April 8-14, 2013 - Original Health Articles

Ho'oponopono: The Hawaiian Secret to Happiness

Some would argue that the only way to achieve inner peace and outer health is by going within. That's the theory behind Ho'oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian healing technique that's proving life- changing for those who practice it. Ho'oponopono is a ritual of reconciliation that originated centuries ago in many island cultures.

Dysthymia: The Other Depression

When you've been feeling down for a long time, and your dark mood is accompanied by at least two other symptoms, such as sleeping too little or too much, eating too little or overeating, low self-esteem, lack of focus, difficulty making decisions, or feelings of hopelessness, you may not be deeply depressed, but you're more than a little bit sad.

Could You Be Bipolar?

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive Illness, is a serious mental health condition, and the sixth leading cause of disability among 15 to 44-year olds. Complicating things, many individuals with bipolar disorder also have high rates of co-existing psychiatric and medical conditions.

Bipolar Disorder: What's Normal, What's Not?

Everyone's mood fluctuates during a typical day. "It's normal to have mood swings," says Alan Manevitz, MD, clinical psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.  For an individual with bipolar disorder, however, mood swings can be so intense and extreme that they have a negative impact on daily functioning.

Could Ketamine Treat Depression?

Discovering new treatments for mental health (and other) diseases is a complicated endeavor with plenty of dead ends. Sometimes, however, an impractical finding opens the door to new possibilities. This is the case with ketamine for the treatment of depression.

Can You Have an Orgasm During Exercise?

Everybody knows that exercise makes you feel good, but for some women, it may make them feel too good. Indiana University researchers, Debby Herbenick, and J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, published research in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy that a surprising number of women experience sexual pleasure while exercising and some even orgasm.

How to Protect Yourself From Health Scams

From Acai berries to apricot pits, there have been many purported cures for what ails us. Things haven't changed much since the snake oil salesmen of the 1800s, says Marc I. Leavey, MD, of Lutherville, MD. Shady products are still being marketed based on our fears, anxieties, and the desire to do the best for our families.

What to Look for in a New Pillow

You invest lots of time into picking just the right bed for optimum comfort and rest, so it makes sense to put just as much effort into making sure you have the best pillow for your needs. If you suffer from neck or back pain when you wake in the morning, or if your pillow is older than you can remember, it may be time for a new one.

Putting Your Pet on a Diet: A Vet's Top Tips

If your dog or cat seems to be putting on weight, he's certainly in good company. Many Americans and their pets are feeling the effects of eating larger portions and getting less exercise. Pet Obesity "In dogs and cats, obesity is becoming the fastest growing health issue," according to Richard S.

Truth and Fallacies About Fat

In our weight-obsessed society, fat generally gets a bad rap. Yet we all need fat in order for our bodies to function properly. Below are some common misconceptions about fat—and the real truth behind them. Myth: I should avoid eating fat in order to stay slim.

How to Gain Control by Letting Go

If you are like many women today, there's a lot on your plate. You work, care for family, run a household, cultivate relationships with friends and colleagues. But there's an underlying part that really drives you—the feeling that you must do it all, and do it perfectly.

What Your Parents Got Wrong About Food

Your parents probably were right about most things, but there's a good chance they got a few things wrong when it came to feeding their family. Here's a rundown of some common parental refrains at mealtime, along with up-to-date information that will allow you to avoid making the same mistakes with your brood.

Where Does Medical Waste Go?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established some general laws governing the proper disposal of medical waste. Beyond this, stricter laws on handling different types of medical waste will vary from state to state. In general terms, most medical waste must be treated in some way to remove any hazards it contains.

Long-Term and Permanent Birth Control Options: For Women and Men

There comes a time when your family planning becomes a finished project. Here are the best long-term and permanent birth control options available for men and women. Birth Control Options for Men Besides abstinence, birth control for men comes down to condoms or vasectomy.

6 Noninvasive Tips for Younger-Looking Skin

We're all looking for that fountain of youth that will keep us perpetually young. Absent that, most of us would settle for just looking young and healthy—without resorting to invasive procedures. In fact, one study found 9 out of 10 adults said they wanted to look younger without going under the knife.

New Developments in Down Syndrome Research

People with Down syndrome exhibit mild to moderate learning disabilities that are caused by an extra 21st chromosome. While in the past it was believed not much could be done to address the cognitive problems associated with this condition, this fact has changed recently.

New Genetic Link to Osteoarthritis Discovered

You may have heard it said that if someone lives long enough, they will develop osteoarthritis somewhere. While that may be an exaggeration, it's true that getting older, heavier, and incurring repetitive stress injuries can contribute to osteoarthritis.

Diagnosed With Diabetes? Beware of Another Risk

Some 10 million Americans are affected by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which causes leg pain (especially when walking), numbness, and tingling in the feet or lower legs. Sores on the legs or feet that heal very slowly are also associated with this condition.

The Cheese and Diabetes Link: Both Sides of the Story

A recent study may be music to the ears of anyone who loves eating mozzarella, Muenster, and Monterey Jack. Researchers from Oxford University and Imperial College London, reported a 12 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes in individuals who consumed cheese compared to those who didn't eat the dairy product.

The Rewards of Adding More Legumes to Your Meals

Legumes, or beans, may just be nature's wonder food. Loaded with protein and fiber, they deliver a hefty dose of nutrition at a cheap price. They're versatile—you can boil, stew, puree, roast, or pan-fry them—and for people who choose to or need to avoid animal products, they can be a great entrée alternative.

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