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Nutrition Helps Ward Off Pain
Food is the most
neglected of medicines. Day in and day out, the foods you
choose as fuel either build your body up or tear it down. A
low-fat, moderate-protein diet, based around vegetables, fruits,
legumes and grains is what the human body was designed for.
Making the right food choices -- starting with an emphasis on plant
foods in as close to their natural state as possible - is one simple
way you can ward off pain and help ensure good health in the years
Cleaning Can Mess Up Your Body
In their ardent efforts
to perform the ultimate "spring cleaning" around the home,
many people wind up in pretty bad shape. They pull muscles,
twist tendons and otherwise abuse parts of the body that are often
conditioned to accommodate little more than sitting on the couch.
Bowen Technique and Migraine Relief
A migraine is certainly
no ordinary headache. If you have ever suffered a migraine you
are in no need of creative descriptions to convey the agony it
brings. If you have had to witness the pain and disruption of
migraine on friends, family members or clients, then you have longed
to do something to help.
now, thanks to the resullts of a new study, there is documented work
to show that the Bowen Technique can dramatically reduce the severity
and frequency of migraine attacks.
Pain is undertreated:
That was the conclusion of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations, which recently issued new guidelines for
monitoring and treating pain that will require hospitals and medical
facilities all over the country to pay more attention to pain.
This is good news for the estimated 50 million Americans who
experience chronic pain, and whose daily lives are often restricted by
No More Migraines - BOOK REVIEW
This husband-and-wife team (Zuzana, a California-based doctor; Francis, a professor at UC-Irvine) believe that all headaches, even migraines, can be prevented or diminished in frequency and severity by changes in lifestyle. The authors outline the different types of headaches, as well as the underlying diseases of which headaches are often symptoms, and the physiological processes that occur during a headache.
Based on Zuzana's studies at Loma Linda University's School of Public Health in California, the authors contend that high levels of fat or sugar in the blood, as well as physical inactivity and stress, create a biochemical imbalance that triggers headaches.
Rather than focusing on removing headache triggers, the Bics emphasize the positive in their headache prevention program: eat a diet low in fat and sugar, with an emphasis on natural foods; exercise regularly; and manage your stress. With the use of charts the authors condense their argument to its basics, showing how diet, stress and a sedentary lifestyle cause biochemical changes.
Simply written, the book is a useful introduction to how headaches work and how they might be managed. Their program, however, may seem too simplified and too general for longtime headache sufferers.
From Publishers Weekly, Copyright 1999, Reed Business Information, Inc.
More Headaches - No More Migraines
Weekend athletes can
run into problems. Boring as it sounds, you well know that
regular and moderate are key concepts in health, whether you apply
them to sports, relaxation, relationships, food or even oxygen.
If possible, try to get up and shake your booty a bit each day --
walk, dance around the living room, try a yoga or aerobics class, go
to the pool, do a sustained spell of gardening or housecleaning.
Just move! And when you do go out for the weekend hike, kayak
trip or soccer match, make sure you warm up and cool down.
Touch Produces Miracles
For as long as I can remember, I've suffered from back pain. Although I have experienced some relief using heat, cold, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture, invariably the pain has always returned. Until one day I visited a friend in California who had similar back problems. She told me she had some body work done called Bowen. Her back and hip pain were gone after just one session!
I was definitely intrigued. I couldn't wait to find out more. When I arrived back home I got on the internet and learned that the Bowen Technique involves a series of very gentle rolling moves on the body using thumbs and fingers. It was developed in Australia in the 1950's by Thomas Bowen, a gifted healer who devised a simple but powerful method for releasing pain.
Hoping to find a Bowen practitioner near me, I emailed close to 40 practitioners around the U.S. and asked if they could refer me to someone. After 39 "no's" I got one "yes!" I arranged to have three Bowen sessions. After the third session, my back pain and sciatica were "history!" I got so excited I decided to
become a Bowen practitioner.