5 Brain Boosting Reasons To Take Up Martial Arts

5 Brain Boosting Reasons To Take Up Martial Arts
We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise?

The Best Foods For Arthritis Symptoms

The Best Foods For Arthritis Symptoms
Osteoarthritis is the most common of the more than 200 forms of arthritis, affecting more than 20% of the population.

How Eating Fish May Reduce Your Child's Breast Cancer Risk

How Eating Fish May Reduce Your Child's Breast Cancer Risk
Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in plant and seafood sources. If you don’t have high enough levels of omega-3s in your diet, it’s a leading risk factor for death globally, contributing to the development of chronic diseases like cancer.

Why Fancy Gyms Aren't Always Best

Why Fancy Gyms Aren't Always Best
If you want to get stronger and feel better after exercising – which is important because it encourages you to keep exercising – you don’t need a fancy gym.

Is Air Pollution Making You Sick?

Is Air Pollution Making You Sick?
It’s hard not to empathize with the people in the smoggy images of New Delhi or Ulaanbataar or Kathmandu, often wearing masks, walking to school or work though soupy cloudiness.

Children Living In Green Neighborhoods Are Less Likely To Develop Asthma

Children Living In Green Neighborhoods Are Less Likely To Develop Asthma
Several studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for health. Now new research has looked specifically at asthma and found that living in green neighbourhoods protects children from developing the condition

How To Use Color, Nature, and Sound for a Harmonious Home

How To Use Color, Nature, and Sound for a Harmonious Home
Color can be a tremendous Ch'i enhancement when you love it, or cause a real depletion in energy if you don't. If a color bugs you, get rid of it. Removing offensive colors can make a positive change in the entire house -- and in your moods!

You Are An Energy System Guided From Within

You Are An Energy System Guided From Within
When you take a Kirlian photograph of your hand, it shows a certain pattern of energy. If you take a second photograph while imagining that you are sending love and energy to someone you know, the Kirlian photograph will show a different pattern of energy. Thus, we can see that a change in your consciousness creates a change in the energy field...

Why There Is Less Meat And More Bugs In Our Dietary Future

Why There Is Less Meat And More Bugs In Our Dietary Future
Biologically speaking, humans are omnivores and we like to eat a variety of things. There is increasing interest in all sorts of alternative sources of protein as we diversify our diets. This trend is accelerating in 2018.

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Treat Malnutrition?

Could High-Dose Vitamin D Treat Malnutrition?
High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in severely malnourished children, our latest study has found.

How This Other Immune System Can Crimp Your Love Life

How This Other Immune System Can Crimp Your Love Life
Activating something called the behavioral immune system puts a damper on dating, new research shows. The theory is that perceiving, rightly or wrongly, the threat of disease unconsciously activates this system.

Do You Know The Lifestyle Factors That Cause Cancer?

Do You Know The Lifestyle Factors That Cause Cancer?
About a third of cancers could be prevented with lifestyle changes – that’s roughly a million cases of cancer in Europe each year. Many people are still confused about risk factors, despite vast sums being spent on public health education campaigns.

Is Your Sleep On Weekends Messing Up The Week?

Is Your Sleep On Weekends Messing Up The Week?
Most Americans go to sleep later on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights than during the week, a new analysis confirms. The study of data from physical activity monitors suggests that younger people, especially, are more naturally prone to go to bed and wake up later.

New Clues To Genetics Of Depression

New Clues To Genetics Of Depression
Researchers have identified 44 genomic variants, or loci, with a statistically significant association with depression. The meta-analysis involves research with more than 135,000 people with major depression and more than 344,000 controls.

Believe in Miracles And All Things Become Possible

Believing in Miracles So That We Can Then Create Them
We live in a world filled with miracles, and yet we take them for granted. Why do we, as adults, forget to see the miracles of our world? When we believe in miracles, we then create them. We all are miracle workers. We each have the ability to change our lives with nothing more than...

5 Food Allergy Myths

5 Food Allergy Myths
A surge in childhood food allergies across the United States has turned classrooms into homemade-treat-free zones and parents into experts at scanning labels. But what’s fact and what’s fiction?

Connecting to Energy: "It's Just Pure Energy! Pure Beethoven!"

Connecting to Energy: "It's Just Pure Energy! Pure Beethoven!"
The world we perceive, conceptualize, and think we know is only a surface reality. Underneath it lies a magical realm, more elusive and yet more vivid. Every philosophical, spiritual, and religious tradition, every art form, in every corner of the globe, in every century of human existence, teaches about this deeper reality.

Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?

Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?
It might be a spot, lump, bump or polyp you’ve found suspicious or bothersome enough to ask a doctor to have a look at. The doctor sends what she has excised for testing and tells you it’s “pre-cancerous”. But what exactly does that mean, and is it cause for alarm?

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star
In the past, food scientists like me often praised mushrooms as healthy because of what they don’t contribute to the diet; they contain no cholesterol and gluten and are low in fat, sugars, sodium and calories. But that was selling mushrooms short. They are very healthy foods and could have medicinal properties...

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition
Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices. On the contrary, our research shows that affluent Americans tend to overestimate their knowledge about health and nutrition.

How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children

How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children
A new scientific study shows that bright electric light exposure of preschool children in the evening suppresses melatonin production almost completely, an important addition to the growing body of research in this area.

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes
Chamomile – that yellow flower so often made into a tea, enjoyed before bed – is a very interesting plant. It was recently discovered that the humble flower may control or even prevent diabetes...

Are Young Blood Transfusions Magic Or Medicine?

Are Young Blood Transfusions Magic Or Medicine?
Recent scientific studies have claimed, almost vampire-like, that transfusions of blood from teenagers can help delay or reverse the ageing process. Where do these claims come from? Do they stack up? And how long will it be before we have the power to stave off what now is inevitable?

Are Your Food Cravings Based on Emotional and Physical Needs?

Food Cravings Based on Emotional & Physical Needs?
Food cravings often stem from basic unmet needs for fun, excitement, or love -- issues most would consider "normal" and within our power to self-heal. Some people's food cravings remain constant; for example, they always crave ice cream. Other people go through "food kicks" in different weeks.

We Can Never Have Enough of The Healing Environment of Nature

The Healing Environment of Nature
The natural world is our natural home. This may sound obvious, but to many it’s a forgotten truth. There is so much drawing us away from the grounding and nourishing world around us. But no matter how cut off we may feel, or how far into our own darkness we fall, the sun always rises with the possibilities of the day ahead.

Menstruation Is Not A Taboo In Women's Sport

Menstruation Is Not A Taboo In Women's Sport
Menstruation is often called the “last great taboo” in women’s sport. But periods are the media’s taboo, not sportswomen’s. Our new research showed that elite athletes are not afraid to talk about their menstrual cycle and how it affects them.

How Xanax Works, The Dangers And The Side Effects

How Xanax Works, The Dangers And The Side Effects

And although drug use has declined over the past decade, new and potentially life-threatening trends continue to appear. Most recently, doctors have warned of an “emerging crisis” relating to Xanax use among young people.

Can Menopausal Mood Swings Signal More Serious Mental Issues?

Can Menopausal Mood Swings Signal More Serious Mental Illness?
Most women expect to experience the effects of hormonal changes when they come to menopause and many anticipate increased irritability and mood swings. But mood swings that can be just an annoyance for some women can develop into something more serious for others.

Do Athletes Really Need Protein Supplements?

Do Athletes Really Need Protein Supplements?
Protein supplements for athletes are literally sold by the bucketful. Protein supplements are expensive, and might not be doing much for you. The marketing that accompanies them persistently promotes the attainment of buff biceps and six-pack abs.

Why Overeating May Be A Brain Glitch

Why Overeating May Be A Brain Glitch
With springtime comes the desire to shed those few extra pounds, in preparation to don swimsuits and head to the pool. This year, new obesity research is making it easier to find a pathway that is right for us.

How Classroom Yoga For Kids May Relieve Anxiety

How Classroom Yoga For Kids May Relieve Anxiety
Participating in yoga and mindfulness activities at school may help anxious third-graders improve their well-being and emotional health, according to a small study.

Is There Such A Thing As Normal Aging?

Is There Such A Thing As Normal Aging?
Drawing on their decades of practice along with the latest medical data, Gill and three geriatric experts agreed to help identify examples of what are often — but not always – considered to be signposts of normal aging for folks who practice good health habits and get recommended preventive care.

The Practice of Opening Heart and Mind to Whatever is Happening

The Practice of Opening Heart and Mind to Whatever is Happening
When we are willing to stay even a moment with uncomfortable energy, we gradually learn not to fear it. Then when we see someone in distress, we completely open our hearts and minds to whatever arises. Exhaling, we send out relief from the pain with the intention that we and others be happy.

6 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia

6 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia
An ageing population is leading to a growing number of people living with dementia. Dementia is an umbrella term for a group of symptoms including memory impairment, confusion, and loss of ability to carry out everyday activities.

Should We Have Two Sleeps Rather Than One?

