by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
I have written before about the ubiquitous poisoning of the world. So did Rachel Carson many decades ago. Each decade it gets worse. Overall it is a toss up as to whether the world will ultimately be most damaged by the 550,000 chemical poisons released indiscriminately each year, or by nuclear contamination. I remember well national articles over 40 years ago about the carcinogenic chemicals in city water produced by chlorination of water...
Dr Cathy Alinovi, DVM, CTCVMP, CVSMT
Co-Editor Animals & Pets
First things first: Regardless of your dog’s age, or the cause, this is a medical emergency. The causes can range from infection, to trauma, to disc disease.
Important note: In cases of disc disease, the longer your dog lays there, the more permanent the damage to the spinal cord may be.
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: Panic situation: Dog can't walk! What to do and what could be the cause? Alternative medicine gives many hopeful options for the down dog; options that are far less expensive and at least as effective, if not more so, than conventional veterinary medicine.
Animals & Pets
by Danielle Samaniego, from DivineCaroline.com
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
As a kid, my mom warned me about things like sitting too close to the TV, going outside with a wet head, and not letting my food digest before swimming. She even convinced me that eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda at the same time would cause my stomach to explode. While I can attest to the fact that Pop Rocks and soda do not, in fact, cause any bodily damage (other than a fun party-in-your-mouth effect), what about those other kernels of motherly advice? Is there any truth to them or were they all just scare tactics?
by Curt Remington
In modern society this response is very rarely needed and causes all sorts of troubles. The “fight or flight” response cuts blood flow to our central organs and brain, causing health problems and difficulty thinking clearly. Anger also damages relationships and can lead to terrible, impulsive decisions...
Editor's Note: We all could use a little help managing stress and finding a way to release negative emotion. Here's a helpful blog by Curt Remington.
by Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy
Ayurveda, as a holistic medicine addresses this problem both from inside and outside. Ayurveda explains that facial beauty is the reflection of physical, mental and spiritual well being. Hence, Ayurveda recommends the traditional detoxification therapies followed by rejuvenation therapies for this condition...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Melasma is a dark skin discoloration that appears on sun-exposed areas of the face. Although not harmful, melasma can be a particularly challenging cosmetic concern. Luckily, melasma is commonly the result of sun-damage, climate skin exposure, diet or hormonal dysregulation and is potentially reversible. Dr. Gowthaman Krishnamoorthy offers some excellent suggestions for Ayurvedic treatment and home remedies to lessen and prevent melasma that are natural and easy to do.
by Lisa Lynn
From Thanksgiving onward, do you feel like you have a food hangover from overeating? The average person gains 9-12 pounds from Halloween through New Year’s Day. If you’re not careful, you will not only gain weight but change your metabolism permanently. Once you damage your metabolism, it can change in a way that is hard to reverse...
Editor’s Note from Bess Coble: Lisa Lynn is the resident fitness expert on the Dr. Oz show. This article is part of our Holiday Health Series to help you keep fit during the holidays.
Exercise & Fitness
by Sabine Green
I am sure you have heard comments such as 'Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis' or 'Watching too much TV will damage your eyes'. Old wives' tales are like that, some have might have been useful at some point, some are just superstition and others actually are very useful and efficient. After all, many of the 'Old wives' tales' have been handed down by midwives and healers that were valued medical practitioners...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: A few tricks of the trade we've all heard over and over again. Does going out in the cold with wet hair make you sick? Read on to see what you think.
by Steven Handel
Guilt is an emotion that can play a large role in many relationships. Often it arises when we behave in a way that violates the expectations of others. After we realize that we may have disappointed someone or hurt them, we regret our actions and seek to repair the damage. While this emotion can often be uncomfortable, some psychologists argue that guilt is an evolutionary adaptation designed to improve our relationships. Guilt is often what drives us to apologize after we have done something wrong...
Editor´s Note from Debbie Allen: In any intimate relationship, we may say something we later regret or cross a boundary that is in conflict with our values. It is important to repair these relationship injuries and to find ways to also alleviate our feelings of guilt.
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