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  • Free Online Workshop: Ayurveda + Emotions

    Sunday, May 16th @ 2pm EST free workshop with Virabhadra Das. Register to join. 

  • News Brief: Critical Health of Head Pujari of Mayapur, Pankajanghri Prabhu, Prayers Requested

    There has been no improvement in Pankajanghri prabhu's health for the last few weeks, he is being moved to Mayapur. Prayers are requested. 

  • News Brief: India's Covid-19 Records Spike & Many Variants Detected
  • In a Pandemic Is There a Secret of Health?

    In this unprecedented period in the world’s history where health has been come a constant source of concern, a pure devotee can give us some secrets of health.

  • A Devotee-Researcher's Perspective on COVID-19: Cures and Cautions

    The lives of our devotees are too precious, and we must not adapt to any relaxed approaches to this serious health risk.

  • The Bhakti Body

    Foundations for Optimal Health Presented By Vaishnavi Ministry North America

  • Gopal Krishna Goswami Is Progressively Recovering from COVID-19

    In the past two weeks, he has been recovering very nicely,  now he is back serving on the altar and started to take small speaking engagements.

  • Gopal Krishna Goswami Is Better, Released From Hospital

    A few days ago, after a period of repeated fevers, it had been confirmed that Gopal Krishna Goswami tested positive for Covid-19 and was admitted to a hospital in New Delhi — making the worldwide ISKCON community very worried.  

  • Vaisesika Das on Staying Safe and Sane During A Pandemic

    “I don’t think that as a whole, from what I’ve heard, we ISKCON leaders are taking this seriously enough,” Vaisesika says. “I think we should set a good example by simply following what the scientists are telling us about the Coronavirus, and what we should do about it.

  • New Book Shares Srila Prabhupada’s Instructions on Health

    A new paperback edition of “Hope This Meets You in Good Health,” a book by ISKCON guru and Prabhupada disciple Prahladananda Swami, is now available on and on Barnes & Noble’s website in English. The book has also been translated into Spanish, Polish and Russian.

  • Hare Krishna Health Fair Makes a Proactive Stance for Devotees’ Health

    While devotees are often focused on caring for their spiritual health, our bodies are temples that we use to serve Krishna, and must not be neglected – especially as more ISKCON members become advanced in age.

  • Govardhan Eco-Village’s Ayurveda Center Transforms Lives

    Hidden away in the verdant Sahyadri mountain range in Maharashtra, some ninety kilometers from Mumbai, is Govardhan Ayurveda, a healing center that could change your life. 

  • Paramahamster: Toilet Paper

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Devotee Company Creates Ayurvedic Personal Care Items From Cow Products

    A devotee-owned company, Ra Vino Industries, based in Mumbai has created a line of personal and home care products with Ayurvedic properties, using the panchagavyas – milk, ghee, curd, dung and urine – of indigenous cows.

  • The 12 Things You Can Do To Avoid Cancer

    I don’t propose to have the absolute answer or cure for cancer but I will go out on a limb and say that the following twelve tips will absolutely help you avoid it.

  • Paramahamster - Ayurvedic Doctor

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Three Ways to Increase Your Energy Level Through Yoga

    The day-to-day practice of yoga gives the much-needed energy boost that powers the practitioners for the rest of the day.

  • Clean Dham, Clean Your Heart: ISKCON Mayapur's Waste Management Drive

    A team of community members and devotees has been formed to create awareness about the campaign and importance of the clean environment.

  • Paramahamster - Lota

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Diwali Fireworks Launch the Nainika Allergy Safety Campaign: Making Temples Safe for Allergy Sufferers

    As thousands gathered for the Diwali fireworks at Bhaktivedanta Manor, the temple leaders and a host of community and political leaders, took to the stage to launch the Nainika Tikoo Memorial Trust’s allergy awareness campaign for places of worship.

  • How Perceptions of God Help Determine Self-esteem, Mental health

    The study on self-esteem is part of a larger body of research that goes beyond measurements such as worship attendance to delve deeper into how people’s personal relationship with the divine relates to their health and well-being.

  • More Doctors Are Warning Patients to Eat Less Meat

    And more major medical groups are endorsing a diet heavier in plants.

  • 10 Steps on Improving Your Metabolism

    Are you sluggish and low on energy? Do you feel like you work and work toward your weight loss goal and never seem to make any dramatic improvement? You could be suffering from a slow metabolism.

  • Flaxseed Health Benefits: Everything You Should Know About this Superfood

    Source: BehealthyToday

  • The Thinking Gym

    While the unhealthy world loses its physical edge, we may also consider how we’re losing our mental edge. Just as we exercise the body and keep it tuned, we also need to exercise our mental capacity.

  • Spiritual Health Check

    Though we live in times of chronic movement, we must pause for thought, reflect, and carefully examine our desires and motivations. In a society where life’s success factors tend to be external and tangible ones, such ‘soul-searching’ doesn’t come naturally.

