Exercise to Beat Stress

Book Excerpt: Exercise to Beat Stress

I know. This time of year, everyone is all obsessed about exercise and trying the shed those holiday buffet pounds and all of my fellow writers are urging you to hit the gym. I look at exercise in a slightly different way: As a stress management tool. It is perhaps the most effective stress buster … Read more

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Iodine and Breast Health

Right now, I have five friends with breast cancer in varying stages. One, happily, is emerging from her second round and two have rapidly growing invasive breast cancers. There are many reasons behind the breast cancer epidemic, and I’m going to throw out a major one that few of us know: Iodine shortfalls. Iodine is … Read more

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DHEA – The Fountain of Youth Hormone

It’s been called the fountain of youth hormone, and despite all the hype about DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), research shows healthy DHEA levels, and maybe DHEA supplements could actually be a part of the equation to help you create a long, healthy life. We do know that the human body’s natural production of DHEA deteriorates as we … Read more

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Toxic Personal Care Products

This is an excerpt from Kathleen’s new book, Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide Toxic exposure is inevitable unless we can learn to live without breathing, eating or interacting with any substances around us. If you’ve figured out how to do any of those, please let me know your secret! Several studies now show us … Read more

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Your cotton T-shirt may be poisoning you

Excerpted from Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide by Kathleen Barnes We all love our cozy cotton T-shirts, shirts, pants, underwear, towels and sheets. They feel comfy and safe. The cotton industry fosters that illusion with its “fabric of our lives” campaign, pushing the notion that this “natural “ fiber is healthy and creates happiness. … Read more


Breathe to Change Your Life

I’ve been a yoga teacher for more than 30 years. I’ve taught yoga breathing techniques to hundreds of students. I know the importance of the breath for health. But the teacher can always be taught. In this case, Dr. Andrew Weil showed me a new/old breathing technique that is a powerful health enhancer, stress reducer … Read more


Four reasons to try acupuncture

The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture, in practice for at least two millennia, has gained popularity and credibility in modern Western medicine. “There is lots of research to support the effectiveness of acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions,” says Thomas Burgoon, M.D., president of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, a West Chester, PA-based … Read more


Ageless mind, body and spirit

This is an article Kathleen wrote for Natural Awakenings magazine. Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart. In a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Christiane Northrup, M.D., of Yarmouth, ME, author of Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how … Read more