Personal Reflections: The Art of Breast Massage

by Lyn Hicks

My gynecologist told me long ago to massage my breasts so I could find lumps and changes in them. I didn’t do it very much, because who wants to find a lump? I would not be honest about it, either—I knew it was important, but the premise created fear, not sacredness of understanding my body. I know many woman feel the same.

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Lyme Realities: Real Talk About a Real Disease

If you live or have lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut or anywhere in the northeast, you are at risk for tick-borne illness. If you feel fatigue, migrating joint or muscle pain, have memory problems, confusion or difficulty sleeping, you may have tick-borne illness. If you are not eating lots of fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly and managing your physical or mental stress, you are at risk for tick-borne illness.

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Fresh Starts for Wellness

Spring is generally associated with new beginnings and fresh starts. While new beginnings in nature, such as flowers emerging through the soil, happen with ease, when it comes to human behavior, fresh starts sometimes require more effort and attention. One area where it is worth cultivating new perspectives is health and wellness.

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Meet Rosie: Healing Through Yoga

For 17 years, Rosie Lazroe has been healing through yoga. It began in the spring of 2001, when she found herself laying in a hospital emergency room with a resting heart rate over 150 bpm. As the ER nurse was about to inject medication to reboot her heart rhythm, Rosie felt a cold rush flow through her body and then faintly heard her dad tell her to open her eyes. After receiving a second injection, her heart rate slowed down.

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The Good Side of Cholesterol

by Dian Freeman

Few words today can bring about more discussion and debate than the word “cholesterol”. The discussion generally centers around how high or how low one’s personal cholesterol levels are, while the debate generally addresses the best way to lower those numbers or even on how to eliminate cholesterol altogether. Such discussions and debates are based both upon misinformation and the lack of information about the value of cholesterol to the body. Continue reading

Diabetes Understood: Mechanics, Symptoms and the Importance of Proactive Teamwork

One of the most important public health problems in America is the dramatic increase in the incidence of Type II diabetes mellitus. This disease can cause short-term severe health problems, but more often results in severe long-term health risks. When diabetes affects the kidneys, the eyes, the heart, the blood vessels and the brain, often these events will cause permanent organ damage.

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The Benefits of Cocoa for Type 2 Diabetes

An article published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that specific compounds in cocoa may help with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Brigham Young University and Virginia Tech fed animals a high-fat diet, combined with cocoa and found the animals had decreased obesity and a greater ability to handle high blood sugar levels.

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THE AUTUMN PROCESS: Letting Negativity Fall Away

Autumn is the season of falling apart and letting go. The outer-directed energy and enthusiasm of summer’s fire power sharply falls away. Temperatures drop, winds accelerate, leaves turn color and bid farewell as everything in Mother Nature’s kingdom returns to the soil, enriching it to prepare the grounds for a new harvest. Continue reading

OH, WHAT NOW? Mercury Retrogrades Over the Holidays

Mercury will turn retrograde the morning of December 2 and will remain retrograde until December 22, through the thick of the Christmas shopping days and for all seven days of Hanukkah. The planet will be in the shadow of retrograde several days before that.

Let’s make a note of how this affects the public, as this backwards motion brings some or all of the following: difficulties in transportation, slowing down of the mail system, difficulty finding what you want, incorrectly shipped items, canceled plans, changed minds, mechanical difficulties—especially telephones and computers, incorrect or lost messages, as well as difficulties in all kinds of practical matters. Continue reading

Invite Joy and Mindfulness to the Table

Thanksgiving. It’s the ultimate food-centric holiday. For some, the thought of a Thanksgiving feast can spark anxiety. Will the year’s dedication to eat healthfully fall by the wayside after one celebratory meal? The stretch from November through New Year’s can appear like an obstacle course of one holiday, event and workplace cookie tray after another. However, there are enough stressors surrounding the holidays—eating doesn’t need to be one of them. The following suggestions may help turn the table on anxiety and receive holiday meals with peace and joy. Continue reading