How Does Stress Affect the Body?

Stress affects multiple systems in your body, speeds up the aging process, suppresses the immune system so you get sick more often, and causes many unwanted symptoms that rob your quality of life. Who wants that? From TED-Ed creator Sharon Horesh Bergquist: While we need our bodies to step up and react to real stress, the […]

Is There Such a Thing as Good Stress?


Is there an opposite to stress? Eu-stress is the positive form of stress that challenges us to reach beyond our potential. When we think of stress it invariably has negative connotations, and for sure our body’s reaction is a state of distress. But can we turn a negative into a positive? Yes, there is such a thing as […]

10 Stress – Management Techniques

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Stress is on the rise globally and we all feel it. Daily stressors are not showing signs of abating anytime soon. Therefore, it’s up to us to mitigate our stress. A little practice goes a long, long way – you just have to decide you’re going to reduce the stressors in your life, bringing you more […]

Fresh Parsley Pesto

fresh parsley pesto

Fresh parsley pesto gives you all the instant health benefits of greens with some added surprises. Parsley is loaded with antioxidant vitamins and minerals and contains several volatile oils that protect against cancer. Parsley is particularly rich in vitamins K, C, and A, plus minerals iron, folate, zinc and more. The umeboshi plum paste in this recipe […]

The Health Benefits of Mushrooms

edible mushrooms

The health benefits of mushrooms as a low-calorie food that pack a nutritional punch are many. One serving of a cup has 21 calories and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, especially for vegetarians, because mushrooms contain more than the average amounts of protein and iron in the plant kingdom. Mushrooms are the […]

Acupuncture and Stress

hormones and neurotransmitters play a role in our emotions and responses to stress

Acupuncture and stress has been a rich area of study for researcher Dr. Laden Eshkevari, who is building on past studies showing acupuncture’s effect on the HPA. One of her goals is to specifically show how acupuncture is helpful in treating PTSD and chronic stress. Her latest study, Effects of Acupuncture, RU-486 on the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Chronically […]

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture during pregnancy is completely safe when done by a licensed, board-certified acupuncturist. Healthy babies are high on the list of “must haves” in eastern medicine, which of course starts with the mother’s health. Women experience a variety of side effects of pregnancy and of course bring with them conditions they had prior to conceiving. Most of the time, […]

Increase Conception Rate Naturally

If you want to increase conception rate naturally, eastern medicine may make the difference for you. Fertility clinics across the globe are adding acupuncture as a service because it works: the research shows pregnancy rates almost double with the addition of acupuncture to ART (assisted reproductive technology) techniques.   How can acupuncture help? Yes, it’s a needle, an object […]

FDA Cautions NSAID Use

Leaving Pain

This is stunning: after decades of hearing how safe NSAIDs* are, the FDA reports 7/13/15 that a meta-analysis of the research shows NSAIDs increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. The FDA issued a warning that ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), naproxene (Alleve), and Celebrex carry risk even in small doses and should be taken sparingly on […]