Finding Pleasure and Embracing Your Bliss Through Chocolate

Embracing Your Bliss Through Chocolate

What if we could fully embrace the joy that comes with eating chocolate, without any sense of guilt, for an entire day? Could we then also embrace other experiences of joy? This is where we begin, with this thought, this question: What if? For many of us, our relationship with chocolate is not...

Learning Compassion: What Happens If A Tree Falls In A Virtual Forest?

What Happens If a Tree Falls in a Virtual Forest

A woman peers through goggles embedded in a large black helmet. Forest sounds emanate from various corners of the room: a bird chirping here, a breeze whispering there. She moves slowly around the room. On the wall, a flat digital forest is projected so observers can get a rough idea of her surroundings, but in her mind’s eye...

Five Science ‘Facts’ We Learnt At School That Are Plain Wrong

Five Science ‘Facts’ We Learnt At School That Are Plain Wrong

There are many more than the five “facts” that need to be fixed in school textbooks. I am not suggesting that we should start teaching 6-year-olds about matter that only appears in Nobel Prize-winning physics labs or filling the curriculum with detail on dozens of senses. But maybe we should stop telling kids fibs.

Antidepressants May Be No Better Than A Placebo, So Why Take Them?

Antidepressants May Be No Better Than A Placebo, So Why Take Them?

Placebos are sham treatments that work even though they lack an active ingredient. Pills made of sugar or corn starch have improved Parkinson’s disease, anxiety and pain. Now research suggests placebos may be as good as real drugs for treating depression...

A New Scientific Revolution: Foundations of the New Paradigm

Conceptual Foundations 
of the New Paradigm: A New Scientific Revolution

There is a major revolution under way in science today, a transformation that is both profound and fascinating. It changes our view of the world, and our concept of life and consciousness in the world. It comes at a propitious time. We know that the world we have created is unsustainable...

How To Be Good to Yourself: The Do's and Don'ts

by Marcelle Pick. The way you treat yourself can make an enormous difference in how your body, mind, and spirit respond. Changing your internal conversation is one key way to turn down the stress and turn up the relaxation. I’ve struggled with these issues, too, and I know how hard it can be to create a new conversation. The key is...

The Ebb and Flow of Life: The Tide Always Comes Back In

The Tide Always Comes Back In

by Alan Cohen. A coaching client told me about a friend of hers who was freaking out because “the economy is never going to recover.” I suggested to her that her friend was suffering not from economic distress, but simple nearsightedness. Of course the economy is...

From Chronic Pain to Marathon: A Miraculous Healing Journey

From Chronic Pain to Marathon: A Miraculous Healing JourneyOn a scale from one to ten, with one being no pain at all and ten being unbearable pain, how would you rate your pain today?” It was the umpteenth time I had heard that ques­tion. Because of my ongoing battle with chronic pain...

Karma May Play A Role in Careers But It Won’t Break Glass Ceilings

Karma May Have A Role To Play In Career Progression, But It Won’t Break Glass Ceilings

For those who might have missed it, this was Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s advice to women uncomfortable with the thought of requesting: "It’s not really about asking for the raise but [about] knowing and having faith that the system will actually..."

App To Remotely Wipe Phones Leaves Police In Tech Arms Race

App To Remotely Wipe Phones Leaves Police In Tech Arms Race With Thieves

Police play a proverbial cat-and-mouse game with those they pursue, but also with the technology of the day they use. This game of one-upmanship, of measure and countermeasure, sees one or the other side temporarily with the upper hand.

The First Step of Foraging: Know What Grows Where

The First Step of Foraging: Know What Grows WhereWhen foraging, as with gardening, it is important to know what is available where one lives. The best way to forage is to simply get outside, slow down and walk around, listening and looking. This is really the only way to get to know an area, but when driving anywhere, we will...

Respiratory Therapies for The Common Cold, Influenza and Laryngitis

Upper Respiratory Problems and Therapies for The Common Cold, Influenza, Laryngitis

Unfortunately, there is no universally miraculous herbal cold cure. However, herbal medicine can do more than most therapies in treating and preventing this all too common problem. Herbs can be selected to fit the individual’s unique needs, while at the same time immune support...

Children Under Three Need Water and Milk, Not Sugar-Loaded Drinks

Children Under Three Need Water and Milk, Not Sugar-Loaded Drinks

The World Health Organisation recommends we limit our sugar intake to 10% of our total calorie intake a day because of the negative effect that sugar has on our health. Boys and girls around the age of three require around 1,100 calories a day, which means no more than...

