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How to Make Right Decisions
Copyright (c) 2011 Stephen Lau Life is about choices -- the choices that you make to live the life you want to live. Inevitably, there are good choices as well as bad ones, and that is life. How do you make right choices? It is all in your mind power. It is not what you have got, but how you use it. Your mind power is uniquely yours. Do not compare yours with that of others: it would be like comparing one's brain with that of Albert Einstein's. Remember, according to Einstein, everything is...

How to Have a Healthy Immune System
Copyright (c) 2011 Stephen Lau The Creator has given each of us a built-in mechanism for natural self-healing: the healing power is within all of us. This mechanism is the human immune system that not only protects but also sustains life by fighting all foreign invaders to the human body in the form of diseases and infections. Research scientists have discovered that the optimum functioning of a healthy immune system is dependent on the human behavior. That is to say, the efficiency of a...

The Anti-Aging Strategies
Copyright (c) 2011 Stephen Lau Everybody wants to look young and stay young. Unfortunately, you are thinking of yourself as young today; by tomorrow, you may not be so sure when you look more closely at yourself in the mirror. Aging is inevitable, and no one can turn back the time clock. The Creator has genetically programmed everyone to age and to die in order to ensure human mortality. What we can do is to slow down the aging process, so that we may live longer and have a better quality of...

The Art of Living Well: Knowing Yourself
Copyright (c) 2011 Stephen Lau Living well is more than a skill: it is an art in itself. To live well in this day and age is by no means easy, in spite of the advancement of modern technoligy. Life itself is complicated and challenging; to live well requires the art of manipulating the skills of living a happy and meaningful life. A happy and meaningful life is forever bubbling with activities. It involves activities of self, as well as activities with other people around you. In other...

Are You Living in the Present or in the Past?
? Copyright (c) 2011 Stephen Lau The human body is just a physical form that expresses the mental energies generated by the human mind. That is to say, when we experience something good or bad, our minds intrepret it according to our different perceptions based on our senses. These perceptions are always "in the past" becasue the human brain can react only through the senses, and such reactions always put the perceptions in the time frame of the past. In other words, you are always living in...

The Whys and Hows of Natural Healing
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Natural healing is holistic healing. It is a process by which a person's health is restored in the most natural way without the use of conventional medicine throughout the entire healing process. The human body is blessed with divine gifts in the form of natural resources that enable not only the enhancement of health but also the freedom from any type of disease or illness. Natural healing is effective because it uses the power of the mind through affirmation...

Avoiding Sudden Death Due to Cardiac Arrest
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Nowadays, it is possible to prevent sudden death due to cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is the sudden loss of cardiac function, which may result in sudden death. Like an electrical pump, your heart generates electricity in its upper chamber, sending signals through pathways in your heart to make all the muscle cells contract at once in order to produce your heartbeat. Through this intricate process, blood is pumped through your heart valves into all your body...

The Art of Living Well in Retirement
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Retirement may not be what you think it is. Many people have conjured up too rosy a picture of their retirement lifestyle and they become disillusioned when they discover that their retirement life is no more than a nightmare. They have failed to grapple with the emotional, physical, and financial fallout of retirement. Emotionally, you may have more conflicts with your spouse now that you have more time for each other, and you may get on each other's nerves....

How Cancer May Change Your Health
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau To be diagnosed with cancer is life changing. One has to undergo different treatments, which may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. The road to recovery may be long, and even bumpy with many undesirable cancer side effets and cancer discomforts. Cancer patients may have different experiences even with the same type of cancer. There are many cancer side effects and cancer discomforts, not to mention the cancer pain itself. Breathing is one of...

Use Diet to Prevent Breast Cancer
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Breast cancer is the most common cause of death in women. In a most recent cancer study, researchers announced that cancer costs the global economy nearly $900 billion a yearmore than any other cause of death. The study also said that breast cancer is among the costliest forms of the disease, particularly in high-income countries, such as the United States. There may be many causes of breast cancer, one of which is a link to having too much estrogen (female...

Parents Should Teach Children to Read
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau The United States is the most affluent and technologically advanced of all the industrial nations on earth. With its "free" compulsory education for all, a network of state-owned and state-operated teachers' training colleges, strict teacher certification requirements, and rich resources dedicated to education, the appalling illiteracy rate of the country is a disgrace to educators. However, one cannot ascribe the illiteracy or the general poor reading skill of...

