Showing posts from July 31, 2016

The Loneliness of the Modern Nomad

ByKira M. Newman

A new book explores what it means to settle down and love where you live.

For the past five years, I haven’t lived anywhere for more than six months. I spent 28 days in Lisbon, three months in Bali, and a random half-year in downtown Las Vegas. With just two suitcases in tow, I was lucky enough to scuba-dive in Thailand, explore the ruins of Pompeii, and do karaoke with a Korean movie star. According to Melody Warnick, author of the new bookThis Is Where You Belong, that makes me a Mover with a capital M. And I have plenty of company: These days, the average American movesnearly 12 timesin their lifetime, and 12 percent of Americans move in a given year. But moving continuously has its downsides, according to Warnick. Research shows that people who like their hometown and their neighbors are less anxious and havehigher well-being. They’re less likely to experiencephysical ailments, heart attacks, orstroke; and they even live longer. And one survey found that the happier r…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 6, 2016

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t said.”

I know this sounds a bit strange but, if you think about it, it does make sense. How many times have you said something to someone because it is what you know they want to hear but not really what you actually wanted to say? The same could also apply to comments or remarks to you from someone else. However, I believe we are also astute when it comes to knowing when something isn’t being said, either due to consideration of our feelings or because they don’t feel they have the right words to convey what they mean or feel. Sometimes, it’s better to say nothing at all rather than say the wrong thing at the wrong time.


Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide

For Andres Amador, the earth is his canvas, literally. Instead of paintbrushes or pencils, Amador uses garden rakes to create beautifully crafted designs in the sand. From his hands emerge bold graphics, symmetrical sequences and organic patterns. The medium of using sand means sustainable designs that come from the earth and return to the earth. While there is no permanence to Amador’s art, he does not feel a loss after the tide reclaims his work — he feels complete.

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 5, 2016

“Storms make trees take deeper roots.”

I guess this is because the rain unleashed by a storm soaks into the earth, nourishing the roots and enabling them to grow even deeper. Compare this to us as human beings. The “storms” that we experience portrayed by the trials and tribulations of everyday life and the “rain” as how we deal with them. By allowing ourselves to absorb and learn from what we are experiencing, we nourish our ability to gain strength in order to make us even stronger so that the next time a “storm” strikes we are more prepared to deal with it.


Sagar Kabra: A Doctor Who Strove to Light the World

"In rural India, it is not uncommon for a person to pass before their time, their life cut short by the injustices of poverty, hunger, accident, and disease. Often these deaths go unnoticed, and the stories of these lives unheard. Sagar Kabra was familiar with this reality from his time working as a resident physician at Jan Swasthya Sahyog, an ...

49 Health 'Facts' You've Been Told All Your Life That Are Totally Wrong

Carrots give you night vision. Swimming after eating will give you cramps. You need to drink eight glasses of water a day. Organic food is more nutritious and free of pesticides.

Nope, nope, nope, and nope. Who hasn't shared these and other amazing-sounding notions about health and the human body, only to feel embarrassed later on — when you find out the information was inaccurate or flat-out wrong? It's time to put an end to these alluring myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies passed down through the ages. To help the cause we've rounded up and corrected dozens of the most popular health "facts" that we've heard.

Is Artistic Inspiration Contagious?

ByScott Barry Kaufman

A new study tries to measure the impact of reading on creativity and the motivation to write.

“The central, final, inescapable fact is that inspired words create life in us because they are themselves alive,” wrote English classical scholar Cecil Maurice Bowra in 1955. Did he have a point? Is inspiration contagious? Do inspired works of art inspire the audience to create works of their own? There is a long tradition in the humanities that suggests it does. Plato once argued that inspiration is transmitted to the audience through the Muse. Remarkably, however, this has only just been tested scientifically. In arecent study, Todd Thrash and colleagues conducted the first ever test of “inspiration contagion,” using poetry as the vehicle. They looked at specific qualities of a text and the qualities of the reader. It’s a rich study, with 36,020 interactions between all of the variables! Here are the essential findings. The more writers privately reported that they felt in…

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 4, 2016

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

This is the type of wealth worth having. Sure, monetary wealth is great and we couldn’t exist without it, but “true” wealth is another story. This is the riches we possess by having the people we love and who love us close by, our health and the health of those we love, the ability to laugh, experience happiness, cry tears of joy, have enough money to pay our way through life without counting every penny. The list is endless but you know what I mean? If we have all that and more, what else could possibly be found wanting in our lives……


