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An Introduction to Natural Skin Care

By Hélène Berton

My first contact with natural cosmetics was during a course on essential oils, more than ten years ago. Though it was about the therapeutic uses of essential oils, some words were said about some of oils that are beneficial for the skin.

I made my first trial with a mix of . . . → Read More: An Introduction to Natural Skin Care

Mindfulness and Animism

The Art of Soul Healing

By Kelley Harrell

When I began my shamanic practice almost 15 years ago, I found very different cultural perceptions of modern soul healing than those I run into now. I’ve written about contemporary approaches to shamanism, and how we have remade our perceptions of soul healing. Many people now . . . → Read More: Mindfulness and Animism

The Study of Healing Prayer

Ethical and Practical Questions

By Elizabeth Barrette

While most matters of healing lie outside my area of expertise, I have a perennial interest in prayer and liturgy. Healing prayers appear in most if not all religions. Some are specific, others general; some come from human inspiration, while others are attributed to the Divine. My most . . . → Read More: The Study of Healing Prayer

Wise Woman Ways to Boost Your Energy

By OSusun S. Weed

Almost every woman has, at one time or another, felt so fatigued she wanted to cry. But for some women, and for a variety of reasons – including menopause, caring for a new-born, working odd hours, chronic anxiety, and poverty, to name only a few – fatigue is a constant, . . . → Read More: Wise Woman Ways to Boost Your Energy

Practical Centering, by Larkin Barnett

Exercises to Energize Your Chakras for Relaxation, Vitality, and Health

Reviewed by Rebecca Elson

[Snip] It’s not all new age, touchy feely stuff. Don’t you worry, there is chakra talk aplenty. But as Kenny Rogers said in “The Gambler”, “There’ll be time enough for your affirmations, when your visual guided imagery is done.” (That’s how . . . → Read More: Practical Centering, by Larkin Barnett

Magickal Reiki

By Bronwyn Katzke

With an estimated one million practitioners worldwide, Reiki is becoming a leading holistic therapy. Originally founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century in Japan, it has grown into numerous traditions under the Reiki umbrella. And from its roots as a system for spiritual development, it has blossomed into a method . . . → Read More: Magickal Reiki

Sugar May Be Bad, But Is the Alternative Worse?

By Brandon Keim

A controversial proposal would regulate sugar as a toxic substance, and not simply because it’s a calorie-rich enabler of obesity. Some researchers say it’s intrinsically dangerous, not unlike alcohol or tobacco, with unique properties that set off a hormonal cascade ending in higher risks of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

. . . → Read More: Sugar May Be Bad, But Is the Alternative Worse?

The Anthropology of Food

By David Wann

Old Perspective: Food should be fast, easy, fun, and so cheap that it’s okay to waste it. Cooking doesn’t fit these criteria because it requires concentration, “extra” time, and engagement, so processed food is superior. The origins and quality of my food are not as important as their standardized, predictable consistency.

New . . . → Read More: The Anthropology of Food

Next Generation of Genetically Modified Foods May Affect Human Health

By ICTM Staff

A new study published in the journal Cell Research reveals material from genetically modified (GM) food has survived the human digestive process, affecting cholesterol function in humans. The Atlantic argues the news is reason to revisit the safety of genetically engineered crops.

Chinese researches at Nanjing University found small pieces of a . . . → Read More: Next Generation of Genetically Modified Foods May Affect Human Health

Fast food may damage your brain: study

By Sharon Kirkey

Researchers have found that there’s a part of your body that might actually shrink when you eat too much fast food.

Unfortunately, it’s your brain.

People with diets high in trans fats are more likely to experience the kind of brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people who consume less of . . . → Read More: Fast food may damage your brain: study