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With spring upon us, allergy season is hovering. A few years ago, with no warning, one of my boys started suffering from seasonal allergies. He asked me why he suddenly became allergic, and why he wrestles with allergies and his siblings do not.

Although his siblings do not share his misery, my son is not alone; it is estimated that about 50 million Americans fight seasonal allergies. An allergy is essentially the immune system reacting, or overreacting, to a trigger. Triggers can be something in the environment such as mold or pollen or a food we eat such as peanuts or eggs.

Spring is here! Yes! Except for the fact that many people don’t feel so hot this time of year.

The flu is—knock on wood—mostly behind us. Allergies have not quite exploded yet. So, why do so many of us feel off in the early days of spring?

You can kindly thank your Liver!

In acupuncture theory, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Seasons—particularly the transitional periods, when we move from one season to the next—factor significantly into how we feel.

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. But, it turns out that exercise isn’t just good for you, it’s the best medicine. (Sorry, laughter.)

According to new research, even small amounts of movement have been proven to solve a bevy of medical issues, as well as prolong life and keep you looking younger longer, Time magazine reports. Sounds like Sister Madonna Buder is on to something.

Acupuncture was associated with a decreased risk of coronary heart disease in Taiwanese patients with fibromyalgia, according to a recently published retrospective analysis of 100,000 adults.

There's new hope for people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, a feeling of numbness, tingling or pain in the hand because of a squeezed nerve at the wrist. It comes in the form of a non-invasive and drug-free method of pain relief: acupuncture, according to a new study published in the journal Brain.

What is 'Acupuncture'?

Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin.

The gift that massage therapists share with the world is an ability to help their fellow human beings feel soothed and restored. This is the case across the spectrum of massage work—and this is especially true of therapists who help medically frail children.

Massage Therapy for Children in Need

No matter how much kale you eat or how many spin classes you got in this week, if your gut is out of whack, it doesn’t matter, says expert Brenda Watson.

The certified nutritional consultant and author of the new book titled The Skinny Gut Diet, calls it “The Gut Factor”—and she says the state of bacteria calling your belly home could be keeping you from being in a better mood, having a good immune system, and even getting into your skinny jeans. (Gee, thanks.)

Listeria, E. coli, norovirus. There are plenty of pathogens and bacteria that can make us sick, but new research is warning that listeria is more dangerous to expectant moms and their babies than what was previously thought.

In the early stages of pregnancy, listeria poses a risk of miscarriage, a new study out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is warning. It’s calling on pregnant women to avoid many foods from unpasteurized milk and soft cheese, to raw sprouts, melon and deli meats.

For people with a certain type of migraine headache, regular acupuncture treatments may help reduce the frequency of these debilitating attacks, a recent study from China suggests.

Patients who suffered migraines without aura, and who received five true acupuncture treatments per week for four consecutive weeks had about one less headache per month than similar patients who got the same number of sham acupuncture treatments, researchers report.

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