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Turmeric: The Spice of Life

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Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a culinary spice that’s been used for millennia—it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and it makes commercial mustard yellow. Studies conducted by respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Ph.D., show that turmeric, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, is a promising disease-preventive agent. Turmeric blocks the formation of beta-amyloid—the protein found in Alzheimer’s disease, reduces joint inflammation and improves arthritis symptoms. Read More

Why Courage Needs Heart

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by Jennifer Norris-Nielsen

When people think of the courageous hero, they often think of winning battles, aggressively overcoming danger and valiantly standing up against unspeakable odds—usually packaged in a very active, fearless daredevil. Who of us can live up to that definition of courage in our daily lives? Are we doomed to see courage only in books, movies or on the news?

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Sip a Local Secret

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by Ingrid Cannes

Rachael Young, a biologist, longtime forager and herbal alchemist, has created her own wild-crafted beverage company, Texana—teas brewed from the native yaupon plant and infused with medicinal herbs and local honey. As the base of her synergistic blends, she’s chosen yaupon not just for the delicious flavor, but also for the health benefits.

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Dr. Deepak Chopra: Elevating Our Health to New Levels

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by Sheila Julson

As a forerunner in integrative medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D., has helped thousands of people worldwide positively transform their lives by understanding the connection between physical health, spirituality and science. He began his medical career in internal medicine and endocrinology and served as chief of staff of the New England Memorial Hospital (now Boston Regional Medical Center) before transitioning into the holistic arena. Through 86 books, as well as videos and television appearances on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show and Tavis Smiley, Chopra has reformed how we understand the body, mind and spirit.

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Healthy Weight Kids: Food Choices that Prevent Obesity

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by Amber Lanier Nagle

Small changes in daily eating routines translate into healthier weight for America’s kids.

In 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old.

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Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to Treat Migraines

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by Allison Yu

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, “Migraine is an extraordinarily prevalent neurological disease, affecting 39 million men, women and children in the U.S. and one billion worldwide.” The organization also reports that 18 percent of American women, 6 percent of men, and 10 percent of children experience migraines. Migraine tends to run in families. About 90 percent of migraine sufferers have a family history of migraine. More than 90 percent of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during their migraine, which means it is a chronic disease that significantly diminishes quality of life.

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Tips for Keeping the Brain Young

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Recent studies indicate that telomere length, which can be affected by various lifestyle factors, can impact the pace of aging and onset of age-associated diseases. Telomeres, which are protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that keep them from deteriorating naturally, get shorter and eventually die as we age. So they make a great marker of cell aging and thus of overall health. The difference in telomere lengths is thought to cause six years of age difference. In light of this research, we can literally say that stress ages people physically, chemically and genetically.

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