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Chocolate: Medicine for the Heart and Mind

Chocolate can nurture and nourishes. It is derived from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacoa). The word Theobroma means ‘food of the gods’. Americans consume, on average, 11 pounds of chocolate per person per year and we are ranked as the 5th major consumer of chocolate worldwide. Research on the health benefits of chocolate shows it […]

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Magnetism and Mental Health

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series II In last month’s blog post on iron’s role in mental (and physical) health, we covered one of a trio of ferromagnetic metals found in nature. Cobalt is another such metal that has a prominent role in our mental (and physical) health. Cobalt is seldom found in its free form, needing […]

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Gut Feelings

Recent evidence suggests that the status of our gastrointestinal flora may affect mood and behavior. This evidence, derived from a study conducted by Bravo et al. and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that bacteria in the gut can communicate with the brain and vice-versa via the vagus nerve1. (The […]

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Relationship & Healing

Well it is hard to not notice the collective stir around love & relationship in February and it prompted me to reflect on the power of relationship to heal. This power is undoubtedly important in any healing dynamic, but as Dr. Heron so aptly states, perhaps even more so when one suffers from emotional and […]

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Sensitivity, HSPs & Homeopathy

‘Sensitivity’ can be a loaded term in our culture and has a number of connotations, many not very positive. Elaine Aron, Ph.D., author of The Highly Sensitive Person, defines a sensitive person as one who is aware of subtleties in their surroundings, more readily overwhelmed after being in a stimulating environment for too long and […]

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