by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Depression is a ubiquitous condition that afflicts millions of Americans, many of whom have been convinced by the psychiatric industry that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and various other antidepressant drugs are their only options for treatment and healing. Truth be told, there are a number of herbal alternatives to these dangerous pharmaceuticals that have been scientifically proven to help remediate depression naturally, and without causing negative side effects.
Rhodiola rosea (Crassulaceae) is a perennial plant that grows in cold, alpine regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Its roots contain a sap that has long been used to improve physical and mental endurance, relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress, and even lift mood and alleviate depression symptoms. This is why it is considered to be an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps normalize the body's response to stress, and maintain optimal homeostasis by balancing the immune system and endocrine hormones (http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/342/review45139.html).» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
2012 MARCH 28 Posted by Steve Beckow In my night-time learning last night, I found myself in a course of study presented by the External Affairs Dept. of my government, very cloak-and-dagger, high tech, and risky. I’d taken a break with a colleague and wandered off for a walk in an area of the [...]
by Tara Green
(NaturalNews) An animal whose very name is often used as an insult may harbor more "human" traits like compassion than previously suspected. A recent study by University of Chicago researchers suggests that rats are capable of behavior which seems based on empathy for others of their kind.
Arguments against animal testing tend to center on those animals most like us, such as the great apes, or on animals humans frequently keep as pets like cats and dogs. Meanwhile, arguments for animal testing often center on the notion of animals as dumb beasts operating solely on instinct, unlike the finely tuned higher impulses of the human species. Yet rats in the recent study, published in the December 9, 2011 issue of the journal Science, went out of their way to free another rat that was trapped.
Psychologists at the University of Chicago conducted a series of experiments in which they put one rat inside a clear cage which could only be sprung from the outside.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
(NaturalNews) A new study found that plant based diets are a fundamental solution to our public health crisis, especially with some of the most serious and debilitating illnesses. The physicians at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute found that the frequency and the cost of many illnesses, including obesity, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, can be considerably reduced just by switching to a whole food, nutrient dense, plant-based diet that doesn't include meat or dairy. Sometimes, the diseases were reversed just with these diet changes too.
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, who led the study, said: "We are potentially on the cusp of what could be a seismic revolution in health. This will never come about from another pill, another procedure, another operation, or construction of another cardiac cathedral. It will come about when we are able to show the public the lifestyle that will halt and eliminate 75% of these common, chronic killing diseases.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
(NaturalNews) Eating out of pure habit is something many people experience without even realizing it. Someone may unknowingly get into the habit of mindless eating while watching TV and then wonder where the few extra pounds came from. After a certain pattern is repeated so many times, that pattern becomes fixed in the brain and must be interrupted or at least noticed in order for it to be broken.
This idea was put to the test in a study using movie goers and popcorn eaters. In the first experiment, popcorn was handed out to participants entering a movie theater. The popcorn handed out was either freshly popped or stale, week-old popcorn.
Those who ate popcorn regularly when going to the movies ate about the same amount of popcorn whether it was stale or fresh.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
(NaturalNews) A study recently conducted by a team of researchers at Florida State and Oklahoma University, and featured in the esteemed British Journal of Nutrition, reveals that consuming a handful of natural, dried plums every day will help prevent fractures and osteoporosis in the elderly.
This is great news especially for postmenopausal women, who commonly struggle with the loss of bone density and an increased risk of fracture. While bone frailty and osteoporosis can affect older individuals of both genders, a clear correlation exists between the decrease of estrogen production and the onset of osteoporosis in females. According to recent statistics, in the United States alone, over 8 million women and 2 million men are affected by osteoporosis.
The science team, led by Bahram H. Arjmandi – Florida State's Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chairman of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences in the College of Human Sciences, conducted tests over a 12 month period on two groups of postmenopausal women.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
I have noticed lately the amazing abundance of videos, messages, books and ideas out there about what is taking place within us. I don't usually pay too much attention to this, but this last month as I was moving and unpacking I allowed myself to wander…
I read more stuff online then usual and listened to much of the current dialogue out there about our energetic shifts. I clicked links in emails readers sent me, I watched YouTube videos my friends posted on Facebook. I attended some conference calls on planetary ascension and the Mayan Calendar. None of this is my usual mode of being–I'm typically inwardly focused and my reading, study, meditation and all I digest relates to my current passionate pursuit.