The Vicious Pain Cycle
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Life is never pain-free. But pain not only ages, but also harms and debilitates the physical body. Worst, it may become chronic and recurrent, forming a vicious pain cycle. As you are getting older, you will probably be experiencing some, if not more, physical pain. The main sources of pain are injury or damage to a body part, such as bones, ligaments, muscles, and skin, or to an internal organ, such as a disease or disorder. A complete cure of pain is probably...

Excess Body Iron
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Iron is essential for life. Without iron, the human body cannot function optimally. It needs iron to transport oxygen in the blood to different organs and tissues. In addition, the human body requires iron to burn food and body fat. Without metabolism, there is no cell regeneration. In short, the human body cannot survive without iron. However, excess body iron may not be good for human health. Research has indicated that excess body iron may lead to cancer...

Knowing Yourself - The Art of Living Well
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau John Donne, the English poet, once said: "No man is an island." Yes, in a way, we are all related to other people in our lives--whether we are at home, work, or play. Relationships are at the core of human existence. If you understand other people in your life, you will develop better and more positive relationships with them. Understanding people means knowing how to react to them in certain situations, leading to good human relationships. Having good human...

Let Your Failure Transform Your Life
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau In life, failure is unavoidable--in fact, an essential aspect of living for life. Given that you have to live with failure as part and parcel of life, you might as well let your failure transform your life, instead of letting it ruin your life. In this world, everybody wants success, not failure, and everybody is striving to succeed, to win; indeed, to many, life is all about winning, not losing. As a matter of fact, many of us think that if we don't win, we...

Life Management
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau You live your own life, and nobody can live it for you. So, you are responsible for your own life management. Life management is an ongoing daily task. To be sure, managing life is not easy, and it is never meant to be easy. But somehow everybody has to learn it--just like learning how to stand up and walk. Life management requires tools. Finding and using the right tools hold the key to the art of living well. Therefore, the art of living well is all about...

Depression and the Mind
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Depression is one of the most devastating mental illnesses. Unlike other physical ailments, depression deprives you of the capability to live well. If you are suffering from mental depression, you are not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who have this disorder. You can go on for years without getting anything done, or, worse, having any idea what you want to do with your life. You just get lost, and so you drift from one thing to another,...

The Importance of Thyroid Health
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Thyroid health is overall health and wellness. Unfortunately, more than 20 million Americans have a thyroid disorder -- or one in ten is affected by some sort of a thyroid problem. If, unfortunately, you have a thyroid disease, you are not alone. The worst part of thyroid disorders is that there is a lack of public awareness of the importance of thyroid health. This may be due to many cases of undiagnosed thyroid disease, or the similarity of thyroid disorder...

How Behavior May Affect Your Sleep
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Human behavior can affect not only the sleep quality but also the ability to fall asleep. Eating increases your metabolic rate as well as your body temperature, which are critical factors in natural sleep. Body temperature dropping is conducive to good sleep. This explains why you should not eat at least three hours before going to bed. A high body temperature prevents you from falling asleep, not to mention the bloated feeling that may bother you if you eat...

Living for Life Is Living in Perspective
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Living for life is not always easy. Real life has real problems, which are unavoidable and unpredictable. Some of these problems include financial problems, such as foreclosure or loss of employment, relationship problems, such as a divorce, major disease diagnosis, or death of a spouse or loved ones. All these problems are real everyday problems, and they may be even devastating and traumatic. Living for life is not striving to avoid these problems, but rather...

How to Sleep
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Sleep is a natural human instinct. Research studies have shown that all living things sleep. A Swiss research study indicated that gold fish, having been deprived of sleep for an extended period of time, would stay still for a protracted period of time to make up for sleep deprivation; and that also applied to cockroaches. In other words, sleep deprivation would only lead to an increased need for sleep later, and all animals need sleep and instinctively know...

Powerful Self-Suggestions
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Self-suggestions are powerful tools to harness your mind power. Powerful self-suggestions can change your life completely for the better. What is a self-suggestion? A suggestion is an idea or notion that elicits a response in thought or behavior. It can derive from another person, such as a comment or criticism by that person; it can also stem from an object, such as a bill requiring some action. Of course, a suggestion can come from self in the form of...

