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Greening vacant lots could reduce depression.

The vacant lot greening intervention, which was created and implemented by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, is a simple, low-cost intervention that can be easily implemented and scaled up,” South said.

A commentary published with the study points out that a growing body of evidence ties contact with nature to health benefits. READ FULL ARTICLE

Yoga can help MS symptoms 

Janet Golownia is sharing how yoga has helped relieve the symptoms of MS at help autoimmune 

You can make a safer world for kids

Every parent, grandparent and carer wants to keep their child healthy and safe...right? Well here is a wonderful resource that can help you make a safer world for children - See full story

How to Build Lean Muscle Without a Gym

While frequent gym visits can increase your muscle mass and strength, body-weight exercises can help you build lean muscle, too. These exercises target all the muscles in a particular group, while gym-based workouts target just the major muscles. Activities like running, swimming and yoga combine the best of cardio and strength workouts; a diet rich in complex carbs and protein will also work to build muscle. Here are ten exercises that will get you fit without setting foot in the gym. Read on...

 Meatless Monday is a national public health campaign associated with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and supported by 28 other leading schools of public health. Meatless Monday advocates a sensible approach to healthy eating, encouraging Americans to adopt a more "flexitarian" diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in saturated fat.

Going meatless just one day a week can greatly reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and cancer – four of the leading causes of death for Americans today.

Visit to join in and get free vegetarian recipes and our favourites.

The ear is even smarter than we thought. 

We don't give much thought to our ears unless we are losing our hearing, have a blocked ear or an ear injury. Scientists, at the University of N.S.W., Australia, have now discovered that the ear uses a hormone in the cochlea to protect our hearing from loud noises. The cochlea is the listening part of the ear and this response is stronger in some people than others.    

The discovery leads to many other areas of research to unlock more amazing facts about the human body. 

 Bio-kidney offers hope for renal patients:  A kidney has been bio-engineered by researchers in the United States, marking a step forward in efforts to help patients suffering from kidney failure.

Researchers in the United States say they have bio-engineered a kidney and transplanted it into rats, marking a step forward in a quest to help patients suffering from kidney failure. Read full story at SBS

Mediterranean Diet 

Could the Mediterranean Diet Save Your Life? by Lauren Gelman

Eat like a Greek, and it could cut your risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or dying from heart disease by about 30 percent, according to an attention grabbing study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read full story

EatingWell magazine: winner of numerous awards

EatingWell magazine is a popular publication that focuses on healthier eating habits for the entire family. Not only does it feature delicious recipes with colorful photo layouts, the magazine covers topics such as the origins of your favorite foods, organic production methods, and general nutrition information provided by experts. 

drawing of giant steps

Pacing is learning to find the right balance between spending time on an activity without pushing yourself so that it significantly worsens your pain. Pacing is the opposite to just pushing through and finishing an activity and ...Read full article

The 21-Day Sugar Detox

Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound. A Proverb. 

Complementary Medicine in Focus: What is Feldenkrais?

The Feldenkrais method, is a physical
educational system designed to improve movement patterns. The classes explore and bring improvement in movement, posture and breathing which has the ability to improve all aspects of life.
Feldenkrais work is presented in Awareness Through Movement classes and private sessions. Certified practitioners have graduated from training programs approved by the Feldenkrais Guild. The practitioner verbally guides students through a sequence of movements and suggests movement possibilities. When you do a class you become aware of habitual patterns of moving and you find new options, easier ways of moving in everyday activities which improve overall well being. Feldenkrais utilizes our natural abilities to learn, to change and to continue to grow throughout our lives.

"The aim is a body that is organized to move with minimum effort and maximum efficiency, not through muscular strength but increased consciousness of how it works." Moshe Feldenkrais

Moshe Feldenkrais
(1904 - 1984)

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Who was Feldenkrais?
Moshe Feldenkrais was a physicist and judo expert born in Russia in 1904.
He studied with the originator of Judo and was one of the first Europeans to achieve a Black Belt. Originally, to overcome a soccer injury, he incorporated ideas from physics, martial arts, biology and psychology to create his program. In the 1950’s he presented his work in Europe and the United States. Later his books Mind and Body and Bodily Expression and Improving the Ability to Perform (Awareness Through Movement) were published. There are now Feldenkrais Guilds and practitioners all over the world.

Health Hint.

Just 20 minutes of walking a day, will burn around 100 calories and prevent that weight gain that just gradually creeps on year after year. 

It is also good news that it can be incidental minutes, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and not necessarily a 20 minute block of exercise.

Advances in the fight against Cancer in the last year:

The FDA approval of a targeted treatment for patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer
- A study that found the use of CT scanning among people at high risk for lung cancer reduced the death rate.
- Studies on two new drugs that showed improved survival and delayed disease progression in patients with advanced melanoma.
- A Phase III trial that found a way to greatly reduce the risk of developing invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women at very high-risk for the disease.
- For the first time, the cure rate for children with a type of leukemia (ALL) pushed past 80 percent for what was once one of the deadliest pediatric cancers.

RESOURCE: Good News Planet

Potential for earlier diagnosis of ovarian cancer

Garvan scientists have identified biochemical changes that commonly occur in the DNA of women with ovarian cancer, which may help diagnose the cancer at an earlier stage in the future. The study used whole genome DNA profiling methods - locating six potential 'biomarkers', one of them a novel gene.

