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Three ayurvedic concoctions get scientific validation for treating rheumatoid arthritis – Free Press Journal

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

She said the study was conducted in four phases in rats after inducing rheumatoid arthritis and the treatment duration was based on standard protocol. "Severity of pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis were decided by the infiltration of so many pro-inflammatory cytokines, lymphocytes, oxidants etc. By this study we were able to find that kashayams exerted therapeutic efficacy in the management of rheumatoid arthritis by regulating pro anti-inflammatory cytokines balance, increasing antioxidant level and by immune modulation," said Aswathy.

The study team that was guided by A. Helen, Professor and Mentor, has published their work in the international peer reviewed Journal of Ayurveda and integrative medicine and two papers are under review. The highlight of the study is that while all these three kashayams are available in the market there was no scientific validation, which the study team has been able to do.

The team instead of relying on the readily available kashayams, decided to make their own under the guidance of Ayurveda physician Sukumara Varier of Kottakal Arya Vaidyasala. The team prepared the decoction from 28 different forms of herbs and the major difference was they did not add any substance, which is added to increase the shelf life.

With regard to the outcome, Aswathy said "our attempt was to give better hope to patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis besides a vehicle to enrich traditional knowledge with well documented scientific background for the sake of mankind."

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COVID Long-Haulers Find Relief Among Fellow Sufferers on Road to Recovery – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) Around California and the Bay Area youll find them: members of a club that no one wants to join. These are patients who experience lingering misery after they no longer test positive for SARS-CoV-2. Theyre known as the long-haulers.

About 10 percent of patients whove had an initial COVID-19 infection will go on to not fully recover, said UCSF neurologist Dr. Juliet Morgan.

It puzzled a lot of us, said Dr. Meghan Jobson, palliative care Fellow at UCSF.

KPIX met two long-haulers: retired former banker Bruce Wheeler and Carla, who is a first responder. Carla asked us not to use her last name.

It felt very lonely and, after a while, you wonder: is this in my head? Wheeler said.

When Carla first noticed the symptoms of her long-haul syndrome, she was worried.

I dont think Im going to be OK, she remembered thinking.

Both were infected last year and felt awful. The infections went away but their brush with the novel coronavirus was far from over. For months, they continue to suffer baffling, debilitating health conditions.

I know what its like to be really tired but this was different, explained Carla.

Carla used to bicycle hundreds of miles and run marathons. Today, she feels extraordinary fatigue, shortness of breath and a terrible, systemic pain.

You know when you cut yourself and you put alcohol in there and you know it burns? she asked. It was similar to that but all over.

Wheeler was an active hiker but he now reports fatigue, persistent shortness of breath, nausea, brain fog and destabilizing headaches.

Many days I get up at 8 oclock in the morning and, at 10 oclock, Im back in bed because my headache is pounding away, he said.

The symptoms for long-haul syndrome vary but can also include a loss of the sense of smell and taste, as well as hair loss.

Theres also a report of patients developing serious inflammatory conditions. Preliminary data indicate that some asymptomatic college athletes developed an inflammatory heart condition.

Whats frustrating is that the syndrome is not well understood. Family, friends, co-workers and colleague often express disbelief at the constellation of symptoms, questioning if the patient is actually sick. Often, patients are mistakenly prescribed anti-anxiety medicine, even anti-depressants.

There just werent answers, Wheeler said.

I felt hopeless, said Carla.

Their situation reached the attention of Dr. Morgan and Dr. Jobson. They both specialize in chronic conditions that impact quality of life and they have expertise in integrative medicine.

What we had been hearing from multiple survivors of COVID-19 is that they didnt feel heard, explained Dr. Jobson.

The cause for the syndrome remains unclear although it may involve an overreactive immune or inflammatory response. And, while older people appear more likely to get it, young people are not immune.

We will see plenty of very young patients in their twenties and thirties who have this COVID long-haul syndrome who continue to suffer, Dr. Morgan said.

The doctors established an online COVID support group: the first of its kind in the nation. Meetings are packed.

There is strength in survivorship, explained Dr. Jobson.

During group sessions, patients share their stories. The doctors answer questions, address fringe treatments and provide expertise in how to manage symptoms.

Shortness of breath, the fatigue we know a lot of the data and literature surrounding these things, Dr. Jobson said.

Instruction is given in ways to relax such as mindfulness and meditation.

Mindfulness is actually pretty powerful and potent medicine. We know in studies that it can reduce markers of stress like cortisol. It can reduce inflammatory markers like IL-6. Dr. Morgan explained.

Bruce Wheeler and Carla told KPIX the online support and help has already provided a great benefit.

Literally in the last two weeks, I began to see improvement on the headache front, Wheeler said.

Instead of doing it every once in a while, now I do it every day, every night, Carla added.

They also learn from each other what strategies work, what doesnt and theyve been inspired by others.

I am really impressed by Carlas strength and that she saw the silver lining even when it was a really bad, bad day, Bruce commented.

Carla did lose her hair. When Bruce saw her online, Carla recounted how he said just the right thing.

He took it upon himself to say You know what Carla, it actually looks pretty good on you, she smiled.

As for the doctors, theyve learned quite a lot from their patients: curiosity, resilience, respect and tenacity.

Theyre showing us what it looks like to ask for help, Dr. Morgan said.

We encourage other people in other areas of the country to start support groups, Dr. Jobson added.

There are other extraordinary COVID long-haul syndrome support groups, such as Survivor Corps and Body Politic.

The UCSF group was so successful and helpful to the long-haulers involved, they asked Dr. Jobson and Dr. Morgan to extend it. Now a new one is set to begin this spring. There is no cost to patients.

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Health Coaching Market Increasing Demand with New Technologies by 2027 ExpertRating, Duke Integrative Medicine, National Society of Health Coaches,…

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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Apprenticeships are the catalyst for opportunity – Crain’s Chicago Business

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

To build a diverse workforce that reflects the country and matches emerging employer needs, we must increase efforts to support students from high school through college with targeted training, on-the-job paid work experience, individualized supports, and career counseling.

Baker's experience highlights a key ingredient: "What really made it work for me was that everyone was committed to one common goal in creating a pathway for success."

Obtaining a four-year college degree is not essential for all students. In Illinois, 52 percent of jobs require education and training beyond high school, but not a B.A. degree. These high-demand fields include health care, medical technology and advanced manufacturing.

At One Million Degrees, our focus is on providing a range of supports to Chicago-area community college students and serving as a connector to employers. Across the state, 60 percent of public college students attend community colleges. Many, like Baker, are the first in their family to attend college and are working full-time jobs and supporting their families.

We are seeing employers across industries partner with educators and students to build on-ramps to in-demand jobs, especially through new apprenticeship programs. There's growing recognition that these programs can help address long-standing underrepresentation in lucrative fields among Blacks, Latinx and women, by providing both access and wraparound support.

Those supports, from stipends and transportation vouchers to child care and counseling must be aligned with the specific needs of each student. "Each individual is unique and needs different supports," says Baker, who found personal contacts for emotional support especially useful over the past year.

Chicago and the state of Illinois are leading the way. MAPP is but one of several new promising programs. Supported by health care providers Rush University Medical Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, NorthShore University HealthSystem, University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System, plus West Side United, One Million Degrees and Malcolm X College, the program is designed to help students advance their careers in the health care sector.

The Chicago Apprenticeship Network has become a national model, with one of its founders, Aon, taking the program to six new cities. The strength of the Chicago program is its array of partners40 companies across 16 industries, City Colleges of Chicago and One Million Degreesas it plans to develop 1,000 apprenticeships.

One Million Degrees is also providing mentors to support Career Launch Chicago, an effort by the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges to provide high school students entering college with paid work experiences.

Research from the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab on the impact of our support program for community college students shows increases in college enrollment, full-time enrollment and persistence. Our own analysis shows that our support of college apprentices contributes to high retention rates: 98 percent in our collaboration with Aon and 94 percent with MAPP.

We should be encouraged by the momentum around combining training and education opportunities. The state of Illinois is investing in apprenticeships across the state. President Joe Biden pledged during his campaign to make a $50 billion investment in workforce training, including community college business partnerships and apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships can be a bipartisan way of directing increased education and training support to closing skills gaps and should focus on expanding beyond the trades, where they are now concentrated, according to a new report from Brookings.

As Baker tells us, apprenticeships are the catalyst for opportunity. "For years, I kept telling myself that next semester I'd go back to school. MAPP opened the door for me to pursue my dream."

