Can You Lose Weight Without A Diet? Maybe

Can You Lose Weight Without A Diet? MaybeA new study has found something remarkable: the activation of a particular type of immune cell in the brain can, on its own, lead to obesity in mice.

Could Too Much Sitting Be Bad For Our Brains?

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In many aspects of life where we need to use our brain power, we also tend to sit down: at school, at work, sitting exams or concentrating on a crossword.

30 Days to Live? It's Time To Try Forgiveness!

30 Days to Live? It's Time To Try Forgiveness!After I was told by my surgeon that he thought I had about thirty days to live, I was put in touch with an exceptional cancer survivor who was convinced that healing and forgiveness are inextricably linked. After weeks of resistance, I took her counsel to heart...

Why Apartment Dwellers Need Indoor Plants

Why Apartment Dwellers Need Indoor PlantsThe change in urban environments because of development, associated with a rapid increase in chronic disease, is a global phenomenon in developed countries. Getting further and further away from nature, it turns out, isn’t great for our health.

My Experience With Cancer and Postponing My Afterlife

My Experience With Cancer and Postponing My AfterlifeAs the number of lives affected by cancer has increased around the globe every year, it is hard to find someone in our circle of family, friends and colleagues whose lives have not been touched in some way.

Why Your Subconscious Makes You Crave Naughty Foods

Why Your Subconscious Makes You Crave Naughty FoodsThe diet industry is thriving to say the least. More than half of British adults try to lose weight by controlling their calorie intake each year.

During Panic Attacks, Can Our Minds Be Trusted?

During Panic Attacks, Can Our Minds Be Trusted?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.

Breast Cancer And Drinking May Be Linked For Black Women

Breast Cancer And Drinking May Be Linked For Black WomenBlack women who drink more than 14 alcoholic drinks per week have a significantly higher risk of invasive breast cancer than those who drink less, a new study suggests.

Are Low Calorie Sweeteners Really Better For You?

Are Low Calorie Sweeteners Really Better For You?Drinking beverages containing low-calorie sweeteners may not help you lose weight and may even be bad for your health, according to new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Stress!!! How to Manage Its Impact on You & Your Life

stress and relaxationOur bodies have forgotten how relaxation feels. We have come to accept our fast-paced, over-loaded, and increasingly impersonal lives as normal. As self-help author and motivational speaker Richard Carlson stated, "Stress is nothing more than a so­cially acceptable form of mental illness."

How Being Friends With Someone Who Has Dementia Can Be Good For You Both

How Being Friends With Someone Who Has Dementia Can Be Good For You BothThere is a lot we can do to make life better for older adults with dementia. And we ought to do what we can – not only because people with dementia are fellow members of our human community, but also because any one of us might find ourselves affected in the future. 

Why Vitamin D Guidelines Need To Be Updated

Why Vitamin D Guidelines Need To Be UpdatedMost people know that it’s important to get enough vitamin D. Among other things, it’s vital for bone and muscle health. What people may not know is that there are two types of vitamin D...

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

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

Smelling Our Food May Make Us Gain Weight

Smelling Our Food May Make Us Gain WeightOur sense of smell is key to the enjoyment of food, so it may be no surprise that obese mice in a recent study who lost their sense of smell also lost weight.

How To Revisit Trauma To Help You Put It In The Past

How To Revisit Trauma To Help You Put It In The PastIn the introduction to his beautiful book The Body Keeps The Score, psychiatrist Bessel Van der Kolk writes: “One does not need to be a combat soldier, or visit a refugee camp in Syria or the Congo to encounter trauma. Trauma happens to us, our friends, our families and our neighbours.”

Is It Bad For Your Health To Eat Food Fried In Olive Oil?

Is It Bad For Your Health To Eat Food Fried In Olive Oil?It recently has been suggested that using vegetable oils to fry food may be bad for your health due to the production of toxic chemicals called aldehydes during the heating process.

What ATMs Dispense Is More Than Mere Money

What ATMs Dispense Is More Than Mere MoneyWe live in a dirty world. Wherever we go, we are among microbes. Bacteria, fungi and viruses live on our phones, bus seats, door handles and park benches.

The Yoga Paradox: How Yoga Can Cause Pain And Treat It

The Yoga Paradox: How Yoga Can Cause Pain And Treat ItYoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research suggests.

1 In 3 Humans Harbors This Sneaky Parasite

1 In 3 Humans Harbors This Sneaky ParasiteOne in three people has a potentially nasty parasite hiding in the body—tucked away in tiny cysts that the immune system can’t eliminate and antibiotics can’t touch.