How To De-Inflame and Detox in Three Steps

How To De-Inflame and Detox in Three Steps

A healthy body is a key for a healthy mood. It is essential to know that there are many factors that can create an unhealthy body as well as poor mood—and that there are steps you can take to reverse the process.

Extending the Vegetable Growing Season Past Fall Frosts

Extending the Vegetable Growing Season

Growers wishing to produce crops over as long a season as possible use various methods to extend the survival of frost-tender crops beyond the first fall frosts, keep semi-hardy crops alive through the winter, and boost winter production of hardy crops...

How To Trick Yourself and Others Into Eating Less

How To Trick Yourself and Others Into Eating Less

Science has a simple and incredible trick that will help you lose weight. The idea, it seems, is to make portions appear bigger because this leads people to serve and eat less.

New Polymer Makes Solar Cells More Efficient

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Solar cells made from polymers have the potential to be cheap and lightweight, but scientists are struggling to make them generate electricity efficiently.

What Do Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean?

What Do Your Blood Pressure Numbers Mean?

If you’re an adult and have ever visited a doctor, you’ve probably had your blood pressure measured. General practitioners tend to obsess over blood pressure.

Salt Overload – It's Time To Get Tough On The Food Industry

Salt Overload – It's Time To Get Tough On The Food Industry

While other nations have successfully reduced their sodium intake, Australians are still eating too much salt, and paying the price with our health; a high-salt diet can lead to high blood pressure, one of the key contributors to heart disease.

Men, Masculine Pride and How To Cope With Depression

Men, Masculine Pride And How To Cope With Depression

Masculinity plays an important role in dealing with problems such as depression. Men often don’t feel able to reach out for assistance because both the symptoms of depression and the act of seeking help goes against a stereotypical view of how us blokes should or shouldn’t behave.

Making Medicines at Home with Common Plants and Weeds

Making Medicines at Home with Common Plants and Weeds

Bo­tanicals can be incorporated into wines, cor­dials or teas, used in cooking and made into tinctures or salves. Some are applied topically as a poultice. Some plants we dry and use as teas or decoctions.

Can Yoga Play A Role In Treating Bipolar Disorder?

Can Yoga Play A Role In Treating Bipolar Disorder?

A recent survey suggests that yoga can be a substantial help for people with bipolar disorder, though the practice isn’t without risks. “There is no scientific literature on hatha yoga for bipolar disorder,” says lead author Lisa Uebelacker, associate professor (research) of psychiatry and human behavior...

The Subconscious Has Power When Directed

The Subconscious Has Power When Directed in Faith

Many stories are told of the power of the subconscious when directed in faith. Demonstrations often come at the eleventh hour because man then lets go, that is, stops reasoning, and Infinite Intelligence has a chance to work.

Ho’oponopo: Healing by Restoring Balance

Ho’oponopo: Healing by Restoring Balance

by Alan Cohen. Ho’oponopo teaches that if we intend to make changes in the outer world, we must first restore balance and clarity in our own mind and heart. So Dr. Hew Len regularly took each patient in mind, and spoke to their spirit: “I’m sorry for..."

Brains Can Make Decisions While We Sleep

Brains Can Make Decisions While We Sleep

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove our brains don’t completely switch off from our environment.

How Self-Destructing Cells May Hold Key To Cancer Cure

How Self-Destructing Cells May Hold Key To Cancer Cure

In the time that it will take you to read this article, millions of your body’s cells will have died via a self-destruct mechanism known as programmed cell death. This process is part of your body’s normal healthy function and is used to eliminate cells that are no longer needed or which have been damaged...

Are You Wasting Energy on Goals That Suck?

Wasting Energy on Goals That SuckClever ingenious creatures that we are, we can attain anything we set our mind to. Before you set your mind to anything, however, make sure it is something you want. Many people in our culture are clamoring for fame and fortune...

Junk Food Rats Ditch Balanced Diet To Eat Just Like Obese People

Junk food rats ditch balanced diet to eat just like obese people

Both rats and humans are omnivores, and both use flavour conditioning – learning through taste and experience which foods are good to eat and which to avoid. So if a particular flavour is associated with a desirable outcome like feeling full, this makes it more palatable, whereas a stomach illness would make it unpalatable.

Lack or Abundance? Empowering Your Vision

Lack or Abundance? by Joyce & Barry Vissell

by Barry Vissell. Everywhere we look, there are signs of economic challenge: companies going out of business, houses not selling, rising unemployment, more and more people complaining about less and less money. This is one picture Is it the only picture, the only reality?

