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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Mayo Clinic Medical Edge: Ayurvedic medicine, is it quackery?

By Amit Sood, M.D.


Medical Question from Bigstock


JewishWorldReview.com | DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is ayurvedic medicine a safe approach to managing health?

ANSWER: Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic approach to health care that is considered a form of alternative medicine in the United States. It includes a variety of practices that may be beneficial. However, at this time, there's limited scientific evidence that shows ayurvedic medicine to be a safe and effective way to manage one's health overall.

At its core, ayurvedic medicine seeks to assess and correct energy imbalance. The assessment is done using questions that address an individual's symptoms, predispositions, environment and physical state. It also includes checking a person's pulse, examining the tongue and making several other physical evaluations. Based on the assessment, the practitioner determines an individual's state of energy imbalance.


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This approach is somewhat different than the methods of medical diagnosis used in Western medicine. It's a very holistic way of looking at a person. The assumption is that everything in your life has an impact on your health. That includes lifestyle choices like diet and exercise. But it also involves factors such as your day-to-day surroundings and environment, as well as your job, friends, family and emotions.

For example, from an ayurvedic medicine perspective, a person who has asthma may be experiencing that condition because he is too hot. A patient with a chronic cough and cold may be congested because she's predisposed to thick secretions. Someone with heartburn may have high metabolism.

To treat these problems, an ayurvedic practitioner attempts to correct the energy imbalance. That could involve eliminating or adding a variety of elements to a person's life, including certain foods, dietary supplements, exercise or meditation. In some cases, a person may be encouraged to change their environment.

Two different medical diagnoses may have the same core energy imbalance. Someone who has anxiety, for example, and someone who has peptic ulcer disease may get exactly the same ayurvedic treatment because their basic energy imbalance is the same.

Millions of people around the world use ayurvedic medicine. But the research on it right now is very limited. Small studies have looked at ayurvedic dietary supplements and botanicals for conditions like diabetes and osteoarthritis. Early results have shown some efficacy. But larger clinical trials are needed to confirm those results.

Finding the correct products can be a problem, too. In the United States, most ayurvedic therapeutic products are imported and are more easily available in large metropolitan areas. Safety also is a concern. One study that examined ayurvedic dietary supplements and botanicals imported from India and China found that up to one third were contaminated, including contamination with heavy metals.

In addition, no formal credentialing system exists in the U.S. for ayurvedic medicine practitioners. That means there is no guarantee that someone who claims to be an ayurvedic doctor actually has credible qualifications or specific training.

With all of these limitations, it is difficult to recommend ayurvedic medicine as an overall approach to health care at this point. That said, it clearly contains some beneficial aspects. For example, yoga, deep breathing and meditation are common components of ayurvedic medicine. All have been shown to be useful for many health conditions. Some ayurvedic dietary approaches may also be helpful.

If you are interested in ayurvedic medicine, find an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner. Although certification is not available in this country, other countries do certify ayurvedic practitioners, and some are now practicing in the U.S. Ideally, you should seek out one of these individuals for more information about ayurvedic medicine.

Before you move forward with any recommended treatment, though, talk to your primary health care provider to make sure it fits your situation and is safe for you. -- Amit Sood, M.D., General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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