Homeopathy or Naturopathy – What Is The Difference?

Most people have heard of homeopathy, but less have heard of naturopathy; although, the few who have heard of both would probably find it difficult to explain the difference between the two.

However, there is a distinct difference between these two alternative medicines and the theories which they use.

The main difference between the theories of homeopathy and naturopathy are as follows:

Homeopathy

1. The practitioner of homeopathy is called a Homeopath.

2. Homeopathy uses the philosophy that “like cures like” – if an individual has mercury poisoning, then that person will be treated with mercury to cure it.

3. Homeopathic remedies are used as the primary medicine to treat all of an individual’s problems with a “one remedy” will cure-all approach.

4. Homeopathy is a complete medicine which can treat minor ailments such as: colds, fevers, and headaches, etc., through to more serious diseases like cancer.

5. Homeopathic remedies are very small quantities of plant, mineral, or animal extracts that are beaten down until only the memory of what was there is left.

Naturopathy

1. The practitioner of naturopathy is called a Naturopath.

2. A Naturopath may have knowledge of many natural therapies, including: acupuncture, Chinese medicine, Western herbalism, homeopathy, and nutrition, etc.

Specific studies may have also been taken into any one of these alternative medicines (up to 4-years in each).

3. Naturopathy uses the philosophy that to heal the body and mind, the use of natural resources must be used to provide a permanent solution to the problem.

4. Naturopathy usually focuses on Western herbalism and botanical medicine to treat an individual’s problems; although, it may use complimentary alternatives too.

5. Similar to modern-day medicine, naturopathy may use various medicines to treat each individual problem that an individual may be suffering from.

Note: Whether homeopathic remedies or naturopathic medicine are used, they must be done so under the strict guidance of either a Homeopath or Naturopath.

Not all remedies and medicines are suitable for everyone, and should therefore not be self-administered.

Philip is a Freelance Writer, Author, and Owner of Cancer Cry. He was born in Oxfordshire, England; however, today he lives in Mexico where he has been based for many years, researching and writing about cancer and other health related issues. If you would like to read more of his articles, check out his blogsite – http://www.cancercry.com – and at the same time, please recommend it to others. 

Anti-Aging or Growing Spiritually While Aging?

Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older, but I seem to notice a great deal of advertisement today relating to aging.

At the heart of it all, I believe there are major misconceptions. The most subtle; but I believe insidious one, one is the entire “anti-aging” movement.

How many of us are actually ANTI-aging? I’ve never met anyone who is.

There are products to make us look younger and there is even a medical specialty concerned with longevity, which is commonly called “an anti-aging practice.”

I went to such a doctor and on my first visit he suggested he could help me live longer. Is that really the goal here?

I’m not sure I want to live until 150 – maybe because I believe that life is ongoing and eternal and that this form is only temporary (more on that later… ).

But I couldn’t help wondering if part of the reason is that I have bought into the message that says you cannot be fully alive and healthy at that age.

It caused me to ponder a lot about what I am learning as I grow older and especially about what I have come to call the Spirituality of Aging.

It would be impossible for me to talk about all older people as if they were a homogenous group. In fact, as people age they become more unique, more different, more heterogeneous and I believe, more of who they really are.

One of the reasons I use a Dragonfly as my logo is because it doesn’t get its true colors until it reaches maturity. I believe that’s true for most of us.

“Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning – for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.” – Carl Jung

I love this quote. It so aptly describes what I and so many of my friends are going through as we age.

We are all re-assessing our lives.

I have found that what was once important – in some cases – is no longer so. And, in other cases, it has become important again.

What I notice most is that I am becoming more of myself and more of who I always knew I was to be.

In a nutshell, that is what I believe the spiritual journey of awakening is all about.

Maintaining An Active Spirituality

There are studies that show that those people who, in whatever way they do it, maintain an active spiritual life, do, in fact, have a more successful aging experience.

For our purposes here, I want to define spirituality to be anything that helps us get in touch with a world beyond the senses and helps us to answer the fundamental questions: What does my life mean? What am I going to do about it?

As people age, confronting mortality is part of it. As we mature, we begin to recognize who we are and who we aren’t, the strengths we have and haven’t.

We begin to think about the value and meaning of life. The tendency to look more interior than exterior often happens when we’re 45 to 50, but there’s a screaming need for it when we reach 85 or 90.

We are first and foremost spiritual beings.

Our human task is to fully discover what that means and the later years of life are the perfect time to devote energy to a process of spiritual awakening and authentic self-discovery.

Reflection

So, I invite you to reflect today on – What has brought you the greatest sense of meaning and purpose in life?

The Spirituality of Aging, as I see it, includes some reflections on aging, some on spirituality and hopefully includes both humor and insight that can reach minds and hearts.

Studies have shown that as many people age their spirituality deepens.

Hopefully, we SAGE as we AGE and have learned greater inner stillness, mental clarity, insight, compassion, connection with the ground of being, wonder, mystery, paradox, personal transformation, and motivation to continue life as a spiritual journey.

