Reusing, recycling or repurposing a worn-out mattress is a far better solution than adding another to the 20 million or so that annually end up in landfills. Before discarding, first check with family members, friends or coworkers, or post a note on a community bulletin board or on the Internet (Freecycle.org) about the availability of a free, gently used mattress.
Articles from: February 2013
Consumers do not need to buy overpriced, sugary sports drinks in order to replenish carbohydrates and electrolytes during or after exercise, say researchers at the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus, in Kannapolis. Instead, just grab a banana. The tasty fruit not only offers the same performance boost as sports drinks, but additional advantages, as well. Bananas provide antioxidants not found in the manmade beverages, plus a greater nutritional boost, including fiber, potassium and vitamin B6. Bananas also boast a healthier blend of natural sugars than sports drinks.
Notoriously difficult to treat, chronic back pain may be behind more disability and days off from work than any other health condition. A recent study published by the British Medical Journal, involving more than 500 patients, concludes that practicing the Alexander Technique, an awareness practice to identify and correct unconscious negative physical habits related to posture and movement, breathing and tension, combined with moderate exercise, can help.
Judith Orloff, M.D., assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA and author of the New York Times and international bestseller Emotional Freedom, will present a lecture on Saturday, March 16 from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. in association with UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC). UCLA’s Neuro-Psychiatric Institute (NPI) Auditorium serves as the venue. The workshop is open to the public, and the session qualifies for Continuing Education (CE) credits (3 hours) for health professionals.
The UCLA Family Commons will be offering a new six-week session of Maps I: Mindful Awareness for Daily Living beginning on Monday, March 11. The class will meet on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through April 15. The program is designed as an introduction to mindful awareness practices (MAPs) and is intended to reduce stress and develop greater mind-body awareness. Attendees will learn practices that include sitting and walking meditation and how to work with difficult thoughts and emotions.
British engineers at Air Fuel Synthesis have succeeded in using an innovative new “air capture” technology to remove carbon dioxide greenhouse emissions from the air and transform them into synthetic gasoline.
Bag the guesswork of grocery shopping and let the American Heart Association (AHA) Heart-Check mark help identify healthy foods. The red-and-white icon, created in 1995 and now found on product packaging is a solid first step in building a heart-friendly diet.
February is Heart Health Month, and individuals that like hot peppers have another reason to continue their spicy habit, according to recent research. A study presented at the latest National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society focused on the benefits of capsaicin and its fiery-hot relatives, a piquant family of substances termed capsaicinoids, that give cayenne, jalapeños, habanero and other chili peppers their heat.
The 2013 Health Freedom Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 1 and 2, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The expo’s mission is to deliver the finest natural health information, products and services to the public. The event is sponsored by The HealthKeepers Alliance, a lobbying organization working to defeat restricting legislation that limits positive health freedom choices and awareness.
We can learn much from animal species that self-medicate themselves naturally. Some have developed the ability to alter their diets and behavior in ways that provide protection from lethal, microscopic parasites.