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Rx against trauma

By William T. Hathaway

We live in traumatic times. The shock waves from wars, terror attacks, and spree shootings reverberate through our society and impact us all. For the direct victims and their family and friends this can be life shattering. Many of them suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a debilitating condition that can last for decades unless properly treated. (more…)

Manchester: Now Is the Time to ​Take Action and ​Heal

by David Shapiro

The May 22 bombing in Manchester has left many dead and more wounded. The short and long-term traumatic stress on Ariana Grande Concert participants and their friends and families may also be horrible and extensive. Everything should be done to support their physical and mental healing.

This is the time to do everything possible to reduce the anguish, traumatic stress and anxiety among survivors and their friends and families, both to reduce their suffering and to prevent them from developing post-traumatic stress disorder from the horror of the event.

But what are the symptoms that may lead to post-traumatic stress if left unchecked? (more…)

Seeds of What?

by Cheri Neal

The book "Seeds of Joy, Growing Zinnias and Your Zest for Life" may have an interesting title, but what does it REALLY mean?  What do Zinnias have to do with Zest? And what does any of it have to do with You and ME?

Zinnias are filled with rich metaphors, bringing out the best in humanity. The Zinnia grows in every size and comes in a wide array of vibrant colors, much like human beings do. In Zen culture, the Zinnia represents joy, the slice of life that so many of us seem to be missing.

Then there's Zest.  Defined as great enthusiasm and energy, with synonyms like: passion, pep, pizzazz, sparkle, spirit, zeal, who on this earth, does not thirst for more Zest? (more…)

Don't Let Asthma Limit Your Potentials

By Lori A. Palermo

It is quite undeniable that asthma puts some kind of burden to affected individuals. There are even instances when it tends to hold a person back from getting his or her full potentials.

Asthma can really stop you from accomplishing what you can do especially in the physical aspect of your being. In fact, some people’s dreams of joining the military, becoming an airline pilot or joining the ranks of professional athletes have ended because of this disorder. Asthma is therefore something that should not be taken lightly especially if you really want to achieve your dreams in life. That said, it would be prudent for you to find alternative solutions in order to stop asthma from holding you back. It is certainly the best way to do - much better than allowing asthma to take control of your life. (more…)

Grati-texts & Grati-tweets - From High Tech to High Touch

by Karyn Buxman

My alarm clock didn't go off. Someone had already used up all the hot water before I could take my shower. We'd run out of coffee (gasp!). And to top it all off... my "fat pants" were feeling a bit snug-aaaaaauuuuggghhhhhh! This was shaping up to be a miserable morning. I heard my phone chime and my heart skipped a beat. Had I gotten my times mixed-was I late for work? I snatched my phone off the table and saw the text:

"I just wanted you remind you how amazing you are and how grateful I am that you're in my life." (more…)

What is happiness and why does it seem to be so hard to achieve?

by Katrina-Jane

So many people are in the pursuit of happiness and contentment, which to me mean exactly the same thing.

What is happiness and why does it seem to be so hard to achieve?

Why do so many people seem to have to do courses and workshops trying to find what will make them happy? (more…)

Vital Tones discovers brain wave frequencies, to alter specific areas of the brain!

A Turkish researcher has discovered a way to stimulate specific areas of the brain through brainwave entrainment!

“It’s bold to say but I have unlocked the binaries of the brain through sound frequencies,” says Ugur Dogan, a sound frequency researcher developing his research further where he lives in Yogyakarta / Indonesia.

This discovery opens a new era of prospect into brain wave entrainment and neurostimulation technology. (more…)

3 Reasons Why Exercising is Essential for Asthma Management

by Ria Antonio

Whether you are a fitness buff or a couch potato, you know very well that sports and exercise have amazing benefits to your health. But if you're a person with asthma, you will surely have second thoughts about it because engaging in strenuous activities can leave you breathless.

On the contrary, having asthma isn't reason enough for you to avoid engaging in sports and exercises. (more…)

How to Live a Beautifully Exotic Life in a World of Mediocrity

By Prachel Carter

exotic adj. Intriguingly unusual or different; excitingly strange:

What does it mean live an exotic lifestyle?

Exotic living can mean different things to different people, but in the context of this piece, it means to live life in a true and authentic way. To the outside world, this type of transparent living may seem weird, or strange or different.

Humans, by nature, are exotic beings.  We are all very different.  We were meant to be.  Could you imagine a world where everyone was the same?   We are all shaped by our different perspectives, views and life experiences.  No two of us are the same.  Ever.  (more…)

A Recipe for Health with 5 Powerful Ingredients

By Dr. Paul Lam, author of Born Strong

Narrowly surviving the Great Famine in China as a boy and overworking my malnourished young body left me with the legacy of arthritis, which I developed as a teenager. Today, decades later, while many people with my history would suffer with limited mobility, I become physically and emotionally stronger and more flexible with each passing year.

I’ve made it my life’s work to share my elixir with as many people as possible. Here is my recipe for health that has helped countless patients, friends, students, and tai chi colleagues live a healthy and fulfilling life. (more…)