Why Energetic Health Is Important to Intuition

Why Energetic Health Is Important to IntuitionThere is a very tight connection between our energetic body and our physical body. When our energetic body is not healthy, we can be physically unhealthy. Our energetic system processes energy flowing through and uses the information contained in it.

How Fasting Can Benefit Mindfulness, Meditation, and Your Overall Health

How Fasting Can Benefit Mindfulness, Meditation, and Your Overall HealthFasting has been used for centuries as both a remedy and a booster in all areas of health: physical, mental, and emotional. In the 21st century, fasting is often looked down upon. It is left out of anti-obesity initiatives because doctors don’t view it as a safe remedy for weight loss...

What's The Right Way To Blow Your Nose?

What's The Right Way To Blow Your Nose?

If you have a blocked or runny nose, chances are you’ll reach for a tissue or hanky to clear the mucus by having a good blow.

Why Treating Breast Cancer With Less May Be More

Why Treating Breast Cancer With Less May Be MoreWomen with breast cancer have long faced complicated choices about the best course of treatment.

Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?

Is Lead In The US Food Supply Decreasing Our IQ?The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children.

Surprising Ways To Beat Anxiety And Become Mentally Strong

Surprising Ways To Beat Anxiety And Become Mentally StrongDo you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, only for the symptoms to return with a vengeance?

How Looking At Buildings Can Actually Give You A Headache

How Looking At Buildings Can Actually Give You A Headache

It’s three o'clock – you’re at work, struggling to focus during the afternoon lull. You gaze out of your office window, hoping for some relief, but instead you feel a headache coming on. Flat grey concrete lines the streets, while windows form repetitive glassy intervals in stark brick walls.

How Different Sugars Have Different Health Effects?

How Different Sugars Have Different Health Effects?Our recent article published in the Medical Journal of Australia found that Australian and European soft drinks contained higher concentrations of glucose, and less fructose, than soft drinks in the United States.

Women's Health Issues And The Amazing Herbs That Can Help

Women's Health Issues And The Amazing Herbs That Can HelpWomen juggle a life of menstruation, pregnancy, birth, menopause, housekeeping, work, raising, children, and on, and on, and on. That’s why we need all the help we can get. Today, I’m going to share some of the many herbal friends that a woman can make pals with.

Releasing Our Pain and Cleansing Our Emotional Wounds

Releasing Our Pain and Cleansing Our Emotional WoundsAs we grow and mature, our experiences as we relate to others take their effects on us, both positive and negative. We also begin to absorb the energies of these interactions. These energies can be light, dark, or anywhere in between and can have a powerful impact.

How Yoga Makes You Happy

How Yoga Makes You HappyCan we really unlock our personal power by adopting “powerful” body postures? Unfortunately, the findings that link these so-called “power poses” beloved of certain politicians with a real sense of power and control are difficult to replicate.

Why Taking Aspirin For Your Arteries Might Not Work

Why Taking Aspirin For Your Arteries Might Not WorkA new study shows that aspirin, used for decades to reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems, may provide little or no benefit for certain patients who have plaque buildup in their arteries.

How To Heal Our DNA with the Assistance of Our Innate Self

How To Heal Our DNA with the Assistance of Our Innate SelfInnate is responsible for the seemingly mysterious and miraculous healings: accelerated recoveries, spontaneous remissions, and unexplained disappearances of incurable diseases. There is no mystery after all when the Innate is involved and can bridge the gap between quantum intelligent information and our bodies. It is not a force outside ourselves--it is something within all of us.

Can This Kind Of Rock Climbing Treat Depression?

Can This Kind Of Rock Climbing Treat Depression?Bouldering, a form of rock climbing that involves climbing rocks or walls to a moderate height without ropes or a harness, could be an effect way to treat symptoms of depression.

How Our Environment Can Induce Allergies Even Before We're Born

How Our Environment Can Induce Allergies Even Before We're BornIs this the worst Northern Hemisphere allergy season yet? For many people – both those who’ve suffered before and newcomers to the annual sniffling, coughing mess that accompanies springtime – it seems like there are more allergens and allergies today than ever before.

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease? What We Know, Don’t Know And Suspect

What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease? What We Know, Don’t Know And SuspectAlzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, which is an umbrella term used to describe general loss of memory, thinking skills and other day-to-day functions (such as cooking, paying bills, cleaning and even dressing).

