January 30, 2017

On Our Radar: February 2017

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

Why meditation and mindfulness are more than a wellness fad
Stuff New Zealand contributor Britt Mann explains why meditation and mindfulness are more than a wellness fad. "Worldwide, Google searches for "mindfulness" have steadily increased since early 2012 and have remained consistently high since January 2015. [...] There's data to back up the anecdotal benefits. A meta analysis of MRI scan results on the brains of  meditators showed they had increased grey matter compared to control groups. A Harvard-led study in 2011 showed these differences could be measured after eight weeks of practice."

Hooked on Our Smartphones
New York Times contributor Jane E. Brody introduces us to New York psychotherapist Nancy Colier and her new book "The Power of Off" in which she observes that “we are spending far too much of our time doing things that don’t really matter to us.” Brody asks: "Why is it so important to limit our digital lives?" And she quotes Colier for her answer: "We’re wired and tired all the time. Even computers reboot, but we’re not doing it.”

Decoding Nutrition Labels
This Good Men Project article helps us decode nutrition labels: "Whether you have sensitivities, want to lose weight, or just eat healthier, nutrition labels are your key to success." Read the article to learn about the four different components to a standard nutrition label.

Oriental Medicine
Gua sha therapy may offer some relief in perimenopause
Kathryn Doyle shares this new research on Reuters Health: Gua sha therapy, a common technique in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is thought to work by enhancing surface circulation and producing an antinflammatory effect. According to a new study, gua sha may relieve troublesome symptoms women experience in the years leading up to menopause.

Migraines were destroying my life. Here’s what finally cured me.
Washington Post contributor Margarita Gokun Silver tells us her migraine story. After trying several ways to find relief, in the end acupuncture provided a cure. "A month into my treatment, after eight sessions, I noticed that my migraines had begun to slow down in frequency and weaken in intensity. At the end of two months, I felt strong enough to scale my appointments down to once a week. Five months after I started acupuncture, I felt essentially cured."

Here's to a healthy February!

Your Santa Monica Wellness Team




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