by Dr. Judith Orloff, MD
For over twenty years as physician, I’ve witnessed, time and again, the healing power of tears. Tears are your body’s release valve for stress, sadness, grief, anxiety, and frustration. Also, you can have tears of joy, say when a child is born or tears of relief when a difficulty has passed. In my own life, I am grateful when I can cry...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: Do you allow yourself to cry? Do you feel comfortable if you cry? I cry due to many reasons - it can be out of sadness, shame, joy or gratitude. Crying is a great relief for my soul. Did you know that crying is healthy? Read this article and find out more about it.
by David Pratt, LMT, BA
“...It is very important to understand there is no disease process which cannot be made more likely - or more serious ...
Author's Note: Most people seem to know that reducing stress results in feeling better. That's a bit of a "no-brainer," but did it ever occur to you that our reactions to stress can cause and perpetuate a whole slew of diseases and illnesses?
Massage & Bodywork
by Jonci Jensen, ND
“Look Mom! No Hands!” After a pretty stressful couple of years, I have finally remembered this sort of a mantra that I used while in naturopathic medical school. It arose one year in the middle of another stressful period when I shared with a friend that I felt like I was on the “Roller Coaster of Life”. You know the period of anticipation at the beginning of a roller coaster, as you click, click, click up that first hill? Then the ride begins!
Editor's Note: While decreasing stress is optimal, still stresses will remain. Dr. Jensen gives us words of wisdom to help us handle all that life throws at us while limiting the undesired repercussions.
by Dr. Benjamin Martin
A study in the May 15, 2009 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research finds that workers in high stress situations benefited greatly from a short course of chiropractic care...
Editor´s Note from Abbey Denaro: This is a summary of studies that have shown that Chiropractic care effectively reduces stress and improves quality of life. These studies focused on people who are in high stress positions, such firefighters and police.
by Peggy Gleason, RN, WS, NHD
We are all familiar with the term “stress related” illness. But we often underestimate the gravity of just how sick “stress” can make us. We usually consider only ulcers or headaches or maybe we even go as far as “heart attack” when we think of stress manifesting itself on our bodies. But there are so many more areas of the body that are affected by stress. In fact, every system of the body can be affected by stress...
Editor's Note: Who doesn't have stress in their life? The question is how do we manage it and what options are available to us for help? This article beautifully represents alternative ideas for dealing with stress.
by Sonia Gallagher
Are you a multi-tasking super star mom who juggles the children, housework, a husband, and a job? If this is you, then you know what stress is all about...
Editor’s Note: Hey, fellow moms...Sonia speaks the truth, “As a mother, you are expected to be a nurturer. But, what we forget is that to be a nurturer and to be able to take care of others, we’ve got to take care of ourselves first.” My students talk about this push/pull all of the time and the feeling that it is selfish to give for yourself - to find quiet time for meditation and self-discovery.
by David Sack, MD
When people arrive at an addiction treatment center, they typically don’t want to be there. They’re agitated and apprehensive, and they doubt whether they even have a problem, especially one that is as bad as their families, employers or the courts believe...
Editor's Note: This is an excellent article explaining five valuable complementary and alternative therapies for people recovering from addictions. Acupuncture, particularly ear acupuncture, is used to combat cravings, reduce stress and withdrawal symptoms, and restores whole body balance. I love how this section showcases research studies and statistics to confirm acupuncture's efficacy for addiction treatments. So fantastic!
by Joan Borysenko, PhD
One of my favorite cartoons features a squirrel lying on a psychiatrist’s couch, and the squirrel says something like, “Since discovering that you are what you eat, I realized I was nuts.” When you recognize that despite all of your mental refinement you’re still an animal engineered to move, it becomes obvious that lying around can also make you nuts. Brain chemistry goes south when you can’t work off stress, and your mood becomes more negative . . . hostile, depressed, or anxious...
Exercise & Fitness
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