by Georjana Shames, LAc

During the long, dark winter months one's immune system is constantly bombarded by pathogenic factors, but you CAN stay healthy this time around.

There is an ancient Acupuncture proverb that states: It is not the seed that matters, it is the soil.

This indicates that whether you stay healthy absolutely depends more on the strength of your immune system than the germs to which you are exposed. But carrying hand sanitizer is still a great idea!

It's that time of year again, when people swear off cookies and alcohol and rush out to purchase gym memberships. In fact, studies show that the three most common new years resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and quitting smoking . . . all health related.

We would like to suggest Ten Health Resolutions for the New Year, to help balance your hormones and achieve your goals for optimal health.

Tips for preventing weight gain achieving weight loss during the holiday seasonAs I ate a traditional slice of pumpkin pie and whipped cream after Thanksgiving dinner, I felt happy connecting it with good memories. Then, the fond remembrances dissolved as I did what I always do – got mad at myself because I knew extra pounds would inevitably follow. The holidays have rolled around again, and with them, the ups and downs of cyclic weight gain threated to overtake us.  

This has to end I thought. I've got to find a new solution to keep excess weight off at the holidays because it seems as the years march on, those extra pounds never leave.

Yoga More Effective Than Other Forms of Exercise in Treating Diabetes
November 04, 2008 by: Sheryl Walters

Diabetes is an increasingly common problem in society associated with insulin problems. Insulin causes the body's cells to take up glucose from the blood. Because of the standard Western diet that is high in sugar and dead carbohydrates that turn to sugar, the pancreas becomes exhausted and the cells are overworked. Type 1 diabetes occurs when there is a diminished production of insulin, and type 2 diabetes occurs when the cells become resistant to sugar. In addition to a transformation in diet, many studies show that the regular practice of yoga can have a dramatic effect on this lethal condition.