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The Art of Healing

The Art of Healing December 2015 - February 2016 (53)

The Art of Healing supports a holistic approach to wellness with a focus on the individual, and provides solutions that assists readers to lead a more responsible, conscious, and mindful life. Our aim is to deliver reliable information on how to attain and sustain optimal wellness, using the most natural means possible incorporating the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental aspects of wellbeing.

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2 min.
editor’s note

Good media. What is it? Do you think there is such a thing? If so, do you advocate it, do you support it, do you seek it out? Being an editor of this publication now for 14 years, I have certainly learnt what media is about and how much bias there is in it. Essentially, it is all biased. No question. Even this magazine has my bias, which is why it is so important to try to read with an open mind, and do your own research. Connect the dots yourself, don’t be satisfied with what someone else tells you – that is just the starting point. Recently at an event I was attending, I had someone say to me “you have so many different articles in your magazine Catherine,” and…

2 min.
many versions of you

From the top of your head to the soles of your feet, you have an amazing ability to regenerate: HAIR • The hair on your head could be anything up to 6 to 7 years old • Each day your head hairs grow 0.5mm • Body hair grows more slowly 0.27mm per day • Your eyebrows renew themselves every 64 days BRAIN • Cells in the brain’s cortex are not renewed and are as old as you are, although there is evidence for continuous regeneration in the hippocampus EYES • The surface of the cornea is covered in a thin layer of cells that is continually renewed. Complete turnover is every 7 to 10 days • Cells in the retina do not regenerate, which is why vision problems arise with age. However, stem cell treatments are beginning to target degenerating…

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scientists pave way for diamonds to trace early cancers

Physicists from the University of Sydney have devised a way to use diamonds to identify cancerous tumours before they become life threatening. Their findings, published in Nature Communications, reveal how a nanoscale, synthetic version of the precious gem can light up early-stage cancers in non-toxic, non-invasive Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans. Targeting cancers with tailored chemicals is not new but scientists struggle to detect where these chemicals go since, short of a biopsy, there are few ways to see if a treatment has been taken-up by a cancer. Led by Professor David Reilly from the School of Physics, researchers from the University investigated how nanoscale diamonds could help identify cancers in their earliest stages. “We knew nano diamonds were of interest for delivering drugs during chemotherapy because they are largely non-toxic and non-reactive,” says…

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ayurvedic health tonic

Chyawanprash (also known as chyavanaprasha, chyavanaprash, chyavanaprasam and chyawanaprash) is a jam-like cooked mixture of sugar, honey, Triphala, ghee, sesame oil, berries and other herbs and spices. Chyawanprash is widely sold and consumed in India as a dietary supplement. Various Indian holy books including Mahabharat and Puranas relate that the Ashwini Kumar brothers, the twins, who were RajVaidhya (Royal Physicians) to Devas during Vedic times, first prepared this formulation for Chyawan Rishi at his Ashramon Dhosi Hill near Narnaul, Haryana, India. The first historically documented formula for chywanprash appears in Charaka Samhita, the ancient Ayurvedic treatise. Chyawanaprash tastes sweet and sour at the same time. The taste is largely dominated by the flavours of honey, ghee (clarified butter) and triphala, a primary ingredient of Chyawanaprash which makes it rich in Vitamin C…

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wellness in the arctic wilderness

Specialist UK Northern Lights travel company, Off the Map Travel, has come up with a novel ways for Aussies to experience the Northern Lights which not only take you to the heart of the light spectacular, but provide wellness in the Arctic wilderness. Off the Map Travel Director and Northern Lights expert Jonny Cooper says he has had phenomenal interest in recent years from Australians wanting to tick the Northern Aurora off their bucket list, but most aren’t sure where to start. So the former climbing, canoeing and mountain-biking instructor, who has taken thousands of people into the Arctic to experience the phenomenon, has come up with some new ways for Aussies to not only view the Northern Lights, but feed the soul as well. In Iceland there’s what is thought to…

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rooibos: so much more than a tea substitute

While caffeine has become more acceptable in the healthcare community as further evidence is uncovered about the antioxidant properties of caffeine-rich beverages like tea or coffee, it can still be a problem for many patients. Certain heart conditions or anxiety problems can be exacerbated by too much caffeine, and increasingly, OB-GYNs (gynaecologists specialising in obstetrician) are discouraging pregnant women from drinking caffeinated beverages due to the effects they can have on the unborn baby. In short, while caffeine is recognised as healthier than it used to be, it is still not for everyone. That is why rooibos tea has become so popular in recent years. Even though it is caffeine-free, it has a strong and robust taste more reminiscent of a black tea than a herbal one. However, studies have lately…