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Most commonly used herbs, acupuncture benefits, faith heals

Herbal medicine, acupuncture, and faith are all in the news.

Natural News boosts acupuncture benefits:

Acupuncture is a medical procedure in which the function of bodily systems is influenced by stimulating connective and muscular tissue at specific points on the body. The practice, once thought to be something akin to folklore in the West, has gained widespread acceptance and popularity. The reasons are not hard to understand when you consider the trouble-free relief many experience from acupuncture, as well as the many faults and problems with conventional medicine, such as debilitating side effects and pharmaceutical recalls.

"Too often, it is not the quality of our work but its orthodoxy that determines how we will be regarded by our peers." -Dr. James Scott, MD.....

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), like many other complimentary medical practices, is holistic which means that it takes into account the entire person and not just the affected tissue. In this way, TCM seeks the cause of the problem and then attempts to correct that cause. Quite a different approach from conventional medicine, and an approach that more and more people are beginning to see the value of.

The Cult of Scientific Studies

Sometimes people put a little too much credence in scientific studies. Don't get me wrong, scientific studies are essential in making sense of the world around us, but some people put too much faith in the conclusions. And I don't use the word 'faith' lightly. When people are exploring in areas that are unknown and little understood, as is the situation in most scientific studies, one would be wise to remember the ancient Indian fable of The Blind Men and the Elephant (http://www.wordinfo.info/Blind-Men-and-...) , as even the most intelligent or skeptical of us cannot deny its wisdom (2).

Some of us are quite convinced that scientific studies give us 'truth'. To these people I say be careful. Dr. David Suzuki said it best in a 2008 release of his weekly column Science Matters, "Scientists don't always take a big-picture approach" (3), (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/about_us/Dr_...) . Studies, experiments and trials can give us parts of truth, specific pieces of an unknown whole which are often left to subjective interpretation.

The drug Vioxx, a synthetic medication to treat arthritis pain, exploded onto the market in 1999. Approved by the FDA, the drug underwent all the usual trials and studies to 'objectively' check its safety. It was given a green light and earned Merck $2.5 billion in 2003 alone. In 2005, over five years after its green light, Vioxx was found to increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and was recalled. In plainer words, the scientifically proven 'safe' drug was killing people. Not so safe after all.

This is just one example of hundreds of recalled medications that were originally proven safe and effective. Are we to believe that the findings in the preliminary studies of recalled drugs were wrong or untruthful? Perhaps. The simplest explanation, however, is that under the limited scope of the trials, pieces of truth were found -- specific perspectives taken from artificially created conditions. The resulting interpretations of these 'pieces of truth' led the scientists to conclude that the drug was 'safe'. Very much like the conclusions made by the Blind Men in the famous fable. They were not completely wrong, but at the same time, they were not completely right.

Although scientific studies can give us specific truths under specific fixed conditions, they rarely (if ever) give us what we might call the 'Whole Truth.' Simply put, scientific studies can say acupuncture does this under so and so conditions or does not do this in so and so situation, but when it comes to answering a question like, "can acupuncture help me with my stomach problem?", only a TCM doctor can answer that with any real certainty and prove it to you personally.

Additional commentators are reporting on the AHHA survey of hospital CAM use:

Hospitals across the nation are responding to patient demand and integrating complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) services with the conventional services they normally provide, according to the results of a new survey released by Health Forum, a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA). The survey shows that more than 37 percent of responding hospitals indicated they offer one or more CAM therapies, up from 26.5 percent in 2005. Additionally, hospitals in the southern Atlantic states led the nation in offering CAM services to the patients they serve, followed by east north central states and those in the middle Atlantic.

CAM is not based solely on traditional western allopathic medical teachings, and can include acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, diet and lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, massage therapy and more. CAM services also reflect hospitals' desire to treat the whole person-body, mind and spirit.

"Complementary and alternative medicine has shown great promise in supporting and stimulating healing," said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. "It's one of the many tools hospitals look to as they continue to create optimal healing environments for the patients they serve."

According to the survey, 84 percent of hospitals indicated patient demand as the primary rationale in offering CAM services and 67 percent of survey respondents stated clinical effectiveness as their top reason.

