Transition from Pharmaceutical Antidepressants

In patients who were initially prescribed pharmaceutical antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, transition to herbal supplements can be tried if patient and physician determine that it is warranted. However, the optimum manner of arranging such transition is unclear. Read more

Simple Steps to Better Health, Part 2

What people don’t realize is, all live foods contain protein. If you eat a variety of live foods and their juices, it is virtually impossible to not get enough protein. The only people who don’t get enough protein in their diets in this country would pretty much have to be on a mono (one food only) diet, anorexic or bulimic, or live on pastries and sodas. Read more

Simple Steps to Better Health, Part 1

Many people think they have to do complicated things to attain good or at least better, health. To tell the truth, if you organize properly, living REALLY well is easy. The problem is society doesn’t support easy, as well as healthy living, so you have to take responsibility (yikes!) for your health and well being. Read more

Looking for fitness friends…

Hi Everyone!
My name is baybe, and I am 39, female, & happily married with children. I live in Pennsylvania. I have been studying fitness and nutrition for years. Studying it, is the easy part…applying it to my lifestyle is where the problems come in with me. Read more

Our Battle Against Stress

We are a strange people. Even though most of us live stress-filled lives, we voluntarily add to that stress by choosing certain activities that create more tension, such as reading, watching, or listening, to the news. We are inexplicably drawn toward “bad news.” The media moguls are aware of this phenomenon, so they saturate their products with doom and gloom, relying on our endless craving for disturbing news “good news is no news.” It’s no surprise many of us end up depressed, as well as stressed. Read more

Interstitial Cystitis

Most of the medical world has at last recognized what was once considered a psychosomatic disorder. In other words many doctors did not believe the bladder pain was real. Having to deal with this problem myself down through the years I can testify that the pain is indeed real. Read more

Health Risks and Behaviors of Men and Women

Women may be more likely to be sedentary, but men reported being more likely to smoke, drink and be overweight, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more

Carrying loads to Nido de Condores

Matt got up early and left at around 8:00. It’s really windy … everything is blowing away! I laid down the stove pad and in a second it was gone. Our packs are now about 45-50 pounds. We caught up with Matt, in the afternoon. We melted some snow for water, but the stove isn’t working too well. We heard today that one of the REI climbers from the US died after summating yesterday. He was 34 and a lawyer. Read more

The Research Continues

Balance translates into healthier body and mind. According to Harvard Health Letter published in July 1997, Tai Chi can reduce stress hormones, reduces risk of falling and improves overall balance. The Mayo Health Letter published in February 1998 also cited that Tai Chi has gained attention as a method for improving balance, reduced the risk of falling by about 40%.

Other studies also conclude that Tai Chi may delay the decline of cardio respiratory function (Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 1995) and improve the performance of one’s joints, heart, blood pressure and stress endurance (BC Medical Journal Reports, May 1997). With all these research conclusions, Tai Chi Chuan has been proven to provide its practitioners with excellent results in overall mind/body health.

Tai Chi 101 for Beginners

In general, Tai Chi Chuan is known as the exercise with the movements of body in coordination with one’s mind and respiration. For beginners, the most challenging starting point is keeping the correct posture.

The basic requirements are:

Suspending the head by an imaginary thread from above
Erecting the relaxed neck
Relaxing the whole body
Bending the knees
Inhaling breath to the dantian (a spot below the belly button, where the chi resides)
The most important and hardest part is inhaling breath into the dantian. A novice might feel virtually inhaling a deep breath in a normal way of breathing and imagining the oxygen is being channeled through all the way to a spot slightly below the belly button. It’s believed that this is where the chi resides.

This practice requires patience. One might not be able to reach dantian after 10 or 20 practices, but once you reach it, you’ll know.

Most people feel a warm feeling being channeled through their abdomen, as if a fireball is being flown. Once it’s attained, the chi is said to have balanced out your imbalance to make you a better person. Yet, it is an unfinished work. Practice makes the chi stronger. In the long term, a strong chi is your key to better life quality.

What Causes Heartburn?

Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It is an irritation of the esophagus (the muscular tube between the throat and the stomach) caused by stomach acid that’s escaping into it. Read more