What A Smoky Room Teaches Us About The 6-Foot Rule

What A Smoky Room Can Teach Us About The 6-Foot Rule

It’s true that staying 6 feet from other people can reduce the chance of a coronavirus-laden respiratory droplet landing in your eyes, nose or mouth when someone coughs, but...

Does A Face Shield Protect Against Covid-19?

Does A Face Shield Protect Against Covid-19?

For several weeks, Victorians (the state of Victoria is home to four of Australia's 20 largest cities) been required to wear a face covering when they leave home. And while we now have a clearer path out of lockdown, it’s likely masks will be around for a while.

How Crowded Restaurants May Have Driven UK Coronavirus Spike

How Crowded Restaurants May Have Driven UK Coronavirus Spike

England is about to re-impose nationwide restrictions on gatherings to control the spread of COVID-19. This comes less than two weeks after the end of the government’s half-a-billion-pound scheme to get people to eat out in restaurants

8 Ways The Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

8 Ways The Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

As the pandemic progresses, we’re growing increasingly aware COVID-19 affects multiple parts of the body beyond the lungs. That includes the skin.

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

America is reeling from an epidemic of ill health that drives people to despair and to doctors. The litany is ­familiar: cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and digestive disturbances, with the latter two often one and the same.

How Cloth Masks Protect The Wearer

How Cloth Masks Protect The Wearer

Masks slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by reducing how much infected people spray the virus into the environment around them when they cough or talk.

What Will Happen If We Can't Produce A Covid-19 Vaccine?

 What Will Happen If We Can't Produce A Covig-19 Vaccine?

Even in the most promising cases, we can’t yet be sure that any vaccine will permanently prevent people from catching COVID-19 and enable the disease to be gradually eradicated or at least contained to limited outbreaks. 

Does The Common Cold Protect You From Covid?

Does The Common Cold Protect You From Covid?

An article in Science recently generated a lot of interest by providing a possible explanation of why COVID-19 can be deadly to some yet go virtually unnoticed in others.

Nearsighted People Have Common Personality Traits and Patterns

Nearsighted People Have Common Personality Traits and Patterns

From interviews of tens of thousands of nearsighted patients, I've been able to catalog patterns of personalities and their potential behaviors that can present clues to direct you into a deeper self-understanding, helping you to know who you are behind the illusionary perceptions and beliefs of your present way of seeing.

Is Psychiatry Shrinking What's Considered Normal?

Is Psychiatry Shrinking What's Considered Normal?

Psychiatric classifications catalogue the many forms of mental ill-health. They define what counts as a disorder and who counts as disordered, drawing the boundary between psychological normality and abnormality.

Is 14 Days Enough To Quarantine For Covid-19?

Is 14 Days Enough To Quarantine For Covid-19? 

How long can someone be infected with the virus unknowingly? It’s a question hundreds of thousands of people are asking themselves as they enter official or self-imposed quarantines or take contact tracing upon themselves. And the answer is now more unsettled than it was two weeks ago.

Myths and Misconceptions about Menopause and How Sasang Medicine Can Help

Myths and Misconceptions about Menopause and How Sasang Medicine Can Help

Let’s take a moment to discuss several misconceptions about menopause, aka “the change of life.” In Angeles Arrien’s book The Second Half of Life, she states, “Unfortunately, our culture’s current perspective is that the second half of life offers only decline, disease, despair, and death.”

How Deadly Is Covid-19?

How Deadly Is Covid-19?

Disease surveillance is the process by which we try to understand the incidence and prevalence of diseases across the country, often with the particular goal of looking for increases in disease incidence.

How To Help Someone You Live With Who Has Depression

How To Help Someone You Live With Who Has Depression

The coronavirus pandemic has meant sudden changes to our daily lives, with restrictions on free movement, imposed lockdowns and social distancing. Many of these measures will have taken a toll on people’s mental health.

Why The Cluster Headache Is More Than Just A Headache

Why The Cluster Headache Is More Than Just A Headache

Cluster headache is more than just a headache. It is a severe neurological condition, sometimes known as a “suicide headache” because many patients have suicidal thoughts during attacks.

Self-Suggestions To Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now

Self-Suggestions To Hypnotize Yourself Out Of Pain Now

All of us who have chronic pain know that it tends to change our personality. Over time, the continued struggle with pain tends to zap your energy and strength. Life is harder and more stressful when persistent pain is a central part of it. Fortunately, now there are...

Arthritis Diet: Eating the Right Foods Has A Major Impact

Arthritis Diet: Eating the Right Foods Has A Major Impact

Dietary practices have a major impact on arthritis. In fact, if you eat the typical American diet, it could be making your arthritis worse. The right foods can keep you free of stiff joints, swelling, and fatigue. Changing the way you eat will change the way you feel. Among the offenders are...

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous Levels

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous Levels

Since World War II, rates of depression have doubled in the U.S., and depression is now the second most disabling illness in the Western world after heart disease. I have organized a holistic program for the prevention and treatment of depression into five areas — physical self-care, mental/emotional self-care, spiritual self-care, people support, and lifestyle habits.