The Big Idea Behind Integrative Medicine

"The emerging field of integrative care is as much an idea as a set of practices. The idea is of an ecosystem of support, an intersecting set of relationships that address the whole human package -- body, mind, heart, and soul...I am reminded of the support that the poet W.H. Auden gave Dr. Oliver Sacks when he was composing Awakenings, a book about his work with a group of patients who had been in a decades-long sleep and were now coming back to consciousness. Auden wrote: "You're going to have to go beyond the clinical... Be metaphorical, be mystical, be whatever you need." I find here the implication that it is our deep regard for the human condition that moves us beyond the complacent and routine. It is in our profound respect for service to others that we touch mystery and wholeness."

--by Alan Briskin

Integrative medicine is an ecosystem of support for pursuing your own health and well-being. Inside that ecosystem is someone who cares about you. Integrativ…

12 Signs of a Hormone Imbalance

Your Hormones, Your Health

Feeling bloated, irritable, or just not your best? A hormone imbalance could be to blame. Hormones are chemical “messengers” that impact the way your cells and organs function. It’s normal for your levels to shift at different times of your life, such as before and during your period or a pregnancy, or during menopause. But some medications and health issues can cause them to go up or down, too.

Irregular Periods

Most women’s periods come every 21 to 35 days. If yours doesn’t arrive around the same time every month, or you skip some months, it might mean that you have too much or too little of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone). If you’re in your 40s or early 50s -- the reason can be perimenopause -- the time before menopause. But irregular periods can be a symptom of health problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Talk to your doctor.

Sleep Problems

If you aren’t getting enough shut-eye, or if the sleep you get isn’t good, your hormones could …

Hawaiian Volcano Erupts Into Smiley Face Just as its Flow Reaches the Sea (LOOK)

A volcano in Hawaii broke into a “smiley face” last week as its slow moving lava flow finally reached the ocean.

The Kilauea volcano, active since 1983, has been dribbling toward the sea since May, according to CNN, and offered a helicopter film crew the perfect photo to mark the occasion.

The 6.5 mile-long lava flow is now cooling in the waters of the Pacific, and turning to rock, making the biggest island in Hawaii even bigger.

This ring of fire isn’t the only place in the universe to deliver a grin. A much colder spot, on Mars, is also beaming a happy face.

The much bigger grin was discovered by NASA in 1999, when the Mars Orbiter Camera captured a smiling crater on there Red Planet. The Galle Crater, nicknamed the “Happy Face Crater” crater, has a diameter of about 134 miles (215 kilometers).

Daily Inspirational Quote for August 3, 2016

“Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.”

There will be times in all our lives when we will feel unfairly done by. I’m sure it’s nothing personal on the part of the Universe, just how things are. It’s up to us, as individuals, to learn to accept these lessons, because that’s just what they are meant to be for us, something to be learned from. The trick is to acknowledge, learn, accept, and trust. Trust that we have taken on board what we need to be aware of at a particular time in our life, and trusting that what will be will be for our benefit in the future.


The Benefits of Learning to Be Kind to Yourself

"Human beings are the only creatures who can make themselves miserable. Other animals certainly suffer when they experience negative events, but only humans can induce negative emotions through self-views, judgments, expectations, regrets and comparisons with others. Because self-thought plays such a central role in human happiness and wellbeing, psychologists have devoted a good deal of attention to understanding how people think about themselves." Here, Mark Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, shares some key scientific research on self-compassion, citing its wide-reaching benefits -- ranging from university students to those afflicted with disease to the elderly -- offering some revelations on being kind to oneself, and take-aways for what we can each do to boost our own well-being.

What is Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)?

NAET - Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Technique

Interpretation By
Dr. Raymond T. Alexander, D.C.
NAET is a combination of several different disciplines in health care. They consist of Acupuncture (points and the meridians (where the points are located)), Medical laboratory analysis, Chiropractic theory, and Kinesiology. Each of these disciplines utilize neurological (nerve) communication of the body for its main healing qualities. The nervous system is the most common denominator in each discipline and the most important of all the systems. The Nervous system consists of the Central, Peripheral, and Autonomic Systems. The Autonomic system communicates with the other nine systems constantly, which are: the Digestive, Circulatory (Cardiovascular), Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Endocrine, Reproductive, Immune, Integumentary (Skin), and Urinary. Each system when functioning optimally, you will feel healthy. When there is an interference with the communication of the nervous system to any of…