by David Servan-Schreiber
Cross-posted from www.Care2.com
Has your physician ever asked you to write about the worst day of your life? Probably not. Yet the Journal of the American Medical Association recently published a clinical study showing that writing can have a big impact on physical symptoms...
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: "Prescribing story writing for medical purposes is a time-honored way of treating post-traumatic stress disorder and depressive conditions." Here is some up-to-date research info on the health benefits of writing.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by David G. Arenson, ND
ATH Co-Editor of Sacred Living
Men, I don't just speak to you, I speak to all people. We are all part of this creation called “man” and “women.” We all share the fruits of our labours, our struggles, our successes, our failures...
Editor's Note from David Arenson: The divine masculine archetype has been perverted to serve our ends of dominating. It is men who have misused their power to obstruct justice and stimulate a fear-based society. As a result, the collective suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. These times are ending, and a more rewarding union between masculine and feminine energies is arising from the dust of obliteration we have created. It is now time for men and women to be free.
Editor's Note from Lexi Yoga: Many of us have stored tension in our eyes and head due to our chaotic lifestyle. We tend to stare at our computer screens for long hours without taking a break to relax our eyes. Here is a video of two eye exercises that will help relieve stress and tension that is stored in your eyes that will improve your eye strength and prevent headaches.
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 Brooke Nisbet
In talking with my mentor and nutritionist, Julie Daniluk, I was reminded of the need for a daily meditation to help with stress busting. When I go to my friend’s house and draw spiritual cards, I often get the “meditation” card. When talking to other mentors or leaders in yoga and wellness, they ask if I have a daily meditation practice (knowing I should). Ugh… really?! Meditation again? Sigh. See the thing is, no matter how much I duck, dodge and fight it… meditation will keep being brought to my attention, because it is something that I really need in my life...
Editor's Note from Eden Kozlowski: An article from one of my dearest of friends and also former college roommate (which means we've been friends for over 25 years). We've both come a long way, baby.
by Barbara Elsner, RDH L.AcMS, Dipl.OM
Weight gain is one of the chief complaints of patients who lead stressful lives. Many of these people are watching their diets and exercising often. It is very frustrating to those who count their calories, eat well, and exercise to have such difficulty losing weight... The number one reason for this is stress...
by Irma Jennings
Rosie O’Donnell and I have something in common. Recently we both had the same health scare – chest pains. I was luckier than Rosie. Her pain turned out to be a heart attack. Mine – we think – was indigestion.
I’m pretty careful about my food, so indigestion was a puzzle. Was I eating too many of those delicious candy like but acidic cherry tomatoes from my backyard garden? Was it stress? Or lifting too many heavy boxes during my move from Philadelphia to New Hope (don’t ya love that name…
by Joie Power, PhD
Although no definitive "cure" has been discovered for CFS, holistic regimens emphasizing diet, moderate exercise, herbal and nutritional supplementation, massage therapy, and stress reduction have proven helpful in reducing symptoms and aiding recovery.
Aromatherapy is also an important component in holistic approaches to CFS and there are a number of essential oils which can ease symptoms and support healing processes in persons with CFS and related disorders...
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