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Finding Connection with Horses

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by Kelly Jones

Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. On the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50 percent increased chance of longevity. Social connection strengthens your immune system (research by Steve Coles shows that genes impacted by social connection also code for immune function and inflammation), helps us recover from disease faster, and may even lengthen our life. People who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. ~Psychology Today
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Obtain Better Health Through the Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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by Matthew McCurdy

The anti-inflammatory diet harnesses the power of phytochemicals in plant-based foods to reduce chronic inflammation. It is a pattern of eating, not calorie-counting or food restriction, that promotes vitality, optimizes weight and prevents many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, many cancers and Alzheimer’s. The diet incorporates raw, cooked, mashed and ground foods that humans have eaten for thousands of years, and it excludes foods with added sugar, salt and oils high in omega-6 fatty acids. The whole food, plant-based, Mediterranean and Asian diets are examples of anti-inflammatory diets. High fat, high carb, Atkins and Paleo can be anti-inflammatory diets when they employ plant-based proteins, low glycemic carbs and healthy omega-3 fats. Read More

Conscious Uncoupling: Can Lessen the Pain of Breaking Up

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by Noelle Davis

Breakups are tough. They can leave us feeling heartbroken, angry and even empty inside. Conscious Uncoupling is a healthier way for people to separate, versus the more common painful breakup that leaves both partners wounded at their cores. Designed to minimize the hurt and resentments of separating, Conscious Uncoupling is a process that allows each person to leave the relationship with dignity, compassion and respect for self and each other. Read More

Glamping in a PleniSphere: Glamour in the Great Outdoors

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Glamping combines glamour and camping, and it allows one to experience all the close-to-nature goodness while still having access to creature comforts such as a comfortable bed and a climate-controlled space. Glamping is often done in a PleniSphere, a stylish, durable, nontoxic canvas home suitable for full-time or part-time use. Unlike a tent where one is roughing it, the PleniSphere’s 10-foot-high ceiling, ample windows and vertical walls are designed for luxurious comfort. It includes a bathtub, a queen-size bed, on demand hot water and air conditioning. Read More

Polarity Therapy: The Missing Link in Healing Arts

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Polarity therapy is a holistic, spiritually oriented system of health care intended to restore a balanced distribution of the body’s energy, while incorporating manipulation, exercise and dietary restrictions. Austrian physician Dr. Randolph Stone founded polarity therapy, and he integrated his work as a chiropractor, osteopath, naturopath and naprapath with Eastern concepts of energy flow in the ayurvedic system of India, along with the yogic path and Chinese and Egyptian systems of health. Read More

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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