by Lisa Belisle
Ayurvedic oils, like sesame and sunflower oil, have been used for more than 5,000 years as a potent medicine for maintaining and improving well-being...
Editor's Note from Julie Cerrato: Hot, dry, pitta summer is here! As the sun and heat roll in, our skin is more susceptible to damage by tejas, so we must take steps to protect it. Abhyangha self-oiling massage is a wonderful way to nourish the skin during this season and a great method for relieving several bodily ailments. In Ayurvedic Practitioner Lisa Belisle's article "The Importance of Ayurvedic Oils," she discusses how beneficial herbal oils like sesame and sunflower can be to relieve skin conditions, insomia and muscle pain as well as help detoxify the body. Check out Lisa's article and then watch ATH's Abhyanga video to learn how to give yourself a daily massage. Namaste, Julie
by Therese Johnson
Alzheimer's disease accounts for more than half of all organically caused memory loss and it is the fourth leading cause of death in the aged following heart disease, cancer and stroke. It is a disorder of the brain, causing damage to brain tissue over a period of time. Alzheimer's causes a global loss of intellectual abilities, which is severe enough to interfere with daily functioning...
by Dr. Tracy Darling, MD & Jean-Pierre Ruiz, JD
In nature, food comes in a rainbow of colors. The many hues of the food denote its healthy properties. But processed foods have been, in general, denatured of all nutrients by the very process required to produce them...
Editor's Note from Jean-Pierre Ruiz: Colorful foods are appealing to the eye and make us hungry. While nature comes in a rainbow of colors, artificial colors are added to processed foods to make them more appealing. From making our oranges more orange, to coloring our colas, the food industry uses these coloring agents liberally. These toxic agents have been positively linked to a slew of health problems from increased hyperactivity in kids, to damage to the pancreas and liver, and more. Most of these are banned in the world and food companies, including US-based multinationals, have replaced them by natural coloring agents. However, in the US, the Food and Drug Administration, lead by former food industry executives, continues to allow their uses.
by Victoria Girard
As summer comes to an end you be thinking about how much time your skin spent in the sun; maybe a little too much sun exposure during those oh so enticing months...
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Summer is slowing being tucked away for yet another year. The sun has had its way with us, how did your skin fair? What better way to find a path to better skin than someone who is passionate about it - just makes our job easier. Read these great tips and get ready! The winter dry season is not far behind!
by Kathy Smith
Years ago, I overheard one of my daughter’s friends complaining about her mom being on a “menopause roller coaster,” and then groaning: “We can’t take her anywhere!” Granted, menopause does crazy things to your moods, but it’s important not to let this be a license to be a shrew. If you use menopause to excuse bad behavior, it can undermine your self-respect and damage your relationships...
Exercise & Fitness
Editor's Note: Ultrasound has become so common with pregnancy, that we don't even think twice about what it could be doing to the growing child. Dr. Mendelsohn discusses some of the key things that ultrasound can interfere with like, damage to the biochemistry of the child, damage to the immune system and delayed maturation of the central nervous system. Very interesting perspective.
by Dr. Brian Casteels
Have you ever had a sore back, or a soft tissue injury? Whether it be acute or chronic, it can negatively affect your life and you may still be suffering. A focused approach, based on a proper assessment will have the best results and can help to rebalance your system. A combination of herbal medicine and acupuncture can be very effective tools in relieving your pain...
Editor´s Note from Julia Sanfilippo: This article explains how and why acupuncture and herbal medicine are used to treat pain. Whether it is decreasing muscle soreness and inflammation, improving healing time, or helping regenerate damaged tissue, acupuncture and herbs are safe and effective modality for any pain condition.
It’s easy enough to say that we all grasp the idea of plastic being harmful to the environment, but do we really understand just how much damage is being done? Toxic chemicals such as benzene and dioxin are released into surrounding communities during the manufacture of certain types of plastic, and some types leach chemicals as we use them. A plastic bottle tossed into a landfill will take hundreds of years to break down, while plastic bags that litter the landscape will kill animals that try to eat them.
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