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Healing Ways

Better Options Than Opioids

Natural Ways to Reduce Pain BY KATHLEEN BARNES Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicinereports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription ... Read More »

All-Natural Beauty

Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry From red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm eco-values,” says Karen Behnke, the ... Read More »

Personalized Health Care

Functional Medicine Leads the Way Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model ... Read More »

Healing the Hard Stuff

Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses Although natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and ... Read More »

Touching the Earth

The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot Melanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried ... Read More »

Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy BY KATHLEEN BARNES Ever since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential ... Read More »

Rising Above Adversity

How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle BY APRIL THOMPSON At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks ... Read More »

Meditation That Works

Tips for Finding the Right Practice BY APRIL THOMPSON More Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate such a practice into a busy life. Universal Appeal “Meditation is ... Read More »

Dial Down Stress

How to Stay Calm and Cool BY LISA MARSHALL Whether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say ... Read More »

Understanding Nutraceuticals

How They Differ from Health Store Supplements BY LINDA SECHRIST Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals. Medicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a ... Read More »