Breathe In Your Health

Our house is a place where we spend a great part of our life, and because of that we have to take care of this place. We have to be sure that the conditions we live in do not affect our health. And the main thing that we should be concerned about is the air in our house. Image Credit: Shutterstock Our house is a place where we spend a great part of our life, and because of that we have to take care of this place. We have to be sure that the conditions we live in do not affect our health. And the main thing that ...

Masquerading as Science: the Human Design system

New Age spiritual movements often try to appear scientific, claiming that some "research" proves their concepts and luring in those people who look for a system that would explain all their life problems. Human Design is a great example. Image Credit: jovianarchive.com A combination of six systems Human Design has been gaining great popularity, and the air of mystery that surrounds it can be very attractive. It claims to be an all-encompassing system that will uncover your true identity and purpose in...

Energy Healing, American-Style: Access Consciousness System

Energy healing is one of the fastest-growing alternative medicine markets, and one of the popular new additions is the Access Consciousness system. It promises to enhance your life dramatically - but what is it based on? Image Credit: cz.depositphotos.com What are the 32 bars? We have alredy written about a popular energy healing technique called Johrei, and you must have heard about Reiki. These methods were invented in Japan, but alternative healers in the West don't lag behind, either, and one of the latest hi...

Night Owls Are Not Lazy At All

It is not a secret that all people can be divided in two groups according to their sleeping habits: night owls and early birds. Night owls are considered to be lazy and unproductive; on the other hand early birds are treated as clever, creative, and active creatures. But are night owls so bad? Image Credit: pugetsoundbirds.org Our life seems to be constructed according to the rules of early birds. We have to get up at about six o’clock in the morning to be at work, at school or university on time. But it is very d...

Smartphones Are Not an Evil

Today we cannot imagine our life without having a smartphone. We use it for many purposes, such as to text, call, play games, read, and many others. But we are told that our obsession with smartphones is harmful for our health. In fact, using your smartphone sometimes can be even good for you. Image Credit: Antonio Guillem / 123rf.com Everybody who has a smartphone has been afraid of leaving it somewhere at least once. Do you remember that feeling when you touch your pocket and do not find your phone there? Or ...

Transmitting Sunlight: the Healing Practice of Johrei

Most people have heard of Reiki and Qi Gong - eastern spiritual practices that purport to cure the body through mysterious energies. Yet another similar technique - johrei - is quickly gaining popularity in the West. Is there something to it? Image Credit: Reiki Healing Rays. Hans Neleman / Reiki The story of Johrei Johrei is not the first technique based on transmitting energy from healer to patient: in 1922, Japanese Mikao Usui invented Reiki, or "the laying of hands". Johrei was created by another Japanese, M...

Exercising When Sick: Pro et Contra

Most people believe that exercising when sick can contribute to illness progression. However, it’s not always the case. Don’t let minor colds destroy your workout session: let’s find out when exercising if sick is even beneficial, and when you should put away your running shoes for a little while. Image Credit: theodysseyonline.com When exercising if sick is beneficial In some cases, workouts are not only allowed, but also beneficial. Your runny nose and nasal congestion can be alleviated by exercising. It can h...

Why Wearing Shoes Inside Your House is Dangerous

Next time you decide not to take off your shoes when walking into your house, think twice. According to several researches, the variety and number of bacteria your nifty shoes can carry are astonishing. Many of these germs are really dangerous, as they are capable of landing you in the hospital with pneumonia, urinary infections and other diseases. There are other dangers, too! Image credit: Linda Raymond / Gettyimages.ca Germ shuttles How many places do you visit daily? Perhaps, you go to class, go shopping, gr...

Five Reasons to Ride a Bike

Our world is spinning so fast and we have to follow its pulse for not to appear on a curb. Unfortunately sometimes traffic jams are so strong that we have no chance of keeping the speed. A bike can help us in this situation. Image Credit: wien.info Bike is a universal means of transport. But its benefits are not restricted only by the time it can save. It is environmentally friendly Bike is the most environmentally friendly transport in the world. If you have a bike you do not have to tank up and buy any fuel, y...

How to: Traveling while Sick

Traveling can be exciting, but it can also be a challenge if you get sick hours before departure. It is even more likely to happen if it’s a holiday weekend. Experts from the University of Michigan are here to advice on how to prevent getting sick before a trip and avoid spreading pathogens if you are already feeling unwell. Image Credit: Fredrik Skold / GettyImages How to avoid getting sick before a trip According to a University of Michigan health expert James Riddell, among the precautions you can take before ...