Should We Have Two Sleeps Rather Than One?
Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night. While night time awakenings are distressing for most sufferers, there is some evidence from our recent past that suggests this period of wakefulness occurring between two separate sleep periods was the norm.

Each Part of the Body Has A Symbolic Message System

Each Part of the Body Has A Symbolic Message System


After many years of practicing energy techniques, specifically shiatsu, I have been able to realize to what extent, for each one of us, our body speaks to us (shouting even) about what we are really experiencing in the depths of ourself. Our deepest reality, our nonconscious, our mind, our soul -- whatever your preferred term is -- speaks to us constantly, telling us what isn't working.

5 Things To Consider Before Ordering A DNA Test

5 Things To Consider Before Ordering A DNA Test
You might be intrigued by what your genes could tell you about your ancestry or the health risks hidden in your DNA. If so, you’re not alone. Fascination with personal genetics is fuelling an explosion of online DNA testing. More than 12 million people have been tested – 7 million through ancestry.com alone.

The Best Way To Avoid Back Pain Is To Lift Heavy Things

The Best Way To Avoid Back Pain Is To Lift Heavy Things
Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80% of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What more evidence do you need? The truth is...

Why We Should Not Be Complacent About Lead Exposure

Why We Should Not Be Complacent About Lead Exposure
We poisoned ourselves with lead during the 20th century in most industrial nations. We used the metal widely, because lead paint is durable, engines run better on leaded gasoline and lead water pipes don’t rust.

Why Poor Posture In People With Disabilities Can Be Fatal

Why Poor Posture In People With Disabilities Can Be Fatal
Maintaining good posture is not something we think about in our everyday lives. We perhaps take it for granted that we can get up in between computer sessions, have a stretch while making a cup of tea or roll over in bed.

Shifting the Focus from The Addict to The Sage

Shifting the Focus from The Addict to The Sage
Many of us have become so steeped in what is wrong with ourselves in relationship that dysfunction becomes our accepted norm. We are so expert in why we can't commit; or keep attracting abusive partners; or how our parents' poor role model squashed our self-esteem; or; or; or . . .

Inflammation Is The Root Of All Disease And Leads To Aging

Inflammation Is The Root Of All Disease And Leads To Aging
Scientists have searched for and recently found out why some people live to be over one hundred, while being physically active, happy, and healthy. A team of experts in Tokyo researched which processes in the body may be responsible for not only successful aging but also for longevity. They have identified the common denominator, and that is inflammation.

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu
From our western perspective, crickets do not look appetizing, but neither did lobsters at one point in time, and in fact they used to be known as the cockroaches of the sea. Now lobster is considered a scrumptious delicacy.

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health
The World Health Organization recommends limiting “free sugars” to less than 10% of our total energy intake. This equates to around 12 teaspoons a day for an average adult.

Why Our Complexion Is So Important To Us

Why Our Complexion Is So Important To Us
We’re all attracted to a beautiful face. We like to look at them, we feel drawn to them and we aspire to have one.

6 Unusual Signs That You May Have Heart Disease

6 Unusual Signs That You May Have Heart DiseaseThe heart, so integral to life, sits in its protective cage in the chest, going about its work without any external sign to the owner. In the West, where one in four people die of cardiovascular disease, the importance of keeping the heart in good working order is hard to overstate.

How Exercise Can Help Tackle The Opioid Crisis

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The misuse of opioids has reached crisis levels across North America. Every day in 2016, 116 Americans died from opioid-related drug overdoses. And almost 1,500 Canadians died from such overdoses during the first half of 2017. Meanwhile, health-care providers continue to prescribe opioids — to try to help people suffering from chronic pain.

Why Artificial Sweeteners May Make You Fat

Why Artificial Sweeteners May Make You FatWith nearly 40% of the world’s population now classified as obese, and increasing evidence pointing to sugar as the culprit, people are turning to foods that contain low-calorie sweeteners to give them the sweet taste they enjoy, without the risk of gaining weight.

Dietary Salt, The Silent Killer: How Much Is Too Much?

Dietary Salt, The Silent Killer: How Much Is Too Much?
While preparing food at home, or while buying prepared food from grocery stores and restaurants, salt tends to find its way onto our plates. Does our love for salt come at a cost? How much salt is too much, and should we be concerned? These are the questions that not enough people are asking.

Hum Your Way to Health and Well-Being

Hum Your Way to Health and Well-Being
Sound is an exceptionally powerful energy. It has the ability to stimulate the release of hormones in the body, to reduce the stress response and induce relaxation, to penetrate to body and affect us at a cellular level, to rearrange molecular structure, and to shape matter itself. 

