Category Archives: Health and Wellness

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Kids This Summer? Let Them Be Bored

Child psychologists insist that boredom is an enriching experience.

By Amelia Kinney, True Activist

With the rise of screen time and “helicopter parenting”, i.e. hovering, we’ve seen a decline in the good-natured negligence that many of us were raised with during the 80’s and 90’s, which consisted of “go outside and play, now.”

Parents nowadays feel pressured to turn their children into productive little performers, by filling their time with camps, sports, lessons and play dates. And while there are advantages too, say, learning to play the piano, researchers insist that the absence of planned activities is also an enriching experience. The best thing you can do for your kids this summer? Let them be bored. Continue reading The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Kids This Summer? Let Them Be Bored

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Student Mental Health Crisis – How Campuses Have Become Mental War Zones for Our Youth

By Andreas Toupadakis Ph.D, Wake Up World

“Student mental health… is the elephant in the room that no one is talking about.” ~ Richard Kadison from Harvard University, author of ‘College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It’ 

Michael (not his real name), after I had been acquainted with him for a few months, walked into my office one day and confessed to me what made him behave oddly every time he visited me. “Dr. Toupadakis, every day I have thoughts to kill and rape.”  Michael had been visiting me often at my office and he had taken one of my two first-year seminars.

Michael was a likeable, wonderful young man, who slowly had come to trust me. I could see something was not all right since the beginning we met, but I could not figure out what it was. I was at a loss after his grave statement. I did not know how to respond and what to do. Continue reading Student Mental Health Crisis – How Campuses Have Become Mental War Zones for Our Youth

Groundbreaking Research Links Autism with Histamine, Inflammation and Mast Cell Activation

By Carolanne Wright, Wake Up World

The study of histamine has been attracting quite a bit of attention over the last few years — and not just in relation to seasonal allergies or insect bites. The compound is also associated with a variety of other health complaints, from migraines and depression to schizophrenia. And now scientists have discovered another surprising connection to the naturally occurring chemical: autism. Continue reading Groundbreaking Research Links Autism with Histamine, Inflammation and Mast Cell Activation

The Reason Why Fruits and Vegetables Are a Superpower Against Hypertension

via Natural Blaze

Eating potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, avocados, spinach, beans, bananas — and even coffee — could be key to lowering blood pressure, according to Alicia McDonough, PhD, professor of cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC).

“Decreasing sodium intake is a well-established way to lower blood pressure,” McDonough says, “but evidence suggests that increasing dietary potassium may have an equally important effect on hypertension.” Continue reading The Reason Why Fruits and Vegetables Are a Superpower Against Hypertension

5 Best Mood-Boosting Foods: Add The Zest Back Into Your Life

By Health Tips Now, Thanks to Natural Blaze

A common solution to anxiety and depression is to take drugs like Xanax or Prozac. In fact, these medications are some of the most widely prescribed drugs. Besides they come with a risk of addiction they also come with a lot of negative side effects. Instead of popping up medications, a diet rich in “mood-boosting foods” can bring a happy and healthy change in your life. Continue reading 5 Best Mood-Boosting Foods: Add The Zest Back Into Your Life

5 Scientifically Proven Ways that Happiness Improves Your Health

By Dr. Marianna Pochelli, Prevent Disease, Thanks to Conscious Life News

There is an irrefutable argument in favor of happiness: Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand and scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our lives longer through enhancements of our cellular structure.

Dr Derek Cox, Director of Public Health at Dumfries and Galloway NHS, suspects that for decades health professionals have been missing a big trick in improving the health of the nation.

“We’ve spent years saying that giving up smoking could be the single most important thing that we could do for the health of the nation. Continue reading 5 Scientifically Proven Ways that Happiness Improves Your Health

Research: Garlic is an Effective Natural Treatment for Heart Disease

By Sayer Ji, Wake Up World

Garlic: Roto-Rooter for the Arteries: One of the most common kitchen staples could prove to also be one of the most effective natural treatments for heart disease.

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the modern world. It’s the reason why millions of people pop aspirin, blood pressure or statin drugs daily in the hopes that they might reduce the risk of a sudden and premature death. But pharmaceutical approaches to prevention carry with them such profound health risks that, in most cases, the jury is still out as to whether they do more good than harm. Continue reading Research: Garlic is an Effective Natural Treatment for Heart Disease

6 Things That Happened When 19 Nurses Did A “21-Day Vegan Challenge”

By Kalee Brown, Collective Evolution

So many people brush off a vegan diet for various reasons, saying “I love meat and cheese too much,” or “I won’t get enough iron and protein.” The term “vegan” in and of itself can even deter people from trying it, as it’s often seen as a New Age term that only die-hard animal lovers would choose to identify with. Although veganism is a lifestyle choice, it’s not this radical club filled with judgemental hippies, which so many people seem to think.

In reality, there are many other reasons to eat a plant-based diet other than just feeling compassion for animals, and anyone can do it! For example, it’s better for the environment, it can be seen as a spiritual practice, it’s often more affordable, and it’s far healthier for the body. In fact, after a group of 19 nurses learned the health benefits of consuming a vegan diet, they decided to eat vegan for 21 days and document the side effects. Continue reading 6 Things That Happened When 19 Nurses Did A “21-Day Vegan Challenge”

You Have a Morphine-Like Painkiller Growing In Your Backyard

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze

Whenever I hear the sarcastic term “first world problems” I cringe inside. The Western world is steeped in pain. All kinds of pain – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. While some things like bacterial infections and vitamin deficiencies were muzzled back in the 20th century, this world has never seen so much chronic pain, chronic immune issues and chronic mystery illness.

Big Pharma – the “legal” drug lords that they are – claim the entire Western world as their territory. This cartel has got the “good stuff” – the stuff that quiets the desperate pain – possibly forever. Their carefully executed algorithms have determined that even if they kill off their customers, they make billions. We don’t have an “opioid epidemic” – as though it’s the fault of patients – no! we have an “addiction and death by pill” epidemic. How these deaths are not considered “assisted but unwillful suicide,” I’ll never know…It’s not just these deaths, but the heroin overdoses that happen when people get turned away from the medical system. How it’s legal to hook someone and remove their free will, I’ll never know either. Continue reading You Have a Morphine-Like Painkiller Growing In Your Backyard

Study Finds More Than 24,000 Chemicals In Bottled Water: Which Ones Are Harming You?

via Collective Evolution

German researchers have discovered endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which could adversely affect development and reproduction, to be contained in 18 different bottled water products. Of the 24,520 suspect chemicals found to be present in bottled water, the one that showed consistent results and illustrated anti-androgenic and anti-estrogenic activity is di(2-ethylhexyl) fumarate (DEHF).

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can interfere with the hormone system. They can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, cardiovascular disorders, metabolic disorders, and as mentioned earlier,  other developmental disorders(1).This study comes from Martin Wagner and Jorg Oehlmann of the Goethe University Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, and Michael Schlusener and Thomas Ternes of the German Federal Institute of Hydrology. They determined that bottled water could contain serious amounts of EDCs that should be a cause for concern. Continue reading Study Finds More Than 24,000 Chemicals In Bottled Water: Which Ones Are Harming You?