Equality Now

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Today is Equality Now Day. Founded in 1992, the mission of this day is to protect and promote the human rights of women and girls. The United Nations recognizes that harmful practices are forms of violence based on discrimination and committed primarily against women and girls. Because these practices have been committed for so long in so many communities across the world (including the United States), they have become normalized as accepted social practice. However, they deny women and girls their dignity and integrity as individuals and they are a violation of human rights.… Read more »

Discover Music and Sound for Healing

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Creativity heals the physical body while stimulating, calming, and transporting the mind to a sublime place where holistic healing can occur.

The process of making or listening to music is a wonderfully creative experience that heightens awareness and brings us joy and an undeniable connection to our spirit. Music and sound healing also help bridge differences and connect people of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences through shared experiences, and thus healing communities through creative expression. Music and sound healing can help:

  • heal emotional injuries,
  • develop a capacity for self-reflection,
  • reduce symptoms of disease, and
  • alter behaviors and thinking patterns.
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Technostress–Can Technology Affect Health?

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With cell phones chirping and playing music, wireless devices vibrating, and emails signaling their arrival at the computer’s inbox, is it any wonder that many people feel stressed and distracted by technology? Our minds may wander as we start to read a book, or we can be surprised to look at a browser window and see how many tabs we’ve opened. This can lead to feeling fatigued, anxious, and disconnected from the real world, or overwhelmed by technology. For many, it has been a long time (if ever) since they took a true vacation where they were really “off” and not answering emails or voicemails.… Read more »

Yoga for Mind-Body Health

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Yoga is becoming increasingly popular as a way to relieve stress, live in harmony with nature, and enhance the well-being of mind and body. One reason for its growing popularity is that so many people live pressure-filled, fast-paced lives. As stress and pressure affect their mental and physical beings, and as they come to accept the connection between mind and body, more people are seeking holistic approaches to manage their stress.

Believed to have originated in India, yoga is considered an ancient form of active meditation in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.… Read more »

I Can’t Hear You! Noise and Health

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If sound can be healing, and healing sounds help us improve our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves, what is noise? How does noise differ from healing sounds and from music we don’t like? In addition to music, what noises are present in people’s homes and the everyday workspace of most health-care environments? Finally, what impact does noise have on health?

Our advancing civilization has gotten noisier over time. Human hearing evolved in a relatively quiet setting where very loud noises were the exception.… Read more »

Patients Experience Less Pain, Increased Satisfaction with Integrative Care

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A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.

The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »

Color and Healing: What’s the Connection?

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We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color.

Color, one of the most powerful elements in our environment, affects us in many ways.… Read more »

The Nurses’ Health Study

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The Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) is one of the longest and largest ongoing investigations regarding factors that influence women’s health. The NHS began in 1967 and expanded in 1989. Over 238,000 nurses have participated in the research which focuses on the impact of diet, physical activity, and lifestyle on the prevalence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. Visit the Nurses’ Health Study website for complete information or to join the study.… Read more »