Egg Whites Function Like Blood Pressure Meds: Beneficial Cardiovascular Effects

Maintaining healthy blood pressure is vital for long-term heart health, and scientists have now discovered evidence that a component of egg whites may have beneficial cardiovascular effects. Researchers from Clemson University, in South Carolina, found that a peptide in egg white, one of the building blocks of proteins, reduces blood pressure in animals about as […]

Loving Local: Small Retailers Gaining Force

While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United […]

Chocolate as Health Food: Boosting Diets and Heart Health

by Judith Fertig “Research tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to […]

Cardiac Care for Pets: How to Keep Little Hearts Humming

by Dr. Shawn Messonnier Symptoms that suggest a dog or cat’s heart is not pumping effectively include coughing and fatigue from light exercise. Before the signs are evident, it is far better to check for heart disease during regular twice-yearly visits to the veterinarian. Using a stethoscope, a skilled doctor can pick up telltale heart […]

Rethinking Heart Health: Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care

by Linda Sechrist In 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his […]

Transpersonal Hypnotherapy with Linda Thunberg

 by Lisa Moore Dedicated to helping individuals enrich their lives, Linda Thunberg, owner of Transpersonal Power in Cornelius, has had a sixth sense since childhood. After successful careers in banking and interior design she is  now putting her intuitive gifts to work helping others. Thunberg has honed her innate skills intense education  on intuition, metaphysics […]

Label Literacy: Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods

by Elisa Bosley Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages […]

Whole Food: Greater than the Sum of its Parts

by Margie King Western science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the […]

Soul-Full Goals: Feeling Our Way to Happiness

by Susie Ruth Many of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with do-or-die goals we “should” achieve that we drown out the crucial signals life is sending our way—both from our own instincts and from others that can objectively see what we truly need. According to Danielle LaPorte, author […]

Meditation Helps Heal Traumatized Veterans

Natural Relief for Post-Traumatic Stress Transcendental Meditation (TM) has a dramatic healing effect on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also result in lower blood pressure, according to two new studies. TM—a technique to avoid distracting thoughts, decrease stress and promote a state of relaxed awareness—reduced PTSD symptoms in combat veterans by as […]