The fascinating origins of Christmas customs

The fascinating origins of Christmas customs may be an unusual topic for a natural health site, but a departure from the usual once in awhile is good for the soul—and for our health. NATIVITY SCENES The nativity scene as part of our Christmas observance is a mainstay for millions of Christians. You may be surprised […]

Help avoid depression this holiday season by staying off Facebook, new study asserts

Research has long established that depression rates are at their highest during the Christmas season. Experts postulate a number of reason for this: holiday stress, lack of sleep, excessive intake of junk food, and dreary winter weather to name a few. Now a new study by the University of Copenhagen suggests that use of Facebook […]

Suicide rates are soaring in the U.S. and world

Suicide rates are soaring in the U.S. and world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one million people per year, or one person every 40 seconds, dies by his or her own hand. The highest rate of self-inflicted deaths worldwide (55 percent) occur among those aged 15 to 44, the age group where suicides are increasing fastest. Suicide […]

Itty-bitty creatures that sustain life

Most of you will be as surprised as I was to learn about some unlikely creatures that perform such incredible feats that without their combined efforts we humans would not be able to survive—nor would the rest of life on earth. Let’s begin with the termite. Bet you thought those pesky critters were only good for eating […]

The world’s most complex technology—the body

We’re geared and addicted and glued to our technological gadgets today. We wonder how we ever got along without them—even though we did for thousands of years when the greatest writing, music, creativity, practical inventiveness and the challenge for survival evolved. But no technology is, or ever will be, equal to the task of completely understanding the complexity […]

Aloe Vera, superstar plant since ancient times

Aloe Vera is big business these days. It is a commodity now worth $13 billion a year—for both inside and outside the body. It is used in cosmetics, toiletries, lotions, Kleenex, toilet paper and in powdered form added as a health-boosting supplement to food such as yogurt. In raw, refrigerated form it is available in […]

BULLET POINTS – tips and trends

* Put an Egg on it Adding eggs to a salad with a variety of raw vegetables is an effective method to improve the absorption of carotenoids, which are fat-soluble nutrients that help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, according to research from Purdue University published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “The lipid contained […]

Human brains are shrinking

The human brain is 10 percent smaller than that of our ancient ancestors—from 1,500 cubic centimeters (CC) a few thousand years ago, to 1,350 CC today, irrespective of race and gender. According to a study published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, our brains have been slowly shrinking for 10,000 years, and though theories about the […]

Your organs and the Chinese Body Clock

Most of us have little knowledge or interest in what’s going on inside our bodies—unless we have pain or other problems. But Traditional Chinese Medicine may have had some ideas long in the past. Modern natural health advocates have just discovered—and tried—the information on the Chinese Body Clock, explaining the body’s organs (Qi), and a […]

The deeply flawed American health system

Among many reports on problems in the American health system was a new study published in Health Affairs. The study found that 50 U.S. hospitals have been charging uninsured patients ten times and more than they should have. All but one are for-profit institutions. The most overcharging hospitals are located in Florida, followed by New […]