I would like to offer a support system to help you age gracefully. When you subscribe to my free newsletter, you’ll receive instant access to a special report called, “7 Secrets for Reinventing Yourself in Midlife and Beyond” as well as a humorous video aobut aging. You can do that now by putting your name and email in the box you’ll find at http://www.midlifemessages.com

By Dr. Toni LaMotta, Midlife Mentor

The Paleo Diet – Is It For You?

The Paleo Diet could be very healthy or it could cause health problems.

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Here are some of the pros and cons.roast_beef

Pros

Elimination of Processed, Packaged and Prepared Foods

Processed, packaged and prepared foods are typically too high in sodium. Excessive sodium consumption increases your risk of high blood pressure.

These foods also contain artificial preservatives and additives that could be bad for your long-term health.

There is evidence suggesting that food additives play a role in a variety of conditions, including ADHD, epilepsy and autism.

Canned foods and those in plastic packages may be contaminated with BPA, a plasticizer that is known to be an endocrine disruptor.

Endocrine disruptors interfere with growth and may have carcinogenic activity.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

A reduced risk of heart disease could accompany any eating plan that is low in saturated fat, low in sodium and moderate in terms of calories.

Since fish is allowed on the Paleo diet, you could eat salmon. I use salmon as an example, because it is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the heart.

The number one source of saturated fat in the typical American diet is cheese. Cheese would not be allowed in this eating plan.

Eliminating packaged, prepared and processed foods would reduce your sodium intake. Sea salt would be allowed on the diet. So, it is not necessarily low in sodium.

When it comes to calories, you would still need to monitor your calorie consumption. This is not necessarily a low calorie eating plan.

Cons

Difficult to Stick With Long-Term But Very Possible

Unless you live like a caveman, it will be difficult for you to avoid advertisements for all of the modern foods that could be causing your health problems.

Even finding adequate supplies of the foods necessary for the eating plan can be a problem that makes it difficult to stick with for a long time.

Increased Risk of Food Poisoning

Some, but not all of the people who follow the Paleo eating plan, promote using only raw or partially warmed foods. This practice increases the risk of food poisoning.

Only cooking meat thoroughly kills e-coli and other bacteria that cause food poisoning.

These are some of the pros and cons of a Paleo Diet. If followed closely, it may be very beneficial.  And now I would like to invite you to visit for more information on Paleo Diet Pros and Cons http://www.ebookselections.com/Paleo_Diet_Pros_and_Cons.html

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5 Little Known Facts About Heart Disease


Each and every year heart disease kills millions of people around the globe.

In fact, it’s the leading cause of death, 40% of deaths in the US are caused by heart disease, and in many cases it’s completely preventable.

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The solution is relatively simple in theory, eat healthy, manage stress, and exercise.

However, putting those words of wisdom into practice can be tricky.

heartIt’s particularly challenging because there are so many factors that affect the health of your heart – from good sleep to the type of foods you eat and how you exercise.

Let’s explore some of the little known facts about heart disease to help you take better care of your health.

#1 The Silent Killer. Since 1984, heart disease has killed more women every year than men. It’s more deadly to women than all types of cancer combined.

And when women have a heart attack, they don’t often understand their symptoms.

For many women the symptoms of a heart attack feel a lot like the flu. Common symptoms include nausea, indigestion, and shoulder aches.

Men generally experience chest pain.

#2 Getting a flu shot cuts your risk for a heart attack or stroke by up to 50 percent.

What’s the connection between your heart health and the flu? According to physicians at Harvard Medical School, when you get the flu, your body has a significant immune response, which causes inflammation.

This inflammation causes the plaque inside your blood vessels to become unstable and cause blockages and potential heart attacks.

Additionally, changes in your lungs from the flu virus lower blood oxygen levels. Your heart has to work harder to deliver the same amount of oxygen to your brain and tissues.

Finally, the flu virus can directly damage heart muscle cells.

#3 The Diabetes Link. The vast majority of heart attacks, seventy percent, are caused by insulin resistance – the same cause of type 2 diabetes.

Don’t know your glucose levels? At risk for diabetes or already have diabetes? There are things you can do to take control of your health.

A healthy diet and exercise are essential and can reverse type 2 diabetes and reduce your risk of a heart attack.

Learn your risk by having a few tests done. Knowledge is power.

#4 The Stress Connection. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that stress has an impact on heart health.

However, you may be surprised to learn that you’re more likely to have a heart attack on Monday morning than at any other time of the week.

Additionally, women who go on vacation at least twice a year less likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease.

#5 Laugh More, Eat Dark Chocolate, and Have Sex. All three of these joys of life have a positive impact on heart health. They’re certainly a fun way to stay healthy.

Heart disease may be the number one killer but it doesn’t have to be your story. Talk to your doctor, know your risk and take steps today to begin to reduce your risk.

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