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Articles provided here will cover areas such as prevention, cause, and various ways to heal. All of the information presented here is provided by the authors of each article, and are to be used according to your own choices, and are not presented as medical diagnosis or prescriptions.

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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who Gets Autism? What Types of Autism Are There?

Who Gets Autism? and What Types of Autism Are There?

by Stephanie Marohn. Estimates of how many people in the United States have autism vary widely. However, many professionals now acknowledge that we are in the midst of an epidemic of autism. In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) placed the prevalence at one in 500 in the general population...

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Vietnam Vets with PTSD More Likely to Have Heart Disease

Vietnam Vets with PTSD More Likely to Have Heart Disease

Among male twin Vietnam veterans, those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were more than twice as likely to have heart disease 13 years after being diagnosed as twin vets without PTSD. The finding suggests that PTSD may be a risk factor for heart disease.

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Sighing: The Reset Button for Our Mind & Emotions

Sighing: The Reset Button for Our Mind and Emotions

by Donald McCown and Marc S. Micozzi. It 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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How To Avoid Allergies In Your Child: Hay Fever and more

How To Avoid Allergies In Your Child

by Dr. Jonathon Brostoff & Linda Gamlin. Most people with severe hay fever allergies will surely hope that their children can be spared the same fate. Unfortunately, you cannot take any measures that will guarantee a hay fever-free future for your child, but you can reduce the chances that he or she will develop the same disease.

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Are You Vulnerable to Burnout?

Are You Vulnerable to Burnout?

by Gail McMeekin. Too much of either positive or negative stress can result in stress overload, commonly known as "burnout." Burnout occurs when you blow your circuits and feel physically and emotionally exhausted. If you strive endlessly to meet unrealistic expectations...

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Scientists Discover a Dedicated Pathway for Itch

Scientists Discover a Dedicated Pathway for Itch

Insights into the neural pathway for itchiness may point to new approaches for conditions such as psoriasis, shingles and liver disease....

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Ayurvedic Cures For Dandruff

Dandruff is quite an annoying hair problem that we cannot ignore. There are lots of shampoos that boast of clearing white flakes, but some really fail to do so. Let’s take the ayurvedic route to get rid of dandruff. There’s no harm in trying these tips, you never know it might just work wonders for your hair.

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Therapeutic Nanoparticles from Grapefruit Juice

Researchers used nanoparticles derived from grapefruits to deliver targeted drugs to treat cancer in mice. The technique may prove to be a safe and inexpensive way to make customized therapies....

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Selfish Motivation: The Best Reason to Quit

Selfish Motivation: The Best Reason to Quit Smoking

by Karen Pine & Ben [C] Fletcher. Although it's highly likely that the smoker has other people in mind when they draw up a list of reasons for quitting, ultimately the quitter has to do it for themselves alone. If the quitter makes other people the sole reason for quitting, they are likely to fail...

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Clues to Congenital Heart Disease

Clues to Congenital Heart Disease

A large-scale genomic analysis found that non-inherited mutations in hundreds of genes together account for about 1 in 10 cases of severe congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect....

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Concept Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Many Strains

Concept Flu Vaccine May Protect Against Many Strains

Scientists unveiled a concept vaccine against flu Wednesday they said may protect against various strains with a single jab. Tested in ferrets, considered good human models, the synthetic vaccine uses nanotechnology to attack parts of the influenza virus that different strains have in common.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): How To Treat It and What Not To Eat

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): How To Treat It and What Not To Eat

IBS stands for irritable bowel syndrome. It is a long term disorder of the intestines leading to belly pain, cramping, bloating, diarrhoea or constipation. The causes of this disorder are believed to be related to genetic problems, gastrointestinal tract infections, family history of colon cancer etc...

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Gene Linked to Migraine and Sleep Disorder

Gene Linked to Migraine and Sleep Disorder

Researchers linked an abnormal gene to both a common type of migraine and a rare sleep disorder. The discovery provides a new avenue for exploring treatment options....

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