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Workplace Wisdom

Mindfulness in Corporate Life APRIL THOMPSON The workplace can be filled with stress, egos and distractions that challenge the productive and happy atmosphere we desire. Both employees and employers are adopting mindfulness to help cope and transform both themselves and their work environment. Rooted in Eastern philosophies like Buddhism, most workplace mindfulness programs have stripped the techniques to a secular ... Read More »

The Modern Shaman

Ancient Practices Heal Body and Soul LINDA SECHRIST No longer shrouded in mystery, the ancient spiritual practice of shamanism is attracting the interest of psychologists, registered nurses and medical doctors that study its guiding principles to use personally and benefit others. They train one-on-one and in small groups with indigenous shamans in the U.S. and around the world and enroll ... Read More »

Music as Medicine

Music Soothes, Energizes and Heals Us KATHLEEN BARNES As primeval drumbeats echo across an African savannah, the rhythms circle the globe, picked up by the chants and rattles of shamans gracing Amazonian jungles and Siberian tundra. They’re repeated in Gregorian chants filling medieval cathedrals and “om” meditations sounding in Himalayan caves and yoga classes everywhere. They gently echo in the ... Read More »

Salt Air in the City

Salt Rooms Soothe Allergies and Skin Conditions AVERY MACK According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, as many as 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal or year-round nasal allergies. Additionally, 56 million suffer from eczema, psoriasis or rosacea. Prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs may help, but aren’t a cure. Salt therapy can be a gentler, all-natural solution for ... Read More »

The Garden Cure

Natural Sanctuaries Heal Body and Spirit SANDRA MURPHY I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir Renew Since ancient times, gardens have been employed as a place of healing for body and spirit. Japanese healthcare providers prescribe shinrin-yoku, meaning, “walking in forests to ... Read More »

Tress Stress

Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss 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 drugs to transplants ... Read More »

Spark Up Your Love Life

Natural Ways to Boost Libido Underlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, ... Read More »

Solutions for a Sluggish Thyroid

Keying in on Iodine 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 to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a ... Read More »

The Eyes Tell Our Story

How Integrative Doctors See Into Whole-Body Health 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 as sites for potential glaucoma and macular degeneration. The connection between ... Read More »

Your Mouth Tells a Story

Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease LINDA SECHRIST The focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the ... Read More »