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Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
New research suggests that mind-body treatment can boost the odds that infertile women will become pregnant by in vitro fertilization -- at least after more than one cycle. Dr. Alice Domar, who specializes in mind-body therapy in Boston, assigned one group of women undergoing in vitro fertilization IVF to take part in 10 sessions of a mind-body program another group undergoing IVF did not take part. There was no difference in pregnancy rates between the tw ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Divorce Isn't Eco-Friendly
Love not only makes the world go round, it may make it greener, too. Rising divorce rates mean that fewer people are living in each household, causing them to take up more space and consume more energy and water, a new study suggests. People talk about divorce hurting the children. Divorce also has an impact on the environment, said Jianguo Jack Liu, senior author of the study and the Rachel Carson chair in sustainability at Michigan State University. Nobo ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Big on West Coast, Chiropractors Popular in Midwest
Folks on the West Coast are faithful followers of yoga and meditation. Midwesterners turn to chiropractors or osteopathic doctors for their aches and pains. And nearly one in every five Americans uses herbal supplements like ginseng, Echinacea, ginkgo biloba and St. John s Wort. Those are just some of the findings of a new federal government report on complementary and alternative medicine trends in the United States. The report, derived from national heal ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Herbal Supplements Largely Untested in Kids
As the primary users of herbal remedies, more women are giving botanical medicines to their children for various ailments. But science has come up short on evidence that these popular herbal remedies actually work for kids. Recognizing the need for more solid information, researchers at the University of Illinois decided to sift through 40 years of medical literature to determine what clinical proof exists for using alternative remedies such as chamomile, ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain
Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had meaning had far fewer macroscopic infarcts -- small areas of dead tissue resulting from blockage of blood flow. This kind of brain tissue damage is believed to boost the risk for developing dementia, movement problems, disability and or dea ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Gaining in Popularity Among Americans
Yoga is increasingly popular among U.S. adults and children, two new government surveys reveal. One survey found a little less than 6 percent of adult Americans said they had tried yoga, tai chi or qi gong back in 2002, but that figure jumped to slightly more than 10 percent in 2012, fueled mostly by yoga. And a second survey that focused on children found a similar trend Yoga had been tried by about 1.7 million children in 2012, representing an increase o ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Service: The Quest for Building Community
I met Henry Cross at the 3rd Annual Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute. Henry is the Assistant Executive Director of Hosh Yoga , a donation-based, not-for-profit yoga studio that promotes health and wellness as a right of life rather than a luxury. Henry is also the executive director of Hosh Kids , a nonprofit that offers yoga-based enrichment education for kids. This interview is his offering to help others successfully navigate the rewards a ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
4 Ways to Get Firm and Cute by Lowering Firmicutes
In The Big Lie of Obesity I showed weight gain was not from laziness or indulgence, but from your body reacting to stressors. In response to stress, your body will store food to prepare for famine, thus causing weight gain. Some stressors are obvious, but many are as silent and invisible as the bacteria in our intestines. In a startling study , Dr. Gewirtz at Cornell University showed that the weight of mice could be changed by over 15 percent just by shif ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Culturally-Inclusive and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Addiction and Recovery
This is an interview with Dena Samuels, who I met through the social justice work she has been doing as an educator and activist for about 15 years. Her new book on the topic is called The Culturally Inclusive Educator Preparing for a Multicultural World Columbia University s Teachers College Press . It was written for any educator teaching any subject including yoga who wishes to serve diverse clients. It asks readers educators to delve deeply to understa ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
The Only Detox You Will Need in the New Year
Patients come to me seeking detox at this time of year when they feel groggy, tired, congested, fed up, sun deprived, and have reached for one too many glasses of wine or cookies over the holidays. They ask what products they should take, what foods to eat and if a liquid diet is the answer to get rid of the yucky feeling and the holiday bloat. Though nutrition is key to a proper detox, what is equally important is whether you are digesting your life or no ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
The State of Yoga Service: Looking Forward Through 2015
A Vision for the Future Voices From Our Yoga Service Community In my Huffington Post blog series Yoga How We Serve, a number of yoga teachers on the front lines of outreach to underserved and unserved populations have offered valuable answers to the question, What are some of your ideas about, or hopes for, the future of service yoga in America Here are some of the insights that are helping to shape the ongoing growth of yoga service My hope is that yoga w ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga: How We Serve First Responders And Emergency Personnel
I first met Olivia Kvitne while she was offering free yoga classes for veterans, as well as continuing education workshops on yoga and the neurological system at the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Center and the Los Angeles Police Department. She is now the Give Back Yoga Training Director for the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Resiliency Training to Benefit First Responders hosted by the Sedona Yoga Festival in February 2015. Olivia writes for and is Ass ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28