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Natural Vitamin E Lowers Heart Risks

Boosts Cardiovascular Health Tocotrienols are a natural form of vitamin E found in a number of foods, including wheat, barley, corn, rice and palm fruit. A recent meta-review of clinical research finds that tocotrienols can decrease heart-related health risks in seniors such as diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. This article appears in the October 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings. Read More »

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

Cuts Painkiller Use Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the ... Read More »


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‘Less Meat’ Goes Mainstream

Options Grow for Plant-Based Eating BY MARLAINA DONATO  Plant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going ... Read More »

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge

Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet BY LINDA SECHRIST  Recognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, ... Read More »

Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing

BY MARLAINA DONATO Modern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors ... Read More »

Rebooting Libido

Exercise Rekindles Desire BY MAYA WHITMAN  Because exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, short-duration bursts of exercise work ... Read More »

The Rise of Blue Zones in America

Places that Encourage Healthy Living BY AVERY MACK  Dan Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more ... Read More »

Why Your Mind Loves Hiking

by Roger Dubin I started hiking right around the time I began regularly practicing mindfulness and meditation. What I realized early on was that on days when I hike, I don’t need to meditate. The hike, when performed with the right intentions, is my mindfulness practice. I initially thought of hiking as a great way to get exercise, but it ... Read More »