Category Archives: Women’s Health

The Importance of Diagnosis

Woman in doctor's office frowningSelf-treatment sometimes get a bad rap, because, on those occasions when it does go wrong, it can go very wrong. The main cause of these instances of alternative treatments gone amiss is misdiagnosis. Self-treatment can and does work, but one must know first understand what it is that they are treating to succeed. … This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living:


Heart Month & Health Goals

Healthy-HeartFebruary is American Heart Month, the month in which we’re reminded of the importance of checking our blood pressure and nagging our loved ones to do the same. But it’s not just blood pressure that affects one’s heart health, though it is the number one predictor of heart attack and stroke.

To quote the American Heart Association,

“Know your health numbers.”

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Does Menopause Increase Risk of Diabetes?

menopauseBy Dr. Victor Marchione

It is an idea that has been hinted at for some time, and its answer is important for all middle-aged women. Does menopause influence one’s risk for type 2 diabetes? With the latest health news, it’s time to don a smile, because researchers found the answer to be “no.”

Postmenopausal women had no higher risk for diabetes whether they experienced natural menopause or had their ovaries removed,according to the national clinical trial of 1,237 women at high risk for diabetes, ages 40 to 65.

In other words, menopause had no additional effect on risk for diabetes. Menopause remains one of many small steps in aging and it doesn’t mean women’s health will be worse after going through this transition. The results are published in the August issue of “Menopause.”

The findings also shed light on the impact of diet and exercise and hormone replacement therapy on the health of postmenopausal women. Previous studies had shown that menopause could speed the progression to diabetes because of the higher levels of testosterone. All the women in the study had “glucose intolerance,” meaning their bodies struggled to process blood sugar into energy.

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Are GM Crops Eugenics by Stealth?

eugenics-editorialThe thing I find most disturbing about GMOs is the epicyte gene used in certain crops. What is an epicyte gene, you ask? The epicyte gene, named for the corporation that created it – Epicyte Pharmaceuticals, activates a rare class of antibodies that attack sperm. How did Epicyte Pharmaceuticals do this? By isolating the genes that regulate the manufacture of these spermicidal antibodies. But unlike other forms of pharmaceutical birth control, once a man or woman has been affected, or infected, by the epicyte gene it is permanent. There is no known way to reverse it’s effect.

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Holistically Healing Adrenal Fatigue

young man sleeping at desk

Despite the medical controversy surrounding its validity and even its very name, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is all too real for those who have been affected by it. Dr. James L. Wilson, N.D., PhD., who coined the term “adrenal fatigue” to describe a specific kind of chronic tiredness that results when the adrenal glands no longer function normally, has estimated that 80% of the population will experience it at least once during their lifetime. …

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Important Vitamins Needed For Weight Loss

weight-loss-foodsBy Patricia Zelkovsky

Weight control of body or functions related with weight – like hunger, appetite, metabolic rate, metabolism of sugars and fats, calorie burning, and many other – are mostly operated with optimum intake of vitamins.

All these factors play a role in maintaining optimum weight and health. And not only single specific vitamin can do the job, it is the collective work and the group of vitamins obtains the main goal. So it is very tough to specify the vitamin, which is best for weight reduction.

Best Vitamins For Weight Reduction

Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and mostly all the vitamins of B complex group are helpful in weight reduction. Vitamin C will also do an additional effort to loose weight.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 is needed for metabolism and normal thyroid function.
Good sources of vitamin B2 are Milk, almonds, hard cheese, kidney and liver.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) eggs, wheat germ, leafy green vegetables, Marmite.

Vitamin B3 is necessary for thyroid hormone production.
Vitamin B3 is a part of glucose tolerance factor, which releases every time blood sugar rises. Good sources of Vitamin B3 are liver, Wheat bran, turkey, tuna cheese, meat, eggs, chicken, oats, mackerel, barley, dried fruit, salmon, wheat flakes, brown rice.

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Using Music Therapy For Stress Relief Is Very Effective

music therapyBy Abbas Abedi

When it comes to your overall mental health, stress is the biggest problem that most of face. It is also the biggest reason for many health problems that we face daily. Most of don’t even understand that stress can be the major cause of major health problems like heart problems. There are many different types of therapy that can be used to help with stress relief and music therapy is a relaxing and soothing one that can help with stress but also major and minor illnesses as well.

Music therapy services are available to adults and children with disabilities. Sessions are individually designed according to each person’s special needs. Using music and music activities, the music therapist works with each individual to address specific goals and objectives that are determined by the therapist.

With music therapy both individual and small group sessions will be conducted with regular progress evaluations. Music therapy can be done for clients with the following disabilities: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation, Attention Deficit Disorder, Lowe’s Syndrome, and, Tourrette’s Syndrome.

Music Therapy may be commonly defined as the structured use of music and music activities geared toward helping individuals with disabilities meet both musical and non-musical goals. Music therapy goals may be based on behavioral, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional or language and communication. Music is a proven relaxation technique as well as a stimulant. Those who use music therapy often experience positive changes.

Music therapy is good for people of all ages may benefit from music therapy, from young children to elderly seniors. People with almost any disability have ability when it comes to music. Music Therapy clients participate through playing instruments, improvising and making up new songs, singing, or even just listening. The people that are involved in Music Therapy sessions may range from having a mild learning disability to having severe mental retardation.

Music therapists assess clients’ communication skills, social functioning, physical health and mobility, cognitive skills, and emotional well-being by how they respond to music. They design Music Therapy sessions for individuals according to their unique needs. In these tailored sessions, therapists use techniques such as music improvisation, receptive music listening, music performance on instruments and with the voice, and learning through music. That is just too cool. When you think of music in terms of therapy, it is very easy to forget how truly useful music can be. It really does sooth the savage beast within us if we let it.