Young Canadians Lead The Charge To A Meatless Canada

Young Canadians Lead The Charge To A Meatless CanadaCanadians love meat. Many of us have been dedicated to our favourite protein source for years. But other sources of protein are emerging as potent alternatives to animal protein.

When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?

When We Lose Weight, Where Does It Go?
The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales.

We Are Not The Helpless Slaves Of Our Habits

We Are Not The Helpless Slaves Of Our Habits
Do you ever wonder why you do things specifically the way you do? Whether I’m reading a patient’s echocardiogram or loading the dishwasher, I have “a way” to do it, which is different from someone else’s “way.” How does this happen?

How Exercise Can Slow The Aging Process

How Exercise Can Slow The Aging Process
The tradition of sending a telegram to every British citizen on their 100th birthday was started just over 100 years ago by George V, who sent out just nine letters. Last year, the Queen had to sign over 16,000 birthday letters.

Attaining Radiant Health (also known as Health Beyond Danger)

Attaining Radiant Health (also known as Health Beyond Danger)
One of the great secrets of a long, satisfying, and happy life, according to Eastern wisdom, is to focus on health instead of disease. This is the psychological basis of the art of radiant health. Develop the attitude of radiant health, and radiant health can be attained surprisingly easily.

What's The Best Source Of Protein For Building Muscle?

What's The Best Source Of Protein For Building Muscle?
Do vegan bodybuilders have the edge? A recent study was reported as showing plant-based protein was more effective for building muscle than that from animals.

Why Is The Sugar In Fruit OK?

Why Is The Sugar In Fruit OK?
Evidence shows that the health risks from sugars, such as tooth decay and unhealthy weight gain, are related to consuming too many free sugars in the diet, not from eating sugars that are naturally present in fruits or milk.

Why Being So Sleep Deprived Matters

Why Being So Sleep Deprived Matters
As many as 70 million Americans may not be getting enough sleep. Men get fewer hours of sleep than women. A Sleep Foundation poll of parents suggested that American children are getting one hour of sleep or more per night less than what their body and brain require.

Singing As An Act Of Power For Wellness and Health

Singing As An Act Of Power For Wellness and Health
In many places in the world when a person is ill, a song is sung to heal. The notion of singing a person to wellness and health may sound strange. You may think it irresponsible of me, a trained physician, even to mention it. But I am not talking about a New Age or alternative treatment. I am speaking of the medicine ways of my tribe...

How Racism Impacts Your Health

How Racism Impacts Your HealthWitnessing and hearing stories about racism can impact your health. The feelings evoked can make you ill if not processed.

4 Ways Alcohol Is Bad For Your Health

4 Ways Alcohol Is Bad For Your HealthIn Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day.

How Your Brain Is Wired To Just Say Yes To Opioids

How Your Brain Is Wired To Just Say Yes To Opioids
The mid-1980s was the era of cocaine and marijuana, when Just Say No” was the centerpiece of the war on drugs and the government’s efforts to stem drug use and addiction. Since then, prescription opioids have become the nation’s drug scourge.

Is Poverty Driving Extraordinary Obesity Levels?

Is Poverty Driving Extraordinary Obesity Levels?
The “obesity epidemic” deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. It is, after all, thought to be killing nearly 3m people a year worldwide.

Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness

Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness
Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger punching force may be down to a better control of muscle movement in the brain, rather than increased muscular strength. Other studies have also found that children who practice Taekwondo improved in maths test scores, and behaviour.

How To Eradicate The Flu Virus From Your Home

How To Eradicate The Flu Virus From Your HomeOnce a respiratory virus like influenza has entered your home or workplace, it is wise to treat the space like a hospital and practice infection prevention and control.

Depression: What To Do When It Strikes Nearby

Depression: When It Strikes Nearby
Clinical depression is an affliction of the mind, body, and spirit that affects over 17 million Americans. If you are the partner, parent, child, or friend of someone who is undergoing a depressive episode, your understanding of the illness and how you relate to the patient can either support or deter his or her ability to get well.

How Hearing Loss And Depression Are Connected

How Hearing Loss And Depression Are ConnectedHearing loss can create chronic stress that can lead to depression, but high levels of social support—from family, friends, and others—can help alleviate depression, according to new research.

It's Not Just You, Politics Is Stressing Out America's Youth

It's Not Just You, Politics Is Stressing Out America's Youth
The current political climate has been difficult for Americans of all political stripes. People have been so stressed that, just before the 2016 presidential election, the American Psychological Association released a list of coping strategies to help adults deal with election-related stress.

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