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5 Hidden Signs of a Hormone Imbalance
by guest blogger Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS At this very moment, there are various hormones at play in your body working together to determine things like your energy, mood, menstrual cycle, temperature, fat-burning or fat-storage abilities, sex drive and much more. While hormone imbalances can affect both women and men, women tend to battle hormonal disorders more frequently--including PCOS, hyper or hypothyroidism, PMS and menopausal problems that affect mil ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
6 Rules for Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreen
By Emily Barth Isler Summer is in full swing, and you have a bun in the oven. We ve got bad news for you pregnancy leaves your skin more susceptible to wrinkles, dark spots and sunburns, and many conventional sunblocks contain chemicals and additives that can enter your bloodstream and affect baby s health before he s even born. Luckily, there are a slew of natural, mineral-based facial sunscreens that are much gentler and safer than their chemical-based c ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga Hope for Parkinson's Patients
The sad news of beloved comic Robin William s death was followed by reports he was fighting Parkinson s disease. His widow, Susan Schneider, revealed the star struggled with depression and anxiety during the early stages of the disease. Parkinson s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that is caused by nerve cell degeneration in a region of the brain that controls voluntary movement. The symptoms include tremors, a shuffling walk, muscle stiffness, sto ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga: Empowering the Underserved
This is an interview with Francie Winters, coordinator of Environmental Strategies at the Nye and Esmeralda Counties Coalition NyECC in Pahrump, Nevada. Francie began teaching mindfulness to at-risk youth in Las Vegas in the 1990s. In 2004 she and her husband moved to Pahrump, a small, rural town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. At NyECC Francie teaches classes for at-risk youth and young adults, seniors adults attending wellness prevention classes, ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga for Warriors
The day after 9 11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City. She subsequently witnessed the power of the yoga practices--breathing, movement, and meditation--to help those suffering with anxiety related disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD . A yoga p ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Yoga: How We Serve Orphaned and Abandoned Girls in India
This is an interview with Sylvia Jabaley, MPA, Program Coordinator for Homes of Hope India-US and co-founder of Yoga Village and Kristin Cooper, Founder of Wilmington Yoga Center North Carolina and Kunga Yoga. Sylvia began her yoga practice in 2003, and began her work with Homes of Hope in 2012 after serving as a public middle and high school teacher for 10 years. Sylvia coordinates partnerships with yoga studios and Homes of Hope India orphanages, as well ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Can Sugar Make You Stressed?
You likely have a sense about stress being a bad thing for your health and happiness. Studies have shown that chronic stress can be more fatal than smoking and a stronger predictor of weight gain than genetics. [1] As important as it is, you may feel that its causes are beyond your control. Many feel resigned to hectic schedules and the pressures of modern life. I d like to work with you to rebrand your concept of what stress is and what you can do about i ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Calm Body, Kind Mind: Serving Veterans Through Yoga
This is an interview with Katrina Kopeck, a vinyasa yoga instructor since 2011. I first met Katrina at a 15-hour Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans teacher training in Boulder, Colorado early this year. Soon thereafter, she began teaching at the Boulder Vet Center, offering a mindful yoga practice open to veterans and therapists. Rob What originally motivated you to do this work, and what continues to motivate you How, if at all, has that motivation changed ...
Huffington Post - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Acupuncture and exercise may help women better handle the symptoms and risks that come with hormone imbalances caused by certain ovarian cysts, Swedish researchers report. About one in 10 women of reproductive age have polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that can start in the teen years and cause irregular menstrual cycles and infertility. Small immature cysts on the ovaries disrupt hormone production, causing excessive secretion of testosterone, the ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Cut Hot Flashes, Boost Sex Drive in Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture is just as good as standard medication to ease hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. And as an added bonus, the needle treatment may boost the patient s sex drive and contribute to clearer thinking. I think the data shows you that acupuncture is a good option for these patients [and] it has no side effects, added Dr. Eleanor Walker, division director of breast services in the department of rad ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Acupuncture may help people who lose their sense of smell after a viral infection, researchers say. In a new study, 15 patients with post-viral olfactory dysfunction PVOD had 10 weekly, 30-minute sessions of traditional Chinese acupuncture. These patients were compared with PVOD patients treated with vitamin B complex. Smell function improved in eight patients in the acupuncture group and in two patients in the vitamin B group. The findings suggest that ac ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. In one study, acupuncture helped reduce joint pain by up to 40 percent, said study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of the integrative oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. And it didn t matter if people thought it would work or not, he found. While ot ...
Healthday - Mon. Aug 28