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Welcome to the Health & Well-Being Channel!

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Remedies

  Curing Insomnia
Insomnia can happen to any one of us at different times in our lives. If you find yourself up at night, here are seven tips to getting a good night's sleep.

What you can do today for arthritis, to get your life back!
By taking these simple steps to reducing inflammation you will be well on your way to managing your arthritis pain and its devastating effects on your mind and body.

Are the Foods You Are Eating Keeping You in Pain?
Try An Anti-Inflammatory Diet: It Could Be the Answer to Eliminating Your Pain. Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, explains how certain foods can cause inflammation in the body which causes pain. Learn what to avoid and what to eat to help.

Dealing With Vaginal Yeast - Candida Albicans - The Wise Woman Way
Virtually every woman alive has had one or more run-ins with vaginal yeast. Candida albicans is a single-celled organism, a kind of acidophilus. Learn how you can prevent it and how to get rid of it from herbalist Susun Weed.

Does Back Pain Have You In a Funk?
Chronic pain and depression are two of the most common health problems that health professionals encounter, yet only a small percentage of studies have investigated the relationship between these conditions. The good news is you have the ability to make changes that will affect the way you feel and experience life on a day-to-day basis. Read on to begin shifting your life in an upward and more positive direction.

Interstitial cystitis by Susun Weed
IC is a chronic inflammation of the space between lining of the urinary bladder and its muscle. Learn how to deal with this problem without using antibiotics.

Large Breasts and Back Pain
Large breasts can be a source of considerable pain. Some women, in fact, suffer with severe pain, deteriorating posture, and are at risk for spinal deformity and other repetitive stress injuries to the shoulders and upper extremities due to their large breasts. Learn what you can do about this problem.

Bladder Infections by Susun S. Weed
Learn more about bladder infections - what causes them and what you can do to prevent them and treat them the herbal way.

Combating Allergies With Natural Treatments by Lena Sanchez
Seasonal allergy symptoms are caused by an immune system over reacting to an allergic response, usually mold, pollen, or other tiny microscopic substances floating on that beautiful crisp cool air. See what you can do to combat your allergies the natural way.

Hot Colds and Cold Colds - Winter Health
Winter is coming. So are colds and the flu. Here are some tips for preventing these viral illnesses. And for getting well fast if you do get sick. Learn more from herbal expert Susun Weed.

Depressed? Wise Woman Ways Offer a Helping Hand
Winter time is depression time for many women. Perhaps it is harder to look at the bright side when days are short, perhaps the holidays and family demands take their toll on us. Of course, depression can also be triggered by lack of thyroid hormone and by use of steroids, high blood pressure drugs, and ERT/HRT. Wise Woman remedies don't seek to eliminate our feelings, or turn "negative" ones into "positive" ones, but to help us incorporate all of our feelings into our wholeness/health/holiness. Learn more from Susun Weed.

Ease Those Bug Bites With Easy Herbs by Susun S. Weed
Bug bites driving you nuts? Take a leaf from Susun S. Weed's storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal, and prevent bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live: north or south, east or west, city or country. The best natural remedies for insect bites are right underfoot.

CTS: carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive motion injury) ~ alternate treatments by Stephanie Olsen
Carpal tunnel syndrome ("CTS") is certainly not a life-threatening condition, but it can be life-altering and should be treated seriously. Learn more about the symptoms, causes and treatments.

Five Simple Steps To Help Heel Pain
If you experience a sharp pain in your heel at the first step in the morning, chances are you have plantar fasciitis, a tearing of the ligament on the bottom of the foot. Here are five step to decrease your heel pain.

Do You Have Undiagnosed Hypoglycemia? by Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed.
Hypoglycemia occurs when the body does not metabolize blood glucose properly. What can you do? Cynthia Perkins discusses the symptoms and what you can do.

Energy and Stamina The WISE WOMAN WAY
If having enough energy to earn your daily bread and to get all your chores done is a struggle for you . . . If you go to bed tired, but wake up even more tired . . . If you can't get up and go without coffee, or can't slow down and relax without alcohol . . . If your fatigue is ruining your mood and your friendships . . . Then it's time to build energy and stamina the Wise Woman Way.

