Lara Evans Bracciante

The Holistic Pet

Raising Your Dog or Cat Naturally

Pets are part of the family. Raising them to be healthy and happy is not only important, it’s the responsibility pet owners accept when they bring companion animals into their homes.

To this end, holistic pet health provides a wellness plan for our companions, so owners can enjoy their company for as long as possible. Following are tips for raising your pet healthfully and naturally.

Standardized Acupuncture Points

The World Health Organization (WHO) has brought together a team of experts from Japan, China, and South Korea to standardize acupuncture points. The 2,000-year-old Chinese therapy is now used around the world, but there are placement discrepancies for 92 of the 361 basic points on the body. (Traditionally, there are 365 acupuncture points; the WHO recognizes 361.)

Artistic Endeavors Improve Seniors’ Health

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Elderly chorale members have significantly fewer falls, doctor visits, and take less medication than their peers who are not participating in any arts programs, according to an ongoing three-year study conducted by researchers at The George Washington University’s Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities. Furthermore, subjects answering their inner artist reported lower levels of depression, less loneliness, and higher morale, in addition to better health one year after joining.

Single and Cooking

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The 73 million Americans who live by themselves need to make sure they’re getting their essential vitamins, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). Because singles tend to cook fewer of their own meals, they’re more likely to eat out often and eat too much, or skip meals altogether, rather than going through the trouble of making a nutritious meal for one.

Back in the Game

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Stretching a strained muscle speeds recovery and gets athletes back in the game, Greek researchers recently concluded. Eighty subjects suffering from pulled hamstrings were assigned to one of two groups: The first group was assigned to stretch the hamstring four times daily, while the second group stretched once a day. The first group regained full range of motion in an average of 5.6 days while it took the control group 7.3 days to reach the same result. The first group also resumed full activity about two days earlier than those who only stretched once a day.

Adopting a Healthier Diet

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People appear to be eating better as adults than they did as children, including consuming twice the amount of fruits and vegetables and less fat and sugar, according to a research study at Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre.

The study involved 200 subjects in the United Kingdom who, as children ages 11 to 12, kept detailed food diaries and answered questions about their diets. Twenty years later, those same subjects again turned over food journals and answers pertaining to diet.

Healthcare In Poor Shape

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Two out of three American adults now believe healthcare coverage should be a “guarantee,” as it is in other countries such as Canada and Britain, and three out of four agree that healthcare is as necessary as water, gas, and electricity. These were just some of the findings released by Results for America, a project of the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute based in Newton, Mass. Other findings include:

• 50 percent of adults have seen their healthcare coverage cut or costs go up.