Cluttered Home, Anxious Mom: Why It Makes Perfect Sense to Live in a Clean Environment

Are you a person who feels overwhelmed and finds it hard to function when things around you are far from being in order? Well, welcome to the club! There are many of us, and we feel exactly the same. Moreover, there is a scientific proof of why people find it hard to think, work and live in clutter. Image Credit: jalba-transporte.de Rush of everyday life makes us all to look desperately for some space, being it personal space in order to spend some time away from your close ones or literal space to move around o...

Improvement, Not Healing: the Placebo Effect

Everyone has heard about the placebo effect, but the notion is surrounded by misconceptions. Is it real or an illusion? Can it heal cancer? Does it prove the power of mind? Read our introduction and find out. Image Credit: lamedicinainunoscatto.it How drugs are tested The concept of placebo became famous thanks to its use in clinical trials of new drugs. Half of the trial participants receive the actual drug, while the other half are given a sugar pill – the placebo. For a drug to be found effective, those who...

Winter Is Coming: How to Support Our Immune System When It Is Here

Cold weather, shorter daylight hours, necessity to dress warmer for people in many states, drowsiness, reduced energy levels all come inevitably with winter. During this time of year, extra measures are necessary to help our immune system to function at its best. What can be done for it? Image Credti: Lzf / Dreamstime Immune system is a gatekeeper from infections and harmful things that could cause decline of our health. A complicated and pervasive defense mechanism, immune system cells produced from bone marrow t...

Animal Therapy: Should You Bring your Puppy to a Dentist?

Pet therapy is quickly gaining followers, and it is not uncommon to see cats and dogs in hospitals, while pigs and ducks have been spotted at airports. Animal lovers state that pets assist recovery and reduce pain. But does evidence support it? Image Credit: worldtoursstudio.com Animals were first used in psychiatric asylums in the 18th century, but in the recent years we are witnessing a veritable explosion of animal therapy, touted as the next big thing in holistic medicine. How can pets help? What animals ca...

Paint Your Life as You Want!

Our world is full of colors – red, green, blue etc. Some of them we like, but others make us feel uncomfortable. We try to surround ourselves with the things colored as we like, because it makes us feel better. So, do colors have an ability to influence our mood and feelings, or is this theory just a figment? Image Credit: pinterest.com The power of color remains the object of scrutiny for many years and even thousands of years. The amazing healing properties of different colors were noticed by ancient Egyptians a...

Breathe Your Stress Out!

We are tired. We are constantly under pressure. We work or study so hard. We are trying to run from time desperately hoping to get some more minutes to do more in a day. We are so stressed! What can we do about it?! We have to stop and breathe in. Image Credit: AntonioGuillem / Getty Images Stress is an inseparable part of our life and nobody can avoid it. People go to psychologists, take special medicines or even drink alcohol. Such methods may help, but they will not keep the results for a long time. Moreover, ...

Beach Trip Benefits: Go There if You Can

Even those who prefer active leisure to lying on the beach can still say that sometimes day at the seaside is quite a good way to break their routine, even usual vacation routine. However, it is not obvious for everybody that spending time on the beach has a number of benefits in addition to a chance to relax and do nothing. So what are these and why you should really consider going to the beach as soon as possible? Image Credit: Herson Rodriguez / Unsplash.com To care about your mental health You do remember tha...

Homeopathy: Real Treatment or an Expensive Placebo?

Most people think that homeopathy is just at type of herbal medicine, but the reality is different. While herbal extracts can indeed be used to treat illness, homeopathy is based on a set of principles that are incompatible with modern science. Image Credit: Peter Macdiarmid / gettyimages.com Most people think that homeopathy is just at type of herbal medicine, but the reality is different. While herbal extracts can indeed be used to treat illness, homeopathy is based on a set of principles that are incompatibl...

Decorating Your Home for Christmas Early Makes You Feel Happier

Christmas time is special, and most people find it necessary to decorate their homes to celebrate it. A recent research showed that those who prefer to put up Xmas lights as early as possible can feel happier because of it: recollections of the childhood times when they had no chores and issues characteristic of adult life make them feel relieved and happy. Besides, if a person decorates his or her house, investigators say, it means the homeowner is friendly and ready to communicate with neighbors. Image credit: Pex...

Single Adults Who Have a Dog Live Longer

The next time your child asks you to adopt a dog, take your time to consider the suggestion: researchers say that having a dog seems to reduce the frequency of heart attacks, cardiovascular diseases and overall mortality in all families having a pooch, but the most remarkable association is found in single adults. So if you cannot get a dog for your family, why not getting one for your elderly mother? Image Credit: Faunaimage.com What Does Statistics Say? It has been known for some time that those people who liv...