Reviving ancestral medicine: For centuries indigenous people have been looking to nature to heal what ails

When an elderly Lakota woman limped into the medical tent, one foot sporting a painful burn, Linda Black Elk knew just the herb that would help. She began boiling yarrow, a plant that blossoms golden yellow and has been prized for its healing properties for centuries. Though she had applied the remedy countless times, Black Elk was startled by her patient's reaction. "She started to cry," recalls Black Elk, who apologized for causing her any additional pain. "No, these are happy tears," the woman said. "Because I remember my grandmother talking about this plant when I was little, and I remember the Lakota name of it." Keepers of a once outlawed body of plant lore who have endured centuries of genocide, colonization and repression, Native American healers are working to integrate their traditional medicine with Western approaches to offer patients...

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FLASHBACK: Report finds promoting low-fat diets has had ‘disastrous health consequences’

Urging people to follow low-fat diets and to lower their cholesterol is having "disastrous health consequences", a British health charity has warned. In a damning report that accuses major public health bodies of colluding with the food industry, the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration call for a "major overhaul" of current dietary guidelines. One expert said promoting a low-fat diet is 'perhaps the biggest mistake in modern medical history resulting in devastating consequences for public health.' They say the focus on low-fat diets is failing to address Britain's obesity crisis, while snacking between meals is making people fat. Instead, they call for a return to "whole foods" such as meat, fish and dairy, as well as high-fat healthy foods including avocados. ...

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The mental side of physical exercise: Nick Goolab tackling self doubt head on

British international tells Euan Crumley about why he had to take a break from athletics and how a change in mindset has been crucial to rediscovering his love of the sport. Nick Goolab was no longer enjoying his running. Even though he won the Ipswich 5k in May, he spent the entire race inwardly berating and criticising himself. The Belgrave Harrier knew his mindset was not doing him any favours at all and that something had to change. He took a two-month break from the sport and during that time began to work with Wendy Hilton, a life coach who is also a masseuse with British Athletics. ...

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Why children are ready to shift toward more independence around age 4

My earliest clear memories of events I experienced, which are not simply memories of stories told to me about my childhood, are from when I was 4 years old. I know, because those memories are clearly situated at and near the apartment in Minneapolis where we lived when I was 4, from which we moved about the time I turned 5. One of those memories, which would have occurred when I was about 4 years and 4 months, is the following. On a hot summer day, my grandmother told me that it was time for me to take an adventure by myself. We lived on a busy street with traffic lights, and I'm sure that my grandmother had already explained to me how to cross streets at lights as we took walks together. But this day, she told me, I...

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Former vegan converts to carnivore diet after spider bite-bourne infection

An ex-vegan who suffered an infection after being bitten by a spider now ONLY eats meat. Sylwia Tabor from Sacramento, California, was out camping in July 2017 when she was bitten on the ankle, which caused her to come out in small pimples on her body and her flesh began to rot away. She said: "I didn't think much of it at first. It was only a small bite on my ankle. "But in late August, I developed this pimple in my groin area, which over the next days grew and grew until it was about the size of my hand." ...

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