  • Bulgarian Retreat to Care for Devotees’ Spiritual and Physical Health

    A unique type of event for ISKCON devotees, the Bhakti Yoga Health Retreat from September 11th to 18th this year in Bulgaria will care for participants’ physical health as well as their spiritual wellbeing. The retreat will be held at the Vita Rama Health Center, a clinic run by two devotee brothers – Lokaguru Das and Sudama Das – along with their father, dietician Georgi Slavov.

  • A Devotional Model for Health & Financial Self-Sufficiency

    Our health has a crucial influence on a quality of our daily life and efficiency in our devotional service. The reality however is that devotees are often deprived of a proper and consistent healthcare due to either lack of resources or proper knowledge.

  • Devotee-Run Health Center Delivers Natural Cures

    Nestled in the beautiful hill country of Bulgarian resort village Emona, and overlooking the Black Sea and Irakli beach, is Vita Rama Health Center. Every summer, the Mediterranean-style building becomes home to around 500 people, as they soak up the peaceful countryside and clean air, healing their bodies and spirits. The Center is becoming more and more popular with its claims – backed up by customer testimonies – that it can cure heartburn, herniated discs, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even cancer.

  • 9 Proven Health Benefits Of Apples

    Red, yellow and green, apples come in over 7500 different varieties, giving you plenty of choice for the world’s healthiest food.

  • New Website on Natural Healing: “Cures That Work”

    With the blessings of Prahladananda Swami, ISKCON’s Minister of Health, at the end of January a new website will be launched, consisting of personal testimonials from devotees who have been successful in treating their illnesses or others’ effectively with natural remedies.

  • Cashew Nutrition: Absolute The Best Cure For Depression Without Medication

    Delicately sweet yet crunchy and delicious cashew nut is packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. 

  • The Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

    Pumpkin seeds are truly a gift of nature. Nuts and seeds makes healthy and balanced diet. Pumpkin seeds are said to be dietary powerhouses.

  • This Is Why You Should Be Sleeping On Your Left Side

    Your sleep position can influence your health, help in keeping your skin look young, and improve your digestive health.

  • The Many Astounding Ways to Use Curcumin

    Today, modern science is backing up what ancient Indians have known for centuries—that turmeric, and curcumin in particular, has many astounding uses.

  • Top 10 Foods for Improving Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure (HBP) infects the veins of society. It is defined as high pressure in the arteries, which are vessels that carry blood throughout the body.

  • The Science Behind and the Technique of Eating in a Banana Leaf

    It's not an authentic South Indian meal if you haven't had it on a banana leaf. There is something very endearing and amazing about eating on banana leaves. But do you know the science behind it? 'Put Chutney' brings to us this hilarious video about banana leaves and the right way to eat in one!

  • Why Sitting Is Bad For You - Murat Dalkilinç

    Sitting down for brief periods can help us recover from stress or recuperate from exercise. But nowadays, our lifestyles make us sit much more than we move around. Are our bodies built for such a sedentary existence? Murat Dalkilinç investigates the hidden risks of sitting down.

  • Eat Your Water: 5 Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

    One problem with hot summers is how to prevent the body from getting dehydrated, which can happen quickly and lead to serious consequences.

  • 10 Natural Remedies to Treat Gum Infection (Gingivitis) Naturally

    Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue and is one of the most common diseases among the population. 

  • Tonsils, Tonsillectomies, and the Immune System

    The tonsils are part of our immune system. They provide the first line of defense for pathogens swallowed or inhaled.

  • Those Amazing Fats (And Why We Need Them)

    I find it ironic that in the US, we have the highest incidence of obesity in the world, and yet we have become a low fat, no- fat obsessed nation.

  • 10 Healing Herbs You Can Easily Grow At Home

    Herbs not only add magic to many of your dishes, they also play a key role in maintaining good health. 

  • Feeding the Real Hunger

    One of the main problems of life we all face is filling our bellies. We have to eat and this hard fact forces most of us out of bed and off to work every day.

  • Reasons to Keep Coconut Oil at Home

    Populations that have a diet rich in coconut oil tend to be in good health, and stay away from many of modern diseases, torturing western nations.

  • How To Properly Wash Fruits And Vegetables To Remove The Harmful Chemicals

    With using a few simple tips, you can protect yourself and your family from the raw food poisoning.

  • Nature Is Speaking – Lupita Nyong'o is Flower

    A Conservation International film.

  • Copper Surfaces Could be Crucial to Stopping Ebola Outbreak

    For many years, health researchers have been interested in the potential of copper to help stem the spread of dangerous infections.

  • Beat Insomnia With Natural Remedies

    A chronic lack of sleep not only affects your work, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life, it also wreaks havoc with your immune system.

  • Update on Jayapataka Swami’s Health

    On October 6th, Jayapataka Maharaja was admitted at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Delhi.  Maharaja was admitted due to fluid retention in his body because of a weak liver. ILBS is one of the best institutes in the world to deal with liver related complications. The Director of the hospital, Professor Sarin, is a world-renowned liver specialist and is personally treating Maharaja.

  • Timeless Meditation

    It’s refreshing to learn that science is finally catching up with the power of meditation, but I’m guessing it will be another decade until they ‘scientifically’ discover the revolutionary philosophy behind it.

