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Treating Diverticulitis with Traditional Chinese Medicine

flame-98678Diverticulitis is an acute inflammation of the small pouches (called diverticula) lining the large intestine. It is one of three types of what is known as diverticular disease; the other two being diverticulosis (formation of the pouches) or diverticular bleeding. The small pouches are found throughout the entire digestive system, and when they become blocked with waste material, bacteria builds up, resulting in inflammation or infection. Symptoms of possible diverticulitis include abdominal pain and/or cramps of varying degrees, alternating constipation and diarrhea, tenderness in the lower abdomen and possibly the left side of the abdomen, chills, and/or fever. These symptoms can also reflect other types of gastrointestinal disorders. Continue Reading

Clearing Up the Silver Confusion

article-colloidial-silver-question-mark-2123966-adjThree distinctly different types of silver products exist in the marketplace that are all labeled “colloidal” silver, including ionic silver, silver protein and true colloidal silver. It is important for the consumer to know what to look for to avoid purchasing ineffective products, and especially to prevent potentially dangerous side effects. According to Herbert Slaven, M.D., director of the Institute of Advanced Medicine and a member of the Silver Safety Committee, “Few things in life are as cut and dried as the fact that silver is completely safe when used within normal limits.” Silver has potent antibacterial properties and has been used for centuries. Unlike prescription antibiotics, silver does not cause resistance to the bacteria.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival Runs through May


Scarborough-Renaissance-Festival-joust-20150425_0836-adjThe Scarborough Renaissance Festival, a North Texas tradition for more than 36 years, will be held from April 8 through May 29 in Waxahachie. Every weekend has a different theme and a variety of special events. Set in the days of King Henry VIII and his royal court, guests will discover a 35-acre recreated English village hosting a festival of entertainment, artisans, food, including Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream, from Plano, and frivolity.

There will be full-combat jousting and birds of prey exhibitions; a human chess match; the Mermaid Lagoon, beer and wine tasting events, 24 stages of nonstop Renaissance entertainment and a performing company of more than 150. Scarborough-Renaissance-Festival-Cale-Juggler

The 200 shoppes of exquisite crafts and artisans demonstrating crafts such as glass blowing, stone carving, metal forging, leather work, glass sculpting and weaving will fascinate, while. knighting ceremonies, a grand parade, Renaissance rides, games of skill and more will delight.
Location: 2511 FM 66. For ticket discounts, events schedule and more information, visit SRFestival.com.

Root Canals and Breast Cancer

article-root-canals-pixabay-attractive-19161-adjby Rebeca Gracia

There has been debate over the potential correlation between root canal procedures and breast cancer for more than 100 years based on practitioner observations and patient anecdotes, but no significant studies have been published on the topic. Most holistic practitioners are now aware of the need to evaluate dental health as part of a thorough physical exam, and that root canals may be linked to chronic disorders such as cancer because there is a plausible mechanism.  Continue Reading

A Mouthful of Mercury May be Dangerous


Dr. Robyn Abramczyk

by Gina Cronin

Mercury fillings have become a concern of dental practitioners and patients across the country, and many are seeking alternatives to this potentially dangerous substance. Smile Ranch Dentistry’s Dr. Robyn Abramczyk, DDS, NMD, IBDM, follows strict and extensive guidelines for mercury removal that meet and exceed those set by the International Academy of Oral Medicine, of which she is an accredited member. ”Mercury is the most toxic, non-radioactive element in the world; more toxic than lead and arsenic,” says Abramczyk. “Many mainstream dentists say that vapors are not released during filling removal, but it is scientifically proven that they are, and that is also stated by OSHA and HIPPA.”  Continue Reading

The Four Directions of Health— A Circular Worldview

medicine-wheel-20160817_170952-1-adjby Jodi Roberts

Shamanic healing explores the state of balance of body, mind, emotions and spirit from a circular, rather than linear progression. According to shamanism, health is the ability to stand in the center of our personal sacred circle, or medicine wheel, and have full awareness of and access to our spiritual life, physical health, emotional well-being and clear thinking. This circular worldview holds many metaphors and explains the patterns seen in healing. Continue Reading

Experiencing Greater Self-Love

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by Lee Wolak

To determine the origin of our motivations in life, we might ask what our life centers on. We may be a parent that pours everything into the family; a dutiful son or daughter that always puts our parents first; someone that often put the needs of our friends before our own; or a person that plays small at work so they don’t rock the boat with coworkers and bosses.  Continue Reading

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

ARTICLE - SLEEP - moon-pixabay - 478982-adjby Rebeca Gracia

People that toss and turn all night and have trouble sleeping may have tried counting sheep, creating a restful environment, sleeping in total darkness and drinking warm milk, but sleep disturbances can be caused by both internal and external stress. External stressors may include worries and fears about the world outside, while internal stress is characterized by metabolic imbalances in the body. Continue Reading

Our DNA is Written in Pencil

ARTICLE - PIC - DNA in Pencil - Pixabay - dna-515990-adjby Ronit Mor

Spiritual teachers have believed for millennia that our body is programmable by language, words and thought. This is now being scientifically tested. DNA is an amazing molecule and one of the great wonders of biology. During the 1990s, while western scientists focused on 5 percent of the DNA (ignoring the other 95 percent they deemed “junk”), a group of Russian scientists was formed to study the complete human genome because they refused to accept that such a huge majority of DNA could hold no research value. Comprised of biophysicists, molecular biologists, embryologists and even linguistic experts, this team was led by Dr. Pjotr Garjajev, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences in New York. Continue Reading

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