Insomnia - Getting The Help You Need
Whether you suffer from initial insomnia (trouble falling asleep), middle insomnia (difficulty staying asleep), or late insomnia (waking up too early), a process of simple adjustments to your daily routine, exercise, diet and sleep schedule will gradually result in a new pattern of healthful and fulfilling sleep.

Irritable bowel syndrome: Simple self-help tips by Sophie Lee
If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know how difficult it is to treat. Check out these tips by fellow IBS sufferers who found help via experimentation on their own.

Fiber Supplements to Beat Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Fiber supplements can be tremendously beneficial for IBS sufferers. Learn more from Sophie Lee.

PMS and Pain
It's no secret that many women suffer through their monthly periods, experiencing cramps, bloating and lower back pain, to name just a few. But a large number of them also endure the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). If you have PMS, you may feel so anxious, depressed, or uncomfortable that you can't cope at home or at work. Learn more about PMS and what you can do to alleviate the symptoms.

Understanding Low Back Pain
With the exception of cold and flu symptoms, backaches send more people to the doctor than any other medical condition. Learn about the treatments available and protect your back.

Winter Blues? Lighten Up!
If you notice a pattern of the "blues" beginning around Labor Day and not lifting until way past Easter you may have SAD, "Seasonal Affective Disorder" (or the Winter Blues), a treatable form of depression. Learn more about what it is and find ten tips for what you can do about it.

3 Quick and Simple Ways for Athletes to Speed Healing and Improve Performance
One of the main reasons why most bodybuilders hit a wall and develop injuries is that they don't allow their muscles to recover 100 percent before they work those same muscles again. Here are some tips that will allow you to continue to make steady gains, stay healthy and recover from tendonitis and injuries.

Hairy Problems
Too much hair (on the chin), too little hair (on the scalp), falling hair, thinning hair, greying hair - no matter what the complaint, many women notice something happening to their hair during menopause. As hormone levels shift during the menopausal years, hair responds to the changing hormones by changing texture, falling out, or by growing in "odd" places. Here are remedies for those who want more hair, and for those who want less.

Prevention

  The 5 Fears of Aging
Beginning around age 40 many women notice changes in their bodies that sound an alarm. Behind the scenes, all the systems of the body are indeed undergoing a subtle shift. Here are several common fears of aging and how you can modify their affect.

Stay Safe and Healthy This Summer
The temperatures are rising and the days are getting longer. It's summertime once again. Here are some tips to help make your summer the best, and healthiest, one yet.

What You Should Know About Novel Influenza A H1N1 (Swine Flu)
And What You Can do to Protect Yourself

Strengthen Your Immune System!
Herbal Allies to Help You Avoid Catching the Flu . . . Winter is when we are most likely to catch a cold or the flu. With Susun Weed's help, you can prepare yourself with herbs and home remedies to avoid infection and to build a strong immune system.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Learn more about this horrible disease and what you can do to prevent it or detect it early enough to save your life.

Healthy Bones the Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
The Wise Woman tradition maintains that simple lifestyle choices - including, but not limited to, regular use of nourishing herbal infusions, medicinal herbal vinegars, yogurt, and seaweed - are sufficient to preserve bone and prevent breaks. Learn more from Susun Weed.

Building Better Bones by Susun Weed
Building your bones takes more than a calcium supplement. Read Susun Weed's wise woman information!

Breast Self Exam
Breast Self Examination or BSE takes just a few minutes, and you only need to do it once a month. Learn how with this informative article.

Choose Your Cover: Sun Exposure
Learn about sun exposure and how to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

Healing Herbal Teas To Combat Colds and Flu! by Lena Sanchez
Tea is such a refreshing and nice way of enjoying life but is also a mode for keeping healthy or treating some simple everyday health problems.

Women and Nutrition - Putting the Brakes on Heart Diseas
According to the American Heart Association's 2002 Heart and Stroke Statistical Update, heart disease and stroke is the leading killer of American women and continues to rise. Over 62% of all congestive heart failure occurs in women. Startling facts, especially when so much focus has been on female related cancers. The truth is that lifestyle choices, screening, and medical treatment all play roles in these statistics. Learn more during National Nutrition Month!

