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Consciousness v Catastrophe
The Big Fat Surprise

The current crises besetting humanity calls for a revolution in consciousness that will bring about a whole new story of what it means to be human. Consciousness v Catastrophe introduces the reader to the new philosophy of evolutionary spirituality.

Gillian Ross
Stumbling Stones
On the path of life, there will always be unexpected stones upon which we stumble. For many of us, grief and loss form an unknown and dangerous territory. We are ill-equipped to deal with life’s harsh sorrows. The challenge is to survive and , if possible, to become stronger and acquire a deeper understanding of the complex gift of pain and heartache.
Airdre Grant
The Mindful Way Through Stress
Take a deep breath. Feeling less stressed already? Bestselling author Shamash Alidina shows just how simple it is to master the proven techniques of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in this engaging guide. Whatever the source of stress - work pressures, dealing with difficult people,
Shamash Alidina
Why Struggle
Why Struggle? Life is too short to wear tight shoes encourages you to accept life for what it is – an unpredictable journey. When was the last time you slowed down, watched a child, or created your own adventure? Barbara J. Faison’s insightful suggestions and food for thought nourish your spirit and remind us that life is a celebration.
Barbara J. Faison


Below are some of the articles included in the MAR/MAY 2018 issue of The Art of Healing. To read the Full Articles you will need to purchase the magazine from a newsagency or you can subscribe:

News bytes and Research

Study Finds Inflammation the Cause of Almost Every Disease

The latest science is in on chronic inflammation, and although it is being used to promote a pharmaceutical solution, there are natural ways to stop this occurring in the body – a problem that is now linked directly to the top five killers on our planet: heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and diseases of the gut, primarily.

Worldwide Studies Find B-Vitamins Significantly Reduce Symptoms of Mental Health Disorders
Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body. B-vitamins are required for cognitive function, as well as proper functioning of the methylation cycle, monoamine production, DNA synthesis, and maintenance of phospholipids such as myelin. Now, a growing body of literature links poor dietary choices not only to brain health and cognitive function, but to an increased risk of chronic psychiatric illness.

3 Proven Things Schools Can Do to Curb the ADHD Epidemic
We really just don’t know what the long-term generational effects of such widespread use of ADHD medications will be on our society and the individuals who’ve been taking these meds their whole lives. There have never been long-term studies because the medications have not been around for very long, yet the FDA and Big Pharma are perfectly comfortable pushing these pills onto the public. “Yes, others have flaws, too.” I used to think. “But mine are different. Mine are heavier. My flaws are the kind of flaws one actually needs to hide, because they’ll disturb people.”

Cure Eczema the Natural Way
A painful and often debilitating disease, eczema is a skin disorder that is suffered by millions. Frequently treated with steroids, the immune system is further compromised, inflaming the dermis and creating a vicious cycle that is difficult to break.

FAST FASHION: Three out of Ten Aussies have Thrown Away Clothing After Wearing It Just Once
Fast fashion has transformed the way we shop. Fuelled by the advent of more accessible and affordable fashion, consumers are shopping for clothes more than ever before. The number of garments bought by the average shopper each year grew by 60% between 2000 and 2014 alone, consumers no longer need to wait for the seasons to change to buy the latest trends.

Cell Phone-Induced Bodily Harm and How Propolis from Bees Can Help Did you know that your cell phone technically microwaves your brain? And did you know that there are some natural substances which have proven radio protective properties that can reduce your risk of adverse exposures?

Eating Leafy Greens Slows Brain Ageing and Improves Cognitive Function
More scientific research has surfaced that shows why you should eat your greens. A recent study claims that eating green leafy vegetables on a daily basis could keep your mind years, even decades younger as the brain ages.

CANCER DISCOVERY: In Novel Seaweed Extracts
Breakthrough research confirms two unique compounds extracted from seaweed have significant cancer-inhibiting properties. A series of animal studies undertaken at the prestigious McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) have shown that the seaweed extracts known as fucoidan have reduced tumour growth in selected cancers and significantly improved the effectiveness of the common chemotherapy drug tamoxifen. The breakthrough demonstrates the potential for fucoidan to be safely used as a complementary cancer therapy alongside traditional chemotherapy.

Mental Health-Related Prescriptions
The information on this page is taken from the Mental Health Services In Australia government website which presents information on prescriptions for mental health-related medications; both subsidised and under co-payment. Mental health-related medications reported in this section comprise antipsychotics, anxiolytics, hypnotics and sedatives, antidepressants, psychostimulants and nootropics (cognitive enhancing supplements) prescribed by all medical practitioners. For further information, please visit the website shown at the end of this article. Data in this section was last updated in May 2017.

physical healing

Toward Healthcare Sustainability

It is time that we rethink our healthcare; how we view the patient (who really isn’t a patient at all but an individual), when we should administer care, and in what form this support should come. Many of us around the world are dealing with different pieces of the same puzzle, motivated by our recognition that our existing systems are being driven by various corporate interests at lightning pace into a dead end – one in which innocent citizens will be the main casualties. Rob Verkerk from the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH Intl) shares his thoughts.

