Can You Catch Germs From A Public Toilet Seat?

Can You Catch Germs From A Public Toilet Seat?
We’ve all been there, you’re desperate for the loo, and frantically hunting for a toilet, only to find when you get there, that the seat is covered with “droplets” from the previous user.

Common Skin Rashes And What To Do About Them

Common Skin Rashes And What To Do About Them
Everyone has had the unpleasant experience of a rash on the skin – pink, red or purple, flat or bumpy, itchy, scaly, pus-filled, or just plain unsightly. This variety isn’t surprising, because the skin is a complicated organ.

Why We May Be Missing Girls Who Have ADHD

Why We May Be Missing Girls Who Have ADHD

Asked what they know about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, many people will likely tell you that it mostly affects children, and mostly boys. However, recent research has shown that neither of these perceptions is entirely true.

This Nerve Stimulation Boosts The Quality Of Life For People With Depression

This Nerve Stimulation Boosts The Quality Of Life For People With Depression

A new study involved nearly 600 patients with depression that taking four or more antidepressants, taken either separately or in combination could not be alleviate. Researchers evaluated vagus nerve stimulators, which send regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. The nerve originates in the brain, passes through the neck and travels down into the chest and abdomen.

What We Know And Don't Know About Asthma

What We Know And Don't Know About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs where the airways become so obstructed the sufferer struggles to breathe. It’s vastly more prevalent in Western societies, and usually develops in childhood. But what do we know about what causes it?

How Meditation Can Help Sufferers Of Schizophrenia

How Meditation Can Help Sufferers Of Schizophrenia

“I felt a sense of dissolving, disappearing completely.” “My body and mind melted and merged with the universe.” “I ceased to exist.” These are excerpts of what I occasionally hear from the students who come to my yoga and meditation classes. For most, these “mind-expanding” experiences are very positive and this is precisely what my students are seeking. However, there are always a few who have a difficult time with “ceasing to exist.”

How Could Different Cultures Teach Us Something About Dementia?

How Could Different Cultures Teach Us Something About Dementia?

Picture two different families, each dealing with a diagnosis of dementia in one of its members. In one case, the patient is a retired executive, whose family tries as long as possible to keep the diagnosis secret, relying primarily on professional caregivers and eventually a nursing home. In another case, the patient is a grandmother. As soon as the diagnosis is suspected, her family pulls together, bringing her into their home and surrounding her with affection.

Why Frequent Skin Cancer May Be A Huge Warning Sign

Why Frequent Skin Cancer May Be A Huge Warning SignPeople who develop abnormally frequent cases of a skin cancer known as basal cell carcinoma appear to be at significantly increased risk for the development of other cancers, including blood, breast, colon, and prostate cancers, according to a new, preliminary study. “Skin is the best organ to detect genetic problems that could lead to cancers.”

Can Words Cause Cancer and Can Fear Accelerate Death?

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...

What I Learned From Facing Pain

What I Learned From Facing Pain
By facing pain, listening to it, and allowing it the room it was demanding anyway, my body began to relax a bit around the pain. I stopped clenching quite so much, I stopped saying no, no, no, and I began to accept. I learned that constantly saying no to pain locks things in place. Relaxing into acceptance allows the possibility for the body to regenerate.

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol

What Happens When We Drink Alcohol
Alcohol is a depressant, a diuretic, and a disinfectant. These generally aren’t pleasant attributes, but people have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years...

Are Phone-Obsessed Teens At Greater Risk Of ADHD?

Are Phone-Obsessed Teens At Greater Risk Of ADHD?
The new JAMA study, from researchers at the University of Southern California, investigated the link between digital media use and the development of ADHD-related behaviours among 15- and 16-year-olds.

I Nearly Died From Sepsis and Ignorance Of This Condition Is Killing Millions

I Nearly Died From Sepsis and Ignorance Of This Condition Is Killing Millions
A visit to family in Glasgow for Christmas in 2015 nearly had a tragic ending for me. Two days earlier I had been repairing the lock on my garden gate, when I scratched my hand on a nail. By the time I arrived in Glasgow I was feeling unwell. Twenty-four hours later I was in University Hospital Hairmyres in a coma.

How Stress Is Bad For Your Body

How Stress Is Bad For Your Body
Stress affects most of us to one degree or another, and that even includes animals. Pigs, whose GI tracts are extremely similar to those of humans, may be one of the clearest windows we have into researching stress, disease, and new therapies and preventatives – both in livestock and people.

What Causes Chronic Fatigue?