  • Eating with Your Hands is Healthier

    Ayurvedic wisdom teaches that our bodies can respond to this food-touch by producing the needed enzymes and digestive juices before the food even meets our lips.

  • Why Detoxification Is So Important

    We pick up parasites from our food and our surroundings that take up residence in our bodies. Our bodies store mercury, lead, and other heavy metals.

  • Top Powerful Fall Foods for Your Health

    Get ready for the autumn harvest everyone. Listed below are some delicious, mouth-watering superfoods that the mouth will crave long before that first bite.

  • Krishna’s Healthcare

    Since time immemorial, human societies have championed Mother Nature’s therapeutic splendor as a reliable and sacred source of healthcare. It is important to be aware of the various health issues sprouting up during this iron age of Kali.

  • Six Herbs That Enhance Digestive Health

    There are a number of herbs that are often used in everyday cooking that are also prized for their ability to calm the digestion system.

  • "Got Stress? Here's Why"

    The American Institute of Stress suggests that our stress factors are divided up in the following way: 46% workload, 28% people issues, 20% juggling work/personal lives, 6% lack of job security.

  • Four Herbs With Natural Painkilling Properties

    Nature has provided us with numerous herbs and spices that contain significant pain-killing properties. 

  • 5 Reasons to Eat More Coconut

    Researchers are finding more and more evidence to the suggest that the unique combination of fatty acids found in coconut oil can have profound positive impacts on overall health.

  • Top Indian Herbs and Spices That Help Prevent Cancer

    Popular throughout the world, Indian spices have a long history of providing a welcome burst of flavor. They also have very real benefits to the health.

  • Pineapple: More Effective Than Cough Syrup

    Rather than waiting a case of the sniffles out or reaching for cough syrup, consider fighting a cold with something that's likely already in the kitchen.

  • Top Six Fruits for Diabetics

    A healthy diabetes plan together with exercise, and fruits with high vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are effective at managing blood sugar to help those with diabetes.

  • Non-vegetarians Healthier Than Vegetarians?

    So claims a recent study. However, examining and cross-checking their references there is a great reason for skepticism.

  • The Lemon Detox Diet

    This detox diet has been around for almost 50 years. It's effectivity in breaking down toxins in the body while contributing to short term weight loss has made it a popular option for a spring detox.

  • Use Beets as a Detoxifying, Brain Boosting Side Dish

    If everyone knew the health benefits can be garnered from adding beets to their diet, most people would try to include them whether they like them or not. 

  • 7 Healthful Reasons to Add More Peas to Your Diet

    Today, close to 80%of the world's pea crop is used dried as supposed to fresh; in the US, however, 90% of the peas are actually consumed as fresh green peas.

  • How Cooking Can Change Your Life

    Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family's health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations. 

  • Eating Legumes Improves Cardiovascular Health

    Just a single serving of legumes a day can significantly improve cholesterol levels and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • The 5 Most Prevalent Toxins Destroying the Body

    With thousands of toxins circulating in the world it can be very easy to become overwhelmed. These are 5 toxins to be especially concerned about.

  • Eat More Tomatoes and Slash Cancer Risk

    Studies have shown a positive correlation between those people with a diet high in tomatoes, and having a lower risk of some forms of cancer.

  • Top Three Benefits of Lavender

    The numerous benefits of lavender contain its capability to get rid of mental tension, alleviate painful sensations, disinfect skin, treat respiratory troubles, and so much more.

  • Awesome Uses for Turmeric

    Turmeric is a commonly found spice and herb that is increasing in popularity, and for good reason. Below we’ll uncover what turmeric is great for when it comes to healing and wellness.

  • The Natural Effect

    "The False Advertising Industry" reveals the shocking truth about what is allowed in "Natural" food. Only the USDA Organic Seal guarantees your food contains no Genetically Modified Organisms, no toxic pesticides, and no growth hormones or antibiotics.

  • Coconut Flour: A Nutritious, Gluten-free Substitute to Processed Flour

    The reputation of coconut flour is growing in the West due to its considerable health benefits, which far exceed those of processed flours.

  • The Amazing Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

    It's not an accident that Brussels sprouts, like other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale, have a famously unpleasant taste.

  • Healthy Benefits of Parsley

    Parsley is a well-know herb that most people think of as just a garnish. But there is more to parsley than meets the eye.

  • Three Popular Spices that Lower Blood Sugar Levels

    Emerging studies continue to prove that many popular spices are nutritional powerhouses that possess undeniable medicinal value.

  • Bitter Melon Could Slow Head And Neck Cancer Growth

    A vegetable commonly used in Asian cooking could be promising against cancer, a new study in animals suggests.

  • What India Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

    India has been described by some traditional texts as Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara, the first and supreme culture in the world.

  • Turmeric Starves Tumors

    Turmeric has an extensive fan base among those who enjoy traditional Indian food, but also a growing number among cancer patients.

  • The Amazing Health Benefits of Pine Nuts

    Pine nuts are rich in iron, which the body uses for a great many of its essential processes, such as the regulation of our central nervous system.

  • Amaranth A Super Healthy Source of Protein

    Amaranth is part of the Chenopodiaceae family of plants and is therefore related to quinoa, which was also forbidden by the Spanish upon their arrival.

