The Words We Choose

The Words We Choose: James Pennebaker, the author of The Secret Life of Pronouns, has spent more than 30 years studying the psychological causes of physical illnesses. What he’s found is that the words we choose can affect our physical and mental health, and even alter our mood.

In one study Pennebaker found that writing 15 minutes a day can help fight cancer, high blood pressure, heart attacks and loneliness. It seems that writing may fulfill the same function of “unloading” as talking to another person. Subjects who wrote about emotionally significant events in their lives were able to function better than those that wrote about neutral objects. They visited the doctor less frequently, took fewer aspirins, got the flu less and generally felt better. Likewise, writers who varied the pronouns they were using laughed more than those who stuck with the singular form. In another study Pennebaker found that subjects who used more negative emotion words, such as “sad or “angry” were not generally helped by the writing exercise.

Journaling, or 15 minutes of daily “healthy writing,” has been shown to improve mood, aid in processing trauma or emotional events, and enhance performance throughout the day. It turns out that the words we choose to use in journals also show up in our conversations and this ,can affect our relationships with others and how we perceive the world.


Moringa: the new superfood

Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is the latest, hottest craze in superfoods. It’s been touted on Dr. Oz, written about by Dr. Andrew Weil, and The Huffington Post, and featured in several health newsletters. The leaves, fruits and bark of this tree can be taken as a powder or a tea, and often offer the best nutritional supplement available in the Southeast Asian and African countries where it is grown.

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5 Simple and Affordable Ways to Practice Self-Care

| by Dylan Foster

Nowadays, the stigma surrounding self-care has almost entirely disappeared. As a society, we understand the importance of taking care of one’s own mental and physical health. We also appreciate that doing so doesn’t just help ourselves – that those who practice self-care are better able to give back and contribute to the world around them.

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The Benefits of Rooibos (Redbush) Tea

Long used in Africa, and touted for its reputed medicinal properties, redbush tea has been the subject of increased research over the last few decades. As we read on www.livestrong.com: “Redbush tea is a beverage brewed from the dried leaves of the rooibos plant, a low-growing shrub native to South Africa and known scientifically as Aspalathus linearis. The herbal tea gets its name from the English translation of rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans.

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Mirabai of Woodstock, NY

“At Mirabai you’ll find an amazing array of books devoted to inspiration, transformation and healing, the best in World Music which you can sample on our listening station, exquisite statuary and jewelry from Asia and the South Seas, crystals from Brazil and beyond, incense from India, meditation and yoga supplies, and so much more. Nearly every day, new and long-time customers comment on the “good energy” they feel here. Some refer to us a sanctuary for the soul. Come visit sometime and see if you agree.”

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Increased Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients

As the American population ages and the peak of the baby boomer generation move into their 70s, there has been a huge increase in the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research into cause, early diagnosis and treatment, that shows great promise.

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Plant Healing: What’s Science Got to Do With It? By Susun Weed

Once upon a time, healing was considered an art. Healing was understood by all to be a complex interaction between the patient, the healer, the community of living people, the communities of the plants and animals (and insects and rocks and fish), the communities of the non-living people (such as ancestors, spirit guides, and archetypes) and that mysterious movement known by so many names: Creator, God/dess, All High.

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The Amazing Aloe Vera Plant: Not Just for Sunburn

For thousands of years Chinese, Indian, and Egyptian healers revered the healing properties of aloe vera, using it to treat a wide variety of ailments. Here in the West, most people have only ever used it to soothe a sunburn. That may be changing now as the pharmaceutical and food industries catch up on the latest research. Most people use aloe gel as a remedy for skin conditions, including burns, sunburn, frostbite, psoriasis and cold sores, but there are a host of other aloe vera benefits.

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The Many Healing Qualities of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

Are you familiar with Lion’s Mane Mushrooms? They have become the hot item for healthy eating. Vegetarians love them for their high protein content, while doctors and naturopaths go to them for their many healing qualities. Known by a variety of different names, such as bearded tooth mushroom, satyr’s beard, hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom, or yamabushitake – the mushroom is often used as a meat substitute, since many say that they taste like shrimp or lobster when properly cooked.

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How Clean Is Your Biofield? Recognizing and eliminating EMF in your environment

| by Merlian News

There has been a great deal of research in the last several years about the impact of electrical, cellular, microwave and other energies on the human body. Our electromagnetic fields or EMF, also known as our biofield, can be affected or disrupted by the electrical signals or radiation emited by such common devices as cell phones, computers and electrical lines. Detecting unwanted radiation and eliminating it has become a new focus for those concerned with their health.

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