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 »

Clinical Hypnosis and the Treatment of Postmenopausal Hot Flashes

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In a recent study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, clinical hypnosis was shown to produce significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Hot flashes and nights sweats (vasomotor symptoms) affect as many as 80% of women. The use of estrogen and progesterone to manage hot flashes and night sweats has declined due to widespread concerns over health risks.… Read more »

Menopausal Hormone Therapy for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions

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The U.S. Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF) provided an update to their recommendation statement on hormone therapy for the prevention of chronic conditions in postmenopausal women. The use of combined estrogen and progestin and the use of estrogen alone are specifically addressed. To read the complete report on the new recommendations, visit the Annals of Internal Medicine website.… Read more »

Five Things to Do This Month

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1. Start volunteering. It helps you live longer and keeps you happier.

2. Work out. Resistance training and core work every day improve your well-being.

3. Choose the right health care provider. Find one who is sensitive to your needs and clinically up-to-date; it can mean the difference between life and death.

4. Keep your eyes healthy. The right glasses and a yearly exam can prevent falls.

5.Smile, smile, smile. It creates a positive atmosphere, lowers blood pressure, relieves stress, boosts immunity, and feels great!Read more »

The Benefits of Meditation

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You’ve probably heard about meditation and may wonder, What is meditation, and what can meditation do for me?  Doesn’t it mean sitting all day in silence? Isn’t it for monks in far-away countries who can chant for hours?

Meditation is actually becoming quite popular in the Western world, among people from all walks of life, as a powerful and effective practice for reducing stress and creating relaxation. By quieting your mind, and becoming mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations while observing them in a nonjudgmental manner, meditating can help you become tranquil, and many aspects of life become clear.… Read more »

Holistic Stress Management for Nurses

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Virtually everyone experiences stress. It is the second most frequently cited work-related health problem. Health care providers are especially prone to the effects of stress. Explore the causes of stress, effects of acute and chronic stress, and holistic methods to manage your stress. Visit this website for further information.

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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 »

Creating a Culture of Health–A Call To Action

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has created a Call To Action: Creating a Culture of Health. This bold report calls on hospitals to be leaders in creating a culture of health by focusing on employee health and wellness.  Current practices used by hospitals today with their employees, examples of best practices, and recommendations on how to accomplish this culture of health are provided.  Visit the American Hospital Association’s web site to read the full report.Read more »

Make the Most of Menopause

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Menopause occurs at the natural end of a woman’s reproductive cycle. So why not treat it naturally? Both aromatherapy massage and regular massage treatments may reduce menopausal symptoms and aromatherapy massage may be more effective than either therapy alone. Other integrative therapies that may help alleviate menopausal symptoms include acupuncture, meditation, yoga, foods rich in phytoestrogens, such as soy, and black cohosh (a popular alternative to prescription hormonal therapy). Be sure to talk with your health care provider before adding any botanicals to your health regimen and ask about the right dose for you.… Read more »