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Are Your Beliefs Making You Ill?

Morty Lefkoe | Posted 04.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Morty Lefkoe

One of the best proofs that beliefs have a powerful impact on our health has existed for years right under the noses of every physician in the world: the placebo effect.

Interview With John Castagnini of the "ThankGodi" Series

Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D.

Even though every cloud might have a silver lining, does it really make sense to actually be thankful for the tragic, even horrific events in our lives? John Castagnini thinks so.

Your Teen's Pains May Be Caused by Friends Not Faking

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.26.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We, as adults, know that stomachaches, chest pains, and even colds and headaches can follow a string of stressful social interactions. For the love of God, I have been waiting for this UCLA study for decades.

Simon Says

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

I never knew Mr. Simon's first name. It seemed to me that after 82 years of building a life, a business through sheer force of will, Mr. Simon was an appropriate moniker.

Don't Worry, You Might Die

Daniel Will-Harris | Posted 03.10.2012 | Fifty
Daniel Will-Harris

There's always a difference between what someone says and what you hear. Whatever the words are, they get filtered through your brain and distorted ...

A Personal Case for Classical Homeopathy: Part II

Judith Acosta | Posted 02.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

Homeopathy is very hard to repeat experimentally precisely because of the way it works: Individually. This is a hard pill to swallow until you've seen it work. But when you have seen it -- it's the easiest one of all.

A Personal Case for Classical Homeopathy, Part I

Judith Acosta | Posted 02.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Acosta

In my case, getting better was the beginning of a search for understanding; eventually, I enrolled in school for classical homeopathy.

5 Things I Learned From Being Sick

Delia Lloyd | Posted 02.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Delia Lloyd

For the last four days, I've been down for the count while a horrible stomach virus swept through our household. But I'm slowly emerging from the death throes of this thing. And as I do so, I realize that I learned a few things from this most recent brush with mortality.

How to Keep Your Immune System From Taking Its Own Vacation This Holiday Season

Carolyn Scott | Posted 02.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Scott

Each holiday season, millions of people travel to visit friends and family and kill themselves trying to get to every holiday party, shop till they drop and eat like little piglets. A giant combo for getting sick and feeling miserable all winter long.

Perfect Attendance: Cold and Flu Season's Public Health Menace

Dr. Caroline Cicero | Posted 02.06.2012 | Education
Dr. Caroline Cicero

Working while you are sick doesn't make you productive. Kids don't do well in school when they should be at home recovering, and their peers sitting next to them don't win either.

The 'Best Kept Secret' to Understanding Your Health Risks

Peter Abaci, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Abaci, M.D.

Evidence strongly dictates that a key ingredient of putting together a long-term plan for aging well is to comprise a detailed family history.

Longing For Life

Tamara McClintock Greenberg | Posted 12.04.2011 | Fifty
Tamara McClintock Greenberg

In current times, we are aging quite diversely. While some people can enjoy the benefits of medical technology when it comes to conceiving a child, assisted reproductive technology does not work for everyone.

Sick Days

Devon Corneal | Posted 11.26.2011 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I am not a germaphobe. I don't own hand sanitizer. I almost never rarely make my son wash his hands before dinner. I am convinced that the only reason he's never had lice is because I rarely shampoo his hair. I remember chicken pox parties and think they were a good thing. That's why I really hope my son's teachers aren't reading this. Because, as the new school year begins, I have to ask: Does anyone adhere to the "Don't send your kids to school sick" rule?

You Are Not The Body Or The Mind

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 10.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Deb had brain surgery 10 days ago. While lying in Intensive Care, Deb knew she had two choices, and these apply to anyone who has something wrong with them, whether life threatening, serious, or even just a small deal.

Why Not Health First

Laura Mola | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Laura Mola

Lately, both supporters and detractors can't help but poke President Obama on his accomplishments and purported failures, insisting he should have att...

My Life-Changing Diagnosis

Nikki Luongo | Posted 10.11.2011 | College
Nikki Luongo

Then came the standard question for the next year: "Are you going to lose your hair?" which was a better question than "When are you going to find a job?" which is probably the most irritating question in the world.

Caregivers Provide $450 Billion In Annual Unpaid Labor: Study

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

Family caregivers performed about $450 billion worth of unpaid labor in the U.S. in 2009, a new study from the AARP has found, according to NPR. Th...

The Bright Side Of Bronchitis And Broken Ribs

Mina Samuels | Posted 09.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Mina Samuels

"In sickness and in health." Of all the people to whom we might owe this obligation there is one we often don't notice, one who we cannot abandon -- our self.

The Pandemic Disease of the 21st Century Is on the Rise

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.01.2011 | Comedy
Bernard Starr

Police recently ejected a woman from an Amtrak quiet car after 16 hours of non-stop talking on her cell phone -- a new record for a PACS symptom flare-up.

Is Living With Illness Choosing to Give In?

Lisa Copen | Posted 07.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Copen

If you live with a chronic illness, only you are capable of making the wisest choice possible based on many factors. If you love someone with an illness, be cautious in sharing your opinion about his or her decisions.

Medical Documentarians: Putting A Human Face on the Search for a Cure

George Heymont | Posted 05.28.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Back in the early 1980s, when AIDS was making its first cruel advances through the population, many of us felt an overwhelming sense of hopelessness a...

Reversing the Irreversible

Penny Love | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Penny Love

What if all woke up to the fact that our health, our fortune and even our lives will end someday, that tsunamis do hit, and that a foreclosure notice could be posted tomorrow?

International Women's Day: Catalyst for a Healthier Future

Nalini Saligram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nalini Saligram

Because women tend to live longer than men, we are in poor health for longer. When a family member has a chronic condition, it is generally a girl or woman who devotes her days to his care.

Living With Cancer

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Stoller

When people sometimes suggest that I've "beat" cancer, or that I've put it put it behind me, I never agree. Once you've had cancer, I say to them, its presence never strays far from your awareness.

Another reason why cancer sucks

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Hi Irene, I've been struggling with this problem for years, but it's finally taking a toll on me. I've had cancer for over 18 years. I ...