Unacceptable Levels of Synthetic Chemicals in Our Air, Food, Water

Unacceptable Levels of Synthetic Chemicals in Our Air, Food, Water and Everyday Products

Today, chemicals comprise the backbone of our modern lifestyle and are the largest sector of our economy. We generate 300 billion pounds of synthetic chemicals each year in the U.S. alone, and an average American uses more than 1,500 pounds of chemical products. Synthetic chemicals are poisoning our bodies...

Ginseng Could Be An Effective Way To Prevent The Flu

Ginseng could be an effective way to prevent the flu

Ginseng, the root of the plant Panax ginseng, is one of the most commonly used herbal medicines and is often sold as an over-the-counter remedy for fatigue. Although it has been used by humans for thousands of years, more recent research has begun to investigate therapeutic and pharmacological uses including anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties.

Ignore the IQ Test: Your Level of Intelligence Is Not Fixed For Life

 Ignore the IQ Test: Your Level of Intelligence Is Not Fixed For Life

We’re getting more stupid. That’s one point made in a recent article in the New Scientist, reporting on a gradual decline in IQs in developed countries... Such research feeds into a long-held fascination with testing human intelligence. Yet such debates are too focused on IQ as a life-long trait that can’t be changed. Other research is beginning to show the opposite.

How Mindfulness Can Ease 'Burden' of Dementia

How Mindfulness Can Ease 'Burden’ of Dementia

Mindfulness training eases depression and improves sleep and quality of life for both people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers, research shows.

The History and Causes of Sleeplessness and Insomnia

The History and Causes of Sleeplessness and Insomnia

We are too awake, rather than not sleepy enough. The result, combined with a genetic propensity toward anxiety, makes for a chronic insomniac. While most of us who struggle with sleep fall short of that label, I suspect the same...

New Wiki Will Help You Grow a Better Garden

New Wiki Will Help You Grow a Better Garden

Have you ever tried to grow your favorite summer vegetable or garden herb and something went wrong? Maybe it was poor planting, a disease, or a pesky insect. Maybe you need to troubleshoot problems or want definitive answers to questions like when to plant for your area or exactly when to fertilize.

The Road To Failure Is Paved With Good Intentions: Turn Them Into Action

The Road To Failure Is Paved With Good Intentions: Turning Them Into ActionTake a moment to think of a task you wish to accomplish in the next three months. It should be something specific like clearing out your backyard, or completing an online course, so that you could judge, definitively, if and when it has been completed.

Feminine Modes of Production: Intention with Surrender and Faith

Reviving Feminine Modes of Production: Placing Intentions with Surrender and FaithOn an intellectual level, Emma knew that her self-care was important because her own business was centered around health. Yet she felt trapped in her pattern of ignoring herself to get things done while she had a mountain of tasks to accomplish...

Addictions R' Us: Coming To Terms with our Demons

Addictions R' Us: Coming To Terms with our Demons by Caroline M. Sutherland

An addiction is anything that has a "hold" on us, such as work, exercise, sex, food (especially chocolate, sugar, and coffee), alcohol, cigarettes, illegal drugs, medications, money, worry, material possessions, relationships, negativity, overachieving, gambling, and so on. People can even be addicted to illness...

Reprogramming and Healing from MS with Aboriginal Techniques

 Reprogramming & Healing with Aboriginal TechniquesRose summed up the heart of the day’s lesson: “The bad news is the body remembers and will hold something as true, even when the conscious mind does not. The good news is that you can create new memories for the body, new truths.”

Core Heart Feelings Opening the Door to an Open Heart

Core Heart Feelings: Opening the Door to an Open Heart

There are many "core heart feelings," but the simplest and easiest to access is gratitude. Showing appreciation elicits an immediate response in your body that lessens the stress response...

Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day

Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day

Using real, whole foods as the starting point for her recipes, Leanne Brown offers shopping tips and cooking techniques that help users optimize both the dollar and nutritional value of their meals. While the cookbook was conceived as a tool for SNAP recipients, who wouldn't like to eat better for cheaper?

The Crisis of Imagination: Clinging to the Familiar

The Crisis of Imagination: Clinging to the Familiar 

The greatest crisis in our lives is a crisis of imagination. We get stuck, and we bind ourselves to the wheel of repetition, because we refuse to reimagine our situation. To address our challenges, we need to...

