Silence Can Be Golden

stomachclenchesImagine, if you can, an hour all to yourself. No one needing anything from you. No noise; no distractions. You take a deep breath, you begin to unwind and, for the first time in years, you can hear yourself think.

Imagine, if you can, that for three months last fall I lived in that kind of quiet. I moved out of my New York City apartment, on a corner roaring with traffic, and settled into a rambling building on a New England hilltop, where the loudest sound is the wind whooshing through giant pine trees.

Not long before, I had been doing a job that ate up most of my life, and all my nerves. I had left it and wasn’t sure what to do next. More of the same? I didn’t think so. But what? A few years earlier I’d discovered a levelheaded kind of Buddhist meditation aimed at …

Things To Remember When Buying The Best Snoring Mouthpiece For You

If you have problems with snoring or you know someone who has, you need to make sure that the problem is properly addressed. One thing you can do so you can get rid of snoring is to consult a doctor. There will be a series of prescriptions that will given and one of which is wearing a snoring mouthpiece that will effectively put a stop to your never-ending problems once you fall asleep. If you are looking for the best snoring mouthpiece, you should make sure that you consider the ones that can provide you positive results. Even the best snoring mouthpiece may have some drawbacks, but the most important thing you need to keep in mind is that these features must be something you can highly benefit from.

When choosing the best snoring mouthpiece, make sure you have read some reviews. These reviews can give you a lot of information including the features and benefits of the product. You will also be able to know its effectiveness in combating various snoring problems. You should also check if you were able to get some positive results after a few days or weeks of using the device. You may not get used to it right away but you should be comfortable using it in the long run.

Tips For Effectively Choosing Anti Snoring Devices
Snoring can deter you from having a good night’s sleep. If you have already been bothered by incessant snoring, you need to find a way to address the problem and there are a number of ways you can deal with it such as using some anti snoring devices. However, not all devices can be highly trusted. This is why you need to thoroughly research devices and snoring mouthpieces before you consider using them (especially if you have special issues, such as dentures). These anti snoring devices will only be effective if you are going to use them properly. You should also be aware of (more…)

Natural Ways To Care For Your Prostate

prostatecancerWhile prostate problems are becoming increasingly high-profile (Bob Dole and General Norman Schwarzkopf have had prostate operations), the most widely used treatment options are invasive and can be dangerous. These methods, such as long-term prescriptions of toxic drugs, radiation, and radical surgery, can cause side effects such as decreased blood pressure, decreased sex drive, and impotence.

William R. Fair, M.D., chief of urology at Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center in New York questions the way most conventional doctors attack prostate cancer with drugs and surgery alone. “We physicians do a good job in treating prostate cancer but not as good a job in treating patients,” he says.

“The fact of the matter is that for most common illnesses, including prostate disorders, there is greater support in the medical literature for a natural approach than there is for drugs or surgery,” explains Michael Murray, N.D., author of Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and …

Keeping Your Kids Diets Strong

kidsdietsstrongCafeterias are competing with on-campus snack bars, vending machines, and stores that sell candy and soda. You would think schools wouldn’t be allowed to sell these items, but they are. They can’t sell them in the cafeterias during lunch and breakfast periods, but they can during other hours. They can also sell these foods in other areas of campus–even right outside the cafeteria door–any time they want. And although schools can’t sell soda in cafeterias during lunch, they can give it away, says Wootan. “[It’s] a way to entice kids to eat in the school meals program,” she explains.

Companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi offer schools hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in exchange for exclusive vending machine contracts. And financially pinched schools can’t resist. “This is such an incredibly bad idea, because the school enters into a contract that puts them in the position of encouraging kids to …

Getting Rid Of Skin Tags Takes Patience

skintagsHaving a skin tag on your body is far less glamourous than having a beauty mark or freckle splashed across your skin. Beauty marks and freckles are generally sought after, not shunned like skin tags are. Skin tags are seen as unsightly and should be removed. While they are harmless and benign in their own way, there is no mistaking the fact that they are less than loved and those who have them on their bodies generally look for ways to remove them.

The options for skin tag removal are plentiful but many people prefer to use a skin tag removal cream. These creams have been quietly taking the market by storm as they boast of their natural ingredients and their skin-safe compounds. Some options for skin tag removal, like freezing, can kill the surrounding skin if you aren’t careful. With creams, they are designed to work on the skin tag from the root by being applied to the skin tag itself and then working from within to kill the cells and have the skin tag fall off harmlessly.

Some people worry that if they apply the cream to an unaffected area those cells will die and there will be a negative reaction. While that may certainly happen if people aren’t using the cream properly, the directions do guide the user to apply the cream to the tag itself, directly. This should avert any possible issues with the surrounding skin getting contaminated.

Because creams will generally work on the skin tag from the inside out, their removal processes tend to be more permanent than say, cutting. By cutting off the tag you cant guarantee that you will reach the true end of the stalk unless you gouge into your body which is definitely not recommended. Short of signing yourself up for surgery cutting off a skin tag yourself wont ensure you get to the true root of the issue. The same goes with threading. It is designed to kill the nerves, but you cant confirm it will never grow back.

