Women now have a target heart rate formula specifically for them thanks to Cardiologist Martha Gulati,MD from Ohio State Medical Center. The usual standard calculation for exercise heart rate is actually based on male only studies. Women, as we all know, are different from men in many ways and exercise heart rate is no exception for sure.

Inner Peace Reduces Anxiety 1. Be good to yourself. This is not selfish. It’s the foundation for a more peaceful world. 2. Breathe. Deep, slow breathing creates an ‘alpha’ state, which is an inwardly focused, relaxed, receptive awareness of reality. Allow the time daily for deep breathing and self-reflection. 3. Take care of your body. Move every day. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and junk food. Drink 1/4 your weight (pounds) in ounces of water daily. Always drink before eating, and never during meals. Choose vibrant, fresh, organic foods. 4. Honor your emotions. Acknowledge them, allow them, name them. Express them in a way that is not harmful to yourself or others. For example, write a letter or sing your pain instead of consuming sugar, alcohol or other drugs. 5. Create fun, loving relationships. Avoid judgment. 6. You get what you think about most. Think positively. Release negative emotions. Feel gratitude. Make a list of 5 reasons you feel grateful, every morning. Resources: www.HealthJourney.com www.BrainSync.com www.PathofLight.com Belleruth, Naparstek, “Meditation for Relaxation & Wellness” Burne, Rhonda, “The Secret” Hay, Louise L, “You Can...

The top five foods for healthy skin Americans are shelling out big bucks for expensive cosmetics to treat skin problems such as acne, wrinkles and dryness, but most consumers are overlooking the cheapest, safest and most effective remedies: healing foods. A host of healthy, natural foods offer potent healing and preventative powers to remedy a wide range of skin troubles. These foods can dramatically improve skin

ABNORMAL SLEEP PERIODS INCREASE CARDIOVASCULAR RISK: A study has shown that, even among healthy people, those who regularly get five hours or less sleep a night have more than double the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Also, people who regularly get nine or more hours of sleep a night have a greater than fifty percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Perhaps more surprising, people who get six or eight hours sleep also have a higher – but far less dramatic – increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The study advised that seven hours sleep per night, not six or eight or anything more extreme, was the ideal regular sleep period for cardiovascular health. But how could sleep period affect heart health? The researchers suggested that shorter sleep times can cause “impaired glucose tolerance, reduced insulin sensitivity, increased sympathetic [nerve] activity and elevated blood pressure, all of which increase the risk of hardening of the arteries. And longer sleep duration may be related to an underlying sleep-related breathing disorder or poor sleep quality. The study was published in the August 1, 2010...

Regular breast self-exam may be safer and more effective than mammograms. Breast awareness is critical to the all-important early detection of possible breast disease.  Men get breast cancer also, and it’s not rare in men, although it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, after lung cancer.

Apparently “standards of care” (the medical model’s sacred cow) are shifting.  The NY Times recently published a good article about PAP screenings.

There has been a lot in the press lately about the utility and effectiveness of various types of screening tests for common cancers.  This is not all bad news however, because some forms of cancer screening actually endanger patients, to the tune of millions of dollars annually.

Overheard in the Healthfood Store Two friends, Linda and Jenna, who work at Rainbow Foods in beautiful downtown Juneau, Alaska, agreed to pick out a few quirky popular requests from customers and pass them along to me.

There are 2 main types of anemia — iron deficiency, where the red blood cells are too small to “magnetize” sufficient oxygen to the cells, and so-called pernicious anemia, where the red blood cells are too big to fit through the capillaries, our tiniest blood vessels.  Iron-deficiency anemia is more common, particularly in younger people.  If you are a woman with iron-deficiency anemia, I would suspect you have heavy periods, which is a major source of chronic blood loss for women.  If you have iron-deficiency anemia but do not have heavy menstrual periods, you need to get a work-up to figure out where the bleeding is coming from: start by checking your urine and stool for microscopic amounts of blood (any ND or other healthcare provider in your area can help you with this). Tannins bind iron, so if you like to drink tea, especially black tea, make sure you do not take your iron supplements or iron containing foods within 2 hours of drinking black tea.  Meat and seafoods are the best dietary sources of iron.  If you prefer...