Energy Imbalance and Negative Emotions
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau We are living in a world, which is complex and forever changing. As such, our personality is also a complex and changing component of who we are and how we cope with our problems. For thousands of years, the Chinese have believed that the human body is dominated by the presence of "qi", which is internal life energy. Based on the concept of balance between "yin" and "yang", the Chinese also believe that energy imbalance or imbalance of internal life energy can...

The Practical Applications of Meditation in Everyday Life
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau You may meditate for different reasons: relaxation of your body and mind, spiritual connection, or stress release. Meditation has many practical applications in everyday life. To make the most out of meditation, you should use meditative thoughts to focus on your awareness - that is, mindfulness of what is happening around you, such as your breathing, bodily sensations, and meditative thoughts. Without this awareness or mindfulness, meditation does not seem to...

Mind Power
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Life is a journey of experiences, in which the mind plays an extraordinary role. How you experience life, and how life experiences affect you depend on the power of your mind. Whether you are going to be healthy, successful, or happy depends on your mind power, and the reality your mind has created for you. In your subconscious mind, you unwittingly create your own reality through your own thoughts or subconscious mind. Therefore, in life, every thought counts,...

Mind Power is Mind Over Matter
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau The human mind is very powerful in that it can create "reality" for us. It is mind over matter. The art of living well also begins with the mind. How you live your life, and how happy you are depend on on how you think. It is all in the mind -- the thinking mind. Mind power is mind over matter. You are responsible for how you feel -- even some of the stresses in life. You are what you think, and you become what you think you are. Your life is the sum of your...

Why Meditation?
? Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Meditation has been the subject of many scientific studies. Scientists are becoming more interested in the role of meditation in human health. Why meditation? Positive thinking can bring about health and wellness. But what has that to do with meditation? We all know that positive thinking brings health and wellness in life. Unfortunately, often times, we simply cannot stay positive, even though we very much want to, because our minds seem to be out of...

Are Your Tired or Depressed?
? Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Are you tired, or depressed? Or both? Chronic fatigue is intense lethargy -- a feeling of listlessness, lack of energy, and deprivation of motivation to do anything. Chronic fatigue is subjective, without well-defined characteristics. Chronic fatigue may be due to death of loved ones; diseases, such as heart conditions or diabetes; emotional problems, such as stress or depression; and medications, such as antihistamines, sedatives, and antidepressants. Chronic...

The Art of Living Well
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau We are all living in this world. But do we all live well -- or do we just exist? Living well has little to do with material things. Of course, we all need the basics of life, such as food and shelter -- and that's about it. Material things can only make us "think" we live well, but, in fact, we may not be living well. So, what is living well? Or, more precisely, what is the art of living well? Living well is experiencing a sense of satisfaction, and embracing...

Making Money Online with Shared Advertising
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau The Internet is a marketplace for buyers and sellers, where millions of transactions are made everyday. Making money online seems easy and effortless. Due to the current dreary economic environment, many people would like to make a fast buck on the Internet. Vendors provide information or products, and in return they want to make some profit; buyers search for information or products to meet their own needs, and may be willing to part with their cash. As long...

Prevent Disability with Mobility
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau All centenarians have one thing in common: they are all mobile. Mobility holds the key to longevity. Prevent disability with mobility. If you are physically mobile, you can maintain your bones, joints, muscles, and ligaments in their optimum conditions. If you are immobile, on the other hand, they start to decline and deteriorate. Their degeneration often leads to a host of health problems, including aches and pains, which only further aggravate the lack of...

Dealing with Work Stress
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Stress is your body's response to increased tension. Stress is normal: you need stress to accept challenges, to concentrate on doing a difficult task, and to make important decisions. Hence, stress is necessary at work. But too much stress at work can be harmful to your health, because it unduly increases your production of hormone epinephrine, and thus wearing out your hormonal glands. Chronic stress can cause your body to undergo long-term physiological...

Having Sex for the Rest of Your Life
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Sex is an anti-aging potion: it can make you live longer. Sex is sacred in that it connects you in the most basic way to the source of creation. As a matter of fact, sex symbolizes the origin of life, and hence is life itself. Given that sex or sexual activity is important at any point in any individual's lifestpan, you should do everything you possibly can to maintain your sexual health. There is a general misconception that your sex life should become less...

Chinese Approach to Digestive Health
Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Lau Chinese medicine is based on the concept of balance and harmony between "yin" and "yang." Chinese medicine has a different approach to digestive health. In Chinese medicine, the liver stores the blood, that is, it regulates the amount of blood in circulation. Hence, the health of the liver is dependent on the sufficiency of blood for nourishment. Additionally, the spleen, in contrast to Western medicine, also plays a pivotal part in the circulation of "qi" and...

