How To Stop Smoking? Eat More Fruit

smoking strawberry

A study recently concluded that the answer to the problem of how to stop smoking may be to eat more fruit and vegetables. Researchers of the University of Buffalo, New York monitored the lifestyle and eating habits of one thousand smokers aged 25 and over for a period of time, and found that those following a diet rich in fruit and vegetables found it much easier to cut down on smoking, and in many cases stop altogether. Regardless of such factors as age, race, gender, income and education, … [Read more...]

Alkaline Diet

Detox and Digestion

Your body can be compared to a finely tuned car or machinery. In order to keep the car going, you need to provide it with premium fuel.  This fuel can be highly correlated to what you put in your body (food you eat, water you drink). Ultimately, your body needs more alkaline food because this is the premium fuel. Theoretically, knowing the difference between alkaline and acid will help you understand the intricacies of the alkaline diet. Acid & Alkaline Understanding the difference … [Read more...]

Why Cider Is Healthy (And How To Make It)

Cider Is Healthy

Hurray, cider is healthy! We always knew it, but it's nice to have confirmation from science. According to scientists at the University of Glasgow, in fact, cider is as rich in antioxidants as red wine, another alcoholic beverage recognized for its health benefits. Like the latter, cider contains a particular antioxidant known as phenolic, which has shown to be effective in preventing heart disease, strokes and cancer. Consumed in moderation, then, cider can be considered a real natural … [Read more...]

What’s In a Hot Dog?

what's in a hot dog

It's tasty, filling, cheap, fast and found on every street corner... but what actually is in a hot dog? Considered one of the most highly processed foods we can eat, the frankfurter sausage family has recently been subjected to harsh criticism after researchers visited factories to witness the manufacturing process. This is what they found: mass-produced frankfurters are made with leftover cuts of pork and the remains of chicken carcases, which are ground into a paste and mixed with … [Read more...]

The Dangers Of Sitting Down Too Long

dangers of sitting

In a modern working world symbolized by the 'workstation', to which most of us are bound for most of the day, what we would certainly prefer not to be alerted about is the dangers of sitting down too long! Yet for the more undaunted of us, here it is. A research from the University of  Leicester, UK shows how an overly-sedentary lifestyle is related to such health problems as heart disease and diabetes and can result in premature death. According to the research, we spend an average of 50-70% or … [Read more...]

Medicinal Properties of Mulled Wine

medicinal properties of mulled wine

The medicinal properties of mulled wine, spiced wine or vin brulé have been appreciated since as far back as ancient Rome. In the Middle Ages it was made by monks in the monasteries, by heating red wine and adding various herbs and spices known for their medicinal properties, thus creating an excellent natural medicine for healing and preventing winter illnesses. What exactly are these medicinal properties? Red wine contains polyphenols, which studies have shown to have anti-inflammatory, … [Read more...]

Electronic Cigarettes: Helpful Or Harmful? (An Ongoing Experiment)

electronic cigarette

This is the big question and controversy regarding the new electronic cigarette 'trend': can they help smokers to break the habit, or are they equally harmful to the health? Several weeks ago my husband, a smoker, bought himself an electronic cigarette. Since then, he hasn’t looked back, and when he did try smoking a real cig. recently out of curiosity, he found it disgusting. He almost immediately declared he could breathe better and felt his lungs and sinuses clearer. I have stopped having … [Read more...]

Natural Medicine for Pets

Natural Medicine for Pets

The popularity of alternative medicine has surged in recent years, but many people are starting to realize that many of the same treatments and preventative care are applicable to pets as well. But despite this recent interest in natural medicine for pets, it's actually almost as old as natural medicine for humans. Two forms of natural medicine which people use regularly and can apply to pets are homeopathy and acupuncture. Veterinary Homeopathy Homeopathy is a form of natural medicine which … [Read more...]

The Wellness Boom and Natural Medicine Careers

Natural Medicine Degree Course

Over the past couple of decades we have seen a new growing awareness regarding health and personal well-being. The so-called wellness boom, consequently, is creating increasing opportunities for those interested in following natural medicine careers. Consisting of an increasing attention to natural medicine, alternative therapies and holistic approaches to healing and health, the wellness boom is in the process of carving out a pretty large market category made up of an enormous range of … [Read more...]

Iridology – The Eyes Have It

Iris Chart

Iridology, or the study of the iris, is a branch of natural medicine that is based on the claim that every organ of the body corresponds to a part of the iris, to which it is connected through the nervous system. Consequently, the state of health of each organ can be assessed by examining the iris using special magnifying equipment and consulting a so-called Iris Chart. Conventional medicine tends to regard iridology as a ‘pseudoscience’, claiming that the characteristics of the iris … [Read more...]