What Causes Chronic Fatigue?
Around 200,000 people in Australia suffer from a debilitating illness often branded with the unfortunate name of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). I say “unfortunate” because this implies patients are simply tired, run-down, burnt-out or overly stressed.

Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away

Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away
When we are in pain, it takes over our identity and clouds our perception until it is relieved. Some of this is a natural physiological response—pain is unpleasant and universally unwanted. Quite often, chronic pain becomes the story of our lives, where all our interactions with the world are colored by it.

How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your DietCoca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes.

How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction

How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids. Data indicate that opioid abuse is primarily a male problem, concentrated in working class and low-income white communities, and rapidly expanding to Hispanic communities.

How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain

How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain
Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our latest research shows that organs, other than the brain, also change at the onset of the disease.

This Prototype Could Simplify Getting Dressed With Dementia

This Prototype Could Simplify Getting Dressed With Dementia
A “smart home” dresser prototype may help people with dementia dress themselves through automated assistance. This would enable them to maintain independence and dignity and provide their caregivers with a much-needed break.

Children Living In Green Neighborhoods Are Less Likely To Develop Asthma

Children Living In Green Neighborhoods Are Less Likely To Develop Asthma
Several studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for health. Now new research has looked specifically at asthma and found that living in green neighbourhoods protects children from developing the condition

How This Other Immune System Can Crimp Your Love Life

How This Other Immune System Can Crimp Your Love Life
Activating something called the behavioral immune system puts a damper on dating, new research shows. The theory is that perceiving, rightly or wrongly, the threat of disease unconsciously activates this system.

Is Your Sleep On Weekends Messing Up The Week?

Is Your Sleep On Weekends Messing Up The Week?
Most Americans go to sleep later on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights than during the week, a new analysis confirms. The study of data from physical activity monitors suggests that younger people, especially, are more naturally prone to go to bed and wake up later.

Do You Know The Lifestyle Factors That Cause Cancer?

Do You Know The Lifestyle Factors That Cause Cancer?
About a third of cancers could be prevented with lifestyle changes – that’s roughly a million cases of cancer in Europe each year. Many people are still confused about risk factors, despite vast sums being spent on public health education campaigns.

New Clues To Genetics Of Depression

New Clues To Genetics Of Depression
Researchers have identified 44 genomic variants, or loci, with a statistically significant association with depression. The meta-analysis involves research with more than 135,000 people with major depression and more than 344,000 controls.

The Practice of Opening Heart and Mind to Whatever is Happening

The Practice of Opening Heart and Mind to Whatever is Happening
When we are willing to stay even a moment with uncomfortable energy, we gradually learn not to fear it. Then when we see someone in distress, we completely open our hearts and minds to whatever arises. Exhaling, we send out relief from the pain with the intention that we and others be happy.

Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?

Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?
It might be a spot, lump, bump or polyp you’ve found suspicious or bothersome enough to ask a doctor to have a look at. The doctor sends what she has excised for testing and tells you it’s “pre-cancerous”. But what exactly does that mean, and is it cause for alarm?

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 . . .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.”

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

Body Clock Problems Come Before Other Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Alzheimer's body clock
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.

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...

Is Your Aura Losing Energy? Feeling Victimized?

Is Your Aura Losing Energy? Feeling Victimized?
Remember that whatever the source of your energy leaks, you are the one who is best able to make changes that will bring about improved energy levels in your life. As tempting as it may seem to blame someone or something else for past injustices or handicaps in your life, you will gain...

This Is How Your Stress Turns Into Sickness

This Is How Your Stress Turns Into Sickness
Certain types of stress interact with immune cells and can regulate how these cells respond to allergens, ultimately causing physical symptoms and disease, a new study suggests.

How Alcohol Damages Stem Cells And Increases Cancer Risk

How Alcohol Damages Stem Cells And Increases Cancer RiskAfter cigarettes, alcohol is perhaps the most common carcinogen that humans voluntarily expose themselves to. How this simple substance promotes cancer, though, has not been clear. But our latest study sheds some light on the possible mechanism.

What Are The Choices That Lead To Freedom From Pain?

What Are The Choices That Lead To Freedom From Pain?The mind of addiction goes like this: “So I need to stop playing computer games. I will take up marathon running instead.” Keeping away from the addiction does not stop the need for addiction and the need to look at the underlying pain or unhappiness...

Losing Weight Is Hard, But It's Not Any Harder If You Have Type 2 Diabetes

Losing Weight Is Hard, But It's Not Any Harder If You Have Type 2 DiabetesA study has found weight loss could reverse type 2 diabetes. The UK clinical trial showed that 46% of people who followed a low-calorie diet, among other measures, for 12 months were able to stop their type 2 diabetes medications.