Is it really so diifficult to change lifestyle?
? Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau The contemporary lifestyle is generally not conducive to healthy living. People drink too much, eat too much, and some even smoke too much. In addition, most live in dailly stress with sleep deprivation. Furthermore, many rely on caffeines and medications to keep them alert and functional. The good news is that many are aware of the need to change lifestyle for the better. The bad news is that it is difficult to change lifestyle: bad habits are easy to form,...

The Emotional Recovery from a Heart Attack
A heart attack is one of the most devastating and traumatic experiences in life. At least 1.5 million Americans suffer a first or recurrent heart attack every year. Heart attacks are often an indication of advanced coronary heart disease, which is the Number One cause of death in the United States. Attacks occur when oxygen is unable to be delivered to some parts of the heart due to blockage in one or more of the coronary arteries. Unfortunately, about half a million of those suffering from...

Sharpen Memory Skills to Sharpen the Mind
Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau You don't have to be forgetful. You don't have to live with poor memory. Bad memory is not something you were born with and cannot be changed. The good news is that you can sharpen memory skills to sharpen the mind. Yes, you can significantly improve memory through the applications of basic memory tools. Learn these basic memory tools to sharpen the mind to improve memory. 1. Good memory is a result of relevant mental associations. In mental processing, you...

How Overcome Difficulty With Words
Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau Difficulty with words is quite common, especially with those who are advancing in age. Difficulty with words means having problems in word finding, which is a mental activity of selecting or retrieving words from memory. The difficulty lies in a temporary disruption in the mental processing, which naturally declines with age. But difficulty with words may not be an exclusive setback in the elderly: even younger people may have forgotten a person's name at the...

How Foods May Affect Your Body Organs
Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau Foods are not just foods. Be mindful of what you eat. Foods may affect all your body organs in different ways, positively or negatively. In Western medicine, foods are considered in terms of calories, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. In Chinese medicine, foods have a direct impact on your body organs, and hence your overall health and wellness. Specifically, they affect as many as ten body organs in terms of dietary treatments and cures....

Normal Or Abnormal Forgetfulness?
? Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau As you continue to age, you tend to become more forgetful, such as you don't remember where you put your keys. Is this type of forgetfulness normal or abnormal? Naturally, one of the byproducts of healthy aging is benign forgetfulness. But your may have concerns that it is the onset of Alzheimer's or dementia. Even healthy elderly may develop and experience changes in mental processing that may be mistaken for early symptoms of dementia. These symptoms are...

Body-Mind Medicine
Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau Your mind is directly related to your body. Your mental state affects your physical well being. This body-mind medicine is the foundation of Oriental medicine. Not until recently did modern Western medicine begin to recognize the dynamic relationship between the mind and physical illness. Now, there is "psychoneuroimmunology" which is the study of how the mind, the brain, and the immune system affect one another in terms of overall health. There is strong...

How To Overcome Time Stress
Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau Time stress is a major stress factor in everyday life. We need to meet deadlines in almost every aspect of our lives: from completing certain tasks in our work, catching a bus, to cooking our dinner. In contemporary living, in spite of the advancement of modern technology, we find ourselves having too much to cram into the twenty-four hours of a day. Time stress is a major stress factor, detrimental to both physical and mental health. How can one overcome time...

How To Restore Natural Health
Copyright (c) 2009 Stephen Lau Ill health is the accumulation of all the wrong things you have done to your health over the years. For someone who is very ill, it may seem difficult, almost impossible, to restore natural health and get well again. To restore natural health, you need a vision of good health and wholeness. Repair and recovery from ill health starts at the fundamental body-mind level, instead of just focusing on the disease area itself. Modern medicine's disease symptomatic...

Why We Get Sick - from the Oriental Perspective
In Western medicine, health is "absence of disease." Hence, without disease, you are deemed "healthy." However, from the Oriental perspective, "absence of disease" may not be an indicator of "good health." Are you healthy? If absence of disease is health, then how does disease begin? If we know how disease begins, can we prevent it? If disease can be prevented, why do we get sick? Disease begins with the mind, not the body. The mind and the body are two fully integrated features of life. As...

