by Walter J. Crinnion, ND
The more I work with chronically ill people, the bigger my organic garden gets. As a naturopathic physician I deal with a lot of chronically ill people. Many of them have been through the conventional medical system with no success, so they show up at my doorstep. One day Steve showed up. Over six feet tall and 200 pounds, he dwarfed me, and was quick to mention that my hair was thinning...
Editor's Note from Wendy Wells: Walter Crinnion is well-known for his knowledge and enthusiasm about Environmental Medicine.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and several State OSHA programs are investigating questions and complaints from hair salon owners and workers about possible formaldehyde exposure from using Brazilian Blowout and other hair smoothing products. Some of these products have been labeled as "formaldehyde-free..."
Editor's Note from Susan Lutz: Beauty can come at a price. Cost is only one aspect of what is charged. Shimmering hair may soak your body with toxins such as formaldehyde, a price that will may play hard on your health in the future. Brazalian Blowout and other hair smoothing products are being investigated by OSHA as dangerous and the product labeling as misleading. Many countries, counties, and states are not waiting and starting their own call for caution, and in some cases, even removed some lines from the market.
by Tina Rayner
Here’s a riddle I’ve created around chin hair: “What is something you can see, but can’t feel; can’t see, but can feel and see and feel, but can’t do anything about?” No matter how many times I’ve stood in front of my billion times magnified mirror, chin hair riddles me...
Editor´s Note from Tina Rayner: As crazy as it may be that I'm even admitting I have them, my chin hairs have taught me three spiritual lessons that can lead us all to being what the enlightened teacher Ramtha called, "joyfully free."
by David Jockers, DC
Over 25 million female American women are losing their hair and suffering the emotional distress that comes with this process. The latest research has shown that hormones seem to be the major player in this embarrassing condition. Fortunately, there are solutions in both nature and nurture that support hormone balance and a return to normal function...
Editor's Note from Shawn Tassone: The main cause of hair loss in women is transient and related to stress, but here is an article that describes other causes and how you can try supplements and hormones.
Editor's Note from Diane Renz: My heart was touched when a client, who is integrating her full value and healing from continual objectification, shared this song with me to express her internal experience. We are all learning how to relate to ourselves with increasing kindness, in a culture which defines worth based on exterior measures, this video speaks to self-acceptance on a universal level, but also educates more specifically regarding our assumptions and judgments and values for inclusivity or exclusivity relative to race.
by Christine K. Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC
A young woman sits in a circle of empty chairs playing her djembe, a West African healing drum. Gradually other women arrive. They join the song, playing their own rhythms on a variety of different drums. No two rhythms are alike, and yet somehow they all go together...
Music Therapy & Sound Healing
Editor's Note from Nicole Spigner: In this video, Leeann Carey gives a variety of chair-based modifications to the traditional Sun Salutation. This is a great video for those desiring a quick office break during their workday, yoga students with limited mobility, and anyone desiring a new way into a familiar set of postures...
by Jean Rowe, LCSW, OSW-C Certified Instructor
James Pennebaker, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas, began studying the physiological and psychological effects of inhibition in the 1980s (Pennebaker & Beall, 1986). What he and his team learned is that their study became an exercise of confession. Participants who benefitted the most wrote about personal trauma, including the details of the event as well as their emotional responses...
Editor's Note from Barbara Lazarony: Jean Rowe summarizes some of the ground-breaking research that shows writing can help people heal. And then goes one step further by offering oncology social workers, and you too, the opportunity to keep a journal. She shares practical ideas for keeping a journal in 5 minute increments, as well as siting a wealth of books to keep you writing for longer blocks of time too.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
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