By Mona Sulzman
A February 23 New York Times article, "Stand Up While You Read This," claims that prolonged sitting--at work, in the car, in front of the TV--not only sets you up for heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers, diabetes, obesity, and a shorter lifespan, but also cancels out the benefits of regular exercise. This did not surprise me. I know people who work out hard and frequently, sit ten or more hours a day at work, and fail to lose weight, lower blood pressure, or reduce stress. Modern sedentary life, despite its fitness mania, does not support wellbeing. But as an Alexander Technique Teacher, I also know that how you sit, stand, and move, which the article completely ignores, affects your health and lifestyle choices.
The article also makes no mention of musculoskeletal problems, although back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 451 and prevents many people from sitting, standing, or walking comfortably, as well as from exercising. According to New York neurosurgeon Jack Stern, 85% of people with chronic back pain have this problem because of how they sit, stand, and move. Many people come to me for Alexander Technique lessons because they long to exercise, go for long walks, or get back to Yoga, but chronic back or joint pain, a result of how they have engaged in these activities and/or how they sit, prevents them from doing so. Once they relearn how to sit, stand, and move, they gradually increase physical activity.
By Jane Schantz, FNP
It is common to hear the word “homeopathic” as a general term meaning “natural” or “herbal,” but this is incorrect. “Homeopathy” refers to a specific practice of holistic health care with its own philosophy and methodology. The word comes from the Greek roots “homoios” and “pathos,” meaning “similar suffering.” This is a reference to the most basic tenet of homeopathy: like cures like. The symptoms caused by a substance will be cured by a homeopathic preparation of that substance. For example, homeopathically-prepared coffee is used to treat some kinds of insomnia. Homeopathic ipecac (formerly used in first aid kits to induce vomiting in cases of accidental poisoning) is used to stop vomiting.
Homeopathic medicines, commonly referred to as remedies, are made in homeopathic pharmacies according to precise methods. The result is an extremely dilute but potentized preparation of the original substance. (In fact, it is so dilute there may be no molecules of the original substance left, yet the essence of the substance is transmitted — but that’s a whole topic in itself!) There are thousands of remedies available, most made from plant, animal and mineral sources.
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