by Sue Olmos, CTPM, CHP – MEd
It was February, 2003. Katie, a 7 year-old German Shorthair hunting dog had returned home in some apparent discomfort from a long day’s hunting with her owner, Stan. Thinking he could ease her soreness, he gave her some ibuprofen, totally unaware of the fact that the ingredients are toxic to dogs and could lead to kidney failure and death...
Editor's Note from Michael Salewski: This article provides a number of lessons to pet owners. For one, the use of human medications in our pets can often have unintended and terrible consequences. Secondly, that the damage done by "side-effects" is often seen as irreparable, when in fact there may be answers outside of mainstream medicine.
Animals & Pets
by Markia Blossfeldt
From Sheila Fields: Polenta and parsley! I'm a big fan of polenta, so I can't wait to try this one! And parsley... well, parsley is more than a pretty garnish. It packs a healing punch with volatile oils that help neutralize carcinogens and antioxidants that combine with those pesky and highly reactive oxygen containing free radicals, preventing cellular damage...
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.
Eco-Products & Services
by Tom Cowan
Recently some of us in the shamanic community have been talking about “shamanic tending” rather than shamanic healing. The term seems more appropriate for certain situations where the normal patterns and rhythms of life have been severely disrupted either through natural processes, like hurricanes and tornadoes, or suffering caused by human activities, such as war or industrial damage...
by Kathy Smith
Pumpkin can protect against Breast Cancer - It is rich in alpha-carotene, an antioxidant precursor of Vitamin A which boosts cells' resistance to cancer-causing damage and lowers a women's risk of disease by up to 35 percent...
by Michael Traub, ND
It is a strange paradox of nature that the same wavelengths of solar UV light that drive cutaneous vitamin D photosynthesis are the very same ones that cause DNA damage and skin cancer. That conjunction of healthful and harmful effects has caused a good bit of consternation in medical circles in recent years...
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: A beautiful synergy between music ['Healing Begins' by Tenth Avenue North], imagery and words, this video s a powerful illustration of both the damage wrought by rape/abuse and the journey back to healing and wholeness. Please also see interview coming soon on ATH with Lynne McGuire, a sexual assault counsellor in Australia, who uses the arts and creativity with her clients.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Ginette Paris, PhD
The pain of mourning and heartbreak is neurologically similar to being submitted to torture. There seems to be only one way to end that agony and to limit somatic damage; neurobiology calls it an evolutionary jump and psychologists call it an increase in consciousness...
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: This excerpt from Dr. Paris’ recently published book, "Heartbreak: The New Approaches,” debunks the myths that one can readily recover from heartbreak and validates the enormous hurdles of healing from the grief of lost love. Immersing herself in the study of heartbreak, Paris finds that the path to recovery is no less than a “reconfiguration” of the way our brain sees the world into a new and deeper understanding of love and oneself.
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