5 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

Every fall and winter when the holidays roll around, most of us indulge in far more food and drink than we normally do, while operating on too...

The Power of Hope

Every few years I write about the placebo effect in this space because it’s such a crucial—and potentially confusing—player in health and wellness. The word placebo pops...

Chewing Gum to Bust Stress

Need a quick stress buster? Try chewing (sugarless) gum, suggests a small Japanese study in the Journal of Prosthodontic Research. Participants worked on math problems for 30...

Family Trauma and Health

I read a book recently that really piqued my curiosity. In How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character (Mariner Books, 2013), writer Paul...

Ease Stress, Reduce Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a complex condition that involves more than just the physiological structures surrounding the spine—it also involves the mind. If you experience severe back...

Friends Help Your Health

In one of her columns, Jane Brody, the veteran New York Times health writer, wrote about the gaping hole left in her life by the death of...

Calming the Mind With Meditation

People who meditate regularly say it provides mental, spiritual and physical benefits, including stress reduction and a sense of well- being. Even some mainstream doctors recommend meditation...

Tapping

Q: What is tapping and can it really help me overcome my fear of flying? A: Known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), this alternative (many say "fringe")...

The Benefits of Tai Chi

Research keeps accumulating about the health benefits of tai chi, which is high on our list of recommended exercises. Practiced around the world and very popular in the...

Walking in Nature

A few months ago I went on my annual backpacking trip in California’s magnificent Sierra Nevada mountains. I usually go with a friend for five or six...
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