Here Comes the Flu Season: Protect Yourself the Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
Along with the beauty of fall days comes the need to get ready for winter. It's time to nourish the immune system so cold days won't be days of colds -- and flu.

How to Avoid Neck and Back Pain While Using the Computer
Unnatural alignment of the body can cause head, shoulder, neck and back pain. Find out how to sit at your computer comfortably with perfect posture to avoid neck and back pain.

The ABC's Of Minerals! by Lena Sanchez
Minerals, the Necessary Health Need, But Not Talked About!

Savor the Simplicity of Soy for Heart Health
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a health claim for soy protein stating that incorporating 25 grams of soy protein per day into a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Can You Really Brush Your Teeth Too Hard?
Hoping to get through the chore of daily brushing, you may be tempted to put some torque into your toothbrush. In the past, it's likely your dentist would have told you that hard brushing and hard bristles brush away some of the enamel at the gum line, leaving ledges in your teeth. Now science is showing this may not be the case. In fact, research has found that the real culprit is toothpaste, not your toothbrush.

Warm Weather Update: Improve the Indoors by Getting Allergens Out
Tips for home, carpet and rug care

Beat the Winter Bugs--How to hold your own against colds and flu
An excellent article from the FDA with information on preventing and treating colds and flu.

Nourishing the Liver the Wise Woman Way by Susun Weed
The liver is one of the most important organs in the body. Commonly referred to as a "filter," the liver is actually more subtle and sophisticated than a passive filter. Every drop of blood in your body moves through your liver every hour of every day you are alive - not to be filtered, but to be restored. Learn how to take care of your liver - the Wise Woman way.

Not Just for Kids - The Surprising Health Issues of Midlife Women
As you are rummaging through your mother's attic looking at your old dolls, baseball bat and Ouija Board, and breathing a sigh of relief that you no longer have to worry about being picked for a baseball team or that your best friend copied your paper doll's dress, don't get lulled into complacency about your health. Your mother's recommendations from your childhood continue to apply!

All Fats Are NOT Created Equal
It is popular to demonize all fat in our culture, but the smart thing to do when planning out meals is to choose our fat sources wisely and remember that all fats are NOT created equal. Here is a recipe that is high in the good fats with creamy avocado and sesame oil contributing monounsaturated fats and salmon with its Omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. It will fill you up without clogging your arteries!

Alternative Medicine

  The A-Z of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) - Acupuncture
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points situated all over the body. It's aim is to balance the body's energy, prevent and treat disease. Learn more about this ancient technique.

Combating Allergies With Natural Treatments by Lena Sanchez
Seasonal allergy symptoms are caused by an immune system over reacting to an allergic response, usually mold, pollen, or other tiny microscopic substances floating on that beautiful crisp cool air. See what you can do to combat your allergies the natural way.

Depressed? Wise Woman Ways Offer a Helping Hand
Winter time is depression time for many women. Perhaps it is harder to look at the bright side when days are short, perhaps the holidays and family demands take their toll on us. Of course, depression can also be triggered by lack of thyroid hormone and by use of steroids, high blood pressure drugs, and ERT/HRT. Wise Woman remedies don't seek to eliminate our feelings, or turn "negative" ones into "positive" ones, but to help us incorporate all of our feelings into our wholeness/health/holiness. Learn more from Susun Weed.

Healthy Bones the Wise Woman Way by Susun S. Weed
The Wise Woman tradition maintains that simple lifestyle choices - including, but not limited to, regular use of nourishing herbal infusions, medicinal herbal vinegars, yogurt, and seaweed - are sufficient to preserve bone and prevent breaks. Learn more from Susun Weed.

Ease Those Bug Bites With Easy Herbs by Susun S. Weed
Bug bites driving you nuts? Take a leaf from Susun S. Weed's storehouse of natural remedies: Soothe, heal, and prevent bites with safe herbal remedies that grow right where you live: north or south, east or west, city or country. The best natural remedies for insect bites are right underfoot.

