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So–What Works?

Unfortunately, the studies on alternative medicine and holistic healing are generally in a dismal state. Many are done with small samples (13 in one study), or based on subjective observation (the mice seemed less anxious), done by a group looking to show why its own modality is valid (versus independent verification), done by a researcher…

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Placebos—The Promise and the Problem

Anything that seems like a viable treatment or a drug, but doesn’t actually contain or offer specific therapeutic benefit, can work as a placebo. Interestingly, though, there can still be measureable effects. WebMD shares that research on placebos has focused on the mind/body connection. When told a fake “drug” was a stimulant, study participants exhibited…

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What *IS* Pain? You may be surprised–I know I was.

When I was in school science class, I was taught that nerves under the skin sensed pain, such as touching a hot stove, and sent the signal to the brain, which then sent back a signal to react, like pulling the hand away. But that’s not the way it happens. “We don’t have pain receptors,”…

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Are you in pain? You aren’t alone.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans suffer chronic pain, from a wide range of injury and disease, at a cost of $600 billion annually (WebMD). The National Center for Health Statistics reports that 2/3 of these people experience pain daily with a severe impact on their quality of life, well-being, and enjoyment of life. 3/4 have…

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Seeds that don’t Heal–because we already know

Seeds create plants; we all know that — Right? If we have good seeds, we can grow plants — just like that, lush manifestations from small hard stone-like bits. Or can we? We know this. Very simple. And yet…some people have a green thumb, while others can’t keep a plant alive, let alone flourishing. Even…

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3 Mistakes in Energy for Self-Healing

Can we really live lives of continual and vibrant health? Reality is, this is already well-documented — it just is poorly studied. In modern culture, we consider this an anomaly, instead of following it as the example of what we all could be. Ironically, though, some of our own thinking and beliefs work against us…

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Ever wake up sick? You can learn to heal on the spot.

“Sleep heals you from the inside out,” notes WebMD, as “your brain triggers the release of hormones that help you recover from cuts or sore muscles.”  And “during sleep, you make more white blood cells that attack viruses and bacteria,” says Sunita Kumar, MD., co-director of the Center for Sleep Disorders at Loyola University Medical…

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Healing as a Language

A language is a way of understanding the world.   English, for example, enshrines time in its sentences: subjects may be implied at times, but verbs are essential, and verbs have tense—when the action or state of being happened in time (or will happen or are happening). That’s part of why Einstein’s ideas about space and…

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Frameworks: Why Some Work, Why Some Don’t

Frameworks are useful. Look at how quickly we can take in new information – we don’t generally have to start from scratch, but rather, we connect it to something we already know. There’s a category. Or a comparison. Or an association. Some way for us to “bottom line” this learning. It’s an efficient system. It’s…

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Rivers and Rocks

It’s easy to think we’re just not in the right place. We’re stuck — like a rock, stationary, weighted down, while the world swirls around us, leaving us to watch and wonder, outside the passion of life.   Except that we’re *not* rocks. We aren’t immobile and unchanging (and actually, even rocks are constantly changing).…

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