Fear and Disease: the Mind’s Role in Health

fear is the mindkillerWhen I first read Angelina Jolie’s account of her preventative double mastectomy,  family history of breast and ovarian cancer, and why she decided to remove her breasts after a positive genetic test, I freaked out a little bit.

I began to worry about my own chances of contracting cancer as breast and ovarian cancer appear on both on my mother and father’s sides of my family tree.

My paternal grandmother was in her early 40s when breast cancer claimed her life after a long and painful struggle and my maternal grandmother died of ovarian cancer when she was in her mid 60s.

Does that mean I’m genetically doomed?

Fear is the Mind Killer

In one of my favorite science fiction books Dune, the main character Paul recites a mantra to dispel fear throughout the book. I often find myself thinking these words when I’m scared of something: Continue reading

The Kitchen Pharmacy: Turmeric the Wonder Spice

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The yellow wonder herb: turmeric!

Did you realize that your very own kitchen pantry contains potent tonics and remedies? No, not the red wine (though that’s potent in its own right).

Given that the bulk of what we take into our bodies comes in the form of food, it has the potential to transform and heal very quickly. Not only can food heal you, if you maintain a diet that is balanced for your constitution, food works better than any medicine.

One of the first healing herbs I learned about in school for Ayurveda was turmeric. You can find it in the spice aisle of any supermarket. I discovered that, aside from staining everything it comes into contact with yellow, turmeric can do some pretty phenomenal things. Not only can it protect our bodies from toxins, but it can purify our blood, help make skin radiant, and heal injuries after an accident.

Keep reading to learn about more benefits as well as some methods for using turmeric to heal a variety of ills.
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