Shaming People About Their Lifestyle Habits Does Nothing To Improve Their Health

Shaming People About Their Lifestyle Habits Does Nothing To Improve Their HealthGoing to the doctor usually involves exposing the body with all its faults and flaws. In a culture that increasingly values self control and bodily perfection, being sick or even merely old can lead to feelings of shame and inadequacy.

Epigenetics: Unraveling and Conquering Your DNA

Epigenetics: Unraveling and Conquering Your DNA We are all born with the genes we inherit from our parents, but how and whether our body expresses these genes is gaining increasing attention in the emerging science of epigenetics.

What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?

What Can You Do About Varicose Veins?Varicose veins is a term commonly used to describe visible leg veins. But true varicose veins are dilated and very prominent.

Should You Get Your Prostate Checked?

Should You Get Your Prostate Checked?As Movember has come to a close, and men flaunt or shave the facial hair they have grown, there is something people should know — prostate cancer screening is ineffective and can do more harm than good.

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous Levels

Beyond Prozac: Depression Can Be Treated on Numerous LevelsSince 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.

14 Signs Your Daughter May Have ADHD

14 Signs Your Daughter May Have ADHDWhen asked to describe a typical child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), most people would describe a young boy who climbs on things, is impatient and does not do what he is told. 

Here's What We Think Alzheimer's Does To The Brain

Here's What We Think Alzheimer's Does To The BrainAround 50m people worldwide are thought to have Alzheimer’s disease. And with rapidly ageing populations in many countries, the number of sufferers is steadily rising.

The Menopause: Dreaded, Derided And Seldom Discussed

The Menopause: Dreaded, Derided And Seldom DiscussedWomen experience the menopause between the ages of around 45 and 55, but their experiences of this significant stage of life are diverse. Each woman’s menopause is unique.

Relief from Anxiety and Depression in Our Uncertain World

Relief from Anxiety and Depression in Our Uncertain WorldAnxiety and depression are the most prevalent psychological disorders today. Major depression alone is expected to be the second-leading cause of disability by 2020 worldwide. I personally suffered from intractable depression and chronic dysthymia for thirty-five or more years. I also suffered from anxiety and panic attacks...

Why Sugar In The Diet May Increase Risks Of Opioid Addiction

 Why Sugar In The Diet May Increase Risks Of Opioid AddictionCould a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from the laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could.

Will Binge-watching TV Increase Your Risk For Alzheimer's And Diabetes?

Will Binge-watching TV Increase Your Risk For Alzheimer's And Diabetes?A recent study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise was reported in many media outlets as a bringer of “bad news” to television watchers, with the Herald Sun noting: Every hour you spend sitting watching TV makes you more likely to die from inflammation-related diseases...

The Real Reason Some People Become Addicted To Drugs

The Real Reason Some People Become Addicted To DrugsWhy do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to explain how drug addiction develops over time.

Do We Have To Really Clean Out Our Pores?

Do We Have To Really Clean Out Our Pores?Many of us would have seen, if not tried, various products claiming to clean the dirt out of our pores. From scrubs to cleansers to plasters that stick to our faces, there are many tools at our disposal.

Obesity Is About Much More Than An Unhealthy Lifestyle

Obesity Is About Much More Than An Unhealthy LifestyleDespite an abundance of evidence illustrating that weight gain is caused by a complex cocktail of factors, obesity is often solely attributed to poor individual lifestyle choices – such as diet and exercise.

Digital Life Stories Spark Joy In People With Dementia

Digital Life Stories Spark Joy In People With DementiaI was sitting on the sofa across from Christine in her home. She offered me a cup of coffee. Each time I visited, she sat in the same spot — the place where she felt most comfortable and safe.

Why Are We So Afraid Of Dementia?

Why Are We So Afraid Of Dementia?A succession of surveys by Saga have shown that we are more frightened of developing dementia in old age than any other condition including cancer, and the language we use to talk about it: “raw horror” and “living death” speak volumes of the deep unease the prospect of dementia stirs.

To Keep Our Brains Young, We Need To Rise To New Challenges

To Keep Our Brains Young, We Need To Rise To New ChallengesAs we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things. Yet not everyone experiences these changes to the same degree. Some remain mentally sharp...

Sighing: The Reset Button for Our Mind and Emotions

Sighing: The Reset Button for Our Mind and EmotionsIt 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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