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Yoga It May Be A Stretch But Give These Exercises A Try
Yoga is about balance, harmony and moderation. People of
all ages do yoga to increase flexibility and muscle tone
while reducing stress. The practice of yoga in Western
nations usually involves breathing exercises, meditation and
striking physical positions called postures. Yoga teaches
the skill of listening to the body.
Drop In Heart Disease Is Attributed Mostly To Healthier Living
Healthier habits rather than better medicine may account for
most of the dramatic drop in heart disease among U.S. women
in the last 20 years. Researchers at Harvard's medical and
public health schools concluded that two-thirds of the
decline was explained by the nurses eating healthier diets
and not smoking.
Massage Therapy Can Provide Relief
A comprehensive massage therapy regimen can provide relief
for patients suffering from subacute low back pain.
Researchers report that patients who underwent the complete
massage therapy regimen realized a significant decrease in
the amount and intensity of back pain and a significant
increase in functional ability, although patients who
underwent only soft-tissue manipulation also reported
Many Cancer Patients Use Complementary, Alternative
Therapies To Supplement Primary Treatment
Cancer patients who use or have an interest in complementary
and alternative medicine (CAM) exhibit active coping
behavior with regard to their disease, rather than signs of
distress or poor compliance with medical treatment. Study
participants who used CAM exhibited a greater tendency to
solve problems and seek information than those who did not
report such use or interest. The authors suggest that
patients who demonstrate active coping styles may have a
better psychological adjustment to their illness because
they find ways to reduce feelings of hopelessness and
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Dr. Galland's Integrated
Dr. Leo Galland, author of "Power Healing," combines his personal research and an analysis of recent developments in medical research to enable you to learn how to heal yourself, and preventing or reversing chronic illness with the techniques of Integrated Medicine. In the column "What is Integrated Medicine?" Dr. Galland addresses conventional western medicine, alternative medical systems, and the importance of including dietary, environmental or social conditions.
The Healer Within
Every original culture on the planet earth has a system of "hands on" healing. In western cultures this is generally called massage. As the movement toward alternatives to drugs and surgery progresses massage will emerge as one of our primary new, while actually ancient, therapeutic modalities. Hospitals, and even corporations, are hiring massage therapists to help with healing and to prevent the negative impacts of stress. In this column, "Self-Applied Massage," Dr. Roger Jahnke explains how to effectively perform self-applied massage.
Dr. Weil Self-Healing
It used to be that doctors and patients alike accepted stiff, painful joints as an inevitable consequence of aging. Today Osteoarthritis (OA) is no longer considered unavoidable. It's now widely understood that the risk of OA-like that of other degenerative conditions-can be reduced by dietary and other lifestyle changes. The expensive drugs, joint injections, surgery, and other medical interventions can be reserved for the 10 to 30 percent of patients whose osteoarthritis will actually progress to severe joint damage. In his column "Osteoarthritis: A New Look " Andrew Weil, M.D. addresses the most common causes of OA, and an integrative approach to treatment.
Mind Body Health Newsletter
Patients and their partners who avoid sexual activity for fear of triggering a recurrent heart attack may needlessly deprive themselves of a rich source of pleasure and satisfaction that contributes greatly to their quality of life. In "Sexual Activity and Heart Attack: Not to Worry" David S. Sobel, M.D. shares the "Bad News" and the "Good News" that may reassure those with these concerns.
Keeping Fit with
Dr. Wayne Westcott
We tend to take them for granted most of the time, but our feet are actually a very important part of our body. An injured foot can really restrict our ambulation and make everyday movements most difficult. In the column "Keeping Fit: Meet Your Feet" Dr. Wayne L. Wescott explains what we can do to reduce the risk of foot problems that restrict our exercise participation and make life less pleasant.
In her latest column for environmentally conscious consumers Annie Berthold-Bond offers a recipe for killing dust mites, how to clean brass without buying a commercial cleaner, the differences between soap and detergent, a natural approach to addressing brown spots on the skin, a recipe for a hydrating facial mask, and how to use grapefruit seed extract to preserve home made natural beauty products.
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"Frontiers of the Mind" With Stanislav Grof, M.D.
What if spontaneous non-ordinary states we normally treat as
psychosis, were instead encouraged to be experienced fully -
with the idea that the individual can get through it. In
the interview "Frontiers of the Mind" Daniel Redwood, D.C.
questions Stanislav Grof, M.D. about his work focusing on
the use of non-drug methods for deep psycho-spiritual work.
