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.
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 Judith St. King
When the Psychotherapy Editor asked me to write this piece, I focused on keeping myself out of the writing even though at the time I was dealing with chronic pain. I discovered that keeping me out of the writing left the message stiff and impersonal. The definition of pain given by the International Association for the Study of Pain states it is an unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage (www.iasp-pain.org). However, pain is a subjective experience that includes an emotional and spiritual component that is often neglected in the scientific definitions.
by Julia Karmalit & Ihor Miednyi
Central Nervous System (CNS) is a system that provides control over all vital functions of the human body. Our brain is a place where absolutely conscious neurons (special brain nerve cells) live, they maintain all our vital functions...
Editor's Note: This article is written by very prominent historians and alternative medicine specialists from the Ukraine. This couple has deep interest in healing philosophy and alternative, thought-provoking methods specially from India. In this piece they are substantiating connection between the central nervous system and stress with other disturbing factors which damage the health of the neurons. Read more...
by Carolyn Hansen
There is a negative condition that our body is subject to which is common during and after many popular weight loss diets. You may have heard of it - 'metabolic damage' or sometimes it is referred to as 'starvation mode'. It is a series of hormonal and chemical responses to prolonged calorie restriction...
Exercise & Fitness
by Dr. Elizabeth Wisniewski, DC,
ATH Co-Editor of Chiropractic
One of the most common reasons for parents to take their children to the pediatrician is for chronic ear infections. This accounts for approximately 35% of all childhood visits to the medical doctor . Although usually related to a virus, anti-biotics are prescribed only to cause further damage to the child’s delicate immune system. This occurs when anti-biotics are over prescribed, killing important gut flora, which makes up approximately 80% of the body’s immune system...
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: Antibiotics are the most common method for attempting to treat an ear infection. How many children do you know who get recurrent ear infections? How many times are the doctors going to prescribe the antibiotics? Not only are the drugs not getting to the cause of the problem, but they are hurting the child, as well. Elizabeth explains the mechanism for ear infections and why Chiropractic is a better solution.
by Michael T. Murray ND
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
We’ve grown accustomed to taking pills when we feel bad–for headaches, insomnia, mild depression, indigestion, and the aches and pains of aging, to name a few common complaints. We’re so used to automatically reaching into our medicine cabinets for quick relief that we don’t stop to ask an obvious question: What’s causing the discomfort?
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wisniewski: The "quick fix" of opening the medicine cabinet for the instant gratification of symptom relief is causing far more damage to your body than you may realize. Instead of treating symptoms by masking them with drugs, go to a chiropractor and get your spine checked for spinal subluxations that are causing disease.
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