That does happen for many people. They cut or thread to remove the skin tag and sometimes within a year the tag is back and in the same place. Your skin is a living thing that is constantly renewing its cells. Because of this, you need a fairly permanent alteration of how the cells are made in order to prevent the tags from growing back.

By using natural ingredients creams can overcome this barrier by potentially altering the state of your skins cells from the inside out. A word of caution with the skin tag creams, however, is that while the ingredients are more natural in comparison to, say, a freezing treatment, many of the creams out there have a strong smell to them. Not all smells are bad of course and some of them just smell strongly of earth or even tree, the fact is that they can be smelly. Some people prefer to apply their skin tag removal cream at night to avoid this issue when they are out and about or working. Especially if you work in a scent-free environment or if you yourself are sensitive to smells applying the cream at night can help avoid this a little bit.

Creams are a safe way to remove skin tags and they are also less noticeable, according to Safe Skin Tag They are gentler to (more…)

Get Metta And Get Mindful

facialmusclesMeditation experts believe that with metta we can retrain our minds to nurture ourselves with the same unconditional acceptance that we would give to a child or a pet.

Metta, a word derived from the ancient Pali language meaning “lovingkindness,” is a 2,500-year-old practice known to dissolve fear and replace it with nurturing. The Buddha first taught it to monks to help them overcome their fear of meditating in the forest. Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala, 1995) says metta may be even more useful today than it was long ago. “There has been such a terrible degeneration in our minds and our culture about the concept and power of love,” she says. “It’s a real degradation of our potential. Through lovingkindness, everyone can flower again.” Salzberg has practiced metta for twenty-five years and has …

Meditating Smart: Beyond Transcendental

meditation-smartIf you’ve always been too impatient for meditation, a newly popular form of the centering art might be right for you. But if you’re the type who just can’t sit still, why bother? “Meditation can enrich your daily life by helping you experience a deeper sense of composure, integrity and clarity as you go through your busy day,” explains John Douillard, a former professional triathlete and author of Body, Mind, and Sport (Crown Trade Paperbacks, 1994). It may also improve your athletic performance. “Perception, reaction and movement are complex interactions between the body and mind,” Douillard says. “Meditation encourages concentration on the present moment, which frees the mind and body from interference and allows them to communicate and to work together at full capacity.”

Beyond TM

One type of meditation more sports psychologists are recommending is a practice derived from Zen Buddhism called mindfulness meditation. Some experts, such as …

Looking At Buddhism Through Meditation

budmeditationEleven years ago, when Paul Kelly began to teach it as part of his hospital work with HIV-positive and AIDS patients, he found meditation “as effective as cognitive therapy for reducing distress.” When budget cuts axed the program two years ago, he went into private practice, where he leads meditation sessions for his patients in chronic pain.

As we spoke, he levered up his ergonomic chair to ease a bad back. “I have the good fortune to have had a pain problem,” he says cheerfully, referring to a prolapsed disc, “which has given me more insight into my patients.” Exactly. The quality of relationship between patient and therapist, Kelly concludes, is more important to successful treatment than the type of therapy undertaken. If a current of compassion isn’t there, all the knowledge in the world won’t help someone in pain. And they don’t teach compassion in grad school.

Kelly began …

Finding Quiet Is Something You Want

cardiologistIt’s been more than 25 years since cardiologist Herbert Benson, M.D., of Harvard Medical School discovered the relaxation response. If you sit with eyes closed, and focus on a restful word such as one or peace with each exhalation–gently returning your attention to the word when thoughts intrude–your heart rate slows, muscles let go, blood pressure lowers. (Try it. It works.)

That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to meditate. You can do virtually anything, as long as you’re paying close attention to it while breathing deeply. What that means, basically, is doing one thing at a time. So, instead of unconsciously fighting off sounds, let them wash through you. In the middle of a family mob scene, take a breath and listen. Whatever you’re doing–walking, making love, washing the dishes–notice when you feel grabbed away by noise. Listen, breathe, and then go back to what you’re doing.

The world, no …

Fibromyalgia Can Be Brutal

fibromyalgiaAt the young age of 29, Kathleen Davies discovered she had fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Typical of this baffling disease, the mysterious pain continued. She couldn’t sit for more than a few minutes at a time, and she had to sleep on her stomach on a dozen pillows strategically placed to hold her in a pain-free position.

In the fourteen years that followed, Kathleen’s life took strange and unexpected turns, starting with her search for a cure from both conventional and alternative doctors. Neither could offer solutions. If Kathleen had been told at that point that she would never be fully cured, that her pain would continue for years, that she would remain out of work, she might have considered doing what one woman with this disease did–ask Jack Kevorkian to help her end her life. But despite all the pain and limitations she continues to face from her disease, she …