Paige Ponder is chief executive officer of One Million Degrees, a nonprofit providing support to community college students to help them succeed.

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Tuning the circadian clock, boosting rhythms may be key to future treatments and medicines – Newswise

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Newswise Irvine, CA February 11, 2021 Subconsciously, our bodies keep time for us through an ancient means the circadian clock. A new University of California, Irvine-led article reviews how the clock controls various aspects of homeostasis, and how organs coordinate their function over the course of a day.

What is fascinating is that nearly every cell that makes up our organs has its own clock, and thus timing is a crucial aspect of biology, said Kevin B. Koronowski, PhD, lead author and a postdoctoral fellow in Biological Chemistry at the UCI School of Medicine. Understanding how daily timing is integrated with function across organs has implications for human health, as disruption of the clock and circadian rhythms can be both a cause and effect of diseases from diabetes to cancer.

The circadian clock generates a ~24 hour rhythm that controls behavior, hormones, the immune system and metabolism. Using human cells and mice, researchers from the Paolo Sassone-Corsi Laboratory at UCI's Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism aim to uncover the physiological circuits, for example between the brain and liver, whereby biological clocks achieve coherence. Their work, titled, Communicating clocks shape circadian homeostasis, was published today in Science.

Circadian clocks align internal processes with external time, which enables diverse lifeforms to anticipate daily environmental changes such as the light-dark cycle. In complex organisms, clock function starts with the genetically encoded molecular clock or oscillator within each cell and builds upward anatomically into an organism-wide system. Circadian misalignment, often imposed in modern society, can disrupt this system and induce adverse effects on health if prolonged.

Strategies to tune our clocks and boost rhythms have been promising in pre-clinical studies, which illustrates the importance of unraveling this aspect of our biology and unlocking the potential it holds for treatments and medicines of the future, said Koronowski.

Without electrical light, high-speed travel, constant food availability and around the clock work-life schedules, our ancestors clocks were in constant harmony with the environment. However, due to these pressures of modern society, aligning our internal time with geophysical time has become a challenge in todays world. Chronic misalignment when eating and sleeping patterns conflict with the natural light-dark cycle is associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions, and cancer. A large portion of the global workforce has atypical hours and may be particularly vulnerable.

It has become urgent that we uncover the molecular underpinnings of the relationship between the circadian clock and disease, explained Koronowski. Deciphering the means by which clocks communicate across metabolic organs has the potential to transform our understanding of metabolism, and it may hold therapeutic promise for innovative, noninvasive strategies to promote health.

This work is dedicated to the memory of Paolo Sassone-Corsi (19562020), a great scientist, mentor, and human. It was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, Novo Nordisk Foundation and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

About the UCI School of Medicine

Each year, the UCI School of Medicine educates more than 400 medical students, and nearly 150 doctoral and masters students. More than 700 residents and fellows are trained at UCI Medical Center and affiliated institutions. The School of Medicine offers an MD; a dual MD/PhD medical scientist training program; and PhDs and masters degrees in anatomy and neurobiology, biomedical sciences, genetic counseling, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and biophysics, and translational sciences. Medical students also may pursue an MD/MBA, an MD/masters in public health, or an MD/masters degree through one of three mission-based programs: the Health Education to Advance Leaders in Integrative Medicine (HEAL-IM), the Leadership Education to Advance Diversity-African, Black and Caribbean (LEAD-ABC), and the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). The UCI School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Accreditation and ranks among the top 50 nationwide for research. For more information, visit


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Global Alternative Healthcare Providers Market Outlook for Major Applications/end Users, Consumption, Share and Growth Rate 2023 KSU | The Sentinel…

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Global Alternative Healthcare Providers Market: Overview

Practice of complementary and alternative medicine comprises many different areas of medicines. In addition to that, it is possible that many parts of one field will overlap with another in another area. A case in point is acupuncture, which finds use in both alternative and conventional medicine. Alternative medicine refers to those medical treatments that find utilization instead of conventional therapies. Few people call them complimentary or integrative medicine. Many people make use of alternative therapies so as to make them deal and feel better with diseases like cancer. In this type of treatment, how one feels is an important part in how you cope up with the disease.

Many of the alternative healthcare therapies focus on the reduction of and relaxation from stress. These therapies increase general sense of wellbeing, relieve anxiety, and calm ones emotions. Several doctors, researchers, and nurses have exhibited interest in the concept of positive emotions making improvements in ones health. These factors are estimated to propel the global alternative healthcare providers market toward growth over the forecast tenure.

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Alternative healthcare providers make an offering of a wide variety of products and practices and medical and healthcare systems that are used by patients sans medical supervision. Usually, alternative medicines and treatments are not availed by the people suffering from various chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and osteoporosis. However, there has been a slight change in attitude, a few patients suffering from such chronic diseases are opting for alternative medicines. Such changes in the behavior pattern of patients are expected to spearhead the expansion of the global alternative healthcare providers market in years to come.

Yoga, ayurveda, homeopathic medicines, acupuncture, and unani medicines are some of the types of alternative medicines. The global alternative healthcare providers market is likely to be driven by growing adoption and use of various natural wellness and supplements medicine. In addition to that favorable government initiatives in certain countries, particularly in the Asia Pacific, are expected to create substantial opportunities of growth for the global alternative healthcare providers market over the period of review.

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the new organ, a book to know what happens inside the organism – Explica

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

The microbiota is a very little known concept even in the world, which is revolutionizing the field of medicine and health care. Thanks to studies of varying rigor, today it is known that hundreds of millions of microorganisms, including viruses, fungi, bacteria and parasites, live in the body that can be the answer in the fight against diseases such as obesity, colon cancer, diabetes, autism, among many others, as well as in the improvement of the immune system.

The good news is that we can change, says Dr. Pablo Pea, specialist in Orthomolecular Medicine and director of Masquelier Integrative Medicine and author of the book Microbiota: the new organ.

With the adoption of healthy habits and the balance of the microbiota of the person, it is possible to stop expressing the bad genes inherited from the ancestors and that condition different diseases.

We are not entirely determined by genetics, we can change from our own choices, said the professional.

The book Microbiota: the new organ has a didactic and practical application approach, so that readers learn to adopt personal habits that allow them to have a healthy microbiota and, consequently, a better quality of life. It also includes a series of recipes to bring a diet favorable to the microorganisms that inhabit us.

Pea affirmed that for 10 years they have been working in the clinic on how the microbiota modulates, how to improve it and all that experience of a decade was turned over to the book where the concept, the factors that affect it, how to care for it, how it affects health and the most important thing is the ideal nutrition to have the desired balance, Pea explains TODAY.

Since before birth

From the uterus, human beings have, through defense cells, contact with the maternal microbiota and from the moment they go outside they are colonized with the mothers microbiota, the sheet with which it is covered at birth, with that of father and thus they are colonizing.

Breast milk covers an essential function for proper training, it also influences whether the baby is born by cesarean section or vaginal delivery, says the professional.

He recalled that major epidemics and pandemics occurred over the centuries, the Black Death that killed millions of people, Spanish fever, polio, measles, tuberculosis, syphilis and even Covid-19, all caused by bacteria and virus.

So they have a very bad press and that there are viruses and pathogenic bacteria, they exist but the vast majority are good and help us to be healthy, the pathogens that make us sick are a small group, but because of it we generalize the concept of bad bacteria and viruses, explains Pea.

Although, biologically it cannot be classified as an organ, there is a Microbiota-intestine-brain axis; the microbiota intestine lung axis; the microbiota gut immune system axis; the microbiota intestine skin axis and others, that is, it is related to many other organs and as it was not known and the studies that were more than 70,000 in the last 15 years, made a re-discovery in Medicine.

Contribution of the Microbiota and how to develop it

Homeostasis is balance and the holobiont are the millions of living beings living together inside the human being. Their 3 million genes and our 26 thousand human genes, that is the greatest contribution, the state of balance that equals health, strong and balanced defenses, a balanced metabolism, balanced hormones and a balanced digestive and nervous system.

First we must know that the first 1000 days are everything for development (270 days of pregnancy, 365 days of the first and second year) is like planting a tree, everything is formed there. So we must take care of the Microbiota of our children, very little known by most doctors today. Second, when we go through that with a diverse diet, such as not always eating the same type of coffee with milk with bread, sugar and jam, but eating a variety of colors in fruits and vegetables, eating avocado, suckling pig, tangerine, lettuce, tomato, arugula, radish , he exemplified.

