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Medicinal Mushrooms

Beyond Buttons and Portabellas BY APRIL THOMPSON Ahandful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human ... Read More »

Fatherhood’s Pain and Glory

We Must Face Our Own Story First BY CHRIS BRUNO Ihave worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than ... Read More »

Sanjay Gupta on ‘Chasing Life’

BY JAN HOLLINGSWORTH During nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Western-trained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s ... Read More »

Pre-Wired for the Future

Transportation Drives Urban Planning BY JIM MOTAVALLI The Congress for the New Urbanism, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit, has some decisive views about what makes a walkable community: “complete streets” that are designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. What it doesn’t have is cars—at least not those with tailpipes. City planners are increasingly designing green buildings without parking, and mandating—where ... Read More »

Brain-Savers

Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia BY MELINDA HEMMELGARN With 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want ... Read More »

The Mother Our Souls Need

Connecting With the Energy That Made Us BY CHRISTIANE NORTHRUP  This Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up ... Read More »

When Emotions Are Physical

Bodywork for Trauma and Grief BY MARLAINA DONATO  Massage is often associated with spa-like pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional pain. Bodywork can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps to balance blood sugar and boost immunity. A surge of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine is also a ... Read More »

Her Soul In Bloom

Self-Care for All Stages of Life BY MARLAINA DONATO  To be female is to be blessed with an innate gift for multitasking, but in our fast-paced, jam-packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act that can come with a steep price tag if self-care isn’t on the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are all too ... Read More »

Vision Quest

Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes BY MELINDA HEMMELGARN  One of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common age-related ... Read More »

Philippe Cousteau on the Power of Wonder and Legacy

BY RANDY KAMBIC  Philippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-year-old grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now ... Read More »