  • Natural Solutions For Irritable Bowel Syndrome

     Irritable Bowel Syndrome  contributes to brain fog, metabolic disease, chronic fatigue plus a host of other degenerative diseases.

  • Lavender Oil Is For Healing

    One of the most powerful forms of ancient medicine, aromatherapy, has been used for millennia to treat all manner of ailments.

  • Eliminate Headaches with These Herbs

    Almost everyone has experienced at least one or two headaches in a lifetime. Most over the counter drugs for headaches have side-effects.

  • Turmeric May Make at Least 14 Pharmaceutical Drugs Utterly Obsolete

    Many of the most commonly prevalent chronic illnesses, it turns out, can be prevented, treated, and even cured using turmeric.

  • Walnuts Help Prevent Prostate Cancer

    Nearly one-quarter of a million men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, accounting for 30,000 deaths from this largely preventable disease.

  • Bee Apocalypse Now

    Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder  that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, over the past six years. 

  • Top Superfoods for Healthy Weight Loss

    There are foods are nutrient dense, low in calories, and more importantly are starch resistant. Starch resistance carbohydrate foods are not fully digested and turned to sugar, which is stored as fat if it isn't metabolized for energy.

  • Dry Brushing to Detoxify Your Body

    Dry brushing your skin may be one of the easiest and best ways to detoxify your body on a regular basis. The skin is estimated to eliminate over a pound of waste each day through its pores and through the elimination of dead skin cells from the body.

  • Address to Health Care Practitioners Highlights Soul Care

    "When I think of ‘healthcare’, the first thing that comes to mind is ‘Who are we caring for?’… If I say, ‘I hurt my finger’…Are you caring for my finger, or are you caring for the owner of the finger?"

  • More Research Verifies Powerful Anti-cancer Properties of Turmeric
    Scientists attribute many of turmeric's health benefits to the trio of naturally occurring chemicals known as curcuminoids, which give the root its characteristic yellow-orange color.
  • Wellness Workshop Held for ISKCON Monks

    Fitness expert Mickey Mehta conducted a wellness workshop for around 40 monks of the ISKCON Chowpatty (Mumbai) temple on Tuesday.

  • Cinnamon and Honey's Healing Properties

    Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. Honey will crystallize if it is left in a cool dark place for the long time, but do not mistake this crystallization for it turning into sugar. Honey never will become sugar.

  • Lower Your Blood Pressure with Hibiscus Tea

    Hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure as effectively as pharmaceutical drugs, numerous studies have shown.

  • How to Prevent Kidney Stones with Everyday Foods

    Passing them is described by those who have experienced their terror as one of the worst pains known to man, exceeding even the pain of childbirth.

  • Bitter Cure for Pancreatic Cancer Found

    The humble karela, it has emerged, is a giant slayer of pancreatic cancer cells. A University of Colorado cancer study published in the journal 'Carcinogenesis' shows that bitter gourd juice restricts the ability of pancreatic cancer cells to metabolize glucose, thus cutting the cells' energy source and eventually killing them.

  • Natural Compound In Broccoli, Cruciferous Vegetables Can Treat Leukemia

    Hidden inside every stalk of broccoli and every floret of cauliflower is a substance so powerful at preventing and treating cancer that not even the drug industry is capable of matching its efficacy, both in terms of safety and potency.

  • Increase Your Energy by Supporting Your Thyroid And Adrenals
    To increase your energy it's important to consider the health of your thyroid and adrenal glands. Like the brake and the gas pedal in your car - you must make sure that both are working at their highest ability for optimal health.
  • Meat Eating - The Cause For World Hunger & Criminal Waste of Grains

    There is plenty of food. It is just not reaching human stomachs. Of the 2.13bn tonnes consumed in 2008, only 1.01bn, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), reached people. The rest was used up by meat industry and biofuel industry.

  • End Your Battle with Bloating by Eating These Foods
    Oh, the feeling of the bloat. What to do? Well, the first thing is - relax. We'll tell you about four foods you can stick to through the upcoming silly season of eating - and beyond - that will help you win the battle of the bloat.
  • Children with Healthier Diets Are Smarter, Research Proves

    Most parents want to do whatever they can to ensure they give their children every advantage and opportunity to succeed in life. According to new research, that also includes making sure they have a healthy diet. Vegetarians had a higher childhood IQ score than non-vegetarians, said Britain's Metro newspaper.

  • The Healing Power of Rosemary
    Its rich scent, prominent historical presence, and deeply-symbolic significance throughout the ages has earned the rosemary herb quite an honorable status in many cultures around the world. And a significant portion of rosemary's legacy involves the incredible soothing, nourishing, and healing properties possessed by this amazing herb.
  • The Five Best Summertime Detox Beverages
    Summertime and the living is easy, except it gets hot. Some places get really hot but not so humid, others get hot and humid. Either way, it's a time for refreshing cool or cold drinks.
  • Fighting Fatigue - Top Foods, Herbs, Supplements and Tips

    It's no secret that many people experience some level of fatigue on a regular basis. Whether it's at the office, at home or anywhere else, fatigue can truly make you miserable and it can cause the quality of your work suffer.