Bach Flowers for Children

Bach Flowers for Kids

The following article was written by an expert on Bach Flower essences and homeopathy in general, and addresses a subject that is becoming increasingly popular: Bach Flowers for children. Bach Essences for Children by Shelley McQuerter Did you know there are safe, natural remedies to help with a multitude of symptoms for childhood issues? Bach flower essences offer a gentle and effective tool to facilitate great healing and a happy household! What Are Bach Flower Essences? Bach Flower … [Read more...]

Tai Chi and Parkinson’s Disease

tai-chi and parkinsons disease

Many physical and mental ailments respond well to  the well-know oriental discipline commonly called Tai Chi and Parkinson’s disease is one of those most recently discovered. Parkinson's disease causes a gradual destruction of the brain cells that produce a neurotransmitter essential in  controlling the muscles. Consequently, this loss of muscle control means that Parkinson's disease sufferers are constantly prone to falls and accidents resulting from loss of balance. Regular lessons of Tai … [Read more...]

The Importance of Sleep

importance of sleep

These days getting enough sleep is wishful thinking. Many people think that they can get by with only a few hours of sleep a night, but the truth is that long-term sleep deprivation can lead to significant health problems. As you can imagine, not getting enough sleep can lead to chronic fatigue and cognitive impairment. A 2004 Chicago study showed that medical students who get less than four hours of sleep per night make twice as many mistakes as those who get at least seven hours of sleep a … [Read more...]

The Origins of Alternative Medicine

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An essential part of learning about a natural, holistic approach to health is studying the origins of alternative medicine. The following represents a very brief outline of the main types. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) This includes acupuncture, Qigong, herbal treatments, deep massage, and more. More than 25% of the world’s population practices TCM. Several reputable groups, such as the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Health, find traditional Chinese medicine to … [Read more...]

Lung Cleansing For Smokers

lung cleansing for smokers

The idea of lung cleansing for smokers may be a paradox, but that doesn't make it impossible. “I can’t stop smoking but I’m worried about the state of my lungs. What can I do?” Non-smokers might be quick to reply “obviously you’re not worried enough”, but for smokers quitting can sometimes seem impossible - a frantic lifestyle, stress at work, depression, etc. combined with the pressure to quit smoking, feelings of guilt and worry about the effects on health are the perfect recipe for … [Read more...]

Liquorice and Magnolia For Healthy Teeth

liquorice root for teeth

It is said that there's nothing new under the sun, and though many might dispute this, it's certainly a fact that modern science tends to struggle when it comes to discovering a natural medicine that hasn't been used for thousands of years somewhere in the world. This is the case of liquorice and magnolia for healthy teeth. Liquorice root, according to recent scientific research, is extremely effective in fighting the bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum diseases. Two of the licorice … [Read more...]

Alternative versus Conventional Medicine

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When most people get sick, they look to conventional medicine for relief and healing. However, natural medicine is becoming increasingly popular, and there is a growing debate regarding alternative versus conventional medicine. What treatments are considered “conventional?” Prescription medication, traditional surgery, and computerized scientific testing are three examples of conventional, or traditional, medicine. Most physicians support conventional medicine in their practices, so when seeing … [Read more...]

Dealing With Hypertension Nature’s Way

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Conventional and alternative medicine professionals agree that an essential basic treatment for hypertension is the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. According to the US Guidelines for Treatment of High Blood Pressure, in fact, all patients newly diagnosed with hypertension should be encouraged to adopt the DASH diet as a part of their treatment plan.The DASH diet focuses on dealing with hypertension nature's way - by reducing blood pressure naturally through a program low in … [Read more...]

What is Homeopathy?

homeopathy pills

Today it has become practically a household word, but exactly what is homeopathy? Homeopathy an alternative medicine that follows the philosophy that you can treat an illness with some kind of substance that produces similar symptoms (the Law of Similars), but diluted thousands or even millions of times or more. Homeopathy was developed by German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who believed that consuming a substance that produced a set of symptoms could be used to treat any ailment that produced … [Read more...]

Food Supplements

food supplements

Supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry which has exploded in recent years. I'm sure you've seen ads, email spam, and TV commercials which promise to make you lose weight with the right supplement. The truth of the matter is that most food supplements do not help you lose weight. However, food supplements can boost your overall health and can even be used as a form of natural medicine for certain ailments. A lot of supplements advertised on the market include green tea supplements, … [Read more...]