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The Scoop on Sciatica Symptoms and Relief

  What is Sciatica? The sciatic nerve, which is associated with sciatica pain, is the widest and longest nerve in the bodies of humans and other animals. Running from the lower back through the buttock and leg, it has several other nerves branching out from it, and connects the nervous system for nearly all of the muscles in the back of the thigh, leg, and foot, as well as the skin of the leg.  Generally, anything that causes irritation of or pressure on the sciatic nerve can result in sciatica symptoms, including bulging or herniated disks, trauma, poor posture, lack of muscle…

Why Worms Should Concern Every Human on Earth

  Think Worms and Other Parasites Needn’t Concern You? Think Again Did you know that a single worm can live up to fifteen years in the human body? In some cases, a single female worm can also lay between 10,000 and 25,000 eggs per day. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises that around 3.5 billion people worldwide are worm-infested right now, although only 450 million of those folks are expected to be showing observable signs of illness. WHO adds that children are often the the most likely hosts for parasites — and those estimates aren’t confined to third world countries either. We’ve taken…

What in the World is Wakame?

What is Wakame and Why Would Someone Want to Eat It? According to Wikipedia, wakame, or ワカメ, also known by its scientific name, Undaria pinnatifida, is a sea vegetable, or an edible form of seaweed. Its subtle salty sweet flavor makes it perfect in seaweed salads and miso soups, and Japanese sea farmers have grown it since the Nara period (or the years spanning from AD 710 to 794). It is also found useful as a wrap for sushi in many restaurants. Flavorful, well-preserved in sea salt, and packing a powerful nutritive punch Unlike nori, which most commonly adorns sushi rolls,…

What is Yin Yoga and Should I Try It?

  What is Yin Yoga and Should I Try It? Yin yoga, most remarkable for its holding of poses for between three to five minutes, is predominantly done to stretch the connecting tissues and envelope the practitioner in calmness. It’s similar to restorative yoga, although relaxation is not the goal. Based on the principles of yin and yang in Chinese philosophy, yin focuses more on the still, calm, and static in the natural world, where yang has more to do with the vigorous, the changing, and movement. While much of modern western yoga tends to embrace the “yang”, yin yoga…

Is Masturbation Healthy?

  Is masturbation healthy? Masturbation, or the self-stimulation of the genitals typically done to achieve sexual pleasure and often orgasm (sexual climax), is most commonly conducted by touching, massaging, or applying the use of an adult sex “toy” such as a vibrator. Studies indicate that approximately 95 percent of males and 89 percent of females report having masturbated at some point in their lives, with most individuals’ first sex act in life being masturbation. Children often stumble across it as they explore their bodies, and they usually continue the practice into adulthood. It’s not a “perversion” anymore Once referred to…

The Meaning and Method of Tantric Massage

  What is Tantric Massage and How Can I Get/Give One? According to Wikipedia, Tantric massage is comprised of various techniques from assorted schools of massage in addition to components of yoga, sexual therapy, and bioenergetics. The word tantra is taken from the Sanskrit root for ‘tan’, meaning to manifest, expand, weave, or show. The tantra, an ancient healing art, “denotes the esoteric traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism that co-developed most likely about the middle of the first millennium CE. The term tantra, in the Indian traditions, also means any systematic, broadly applicable “text, theory, system, method, instrument, technique or practice.” Tantric massage uses…

The Meaning of the Hindu Chant “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha”

  What is the meaning of the phrase, “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha?” According to the Hindu faith, Lord Ganesha is the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge, the awakening of the inner consciousness, and the first deity to be honored in Hindu rites. Essentially, by chanting (either out loud or internally) the mantra, “Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha,” (one of many mantras chanted in honor of Ganesha), devotees are believed to be using the sacred power of words and their accompanying sounds to call on their Lord Ganesha. This chant is repeated for a recommended forty days (in a ideally ritual conducted at the same time…

Healthy Fall Breakfasts for Busy Folks

  Get the Fall off to a Healthy Start with an Arsenal of Creative and Easy Breakfast Recipes! Whether it’s getting the kids off to school, yourself off to work on a brisk morning, or just looking at a busy autumn day in general, most of us could use a few healthy and easy options for breakfast. But what can we do besides the same old dry cereals and grab-and-go granola bars? We’ve gleaned the best food blogs for a glimpse into the magic of a nutritious and hassle-free morning meal. Come check it out! Crock Pot Creations For starters,…

Can Gluten Make You Tired? (Answer: Yes, Indeed, and Then Some…)

  Does gluten make you tired? After exploring all the ways gluten can be harmful, there’s no denying that gluten can indeed make you tired. But that’s not all it can make you. For those who are gluten intolerant, it can also make you sick and very deficient in nutrients. Let’s take a look at how and why. Gluten irritates the intestinal lining, preventing the proper absorption of nutrients If you feel lethargic after ingesting gluten, you may be intolerant and can find out by trying a gluten-free diet for a month or so. If you find you are gluten-sensitive, then…

Foot Reflexology: Reflexology for Happy Feet

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If you have ever had a pedicure, chances are you will also have had a ten-minute session of foot reflexology as part of the package. So what is foot reflexology? Massage Envy defines it as: “Foot Reflexology massage can be a deeply relaxing and therapeutic modality for those suffering from plantar fasciitis, ankle injuries or even everyday work and play. This will not only help relieve toe pain, ankle pain, plantar fasciitis and common forms of arthritis, but can also decrease stress and anxiety in the entire body. In addition, a variety of stretches can be beneficial. With pain and sensitivity…

Energy Healing: Cleanse the Space Around You

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In the insane pace of this world, sometimes we could all do with a realignment of our energies: energy healing sessions are particularly beneficial for those of us who need to rid ourselves of negative energies and blockages. And there are numerous ways to do an energy cleanse all by yourself. In this post, I examine a few energy healing techniques, using various props, for those times when you need a spiritual pick-me-up. Simply put, energy healing sessions are those that help clear mental and emotional fog that may be bogging you down without your knowing. Energy healers are those deeply in…

How to Perform a Sage Cleanse Ritual

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If you watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix, you will remember seeing Frankie going around the beach house doing a sage cleanse: waving a burning stick of sage around to ward off bad energy, singing one of her made-up chants. Also known as a sage smudging ritual, or a sage burning ritual, this involves lighting a dried stick of sage and allowing the vapors arising from the stick to waft in all directions as a cleansing mechanism. Tiffany Maloney writes about this ritual over at MindBodyGreen: “This is the smell of thousands of years of spiritual communion and ritual. Smudging your…

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