Are You Looking... or Seeing? Left Brain, Right Brain

Are You Looking... or Seeing? Left Brain, Right Brain

A great deal of research has been done in an effort to understand the structures and processes that are necessary for vision. What is obvious is that each eye feeds specific information through the visual pathways to the two sides of the brain.

Can Coronavirus Spread 4 Metres?

Can Coronavirus Spread 4 Metres?

Recent headlines have suggested COVID-19 can spread up to four metres, drawing into question the current advice to maintain 1.5 metres between people to prevent the spread of the virus.

Health, Cancer Prevention and Sunlight

Cancer Prevention and Sunlight

In some respects cancer is to industrialized countries today what tuberculosis was to the 18th and 19th century: a major cause of death and misery which defeats the best efforts of conventional medicine. Then, as now, all of the emphasis was on removing the manifestation of the disease and not on enhancing the patient's ability to overcome it.

Am I Crazy or Menopausal? Myths and Fallacies about Menopause

Am I Crazy or Menopausal? Myths and Fallacies about Menopause

My first thoughts were that I was going crazy. I was sure of it. After all, what else could possibly be causing the sudden and unexpected onset of memory lapses, anxiety, depression, night sweats, and phobia attacks that had completely turned my life upside down? My initial visits with my internist had turned up nothing, further convincing me that I was losing my mind...

What We Know About COVID-19's Infectivity And Viral Load

What We Know About COVID-19's Infectivity And Viral Load

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, it has become clear that people need to understand basic facts about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, to make informed health care and public policy decisions.

How COVID-19 Tests Work and What's In Development

How COVID-19 Tests Work And What's In Development

One of the key factors in tackling the spread of COVID-19 across the globe is testing. In South Korea, for example, mass testing has been used to try and quickly identify and isolate those with the disease. 

Which Vaccinations Should You Get As An Adult

Which Vaccinations Should You Get As An Adult

Before vaccines were developed, infectious diseases such as diphtheria, tetanus and meningitis were the leading cause of death and illness in the world.

How To Spot Coronavirus Fake News

How To Spot Coronavirus Fake News

The proliferation of fake news about the COVID-19 pandemic has been labelled a dangerous “infodemic”.

How To Clean Your House To Kill Coronavirus

How To Clean Your House To Kill Coronavirus

Consider these expert tips for cleaning your home to kill the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 (and the pathogens behind other deadly diseases).

4 Things To Know About Hand Sanitizer

4 Things To Know About Hand Sanitizer

As concern about coronavirus grows, hand sanitizer is in high demand. Biologist Jeffrey Gardner explains why alcohol is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer, and why he doesn’t recommend making your own supply at home.

How Does The Coronavirus Test Work?

  How Does The Coronavirus Test Work?

The U.S. government is fighting to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Testing is central to these efforts.

When Safety Measures Lead To Riskier Behavior By More People

When Safety Measures Lead To Riskier Behavior By More People

Safety measures make risky activities less risky: seat belts for car occupants, bailouts for financial institutions. Masks and disinfectants might feel like they do the same for anyone afraid of coronavirus.

Who Is At Risk Of Coronavirus And How Do We Know?

Who Is At Risk Of Coronavirus And How Do We Know?

Now officially a pandemic, the virus has proven adept at crossing borders, with confirmed cases reported in over 100 countries (for the latest numbers, refer to our coronavirus mapping tool).

Will Warmer Weather Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus?

Will Warmer Weather Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus?

As the coronavirus death toll continues to rise, some have suggested that the approaching warmer spring weather in the northern hemisphere may slow or even stop the spread of the disease.

Why Americans Give Birth In Bed

Why Americans Give Birth In Bed
Americans still choose to give birth bed-bound, on their backs, with their knees up, legs spread, feet in the air.

Can You Die From A Common Cold?

Can You Die From A Common Cold?
Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918 – more than were killed in the first world war.

How Mindfulness Can Give You The Gift of a Calmer Christmas

How Mindfulness Can Give You The Gift of a Calmer Christmas
In the run-up to Christmas we find our to-do lists bloated with added chores: present shopping, card writing, preparing to travel or receive guests. We are bombarded with adverts telling us what to buy and where. We tackle the shopping crowds searching for the perfect gift

Could You Be Addicted to Coffee, Sugar, and Caffeine?

Maybe You're Addicted to Coffee, Sugar, and Caffeine?
Current estimates suggest that addictions affect one-third of the population in the United States. Of course, when most of us hear the word addict, we think crack, or cocaine, or heroin... Certainly we don't think about, say, sugar -- and yet sugar is the most prevalent addictive substance in the world!

What Causes Parkinson's Disease?

What Causes Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is the second-most-prevalent neurodegenerative condition in Australia, with an estimated 70,000 Australians living with the disease.

Is It Possible That Fear Accelerates Death and Words Cause Disease?

Can Words and Fear Cause Cancer?
Is it possible that people who are diagnosed with cancer die of a sophisticated form of voodoo? Does the victim's belief in the power of vicious cells, like belief in the power of a hex, lead to his death? 'Cancer' is a demon word -- the destructiveness of cancer begins as soon as the diagnosis is uttered. The word strikes terror to the heart...

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