The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization are both urging basic flu-prevention practices as they try to stop the spread of swine flu. But given that cold and flu season is feeling so two months ago, I thought it would be helpful to review what those practices are.  Wash your hands often, in…

A new study presented last week at the American Association of Cancer Research found that people who eat grilled meat that is cooked to the point of being charred or burned on the outside are 60 percent more likely to get pancreatic cancer.  Yes, I said 60 – six-zero! According to Reuters, charred meat contains…

It’s actually time for refreshing drinks here in the Northeast. Who knew? Well, I stumbled across this recipe whihc might be just the thing–it sounds delightful and uplifting. From Prevention.com. It’s part of their unfortunately named “Flat Belly Diet” (bellies are not meant to be completely flat! They’re soft–even with a sixpack–and that’s ok!). I found…

I just came across this lovely quote from Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron about meditation and accepting ourselves, craziness and all. “When people start to meditate or to work with any kind of spiritual discipline, they often think that somehow they’re going to improve, which is a sort of subtle aggression against who they really are.…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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