Health

Letter from an Autism Mom
Avani, the Artist


By Preeti Dahiya The never ending quest of an Autism mother to find something that helps her child to express herself in some form or the other led me to explore art therapy for my daughter about three months ago. Before I tell you how it goes, let me tell you that prior to this, we...

Tennessee cuts HIV program with Planned Parenthood ties


Nashville, Tenn.: Top Tennessee health officials attempted to oust Planned Parenthood from a program designed to prevent and treat HIV before eventually deciding to forgo federal funding for the program, despite warnings that doing so will have a devastating impact on marginalized communities, documents show. Republican leaders, however, have actively tried to cut off public...

Navajo Nation rescinds mask mandate on vast reservation


Window Rock: The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that’s been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office. The mandate was one of the longest-standing anywhere in the U.S. and applied broadly to businesses, government...

New USDA rule boosts “organic” food oversight, targets fraud


New York: The Agriculture Department has issued new requirements for foods labeled organic, a move aimed at cracking down on fraud and boosting oversight. The rule strengthens enforcement of the USDA’s strict definitions of organic, which must rely on “natural substances and physical, mechanical or biologically based farming methods to the fullest extent possible.” The rule requires USDA’s National...

Adho Mukh Svanasana: For correcting spine posture and diaphragmatic breathing


Atul Vyas  Scoliosis is a condition of the spine in which there is lateral curvature of the spine. It is a deformity of growth in the spine which causes it to twist to one side. It can be so mild that it is barely noticeable and creates few or no symptoms or may be very severe...

3 tips to be happy from the world’s happiest country


by [email protected]  What is it about the Finnish people that inland has ranked as the happiest country in the world for five years in a row, as per the World Happiness Report. Frank Martela, a Finnish researcher who studies the fundamentals of happiness, ties to answer that question. Writing in cnbc.com, he lists three habits of the people of his country...

Urdhav Hastottanasana: Up stretched arms posture for a slim waist


By Atul Vyas  The spine is a unique organ of the body. It is the central support  system for your entire body, assisting with nearly all movements, while protecting our spinal cord. So it must be firm enough to support one's body's weight while standing, sitting and lying. It also must be flexible and strong...

O for a dip in nature


In dry academic language, “The immersion experience in nature stimulates the five sensory systems which increase activities in one’s parasympathetic nervous system and leads to heightened awareness, eventually resulting in a state of relaxation.” (A Guide to Nature Immersion: Psychological and Physiological Benefits cited by  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)  By Rina Tripathi alotusinthemud.com   Yesterday I was like a singing bird, soaring freely...

Shalabhasana or the Locust Pose: For strengthening lower back muscles


By Atul Vyas  Weakness of back muscles is one of the major causes of back ache. The muscles of the back are built up in layers around the skeleton. These muscles are involved with stabilizing and moving the torso. Around each of the spinal joints, there is a group of muscles. End of each muscle...