The Healing Power of Hugs by April Thompson Hugs don’t just feel good; they do good. A simple embrace can boost our health and mood, connect us spiritually and even help mend society. Hugs and other types of affectionate touching can provide numerous benefits in the face of threats or stress, according to Michael Murphy, Ph.D.,
The Right Choices Keep It Strong by Lisa Marshall Sometime between the salad and the main course at her grandson’s bar mitzvah, Joyce Lenard, then 69, felt a crushing pressure deep within her chest. A tireless go-getter who had worked in Hillary Clinton’s district office when she was a U.S. senator, raised two daughters and recently donated a kidney to one of them, Lenard had spent months painstakingly planning the 100-guest gala, so when the pain came,
Natural Remedies Restore Calm by Marlaina Donato Kids and teens have always had plenty to be stressed about, such as family finances, parental bickering, the birth of a sibling and other challenges on the home front. Then there are the age-old tensions of taking school exams and squabbles with friends and other classmates.
Indian Herb’s Healing Properties Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), an Indian herb also known as holy basil, has been proven effective in studies in reducing stress, lowering blood sugar and healing wounds. Now, research from India’s Rishiraj College of Dental Sciences has found that tulsi essential oil, used as a disinfectant, significantly reduced infection levels following root canals of primary molars in a study of 40 children. Although a triple antibiotic cream had better antibiotic properties, the researchers recommended tulsi for longstanding infections and to avoid antibiotic reactions and overuse.
Impacts Mental Health in Youth Children and teens that spend more than seven hours a day on screens have twice the risk of being diagnosed with anxiety or depression compared to those that spend one hour a day similarly engaged, concluded a San Diego State University study of more than 40,000 youngsters.
Guffey’s approach to mental health and wellness encompasses a variety of modalities. Her clinically based counseling approach promotes ownership of counseling goals and moving toward solutions to conflicts. Deeper, more intuitive creative connections and awareness evolves as clients learn to dispel
by Roberta Bolduc Doug Allen, a licensed massage therapist, qigong practitioner and CranioSacral Therapist, is the owner of Harmony and Fusion, LLC, in Greer, South Carolina. QiGong, as described by the National QiGong Association, is a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound and focused intent.
There has been a lot of press lately regarding the many positive effects of hemp oil, otherwise known as CBD oil. Comments from Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Sanjay Gupta as well as information from various online medical sources such as NetDoctor.co.uk (NetDoctor.co.uk/medicines/a23099460/cbd-oil-benefits-and-risks/), along with personal testimonials, herald the improvements seen with several common health challenges.
Over the coming months, Mel-O-Yoga will hold three Introduction to Meditation classes. The classes, held on Sundays, will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on January 13, February 10 and March 10.
by Amber Lanier Nagle Dustin Sulak, D.O., opened a private osteopathic manipulation, hypnotherapy and integrative medicine practice in Hallowell, Maine, in 2009, the same year the state’s voters expanded its medical cannabis law. At that time, he was one of the few physicians in Maine willing to certify patients to use cannabis legally.