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.
by Norman Shealy, MD, PhD
Iodine deficiency was first recognized almost 80 years ago, as a cause of goiter. During the 1920's it was determined that the MINIMUM daily requirement for adults was 150 micrograms daily. Deficiencies lead not only to goiter but, when iodine-deficient pregnant women delivered babies, the brain of the newborn was severely damaged, leading to cretinism. Salt was iodized in order to supply this essential nutrient. However, only half the salt in the U.S. is iodized and for 50 years physicians have recommended minimizing salt intake. In the past 15 years average intake in this country has fallen from 300 to 150 micrograms daily...
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!
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