Diversity and colors four times a day and the secret when you are an adult also involves physical exercise, stress management, among other topics that are addressed in the book so that people can learn about them.

The author stressed that the launch of the book would not have been possible without the support of Editorial Dos Maletas with editor Christian Kent and producer Esteban Aguirre and his team. We did it taking advantage of the quarantine time, throughout this past 2020. It was finished printing this January at the Mercurio publishing house and has been on sale since February in the main bookstores in the country, shared Pea.

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4 Sneaky Tricks To Stay Hydrated *Without* Chugging Water, From A Functional MD –

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

"A green smoothie a day is probably the most incredible thing you can do to hydrate yourself," Cohen remarks. That's because all those greens (spinach, kale, what have you) contain significant amounts of fiber, which helps you hold on to water much better. "The fiber is what really acts as a sponge," Cohen notes.

More hard data is needed, she adds, but her anecdotal evidence speaks volumes: In Cohen's practice, patients who incorporate a green smoothie into their daily regimen feel way more hydrated. "[I have] patients who say, 'I drink so much water all day but I can't quench my thirst.' And I have them add a green smoothie or two a day, and it changes everything," she recounts.

Cohen's own morning sip includes a handful of greens, half an apple ("an apple and a bottle of water is more hydrating than two bottles of water," she notes), some lemon, and a knob of ginger, but you can learn how to create your own concoction here.

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Hydrosol: Benefits, Uses, Precautions, DIY, and More – Healthline

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

Hydrosols are water-based products made from the distillation of fresh flowers, leaves, fruits, and other plant materials. Theyre a byproduct of the essential oil manufacturing process and share many of the same properties as essential oils.

The difference is that hydrosols are mostly water. This means theyre much less concentrated than essential oils. They also have a softer, more subtle scent.

Hydrosols are often used in skin care or aromatherapy products. While theyve also been used for medicinal purposes, more research is needed to prove their effectiveness.

Keep reading to learn about how hydrosols are used and their purported benefits.

Hydrosol products should be used with caution, since theyre not regulated by any governing body and theres a lack of scientific research about their safety and effectiveness.

Hydrosols are water-based products made from the distillation by water or steam of plant matter. The distilling process produces two end-products:

Many different types of plants can be made into hydrosols not just flowers but also bark, roots, and other plant components like leaves.

Essential oils and hydrosols have some similar properties, but hydrosols have a much higher water content.

This means theyre gentler than essential oils and can be applied directly to your skin without needing to dilute them with a carrier oil. They also have a more subtle scent than their essential oil counterparts.

Hydrosols may be used in a variety of products, including:

They can even flavor drinks and other foods.

Theres a lack of scientific research on the benefits of hydrosols. But anecdotal evidence suggests that certain plants converted into hydrosols may be useful in several ways.

For example, here are some plants and a few of their purported benefits:

Some hydrosols such as lavender, chamomile, and the curry plant have carboxylic acids. These acids may target and reduce inflammation, according to research from 2016.

One older 2008 study suggested that rose hydrosols may help people with insomnia. However, its important to note that the most effective rose hydrosol in the study contained more essential oil than the other hydrosols examined.

More research is needed to prove the effectiveness of hydrosols.

Hydrosols sweetened with sugar or honey are used as nutritive waters in the Middle East. There are more than 50 kinds of these hydrosols available in Iran, but theyre not available elsewhere in the world.

Hydrosols may also be used in products not intended for oral use. These include:

There are many hydrosol products available commercially.

Consider the manufacturer along with any other added ingredients before purchasing and using them. Fragrances and dyes may irritate your skin if you apply the product topically.

Theres not a substantial amount of evidence regarding the safety of hydrosols in the United States. Like essential oils, hydrosols arent regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So, you use them at your own risk.

A 2017 study of hydrosol drinks in Iran found that most hydrosols are considered safe and effective. The studys researchers also remarked that consuming hydrosols is safer than consuming essential oils because theyre diluted with water.

But theres a scant amount of research in Western culture on hydrosols and their safety.

In the United States, using aromatherapy and other types of plant-based medicines is considered a complementary or alternative therapy. This means they are treatment methods outside of conventional medicine.

Complementary medicine is when you use these products along with medicines or therapies prescribed by your doctor. Alternative medicines are when you use these products in place of conventional medicines.

These therapies lack definitive research. Thats why theyre not proven as scientifically based treatments.

You should talk with a doctor before ingesting these products. Discuss how these treatments might interact with other medications you take. Stop using them if you have a reaction.

Hydrosols can be made intentionally or as a byproduct in the essential oil distillation process.

Look for products intentionally made as hydrosols. These may be of higher quality. Manufacturers of specific hydrosol products versus those packaging the byproduct may put more care and attention into the product they produce.

Hydrosols should be packaged in bottles similar to essential oils. Dark bottles prevent light from altering the product. Also avoid overheating hydrosol products.

Manufacturers create hydrosols with steam, water, or a combination of both. In some distillation techniques, herbs sit above heated water.

Equipment captures the steam, moves the vapor into equipment that can condense it, and then extracts it as hydrosols.

You can make hydrosols at home along with essential oils. Heres what youll need:

Recipes to create flower waters exist, but these are not hydrosols. Flower waters are made by adding plants to water, then exposing them to the sun for a period of time.

These types of flower waters are similar to products like Bachs Rescue Remedy. Research from 2010 on these products shows that theyre no more effective than placebos.

Hydrosols are a water-based product made from plants. You may consider using them for a variety of purposes, such as on your skin or in your bath water.

In the Middle East, sweetened hydrosol beverages are popular because of their purported medicinal value.

Use hydrosols with caution. Theres not a lot of scientific evidence on their safety or effectiveness, and theyre not regulated by the FDA.

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18 Surprising Foods That Tom Brady Never Eats | Eat This Not That – Eat This, Not That

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

On Sunday, Tom Brady made history. At 43 years old, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is the oldest player to ever play in a Super Bowl. He also has had more appearances in the big game than any other player in NFL history at 107 of which he and his team took the championship title. While it's a given that Brady's hard work and training play a big role in his success over the years, there are some other lifestyle changes he's made that have helped the quarterback stay fit and agile in his later years.

Thanks to Alex Guerrero, Brady's personal trainer and body coach, the quarterback reportedly goes to sleep at 9 p.m.and focuses a lot on his flexibility. But perhaps the most important (and unconventional) change is adhering to an anti-inflammatory diet.

With the help of Brady's (former) personal chef, Allen Campbell, the quarterback developed and follows a fairly strict, plant-based diet that leaves out many popular foods.

"My philosophy is that a plant-based diet has the power to reverse and prevent disease," Campbell said in an interview with the Boston Globe in 2016. (After the interview came out and after helping Brady write his TB12 Nutrition Manual, Campbell parted ways with the quarterback.)

Brady's meals consist of roughly 80 percent plant-based foods and 20 percent animal-based foods, according to a TB12 blog post. But there are many foodsboth plant and animal-basedthat Brady avoids, and he's attributed this avoidance to a lot of his athletic performance.

We reviewed interviews with Brady's personal chef alongside blog posts on his personal website, TB12, to find the 18 foods Brady never eats. Read on, and for more on healthy eating, don't miss 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

"I make conscious decisions to buy local and organic, and to stay away from GMOs, and to think about the future of the planet and the future of humans," said Campbell.

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Brady doesn't eat strawberries for any nutritional reasonhe simply doesn't like the smell, according to the TB12 blog post.

"I try to avoid eating anything that comes in a box or a bag, as well as foods containing white flour or added sugars," Brady says in a TB12 blog post.

"I try to limit cereal, white bread, white rice, pasta, cakes, and cookies. Less inflammation is the key for me," Brady says in a blog post.

In his 2016 interview with the Boston Globe, Campbell said that Brady won't eat this highly-processed additive.

Campbell said that he only cooks with organic foods, and often shops at farmer's markets or at Whole Foods. So that means that any conventional produce or meats are off the table.

"I use Himalayan pink salt as the sodium. I never use iodized salt," said Campbell. Although Brady doesn't eat iodized salt, nutrition experts recommend making iodized salt a staple in a healthy diet, as many people don't consume enough of the nutrient, which is essential to a healthy thyroid.

"Fats like canola oil turn into trans fats," says Campbell. Instead of vegetable oil, Cambell uses olive oil and coconut oil. (Related:What Happens To Your Body When You Eat Olive Oil)

One of the most famous parts of the quarterback's diet is his avoidance of tomatoes and nightshades. "[Tom] doesn't eat nightshades, because they're not anti-inflammatory," says Campbell. "So no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I'm very cautious about tomatoes. They cause inflammation."

