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Natural Mood Boosters

Safe Alternatives to Antidepressants by Kathleen Barnes Depression darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal determination, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated …

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Good Reasons to Try Acupuncture

Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results by Kathleen Barnes The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is gaining popularity in modern Western medicine for many reasons. “There’s lots of research to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions,” says Thomas Burgoon, a medical doctor who practices internal …

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Giving Birth Naturally

Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery Labor and delivery is a natural process that can be enjoyed. “It’s not something to be afraid of,” says Mel Campbell, author of The Yoga of Pregnancy. “It’s a wonderful and beautiful experience. We need to remember that the body is designed …

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Tress Stress: Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss

by Jody McCutcheon Ancient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and …

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Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid

Keying in on Iodine by Kathleen Barnes It seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer …

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Diet Detox

A Good Spring Cleaning Flushes Out Fats and Toxins by Ann Louise Gittleman Spring—when the natural world reawakens and bursts with renewed energy—is an ideal season to clean up our act. A cleansing diet to eliminate toxins from our body is as much a rite of spring as sweeping debris …

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Dangers in the Cosmetic Bag

Choose Safe and Healthy Natural Beauty Aids by Kathleen Barnes We all want to look and feel beautiful, often enhancing our best features with assistance from cosmetics. Yet many of us may not be aware of the toxic ingredients contained in products we’re using. “When the Federal Food, Drug, and …

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The Eyes Tell Our Story

How Integrative Doctors See Into Whole-Body Health by Linda Sechrist To poets, the eyes have long been known as windows to the soul. Systemically trained ophthalmologists, optometrists and functional medicine doctors see these organs as a potential indicator of high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies, as well …

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Don’t Get Ticked Off

Natural Ways to Avoid and Treat Lyme Disease by Linda Sechrist In 1977, two Yale School of Medicine scientists identified the infected blacklegged deer tick carrying the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi as the disease-transmitting organism of Lyme disease. Since 1982, this most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the U.S. has gained …

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Rethinking Breast Health

Natural Ways to Keep Them Healthy by Lisa Marshall Natural ways to keep the girls smooth, pain-free and firm, while reducing the risk of cancer We’ve been conditioned to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold, steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years …

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