Category archives for Healing Arts

Personalized Medicine

Molecular Diagnostics for Disease Prevention and Patient Safety


Wouldn’t it be great to do a laboratory test on a specimen from an adult male or female of any age with a family history of adult onset diabetes and be able to predict when the diabetes is likely to occur? Of course, the lab would have to provide a forecast chart based on various rates of carbohydrate consumption. This would allow the person to plan his/her diet with a goal toward delaying the onset of diabetes or avoiding it altogether.

The Shadow’s Duality


Would you like to know whether you have a certain look you want to project? Check out your shadow. Like everything else, the shadow has two opposing functions. One, to protect us from the heat of the sun; and two, to provide an area of darkness to conceal one’s shameful activities. When we use it for protection we call it shade. When we use it for concealment we call it “shadow.” However, to be sure, when the sun is directly above us there is no shadow and everything is exposed. Likewise, there are no secrets in this world and no private thoughts because the Infinite Light of G-d is always directly above us with no shadows to conceal the dark forces.

New Age Buzz-words in Health, Healing and Wellness: What do they mean to you?


Of all the popular “new age” search terms in the health and healing category, my personal favorite is holistic healing. This term, it seems, embodies all of the others, like spiritual healing, soul healing, healing meditation, chakra, energy healing, spiritual journey and metaphysics. Some of these terms are specific methodologies like Chakra and guided meditation, while others are just general expressions of adopting a way of thinking beyond the realm of materialism.

The Miracle Cures: Harness your Healing Power


There are many individuals and institutions offering “spiritual healing”. Learn how to avoid the scams by learning about the healing power within yourself. Others can guide you, but your free will to make decisions by answering the universal question, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” places the power of healing and wellness in your hands, depending on G-d to help you. It’s simply a matter of becoming a proper vessel.

Purim and the Costume Custom


I looked forward to Purim with great anticipation and some trepidation. The trepidation arises because it isn’t just about eating, drinking, dancing and making merry. It’s about doing Mitzvahs first and getting them done within a brief span of time, which becomes ever so stressful as the deadline draws near. It’s about taking care of […]

Post Traumatic Stress and the Nursing Diagnosis; Part 2.


The nursing diagnosis is a part of health care that almost eveyrone over looks. However, given that registered nurses are empowered to “diagnoses human respnses to existing and potential health problems, this is a useful tool to all who wish to avail themselves of it. Find out how it works in this two-part series.

Fuzzy Logic versus Dichotomy


In medicine “fuzzy logic” rules. This is a world in which black and white is just theory and reality is multiple shades of grey, with guesswork based on past experience and unpredictable outcomes. The political leaders of our society work the same way. They make decisions based the fuzzy logic of probable outcomes and hope that their approval ratings won’t tank.

The Foundation of Good Health: The Scorpion and the Turtle


Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s the nature of the beast?” Ever wonder why we cause ourselves harm because we over-endulge in pleasure? The parable of the scorpion and the turtle offers some startling insight.

Stress Management: We have nothing to be stressed about other than stress itself


The word “Stress” actually relates to wear and tear as when the rubber meets the road on a tire or the brake pads pressing up against the rotor in the wheel. The term as it applies to living organisms was first introduced by Hans Seyle in the 1930’s who defined it as the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal) to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Thus stress symptoms are the manifestation of a chronic state of responses to stress triggers that are actually benign. Even a thought can set off the same response mechanism that would be in play while standing in front of a hungry lion. Hence, Seyle’s definition still reaches to the heart of stress management; the idea of the response being inappropriate and engaging in a process of altering ones misperception of pending disaster or imminent danger.

What is the best way to cope with the aftermath of Trauma?


Trauma is an occurrence that suddenly and adversely changes the body and mind. Initially, the injury phase is a mixed bag of intense emotions and pain. During the first instant after a traumatic event, the victim is in shock. Depending on the severity of the event the initial shock can last from a few seconds to a few hours and can even be life-threatening.