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How Stress Affects Us All

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar You’ve likely heard that stress is the biggest culprit and it runs havoc on your body. But how does stress do that? It’s important to understand the mechanics of stress and how it truly affects our bodies. When the body is stressed your muscles tense up, which is a reflex reaction to stress. When the stress ... Read More »

Lissa Rankin on Moving from Fear to Freedom

by April Thompson  Lissa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in ... Read More »

The Rise of Diabetes and Steps to Stop It

One-on-one with Margarita Kullick, M.D. Recently, Natural Awakenings had the opportunity interview Margarita Kullick, M.D., a local functional medical physician, board certified in internal medicine and concerned about the alarming increase in diabetes. She provided valuable insight into some of the possible causes and a fresh look on holistic ways to reduce the chances of getting diabetes. NA: Type-2 diabetes ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Friends, I certainly need a month where giving thanks is a theme and I am speculating that many of you need it as well. It feels like we have been bombarded with bad news—between the unrelenting and devastating weather catastrophes, the disheartening (but not surprising) scandals within the entertainment industry and the level of animosity and uncertainty within our ... Read More »

Stretch Yourself

Four Ways to Flex Your Muscles by Marlaina Donato Whether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always ... Read More »

DIY First-Aid for Dogs

Seven Natural Home Remedies  by Karen Becker  Many pet parents check their cabinets first to treat minor health issues with their canine companion. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. 1. Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild ... Read More »

Building Community and Impacting Lives Through Bikram Yoga

Spotlight on Kendra Blackett-Dibinga and Omékongo Dibinga by Sylvia Moreno Kendra Blackett-Dibinga and Omékongo Dibinga are a rare commodity in the world of hot yoga studio owners. They’re a husband-wife team, they’re African-American and they are passionately devoted to the belief that their three studios in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area are for every body—as in every body type, age, ... Read More »

The Promise of Yoga Therapy for Autism

Earlier this year, Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) held their second annual Research Symposium to highlight the university’s research and scholarship. At this event, Kimberly Searl, M.S., a recent MUIH yoga therapy alumnus, presented a case report on the potential benefits of yoga therapy for youth with high functioning autism. Her report was recently accepted by the International Association ... Read More »

Simple Steps to Diabetes Prevention

by Dr. Allan Tomson It is well-known that diabetes is a disease that can devastating as we age. In the U.S., approximately one in four Americans now have either diabetes or pre-diabetes. It is estimated that diabetes cases have increased more than 700 percent in the last 50 years. Another staggering statistic—25 percent of those 65 and older have some ... Read More »

The Wonders of Jasmine

The sensual and exotic fragrance of jasmine flowers helped Cleopatra to woo Marc Antony. In India, jasmine is revered as sacred to Vishnu and the flowers are often strung into garlands for votive offerings in religious ceremonies.  Throughout the world, jasmine is used in many fine perfumes. It is very time consuming and uses a large amount of jasmine flowers ... Read More »