Nightshades are a botanical family of plants, called Solanaceae, explains UC Davis Integrative Medicine. The term "nightshade" was coined since many of these plants prefer to grow in shady areas or often flower at night. These foods contain chemical compounds called alkaloids, which some say cause inflammation, but that haven't been scientifically proven to do so.

So that means no pasta sauce, no pizza, no salsa!

Sweet peppers are another nightshade that Brady doesn't eat. This also includes chili peppers, so presumably, Brady avoids hot sauce. Many experts criticize leaving out this vegetable, as it's incredibly high in vitamin C. However, there are other foods high in vitamin C, and a blog post on TB12 recommends consuming such foods. "Consider supplementing with 600 mg of vitamin C per day if you're not able to regularly consume those nutrient-rich foods," the blog notes.

Campbell called out eggplant as another nightshade that Brady avoids. Another nightshade Campbell didn't list is white potatoes; however, it's likely that Brady still consumes sweet potatoes, according to a TB12 blog post.

Campbell listed mushrooms as one of the nightshades that Brady doesn't eat, however, the fungus isn't technically a nightshade. Regardless of that fact, Brady doesn't eat them or any fungus.

Campbell listed coffee or any caffeinated foods among those that Brady doesn't consume. That means he won't have to experience any of the Ugly Side Effects of Drinking Too Much Coffee, According to Science.

As dairy can be inflammatory to a population with lactose intolerance or sensitivity, Campbell says it's not in Brady's diet.

Gluten may also cause inflammation in those sensitive to the protein. For that reason, Campbell explains that Brady avoids any gluten-containing foods. "[I use] tamari because we stick to gluten-free for everything," he says. That means bread, anything with wheat, barley (so that means no beer), rye, crackers, bagels, flatbread, tortillas, cake, cookies, doughnuts, pretzels, pancakes, pasta, cereal, and some protein bars.

Besides avoiding beer due to its gluten content, Brady skips out on all alcohol. "Overdoing it can take a toll on your health, performance, and ability to recover," a TB12 blog post notes. "Alcohol is a double whammy: It can be both inflammatory and dehydrating."

Most processed meats are cured with preservatives like nitrates and nitrites. These ingredients have been linked to cancer, and processed foods like hot dogs, lunchmeat, and bacon are associated with a myriad of health problems, says a TB12 blog. "It's best to avoid processed meats as much as possible."

However, Brady isn't extremely strict about this rule: "If I'm craving bacon, I have a piece. Same with pizza. You should never restrict what you really want. We're humans, here for one life," the quarterback told Men's Health.

Forget french fries and potato chips. "Regardless of how much you love fried chicken, fried foods are an inflammation nightmare. Cooking food at the high temperatures required to fry them produce something called advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which have been shown to contribute to chronic inflammation," says a TB12 blog post. For more, see these Dangerous Side Effects of Eating Fried Foods, According to Science.

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How an Empath Copes with Shocking Events – Healthline

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

An empath or highly sensitive person (HSP) is someone who experiences the emotions of others. Empaths have the unique ability to sense and absorb others emotions, which typically makes them extremely caring, compassionate, and understanding people.

Empaths have the ability to easily see another persons perspective. On one hand, this is a wonderful trait, but it can create some real challenges. Empaths can feel misunderstood or become easily overwhelmed.

It can be especially challenging when an empath is exposed to emotionally intense information on the daily.

According to the American Psychological Associations Stress in America Survey, theres plenty of conflict between the need to stay informed about current events and the stress that it causes. The survey indicates that 95 percent of adults follow the news regularly, but 56 percent of those who do so say it causes them stress.

For empaths, this stress is even more acute.

A 2017 study found that many people avoid empathy due to its cognitive costs. Thats not possible for empaths. For us, it becomes increasingly difficult to navigate shocking events.

As the media is designed to get the attention of the rest of the population who do not feel deeply and have sensitive nervous systems, a sensitive person will feel emotionally bombarded, overwhelmed, and overstimulated if they consume as much media as a less sensitive person, says Katie T. Larson, PhD.

Larson is a researcher, author, and growth coach who works exclusively with highly sensitive people, empaths, and intuitives.

It wasnt until my late 20s that I began to realize I process emotions differently than others. I felt vulnerable to every hurt and injustice but came across as cold and distant in an effort to shield myself.

Ive experienced both ends of the spectrum. In some cases, I attracted narcissists and emotional manipulators. Other times, I was written off as indifferent because I didnt know how to care without getting completely crushed.

Fortunately, Ive learned ways to cope. While Im not always able to follow these guidelines perfectly, I feel a huge difference in my mental health when I do.

One of the most practical ways to cope with shocking events is to limit your time scrolling social media and watching the news.

I cant even begin to count how many times Ive looked up to realize I just spent hours scrolling. Scheduling your news and even using an actual timer makes a world of difference.

Dr. Tiffany Caplan, DC, is a celebrity doctor, board certified in integrative medicine, and a self-described empath. She has resorted to getting creative about keeping up with world events.

My husband is very good about being objective about events and keeps up with everything going on. I, therefore, rely on him for just the facts of whats going on so I dont personally have to see images or read things that will upset me, Caplan says.

I dont say no well. When I do, I often feel incredibly guilty even when I shouldnt.

This is sometimes referred to as jellyfish boundaries because you easily get stung. You become drained, irritable, and overwhelmed, leading to more guilty feelings.

While it may seem like setting boundaries doesnt apply to watching current events, its important to know that some outlets present news in sensational ways to evoke emotional responses.

Take the time to find and consume news founded on logic, reason, and balance. Or try comedic sources of news for a lighthearted approach.

Setting boundaries with others when discussing current events is important too.

Not only are we often consuming negativity through the news, many of us then find ourselves stuck in conversations about it. You can make it clear to others if you dont feel comfortable or need a break from discussing current events.

Catastrophizing is a pattern of thinking that jumps to the worst-case scenario. Focusing on what-ifs often increases feelings of stress and anxiety. In truth, we dont need much help exaggerating current events.

Start by getting clear on the current situation. Ask yourself, Whats actually true right now?

Be honest with yourself when youre focused on what-ifs. You can tell yourself, This isnt actually happening. Its just a fantasy.

If you find yourself starting to spiral with panic and anxiety, its important to ground yourself back in the present moment. You can do this by using the 5-4-3-2-1 method, meditation, and guided imagery.

Larson suggests creating a visualization or audio mantra that keeps you safe within your own energetic field. Some people choose phrases like white bubbles or I am safe and repeat them throughout the day to keep their nervous system calm and intact.

Annie McDonnell is a licensed acupuncturist and sound therapy practitioner who focuses on giving patients self-care tools for emotional health and resilience. According to McDonnell, it helps to focus on the nervous system.

By stimulating the vagus nerve to go into parasympathetic mode (rest and digest vs. fight or flight), we can help regulate our breathing, heart rate, and digestion. There are a few different ways to activate this mode, she says.

One way to do this is with deep belly breathing.

While there are many wonderful breathing techniques, this is the simplest one for when your anxiety is triggered, McDonnell says.

Another option is a soothing ear massage.

Note: While research suggests there are health benefits, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesnt monitor or regulate the purity or quality of essential oils. Its important to talk with your healthcare provider before you begin using essential oils. Be sure to research the quality of a brands products. Always do a patch test before trying a new essential oil.

You can also take 10 minutes to tune into a sound bath or make your own sound vibration therapy by closing your eyes and humming.

Part of the problem for empaths and anyone who suffers from headline anxiety is that you want to help everyone but you cant.

Its impossible to make things better for everyone, but you can still do it for a few. Take action by volunteering for a cause thats important to you, or engage in a simple act of kindness.

Simple acts of empathy can restore your sense that theres good in the world too.

When you take up a hobby, exercise, or explore your feelings through journaling, youre focusing on the now.

Exercise can be especially potent in changing your energy state.

Allow your body to move and literally shake off the emotions that are not yours. Movement is key, as there is much research to suggest actual immobility keeps emotions stuck as well, says Larson.

Even if you dont like exercise, anything that brings you joy can help.

We have been conditioned to react to headlines with outrage at all times, so our nervous systems become addicted to that pathway. When we engage in joyful, delightful, and pleasurable activities more often, we are retraining the pathways of our brain, adds Larson.

