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Iodine Lack In Prenatal Vitamins

By Margarita Nahapetyan Most prenatal multivitamins marketed in the United States, do not contain all the iodine they state on the label, potentially posing infants at risk of poor brain development, researchers reported earlier this week. A new study found that only 51 per cent of all prenatal vitamin brands contained any iodine in spite of the fact that the chemical element is critical for neuro-cognitive development. Using the Inte

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 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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Older Women Do Not Benefit From Multivitamin Use

By Margarita Nahapetyan The largest study ever of multivitamin use in older women found no evidence that using pills can prevent postmenopausal women from developing heart disease and common cancers. Half of all Americans take vitamins and other dietary supplements on a regular basis, and multivitamins are the most commonly used, the authors write in the Archives of Internal Medicine journal. "People want to take control of their heal

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Healing Through Prayer

By Margarita Nahapetyan Nowadays in the United States millions of Americans offer prayers on a daily basis to heal themselves, their families, friends, colleagues and even people they briefly know, considering it as the most common complement to medicine, vitamins, herbs, acupuncture and other healing remedies. Prayers are offered everywhere - in churches, mosques, ashrams, "healing rooms," and prayer groups. Surveys have found that perhaps half of Americans

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Acupuncture

By Margarita Nahapetyan Acupuncture has been a major part of primary health care in China for the last 5,000 years. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow Qi through the body that are essential for health. Qi is believed to flow through channels, called also meridians, in a body. These meridians and the energy flow are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture locations. Interruptions of this flow a

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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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Doctor, Am I a Hypochondriac?

Excerpted from Hormones, Health, and Happiness: A Natural Medical Formula for Rediscovering Youth with Bioidentical Hormones By Steven F. Hotze, M.D. When thirty-two-year-old Maggie came to see me, she was experiencing a host of medical problems that had arisen after the birth of her first child two years prior. Her menstrual cycles had become irregular, with her periods occurring as frequently as one to three weeks apart, lasting as long as seventeen days, and being ac

Ayurveda - How We Can Stay Healthy

Excerpted from The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies By Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc. The goal of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy person and heal the illness of a sick person. Part III of this book contains hundreds of suggestions to help you if you have fallen ill. But staying well is far easier than curing an illness, especially once an imbalance has progressed through the later stages of the disease process. That is why prevention is so strongl

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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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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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Chiropracty - The Energy of Life: Your Connection to the Universe

Excerpted from The Chiropractic Way: How Chiropractic Care Can Stop Your Pain and Help You Regain Your Health Without Drugs or Surgery By Michael Lenarz, D.C., Victoria St. George What is life? Where does it come from? What is this wondrous thing we call a human being? And how do the fundamental molecules that make up a strand of DNA "know" how to come together to create living, breathing, conscious creatures-us? These questions about the origin

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Optimism Tested, Optimism Twisted

Excerpted from The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things : Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness By Larry Dossey, M.D. Optimism was repeatedly put to the test during the twentieth century with two world wars, the Holocaust, repeated genocides, and a death toll unparalleled in any era. Challenges to optimism are continuing into the twenty-first century. On December 26, 2004, an earthquake on the sea floor off Sumatra generated a

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Energy Medicine for Healing, Recovery, and Transformation

Excerpted from Hands of Life: Use Your Body's Own Energy Medicine for Healing, Recovery, and Transformation By Julie Motz My own journey into energy healing has been an attempt over decades to truly inhabit my body, although this was not at all clear to me when that journey began. It started one February night in 1970 with my introduction to Fusion Groups, in the heyday of the human potential movement. The current glut of tabloid talk shows, in which everything is being

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Ginkgo: Where East Meets West

Excerpted from Gingko Biloba: An Herbal Foundation of Youth For Your Brain By Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D, M.Ac., Suzanne LeVert Millions of Americans have decided to jump on the growing ginkgo biloba bandwagon. Some do so after reading about the herb's properties in a magazine or a book like this one. Others begin taking it after their doctors or other health care practitioners recommend it. But just what is ginkgo, and can it help you? Those are the two main questions we'l

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Healing Herbs - Natures Best Medicines

Excerpted from The New Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to Natures Best Medicines By Michael Castleman Twenty years ago, when I wrote the first edition of The Healing Herbs, it was clear that herbal medicine was becoming increasingly popular. But no one involved with herbal healing in the late 1980s had any inkling of the explosion in popularity that herbal medicine would enjoy as the 20th century turned into the 21st. And in my wildest dreams. I could not have imagine

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Helplessness

Excerpted from Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine By Saki F. Santorelli, Ed.D. I have noticed within myself that helplessness sometimes comes clothed in a guise of helping that easily carries me into doing, planning, frantically scurrying about, imposing concepts on self and others. Born of fear and self-dissatisfaction, it is a trap and a subtle form of manipulation. Have you ever noticed this within yourself? Much of the time th

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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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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Indian Healing - The Navajo Blessing Way

Excerpted from American Indian Healing Arts: Herbs, Rituals, and Remedies for Every Season of Life By E. Barrie Kavasch, Karen Baar Among the Navajo, the Blessing Way (Hoshooji, or Long-life Empowerment Ceremony) restores vitality and well-being during several key life passages. Like other major Navajo healing ceremonies, this is a major event whose throbbing rhythmic chants and prayers envelop everyone attending. Most important, though, is what it does for the "one-sun

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Herbal Prayer Ties, Feathers

Excerpted from The Medicine Wheel Garden: Creating Sacred Space for Healing, Celebration, and Tranquillity By E. Barrie Kavasch Celebrations are enhanced with your prayers when you make these simple offerings. Prayer ties are a great way of weaving herbs from the medicine wheel garden into all your ceremonies. All you need for this is small squares (or circles) of red cloth, red string or thread, and some loose tobacco or other dried herbs. Sometimes I start with a thre

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Depression: A Loss of Soul, a Rebirth of Self

Excerpted from The Energy Prescription : Give Yourself Abundant Vitality with the Wisdom of America's Leading Natural Pharmacist By Constance Grauds, R.Ph., Doug Childers What Causes Depression? Science links depression to an imbalance in our brain's biochemistry, with a reduction in neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine, and with a malfunctioning of the neural circuits that regulate our moods, sleep, appetite, sex drive, willpower

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An Overview of Health and Healing

Excerpted from Eight Weeks to Optimum Health By Andrew Weil, M.D. Health is wholeness and balance, an inner resilience that allows you to meet the demands of living without being overwhelmed. It you have that kind of resilience, you can experience the inevitable interactions with germs and not get infections, you can be in contact with allergens and not suffer allergies, and you can sustain exposure to carcinogens and not get cancer. Optimal health should also bring wit

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Cleansing Your System: Designing a Detoxification Program

Excerpted from Natural Health for African Americans : The Physicians' Guide (Physicians' Guide to Healing) By Marcellus A. Walker, M.D., L.Ac. When most people first learn about natural medicine, they get very excited about what they put into their bodies. Then, the more they understand about healing and wholeness, the more they realize that what comes out of their bodies is just as important as what goes in. Detoxification involves cleansing th

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