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…

July 27, 2019 Jonathan

Being “stressed out” can manifest itself in a variety of ways – headaches, shoulder and neck tension, irritability, a general feeling of tiredness, an inability to sleep. The symptoms can be mild to severe, depending on the individual. If it signals from the body are not heard, if changes to the lifestyle don’t follow, this stress can even lead on to serious disease. Of course the ultimate solution is to integrate meditation into our lives in such a way that we can deal with and dissolve tensions as they arise. But in the meantime, perhaps one the following tried and…

July 16, 2019 Jonathan

The sky beyond the distant mountains takes an orange hue. Early risers come out of their houses, long baskets hung over their backs. Some of the younger ones, dragging their feet behind their elders, are still struggling with the effort of waking up so early. They set out for the fields that await them with a promise of fragrant offerings. For experience and observation these people know their work requires perfect timing. Nature’s pharmacy of fragrances has precise and limited visiting hours; latecomers will find it empty on arrival. The fragrance gatherers quicken their pace and arrive at the fields…

July 4, 2019 Jonathan

In today’s world the emphasis is on health, exercise and a lighter diet. We need food which satisfies us, contains the full range of vitamins, protein and minerals, and yet does not make us feel heavy or bloated. For those who have a background of eating meat, this means daring to change our old habits and trying out new, vegetarian dishes. A carryover from past conditioning is that “only vegies” would not contain enough protein or be satisfying. There are, however, many vegetable dishes and food combinations which not only ensure complete proteins but satisfy thoroughly. On the whole, vegetables…

June 30, 2019 Jonathan

Ask someone, “Do you really want to be happy?” and what you will get in reply are strange looks, puzzled shrugs or a counter question of, “Who doesn’t want to be happy?” It is true that all the hullabaloo of our lives is in pursuit of happiness, but does anyone really know what happiness is? People are so busy seeking happiness that they have no time to stop and ask what it is. For most people happiness is an agreeable state of mind which is there, far away, like the horizon – a vague, nebulous feeling that everybody takes for…

June 19, 2019 Jonathan

Aloe Vera has been used by mankind for several thousand years. Over the centuries there have been references to Aloe Vera from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, as well as in Indian and Chinese literature. Famous physicians of the past – including Galen, the father of modern medicine – used Aloe Vera as part of their treatment. It is said that the queens of ancient Egypt used it for its beautifying properties. Alexander the Great was facing a problem. His armies were marching ahead conquering lands and defeating kingdoms. No force could stand their might except one: the force…

June 12, 2019 Jonathan

What does one do about unrequited love that seems to live on and on like a wound that never heals? How is it that I go on loving one woman year after year believing, in spite of the pain, that one day she will find a place for me in her heart? I think that I am a fool, and yet I continue to believe. By OSHO [Excerpted from: I Say Unto You] A real lover never gets stuck anywhere. His offering is for love, not for persons. He loves beauty, not the rose flower, not the lotus flower. He…