This was a very interesting experience, and I learned a lot. It also left me at times feeling simply dulled. The reason is–I allowed my focus to be divided in many directions as I did this, and being a powerfully magnetic creator, I drew more and more on lots and lots of topics into my experience. Instead of being fed, I felt depleted. Instead of directing my unfolding from within my experience and choosing what I need and want to experience–and drawing this forth–I simply did what I would call "sampling from the buffet."
The problem with this is that what I need and want might not BE there. And if it is, am I greeting it in a reverent, present fashion so that I will recognize and absorb it's gifts?» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
Thursday, 28 April 2011 12:26
Below is a repost of an article published on Americans for Safe Access website: www.safeaccessnow.org in November of 2003.
The article describes how cannabinoids, the active components of marijuana, inhibit tumor growth in lab animals and also kill cancer cells. Then it finishes by saying that the US government has known for more than 35 years and that the media which would normally go crazy about a cancer cure story like this, doesn't at all and in fact seem to be burying the story rather than promote it.
I for one am amazed at the government's stance on marijuana and their failed war on drugs, which is more like a war on it's own country. I guess too many people get rich off of the war on drugs.
by Steve Kubby, Sierra Times
November 10th, 2003
A new study published in Nature Reviews-Cancer provides an historic and detailed explanation about how THC and natural cannabinoids counteract cancer, but preserve normal cells.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
Before I tell you why, I'd like to tell you about a rare afternoon off.
The movie, Atlas Shrugged, was released last Friday. I hardly ever go out to see a movie unless it's a special Imax show, and preferably in 3D. I also rarely take days off. I made exceptions for Atlas Shrugged, and am I glad I did! What an uplifting way to spend part of an afternoon in these times of political and economic uncertainty. The only negative part was, the movie ended. I can't remember time ever going by more quickly.
If you haven't seen Atlas Shrugged yet, click here to see where it is playing near you: www.AtlasShruggedPart1.com/theaters.
Now for the longevity part:
I just finishing a book about personality types and their relationship to life extension. I was about to write a review for you when I found someone already did that.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
(NaturalNews) Just about everybody who harks back a few decades are familiar with the famed cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man, who downed a can of spinach to produce bulging muscles whenever he needed to get out of trouble. As researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Swedenfound have discovered, it turns out that Popeye was right – spinach really can boost muscles.
According to the research, which was published in the February issue of the journal Cell Metabolism, eating a bowl of spinach every day makes your muscles "profoundly" more efficient. Researchers found that eating 300g spinach reduced the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles when exercising by as much as five percent.
The ingredients which make spinach work so well are the nitrates found abundantly in spinach. Nitrates make the mitochondria, the "engine rooms" of cells, more efficient.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
Answers by Larry Dossey MD
Q: Can you cite specific research that supports your theory that prayer can help people heal?
In 1998, Dr. Elisabeth Targ and her colleagues at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, conducted a controlled, double-blind study of the effects of "distant healing," or prayer, on patients with advanced AIDS. Those patients receiving prayer survived in greater numbers, got sick less often, and recovered faster than those not receiving prayer. Prayer, in this study, looked like a medical breakthrough.
In 1988, Dr. Randolph Byrd conducted a similar study at San Francisco General Hospital involving patients with heart attack or severe chest pain. He found that patients receiving prayer did much better clinically than those who did not.
Currently, Dr. Mitchell Krucoff at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, is studying the effects of prayer on patients undergoing cardiac procedures such as catheterization and angioplasty.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›
ScienceDaily (Jan. 21, 2011) — Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress. In a study that will appear in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter.
"Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day," says Sara Lazar, PhD, of the MGH Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, the study's senior author. "This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing."
Previous studies from Lazar's group and others found structural differences between the brains of experienced mediation practitioners and individuals with no history of meditation, observing thickening of the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention and emotional integration.» › › Read the full article by clicking here » › ›