How To Avoid Or Overcome An Asthma Attack
An asthma attack can be a frightening experience when you are sweating, you cannot breathe, and your pulse is racing. These are just some of asthma symptoms. An asthma attack is due to the swelling of the membranes lining the airways of your lungs, and thus resulting in constriction and inflammation of the bronchioles. In addition, the increased production of phlegm further aggravates the obstruction of airflow. An asthma attack is often triggered by the following: 1. vigorous physical...

Macular Degeneration - Prevention Is Better Than No Cure
Macular degeneration is loss of central vision as one ages. It is also called aging retinal disease because it impairs reading vision. Macular degeneration is the fastest growing cause of legal blindness in the United States. Laser treatment can arrest the fast-progressing form of macular degeneration, but does not improve vision or preserve eyesight. Therefore, prevention is the best option. Are you at high risk for macular degeneration? If you are over 65, you are at risk, and the risk...

Flexibility Stretching for Health Longevity
Flexibility stretching holds the key to health longevity. When you were young, you might have been very athletic and sportive. However, as you continue to age, you may have become less active physically: instead of participating in sports, you may have become only a spectator. Your sedentary lifestyle only reinforces your lethargy and sluggishness in everyday life. Even if you are busily engaged in running errands for your family, you are exercising only certain muscle groups of your body....

More About Zen
Zen is a unique feeling in which you are completely at one with yourself and the world around you. You feel total harmony as you whole being experiences clarity and inner peace that seem to be out of this world. These moments of sublime tranquility can be likened to the moments when you are all alone by yourself, watching the sunset and listening to the rhythmic lapping of gentle waves at the shore. Zen can be a journey rather than a religion. As a matter of fact, Zen is a philosophy of...

Food Choice and Your Brain Health
What you eat today is not what your ancestors used to eat. Therefore, you must change your mentality when it comes to food choice, which ultimately affects your brain health. Food choice affects your physical health, and, more importantly, your brain health. The average human brain weighs about three pounds. Although composed mostly of fat, the human brain regulates human basic behaviors - eating, feeling, moving, sleeping, and thinking. Your brain health is important because the brain is...

Can Glaucoma Be Healed Naturally?
? Glaucoma is one of the major causes of blindness. Glaucoma is due to increased eye pressure. In conventional medicine, most eye doctors would recommend surgeries and eye drops to relieve high ocular pressure in the eye. However, there is one problem: surgeries and eye drops would create a <i>chronic</i> condition, ironically enough, leading to ultimate blindness. Dr. Leslie Salov, M.D., O.D. Ph.D., in his book "Secrets for Better Vision", says most glaucoma patients are highly...

Is Spiritual Healing for Real?
? Spiritual healing is rejuvenation of the body and mind through the intelligent or immaterial part of a human being - spirituality. Many people think of healing only in terms of the physical. A broken bone is only a "physical" illness that requires six to twelve seeks for healing the fractured bone. But human illness may often involve more than just the physical level: it may involve the emotions, the mind, and even the soul. Accordingly, spiritual healing may play a role in the recovery....

Is Music Therapy Effective?
? Is music therapy effective in the treatment of medical, physical, and emotional illness? Scientific research, especially in northeastern Ohio, has indicated that music therapy can promote the healing spirit of an individual, can improve the quality of life of a patient, can induce hope and faith in overcoming illness. In these respects, music therapy plays its role in modern medicine. Indeed, healing music plays a pivotal role in a wide array of illnesses and disorders. Pop singer Billy...

Health Wisdom Is Knowing Your Doctor and Modern Medicine
Modern medicine puts its emphasis on cure rather than prevention: preventive therapy is never its first priority. In a way, modern medicine welcomes health problems because health problems generate billions of dollars on medical research for drug therapy. Modern medicine is the single biggest business in the United States. Doctors, hospitals, insurance and pharmaceutical companies - all make money out of your sickness. Yes, modern medicine is a sickness business. There is a valid reason why...

The Differences Between Fasting And A Low-Calorie Diet
Many people go for a low-calorie diet to lose weight. You can't blame them. After all, after years of abuse, their bodies may have become loaded with toxins, which contribute to not only ill health, but also overweight. The United States is a nation with obesity problem. In a futile attempt to address the obesity problem, many individuals go on fad diets - some even starve themselves - to lose weight. Starving oneself is perhaps too drastic an attempt to lose weight. Maybe the less extreme...