"Today's patients have better access to health information and are demanding more personalized care," said study author Sita Ananth. "The survey results reinforce the fact that patients want the best that both traditional and alternative medicine can offer."

Other survey results include:

* Massage therapy is in the top two services provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings;
* The majority of hospitals that offered CAM were urban hospitals (72 percent) and were medium-sized (100-299 beds); and
* Most CAM services are not reimbursable by insurance and are paid for out-of-pocket by patients.

The third biannual survey was mailed in November 2007 to 6,439 U.S. hospitals. The report is available online at www.healthforumonlinestore.com (click on the Data Products tab in the right upper corner) or by calling 800-242-2626.

About AHA
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which includes more than 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations, and 38,000 individual members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.

About Health Forum
Health Forum, an American Hospital Association company, is a trusted source of information in the areas of coding, data, publications and education. Health Forum's products and services seek to advance hospital leadership and improve organizational performance. Offerings include magazines, books, subscription services, custom publications, databases and conferences, as well as advertising and sponsorship opportunities. For more information, visit www.healthforum.com.

The Baltimore Health Examiner reports on a frequent CAM topic - the most commonly used herbs:

Americans love herbs. Consumer use of herbal therapies increased 380% from 1990-1997, and it continues to rise. Many people, especially those wary of pharmaceuticals, believe that herbs are safe and free of side effects. Others appreciate the control that herbs offer - no visits to the doctor are required.

Americans use herbs to treat acute problems such as colds and more chronic problems such as depression and memory loss. Five of the most common herbs are:

1. Echinacea
Generally used at the first sign of a cold as an immune system stimulant. It isn't appropriate for long-term use and shouldn't be used by people on immunosuppressants.
2. Ginseng
Gineng is used for many purposes, often relating to alertness, energy and mental functioning. Some people believe that it can stimulate the immune system and possibly even decrease the risk of cancer.
3. Garlic
Garlic is often used to decrease cholesterol and high blood pressure. It may also thin the blood and can interact with other blood thinners. There is some evidence that regular use of garlic may decrease the risk of cancer.
4. Ginko Biloba
Ginko is generally used for memory loss and dementia syndromes such as Alzheimer's disease.
5. St. John's Wort
St. John's Wort is sometimes thought of as 'mini-Prozac' and is used for mild depression.

Herbs are popular and generally safe, but some cautions are appropriate. Since many herbs are biologically active, they can have side effects and interact with other medications. Before using any herb, be sure to educate yourself about its use. There are many internet resources with excellent information about commonly used herbs. Two good ones are The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and AltMD.

One of the problems with herbal therapies in the U.S. is that they are not closely regulated by the FDA. Consumer protection studies have been done to evaluate the correlation between stated contents and actual contents in various herbal formulations and the results were disturbing. Many pills had less of the active ingredient then stated, and some actually contained none of the listed herb at all.

"Faith Heals" presents uplifting stories about the power of prayer when God heals. This review appeared in, of all places, Market Watch:

In a study of divine healing funded by The Centers for Disease Control, Jane Teas, Ph.D., Melinda Holland, and Georgianna Jackson found that God and prayer are not merely coping mechanisms for pain and suffering; these researchers discovered what the raw power of the Lord feels like. From over a hundred interviews with Christians in South Carolina, they compiled the best narratives in one remarkable collection, Faith that Heals: Stories of God's Love. These first person narratives of divine healings are about finding wholeness in our fragmented world. Beyond physical health, these healings are about finding "the peace that passeth all understanding." Some people just asked for God's help, like the man's silent prayers to survive a kidnapping; a mother speaking in tongues to plead for her baby's life; or a church unified in prayer for healing the birth defects of a newborn baby. Other times God found man, whether in the unexpected jolt of energy from being slain in the spirit, or as a voice of benediction heard in the heart. These are real stories from real people with real successes. These Stories of God's Love are spiritual powerhouses of strength and give testimony of God's continual presence and love in our lives. Most of all, we learn more about who God is from 44 new personal points of truth. This is a book to treasure and share. For more information, log on to www.Xlibris.com. About the Author H. Jane Teas, Ph.D., is a researcher at the University of South Carolina. She studies Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Melinda (Mindy) Holland holds a Master's Degree in Ministerial Studies from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She is a consecrated Diaconal Minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Tara Georgianna Jackson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in English. She is a born-again Christian.
Virginia Strazdins received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado. Her work grows out of a deep respect for the natural world and the inspiration it provides.

