According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch!
Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days
One in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.
Also concerning is that
by Juli Johnson
We are all guilty of letting stress permeate into various aspects of our lives. There are many elements of stress that we do not have control over, but we do have control of our response to the stressors. Life sometimes seems to throw
by Keith Bishop
Prescription and nonprescription medications may have significant side effects and only temporally treat the sleepless symptoms, plus they rarely help get to the source of the insomnia problem.
Side effects of common prescription and over-the-counter sleep products can include daytime drowsiness, a hangover feeling
by April Morford, DC
Most holistic healthcare providers believe it is important to look at the whole human being and not just the parts. Chronic pain is something that begins slowly and often silently. Inflammation is the underlying culprit, but this doesn’t mean that the inflammation
by Jeannette Draper
Dr. Dorthe Gylling Crüger, president of the Danish Cancer Society, was recently in Oklahoma City to visit Integris Cancer Institute. Her goal was to seek inspiration for new hospital programs in her country that will incorporate patient-focused care by listening to what patients
by Amit Gumman, Ph.D.
Spring is a season of birth, new beginnings, renewal and growth—a time for the Earth to manifest the latent potential within all things. As spring arrives, it brings with it growth, birthing, blossoming, moisture, aliveness and movement after a long winter of hibernation.
by Linda Sechrist
The Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each another and our
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
by Linda Sechrist
Sharon Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a
by Mel Wooden
The entire world around us is a song, and our surrounding environment is vibrating a frequency. The energy emitted is endless because everything we come into contact with is vibrating, even though inanimate objects appear to be solid. We each are individual instruments
by Robert McWilliams
We work hard—at our jobs, taking care of our families or at athletic pursuits. When we feel worn down, perhaps the knees, lower back or neck disks are wearing out. Some people have difficulty recovering from a surgery or an illness. Some people
by Linda Sechrist
The “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration
by Zac Howe
Most of us have experienced taking a leisurely stroll through the park, when all of a sudden a group of energetic pavement pounders zip by, leaving us in the dust and wondering, “Should I be moving more?”
It’s time to end the guilt trip
by Meredith Montgomery
The latest National Health Interview Survey available, from 2012, shows that 33 percent of adults and 12 percent of children together spend $30.2 billion annually out-of-pocket on complementary health approaches, just under 10 percent of such U.S. healthcare expenditures. Insurance rarely covers complementary
by Kimberley Mertens
When life is in overdrive, or we get caught in the fight-or-flight mode, we may not realize that stress is also held deep within our facial tissues. It’s time to slow down; take a deep, cleansing breath; and rejoice in our natural beauty.
Fatigue due to physical or mental exertion is common in those beleaguered by stress, poor eating habits and insomnia, struggling to balance the needs of family and career and too often using caffeine and other stimulants to artificially rebound energy. James L. Wilson, Ph.D., a
by Sandra Williams, Ph.D.
We cannot have life on this planet without fungi. Mushrooms are the underpinnings of plant growth over the entire Earth, transporting water and nutrients, decomposing organic matter into soil, and for their medicinal properties. The fungal kingdom and its sphere of influence are enormous. Nobody knows how many species exist; estimates
by Keith Bishop
Adrenal fatigue symptoms include fatigue, exhaustion and poor sleep while feeling overwhelmed. Targeted supplements can recharge the adrenals so that they can make energy substances and help people deal with stress.
Many healthcare practitioners can provide laboratory tests to measure adrenal compounds. The following
by Dr. Amit Gumman
Adrenal fatigue syndrome results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections, such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. There
by 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
by Keith Bishop
Neurotransmitters are the chemicals in the brain that function as antidepressant, anti-anxiety or stimulant actions. Food and supplements provide the essential nutrients for the body to make and use neurotransmitters.
First, if one has significant depression issues, one should seek healthcare practitioner assistance
by Shannon Stephens
Meditation may not always come naturally for people. In the beginning, it’s easy to become fidgety, bored and unable to focus. Some people may even find comfort—especially in today’s world—to get lost in their own mind. Chitta vritti is a Sanskrit term
by Cynthia T. McCoy
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) has become an effective treatment method in psychotherapy. Discovered in 1987 by California psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro, EMDR is an integrative treatment technique with eight phases that consist of a comprehensive psychotherapy regimen guided by the
by Shona Willis
Health-conscious consumers continuously search for the most effective beauty resources to support aesthetic efforts. In these stressful times, we are maxed out on every level and few people have time to study every product label and ingredient list. Yet, whether one has ample
Chiropractic care corrects spinal alignment abnormalities as a means of treating a wide range of health problems. Addressing skeletal and muscular disorders and relieving pain are just the beginning. Research studies reported in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics and the journal of healing
by Vonda Romero, DC
The holidays are right around the corner, and so too is the dreaded holiday stress. This not-so-jolly aspect of the season can be detrimental to health. Stress can lead to headaches, depression, anxiety, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, among other conditions. When one
by Ashleigh Muse, DC
Good posture is imperative for staying healthy. The ill effects of sitting have become a growing health concern in the last few years. The mechanical stress from sitting causes chronically flexed postures and shortening of the hamstrings, hip flexors and pectoral muscles.
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
by April Thompson
Here’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing.
Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hard-earned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of
by Paul Rothwell, M.D.
Upon a first visit to the Hawaiian archipelago, it’s natural to gawk at the exotic beauty of the islands. While it may not be heaven on Earth, it’s likely as close as one will get on this side of life. As one
by 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
by Paul D. Rothwell, M.D.
As April showers bring May flowers, many of us are affected by seasonal allergies. This is particularly true in our state where “the wind comes sweeping down the plains.” The shelves at the local drugstores are replete with various cough, cold
by Kathleen Barnes
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
by Judith Fertig
Most people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical problems that land many in
Thousands of Studies Show Healing Results
by Kathleen Barnes
The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is gaining popularity in modern Western medicine for many reasons. “There’s lots of research to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions,” says Thomas Burgoon, a medical doctor
New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease
by Lisa Marshall
By the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms
Headaches, Headaches, Headaches
Identifying Causes and How to Treat Them
by Ashleigh Muse, DC
Headaches affect more than 45 million Americans per year, and people spend over $2 billion per year on over-the-counter medications. Ninety-five percent of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, cluster or migraines. The
Acupuncture Treatment for Anxiety and Depression
by Bryan L. Frank
Anxiety and depression are commonplace in American society. Conventional treatments generally consist of pharmaceutical intervention and/or psychological counseling. However, acupuncture has shown to be beneficial for many that suffer from anxiety and depression, and offers a complementary
Four Tips to Flip the Joy Switch
by Linda Joy
A recent Harris Interactive poll indicates that only one in three Americans are happy. Success, education, and increases in annual household income create only marginally more happiness. So what will it take to “go the distance?”
Flexible Mind, Flexible body
Reciprocal Yoga, a Mind-Body Connection
by Kathi Springman
In ancient times during the mummification process, the heart and the kidneys were left in the body, while the other organs were placed in jars. Two healthy kidneys are approximately the same weight as one healthy