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

One morning more than 26 years ago, Kathy Lubbers woke up and found that she could not bear to lift the sheet from her body because the pain was so great. Although she had been experiencing pain in both hands, nothing had prepared her for this.

Heavy Metals: Their Effect on the Brain and Neurological Problems

Heavy Metals and Their Effect on the Brain

Just as foods we are sensitive or allergic to can cause reactions in our digestive tract and lead to chronic inflammation, chemicals in our environment can also contribute to poor mood and physical problems. We have long known the correlation between neurological prob­lems and toxic chemicals...

Vanity and Pride vs. Prosperity and Being of Service to Others

Vanity & Pride vs. Prosperity & Serving Others

by James Dillehay. Vanity means pride or self-worship, which is different from self-love. In the effervescence of gaining achievement, it is easy to become enamored with oneself. Feeling good about yourself is healthy. When self-love turns to self-worship...

Has Meat Met Its Match?

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The future of food arrived at Waitsfield Elementary School — a tiny brick throwback in Vermont’s pastoral Mad River Valley — just after lunch on May 15, 2014. Rachael Young slipped into the kitchen as surreptitiously as possible. “Let’s see if we can do this on the sly,” she said to me. “I don’t want them to see anything ahead of time.”

Prehistoric Teeth Show Our Ancestors Ate Medicinal Weeds

Prehistoric Teeth Show People Ate Medicinal Weeds

Plaque on prehistoric human teeth offers a whole new perspective on our ancestors’ diet and their relationship with plants. The research suggests that prehistoric people living in Central Sudan may have understood both the nutritional and medicinal qualities of many plants, including the purple nut sedge (Cyperus rotundus), regarded as a nuisance weed today.

Why the Fuss About Local Food?

Why the Fuss About Local Food?

We all need to eat, and whenever we do, we make choices. We make these choices all day long. Cook at home or eat out? Fresh or fro­zen? Raw or cooked? Sweet or savory? Cheap or expensive? Healthy or maybe not-so-healthy? Real or decaf? Cream or sugar? Tall or grande?

Enough Already: Do You Ever Have "Enough"?

Enough Already -- article by Alan Cohen

by Alan Cohen. While having dinner with a well-known author and lecturer, our conversation drifted to money. "I have enough money," he told me casually. I don't need any more money." I know people with more money than this man, and they still don't have enough..

The Brain Has A Remarkable Ability To Cope With Dehydration During Exercise

The Brain Has A Remarkable Ability To Cope With Dehydration During Exercise

When it comes to physical exercise, we don’t tend to take into account how important our brain is for keeping our whole body going. But our ability to control our muscles – to keep them contracting and relaxing – and move our bodies precisely how we want them to, is ultimately determined by our brain.

What Did I Want to Be When I Grew Up?

What Did I Want to Be When I Grew Up?

Do you remember being asked what you wanted to be when you grew up? This was often a question my teachers directed to the class at the beginning of a new school year. It was also considered a good opener by other adults who really didn’t know us all that well. What did I want to be?

Understanding Chronic Pain Could Lead To New Treatments

Breakthrough In Understanding Chronic Pain Could Lead To New Treatments

Chronic pain, defined as disabling pain that persists despite attempts at treatment and often without obvious cause, has become a serious challenge for health professionals. It is not surprising that someone suffering from this level of pain might become depressed, but most studies consider depression a “comorbidity”...

The Suffering Me: My Pattern of Suffering and My Identity of Pain?

The Suffering Me: My Pattern of Suffering and Identity of Pain?

There is a process going on inside me all the time that I don’t like to talk about, but which must be mentioned for the sake of completion. This is my identity of pain: the pattern of suffering that marks me out from everyone else as defini­tively as my fingerprints....

God's Medicine Man: Knowledge That Comes Through The Great Spirit

God's Medicine Man: Knowledge That Comes Through The Great Spirit

People ask me if I'm a medicine man. Well, I'm not. Some of our Indian people were blessed with that power in the past. They're all gone now. Today our people know only a little medicine. We had great medicine men. I'll tell you about one I knew when I was a boy...

How Cancer Eats Itself To Survive Our Therapies

How Cancer Eats Itself To Survive Our Therapies

Can you imagine being so desperate for food that you would eat yourself to survive? Our cells do exactly this. When cells are deprived of energy and nutrients from their external environment, they look internally, packaging up and consuming their own components to survive until an energy source becomes available...