Everyone wants alone time at some point, but empaths need it. Its the main way we recharge our batteries and cleanse our emotional palate.

For me, thats usually getting lost in a good book or hiking. It can be whatevers best for you. Its ideal to do it as part of your regular routine instead of waiting until youve hit complete overload.

Shocking news events are challenging for everybody these days, especially empaths. Know there are things you can do.

You can take control of your media consumption by limiting the duration and timing. You dont have to let your mind run rampant with negative news.

If youve been exposed, find ways to release the negative energy you have inside of you. You can replace it with positivity through meditation, mindfulness, and acts of kindness.

You dont have to let shocking news control your life.

Ashley Hubbard is a freelance writer based in Nashville, Tennessee, focusing on sustainability, travel, veganism, mental health, social justice, and more. Passionate about animal rights, sustainable travel, and social impact, she seeks out ethical experiences whether at home or on the road. Visit her website.

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Impact Entrepreneur Kunal Sood is transforming the world by impacting a billion lives – Fortune India

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

On 21 September 2019 founder Kunal Sood conceptualized and launched #WeThePlanet as a high-level in-person convening at the United Nations during the 74th UNGA with the President of the UN General Assembly Mara Fernanda Espinosa Garcs and H.E. Thomas Remengesau Jr., President of Palau to transform our world for a better future. #WeThePlanet is on a mission to make the impossible possible by uniting the youth and the elders, the left and the right to positively impact a billion lives over the next decade. Sood and co-founder Laura Muranaka are actively creating a virtual platform and real life #WeThePlanet Campus to safeguard and protect all life on land and under the sea.

We as humans must go above and beyond just serving We the People by focusing on serving something that is larger than ourselves. As a force for good, we must come together without fear or favor and become #WeThePlanet, Sood explains.

There is a connection between the current pandemic and the lost harmony between humanity and nature. Integral ecology architecture is one way to demonstrate how human systems can reorient to address human and planetary longevity, social inequities, and increase health and wellness to flourish into the future. COVID-19 highlighted the challenges faced in both the in-person summit industry and the urban architectural industry surrounding the future of working environments. #WeThePlanet attempts to investigate new and forward-looking opportunities for people-friendly architecture in harmony with nature. The #WeThePlanet Campus serves as a communicative media platform to protect all life on land and under the sea while advancing the frontiers of design. The floating building campus is aimed at serving as an inspiring example for future life, living and working environments, and will be addressing topics such as longevity, climate change, social justice and equal opportunities. The 50/50 concept foresees architecture for the future centered on shared spaces that increase wildlife habitat in urban environments.

#WeThePlanet is a culmination of over two decades worth of experience that led Sood from India to New York working alongside extraordinary style icons in the fashion world, and working in global health and integrative medicine, alongside world-renowned physician Dr. TJ Cherian in Chennai, India. In 2006, tragically Sood lost his mentor to suicide. This tremendous loss served as a catalyst for founding #WeThePlanet and creating eight virtual #WeThePlanet global summits during the pandemic in 2020 that highlighted the voices of change-makers such as Kajol, Deepak Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra, Shekar Kapur, Aloe Blacc, Susan Rockefeller, Jane Seymour and extraordinary youth. India is a model nation with the power of youth to galvanize #WeTheFuture as a week in the world focused on empowering next generation leaders. Furthermore, #WeThePlanet successfully launched #WeHaveADream on Gandhi Jayanti as a movement to end all forms of social, racial and environmental injustice inspired by the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Most recently at Princeton University, Sood recently keynoted and co-hosted the Art of Social and Racial Injustice virtual symposium to reinforce Gandhi and MLKs lessons of exponential leadership to unite the east and the west.

Growing up in India, Sood suffered as a young child from a learning disability and obesity and was known as the Rasna Kid in the infamous television ad where he drank the entire jug of Rasna, and then said, I love you Rasna. Given this stereotype he was often the target of bullying in school and identified as a misfit and outlier. Early in life this suffering taught him valuable lessons where he transformed to build the moral courage, emotional resilience and mental strength to stand up to his adversaries. Sood learned how to harness his learning disability as a superpower and made it his lifes calling to serve as a guardian and protector of the people and the planet.

After curating TEDx at the United Nations and launching the first-ever Novus Summit at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in 2016, Sood became a TED Resident, Tribeca Disruptor Honoree, Stanford CCARE Fellow and Innovation Fellow at Columbia University. Soods role in the company is to set the overall vision and culture of #WeThePlanet and develop and execute global strategies to make the impossible possible. He recently launched We The Future (WTF) on Clubhouse a new social app and as already gained over 25,000 members and followers.

Today Kunal Sood is a world renowned impact entrepreneur and award-winning disruptive innovator. From serving in the slums of Mumbai as a global health scientist with Harvard at PUKAR to building Global Movements at the United Nations General Assembly he is focused on unlocking humanity's exponential potential to usher in a new era of human prosperity and planetary flourishing. Forbes named him an Impact Icon and spotlighted as a Global Movement Builder given his passion for building the network of networks. He has a life-long love for learning having earned five masters degrees that include an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University, MA from CIIS, MSc from UCSF, MAPP/MPhil from University of Pennsylvania and is currently an Innovation Fellow at Columbia Business School.

The next decade has been hailed by the United Nations as the decade of action. Given the democratization of information, ideas and technology, it has caused a kind of perfect storm for humanity to come together and make the impossible possible. #WeThePlanet recognizes that amidst this global change, there is a new force of young entrepreneurs working to create social impact-driven business models and strategic frameworks by focusing on consumer consciousness as opposed to just profit-driven conventional businesses. As high impact purpose-driven entrepreneurs and exponential leaders solving the most pressing social and environmental challenges, Sood is focusing their efforts in the company on leadership, strategy and impact to protect the biodiversity of the planet while creating a world of abundance.

Impact Entrepreneur Kunal Sood is transforming the world by impacting a billion lives - Fortune India


Working in Wellness: The Allure of Acupuncture – Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

The pandemic has upended some industries entirely, leaving workers scrambling to figure out their Plan B. As they weigh their options, theyre considering the staying power of other occupations. Amainstay of traditional Chinese medicine dating back to 3,000 years ago, it's safe to say that acupuncture is here for the long run. This multi-track field combines caring for others with flexible work schedules and lifelong learning, says Jessica Frier, DAOM, LAc, and dean of the College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington.

People are drawn to acupuncture as a second career, because they want to help others in a way that focuses on a persons own innate ability to heal, she says. So, youre helping patients take control of their health, their pain, or their diet.

For many, acupuncture is their first career choice, but other practitioners are finding that acupuncture is a natural extension of work they are already doing.

You see people coming from the nursing field, or they have been yoga practitioners and they want to do more with a holistic viewpoint of health care, Frier says. Thats generally what attracts people to a second career in acupuncture.

She points to an array of acupuncture specialties and an increasing number of places to put that training to work, including chiropractic offices, primary care clinics, hospitals, pain clinics, physical therapy departments, athletic facilities, hospices and massage therapy practices. You could also open your own business and practice in that manner, Frier says.

Kate Moknes Bowman, DACM, LAc, says everyones journey into Chinese medicine is different. Her journey began in a pre-med program that led her to degrees in social work and business and, eventually, a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

I really like medicine, but how I got onto this track is that I really wanted to know more about nutrition and the root cause behind why we get sick, she says. And that is really what Chinese medicine is all abouta functional medicine approach.

Now she puts her social work training, business education, and doctorate to work in her acupuncture clinic and NWHSUs Human Performance Center, where she helps elite athletes stay healthy and recover from injuries.

I love doing both, seeing the patients, having all of the issues come into the clinic and whats going on in the community, and then Im able to translate going back and teaching the students, Bowman says.

She also teaches a new generation of acupuncture practitioners at NWHSU and makes time to study advances in science about the biomedical effects of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

She once found it puzzling when engineers studied acupuncture as a second career, she says, but she realized they were drawn to the field for the same reason she wasproblem solving.

For me, its really about finding what actually is the root of the health issue, she says. So, I think thats how engineering comes in, although it is a different path than mine.

How do you make the leap to acupuncture and determine if its the right fit for you? Bowman says its easy to find out. Go shadow someone and make sure its something you want to do something youre passionate about.

The gateway to becoming an acupuncturist is through NWHSUs masters program, says Frier. It gives you a solid foundation in all of the modalities that encompass being an acupuncturist.

Depending on the program, it takes two-and-a-half to four years worth of study to earn a masters. But students are ready to begin practicing as an acupuncturist as soon as they complete their degree, because they have completed clinical work during their studies.