Dr. Grof presents his position that if properly understood
and properly supported, these experiences are actually
conducive to healing and transformation. He even identifies
some institutions using this approach.
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HealthWorld Online is pleased to announce the addition of a new column, "There's a Yogi in the Kitchen" by Siri-Ved Kaur Khalsa. Yogic cooking is based on a very simple truth: "We are what we eat." The September column "Eating for a Healthy Liver" is for those looking for a way to give themselves a "Liver Tune-Up." There are different ways you can approach this, depending on what best suits you, your current health situation, and lifestyle. This could be anything from making simple changes in your current eating habits to going on an extended diet of specific foods.
"A Spiritual Journey to Peru" October 25 through November3 offers you a chance to tour Cuzco and Machu Picchu with Pamela S. Stutzman, tour director, Reiki Master, Feng Shui consultant, and artist. Heighten your awareness and gain the richest possible perspective on the "magic and majesty" of the cultures visited.
Healthy Child Update
Chickenpox is a highly contagious childhood disease that is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, a member of the herpes family. Very few children escape chickenpox infection. It spreads quickly. Coughing and sneezing-even laughing and talking-spread the illness. In the article "Chickenpox" Janet Zand, OMD, L.Ac. offers parents a thorough guide for recognizing symptoms, knowing when to call the doctor, and both conventional and alternative treatment options.
Healthy Man Update
The article "Trichomoniasis" presented by the American Institute of Preventive Medicine alerts sexually active individuals to a condition unlike most sexually transmitted diseases. Trichomoniasis is caused by a parasite rather than by bacteria or a virus. The trichomoniasis parasite can be present in the vagina for years without causing symptoms. It is important to be aware of signs and symptoms, treatment options, and preventive measures.
The Professional Referral Network contains searchable directories from over 20 leading professional associations in complementary and integrative health care, with over 16,000 professionals. Looking for a healthcare professional knowledgeable about flower essences? The Flower Remedies Section of this Referral Network includes the member database for the Bach Centre.
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Association Network -- Hot Pick
Hellerwork is structural integration bodywork, movement education and process dialogue designed to realign the body, release chronic tension, stress, and recondition the whole body. Hellerwork International is an association that nurtures the growth and integrity of Hellerwork in the world, through practitioner referrals, courses and trainings and information to the public.
Visit Hellerwork International
Health Calendar -- Hot Picks
Natural Products Northwest 2000
Bellevue, WA USA
September 8-9, 2000
Contact: NNFA Northwest Region - 360-385-1186
Natural Pharmacy 2000
Drugs, Nutrients, and Botanicals: The Successful Prescription for Growth
Palm Springs, CA USA
September 8-10, 2000
Contact: Natural Pharmacy & BioConferences Intl. - 914-834-3100
Natural Products Expo East
Natural and Organic Products Trade Show
Baltimore, MD USA
September 20-24, 2000
Contact: New Hope Natural Media - 303-939-8440
Yoga into the 21st Century
New York, NY USA
September 22-24, 2000
Contact: Yoga Journal & Omega Institute for Holistic Studies - 800-561-9398
Baltimore, MD USA
September 30 - October 2, 2000
Contact: Optometric Extension Program Foundation - 949-250-8070
A Spiritual Roadmap to Inner & Outer Prosperity
with Maria Nemeth - author of The Energy of Money
Indianapolis, IN USA
October 6-7, 2000
Contact: Midwest Association for Humanistic Psychology - 888-241-2443
The World of Aromatherapy III
International Conference and Trade Show
Seattle, WA USA
October 19-22, 2000
Contact: National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
AHG Symposium, 2000
Clinical Practice and Assessment Skills
Watsonville CA USA
October 20-22, 2000
Contact: American Herbalists Guild - 541-201-0662
Renewing Body & Soul: The Workshop Series
Denver, CO USA
October 20-22, 2000
Contact: New Age Publishing - 800-862-7538
Soul in Education - International Education Conference
Findhorn, Forres, Scotland UNITED KINGDOM
October 21-27, 2000
Contact: Findhorn Foundation - 01309-691933
Las Vegas, NV USA
October 22-24, 2000
Contact: Supply Side - 480-990-1101
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