Faith that Heals * by H. Jane Teas, Ph.D.

A health education event has it all covered:

What do cannabis, environmental toxins, hydrogenated oils and music have in common? Each has the potential to affect our brain health and overall well-being. And each is a topic being explored at The Healthy Brain, an innovative two-day educational event taking place September 27 and 28 at the Ontario Science Centre. Designed for both a general audience and health professionals, The Healthy Brain delves deep inside the most complex and metabolically active organ in our body. Participants will hear from an impressive roster of leading physicians, researchers, naturopathic doctors and other health practitioners as they explore science-based natural approaches and strategies for optimizing brain function and mental health at any age.... Other topics include an owner's guide to the brain, the evidence for gingko and St. John's Wort, managing depression naturally, Brain Gym exercise and more.

The Healthy Brain is presented in association with the Ontario Society of Physicians for Complementary Medicine and the International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine.

Launched in late 2004, the Holistic Health Research Foundation of Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing the scientific understanding of complementary and alternative medicine, by funding research, and public and health professional education. Its long term vision is to improve Canadians' health and quality of life; minimize the incidence of chronic disease; and transform health care to emphasize prevention, holism and
integration.

Here is news from efoodsafety.com - go figure out out what e foods might be:

eFoodSafety.com (OTCBB: EFSF, http://www.efoodsafety.com), a researcher, developer, and marketer of whole food nutraceutical products, has launched an all-natural supplement, called Cinnechol™ (http://www.cinnechol.com), that offers a complementary and/or alternative solution to traditional cholesterol drugs. Cinnechol is designed to reduce total cholesterol levels, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides without adverse side effects while enhancing overall cardiovascular health. The product has also been shown to improve levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol.

On Sunday, March 30, 2008, the New England Journal of Medicine published results that the prescription cholesterol drug Vytorin, has illustrated no benefit for reducing the accumulation of fatty plaque in the arteries. Millions of Americans have taken the drug, or one of its components, Zetia, since its introduction to the market in 2004, racking up $5 billion in sales despite limited proof of results. News of the drug's failure has caused a stir in the medical community and left consumers confused and angered about the effectiveness and safety of prescription "blockbuster" drugs.

A study* conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics shows that approximately 36% of U.S. adults ages eighteen and older use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), with 18.9% of those using various natural products. (The study defines CAM as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, therapies, and products that are not presently considered conventional medicine.)

eFoodSafety recently announced that it has launched national direct-response commercials to introduce Cinnechol™ to a broad audience with potential viewership in the millions. The Company is cautiously optimistic that the campaign will significantly increase market exposure, brand recognition, and revenue.

"We are delighted to introduce Cinnechol™ to consumers and help educate them about the benefits of our natural solution to high levels of LDL cholesterol," says Patricia Gruden, CEO of eFoodSafety. "It appears that Americans are becoming savvier about and more receptive toward choosing all-natural treatment options for common health conditions. We believe that our whole food products such as Cinnechol™ provide tremendous value by increasing the scope of options available to them."

*Source: Barnes P, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin R. CDC Advance Data Report #343. Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Adults: United States, 2002. May 27, 2004.

About eFoodSafety.com

efoodsafety.com, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is dedicated to improving health conditions around the world through its innovative technologies. The Company's Knock-Out Technologies, Ltd. subsidiary has developed an environmentally safe sporicidal product formulated entirely of food-grade components that eradicates anthrax and a germicidal product, Citroxin™ (formerly named Big Six Plus) - EPA Reg. No. 82723-1 that kills six major bacteria: E-coli, Listeria, Pseudomonas, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Streptococcus, Avian Influenza, and Black Mold. The sporicidal product has completed its final efficacy laboratory study requisite for EPA registration. In the study, it eradicated both Clostridium Sporogenes and Bacillus Subtilis with 100% efficacy on both hard and porous surfaces. The OraPhyte™ product, which has been tested and shown to be effective at eradicating nematodes by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is currently at three major universities with outstanding Agricultural Departments undergoing crop-specific research.