Help for Women With Fibroids by Susun S. Weed
Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over forty) that they could be considered a normal irregularity. Herbal and home remedies are simple, safe ways to help yourself when you have a diagnosis of uterine fibroids. Susun Weed explains.

Yoga: A Path to the Self
According to author Edel Jarboe, yoga "is the attempt to walk in balance mentally, physically, and spiritually so that one can understand the lessons of the past, fully experience the present, and see all the potential of the future." Find out more with this wonderful article.

Reproductive Health

  Breast Self Exam
Breast Self Examination or BSE takes just a few minutes, and you only need to do it once a month. Learn how with this informative article.

Anorexia May Inhibit Fertility
Over eight million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women, are believed to meet the criteria for anorexia nervosa or bulimia. When a woman's eating disorder reaches an advanced state, one of the most common symptoms is the cessation of menstruation, which can lead to infertility if the body remains in this state for a prolonged period of time.

Breast Cancer in Pregnancy
A diagnosis of breast cancer is always traumatic for a woman, but even more so if it coincides with a pregnancy. Regardless of whether or not she is pregnant, the decision about which is the most appropriate treatment option is a personal one. Pregnant women have the same treatment issues as any other woman facing breast cancer, but the fact that they are pregnant may affect their choice of therapy.

Help for Women With Fibroids by Susun S. Weed
Uterine fibroids are solid muscle tissue growths in the uterus. They occur so frequently (in up to half of all women over forty) that they could be considered a normal irregularity. Herbal and home remedies are simple, safe ways to help yourself when you have a diagnosis of uterine fibroids. Susun Weed explains.

Talking To Your Doctor About Relief From Painful Cramps
While over-the-counter medications can relieve some milder menstrual symptoms, real help is also available for women with dysmenorrhea from your healthcare provider.

Ten Tips for Women With PMS
Water retention, mood swings, sore breasts, and indigestion are problems experienced by many women in the week preceding menstruation. Here are a few tips from Susun Weed.

News: Delay in diagnosis of Menopause-like Condition in Young Women Linked to Low Bone Density - Women Who Don't Receive Treatment May Risk Osteoporosis
News release from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), June 2009

Healthy Eating

  Super Foods for Super Health
Incorporating any or all of these Super Foods into your diet on a regular basis will help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Learn what these food are and how to cook them from Linda Miner.

Garlic is Heart Healthy
Considered so sacred by the ancient Egyptians, it was placed in the tombs of Pharaohs. Believed to be so powerful by the Greeks and Romans, they ritually consumed it prior to going to war. So loved by the Israelites, they pined for it when wandering the desert. Of what are we speaking? Garlic . . . of course. Learn how this amazing food can protect your heart and more!

Kymythy's Kitchen Nutrition: A Better Soda
The average American drinks about 56 gallons of soda every year! In just one soda, you're ingesting 10 teaspoons of refined sugar and 50 miligrams of caffeine. There's a strong link between soda consumption and many health problems including obesity, tooth decay, behavioral disorders, diabetes, and bone loss. What can you do if you love soda? Try this tasty alternative from Kymythy Schultze.

Optimum Nutrition: Cooked or Raw?
Which is better: cooked food or raw? Author Susun Weed researched this important question, and found out there is no simple answer to this question. Read her advice and expertise on whether you should eat raw or cooked food.

Carb-Watchers Can Enjoy Fresh Summer Fruits
Yes, even carb-watchers can enjoy their favorite summer fruits this season.

What Exactly Is Good Nutrition?
Secretly we all want just a few things in life, none the least of which is to live a life that is healthy and energetic. One way to accomplish this is to eat a well balanced diet that fuels the body to take on life's challenges.

Well-Being

  52 Simple Ways to Be Healthier
This is the year you will claim or reclaim your good health! If you have a little feeling of dread in the back of your mind because this same scenario happens every year, have no fear. Big changes are often daunting and hard to fold into your everyday life; they are simply not sustainable. Try a new healthy habit a week with these 52 ideas.

Seven Steps to Deal with a Health Crisis
As you get older, there is a good chance you will face a health crisis. It's terrifying to know something is terribly wrong with you, but you have no idea what is causing you to feel so awful. Here are some steps from Bob Livingstone on how to cope.