What You Need To Know About Rub On Pain Products

What You Need To Know About Rub On Pain ProductsI was a clumsy child and had more than my fair share of bumps and knocks. As a result, I was the recipient of a considerable amount of repetitive advice to “rub it better”.

Does Chopping Your Vegetables Boost Their Nutrients?

Does Chopping Your Vegetables Boost Their Nutrients?We all know eating vegetables is a good way to improve health. And for many years the focus has been on just eating more vegetables, be it fresh, frozen or tinned. The Conversation

What It’s Really Like To Live With Dementia

What It’s Really Like To Live With Dementia

More than 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that’s roughly one person every three minute. At the moment, 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia. This figure is set to rise to two million by 2051. The Conversation

10 Ways to Joyfully Increase Your Strength and Vitality

10 Ways to Joyfully Increase Your Strength and VitalityEach one of us, I believe, wants to enjoy a healthy body. A body that expresses strength and vitality is a source of joy. Since the body and the soul are closely connected, caring for the one enhances the other. Here are my suggested “Ten Commandments” for cultivating power through the body.

4 Ways Junk Food Brands Influence Kids Online

4 Ways Junk Food Brands Influence Kids OnlineIf a stranger offered a child free lollies in return for their picture, the parent would justifiably be angry. When this occurs on Facebook, they may not even realise it’s happening. The Conversation

How To Prepare For The Fainting Days Of Summer

How To Prepare For The Fainting Days Of SummerOver one million Americans faint every year, and countless more do worldwide. Fear, pain, the sight of blood or prolonged standing – think the long lines of summer travel – can trigger fainting. The Conversation

How Your Gut Bacteria Affects Your Cancer Risk

How Our Gut Bacteria Affect Your Cancer RiskThe trillions of bacteria living in our gut (called the gut microbiota) can help determine our risk of cancer, as well as how we might respond to cancer treatment.

Why Energy Drinks And Alcohol Are Psychologically A Risky Mix

Why Energy Drinks And Alcohol Are Psychologically A Risky MixPeople who add energy drinks to alcohol have a higher risk of injury from car accidents and fights, compared to those who drink alcohol straight. This is the conclusion of a meta-analysis of 13 studies published in March in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The Conversation

How Does Detox Affect More Than Your Physical Body?

 Whole Detox For Your Whole Self: Psychological and PhysicalThe most scientific approach to healing doesn’t ever focus on just one small part of the human body, let alone ignore the role of thoughts, beliefs, and emotions in our health. You get the best results by addressing the whole person.

Is Enjoying Your Food Important To Your Health and Metabolism?

Photo by Musée du Cacao et du Chocolat, used with permission.Vitamin P—pleasure—is a vital element that makes our meals nutri­tionally complete and makes life worth living. Like all organisms on the planet, we humans are genetically programmed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. A cat chasing a mouse is seeking pleasure; the unfortunate rodent is doing its best to avoid pain.

Does Knowing Junk Food By Name Raise Kids’ Obesity Risk?

junk food 5 6Young children who recognize food name brands, like Lucky Charms, M&M’s, and Cheetos are more likely to make unhealthy choices and be at higher risk of obesity later, say researchers.

How To Heal Your Life "In Synch" with Your Spiritual Truth

Opportunities to Heal Your Life "In Synch" with Spiritual TruthA health "crisis" whether a physical, mental, emotional, relationship, or financial crisis in our lives — forces us to reflect on, re-evaluate, and change our current routines and thought patterns. Any form of disease is ultimately an opportunity to...

How Instagram Could Help Us Stick To Our Diets

How Instagram Could Help Us Stick To Our DietsPeople post millions of food photos on Instagram every day. New research suggests this could be a way to track food intake for weight loss or fitness.

What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?

What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?Doctors request a urine test to help diagnose and treat a range of conditions including kidney disorders, liver problems, diabetes and infections. Testing urine is also used to screen people for illicit drug use and to test if a woman is pregnant. The Conversation

Who Really Chooses What You Eat – You Or Your Gut Microbes?

Who Really Chooses What You Eat – You Or Do Your Gut Microbes?

Most of us believe in free will, particularly when it comes to our eating habits. That’s why most people don’t regard obesity as a disease but rather a moral weakness or lack of willpower. But the free will argument has been taking a bit of a beating lately. The Conversation

Are You Vulnerable to Burnout?

Are You Vulnerable to Burnout?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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