The Company's Cinnergen™ is a clinically-researched, non-prescription liquid whole food nutritional supplement that promotes healthy glucose metabolism, is available for sale at (http://www.cinnergendirect.com) and through national retailers; its Cinnechol™ (http://www.cinnechol.com) is a multi-faceted nutritional supplement specifically designed to naturally promote reduction in total cholesterol levels without causing any side effects, as well as enhance overall cardiovascular health. The Company has entered into a joint venture agreement with CK41 Direct, Inc. to launch the PurEffect™ anti-acne skin care system.

The Company's iBoost, Inc. subsidiary is the distributor of the Immune Boost Bar™, a non-dairy, no refined sugar, all-natural and comprehensive multi-nutrient product that helps fortify the body's immune system. The product contains Citroxin O2™, eFoodSafety's proprietary all natural supplement proven effective in fighting several types of harmful bacteria, and forty active compounds that assist with enhancing immunity, detoxification, cleansing, and metabolic efficiency. The Immune Boost Bar™ is available in four delicious flavors: chocolate, oatmeal-raisin, chocolate mint and peanut butter and can be purchased at http://www.immuneboost.com.

The Company's MedElite, Inc. subsidiary distributes clinically proven products to physicians who then prescribe the products for their patients. It is the owner of the Talsyn™-CI/bid Scar Cream, a product that has been clinically proven to facilitate and improve the appearance, redness and strength of scars (http://www.talsyn.com), as well as seven (7) other products in the Talsyn™ line.

Please visit the Company's website at: http://www.efoodsafety.com.

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This remarkable site contains 100 wellness tips to improve your life:

Achieving personal well-being means taking the time to nurture several parts of your life so that each are healthy and strong. In this busy world, it can be difficult to find the time, and sometimes it's difficult to know how to break out of your current patterns. From eating right to building strong relationships and securing personal finances, the following resources will give you the tools to help you find your way to a happier existence.

Healthy Living

From getting enough sleep to changing the way you buy goods and spend money, these resources will give you plenty to consider about living your life more healthily.

Choosing Voluntary Simplicity. Follow this family as they have made a conscious decision to live life more simply and in a much more fulfilling way.
9 Little Known Ways to Sleep So it Counts. Waking up from a full night's sleep feeling exhausted is no good. Follow these tips to help you get the most from your sleep.
Six Sleep Tips. Using relaxation and visualization, these suggestions will help get you on your way to a good night's (or day's) rest.
Holistic Approach to Wellness. Being healthy is usually the goal for most people, yet it is easy for the balance in life to get disrupted and result in ill health. Read this article to examine your life and make sure you balance each of the facets to ensure continued good health and well-being.
11 Odd but Simple Ways to Improve Your Health. Move beyond simply improving diet and exercise with these interesting suggestions.
7 Simple Ways to Burst Out of Bed Each Day. These tips on taking a few extra steps to overall health will do more than just help those who struggle to get out of bed each morning.
Top Ten Health & Wellness Gifts: For the Mind, Body, and Spirit. These are gifts worth getting all year round.
Whole Longevity. Find out how healthy living can increase your longevity and quality of life with the articles on this site.
Prevention is better than cure. This article about holistic healthcare explains how prevention is the best form of healthcare.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, this comprehensive site offers information about specific forms of medicine, clinical trials, research, training, and more to help you stay healthy.
Nutrition

Eating well and putting the right types of foods in your body are important to ensure you are in top shape. These resources will help you get the best nutrition.

