The old 'ostrich technique' of sticking you head in the sand, hoping something will go away if you ignore it just doesn't seem to work. Two things made me think about this recently. I read Herman Hesse's 'Steppenwolf' which got me thinking about the multifacetedness (don't think thats a real word but you get the idea) of human beings. Then I got to thinking about aggression in human beings and particularly, men. We often seem to deny aggression, anger and so on or at least label them as negative emotions. They are though, part of our make up.
Twenty minutes per day of guided workplace meditation and yoga combined with six weekly group sessions can lower feelings of stress by more than 10 percent and improve sleep quality in sedentary office employees, a pilot study suggests.
The study offered participants a modified version of what is known as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), a program established in 1979 to help hospital patients in Massachusetts assist in their own healing that is now in wide use around the world.
Doctors at Rush University Medical Center are offering pediatric patients diagnosed with chronic illnesses acupuncture therapy to help ease the pain and negative side effects like nausea, fatigue, and vomiting caused by chronic health conditions and intensive treatments. The confluence of Chinese and Western medicine at Rush Children's Hospital is part of a study to analyze and document how acupuncture might help in reducing pain in children and increase quality of life.
Researchers at the University of York and the Hull York Medical School published in Brain Research, indicates that acupuncture has a significant effect on specific neural structures. When a patient receives acupuncture treatment, a sensation called deqi can be obtained; scientific analysis shows that this deactivates areas within the brain that are associated with the processing of pain.
We (mis)place a tremendous amount of trust in the producers of many everyday products like food, household cleaning products and so on. It has been my observation for quite a while that many dietary factors can influence children's behavior (just hang out with a teenager who had Coke and Twistys for breakfast for half an hour and you'll know what I mean). It hadn't crossed my mind that some very simple household products could do the same until I read a couple of articles about phthalates recently.