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Alternative Health

Local practitioners write on alternative health

GUEST POST: Acupuncture hits the mainstream

The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture – sticking thin needles throughout specific points in the body in order to regulate a healthier energy (called chi) flow – is more popular than ever. It is even used on horses. But acupuncture is no longer the dark horse in alternative medicine, and acupuncture can alleviate all sorts of pain for animals or humans. The World Health Organization published a list of 28 conditions or symptoms for which acupuncture is an “effective treatment.”… Read More »

SUNSCREEN: HEALTHY OR TOXIC?

by Sara Thyr, N.D. It’s not an easy question. Most of us know that there is a relationship between sun exposure and skin cancer. But how many know about the problems inherent in many of the lotions that are on the market – there to supposedly limit damage to our skin? What if the products you were buying and lathering on your face and the skin of your family contained chemicals that when exposed to sunlight actually broke down into… Read More »

Understand your gut feelings

by Jeffrey I. Friedman It is common wisdom in our culture that we think with our heads and feel with our bodies — very often in the abdomen, especially that “kick in the gut” feeling. This “emotional” area, however, is also the crossroads between mind and body, making it half mind and half body. For instance, serotonin — a brain chemical (neurotransmitter) necessary for emotional equilibrium — is almost entirely manufactured in the intestinal tract. In fact, every neurotransmitter found… Read More »

What we can learn from the history of healing

By Rev. Dr. Josephine Smith This article could better be named, “What I learned from Aesculapius, the God of Medicine and Healing”. It was reading about the history of medicine that brought me to a new level of healing. I believe anyone who follows the steps prescribed by Aesculapius in the first Grecian Healing Temples could help you in your own healing. I had broken four of the bones in my neck and was the first to survive the injury… Read More »

AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT – A TRULY SLOW MOVEMENT

by Kathy James S-L-O-W…. slow food, slow money, slow parenting, slow travel, slow art and slow body movements are just a few examples of a new trend which Wikipedia defines as a cultural shift toward slowing down life’s pace. Our current life style is hurried, busy, with lots to do.  Our advances in technology continue to speed us down the fast lane.  This isn’t necessarily all bad but we do need balance and the slow movement may have much to… Read More »

YOU CAN EXPERIENCE PROFOUND WELL-BEING THROUGH YOGA

It’s proposed that more than eleven million Americans are now doing yoga on a regular basis – in the gym, YMCAs, private studios, senior centers, living room floors and retreat centers all over the country. What is it about this ancient art and science that captures people from all walks of life? Yoga can change your life! It helps you feel better if you are depressed, anxious, tired, bothered by low back pain, addicted to drugs, etc. It can help… Read More »

FALL CLEANSE – PERFECT TIMING AND OPTIMAL PROCESS

by Sara Thyr, ND Have you heard that spring and fall are ideal times to do a cleanse? In the spring, new buds signal a time of growth, and people are inspired to do spring-cleaning. In the fall, as the growth season winds to a close, a cleanse is an ideal way to prepare for winter, the holidays and hibernation. A bi-annual detox is a welcome addition to one’s healthcare regimen. If you are living on this planet, even under… Read More »

TREATING CHILDREN WITH NAET

by Ian Rawlinson L.Ac. NAET treatment can be particularly effective for treating children. Many parents are reluctant to use allopathic medicines to treat their children, and want an alternative that is not only effective but also safe. NAET is a system of treatment designed to treat all types of allergies. It combines applied kinesiology or muscle testing, with concepts taken from acupuncture (see previous blogs February 12th and 20th 2010). Diagnosis and treatment are simple, yet highly effective for treating… Read More »

THE EIGHTFOLD PATH OF YOGA IS MORE THAN JUST PHYSICAL FITNESS

by Jean Grant-Sutton The asanas (poses or body movements) that are done here in the West at gyms, yoga studios, hospitals, and other settings are just one part out of eight of an ancient system designed to increase awareness of our interconnectedness with all things, support high-quality relationships, and bestow us with optimal health and well-being.  Asana is the part that deals directly with body movements, the other parts work with our mind, breath, perception and intention. The other components… Read More »

BREATH EASY WITH A HEALTHY LIVING SPACE

By Alex Stadtner If you ask most green building consultants about their top priority, energy efficiency typically rolls off their tongue like oil over a wetland. Sadly, many people buy simple energy efficiency measures at the expense of their own health, and as their energy bills decrease their medical bills skyrocket because of exposure to mold and other harmful indoor pollutants. The green building movement must learn to reach their energy efficiency goals without compromising occupant health. American buildings gobble… Read More »