Superfoods. Goji berries and cacao nibs? Learn what is so special about these superfoods and others that you might be more familiar eating with this podcast. Be sure to listen to the other installments in the superfoods series.
Top 15 Diet Hacks. This list offers tips on how to shift your eating habits to a more healthy style. Don't forget to read the Comments for more tips.
Organic Guide. Included in this blog are posts about organic-relevant news pieces as well as many organic food topics such as growing your own sprouts, finding a good juicer, and recipes.
Five Easy Pieces of an Organic Diet. Having a hard time going organic? This article will help you get started while making the biggest environmental impact.
10 Tasty, Easy and Healthy Breakfast Ideas. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here are some suggestions for what to eat and how to do it when you are short on time in the mornings.
Nutrition Fact Sheets. Get a wide variety of fact sheets ranging from kid's nutrition needs to benefits of chewing gum to weight management.
Antioxidant Benefits From Drinking Green Tea. Learn about how antioxidants help your body and why green tea is such an excellent source.
Do You Get Enough Probiotics In Your Diet?.While this blog post is specifically focused on weight loss, it does an excellent job of explaining why probiotics are important for your body.
Holistic Health Nutrition Facts. Browse this blog for tons of information about nutrition and keeping your body healthy. Topics include omega-3 fatty acids, preventing heart disease, and the health benefit of minerals.
7 Fish Oil Benefits Proven by Research. Taking a fish oil supplement is incredibly beneficial to your body. Choosing a high-quality fish oil will ensure the best results and eliminate any "fishy" taste from the supplement.
Body-for-LIFE 10 Nutritional Guidelines. Even if you are a very active person, you cannot discount the importance of nutrition. These tips tell you how to get the most out of your workout with better eating habits.
Stress Management

Stress causes health issues as well as mental strain. Eliminate stress from your life with this list of tips to help you achieve a sense of calm.

Meditation Oasis. A companion to their podcasts, this blog offers guided meditations. Be sure to sign up for the podcasts, too.
Tips for Managing Stress. While created for university students, this list of suggestions is great for anyone feeling the strains of stress.
20 Ways to Eliminate Stress From Your Life. Some of these are simple and others a bit more drastic, but you are sure to find some solutions to the stress in your life.
How to Practice Buddhist Breathing Meditation. Follow these simple steps to establishing an ancient form of breathing meditation sure to help you find your inner peace.
6 Ways to De-Stress. These tips focus on a more global approach to living a more stress-free life.
The Top 10 Steps to DeStress. Use these suggestions to create a way of living that produces less self-expectation and pressure.
Natural Stress Relief. Combine the suggestions in this article with other stress relievers such as exercise and getting enough sleep to combat the stress in your life.
Five Tips to De-stress Your Life. This article offers suggestions on making changes to the way you live in order to live less stressfully.
Top 10 Stress Relievers: The Best Ways to Feel Better. Take these actions to reduce stress instantly. Make them a habit and you may avoid feeling that stress creep back into your life.
Stress Management: How to Reduce, Prevent, and Cope with Stress. From Helpguide.org, find information about stress, tips and resources to reduce stress, and more.
Tips for Beating Stress. Get a common sense approach to life that will help you live less stressfully in this article.
Exercise

Use these resources to get your body in shape and give you more energy to get through your busy day.

How to Increase Physical Activity When Time is a Problem. These 20 tips will get you moving even when you don't have a moment to spare.
Bike About. The posts in this blog offer much more than just biking with thoughts on healthy eating, hiking, and more.
5 Exercises for Everyone. You don't have to buy a membership to a gym to get your exercise, and these tips will show you how.
Top 42 Exercise Hacks. These ideas will motivate you to take the first step or to continue to exercise when your motivation flags.
Abdominal Exercises-Best Ab Exercises-Core Workout. Many experts believe when you strengthen your core, you strengthen your whole body. Try these exercises to do just that (and get flat abs as a bonus).
The Everything Yoga Blog. Read the posts to gain information to improve your yoga practice or visit some of the other blogs and sites included here.
Free Picture Galleries of Hatha Yoga Poses. These helpful photos and accompanying text will improve your yoga practice whether at home or in class.
Ten Cheapest Ways to Exercise. If money is a concern, it shouldn't stop you from exercising. Follow these tips for easy and inexpensive ways to do it.
10 Ideas to Get You Exercising. If you are feeling stuck but want to get moving, read these suggestions for motivation.
Trying Fitness. This blog offers tons of suggestions for ways to get yourself moving in the name of fitness.
Attitude

Sometimes a simple change of attitude can create a whole new perspective on life. Find out how to do that with these resources.

