Allergies? Ask Your Body!

Allergies—painful, annoying, scary. Perhaps you or someone you know reacts to foods, medications, or substances. Hives, asthma, abdominal pains, headaches, hyperactivity, exhaustion; allergic reactions affect our quality of life. Fear enters the picture. When are we safe? If we accidentally do the wrong thing, our body goes out of control. It becomes an enemy, subject […]

Alternative Healthcare A Comprehensive Guide

This book was somewhat of a shock to me because the title is so misleading. Instead of “Alternative” Healthcare: A Comprehensive Guide, it should be titled the Skeptics Guide to Alternative Healthcare. The author, Jack Raso,states his position very clearly in the introduction: “Since I began studying mystical healing in 1989, I have reached four […]

Spontaneous Healing

Andrew Weil, MD once again has produced a thoughtful, useful and challenging book. That is what I like about his books, I always go away with something to chew upon and contemplate. Spontaneous Healing is chock full of testimonials about spontaneous healing and useful prescriptions for healing a variety of ailments. Dr. Weil, once again, […]

The Role of Food in the Maintainance of Health

Our society is obsessed with weight, fitness and youth, an exterior expression of our societies fear of death. By focusing on the perceived ideal stages of life, we do not to have to think about the lack of continuity. As long as the external symbols appear to represent immortality, we do not have to face […]

Pain: One of Our Greatest Teachers

What is pain? One dictionary definition is “unpleasant sensory and emotional experiences, associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Others include “distress,” “punishment,” “a basic bodily sensation induced by a noxious stimulus … characterized by physical discomfort … and typically leading to evasive action.” Most of us generally perceive pain as something to be avoided […]

Big Guns and Gentle Healers: Combining Eastern and Western Remedies for Coping with Cancer

Talking with a friend some time ago, I told her I’d written a book that blends a review of international scientific literatures with personal narrative, sociological analyses with recipes. Despite knowing that the topic of this book is my son’s experiences with cancer, she laughed. It amused me too. Recipes? However, I wanted to tell […]

Trauma: Why We Hold onto Shock and How to Release it

When we’re faced with trauma we automatically draw a sharp, deep breath and experience shock. We learn to fight shock and force ourselves into action, short circuiting our natural process for dealing with trauma. It’s as if we hold the breath forever instilling the trauma into our systems in the belief that it still exist. […]

Behind Carpal Tunnel Sydrome: Do Nerves Actually Move?

As you sit at your computer working or surfing the Internet, you may be aware of your hands, arms, or neck, painful, or feeling numb or pins and needles. Most people, who work on computers, are aware of the increasing prevalence of a group of maladies known as “repetitive strain injuries”. These include carpal tunnel […]

Precious Pain – A Guide for Health and Healing

The way we develop our early relationship with pain is easy to see. If you have ever seen a toddler fall and bump his head while his mother is watching, assuming the fall wasn’t traumatic enough to cause terror, you have seen him get up and look to his mother to see how she was […]

Tips for a Healthy Lower Back

If you have ever had a major bout of lower back pain, you know that at its worst, it can take over your life. Some studies estimate that eighty percent of us will have back pain at some point in our lives. This can range from a sore back to a major problem that keeps […]

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