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What Is Sinusitis?

Excerpted from The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions By Debra Fulghum Bruce Millions of sinus sufferers share Justine's frank appraisal of her upper airway problems. Even though sinus symptoms are disturbing and steal quality of life, your upper respiratory system is a very complicated and vital structure. Not only is it responsible for your voice production, swallowing, and keeping the back of the throat clear of

What Is Intuition?

Excerpted from Awakening Intuition: Using Your Mind-Body Network for Insight and Healing By Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D., Christiane Northrup, M.D. Whether we call them hunches, gut feelings, senses, or dreams, they're all the same thing-intuition, speaking to us, giving us insight and knowledge to help us make sound decisions about any number of actions we take. Intuition occurs when we directly perceive facts outside the range of the usual five senses and independent

What Is an Herb?

Excerpted from Earl Mindell's New Herb Bible By Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. The word herb has usually been used to refer to any plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualities. For the purposes of this book, herb means any plant or plant-derived substance that is primarily used for medicinal purposes. There are approximately 380,000 species of plants on earth that we have identified, and several hundred thousand that h

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Vitamins Degrade In Kitchens And Bathrooms

By Margarita Nahapetyan Kitchens and bathrooms turn out to be wrong places to store our vitamins. A new study came to the conclusion that high humidity and temperatures, such as those from stoves, dishwashers and showers, can hasten the degrading of vitamin C potency and shorten the shelf life of health supplements. Scientists at a Purdue University found that the most common types of vitamin C used in vitamin supplements and other fo

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Vitamins Are Not Needed For Healthy Children

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, many healthy children and teenagers take vitamins and mineral supplements that they simply do not even need. Researchers from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, analyzed the data on more than 10,000 American children and teenagers ages 2 to

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Vitamin D Test Errors

By Margarita Nahapetyan Quest Diagnostics Inc., the world's largest provider of medical diagnostic tests, which has locations nationwide, admitted on Thursday that it provided possibly wrong and inaccurate vitamin D test results to thousands of people over the past two-year period. The Lenexa-based clinical division of Quest Diagnostics, located in Madison, NJ, has about seven labs that perform the tests, and about half of them were involved. Quest collects m

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Vitamin D Prevents Cold And Flu

By Margarita Nahapetyan Vitamin D appears to be important for the immune system to fight against the common cold, according to the experts from the University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) School of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Children's Hospital Boston. The largest to date study suggests that people develop cold and flu not only because of a damp weather, but also because of a lack of the sunshine. Rates of si

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Vitamin D May Prevent Heart Disease

By Margarita Nahapetyan According to a new study, low levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The findings are based on the researchers' previous work linking low vitamin D levels to higher risk for heart disease. Scientists from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, Utah, carried out two studies where they analyzed levels of vitamin D in patients who visite

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Vitamin B Prevents Blindness

By Margarita Nahapetyan Women who take vitamin B and folic acid supplements are less likely to develop common type of vision loss, called age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study reports. "This is the first randomized trial to indicate a possible benefit of folic acid, B-6 and B-12 vitamin supplements in reducing the risks of age-related macular degeneration," said William Christen, an associate professor of medicine at Bri

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Understanding the Powers Within

Excerpted from Chinese Medicine for Maximum Immunity: Understanding the Five Elemental Types for Health and Well-Being By Jason Elias, Katherine Ketcham Nature's richness lies in its power to nourish oil living things; Its greatness lies in its power to give them beauty and splendor. - The I Ching You are a unique individual, unlike any other human being on this planet. Just as your fingerprints are yours and yours alone, so arc your ideas, opin

The Way of Qigong; The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing

Excerpted from The Way of Qigong; The Art and Science of Chinese Energy Healing By Ken Cohen Sometimes we learn the lessons we most desperately need in the form of illness. That was my experience, and I know it is the experience of many persons who will read this book. Let me explain why Kenneth S. Cohen's insights could have helped me, and why they will benefit you. As a first-year student I attempted to drop out of medical school because of ch

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The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines

Excerpted from The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicines: Vitamins, Minerals, Nutritional Supplements, Herbs, and Other Natural Products By Michael Murray, N.D. Natural Medicine Today According to the 1999 Gallup Study of Vitamin Use in the United States, nearly one out of two adults (48 percent) now report current use of nutritional supplements, with 42 percent of the adult population taking three or more supplements daily. These numbers have in

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The Importance of Wellness to Early Recovery and Relapse Prevention

Excerpted from The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway to Optimal Health While Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction By John Newport, Ph.D In keeping with the basic 12-step principle "first things first," let's look at how you can use the tools of wellness to successfully navigate the treacherous waters of early recovery. Then we will look at how the many benefits associated with a wellness lifestyle can actively help safeguard you against relaps