Centre for Emotional Well-Being. This blog offers plenty of advice for those looking to improve their outlook on life. There is a heavy emphasis on body image.
8 Powerful Ways to Rediscover Your Passion. It's easy to get caught up in the rut of our daily existence. If you need to shake it up and rediscover yourself, these steps will help.
5 Steps to Finding True Joy and Removing Sorrow. Learn how to identify and recognize emotional responses so that you can redirect the negative to a more uplifting, positive expression.
The Happiness Project. Join the experiment as this woman tries out all the various tips for finding happiness. Wednesday is tip day, so be sure to check in then for great ideas on finding your happy place in life.
Out of the Box: 11 Ways to Break Out of the Same Old Routine. Living in a routine can feel safe, but it can also hold you back from your potential. These suggestions will set you on a new path.
Work and Life: 15 Ways to Strike a Balance. With busy lifestyles today, it is easy to feel pulled in many directions. This list offers ways to find the balance.
10 Quick Examples of Zen Living. Embrace these life lessons in order to find your joy.
The Positivity Blog. Become inspired to stay positive and find the beauty in life with the posts on this uplifting blog.
Wake Up Feeling Great with These 22 Tips for High Self-Esteem. These suggestions will have you feeling better about yourself and improve how you approach your life.
My 50. This tool will help you keep focused on your life goals by managing your list of places to go, things to do, and anything else you want to do in your lifetime.
10 Surefire Ways to Kill Your Crabby Mood. A bad mood can affect your productivity, relationships, and the way you feel about yourself. Use these tips to rise above it.
Well Being Journal. This online magazine offers articles on mind/body connection, nutrition, health, and fitness.
75 Simple Pleasures to Brighten Your Day. Some of these ideas will brighten your day just reading about them. Readers have left some of their own ideas in the Comments section below the list.
Relationships

Learn how to keep your relationships with family, co-workers, and friends strong and successful with these suggestions.

Managing Relationship Stress. From your job to family members to friends, this article helps you manage the stress when your relationships are going through a rocky time.
Friendship-Tips for a Special Relationship!. Everyone should read these tips for a reminder of how to treat the important people in your life.
Tips on How to Repair Your Family Relationship Rightly!. Families are so busy it is easy to forget the small things that keep them together. This article reminds you how to go about the small tasks that make a family united.
20 Ways to Attack Shyness. If you have a difficult time coming out of your shell, this list is for you. Not only does it offer tips to get you going, it also explains a little about the mechanics of shyness.
10 Ways We Hurt Our Romantic Relationships. This list lets you know what to avoid to ensure your relationship grows stronger instead of weaker.
Can Your Dog Help Fix Your Relationship?. Find out what the family pet can teach you and your partner about strengthening your relationship.
Building Healthy Relationships. From listening to humor to forgiveness, learn how you can build a healthy relationship.
8 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship. Learn what you and your partner can do to help keep your relationship growing with these suggestions.
18 ways to improve your body language . Set a more positive tone about yourself by improving your body language. This list will tell you how to do it.
10 Tips to Strengthen Families. Find how you can improve the relationship between parents and children with these suggestions.
Ways to Build, Strengthen, and Enhance Your Relationship. Taking care to do these five simple things may provide just what your relationship needs to make it last long term.
Spirituality

Whether or not you are religious, a sense of spirituality can open your life in a whole new way.

