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Health Courses From National Center For Comp & Alternative Medicine

  1. Ten Years of Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Promising Ideas from Outside the Mainstream
  2. Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements
  3. Mind-Body Medicine
  4. Acupuncture: An Evidence-Based Assessment
  5. Manipulative and Body-Based Therapies: Chiropractic and Spinal Manipulation
  6. CAM and Aging
  7. Integrative Medicine
  8. Health and Spirituality
  9. Studying the Effects of Natural Products
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Coping with Back Pain

For some people, it’s a dull, nagging ache in the lower back that starts up every time they play a round of golf. For others, the pain is more intense, arriving suddenly, leaving the victim doubled over helplessly.However and whenever it hits you, back pain is always an unwelcome visitor. About 90% of us will suffer at least one bout of debilitating back pain in our lifetime. That’s actually not such a surprising number, given the way the back is structured.

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Reducing Cholesterol

The main lifestyle changes to help you lower your cholesterol levels are:

  • Reduce fat and cholesterol in your diet.
  • Eat more foods rich in carbohydrates and fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Increase your level of physical activity.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight.

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Neuroscience & Psychology

Loneliness Has an Antidote and You’ll Never Guess What It Is

Loneliness Has an Antidote and You’ll Never Guess What It Is

I’m somebody who’s struggled with feelings of loneliness my whole life. It’s a big part of why I decided to become a relationship coach. I wanted to understand why some of my relationships felt more substantial than others. I wanted to understand why sometimes I relished being alone, yet other times being alone evoked feelings of profound sadness.

The question I wanted to answer was this: What makes some relationships feel better than others? It was a mystery I was determined to solve.

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