The Five Elemental Energies

Excerpted from The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs By Ron Teeguarden Yin and yang describe the primary polar aspects (or forces) of an entity or process. However, yin and yang can be defined even more subtly in order to understand the exact degree or stage of yin or yang in a cyclical process. The Chinese thus further defined yin and yang so as to refine the Great Principle. In so doing they developed the Principle of the Transformation of the Five Elemental E

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The Aura

Excerpted from The Women's Book of Healing: Auras, Chakras, Laying On of Hands, Crystals, Gemstones and Colors By Diane Stein Women's healing, like Women's Spirituality, is a connecting of the seen with the unseen, and women's sensitivity to the unseen, her psychic ability and knowledge, is healings greatest hope today. Women's use of psychic sensitivity, of intuition of aura awareness, has been laughed at and repressed in Western patriarchy, but is recognized and respe

Stay Younger Longer with Natural Hormone and Nutrition Therapies

Excerpted from The Hormone Solution: Stay Younger Longer with Natural Hormone and Nutrition Therapies By Thierry Hertoghe, M.D. I developed tools like these in pursuit of my own hormonal balance as well as for my patients. Since I'm forty-five, my glands aren't doing it on their own anymore. I started taking thyroid hormones to correct hypothyroidism when I was very young, thanks to my father. (This disease typically goes undetected in young people, and especially in yo

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Spine Care Made Easy

Excerpted from A Consultation With the Back Doctor By Hamilton Hall, M.D. Phineas T. Barnum, often regarded as America's greatest showman, lived by his own maxim, "There's a sucker born every minute" I am always disappointed when his words ring true in the world of spine care. Our technology is constantly opening doors to avenues that will lead us forward in our conquest of back and neck pain. But it also opens doors onto blind alleys where charlatans wait to prey upon

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Qigong - The Dance

Excerpted from Qigong; Essence of the Healing Dance By Garri Garripoli In my research throughout China, I found that experts agree that the inner, meditative aspects of Qigong emerged from the ancient mystical traditions of Taoism, Buddhism and the animistic spiritualism that preceded them. The outward expression of Qigong, they say, comes from primitive Dao Yin dances. These were amongst the various tribal rituals and customs of many villages. They survived throughout

Qi Gong - The Master

Excerpted from The Healing Art of Qi Gong : Ancient Wisdom from a Modern Master By Master Hong Liu, Paul Perry Master Kwan's cave was the presidential suite of sacred caves. It was a gift of nature, a place where healing arts were intended to be practiced. The cave was divided into three sections. The first room in the cave was a large living room where people would come to be treated or to visit. All of the furniture in this room was made from

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Pregnant Women Could Benefit From Higher VItamin D Doses

By Margarita Nahapetyan Pregnant women should take 4,000 IU of vitamin D every day - 10 times more than doctors currently recommend - to decrease their risk of preterm birth and infections, according to a new study that appears to be the first to investigate the safety of high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy. Current recommendations for daily intake of vitamin D during pregnancy range from 200 IU (international units) a day to 400

Perfect Health; The Complete Mind, Body Guide

Excerpted from Perfect Health; The Complete Mind, Body Guide By Deepak Chopra, M.D. A Place Called Perfect Health Remarkable transformations have occurred in the world since I wrote the first edition of Perfect Health almost a decade ago. Ten years ago the ideas that there was more to health than the absence of disease, that natural approaches could enliven our intrinsic healing system, and that the human body was a network of energy and informa

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Peak Performance Sex

Excerpted from Earl Mindell's Peak Performance Bible: How To Look Great Feel Great And Perform Better In The Gym At Work And In Be By Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. The same tools that help you perform your best in the gym, on the playing field, and at work will help you lead an active and vibrant sex life. The flip side is that the same downers that sap you of energy and wreak havoc on your body can help destroy your sex life. In order to stay svelte, sexy, and in the game

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Pain - Unconscious Rage and Unbearable Feeling

Excerpted from The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain By John E. Sarno, M.D. In reality, we have three minds: the conscious, the unconscious and the subconscious. This book is concerned primarily with the first two. The third, the subconscious, is the realm of perception, cognition, language production and comprehension, reason, judgment, physical and instrumental skill and the wellspring of creativity. It is a fascinating area but is relevant her

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Oxytocin Hormone Can Help People With Autism

By Margarita Nahapetyan Oxytocin, a hormone associated with emotional bonding between mothers and their babies and linked to romantic love, may help people with autism become more sociable and pay better attention to visual cues on other people's faces, claims a new study from France. Oxytocin is a hormone known to promote delivery and lactation. It plays a significant role when it comes to enhancing social and emotional behavior. Pre

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Osteoarthritis: Finding the Cause

Excerpted from Healing Joint Pain Naturally: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Other Joint Diseases By Ellen Hodgson Brown One reason arthritic damage has been considered inevitable and irreversible may be that most people with arthritis now take NSAIDs and other analgesic drugs for it, and these drugs have been shown to actually impede the body's ability to repair itself. Few studies have looked at the natural course of the disease without t

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