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?

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 . . .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Power of Illness, Introspection, and Living in the Here and Now

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

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.

I'm Not Overweight, So Why Do I Need To Eat Healthy Foods?

I'm Not Overweight, So Why Do I Need To Eat Healthy Foods?
We all have that one friend whose eating habits and body shape simply don’t add up. While enjoying the unhealthiest of meals and a sedentary lifestyle, somehow they effortlessly retain a slender figure.

A Life Of Uncertainty: Living With Cancer For Thirteen Years

A Life Of Uncertainty: Living With Cancer For Thirteen Years
Someone asked me what living with cancer for thirteen years is like, never knowing whether the disease will remain under control. I said, “It’s like being hurled into a classic 1950s horror movie where you know terrible things will happen but you don’t know when they will occur.”

I've Been Diagnosed With Iron Deficiency, Now What?

I've Been Diagnosed With Iron Deficiency, Now What?Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of reproductive age.

Does Air Pollution Lead To More Unethical Behavior?

Does Air Pollution Lead To More Unethical Behavior?Anxiety caused by exposure to pollution may make people more prone to cheating and unethical behavior, according to new research. And that can be a driver behind the higher crime rates in high-pollution areas.

How Just Standing More Burns More Calories

standing desk 2 10Standing rather than sitting burns, on average, an additional 0.15 calories per minute — a small increase that could add up to a weight loss of nearly 6 pounds per year.

Why Your Doctor May Not Be Able To Help You Lose Weight

Why Your Doctor May Not Be Able To Help You Lose Weight
Obesity was designated a disease in 2013 by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association. Obesity, defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher, had long been identified as a health condition

How Kindness Can Make A Difference In Cancer Care

How Kindness Can Make A Difference In Cancer Care
Cancer may not be life-ending, but it usually is life-changing. A cancer diagnosis instantaneously turns life upside down for patients and families.

Body Clock Problems Come Before Other Alzheimer’s Symptoms

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Circadian rhythm disruptions common to Alzheimer’s disease occur before memory loss and other symptoms in people whose memories are intact but whose brain scans show early, preclinical evidence of the condition, according to new research.

How To Keep School Lunches Safe In The Heat

How To Keep School Lunches Safe In The HeatThe school holidays are over but summer isn’t, and we’re bound to have more hot days before the season ends. So how can you avoid making yourself or your kids sick when packing picnics or school lunches in the heat?

To Cut Smoking’s Harm, Should You Switch To Vaping?

To Cut Smoking’s Harm, Should You Switch To Vaping?Alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes are emerging as a promising option for people who are trying to quit smoking, a new article that focuses on harm minimization and smoking cessation suggests.

How Do The Health Claims Of Kombucha Stack Up?

How Do The Health Claims Of kombucha stack Up?

The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on the supermarket shelves. Many claims are made about the health benefits of drinking kombucha, but what does the science say?

How Much Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Too Much?

How Much Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Too Much?During a healthy pregnancy, women gain weight as the baby grows. This is normal and necessary. But recent research indicates that excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases health risks for mothers and their children.

5 Supplements That Claim To Speed Up Weight Loss

5 Supplements That Claim To Speed Up Weight Loss
When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins. These five supplements claim to speed up weight loss, but let’s see what the evidence says.

How Used Coffee Beans Can Help Your Health

How Used Coffee Beans Can Help Your Health
Did you know that your morning cup of coffee contributes to six million tonnes of spent coffee grounds going to landfill every year?

A Healing Experiment That Transcends Time and Space

A Healing Experiment
What if we could go back in time to heal an illness at an earlier, less-advanced stage? Or go back even further to the moment right before an illness took hold in our bodies? A number of researchers, Helmut Schmidt being one of the earliest, have studied the...

What Is The Most Nutritious Plant-Based Milk?

What Is The Most Nutritious Plant-Based Milk?
While plant-based milk beverages like soy milk have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as being healthy and wholesome for those who are lactose-intolerant, little research has compared the benefits and drawbacks of the various kinds of plant-based milk.

Are Antioxidants Truly Good For Us?

Are antioxidants truly Good For Us?
Antioxidants seem to be everywhere; in superfoods and skincare, even chocolate and red wine. Products that contain antioxidants are marketed as essential for good health, with promises to fight disease and reverse ageing

The Simple Cholesterol Test That Says If You Really Need Statins

The Simple Cholesterol Test That Says If You Really Need StatinsHeart disease stubbornly remains one of the biggest killers in the UK, where there are 7m people living with the condition. During the past 60 years, the management of cholesterol has become an important weapon in the fight against this – and drugs called statins are often used in treatment.

Are You Feeling Guilty About That Afternoon Nap?

Are You Feeling Guilty About That Afternoon Nap?
You may be familiar with that feeling of overwhelming sleepiness during the mid-afternoon. It’s common, occurs whether you’ve eaten lunch or not, and is caused by a natural dip in alertness from about 1 to 3pm.

What Happens When You Age: The Common Beliefs and The Reality

What Happens When You Age: The Common Beliefs and The Reality
People over the age of 65 make up a larger percentage of the global population than ever before. As this ageing of society only really took off in the last century, it’s unsurprising that much of what we think we know about ageing is untrue.

Feeling Tired? Here's How You Can Get Rid of Fatigue

Feeling Tired? You Can Conquer Fatigue!
What is your fatigue trying to tell you right now, this very moment of your life? This is an important question that I want you to ask yourself right now. At different times of the day, you'll have different answers, and at different times of your life, you'll have different answers...

When It Comes To Your Health, Where You Live Matters

When It Comes To Your Health, Where You Live MattersAccording to a recent report, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia have the worst health in the U.S. These states have higher rates of premature deaths, chronic diseases and poor health behaviors year after year.

Everything You Need To Know About Fresh Produce And E. Coli

Everything You Need To Know About Fresh Produce And E. ColiWhile the recent outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce has been declared over, Canadian public health officials are still working to determine the cause of the contamination.

Want To Eat Healthy? Try Sustainable Shopping And An Eco-friendly Diet

Want To Eat Healthy? Try Sustainable Shopping And An Eco-friendly DietFollowing our annual Christmas overindulgence, many of us have set ambitious goals for the year ahead. But eating healthy shouldn’t just mean cutting down on snacks; given the environmental impact of food production, a more sustainable diet should feature high on everyone’s list of New Year’s resolutions.

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