Energy Medicine and Intuition: Skills Based in Self-Esteem

Energy Medicine and Intuition

I firmly believe that intuitive or symbolic sight is not a gift but a skill -- a skill based in self-esteem. Developing this skill -- and a healthy sense of self -- becomes easier when you can think in the words, concepts, and principles of energy medicine...

Simple Tips To Help Bring Your Memory Out Of Retirement

Simple Tips You Can Use To Help Bring Your Memory Out Of RetirementToday is the day you can ease your alarm about sudden memory gaps and quiet your fear that you’re on the cusp of dementia. Changes in memory and concentration at midlife are very common, but you don’t have to live with them. You can improve your...

Healing Yourself by Creating Art: The Muse That Heals

Healing Yourself by Creating Art: The Muse That Heals

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...

A Pledge that Promises to Keep Seeds Free For All to Use

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For years, many of us have kept an eye out for organic and pesticide free vendors at our local farmers markets. Thanks to a new movement hitting the American food scene, we may soon be looking for another important environmental marker: open source seeds. At least, that is the goal of...

Living A Life of Joy: Getting Sober, Staying Sober

Living A Life of Joy: Getting Sober, Staying Sober

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...

Energy Medicine: An Emerging Paradigm

Energy Medicine: An Emerging ParadigmThe 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.

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.

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

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

Making Herbal Medicine at Home

Making Herbal Medicine at Home

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...

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...

The Connecting Link to Success: The Subconscious Mind

The Connecting Link to Success: The Subconscious Mind

You cannot entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire, or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form. The possibilities of creative effort connected with the subconscious mind are stu­pendous and imponderable. They inspire one with awe...

Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

Saturated Fats: Are They Really the Culprit in Obesity?

“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.

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...

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...

Monkeys Who Gamble Believe In Winning Streaks

Gambling Monkeys Believe In Winning Streaks

Humans tend to detect winning and losing streaks in situations that are actually random. The first study of this phenomenon in non-human primates finds that monkeys share this “hot hand bias.” Scientists disagree about whether this unfounded belief is a cultural artifact picked up in childhood or a predisposition deeply ingrained in...

Sweating the Small Stuff: Super Tiny Nanomaterials

Sweating the Small Stuff: Super Tiny Nanomaterials

Every age has its wonder materials. For the Victorians, it was rubber. In the 20th century, it was plastic. And for the digitized 21st century, it may well turn out to be graphene. It’s one of the newest nano-scaled materials to have emerged from our laboratories...

Brain Training and Exercise: New Experiences Stimulate the Brain

Brain Training and Exercise: Use It or Lose It

by Joyce Meek Yates & Amanda Conrad. Just like the muscles in your body, the brain thrives on the motto of "Use it, or lose it." Stimulate your brain by making it work beyond its normal routine. Don't let your thought processes get stuck in a rut! Try...

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.

Self-Appreciation Is The Key To Spiritual Growth and Abundance

Self-Appreciation Is The Key To Your Attracting Abundance

Two feelings are fundamental to the attracting of anything in your life: one is gratitude, the other is self-appreciation. When you look at your life with gratitude, you shift your focus onto what you like. As you shift your focus onto something, more of the same comes to you. That is the Law of Attraction.

Think Health, Think Colored Fruits and Vegetables

Think Health, Think Colored Fruits and Vegetables

In the fifth century B.C., Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, declared, 'Let food be your medicine...' Fruits and vegetables, especially the most colorful ones, contain a bushel of disease-fighting compounds.

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,

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?

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."

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirit Healing

Trusting Yourself to Heal Others with Plant Spirits

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tone and Stretch: This Is How We Do It

Tone and Stretch: This Is How We Do It

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.

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.

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.

The Key To Good Health Is Creating Strong Immunity

The Key To Good Health Is Creating Strong Immunity

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...

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.

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

The Fragility of Sleep Affects Children & Adults

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...

Meditation and How It’s Helpful for Migraine Disease

Meditation and How It’s Helpful for Migraine Disease

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.

Liberotter Plays Hey You Get Off My Keyboard

Liberotter Plays Hey You Get Off My Keyboard

A group of the National Zoo's Asian Small-Clawed Otters recently performed a genre (and species) shattering song: a discordant, eight-pawed keyboard jam that will guarantee a loyal fan base at the Smithsonian, if not a Carnegie Hall spotlight.

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.

5 Things You Can Do To Resist Going in Debt

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InnerSelf Newsletter: September 6, 2020
by InnerSelf Staff
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