Ten years ago my wife Genna and I moved into a rental house in Kilauea, Kauai with our three-year old son. He was running circles around me during the day; and at night, I would fall asleep to his bedtime story. As a competitive high school athlete, I never imagined losing my youthful movements by age 35. I’d spent the last 15 years hecticly traversing the country while working nonstop hours on the phone and computer. Nightly I would “unwind” to steak and wine dinners. The compounded effects were beginning to show. My neck and waist were both inflamed and numb. I desperately needed an interceptor.
Basil, also called Ocimum basilicum or Saint Joseph’s wort, is a common, leafy green herb that is part of the mint family. Native to tropical environments spanning the globe, it’s often used as a food seasoning in a variety of cuisines. But basil uses do not stop there; the herb is also used in teas and supplements that have the potential to offer some health benefits. Continue reading →
Radioactivity is a natural part of our environment and everyone is continually exposed to ionizing radiation from a vast array of natural sources such as the sun and radioactive elements within the earth. However, since Henri Becquerel and Madame Curie first described radioactivity at the turn of last century, humans have continued to concentrate natural radiation sources and use them for medical diagnosis and therapy, food preservation, power generation and the production of nuclear weapons.
In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress – physical and emotional – and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack. Continue reading →
If you have weak teeth and bones, or simply would like to fortify yourself against future problems, select herbal teas are a great daily choice. Packed with bone enhancing compounds, these age-old elixirs are a tasty way to strengthen skeletal structure and shore up the teeth. An Ayurvedic herb has even been found to remove tooth and bone ravaging fluoride from water, providing an economical solution to this worrisome chemical. Continue reading →
Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), also known internationally as tulsi, is highly prized in the natural healing community both for its heady scent and for its healing properties. In the Hindu religion, holy basil is a sacred plant which is used during meditation and is considered a staple in every home garden. Among herbalists, holy basil is known as an adaptogen. This means the herb increases the body’s resistance to a variety of environmental threats or stressors. Holy basil’s antioxidant abilities make the herb a favorite super-food. It has been medically proven to combat cancer and heal neuropathy caused by surgery. Holy basil oil may be used as a skin care treatment for acne. Continue reading →
Getting off painkillers is not easy for anyone who suffers chronic pain. But while giving up these drugs can give you a significantly better quality of life, to successfully leave these drugs behind, you need a definitive plan and a concrete strategy.
From headaches to arthritis to back pain, chronically recurring pain is all too real for those who suffer.
However, many people’s chronic pain has no clear cause. Chronic pain is a complex puzzle. Myriad thoughts and feelings contribute to pain perception. Psychological factors complicate the situation. And the thoughts and feelings associated Continue reading →