How To Turn Into Reality Your Wish To Become Younger and Healthier For Longer
Everybody wishes to look younger and stay healthier for longer. The wish is father to the thought. Unfortunately, for many, that thought would remain just an idea or a notion, but never a reality. For that thought to become a reality is not easy, but it can be done. Yes, you can make yourself younger and healthier for longer: you can turn that wish into a reality if you would take the following steps. To become younger and healthier for longer, you need to change - change lifestyle, and,...

To Be Younger And Healthier For Longer - A Dream For Many, A Reality For A Few!
Since time immemorial, kings and emperors, sages and scientists, as well as ordinary folks like you and I, have sought longevity and the fountain of youth. In other words, we all wish to become younger and healthier for longer. However, being able to become younger and healthier for longer may become a dream for many and a realty only for a few. Who in the right mind would not want to be younger and healthier for longer? Maybe except for those plagued by the ravages of diseases, or those...

Why Obama's Bailout Plan May Not Work!
First of all, credit is due to President Obama for his all-out efforts to rescue the country from the ailing economy and the greatest financial crisis the nation has ever faced since the Great Depression. However, this Herculean task may be too overwhelming even for our energetic president. It is like a sinking ship, and the captain is frantically bailing out water: it may be a heroic but fruitless task. The main problem of this current financial crisis is that no one in the financial world...

To Become Younger and Healthier for Longer Is A complex Endeavor!
Life is complex, and as such, human beings are even more complex in that we are beings with physical, mental, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual elements. However, we tend to generalize the self - especially when we describe ourselves, we often think in terms of only our physical characteristics. Similarly, when we wish to become younger and healthier for longer, we tend to focus only on the physical aspect of the self. For example, when we think of being younger, we think of facial...

You Are Meant To Be Overweight!
If you are overweight, deal with it! Maybe you are meant to be fat! We are living in a society that promotes overweight, if not obesity. As a baby, you are stuffed, and your parents want you to look plump, so you would look cute. As a child, you are told to clean up your plate, so as not to waste your food. Often times, you parents bribe you with a candy, so you would behave yourself. When you are a guest in someone's house for dinner, you never turn down a desert, so you would look...

The Major Differences Between Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine
Chinese medicine is one of the most sophisticated medical systems in the world. It has been enhanced through thousands of years of experience and research. Its unique difference from Western medicine is that it focuses on "health" rather than on "healing" because Chinese medicine promotes overall wellness of an individual, as opposed to the approach of Western medicine in treating the symptoms of an illness. As a matter of fact, in ancient China, a physician would not be remunerated for...

The Frustration and Futility of Weight Loss
Nowadays, everybody wants to lose weight. Weight loss has become a fad and fancy. You see so many credible testimonials, and so many before-and-after pictures of individuals who have ultimately achieved their goals in weight loss. Are they for real? Are they "real" people who have "real" results in weight loss? You just wonder. Well, to give them the benefit of the doubt, they may be real, but they are few and far in between. In the real world, unfortunately, there are millions who have...

Little Things May Make a Big Difference in Weight Loss
In weight loss, people tend to look at the big picture, which is to shed those extra pounds, and losing those pounds focuses on diet - more specifically, on what to eat, and what not to eat. However, weight loss is more than just that. As Oprah Winfrey told <i>People</i> magazine: "My greatest failure was in believing that the weight issue was just about weight." Weight loss is a very complex matter. As such, even little things may make a big difference in your weight loss....

Diet and Hair Loss
Hair loss is a common, emotionally devastating experience in life because it affects the majority of people at one time or another in their lives. Many men are suffering baldness in silence because they are afraid to admit their undue concern over their hair; women are more traumatized than men because their hair loss is often perceived as abnormal by society. To treat your hair problem, you must understand some of the basics of human hair. Your hair itself is made up of dead cells, although...

Diet and Your Orgasm
Sex is an important aspect of life. Sex is a complex matter: it involves many of your body organs in order to produce the desire that culminates in the sexual act that produces the sensations of sex and orgasm. Diet plays a pivotal role in your sex and orgasm. First and foremost, you must be healthy in order to perform (in the case of men) the very sexual act, and to enjoy sex (orgasm in the case of women). Orgasm or the enjoyment of sex is based on the sensation of pleasure, which is...

