High Levels of Stress Hormone Cortisol Impairs Thinking

High Levels of Stress Hormone Cortisol Impairs Thinking

The stresses of everyday life may start taking a toll on the brain in relatively early middle age, new research shows. A study of more than 2,000 people, most of them in their 40s, found those with the highest levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol performed...

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The Trouble With Dairy and Building Calcium in the Body

  When the federal government published its Dietary Goals for the United States in 1977, milk wasn’t included in its recommendations. The dairy industry subsequently pressured Congress to create a program in which producers financed marketing campaigns to promote milk...

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100 Year-Old Yoga Teacher Shares Her Wisdom

Yoga Teacher and competitive ballroom dancer Tao Porchon-Lynch believes that anything is possible when you listen to your heart.  Just before her 100th birthday, she shares her thoughts on living well and opting for joy. 1.   I wake up before the sun rises because I...

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How to tell the Difference Between Allergies and Colds

Do you know how to tell the difference between a cold and allergies? It's easy to get them confused. Just ask Paul Ehrlich, MD, a professor of pediatrics at New York University. He'd been an allergist for years when he came down with what he thought was a cold. "I'd...

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UC Berkeley Students Treated to Llama Therapy before Finals

Adapted from Steve Rubinstein from the San Francisco Chronicle Six therapeutic llamas came on Friday to bring therapy to UC Berkeley in the fourth llama confab in campus history.  A therapeutic llama may look like an ordinary llama. It isn’t. It’s been specially...

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9 Natural Remedies to Beat Spring Allergies

Spring has blossomed in Marin County along with sneezing, itchy eyes and other cold-like symptoms that are allergies.  Here are some remedies that can keep reduce allergies so you can appreciate the natural beauty of our flowers and trees without dreading their pollen...

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How Acupuncture Helps with Opioid Epidemic

Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain.  “I don’t like taking pain medication” he said and didn’t want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty pain killers. Acupuncture is...

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The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Studies indicate that short-term fasting can increase longevity, help regulate glucose levels, and help treat everything from asthma and autoimmune diseases to cardiac arrhythmia's. These experts argue that constant grazing can actually disrupt metabolic pathways and...

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Why the Gut-Brain Connection Keeps You Happy

Researchers have long known that the bacteria living in your gut can “talk” to your brain. Gut microbes, which collectively make up what’s called the gut microbiome, can have a significant impact on mood and cognition and a troubled intestine can send signals to the...

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Cultivating Courage in 2018

Courage encompasses both the inner strength and the vulnerability required to authentically share ourselves and our experiences, good and bad. Some of us need to gather the nerve to speak up, while others may find it hard to resist the natural rush to anger,...

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20 Tips to Stay Calm in Stressful Times

In times of high stress, follow one or all of these suggestions to bring calm to your system and spirit.   - Consume News Wisely - Be mindful of how much news you consume and the effect it has on you. Priming the brain with negative images can gear it toward...

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Successful Conception with Acupuncture

A woman's ability to conceive relies on a well-functioning endocrine system that naturally regulates a delicate balance of hormones within the body. With so many industrial toxins and endocrine disrupting chemicals warring against her natural chemistry inside, hormone...

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