  • Natural Mosquito Repellents

    Mosquitoes can be a nuisance when trying to enjoy the outdoors, especially if you're trying to host guests. The faint buzzing reminds us of those pesky pricks we receive when we least expect it.

  • Protect Your Heart with Turmeric
    A recent study involved heart bypass operation patients in Thailand. The curcumin lowered risk from post bypass operation heart attack by 65% s. That group of patients also showed significantly lower levels of inflammation and oxidative stress markers in their blood.
  • ISKCON Scholar Speaks On Link Between Mental and Spiritual Health

    Addressing an audience of around forty, ISKCON scholar Ravindra Svarupa Dasa spoke on the connection between mental and spiritual health at the annual conference of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy on March 25th.

  • Blueberry Superpower

    Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered Superfoods. The anti-oxidant power of blueberries has been shown to be particularly useful in stabilizing brain function and protecting the neural tissue from oxidative stress.

  • Don’t Pass the Bacon

    A new study published by Harvard researchers provides “clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat [such as bacon or hot dogs], contributes substantially to premature death.

  • Health Benefits of Chiku

    Chiku, is a sweet and delicious tropical fruit with plenty of nutritional benefits. Although a native of American continent it is grown largely in India and Mexico. This fruit is soft and made of easily digestible pulp giving a crunchy and sweet flavor.

  • Grapes May Help Prevent Age-related Blindness

    Can eating grapes slow or help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a debilitating condition affecting millions of elderly people worldwide? Results from a new study published in Free Radical Biology and Medicine suggest this might be the case.

  • Top 10 Vegetarian Health Foods This Year
    Due to our hectic life styles, we often make the mistake of compromising on our diets. We may want to add some super foods which are easily available and insures maximum good health.
  • Plant Parsley to Protect Your Garden Against Pests
    Companion planting is the ancient technique of planting different crops in close proximity that can provide benefits to each other. In a garden, parsley excels at repelling harmful insects and attracting beneficial ones.
  • Sauerkraut Promotes Good Health (and Good Fortune, Too)

    Many cultural traditions eat fermented vegetables on New Years Day to bring good fortune. Folklore has it that the long threads of sauerkraut potentially represent a long life. Greens are also associated with money and thus thought to bring good fortune.

  • Discover the Health Benefits of Juicing Carrots

    Juicing is the fast track to good health. Using organic vegetables for juicing allows you to take in more vegetables at one time than you would by eating raw or cooked vegetables.

  • Home Remedies Relieve Tooth and Gum Pain
    Most people hate going to the dentist. Basic home care can be enhanced with a variety of herbal and homeopathic treatments to relieve pain and resolve minor gum and tooth problems.
  • Flower Remedies to Harmonize the Body, Mind and Spirit

    Flower essences are said to contain the life forces of the flowers used to make them. They work by relieving negative feelings, and they encourage the healing process by balancing energy in the body.

  • Flaxseed Oil – Healthy Alternative for Vegetarians

    Ancient folklore had it that flax seeds were blessed, and they could bring good fortune; restore overall health and ward of evil forces. Nevertheless at recent times it is no more different than before. Research has shown flax seeds as an emerging health supplement for large scale diseases and promoter of overall wellbeing.

  • Eat Quinoa To Lose Weight And Improve Your Health

    Quinoa is native to South America. The pre-Columbian Incas saw it as a sacred food, calling it chisaya mama (mother grain). They planted the first seeds of the season in religious ceremonies using golden tools. Depriving the people of quinoa was one of the means the Spanish used to conquer the Incas.

  • Heal With Honey

    Honey is known for its many healing properties. Many believe that adding unfiltered, unprocessed, unheated honey to your daily diet can alleviate arthritis, reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol and reduce allergies.

  • Wheat Can Cause Weight Gain and Sickness

    What if you were eating right and following the advice of all your doctors to eat more "healthy grains" but continued to gain weight with worsening blood work?

  • The Health Benefits of Mustard

    Mustard seeds have been part of human civilization for hundreds of years. The Bible mentions mustard seeds, as do ancient Sanskrit texts. The ancient Greeks used them for cooking, as did the ancient Romans, who appear to have invented an early form of the condiment used today. The ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, used them medicinally.

  • Five Easy Ways To Restart Your Metabolism With Ayurveda
    At one point or another, just about all of us have tried to lose weight. One of the main reasons for not being able to lose weight effectively is because the body`s metabolism is not up to speed. Metabolic disruption in any of these can impede weight loss and overall health.
  • Lose Weight And Improve Heart Health Naturally by Walking

    Many people these days think they have to follow the latest fad diet in order to lose a lot of weight in a hurry. Walking is one of the safest, most effective forms of exercise that will assist with successful weight loss and future weight, health and heart maintenance.

  • Ten Reasons Why Leafy Greens Are The Power Players On Any Plate

    The color green is associated with life, vitality and renewal. Green is not meant to be a sprig of parsley decorating the edge of a plate, but balancing, even dominating, the colors of a plate. It also creates texture to the dining experience.

