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High Fat Diet

Count Calories and Think Twice

Source: American Diabetes Association
Publication date: 2002-09-10

By JANE E. BRODY
The New York Times
September 10, 2002

The debate over high-fat versus low-fat as a means of weight control flared up again this summer, leaving many weight-conscious Americans thoroughly confused and most nutrition experts up in arms.

REDUCE YOUR STRESS WITH BREATH GYM

In today's fast-paced, stress-filled world, many of us experience
both acute and chronic levels of anxiety, pain, stress, tension,
anger, digestive upset, insomnia, and so on. Though the ultimate
solution to these problems, and the way in which they undermine
our health and well-being, involves much more than better
breathing, there are some simple, safe, effective breath-related
exercises and practices we can undertake to help alleviate these
problems. We've brought a variety of these practices, all by

Passage from "Boundless Breathing"

Here's a short passage that Dennis thought you might enjoy from
the introduction to his forthcoming book "Boundless Breathing."

"The way we breathe ... is a revealing metaphor for our ability
or inability to experience what is actually going on inside
ourselves and to move freely through and within our lives and
ourselves. Opening up the restrictions in our breathing can help
us open up the experiential spaces of our own minds and bodies
and learn how to live in the full expanse of the present moment.

Recent Esalen Institute Workshops

Dennis Lewis was very happy to meet some Authentic Breathing News
subscribers at his recent workshops/retreats at Esalen. For the
five-day retreat at Esalen in September with David Hykes, as well
as the five-day Authentic Breathing retreat in June, we had
subscribers from as far away as Canada and the UK. Dennis hopes
to see more of you at future workshops. Esalen is in Big Sur
California, one of the most beautiful places on earth--a
wonderful venue for both a workshop and a vacation. The next

Hospitals Abandoning Soap and Water

Sun Sep 29, 2002

By DANIEL Q. HANEY, AP Medical Editor

SAN DIEGO - Soap and water may be all washed up. Many hospitals are switching to quick-drying alcohol gels to keep hands clean as evidence builds they stop dangerous germs faster and better.

The spread of microbes in hospitals is a huge health problem, making sick people sicker and resulting in an estimated 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. One of the chief ways germs spread is on the hands of nurses, doctors, technicians and others who move from patient to patient.

Cell Phone-Tumor Lawsuit Is Tossed

Mon Sep 30, 2002

By GRETCHEN PARKER, Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) - A ruling by a federal judge Monday tossed out an $800 million lawsuit filed by a Maryland doctor who claims cell phones caused his brain cancer.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake said none of the evidence submitted by Dr. Christopher Newman was substantial enough to warrant a trial against cell phone manufacturer Motorola and several major cell phone carriers.

Time to Get Serious About Seasonal Allergies

Mon Sep 30, 2002

By Dennis Thompson Jr.
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthScoutNews) -- Think allergies are little more than a runny nose?

Guess again.

The watery eyes, sneezing, congestion and itchy throat that are hallmarks of allergies take a lot more out of sufferers than most people think.

Number of Uninsured Up, Census Says

Mon Sep 30, 2002

By GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The recession increased unemployment and forced many businesses to scale back benefits, resulting in an additional 1.4 million people without health insurance last year, Census Bureau figures show.

Roughly 41.2 million people, or 14.6 percent of U.S. residents, lacked health coverage for all of 2001, compare with 14.2 percent the previous year, according to bureau estimates released Monday.

Group Seeks Awareness for Deadly Disease

Tue Sep 24, 2002

By Ross Grant
HealthScoutNews Reporter

TUESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthScoutNews) -- For years, doctors have misdiagnosed ataxia as multiple sclerosis or other illnesses, preventing this rare but deadly congenital disease from getting the attention and research it deserved.