We have one of the most robust clinical experiences of any college in the country, Frier says. That includes specialty clinics out in the community with special populations like HIV patients, geriatric patients. We have a number of hospital rotations, too.

NWHSU offers flexible schedules to allow students to earn degrees while they are working or raising a family, which explains why it can take as little as two-and-a-half years or as long as four years to earn a degree.

Were accustomed to working with people like that, Frier says. It might take you a little longer to get done, but eventually we get you through. Classes begin in September and January, but those embarking on a fall program can take summer classes to hit the ground running in September.

For those who want to lean into more theory, clinical applications of Chinese medicine and research, a doctorate in acupuncture is often a goal. At NWHSU, it takes a little over three years to complete the degree. And, yes, acupuncturists with a masters can return and earn a doctorate.

Frier describes it as looking more into the integrative perspective around health care and the acupuncturists role in health care. So, it really is a dive into medicine.

One of the beautiful parts of East Asian or Chinese medicine in general is the flexibility, she says, the ability to practice in a way that makes sense to you.

Located in Bloomington,Northwestern Health Sciences Universityis a pioneer in integrative natural health care education, offering degree programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, medical assisting, medical laboratory programs, post-bac/pre-health, radiation therapy, and B.S. completion. ItsBloomington clinicis open to the public andprovides chiropractic treatment,acupuncture, Chinese medicine, massage therapy, naturopathic medicine, and cupping.

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Health Coaching Industry Market 2021 Growth Analysis, Competitive Insights, by Key Players:Wellcoaches School of Coaching, Aetna, National Consortium…

Sunday, February 14th, 2021

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Can Integrative Health Solutions Help Employees While Cutting Costs? – EHS Today

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

A little late to the party, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a new guidance that requires employers to obtain informed consent from employees before testing them for COVID-19.

Last October, the CDC released its original guidance on employer testing, but didnt get around to issuing the revised guidance containing the informed consent requirement until Jan. 21. The new guidance also includes measures an employer can take to ensure employees are fully supported in their decision-making.

The new guidance states: Workplace-based testing should not be conducted without the employees informed consent. Informed consent requires disclosure, understanding and free choice, and is necessary for an employee to act independently and make choices according to their values, goals and preferences.

Another earlier guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) also directed employers to obtain informed consent before testing, note attorneys for the law firm of Jackson Lewis. Many state and federal directives also stress the role of testing when sending workers home and allowing them to return to work after they have recovered from the disease.

In its new guidance, CDC urges employers to provide the workers who will be tested with complete and understandable information about how the employers testing program may impact employees lives, such as if a positive test result or declination to participate in testing may mean exclusion from work.

When an employer is developing a COVID-19 testing program, the CDC recommends that the following basic considerations be addressed:

Why is the employer offering the test to begin with?

How frequently will employees be tested?

How to effectively obtain employee consent.

What to do if an employee declines to be tested.

The CDC also offers a list of key measures an employer should implement when developing a testing program to ensure that an employees informed consent is obtained and a supportive environment is created. They are:

Make sure safeguards are in place to protect an employees privacy and confidentiality.

Provide complete and understandable information about how the employers testing program may impact employees lives, such as if a positive test result occurs or that a declination to participate in testing may mean exclusion from work.

Explain any parts of the testing program an employee would consider especially important when deciding whether to participate. This involves explaining the key reasons that may guide their decision.

Provide information about the testing program in the employees preferred language using non-technical terms. Consider obtaining employee input on the readability of the information. Employers can use this tool provided by the CDC to create clear messages.

Encourage supervisors and coworkers to avoid pressuring employees to participate in testing.

Encourage and answer questions during the consent process. The consent process is active information sharing between an employer or their representative and an employee, in which the employer discloses the information, answers questions to facilitate understanding, and promotes the employees free choice.

The Jackson Lewis attorneys remind employers that, in order to ensure informed consent, an employee must be provided with certain disclosures regarding the workplace testing program.

These must include disclosures required in the Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorization patient fact sheet for the particular test, such as the type of the test, how the test will be performed, and known and potential risks.

Importantly, these disclosures must be provided during the consent process; meaning, employers will have to know this information and ensure it is provided to employees prior to the employee agreeing to the test, the attorneys stress.

They say employers need to consider which aspects of the testing program may be more relevant than others to an employees decision about whether to accept an offered test and include the appropriate disclosures. Other areas to consider include the process for scheduling tests and how the cost of the tests will be covered; and what employees should expect at the testing site, such as screening.

Other such considerations should include covering what will be the recommended next steps that are expected to occur if an employee tests positive, and what assistance will be made available should an employee be injured while the test is administered.

Privacy and security issues are top priorities to consider when implementing such a program, the attorneys warn. For example, employers must consider what personal information must be supplied to the test provider (for example, name, date of birth, insurance and other information), the test results to follow, and the myriad of issues that arise once that information is obtained.

The employer must look at whether, where and for how long the organization will retain the results. Other questions that need to be answered include how will personal information be kept confidential and secure, and how will the employer keep the results confidential and secure, along with who will have access to the results?

Employee test results are considered confidential medical information and, while not subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the employer-employee context, this information may be protected under state and common law.

Consider, for example, that some states, (such as California and Florida) include medical information as part of the definition of personal information under their breach notification laws, the attorneys point out. Accordingly, if that information is breached, which could include access to the information by an unauthorized party, notification to affected individuals and relevant state agencies may be required.

In addition, they remind employers that statutory and common law obligations mandate that employers safeguard employee personal information, which may include information about their physical health, such as the test results or information provided by the employee before taking the test.

Thus, maintaining reasonable safeguards to protect such information is prudent, the Jackson Lewis attorneys say. This could include access management measures, and record retention and destruction policies. It also may include clear guidelines for making disclosures of this information and whether authorization is needed before it may be disclosed to, or accessed by, a third party.

The attorneys also remind employers that workplace temperature and symptom screening protocols have been mandated or recommended by nearly every state and city across the country. These measures are essential in halting the spread of the virus and ensuring a safe and healthy workplace and workforce. Nevertheless, organizations must consider the legal risks, challenges and requirements before implementing such measures.

Can Integrative Health Solutions Help Employees While Cutting Costs? - EHS Today


Feeling More Stressed Than Ever? You’re Not Alone – Healthline

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

People in the United States are living under a mountain of stress, from a pandemic that shows no signs of abating to political unrest and economic instability.

As we near the one-year marker for the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, adults throughout the nation are reporting their highest stress levels since the start of the health crisis early last year.

The new survey Stress in America: January 2021 Stress Snapshot from the American Psychological Association (APA) offers a view into how this collective stress caused by the pandemic and its related social and cultural upheaval is affecting us.

Nobody is immune to the stress thats happening right now, different people are experiencing different levels of stress overall, said C. Vaile Wright, PhD, APAs senior director of health care innovation. We just werent built to maintain this level of stress and hypervigilance and hyperarousal for this length of time.

Wright told Healthline that given people are reporting their highest levels of stress since the beginning of the pandemic, people are showing a lot of stress-related symptoms and emotions.

Faced with the pandemic and political and economic uncertainties, we are almost at a breaking point of so many stressors, with many of them out of our control.

The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of the APA. It ran from Jan. 21 to 25 and questioned 2,076 people 18 and older in the United States.

The survey revealed 84 percent of adults in the United States say the country has serious societal issues that need to be addressed.

It also found the average stress level of respondents over the course of the prior month to be 5.6 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being little to no stress and 10 standing at a great deal of stress.

This is higher than stress levels from other APA Stress in America surveys conducted since last April.

Zeroing in further, 84 percent of adults said they experienced at least one emotion tied to prolonged stress in the prior 2 weeks, with the most common being anxiety at 47 percent, sadness at 44 percent, and anger at 39 percent.

And 67 percent said that the challenges the United States is facing now is overwhelming.

I think weve sort of seen this progression over the last three to four to five years, with people really reporting stress driven by national-level kinds of issues, Wright said. Whereas before, it was more work, family life, money, those sorts of things that we have some more control over more or less.

We are as a nation experiencing this collective trauma at this point, she said.

There was some optimism, though. About 9 in 10 adults said they hope the country will move toward a place of unity. Wright said this particularly stood out to her because it shows the large majority of Americans regardless of party affiliation want to move toward unity.