  • Artificial Sweeteners May Be To Blame For Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    The cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, has been toted as 'unknown' by mainstream medical establishments for years.
  • Use Your Diet To Turn Off Cancer

    Orthodox medicine wants you to believe that 95% of cancer is in the genes you inherit. But how your genes react to environmental and dietary influences is far more important. That area of research is called epigenetics. Certain genes that help prevent cancer are turned off with certain foods while other foods turn on genes to fight cancer.

  • Olive Oil May Reduce Stroke Risk, Study Finds
    A new study suggests consuming large quantities of olive oil through heavy use in cooking and dressings may significantly reduce your stroke risk. The research published in the June 15 online issue of Neurology studied the effects of different amounts of olive oil consumption in 7600 elderly adults.
  • Beat Insomnia Naturally

    If you have ever struggled to fall asleep at night or stay asleep through the night, you are not alone. It is estimated that over 30% Americans experience insomnia while close to 60 million people have sleep trouble in a given year.

  • Compound in Apple Peels Found to Prevent Muscle Wasting From Aging And Illness
    As we get older -- or if we stop working out due to illness -- muscles can get weaker and smaller. But now comes news that a natural compound in apple peels could be the key to preventing this muscle wasting. What's more, it may also reduce body fat and lower cholesterol levels.
  • ISKCON Devotees and the Danger of Hearing Loss

    Dr. Piyush Gupta, a medical doctor who practices in Columbus, Ohio warns that failure to monitor and sometimes limit the volume of kirtans in ISKCON Temples could contribute to permanent hearing loss and its attendant complications.

  • Junk Food ‘Guidelines’ Won’t Help

    Imagine your child’s teacher was distributing twice daily snacks, before and after lunch. Now let’s pretend you complain to the principal, who tells the teacher, “Could you please stop doing that? You have until … five years from Tuesday.” Would you allow that?

  • Hypertension in the Ayurveda

    To understand the various causes of hypertension from the ayurvedic point of view it is neccessary to understand its basic fundamental principles. Hypertension may also be classified according the main dosha involved and its site of origin.

  • Simplicity Diet
    Unless we simplify our dietary habits, it is not possible to achieve self-sufficiency. Srila Prabhupada said: "Use only what you produce, produce only what you need"!
  • Walnuts Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

    The result of a new study found that the noble walnut packed the highest level of quality antioxidants of any nut species. Adding a handful of walnuts to your daily diet can provide many of the essential antioxidants necessary to ward off cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  • How Metaphors Shape Your Health

    The most enduring teacher in Western history was a committed storyteller. Jesus taught in parables. Stories have found a permanent place in our cultural consciousness. Why are stories such effective teaching devices and what does this have to do with your health?

  • New True Food Shoppers’ Guide Mobile Application to Avoiding GMOs

    There is a new True Food Shopper’s Guide to avoiding genetically engineered (GE) foods. It is free, available to download, or as a mobile application for iPhone and Android.

  • Vitamin D Helps Prevent Breast Cancer

    The 2011 D-Feat Breast Cancer Campaign, an initiative of the Vitamin D Council, is now in full force as the group works to raise awareness about natural ways in which to prevent breast cancer. One of the primary ways to prevent breast cancer is to maintain high levels of vitamin D, particularly through skin exposure to natural sunlight.

  • Shilajit - Find strength, stamina and stress relief

    There is no curable disease in the universe that cannot be cured by Shilajitu, according to the ancient Indian text Charaka Samhita. In historic India, through the country's Ayurvedic tradition of medicine, Shilajit was used as treatment for diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, heart disease, anemia, anxiety, ulcers, asthma, arthritis, epilepsy and jaundice.

  • Children Exploited For Profit Using Fictitious Mental Disorders

    For two decades the drug industry has bombarded schools, parents, doctors, the media and government with propaganda that ADHD is a medical condition that must be managed with drugs. About 10 percent of U.S children are said to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a mental illness treated with drugs. A recent study blows a wide hole in that myth.

  • Using Electronics Before Bed May Cause Sleep Disorders

    We have bottles of melatonin and valerian root stashed in the medicine cabinet. There`s a white noise machine next to the bed. We repeat relaxing mantras in our head as we lay in bed, trying desperately to catch some sleep before another busy day dawns. But are we addressing the root issues of our sleep disturbances?

  • An Apple A Day Really Does Keep The Doctor Away

    One might be quick to dismiss the age-old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," as a mere attempt to get children to eat their fruits and vegetables, but what if this simple fruit really can prevent that trip to the doctor's office?

  • Eat Spinach For Bigger Muscles, Better Cell Performance

    Popeye was right; eating spinach really does help build muscle strength and improve cellular function, according to a new study released by the Swedish medical school Karolinska Institutet.

  • Twelve Unsustainable Things That Will Soon Come To A Disastrous End

    If you look around what's really happening in our world today, there's an inescapable pattern that curiously emerges: Much of what's going on is simply unsustainable. It can't go on for much longer, in other words. And it must collapse due to the laws of economics or physics.

