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April 9, 2017

On Our Radar: April 2017

Here are some health stories that are on our radar this month:

Meditatiion and Mindfulness
Mindfulness and meditation techniques being used in classroom
This article reports that mindfulness and meditation techniques are being used in schools across the country. A recent study by the University of California at Davis and the non-profit organization, Mindful Schools, shows mindfulness triples students’ ability to focus and participate in class activities. The Mindful Schools program has impacted 750,000 students so far.

Acupuncture
7 Acupuncture Points to Help Allergy Sufferers This Spring
This article by acupuncturist, Sara Calabro, is from 2012 but still as timely as ever for everyone suffering from Spring time allergies. Writes Calabro, "Acupuncturists use these seven points all the time to alleviate seasonal allergies. It’s ideal to go for acupuncture before allergy symptoms kick in."

Healthy Eating
Unscrambling The Nutrition Science On Eggs
This NPR article uncovers the nutritional science behind eggs. Writer Bret Stetka cites various studies with the goal to "unscramble" the egg's reputation as being a high-cholesterol food. "Diet science tends to be presented and perceived as black or white. Take butter: bad for us one day, not so bad the next. It's an eternal cycle of self-help revenue. Unfortunately, health and science are rarely this simple. And neither is the egg."

Meditation and Dogs
San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation
KPBS reports on a six-week Wellbeing for Dogs And Their Humans class that is taking meditation a step further, teaching meditation to dogs and their human companions. And guess what? Dogs are naturals when it comes to meditation.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture Beats Drugs For Knee Pain And Inflammation
HealthCMi shares new research confirming that acupuncture is more effective than two drugs (ibuprofen and diclofenac) for long-term relief of knee osteoarthritis pain, inflammation, and motor impairment. In one investigation, acupuncture plus herbal medicine outperformed acupuncture plus ibuprofen for pain relief. In another independent investigation, acupuncture outperformed diclofenac for relief of pain, inflammation, and motor impairment due to knee osteoarthritis.

Here's to a healthy April!

Your Santa Monica Wellness Team

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