Summer 2008, Volume 1, Issue 2
EDITOR’S LOG

Open Mind

Depth of understanding requires a willingness to see issues from more than one angle and to interpret what we see through more than one lens. Such multiple-perspective awareness can prove a source of uncertainty and discomfort, because it sometimes requires us to reconcile conflicting ideas. This is particularly challenging when two or more alternatives seem equally compelling. We face such choices often when trying to restore and maintain our well-being. In this issue of Health Insights Today, we begin to explore ways to cultivate a healthy open-mindedness. read full article »
Vegetables and Fruits: A Case Where Experts Agree
Nutrition experts disagree on many points but are unanimous in recognizing the crucial role of vegetables and fruits in a healthy diet. No substitutes can ever replace these treasures of nature. No pill, potion, or powder can more than vaguely mimic their unique biochemistry, not to mention their magnificent array of natural tastes and colors. read full article »
Tobacco: Public Health Enemy #1
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of illness and death. Despite decades of declining smoking rates in the United States, tobacco-related illness still claims over 400,000 lives annually here and millions more overseas. In this article, Will Evans, DC, PhD, offers the facts about tobacco, action steps for quitting, and hope that change is possible. read full article »
The Daily HIT: The Health Insights Today Blog
Because one of our key goals at Health Insights Today is to bring you health news on a timely basis, we have launched a daily blog (www.dailyhitblog.com). Most posts on The Daily HIT involve links to breaking news stories, with excerpts and original commentary from a natural health perspective.

Claire Cassidy is among the most original thinkers in the field of comparative medicine. A medical anthropologist, she sees the world’s healing arts as a series of alternatives rather than a hierarchy. In this interview, she looks at biomedicine and other healing arts, finding strengths, weaknesses, and paths for further evolution. read full article »
Understanding Yoga
Yoga has found its way into the fitness culture of the United States—sometimes as a respite from the hectic pace of life, others as a pulsing workout, and even, occasionally, as a therapeutic regimen to heal without drugs or surgery. read full article »
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Integrative Pain Management: Interview with James Dillard, DC, MD, CAc
Chronic pain patients challenge health care practitioners to think broadly and seek collaborative relationships in order to treat this complex condition holistically. James Dillard, a pain management specialist uniquely trained in chiropractic, acupuncture and medicine, proposes a path of cooperation and integration, asserting that while some chronic pain patients need medication in order to function, it is possible to limit the need for such medication through approaches including chiropractic, massage, yoga, meditation and a balanced whole foods diet. read full article »
Health Benefits of Companion Animals
Sharing your life with an animal can enhance your health and well-being in many ways. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing today, scientists have studied the effects of animals on human health. Most recent research has focused on cardiovascular benefits, alerts about health emergencies, and effects on the health and well-being of children and the elderly. read full article »
Finding the Right Athletic Shoes
Too many people choose fashion over function when purchasing athletic shoes, not realizing that poor-fitting shoes can lead to pain throughout the body. Because footwear plays such an important role in the function of bones and joints—especially for runners and other athletes—choosing the right shoe can help prevent pain in your back, hips, knees, and feet. download pdf of article »