Are You Addicted to Prescription Drugs?
? Addiction to prescription drugs is a common phenomenon. Every minute, someone is addicted to prescription drugs. You may be one of them without even your knowing it. According to 2007 statistics, nearly 17 million Americans are addicted to prescription drugs. Worse, a great number of them abuse their pharmaceutical drugs, and many of them are women, seniors, and teenagers. If you are on prescription drugs, not once in a while, but regularly, you may have fallen a victim to prescription drug...

The American Culture Promotes Accelerated Aging
Accelerated aging is more than chronological aging; it is about the way you live your life, your attitudes towards health and wellness, and your philosophy of life in general. Obviously, if you are 60 years old, you cannot go back to being 40 physiologically. However, putting a brake on accelerated aging can make you not only look many years younger but also slow down your biological clock. The United States is a nation whose culture promotes accelerated aging. The effects of accelerated...

Your Yin and Yang Health
The Chinese have a different perspective on health and wellness. Unlike Western medicine, which focuses on treating symptoms of a disease, the Chinese medicine is more embracive: it concentrates on causes of an illness, and wholeness of an individual in relation to the universe. For thousands of years, the Chinese have observed the importance of balance and harmony. This philosophy is manifested in the concept of "yin" and "yang", which is represented as the female and male, respectively, or...

Is an Herb a True Medication?
? Is an herb a true medication? If you think an herb is not a true medication, think again! Did you know that many of the most effective medications today have herbs as their main ingredients? For example, Digoxin, one of the most popular medications to treat heart disease has the foxglove plant as one of its main ingredients. Some anti-cancer medications contain Madagascar periwinkle and the Pacific yew, which are herbs. Many people have the misconception that herbs have no medicinal values...

Migraines without Medications
Migraine headaches afflict millions of Americans, especially among people 20 to 45 years of age. Heredity may play a significant role in migraines, in particular when both parents have the problem. A migraine is more than a bad headache: it is an acute, throbbing pain, usually on one side of your head. In addition, the pain, which may last several days, is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sounds. Scientists are at a loss as to what really triggers migraine...

Myths and Truths about Back Pain
Back pain is common, affecting about 60 to 80 percent of people in Western countries. Other than injury, if the pain lasts only a day or two, it is most probably due to muscle strain. However, if the pain is lasting and continual, it may be attributed to disk degeneration, resulting in the vertebrae crushing against one another. One of the myths about back pain is that it can be cured by back surgery. The truth is that back surgery may not be the best option in treating back pain for various...

Conventional and Unconventional Cancer Treatments (Part Two)
Conventional and Unconventional Cancer Treatments (Part Two) Conventional cancer treatments are based on the belief that cancer starts as a localized tumor, spreading to other parts of the body, and therefore requiring aggressive invasive treatments. Alternative or unconventional cancer treatments, on the other hand, are based on the belief that a healthy body with a healthy mind is capable of utilizing the immune system to destroy cancerous cells. Individuals who seek unconventional...

Conventional and Unconventional Cancer Treatments - Part One
To be diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience in life. Out of desperation, a cancer patient often immediately turns to different cancer treatment options. There is an array of treatment options available, both conventional and unconventional, that it may be stressful for a cancer patient to make a wise choice. Conventional cancer treatments generally include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Cancer surgery is an invasive procedure involving the removal of a cancerous...

Dealing with Pain
Pain is not localized because it is the outcome of a series of reactions in the body and the mind. Pain is felt and experienced only when the injured area sends signals through your nervous system to your brain, which receives and interprets these signals. Pain is always connected with inflammation. When the injured area becomes inflamed, the inflammatory response intensifies, and so does your perception of pain. What should you do when dealing with pain? Most people's first reaction in...

Pain Control through Diet
Achieve pain control through diet, not painkillers. Pain is not a disease, but often a result or a symptom of disease. Pain is a subjective experience - the perception of pain varies with individuals. Pain is often difficult to describe, but you know it when it strikes you. Nobody is immune from pain throughout lifespan. Some learn to accept pain as part of the unpleasant side of life, while others fight pain tooth and nail. Your diet plays a significant role on pain control. Pain is often...

Goal-Setting Endeavors to Treat Bipolar Disorder (3)
Goal-Setting Endeavors to Treat Bipolar Disorder (3) Weight gain is one of the main reasons why some bipolar patients stop taking their medications. Bipolar depression medications often increase your hunger, creating the urge to eat uncontrollably, leading to weight gain. In addition, eating disorder is usually associated with depression. It is common for depressed individuals to turn to food to satisfy their emotional needs. Bipolar disorder requires medications. Don't give up your...