  • The King's Homeopath

    The Oscar-winning film of the year, "The King's Speech", depicts the compelling story of King George VI and his speech therapist, Lionel Logue. Lionel Logue was neither a physician nor a conventional speech therapist, but his homeophatic treatment was impressively successful.

  • Combining Broccoli With Broccoli Sprouts Doubles Anti-cancer Effect

    Study after study continues to show that eating broccoli helps to prevent and treat cancer. And a new study out of the University of Illinois says that combining broccoli with broccoli sprouts nearly doubles the cruciferous vegetable's anti-cancer effects.

  • Discover The `Super Food Power` of Turmeric

    Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered `super-foods.` Turmeric is an herb native to Southeast Asia that is a true super-food shown to have remarkable healing and anti-inflammatory properties that are just now being discovered.

  • Lose Weight And Help Prevent Hypertension With Fig

    Fig leaves are able to lower triglyceride levels, which can help to prevent obesity and heart disease. Chewing and swallowing fig leaves has been known to help treat ulcers.

  • Bacteria Found in Cow Dung Can Make You Smarter

    Researchers from the Sage Colleges in Troy, NY, USA, reported today their findings that specific bacteria common to our environment may increase learning behavior.

  • Discover The Health Benefits of Bananas

    So often, the humble banana is often overlooked when it comes to providing nutritional and medicinal value. Bananas in fact have a lot to offer us, both nutritionally, as well as in relieving the symptoms of a myriad of physical complaints.

  • Doctors' Group Sues USDA Over Vegetarian Alternative to Food Pyramid

    A nonprofit doctors' organization is suing two federal agencies for ignoring a vegetarian alternative to the traditional food pyramid — despite skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates.

  • Junk Food As Addictive As Street Drugs

    Scientists are increasingly becoming convinced that junk food can be just as physically addictive as street drugs like heroin. Over time, regular consumption of junk food can create imbalances in some chemicals, leading us to eat more and more in order to restore normal levels.

  • Spiritual Care Tour to Bhaktivedanta Hospital

    The Intensive care staff of the NHS Ealing hospital in London decided to open their heart and minds to Vedic culture.On my way back I kept asking Krsna why this tour was so extra special compared to any other we had conducted in the past. The answers came in many ways. We were serving the hands that heal.

  • A Simple Way To Reduce Stress

    Many people consider stress to be the underlying cause for all health issues. One simple way to reduce stress is to take a hot mineral bath one to three times a week. Mineral baths have long been considered a way to deal with stress, inflammation, aches, and pain.

  • Natural Flavonoids From Fruits And Vegetables Dramatically Lower Cancer Risk

    Natural compounds commonly found in many fruits and vegetables are among the most powerful agents we have in our dietary arsenal to combat many forms of cancer.

  • Michelle Obama Puts Faith In Exercise

    First lady Michelle Obama asked faith and community leaders Monday to “shake up their congregations” and help her play a “critical role” in helping to eliminate childhood obesity.

  • Colgate Accused of Stealing Thousand-Year-Old Toothpaste

    A legal dispute between the U.S. and India over a herbal toothpaste was leaving a bitter aftertaste between the two countries, with Colgate Palmolive accused of filing a bogus patent.

  • Soy May Help Ease Sleep Problems In Older Women

    The estrogen-like compounds found in soy could help postmenopausal women get a better night's sleep, according to a small study.

  • Why It Is Important To Drink Lots Of Water

    More than fifty percent of the human body is made of water. Knowing that, it's not hard to realize how important staying hydrated is to a person's well-being. In fact, dehydration can cause confusion, dizziness, and sluggishness in addition to other more serious symptoms.

  • Reversing the Secularization of Eating

    Our eating has been secularized. It has been robbed of its poetry and beaten into the staccato uniformity of packaged snacks. As a direct result, our prey suffer needlessly, our planet is wilting under the pressures of our demands, our neighbors are strangers, we are unhealthy, and our place in the order of things is lost behind the incessant pace of our living.

  • Breast Cancer Month Overshadowed by 'Pinkwashing'

    Every October, stores become a sea of pink as shelves fill with products adorned with pink ribbons or altogether repackaged in pink, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries

    The baby-carrot industry tried to reposition its product as junk food, starting a $25 million advertising campaign whose defining characteristics include heavy metal music, a phone app and a young man in a grocery cart dodging baby-carrot bullets fired by a woman in tight jeans.

  • Why Quick, Cheap Food Is Actually More Expensive

    The odd paradox is that food insecurity--not knowing where the next meal is coming from or not having enough money to adequately feed your family--leads to obesity, diabetes and chronic disease.

  • Mothers Who Fail To Breastfeed Double Their Risk Of Diabetes

    Choosing not to breastfeed your babies can have significant health consequences. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have discovered that mothers who do not breastfeed are twice as likely as mothers who do to get type 2 diabetes.

  • Organic Produce Superior To Conventional On Every Level, Study Finds

    Mainstream nutritionists often claim that conventional produce is no different than organic produce. But a new study proves otherwise, revealing that organic fruits and vegetables pack a greater nutritional punch and produce better, healthier soil than their conventional counterparts.

  • The New Issue of Varnashrama Newsletter Is Released

    The tenth issue of Varnasrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS for Trivikrama Mas has been released. The present issue of the newsletter revolves around ‘medicine’.