Spirituality & Well-Being Self Tests. Take these two tests to see how your body-soul connection lines up.
Spiritual Endeavors. This website offers articles, links, and more to help you in your spiritual journey-no matter what shape it takes.
Spiritual Teachings. With a focus on a variety of spiritual teaching traditions and both essays and links to other resources, this site helps you get started down your spiritual path.
Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library. Find anything Buddhist here from Zen Buddhism to Buddhist art.
Links Relating to Creation Spirituality. Hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church in Austin, TX, this site provides several links to resources for those interested in learning more about Creation Spirituality.
10 Ways to Grow Your Spirit. From tying up loose ends to letting go to loving yourself, these suggestions will help you become more spiritual.
Tips For A More Effective Prayer Life. If prayer is a part of your life, these tips can help you get more from your daily practice.
Belief-O-Matic. If you are struggling to find a spiritual or religious path, take this quiz to help you determine which religion is best suited to your personality.
Cultivating Spiritual Virtues. This article offers a straightforward approach to ways you can expand your spirituality while embracing what is good in the world.
Beliefnet. No matter what you religious beliefs, Beliefnet has much to offer in the way of spirituality and religion.
Fitting Spirituality Into The Rest Of Your Life. It is easy to let important things slip away in the hectic nature of life, but this article tells you how you can find time for spirituality despite the busy day.
Financial

Get control of your personal finances and make managing your money less stressful with these great resources.

When Times are Tight: 168 Frugal Tips to Make Your Dollar Stretch. Including tips from around the house, at the grocery store, and entertainment, this list will help you find ways to save your money.
mint. Manage your money with this free software. Connect with your bank, credit cards, and mutual funds to effortlessly gain control over your finances.
Zopa. This social finance company brings borrowers and investors together to work out loans that benefit both parties.
35 Sneaky Ways to Improve Your Finances. These suggestions are simple and easy to implement. Follow these and watch your financial situation perk up.
Financial Planning: A Comprehensive Guide to Personal Finance. This guide from About.com offers great resources to help you make the most of your finances.
USA.gov Personal Finance. The U.S. government has created a list of resources ranging from bankruptcy to home ownership to retirement and estate planning.
5 Tips for Getting Out of Debt (and Why). With credit cards so readily available, it's easy to find yourself in debt. Here are five ways to find yourself in the clear.
wesabe. Getting out of debt can be a struggle, but not with wesabe. This free software helps you track spending and create goals towards getting out of debt or saving money.
AllBusiness Personal Finance Center. Find anything you could want to learn about managing your finances with this awesome resource.
21 Strategies for Creating an Emergency Fund, and Why It's Critical. Emergencies can send your finances tumbling. Follow these tips for creating a cushion so when the unexpected happens, you aren't caught short.
BudgetTracker, Inc. Create and track your budget with this tool. It helps with bills, investments, bank accounts, and more.
Career

Most people spend the biggest part of their day at work. If you do, learn how to make that time enjoyable and successful.

Work Happy Now!. Learn how to love your job with the great posts on this blog. Recent topics have covered developing emotional intelligence and expanding your various networks.
A Balancing Act: Finding Balance Between Work and Life. This article offers a helpful perspective on the work/life balance while providing suggestions for ways to approach finding your balance.
Chief Happiness Officer. Written by a Danish consultant, this blog offers great advice on finding your happiness at work.
5 Ways to Improve Your Productivity in the Office. This site suggests you focus on these five areas of your work to increase your productivity.
11 Lifehacking Tips for Improving Productivity-and Knowing When That's Not the Point. If you would like to boost your work productivity, these suggestions are sure to help you change your habits in a more productive way.
Top 10 Email Productivity Boosters. You don't have to go away on vacation to know what it's like to be overwhelmed by emails. These tips will help you stay on top of emails in an organized and professional way.
Instant Calmer: 11 Easy Answers to On-the-Job Stress. These helpful tips are easy to implement and will have you back on track and feeling calmer in no time.
Develop a Career Action Plan. Make sure your career goes the direction you want it to with a Career Action Plan.
12 Tools to Recover from Procrastination and Get Things Done. Anyone who has a habit of putting things off until the last minute know the frustration of procrastination. Follow these suggestions to get things going and stay on top of your work.
Just a Minute: Dr. Z's Top 5 Time Management Principles. For a more Zen-like approach to time management, follow these five suggestions.
All Things Workplace. This blog offers great career coaching advice to improve your experience at work.
BetterMondays. Find out ways to brighten your office, how to succeed at an interview, what not to do at work and more on this blog dedicated to helping people enjoy their jobs.

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