It makes sense that this is a desire shared by many. The survey shows that 81 percent of respondents cited the future of our nation as a significant source of stress, while 80 percent and 74 percent pointed to the pandemic and political unrest, respectively.

The report also shows that 66 percent of adults said the breach at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a significant stressor.

As with most aspects of American life, the survey showed how some groups are more vulnerable to stress than others. It found 74 percent of Black adults found the attack on the Capitol a source of stress versus 65 percent of white adults and 60 percent of Hispanic adults.

Dr. Michael Young, service chief of The Retreat at Sheppard Pratt, a psychiatric hospital in the Baltimore, Maryland, suburb of Towson, said that it was not a surprise that the survey revealed more than 4 in 5 adults in this country are displaying signs of prolonged stress.

I think one major factor involved is simply that confirmed COVID-19 cases have remained high, requiring restrictions to be maintained at very high levels across many parts of the country, said Young, who was not affiliated with the survey.

Social connection is a fundamental source of well-being and renewal for most people, and the ongoing social restrictions from the pandemic continue to disrupt many of the well-established social routines, he added.

Young told Healthline that this cumulative buildup of stress can have a domino effect on our health. It can impact our physical health and well-being and emotional health.

Stress can negatively impact our immune system, cardiovascular health, and worsen the experience of chronic pain and other medical conditions, he said.

Dr. Judith Cuneo, associate director of clinical programs and an integrative obstetrician-gynecologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, said that stress can cause irritability and exacerbate ones anxiety and fear.

Just a low or depressed mood, simply, sadness, can affect peoples resilience and over time that sort of chronic stress and low-level stress can begin to affect our health and reduce our immune function and worsen chronic diseases that are present and stress-related illnesses that are present, said Cuneo, who was not affiliated with the survey.

She said worsening chronic pain can impact our relationships with those we are close to and affect our ability to do day-to-day tasks, even our jobs especially as many are dealing with the shifts associated with working from home as we shelter-in-place during the pandemic.

That low-level chronic stress can put us into that sympathetic nervous system activation, that fight or flight stress reaction, she told Healthline. What follows is a cascade that happens that we may not be aware of, physical changes like our heart rate goes up, our blood pressure goes up, our hyperarousal deteriorates.

Cuneo said all of this leaves us anxious and we have less reliance to handle these stressors. We can develop maladaptive coping mechanisms, evolving our responses in sometimes unhealthy ways to respond to this stress.

It can feel intimidating to tackle these sources of stress, especially given that they stem from what can feel like larger-than-life national, even global, concerns.

Young said its best to focus on basic self-care strategies that include balanced eating and sleeping routines, and daily exercise to boost our immune systems and protect our physical health.

I suggest prioritizing self-care and role model this for others, he said. Participating in an online yoga class, practicing daily mindfulness meditation, going for a nature walk, and taking the time to do enjoyable activities like reading a favorite book or watching a favorite show with loved ones can all be restorative activities that combat stress.

Young added that activities like playing chess and practicing yoga have been two effective methods hes personally turned to during this time.

I encourage everyone to find the healthy activities that work for you in reducing stress and incorporate them into your life on a daily basis, he said.

Cuneo said that one big challenge for a lot of people over the course of the past year has been the fact that access to typical outlets for this stress relief has been closed off to people due to COVID-19.

Many have felt unsafe visiting gyms or even going to see their doctors or therapists.

Due to this, underlying conditions and chronic illnesses have gone untreated and been poorly managed.

This has further added to peoples stresses as they deal with the continuing pandemic and national political ruptures.

Cuneo echoed Young and said that sleep is one of the most accessible ways to take care of yourself during this time.

Physical activity of some kind as well as eating nutritious diets are surefire ways to combat stress and improve overall health and wellness.

Cuneo highlighted the work done at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine that includes mind-body practices everything from mindfulness meditation to yoga to biofeedback practice as ways to help the body heal and for you to mentally and physically respond to stress.

Wright pointed to another major source of stress: technology.

Many of us receive a constant daily barrage of notifications that share all kinds of distressing information.

Wright said that its important to give yourself a break. Turn off your notifications, turn on settings giving you specific daily time limits for certain apps on your phone, as well as instill healthy behaviors around technology in your household.

This can include modeling behavior for children. (No cellphone at the dinner table, please.)

She said its necessary to avoid the doomscrolling that can consume and derail your day.

All of this stress management comes with setting realistic expectations for yourself for how to handle the ups and downs of our current era.

I think a lot of people were really hoping going into 2021 that there would be this sense of relief, and I think what we are seeing is that it hasnt happened yet, Wright said.

Thats another important message for people: To realize they are not alone in still feeling high levels of stress, Wright said. Its important for them to not judge themselves too harshly for it.

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Chatham Interim Elections Supervisor Billy Wooten hopes to ‘continue to improve’ – Savannah Morning News

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Will Peebles|Savannah Morning News

Last week, long-time Chatham County Board of Elections worker Billy Wooten was named interim elections supervisor.

On Monday, hell officially take the reigns, less than two weeks after 16-year veteran Russell Bridges announced hed be retiring. Bridges' last day is Feb. 28.

Wooten, a North Carolina native, has served the Board of Elections in multiple capacities for a little over 20 years. Most recently, he served as the lead trainer for poll managers and workers and served as the manager for the hand audit of Georgias Presidential Election in 2020.

More: OPINION: Chatham election officials earn vote of confidence

When he started as a clerk at a polling place on Wilmington Island all those years ago, he hoped to better represent the diverse electorate of Chatham County. He says that goal hasnt changed.

They didn't look like Savannah. You know, they weren't inclusive. There weren't any men. There weren't any younger people there. There weren't any people of color, Wooten said. I thought, if people are working in something as important as the election, they should look like the electorate.

He found out in late December that Bridges had suggested he be the person to take over after he retired.

More: A new Chatham Elections Board member was sworn in last week. This week, she resigned.

I'm willing to do whatever I can do to ensure a peaceful transition and to help the board continue the process of having honest and accurate elections, Wooten said.

Wooten said with conversations about combining the BOE and the Chatham Board of Registrars currently welling up, his takeover as the interim supervisor is aptly timed.

There's always uncertainty when someone retires, and not only that, but the possibility that the elections and registration office would be combined, Wooten said. It just felt as if it was probably the best time to have an interim, and let some of that dust settle.

He has served five terms on the Coastal Workforce Board, and has served three terms as chairman of the board for First City Network, a non-profit LGBT organization in Savannah, and served as the first director of the Savannah LGBT Center.

Additionally, hes a 25-year member of the Savannah Philharmonic Chorus and a founding member of the integrative medicine/music program developed in partnership with Memorial Health University Medical Center.

All in all, Wooten said, his goal is to keep the board running smoothly.

I hope we continue to improve, continue to follow the laws, follow the guidelines the state has put forth, to continue having honest, accurate and fair elections, with as few problems as possible, Wooten said. You know, there are a lot of moving parts, and it takes a lot of people to conduct elections. And luckily, we've got a real good team.

Will Peebles is the enterprise reporter for Savannah Morning News. He can be reached at and @willpeeblessmn on Twitter.

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Integrative Health or Complementary and Alternative Medicine Market Analysis, Trends, Top Manufacturers, Share, Growth, Statistics, Opportunities…

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Report Overview

The global Integrative Health or Complementary and Alternative Medicine market report analyzes market trends, with data from 2021 and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGR) until 2027. It explores a detailed overview, which includes market definition, product/services applications, and different manufacturing methods used across regions. Also, the global Integrative Health or Complementary and Alternative Medicine market report mentions major global regions and the market in the context of its present size and potential in these regions. It also explains the nature and structure of the industry, with the profiles of major players in the market. The report also forecasts sales in the market and major categories of the market in the given time frame.

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On the basis of region, the market has been segmented into Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC), and the Middle East and Africa (MEA). Regional segmentation has been provided at a high level and a more detailed level in terms of a country-wise analysis of the market in each region. This regional analysis points out regions with highest consumptions and production rates and also provides a comparative study basis these factors. The revenues generated in these regions, the market growth rate and the compound annual growth rate percentage are also discussed in detail.

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Forecasting the market size and share of all segments, regions, and the global market.

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Which product segment will grab a lions share?

Which regional market will emerge as a frontrunner in the coming years?

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Chapter 1: Overview of Integrative Health or Complementary and Alternative Medicine Market

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Chapter 5: Market Driving Factor Analysis

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Thriving through Thyroid – The New Indian Express

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Express News Service

CHENNAI:Thyroid is a butterflyshaped,small glandlocated in front of the neck. It is responsible for producing hormonesthat influence energy levels, metabolism, hair growth, sleep, menstrual cycle, and other chemical reactions in the body.