Hope for people with Type 2 diabetes – insulin master switch uncovered.

Australian scientists have discovered that a single gene controls a very complex process, apparently forming the crucial link between eating a high fat diet and developing diabetes.

Compounds are already being developed for blocking the gene – known as Id1 – as it has known adverse effects in cancerHope for people with Type 2 diabetes – insulin master switch uncovered. 
Continue reading at Garvan Institute

 Working to eradicate disease - polio, malaria,  pneumonia,  tuberculosis, and other infectious and neglected diseases such as Guinea worm disease are just some of the health solutions that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are implementing.

Their Global Health Program focuses on developing ways to fight and prevent these diseases because they believe that all lives have equal value.

 World-first smartchip to treat chronic pain

Sydney researchers are preparing for human trials of a world-first smartchip designed to treat chronic pain – by implanting it near the spinal cord.
The breakthrough miniature technology – called INS2 – measures pain signals then blocks the signals from travelling to the brain. Continue reading...


 Vitamin D shown to reduce risk of stress fracture in girls  This was a long study, with a follow up of 7 years, including 6,712  girls (age 9 to 15 at baseline) in the Growing Up Today Study.  Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine online March 5, 2012.

Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy  In general, adopting healthy habits -- such as maintaining optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a physician-supervised exercise program, eating a balanced diet, correcting vitamin deficiencies, and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption -- can reduce the physical and emotional effects of peripheral neuropathy. Systemic diseases frequently require more complex treatments. NINDS

Supplements for peripheral neuropathy

Read more: From University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). 


First Lady Michelle  Obama is promoting healthy food. She has asked Americans to provide fresh foods and locally grown foods to their families. She loves community gardens that provide “fresh fruits and vegetables for so many communities across this nation and world.”

She has also appeared on Sesame St talking with Elmo about healthy foods and where they come from, opened up her own kitchen to talk about vegetables and talked about healthy food in interviews.

Hope for High Blood Pressure. Bristol University, U.K. Professor Julian Paton has unlocked a secret of high blood pressure - it is the brain that induces hypertension (high blood pressure) not the heart as previously thought. Professor Paton said: "We are looking at the possibility of treating those patients that fail to respond to conventional therapy for hypertension with drugs that reduce blood vessel inflammation and increase blood flow within the brain."

 Gene linked to autoimmune diseases

Rare variants of a single gene seem to make patients more susceptible to multiple diseases.

Continue reading at nature news

help autoimmune blog

exploring what may help the immune system

Nerve damage can be regenerated with diet and exercise. This is great news for people with peripheral neuropathy and pre diabetes - which is higher than normal blood sugar levels but not yet diabetes. Full story at Jack Miller Center

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 Growing ‘brown fat’ might help us fight obesity

Australian scientists believe that ‘brown fat’, a wondrous tissue that burns energy to generate heat, could help us fight obesity.



smile - chocolate is good for you - dark chocolate has been proven to lower blood pressure.  It is the cocoa phenols that it contains and these are natural antioxidants not found in white or milk chocolate. These special flavanoids help improve insulin resistance as well. These studies have been reported in the American Heart Association Journal & the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

 Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists.

Red Grape juice is beneficial to cardiovascular health.  This shows that it is the grape, not the alcohol, that produces benefits for heart health by activating the relaxation in the arteries.
The grape needs to have a high level of polyphenols said Dr Valerie Schini-Kerth one of the researchers from Strasbourg's Louis Pasteur University in France. ‘The amount of polyphenols in grape juice, as in red wine, depends on the type of grape used and how it is processed.'
Polyphenols are antioxidants that protect the cells from damage caused by free radicals. Read more at Medical News Today.

Walnuts high in antioxidants. Scientists have analysed the content of nine types of nuts: walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts,  macadamias and pecans and found walnuts contains almost twice as much antioxidants as any other commonly consumed nut.

Dr Joe Vinson, from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, said "This study suggests that consumers should eat more walnuts as part of a healthy diet." he said that 7 walnuts a day would give maximum health benefits. 


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Sleep is free and aids our health in many ways - it aids muscle recovery, physical skills, improves mental and emotional function, aids immune system

"getting enough sleep boosts your immune system. Sleep also helps your nervous system work properly"  Mayo Clinic general health specialist Kenneth Berge, M.D.

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40 Facts about sleep you probably didn't know...(or were too tired to think about)
The Mayo Clinic Sleep Center better sleep and rest

NIH National Center for Sleep Disorders Research sleep research, education and training. Includes quiz Test Your Sleep IQ 

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Yoga improves Fibromyalgia symptoms

Oregon Health & Science University has confirmed that yoga is of benefit to fibro sufferers. Read more...

Acupuncture can help autoimmune conditions. Read more... 

Campaign to eradicate polio  "It's not that people don't care. It's that, when faced with the enormity of problems like disease, poverty, and starvation, they don't know what to do." William H. Gates Sr. at 2007 International Rotary Convention.  "You are beacons of a simple truth—that the key ingredient to making a peaceful world is the understanding that all people, no matter where they live, are equally precious."   "Through the generosity of its members, Rotary has contributed an astronomical sum—well over $500 million—to the campaign to eradicate polio." FULL SPEECH
Learn more about the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations

New research into staying young is all about choosing the positive...

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