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Getting the Flu: A Four-Day Forced Meditation Retreat

Matt Bieber | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Matt Bieber

I haven't left the house much over the last couple of days. My sheets are bunched up at the foot of the bed, clothes are strewn all over the floor, and containers of half-eaten soup and Emergen-C scan the wasteland from their perches on desktops and chairs. It's been wonderful.

What I Wish I Could Teach My Family

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I didn't choose to cultivate equanimity. It chose me. My experience has taught me that nothing is permanent. Change is inevitable; sometimes it brings pleasure, sometimes pain. While you can't avoid pain, you can choose to suffer less.

History: Tenacious Teacher or Torturer?

Soul Dancer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Soul Dancer

For many, history weaves the warp of time with the weft of experience into a brilliant mosaic cloth of memories. Just how does memory serve us? In some cases, memories bless us in their teachings.

Mom Makes Disgusting Find In Common Baby Product

The Stir | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
The Stir

Mitzi Johnson said she always cleaned her son's nose bulb with hot soapy water after each use. But photos on her profile -- which have since been shared thousands of times -- show an open syringe chock-full of mold!

How Louis C.K. Saved My Life

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 03.28.2013 | Fifty
Robin Amos Kahn

For almost 25 years I had it all: career, marriage, motherhood, a beautiful home -- and I was also buried under so many responsibilities for other people that I think of myself as being a member of the "Panini Generation." Worse than just a sandwich, we are squeezed and pressed.

Why Doctors Can't Make You Well

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

"I am well" means much more than the absence of active disease. What the public -- and most doctors -- hasn't found out is that the cause of illness is becoming more and more murky.  

What Is True?

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

But how does one reconcile the idea of truth-telling with an inability to differentiate between reality and fantasy? I think that question goes to the essence of great fiction and poetry making, and also perhaps to the uncanny power of dreams.

Tackling End of Life Issues

Deborah Stambler | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Stambler

A friend of mine recently asked if I would be literary executor of his estate. He's 81, in great health and a fine poet with a couple of books published. I know it's not common to talk about death over coffee, but I was glad we got over the weirdness and could talk about everything.

The Slow Death of Dementia

Terry Newell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Terry Newell

I lost my mother about eight months ago, but she will be 99 in early February. This is the result of dementia. The woman she was is gone. The mother I knew can be reached neither by her conscious awareness nor by all my wishing that I could penetrate her darkening mind.

Mushroom-Barley Soup and Other Red Flags

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

Mushroom-barley soup, a staple of my childhood, lovingly prepared by Grandma Mollie, was the most delicious soup I'd ever tasted. Grandma Mollie always got it just right, but this time, something was awry.

That Deadly Pinter Sneer

Sherman Yellen | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Sherman Yellen

Harold Pinter nearly killed me. Not with a knife, a bullet, or a karate chop, but with that most deadly of all weapons, a lofty sneer.

Woman's Secret To Living With Chronic Pain

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.15.2012 | Healthy Living

According to the National Institute of Health, chronic pain affects more people than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. It is also the most...

Huntington's Disease and the Inspiration Behind The Shortest Way Home

Juliette Fay | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fay

At the time that Sue and I lived together in our 20s, there was no test for the disease, as there is now. She had no way of knowing if she would begin to lose her physical and mental capacities in 10 years -- or never.

Excerpt: Saving Each Other: A Mother-Daughter Love Story

Victoria Jackson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Books
Victoria Jackson

I'm the Victoria Jackson of infomercial fame who challenged the status quo of the makeup world by honoring the natural beauty of all women. My foundation for the "no-makeup makeup" look became the crown jewel of my cosmetics company that today has sales of more than a half-billion dollars.

Friendkeeping: A Primer

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 12.26.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Friendkeeping by Julie Klam is the book you will want to give all your best friends, not as a nudge-nudge, hint-hint reminder of what it takes to be a good friend, but rather as a celebration of just how great friends can be.

What the Hell Are You Doing Back in My Life?

Pete Dorogoff | Posted 12.22.2012 | Fifty
Pete Dorogoff

It's been 35 years since my parents were together as a couple. It's odd for me to even refer to my father and my mother in some plural reference. However, life happens and unfolds in baffling ways.

How to Not Get Sick

Chloe Spencer | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Chloe Spencer

Everyone seems to be getting sick right now! In fact, it is very common to get sick during the transition between seasons. So while summer's currently turning into fall, which I'm very relieved to say after all this miserable heat, you should be taking extra precautions to protect your health.

Every Day Is a Miracle

Victoria Jackson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Parents
Victoria Jackson

I looked around at other moms at the pre-prom party and realized that probably no other mother was thinking of her daughter in her very special dress the same way I was thinking of Ali.

A Thriver's Guide to NMO and Other Challenges

Ali Guthy | Posted 11.21.2012 | Parents
Ali Guthy

Don't let the reality of your situation or the every-so-often fits of depression stop you from living. Lead a normal life and pursue activities or goals that are both enjoyable and alleviate you from the stress, anger, and confusion that surround your health challenges.

Coping with an Adult Child's Debilitating Illness and Finding Joy

Karin Kasdin | Posted 11.13.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

"If I'm grieving that my child is in danger of losing his life, that presupposes that life is good," Laura explains. "And if life is good, I shouldn't throw mine away. I believe we can't banish darkness from our lives. All we can do is create light."

Can Air Conditioning Cause a Sore Throat? Why?

Quora | Posted 10.30.2012 | Health News
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Jae Won Joh, sleepy medical student Sure, but blaming air conditioning for sore throats is like bla...

5 Essentials for Making Your Hospital Stay Bearable and Your Frustrations in Check

Martha Nelson | Posted 10.16.2012 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

All in all, your stay in the hospital will be what you make it. With a little preparation, you can improve your stay.

What If

Christine Eads | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine Eads

What if, at your fingertips, you had all the information that could tell you all you needed to know about every disease and/or illness you may contract for the rest of your life?

Do Parents Really Get Sick LESS Often Than Non-Parents?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

That doesn't jibe with your reality either, huh? The one where you started sneezing when your oldest started preschool, and haven't put down the Kleenex since. The one where you drag yourself to work regularly with a fever because you used all your sick days taking care of the child whose germs you are now battling?

The Elusive Search For A Good Doctor

Lisa K. Friedman | Posted 08.19.2012 | Fifty
Lisa K. Friedman

I asked around for doctor recommendations. My hairdresser has an internist she likes, but his office is three towns away. I asked my neighbor who was working in her garden. "The era of personal care in medicine is past," she said, flinging compost too close to my feet. "All the good doctors are leaving medicine. Good luck finding someone you like." I stepped on some of her petunias.