There are no miracle cure-alls, silver bullets, or magic pills that will get you trim, fit and healthy, but after an exhaustive search and rigorous testing, The Sherpa has pinpointed a few natural health therapies that DO help and ferreted out the scams to may be shocked by what we've discovered.

Archive for the ‘Alternative Health’ Category

Yoga for the Heart

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart problem that affects more than 2 million Americans. This condition involves an abnormality in heart rhythm, which is brought about by the irregular contraction of the heart’s upper chamber. Although it may be asymptomatic, it can increase one’s risk for stroke. Atrial fibrillation is often treated with drugs like beta-blockers and anticoagulants to help control heart rate and prevent thromboembolism, which can lead to stroke, but some patients do not respond well to these. Researchers led by Dr. Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy from the University of Kansas Medical Center have found that taking regular yoga […]

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Meditation Relieves Chronic Inflammation

Psychological stress plays an important role in many chronic conditions like inflammatory diseases. One of the therapeutic techniques believed to combat stress and inflammation is meditation, but there has been little evidence to support this theory, specifically on mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation consists of focusing one’s attention on breathing, bodily sensations and mental content while meditating, walking or doing yoga. It was originally designed to help patients with chronic pain to manage stress. A study conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientists with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center found that patients who suffer from chronic inflammatory […]

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The Benefits of an Hour of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is one of the recognized forms of natural healing which promotes relaxation and stress reduction. It involves exposure to essential oils which are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), composed of many aromatic chemicals which have been used in ancient civilizations for healing therapies and religious ceremonies. The essential oils, which are extracted from aromatic plants, are still being used today in homes and spas to promote well being and rest. A new study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology suggests that the essential oils used in aromatherapy also have a positive effect on heart rate and blood pressure, […]

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Weekly exercise programs run by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City have been found to be beneficial for patients with osteoarthritis. A study shows that these low-cost programs which increased their physical activity also improved their balance, decreased their pain, and reduced the frequency of their falls. Because of these, the patients report that they have an improved quality of life as a result of joining the exercise programs. Osteoarthritis is the principal cause of physical disability in the United States. It is estimated that it affects more than 20% of the adult population, or about 50 […]

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Mindful Eating to Reduce Weight and Blood Sugar

Ohio State University researchers found that diabetes type 2 patients who practice mindful eating could lower their blood sugar levels and reduce their weight just as effectively as those who follow traditional nutrition-based guidelines. Eating mindfully involves responding appropriately to physical cues regarding hunger and fullness and consciously choosing to eat healthy foods. The researchers compared the effectiveness of the two types of behavioral interventions in 52 participants who were randomly assigned to either treatment group – a traditional diabetes self-management program or a mindful eating program. The volunteers were aged 35-65 years old, diagnosed to have type 2 diabetes […]

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