November 4, 2019 Jonathan

By Joseph A. Kennedy Most of us, in practically all our everyday activities, are driving with the brake on. That brake is unconscious tension. We have worked and played in a tense condition for so long that we regard it as more or less normal. We do not notice the clenched jaw, the tight abdomen, the constricted muscles. Yet the resulting fatigue burns up our energy, impairs our skills and even dulls our appreciation of the world about us. Tension is excess effort: trying too hard to do things that should be done automatically. It causes muscles to jam and contract….

October 25, 2019 Jonathan

Winning the battle to extend human life! Scientists are on the verge of revolutionary success in stretching the lifespan limits! As our immune system declines with age, some of us will die, some of us will endure tragic or chronic disease – simply because our defenses are down. But what if could stave off the decline, so that our immune system functioned with the vigour of youth? That’s no longer a pipe-dream: it’s becoming a distinct possibility as the eye-opening evidence piles in from all over the world… During 90’s Steven Rosenberg, chief of surgery at the National Cancer Institute…

October 18, 2019 Jonathan

Never put anything smaller than your elbow in your ear! Cotton tips are for cleaning out bellybuttons – not ear. You have probably heard these admonitions from parents and doctors ever since your childhood. What do they mean? And what’s wrong with using cotton buds or bobby pins to clear out earwax? Here are the dos and don’ts, the whys and why-nots, of tackling a little problem that can be more than just annoying and unsightly. At first, Lisa thought her four-year-old son David was just not listening to her. She’d call him to come inside, and he’d keep right…

October 11, 2019 Jonathan

Want to improve your posture, say goodbye to backache and have a midriff worthy of flaunting in sexy little tops? Get working on your abs now, then! Strong abdominal muscles mean better support for your body, great posture and a flatter tummy. THE CRUNCH: Place your hands on your temples or thighs (putting them on your temples makes the exercise harder as you are also lifting the weight of your arms), chin down. Slowly roll the spine upwards for the count of two, give your stomach muscles a good squeeze then lower for the count of two. ‘Don’t let your…

October 4, 2019 Jonathan

Till 1978, hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the womb – was the commonest major operation performed on women (Today, it is the second most common, after caesarean section). Not only are the statistics alarming, but the reasons for them, too. Hysterectomies are being performed for perfectly frivolous reasons such as stopping menstrual periods, or for problems that lend themselves to far easier and safer solutions. So, before you consider a hysterectomy, be aware of all its implications, and then explore other options before you say ‘yes’. Last year when I found that most of my friends were wombless and…

September 26, 2019 Jonathan

If you are on regular medication and have a new problem in the looks department, there may be – just may be – a link between the two! Health and beauty go hand in hand, they say, and there’s no denying that a person in ‘the pink of health’ has a glow all his own. Yet, strangely enough, some medicines which improve your health can damage your looks. That’s right – they make you feel better but look worse! Says consulting dermatologist Leslie Marquis, “Medicines, especially those used over a long period of time, can have side-effects on skin, hair,…

September 19, 2019 Jonathan

It’s like the old joke about quitting cigarettes: Start an exercise programme? Easiest thing in the world. Must have done it 20 times already. So, why did you get off to a false start – and a crash landing? Perhaps because you did not follow that old boy-scout motto: Be Prepared. Now, for the twenty-first time, try again. You’ll get it right if you score full marks on these six questions: 1. Are you clear about your reason/s for wanting to exercise? There are as many possible reasons for wanting to work out as there are workouts themselves. Do you…

September 12, 2019 Jonathan

Whether you call them love handles, jelly bellies or beer guts, out-of-shape abdomens are a major problem for most adults. Chances are that the more desperate have done countless sit-ups and leg lifts, but all it got them was tired – and even more desperate. So, what do you do to bust a gut? You launch a two-prolonged attack. Here it comes! Ask the average person the part of his body he likes least, and chances are about 9 in 10 that his/her eyes will drop to his belly. Why just the average man? Even some runners who click 60…

September 5, 2019 Jonathan

Although cancer strikes millions of men and women a year, many cancer patients are living longer, largely because they knew the disease’s early-warning signs and sought treatment promptly. The quicker the detection of cancer, the better the chance of a cure. To protect yourself from two forms of the disease – breast cancer in women, testicular cancer in men – learn how to do these simple self-examinations and practice them every month. They could save your life. HOW TO EXAMINE YOUR BREASTS Eighty to 90 per cent of all breast cancers can be cured when caught early. And one of…

August 24, 2019 Jonathan

Here are beginner’s tips from walking experts on how to do it right: GO IT ALONE Sure, it’s more fun walking with company. But when you’re a beginning walker, take a couple of walks solo. You can go the speed and distance your body wants to, rather than being under the psychological pressure of doing what the others are doing. You’re more likely to pay attention to your own body signals when you’re walking alone. Then, when you’re used to walking, take friends along. KEEP YOUR CHIN UP – MENTALLY AND LITERALLY Walking with your head down can cause stress…

August 16, 2019 Jonathan

By B. D. Colen Pulitzer Prize-winning former science editor of New York Newsday, is the author of nine books on medically related topics. Growing up without growing old demands grace, energy and social responsibility! “I won’t grow up, I don’t want to wear a tie. And a serious expression, in the middle of July.” When James M. Barrie’s Peter Pan first soared over the Broadway musical stage in 1954, he must have seemed a wonderfully whimsical character. Never grow up? How delightfully absurd! Of course we have to grow up. In those days we dutifully finished school, married, landed a…

August 3, 2019 Jonathan

By Judith Hooper An antiaging mantra? Scientists explore the karma connection… In the Himalayas it is not uncommon to hear tell of yogis who are several hundred years old. “Of course, these stories have to be taken with a grain of salt,” admits psychologist Charles Alexander of the maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, Iowa, “but meditation does seem to extend life.” In fact, having a mantra may slow aging, according to an intriguing study of another MIU researcher, Dr Jay Glaser. Glaser found that older people who had practiced transcendental meditation (TM) for at least one year have higher…