Which Oil Us Best To Use When Cooking In The Kitchen?
Credible information about which cooking oils are the most healthy and safe to cook with is an area of interest to many people, and one in which many unsubstantiated myths exist. In this article, Accredited Practising Dietitian Jacqui Plozza digs deeper into these claims and explains what ‘smoke point’ actually means, and which are the best oils to use for cooking in the kitchen.

Light Therapy for Parkinsons Gives New Hope
On a crisp and clear autumn day two years ago, retired federal politician Max Burr was sitting in front of his computer at home in Launceston, desperately seeking some help. Burr, a federal Liberal MP from 1975 to 1993, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. Much to his dismay, he had recently been told by his geriatrician, Dr Frank Nicklason, that his condition was deteriorating and he needed to increase the dosage of his medication even further. “I said to Frank, no, I’ll find other methods,” Burr told me. Suvi Mahoven reports.

Do Probiotics Play a Role in Protecting in the Negative Effects of Alcohol?
Could probiotics allow you to escape a hangover after a big night out? Or, for people who drink moderately on a daily or weekly basis, could probiotic supplementation protect their gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and liver from the negative effects of alcohol? These are questions researchers are looking to answer as they continue to uncover more and more about the vital role ‘good bacteria’ play in health and disease. Qualified Naturopath and Acupuncturist with 25 years experience, Angela Carroll, explains.

Chronic Health Conditions and the Microbiome
The second half of the twentieth century has seen a substantial shift from the focus of identifying and preventing nutritional deficiency-based diseases to that of how diet influences the development of chronic non-communicable diseases or the so-called diseases of civilisation which are particularly prevalent in today’s Western societies. The energy-dense and nutrient-poor nature of the typical Western diet, in conjunction with poor lifestyle choices, is now recognised to be associated with chronic health conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dental caries and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It is not simply an energy-in and energy-out type scenario however. Research is now focusing on what role the human gut microbiome plays in not only the development, but also the prevention and treatment of these chronic health conditions. Samantha Coulson explains.

Shining the Spotlight of Awareness on to Mental Health and the Deaf Community with Yoga
In this article, Melissa Thompsonlooks at how yoga can assist people who have mental health issues and at the same time live with different levels of hearing loss. Melissa refers to the Deaf community in this article with a capital ‘D.’ The Deaf community represents people with hearing loss who use the Australian Sign Language (Auslan). However it is also recognised that there is a spectrum of hearing loss which includes those who do not use Auslan, and who do not identify as ‘Deaf.’ So the term ‘deaf’ is also used as a general term to describe a segment of the population who share problems of access to auditory information. Melissa is proficient in Auslan, she has been practising yoga for over 15 years, and she has a background in caring, community and healthcare

emotional healing

MELANCHOLY:A Feeling of Pensive Sadness – Typically With No Obvious Cause

Melancholy is part of the human condition. It’s been the domain of English Romantic poets and melodramatic, self-obsessed teenagers, playing mournful music and writing sentimental poems. As poet Edgar Allan Poe wrote; “And being so young, and dipped in folly, I fell in love, with melancholy.” This Emo phase is a natural part of the moodiness of adolescence. It was once diagnosed as one of the four temperaments (the others being sanguine, choleric and phlegmatic). The diagnosis may no longer be in medical fashion, but the sensation persists. Melancholy, that quiet place of sorrowful introspection, is a sacred state that is essential in coming to meet your subterranean self. Airdre Grant elaborates.


INTERVIEW: Manuela Boyle

Manuela Boyle PhD MHSc MPhil NMD FIO is a world-renowned integrative medicine oncologist who has a fellowship from the University of Arizona, United States, and master degrees from the University of Queensland and the University of New England, Australia. Manuela has over 20 years of clinical experience as an international consultant (particularly with cancer patients) and is the creator of the evidence-based Inspired Cancer Care Program. She is also a sought-after author and speaker and was recently accepted as an external expert by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm, Sweden, an honorary position that aims to “provide independent scientific opinions, expert advice, data and information” and “to maintain scientific excellence at all times through the best expertise available.” The Art of Healing spoke to Manuela about her life, and her current work and progress with cancer patients.

book extracts

First Do No Harm

It is interesting, the resistance to the words ‘love’ and ‘healing’ in our profession. And yet how many people have a problem because they can’t experience love? And how many people get better when they’re in a loving relationship? I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve looked after who have struggled for years with chronic conditions. Then they get into a loving relationship and their whole condition improves. This is the ‘science’ of love if you like. But it starts with self-love first, and usually if you open that up, the rest flows. It’s like a flowering. Dr Robin Kelly, NZ General Practitioner, acupuncturist, author and singer-songwriter elaborates in this extract from the book Stethoscope by Lucy Mayes.

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