The New Miracle Treatment for Women in Midlife and Beyond: A True Magic Bullet for Staying Healthy and Feeling Good
Human beings were meant to move. Every aspect of our bodies' functioning is geared toward that. On the flip side, movement and mobility are very important to the quality of life. What does this have to do with the miracle treatment? Easy - the miraculous new treatment for all our ills, particularly those accompanying the aging process, is movement. Learn more from Janet Horn, M.D. and Robin H. Miller, M.D.

The Wise Woman Tradition Empowers Women
The Wise Woman Tradition is the oldest known healing tradition on our planet. It offers a unique view of health that is woman-centered and deeply empowering to women. This is in stark contrast to orthodox - and most alternative - healing traditions, which are based on male viewpoints which disempower women. Learn more from author Susun Weed.

Breast Self-Massage Is Simple
Breast self-massage offers a way to let go of tension and get in touch with yourself. This soothing, nurturing self-massage is a pleasurable and relaxing way to get to know your breasts. It avoids the worry of checking for cancer, while providing an excellent early-warning system should cancer arise. Regular, loving touching of our breasts allows us to recognize normal breast changes without fear, and gives us time to respond thoughtfully to abnormal changes. Learn how and why from Susun Weed.

50 Ways to Be Healthier and Happier
Simple tips that can make a huge different in your health and well-being by Pamela Adams D.C.

Wise Woman Ways to Boost Energy
Are there ways to boost energy that are effective and healthy? Author Susun Weed shares some ideas of how to help yourself when you feel bone-tired.

Make Your Life Happier in 60 Seconds
You have the power to change your mood -- to make a Conscious Choice to look for something that will bring the happiness. Professional Life Coach Kathy Gates shows us how with simple steps.

Achieve Instant Calm the Wise Woman Way
Susun Weed offers a number of approaches women can use to calm jangly nerves, achieve greater overall calm, and cope on-the-spot with stressful situations.

Susan Weed's Herbal Ally Series

 Pine Keeps You Fine
Pines are useful - for things as diverse as medicine, food, caulking boat seams, winter decorations, and pine-needle basketry. Find a pine nearby. Inhale that special pine scent. Let you heart and spirit be invigorated and uplifted with the gifts of the pine.

 Mysterious Mushrooms
Whether you use fungi to make a mushroom soup or as a remedy for someone dealing with cancer, whether you stir them up in a witch's cauldron of spiraling power or sew them into a spirit bag, mushrooms offer magic and mystery, good health and good cheer.

 Glorious Goldenrod
There are many types of goldenrod, and you are likely to find several kinds if you look around. The species Solidago Canadensis and S. odora are considered the most medicinal (and the tastiest), but all species of goldenrod are safe and beneficial and can be used to help the immune system get ready for winter.

 The Joy of Purslane
Herbs are powerhouses of nutrition. Used wisely and regularly, herbs can replace costly pills and supplements, and even some drugs. For example, if you currently take fish oil capsules, omega-3 oil capsules, flax oil, or antidepressants, a switch to purslane could improve your health and save you lots of money, too.

 Sacred Corn Mother
Real, whole grains sustain us. Real, whole grains are sacred. Real, whole grains reconnect us with our human lineage. When we eat them, we feel satisfied in a deep and fundamental way. When we eat them, we ground ourselves, we nourish ourselves in multiple way. Learn more from Susan Weed plus a delicious recipe for lasagne.

 Chickweed Is a Star
Chickweed helps us when we need to gently dissolve something or to cool off inflamed tissues. Chickweed not only effects physical health, she is a psychic healer too. She opens us up to cosmic energies and gives us the inner strength we need to handle those energies.

Stop Smoking!

 Tips on How to Stop Smoking
Once you have decided that you really want to stop smoking it can be a real challenge. Here are some tips to help you break the habit quicker.

Book Reviews

 The V Zone: A Woman's Guide to Intimate Health Care
Authors: Colette Bouchez and Elsa Giardina

Ask a Nurse: From Home Remedies to Hospital Care
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Edited by Geraldine Bednash, Ph.D., R.N.

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