POSTS WITH TAG: alternative medicine

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    My period has been stalking me on a Kim Kardashian level for the past year. I feel like I have been bleeding every other day ... Aunt Flo is like the period paparazzi ... and I am worried.

    Rightfully so, said Stephanie Bird, MD, Medical Director of Gynecology, Brigham & Women’s Fish Center for Women's Health in Brookline, Massachusetts. “It’s important for women to pay attention to their baseline because not all bleeding is a period. Any abnormal change that extends beyond one menstrual cycle is cause for concern.”

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    This morning my horoscope told me I may be offered a celebrity apprenticeship. WTF!?! File under So Not Happening Today or Ever. This is exactly why I keep my astrology apps in the "entertainment" folder on my iPhone. Oh ... did I say apps, plural? That's kind of embarrassing.

    I'm of two minds when it comes to astrology. On one hand, I think it's awfully silly and meaningless. On the other hand, I find it intriguing and can't resist taking a peek every morning. Why not? It's just a little innocent fun ... or is it? Maybe not. A recent post in the blog io9 makes the case for why believing in astrology isn't as harmless as you think. So we decided to put the question to two different experts. Is there any value to reading your horoscope? And can following astrology actually lead you astray?

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    Gwyneth Paltrow makes it so hard to defend her, and God knows I try. But her latest issue of GOOP makes it darn near impossible. No, she isn't advocating another cleanse or trying to sell us all $400 T-shirts. If it was something like that, I'd be all, "WHATEVER I LOVE HER STILL." Gwyneth has crossed into another realm of weird with this one -- she basically believes that water has feelings.

    That's right. The stuff we bathe in, drink, and where we leave our pee. It's got feelings. I don't. I can't. Brain explode. Paltrow cites the work of this dude Masuru Emoto, who literally wrote a book talking about how yelling at water or being nice to it changes its chemical make-up. It's natural Paltrow would find this intriguing. She's all about how energy can impact matter. Emoto's work supports her belief. The problem here? I feel like Emoto's findings are almost guaranteed to be 100 percent untrue.

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    It's not even June and I've already got my first sunburn of the year. I'm 30 years old and fair-skinned to boot: I should know better. But sometimes, in the hustle and bustle of a busy day, sunscreen application can go out the window. The burn it leaves behind is a sore and dangerous reminder of the sun's power. This is why I'm usually vampiric in temperament ... minus the whole blood-sucking part.

    I've resolved to make applying sunscreen all over my body (not just my face) a part of my daily routine -- no matter what the season! But that doesn't change the fact that I've been left with this icky burn on my shoulders (damn you, stylish sleeveless dress). There are loads of "professional" creams and potions you can buy for after-sun treatment. But the truth is, most of the time, these aren't things you plan for. Luckily there are loads of things you can use around the house in a pinch to soothe your tender skin!

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    Whoa. Acupuncture can help you lose weight? I was skeptical when I heard this. Don't get me wrong, I've got an open mind generally speaking. While at the end of the day, I will do whatever my Western-medicine-practicing doctor tells me to do and take the prescriptions she writes out, if someone tells me carrying an amethyst in my pocket will make me feel calm -- why not try it?

    But I wasn't sold on the idea of having needles stuck all over my body, even if it meant losing a few pounds. Back in September I started a new way of eating and exercising (less of one, more of the other) and was slowly beginning to get into shape. After years of yo-yo dieting, I felt like I'd finally broken through to the world of healthy living. When I hit a plateau in my diet (something totally common), that's when a friend mentioned acupuncture for weight loss to me. 

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    Ever gotten some really crazy, unsolicited advice about how to care for your child's eczema? People say a lot of dumb things when they are actually trying to be helpful. As the old saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Well, so is the road to a mom hating you. Check out the 7 things you should NEVER say to a mom of a kid with eczema.

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    Ugh, it's that time of year again! And sadly, not just Halloween decorating or pumpkin-picking or Pumpkin Spice Latte-sipping time ... It's also that seasonal shift when colds, flu, and all other manner of annoying and debilitating bugs can strike at a moment's notice! One minute you're feelin' awesome, the next, you'd rather be glued in bed than do anything else.

    Thankfully, when it comes to contending with cold and flu season, you do not have to grin and bear it. You can lean on one or several of these 8 awesome, all-natural immunity-boosters that could easily have you back to your old self in no time!

    Check 'em out ...

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    Adults in China are allegedly hiring wet nurses ... for themselves! According to a Chinese newspaper, adults in poor health are hiring wet nurses for themselves at the rate of $1,900 to 3,200 a month through a company that also provides nannies, nurses, and tutors. 

    While it's likely this story is fabricated, the idea of adults intentionally drinking human breast milk is a fascinating one -- and not altogether crazy. It actually makes more sense to consume the milk we were intended to drink as our bodies are not designed or equipped to process another mammal's milk. It explains why dairy gives so many people tummy trouble.

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    Is it just me, or does it seem like every other kid these days is diagnosed with ADHD? I’ll admit it … I used to be one of those people that thought it was a made-up “disorder” for bratty kids. Then I married someone with ADHD -- and believe me -- ADHD is real. But how real is it?

    In the United States, nearly one in every five high school boys is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Over 10 percent of school-aged children overall have it. ADHD is up 16 percent over the past five years and 41 percent over the past decade.

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    4 Reasons Why Yoga Isn't a Religion

    posted by Adriana Velez February 21, 2013 at 7:15 PM in Healthy Living
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    So here's a funny story. The Encinitas United School District in California started an in-school yoga program. You know, because it's fun and relaxing and helps kids focus and all that. But some families got their pants all up in a bunch over the whole idea -- because they think yoga is a religious practice, and what about separation of church and state, and now it's time to sue the school district. Yup, a family just filed a lawsuit to stop the yoga classes.

    SIGH. I know this isn't the last time I'm going to say this, but here goes: Yoga is not a religion -- certainly not the way it's being practiced in the Encinitas schools, where it's taught as a physical fitness program. Don't these people have better things to do than sue over YOGA?!? Oh my god, this lawsuit is so freakin' stupid, I feel like ... I need to ... OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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