When the thyroid gland failsto produce thyroid hormone in sufficient amounts, it can lead to hypothyroidism; when it produces more hormone, it leads to hyperthyroidism. Hypo/ Hyperthyroidism symptoms can vary from tiredness, dry skin, constipation, muscle weakness, weight gain/loss, thinning of hair, depression, and forgetfulness. Thyroid disorders develop slowly and with proper naturopathic treatments, it is possible to reverse the condition, resulting in the glands proper functioning.Here are 10 naturopathic treatments to manage thyroid conditions.

YOGAThough hypothyroidism has become a common household name these days, it can be effectively treated with disciplined adherence to the age-old practice of yoga. According to a study published in PubMed, yoga improved thyroid hormones and cholesterol levels for those who practised it for six months. Yoga reduces individual mental stress levels and enhances overall well-being. To improve blood circulation to the neck region and strengthen the neck, one can practise yoga poses like Salamba Sarvangasana, Matsyasana, Halasasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, and Navsasana. Regular practice of Ujjayi and Bhramari pranayama can regularise the secretion of the thyroid hormones.

HERBSHerbs are an integral part of naturopathic treatment and are frequently used in the treatment of thyroid disorders. Herbs like Asian ginseng, gum guggal, ashwagandha, and Coleus forskohlii are used to boost the function of underactive thyroid glands. However, care must be taken to consume these in proper amounts as too much of it can result in the overproduction of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones.

HYDROTHERAPYHydrotherapy is based on the concept that water can be the ultimate healing agent when used in various ways and its effectiveness depends on the location, pressure, temperature, and timing of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy, like hot and cold therapy, can improve thyroid function and reduce thyroid antibodies. Hydrotherapy can also treat a whole lot of localised neck-related symptoms such as hoarseness of voice, difficulty in swallowing, a lump in the throat, and reducing the size of thyroid nodules.

MASSAGEAcross different naturopathy centres in the world, massages are one of the primary forms of alternative treatment therapies for thyroid dysfunction. Reflexology techniques coupled with proper massages can boost the adrenal and thyroid glands, making them perform better. In most cases, the massages are carried out using essential oils that further boost the adrenal and thyroid glands.

ACUPUNCTUREAcupuncture is an effective method to help balance the levels thyroid hormones in the body. Research published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine revealed that regular acupuncture can improve thyroid hormone markers in those suffering from thyroid dysfunction. Also, acupuncture relieves anxiety and muscle tension, which are common symptoms of hypothyroidism.

LIMITING SUGAR INTAKEIn general, too much sugar is bad for health but is especially harmful to those suffering from thyroid hormone imbalance, as one of the important tasks of the gland is to regulate carbohydrate metabolism. When the thyroid gland fails to produce enough hormones, there can be an imbalance in the blood sugar levels leading to metabolic derangement, weight gain, and fatigue.

CONSUMING FOOD RICH IN IODINEIodine is a key mineral that aids in thyroid hormone production. So, include foods like sea vegetables, seaweed, oysters, shrimp, cheese, and yogurt in your diet. Taking iodised salt or iodine supplements canalso have a positive impact.

VITAMIN B AND SELENIUMB group of vitamins can offer much-needed benefits to people suffering from hypothyroidism, as they have different interactions with various hormone regulation and thyroid function. Rich sources of vitamin B include green leafy veggies, seeds, nuts, whole grains, legumes, yogurt, and milk. Selenium is an important mineral that has many functions, including metabolism of thyroid hormones. An optimum level of selenium in the body also ensures the prevention of thyroid diseases. Some nutrientrich sources of selenium are pasta, rice, oatmeal, Brazil nuts, legumes, and nuts. It is important to take the doctors advice to decide on the right amount of these foods to be consumed for the best benefits.

MUD THERAPYMud therapy helps in the absorption of impurities and toxins from the body that allows the thyroid glands to perform normally once again.When toxin accumulates in thebody, the optimal performanceof thyroid gland activity reduces, leading to decreased secretion of T3 and T4 thyroid hormones, whichcan cause tiredness, excess sleep andvarious other symptoms/signs.

GLUTEN-FREE DIETDiet plays a crucial role in managing thyroid conditions and patients often see remarkable improvements in issues related to thyroid hormones when they stickto a gluten-free diet. Peoplewho are sensitive to glutenare more likely to developthyroid-related disorders as glutencan damage the gut lining, causinginterference with the thyroid hormones. Also, gluten is processedwith bromide which displaces iodine a key component needed to balance thyroid hormones.

(The author is Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jindal Naturecure Institute)

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Why We Need the Divine Feminine – Laredo Morning Times

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Deepak Chopra, Special to SFGate

With the decline of organized religion and a decades-old drop in church attendance, people have largely made their spiritual life into something private and personal. The rise of meditation and yoga attests to this. But it is hard to fix your sight on a spiritual goal if you dont believe in heaven from the Western perspective or enlightenment from the Eastern.

Looking around at the tone of modern life, I think an important goal is worth seizing on: the divine feminine. Being scientific, rational, and technical, secular society seems to have less time for values that Carl Jung would have included in the feminine archetype, that religions cast as goddesses or a motherly figure like the Virgin Mary, and which most of us identify with our mothers growing up.

But at a deeper level, the divine feminine represents certain values that human beings have long cherished. Half of human nature is represented by the feminine in both sexes, as reflected in the qualities of the ancient Greek and Roman goddesses.

Ceres procreation, abundance

Aphrodite sensuality, love, beauty

Athena wisdom, culture, art, science

Artemis Nature, connection with animals and plants

Persephone alchemy, magic, transformation, healing, unconscious mind

Hestia homemaker

Even though these are innate qualities in the psyche, there are times when feminine values decline, and then the resulting imbalance brings problems. Global warming is the imbalance that resulted from too much devotion to science, technology, and progress and too little devotion to nurturing the environment. The extinction of species comes about when the human drive to treat Nature exactly as we want obscures the larger picture, which is that we belong in the total scheme of nature, or Mother Nature as tradition called it.

The age of world wars is past us for the moment, but the same thirst for power and authority drives nations, and war is visited on the innocent no matter how many widows and grieving mothers appear on the news. The dreadful Syrian devastation is the rank product of masculine tolerance for utter violent annihilation without check. It would be heartbreaking to continue such a listsimply the fact that the world has lived under nuclear threat for seventy years is evidence enough that life has gone seriously out of balance.

It is up to us individually to look inside and see where we can allow feminine qualities to correct a personal imbalance. The adjectives that apply to the personal feminine are love, affection, forgiveness, compassion, allowing, nurturing, and creative. They need to be present in everyones life, whether you are a man or woman, and every child needs to be exposed to them.

As things stand, children hardly have a choice to find the right balance of masculine and feminine in themselves. The two halves are not rivals; One doesnt succeed by overwhelming the other. Yet this seems to be the ethos children absorb when they look around a see a world that exults in forceful power, domination, flagrant abuse of minority rights, corporate greed without regard for human consequences, violent videos games, and online pornography.

Morality cannot be legislated, and if you tell people they are supporting the wrong values, the most likely result is that they will entrench themselves in those values even more stubbornly. The shift has to begin inside with a sense that something is missing, and that this something is connected to the feminine energy that has been allowed to dwindle almost to the vanishing point.

One now commonly hears the opinion that the world would be better off if women were heads of state instead of men. Its hard to disagree, but at the very least this country needs more than Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris as admired role models. We also need a shift in attitude, as evidenced by the cruelty, unfairness, anti-feminine prejudice, and spite directed at Hilary Clinton in the 2016 election. It would be bad enough if she became a sacrificial lamb in the eyes of history, the victim who showed people how much they needed to wake up and reflect on their appetite for injustice and inequality.

It would be even worse if the 2016 fiasco became the model for treating women candidates in the future. The prevailing notion is that this is a mans world, and if a woman wants to succeed in it, she deserves all the knocks that would be given to a man. Only a society blind to the value of the divine feminine thinks that way. Everyone should do everything in good conscience to overturn such an ugly, harsh, unforgiving attitude.

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a whole health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Chopra is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of over 90 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book and national bestseller, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. For the last thirty years, Chopra has been at the forefront of the meditation revolution and his latest book, Total Meditation (Harmony Books, September 22, 2020) will help to achieve new dimensions of stress-free living and joyful living. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.

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