Conventional wisdom has it that no matter how hard your workday, you’re supposed to turn into a sociable family member when you get home and “communicate” with your spouse. But now a New York University study indicates that complete withdrawal may be a healthy and effective way to cool out after a tough day.


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Today, stress-related illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease and ulcers, collectively will kill more Americans than cancer. Others such as asthma, obesity, bad posture, tension and dietary problems will cause chronic debilitating illnesses. According to statistics complied by the Center of Disease Control, the major causes of premature death in the United States are “diseases of living” rather than viral diseases. As the incidence of stress-related diseases continues to grow, the Center predicts that within the next ten years, one out of every one hundred people will unnecessarily die from stress-related illnesses.


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The founding fathers of our country set forth principles that would initiate a grand experiment in the evolution of civilization. Their vision was a tapestry unique and intricate. Today that same tapestry hangs tattered and torn: our environment is ailing, our society is sorely afflicted and our people are ruled by addictions. To restore the beauty of this tapestry, we need to find a common thread strong enough to hold it all together. That thread is the very fuel which nourishes our bodies and, therefore, our minds and our spirits. That fuel is our food, our diet.


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These are some of the things guests staying at Hippocrates say after having incredibly profound experiences. Yet many people have a difficult time continuing the Hippocrates LifeChange program, and the diet in particular, once they leave the institute and return home.


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Over the last several decades at Hippocrates Health Institute, we have discovered a consistent and evident pattern to human life and healing: There is no true life or health that does not include spirituality.


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Thanks to recent hurricanes Wilma and Frances two big trees in my yard toppled over, and within days their leaves, bark, and branches showed signs of decline. Without their connection to the earth trees get sick and die. The same is true for us people.


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An active spiritual practice promotes our health and wellness, providing invisible healing, calmness, and peace of mind. We can heal ourselves, those around us, and even the planet through spiritual motivation and a renewed feeling of connection to something larger than ourselves. Regardless of religious tradition or dogma, healing and the Higher Power are interrelated.


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Dogma, ritual and rhetoric have confused the issues of spirituality in our lives. Too often, our time for contemplation and openness is spent on studying rules, regulations, and interpretations of the theories that others have conjured up. Many spend inordinate amounts of time searching for the true meaning rather than living life itself. This syndrome has been manufactured through the way that spirituality has been presented to us. Religion, which is credited with the establishment of civilization, has often been the very center of why we individually do not find our greatest purpose. Community is a necessity and spiritual organizations play a major role in formulating this vital arena. We must never forget that for community and society to further itself we as people must open up our possibilities to greater spiritual practice.


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The phrase “single parent” is new for the twenty-first century. Men and women are designed to repopulate and raise their children together. Both have strengths that help children develop to their fullest potential. Unfortunately, single parents are not really singly parenting unless their husband or wife has died or abandoned the children. These people are not parenting alone, just no longer living together.


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I feel overwhelmed by the changes that go with following the Hippocrates lifestyle. Do you have any helpful tips?


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Many people come to Hippocrates Health Institute who are stressed out, exhausted or confused. These are symptoms of sickness or imbalance; the mind being the culprit, the body, its agent. Unhealthy states of mind lead to unhealthy states of body.


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Sex is one of the most misunderstood human experiences. The very word triggers a whole gamut of conflicting emotions and ideas, eliciting thoughts that are pleasurable or otherwise. But rarely does it ever draw our minds to the fundamental reason for its existence in our lives. If we go back to the very beginning of human life, sex had but one purpose, and that was to ensure the perpetuation of the human race. Clearly, we have strayed from this very simple concept.


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These days, the greatest preoccupation we human beings seem to have is our search for the one grand solution to the many ills and problems that plague our lives. Harried and confused, we go about seeking It in all possible places except, perhaps, there where we may find clues to some of the answers. Although through the use of our basic common sense, we know that there is not one particular source from which all problems and ill-fortune emanate, we insist just the same on going about this exercise in futility. But if we were to recognize the one thing that conics closest to being a source of many of our problems, it would surely be self-esteem or the lack of it.


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The risk of cancer (an unrestrained growth of abnorma cells) is dramatically increased with the use of drugs like Proscar, according to Jan-Ake Gustafsson, M.D. and professor of medicine at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Gustafsson concluded his extensive study on the effects of common prostate medicines on the body, reporting his initial findings in 2001. Recent, more comprehensive studies proved that certain pharmaceuticals dramatically increased the risk of cancer by inhibiting the release of testosterone in the prostate and thereby limiting its essential by-product, beta-receptor, which carry out the critical role of controlling the growth of the prostate cells. These findings, once again, expose the hazardous nature of some pharmaceuticals in their purported quest to heal disease.


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As a psychotherapist arid a wellness coach, I often hear people interpret the suc­cess or failure of their lives in terms of their experience in relationships, Those who can establish a positive relationship with the world around them find their lives to be successful and blissful-a sign of wellness. Those who fail to do so find their lives meaningless and miserable a sign of illness.


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Like the tigers he cares for, Steve Sipek, formerly Tarzan in early 1970's B-rated films, finds his peace not with man but with animals. Currently custodian for a black leopard, a lioness, and a pair of two-year-old tigers, Bo and Little Bo, on his Loxahatchee, Florida property, Sipek feels safer with these predators than with people.


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The skin is a very important organ of detoxification, sometimes compared to a second liver. By way of perspiration, the body eliminates about 1 pound of water a day. Therefore it is important to take care of our skin, removing dead and dry skin and keeping the pores open, to allow toxins to come out and minerals to be absorbed.


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More often than not, the mystics tell us to be selfless. Unfortunately, there is a little truth and a lot of problems in this thinking. When losing self, one loses meaning. Meaning is the central reason for our existence. It may be the fundamental act of procreation, the desired act of fulfilling ourselves with meaningful work, or the spectacular joy of achieving happiness in all that we do. These viable, real world happenings demand self. Without a committed conviction and achievable plan, one cannot bring about her/his inherent greatness. Selflessness should be restated as humility. In the act of achieving your own maximum benefit, it is being humble that allows it to be without ego. Anything that is achieved with maximum effort and not used as a shallow representation of who we are, is God’s work. It is only ego that creates the wedge between harmony and disharmony.


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One of Hippocrates’ favorite globe-trotting graduates, Jill Swyers has been promoting health since completing the Hippocrates Health Educator Program in 1998. While inspiring individuals around the world, her journey as a health advocate has taken much dedication and perseverance. Her core strength manifested by overcoming a major health challenge.


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