat Really Help With Weight Loss?

Can Brown Fat Really Help With Weight Loss?There have been hyped reports of late about “brown fat”. Different from the fat we mostly have (white fat), brown fat is capable of burning more energy. So the theory goes: if we have more brown fat, we can lose weight. 

Why Saunas Really Are Good For Your Health

Why Saunas Really Are Good For Your HealthThings are hotting up in the world of sauna research. Previously, anecdotal claims of possible benefits were rarely backed up by medical evidence. But recent studies have shown that taking a regular sauna can be extremely good for your health – alleviating and preventing the risk of common acute and chronic conditions.

Relief from Anxiety and Depression in Our Uncertain World

Relief from Anxiety and Depression in Our Uncertain WorldAnxiety and depression are the most prevalent psychological disorders today. Major depression alone is expected to be the second-leading cause of disability by 2020 worldwide. I personally suffered from intractable depression and chronic dysthymia for thirty-five or more years. I also suffered from anxiety and panic attacks...

Is This The End Of The Road For Traditional Vehicles?

Is This The End Of The Road For Traditional Vehicles?New sales of petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2040 in the UK; France. Sweden and Scotland by 2032; Norway by 2025. Coupled with increasing concern over the carcinogenic effects of diesel emissions, the Volkswagen defeat device scandal, and the link between diesel particulates and Alzheimer’s, focus has turned again to electric cars. 

The High-performance Vegan Athlete – New Research Shows It Is Possible

The High-performance Vegan Athlete – New Research Shows It Is PossibleVeganism is a life choice that more people seem to be making. Still, despite its increase in popularity, when most think of a vegan, they tend to think of an animal rights activist, or someone who is a bit of a hippie at heart. And most likely, that a vegan is slightly underfed owing to a strict diet of tofu, lentils and salad.

Here’s How Your Brain Realizes You’re Full

Here’s How Your Brain Realizes You’re FullResearchers have discovered brain cells that control our appetite. This major discovery opens up new possibilities for creating more effective diets—and even future treatments to suppress one’s appetite by directly activating the brain’s tanycytes, bypassing food and the digestive system.

What You Need To Know About Subway Air Quality

What You Need To Know About Subway Air QualitySubways are vital for commuting in crowded cities, something that will become more and more important over time – according to a United Nations 2014 report, half of the world’s population is now urban. They can also play a part in reducing outdoor air pollution in large metropolises by helping to reduce motor-vehicle use.

The Healing Power of the Placebo Effect

The Healing Power of the Placebo Effect: Is It Real?Placebos have been found, at times, to work nearly as effectively as materialistic treatments. One series of studies covering more than one thousand patients showed that 35 percent reported significant relief from a variety of ailments after treatment with a placebo.

Why Are We So Afraid Of Dementia?

Why Are We So Afraid Of Dementia?A succession of surveys by Saga have shown that we are more frightened of developing dementia in old age than any other condition including cancer, and the language we use to talk about it: “raw horror” and “living death” speak volumes of the deep unease the prospect of dementia stirs.

Teaching Good Posture and Natural Alignment to Children

Teaching Good Posture and Natural Alignment to ChildrenMany of us know that our children’s posture is a problem. We struggle to know what to do about it, having already learned the futility of simply telling a child to “sit up straight.” Truth be told, we often are at a loss to know how to inhabit our own bodies in ways that are comfortable and relaxed, yet strong and energetic. 

Sighing: The Reset Button for Our Mind and Emotions

Sighing: The Reset Button for Our Mind and EmotionsIt is surprising that sighing has not been a topic of empirical psychological research until the twenty-first century. About the only place sighing makes an appearance is in studies of panic disorder, where it has been shown that such patients “hit reset” about twice as frequently as control subjects...

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