Goal-Setting Health Endeavors for Treating Bipolar Disorder (2)
Goal-Setting Health Endeavors for Treating Bipolar Disorder (2) To treat your bipolar disorder, you need to see yourself as an Olympic athlete, you need training not just for yourself but also for members of your family. Yes, they need to get involved with your bipolar depression. The reason is that they, too, need to see and recognize the triggers of your bipolar disorder, especially the factors that may disrupt your sleep, thereby triggering your depression or mania episodes. Train...

Goal-Setting Health Endeavors for Treating Bipolar Disorder (1)
Goal-Setting Health Endeavors for Treating Bipolar Disorder (1) Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, alternating between episodes of depression and mania. It is a mental disorder affecting about six percent of the U.S. population. The average age of bipolar onset is twenty-one. Bipolar disorder is often triggered by certain physical, environmental, and emotional stressors in life. Therefore, knowing how to anticipate or identify these stressors is critical to controlling and treating this...

Your Anti-Aging Immune System
Your immune system is an aggressive age fighter: it keeps you younger for longer. Your body is made up of billions of different types of cells, such as brain cells, blood cells, bone cells, heart cells, kidney cells, liver cells, muscle cells, nerve cells, skin cells, and spleen cells, among many others, which constitute your body organs and systems. These cells repeatedly die and replace themselves throughout your lifespan. For example, your red blood cells die and replace themselves every...

How to Think Young and Stay Young
Ben Douglas, professor at the University of Mississippi Medical School at Jackson, once said, "You're as young as you think." Apparently, if you think you are young, you will stay young. Thinking young is a self-fulfilling prophecy. But the problem is: How to think young and stay young. Aging is gradual, but inevitable. Aging has a direct debilitating effect on your brain. Free radicals can damage your brain over decades of changes: when you reach 65, your brain cells undergo many more...

Free Radicals and Your Longevity
Many people are afflicted by cancer, autoimmune and other degenerative diseases, which are enemies of longevity. The key to longevity is to protect yourself from free radicals, which damage your immune system, making you susceptible to disease and degeneration. The human body is composed of cells, which make up your tissues and body organs. Most of these cells replicate themselves, while some do not divide themselves, such as heart cells and neurons in the brain. Human cells require both...

Cancer Cluster and Health Hazards
In the movie "Erin Brochovich", Julie Roberts plays the leading lady who finger pointed at the industries for having illegally dumped hazardous waste, leading to a cancer cluster in the neighborhood. So, what is a cancer cluster? And how does it affect your health? A cancer cluster is the repeated occurrence of a particular type of cancer in a specific community or neighborhood. Because of its health hazards, a cancer cluster requires medical intervention and investigation to determine the...

Mercury Contamination of Fish
Mercury toxicity is one of the more common food toxics that are hazardous to human health. Mercury contamination of fish has been an issue. Fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet because they contain high-quality protein, low-saturated fat, and other essential nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids. A well-balanced diet that includes a variety of fish and shellfish can contribute to heart health, especially children's proper growth and development. However, nearly all...

Food Toxics and Health Hazards
Food toxicology is a health issue. You should worry about toxic chemicals in your food simply because certain chemical contaminants have been implicated in major health hazards, ranging from cancer to birth defects to asthma. Understandably, high doses of toxic chemicals can be lethal. But how safe are low doses of these toxic chemicals? If high does are dangerously deadly, why should you be exposed to even the low doses? Nearly all the food you consume may contain a trace of heavy metals,...

How To Overcome Your Financial Stress
We are living in a stressful world: stress comes from all directions - health, work, relationships, and, above all, money. Financial stress is responsible for other stress factors in life. For example, if you have a hard time making both ends meet, most probably you have frequent arguments with your spouse over how much money to spend, what to spend on, and when to spend. Financial strive is the root cause of many breakups and divorces. If you are financially strained, you may not have full...

Why Do People Go Into Debt?
? If you know why people go into debt, then you will know <i>how</i> and <i>why</i> not to let yourself go into debt. Go debt free is the way to go! If you think you <i>can</i> get out of debt, most probably you <i>will</I>. Your attitude is often the determinant factor. This, however, has little to do with positive thinking; rather, it has everything to do with the determination of the human spirit, which God has bestowed on each one of us....

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