  • Eating Well: Giving Up Meat for a Better World

    Jonathan Safran Foer used to love his grandmother's chicken and carrots. But after his son was born, the bestselling American author decided to give up meat. Like German author Karen Duve, who is also writing a book about eating ethically, Foer is trying to make the world a better place.

  • Food and Faith: Agriculture as a Theological Act

    Wendell Berry has said that eating is an agricultural act. I have always suspected that agriculture is a theological act. The way we produce and consume something as basic as our food not only determines our physical and environmental health but is a reflection of our social health and a contributing factor of our spiritual health.

  • New Research Continues to Support Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

    Turmeric has been used for over two thousand years in India as a food and medicine - called Holy Powder. Ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric to treat many conditions, including wound healing and infections.

  • Launch of “Spiritual Care Tour” to Mumbai and Mayapur

    A spiritual care tour has been launched under the leadership of Dr. Vishwarupa Das of Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Juhu, Mumbai. The tour especially targets nurses, doctors and health care personnel, aiming to promote spiritual care in the hospitals throughout the world.

  • Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work

    The findings have surfaced: members of the clergy now suffer from obesity and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen.

  • Forget The Drugs, Treat Depression Naturally

    Many people try to treat their depression by taking drugs and burrowing away by themselves, says Dr. Steve Ilardi, a clinical psychologist. But he believes this is the wrong approach. Ilardi suggests that people ditch the drugs and change their lifestyles, instead.

  • Music Trains The Nervous System And Improves Learning Ability

    Researchers from Northwestern University recently published a series of data in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, revealing that music plays an important role in nervous system development.

  • Veggie Project Expands To Fight Childhood Obesity

    Sergio Escafuller hopes to change the way people think about fruit and veggies. He’s landed his first job at The Veggie Project, which brings farmers’ markets to communities that tend to have the lowest concentrations of grocery stores and poor produce selection.

  • US Pharmacists Win Right to Refuse to Sell 'Morning After' Pill

    Attorneys for the State of Washington told a federal judge that the State would seek to create new rules for pharmacists with conscientious objections. The new regulations would give the plaintiffs in the lawsuit--the owners of Ralph's Thriftway pharmacy and two pharmacists—what they've wanted all along: the right to refuse to stock or dispense Plan B (the so-called "morning after pill") based on their conscientious objection.

  • Choosing Healthy Foods Now Called A Mental Disorder

    In its never-ending attempt to fabricate "mental disorders" out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they've invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.

  • Strawberries Stimulate Metabolism and Suppress Appetite

    June is the month for road-side stands, farmer's market deliciousness, and red berry gathering in gardens across the world. Strawberries can increase a hormone that stimulates metabolism, suppresses appetite, and controls blood sugar after starchy meals while inhibiting inflammation.

  • Tastes Like Chicken: The Quest for Fake Meat

    The desire to eat meat has posed an ethical question ever since humans achieved reliable crop production: Do we really need to kill animals to live?

  • The Eight Petals: The New Issue of Varnasrama Newsletter Released

    The eighth issue of the Varnashrama Newsletter, THE EIGHT PETALS for Madhusudan Mas has been released.

  • Why Organic Palm Sugar Is The Next Big Thing In Natural Sweeteners

    The search for healthy, natural sweeteners sometimes seems to involve a whirlwind of information. Today, stevia is now widely accepted as a safe, natural sweetener. That doesn't make it super popular, however: Many people complain about the aftertaste of stevia, and it doesn't melt or cook like sugar does. So the search goes on.

  • Minister: Britain Will Open The Door to Frankenstein Food

    In the UK, genetically modified crops were given enthusiastic backing by the Environment Secretary.

  • Children 'More Likely to Own a Mobile Phone Than a Book'

    Children as young as seven are more likely to own a mobile phone than a book, figures show, fueling fears over a decline in reading.

  • Mexico Bans Junk Foods in Schools

    Government orders end to fried foods and sweets on school grounds in fight against childhood obesity.

  • Germs in Soil Might Give Learning a Boost

    Mice exposed to the bacteria got through mazes twice as fast, researchers report.

  • Meet Spider Goat - The Future Solution for Broken Bones

    On a farm in Wyoming, USA, goats are being milked for their spider webs.

  • New York Midwives Lose Right to Deliver Babies at Home

    The closure of hospitals leaves practitioners without backing or insurance, driving home births underground.

  • Raw-Milk Advocates Rally for Access to Their Drink

    A "Raw Milk Drink-In" was organized by members of the Massachusetts Raw Milk Network to protest the state’s proposal to limit the activities of raw-milk buying clubs.

  • 'Long-Term Harm' of Too Much TV for Toddlers

    The more TV a toddler watches, the higher the likelihood they will do badly at school and have poor health at the age of 10, researchers warn.

  • New Wellness Program Pays Consumers to Get Healthy

    A national wellness program with a new twist - its members can earn cash and win prizes just for getting healthy.

  • 'Green' Exercise Quickly 'Boosts Mental Health'

    Just five minutes of exercise in a "green space" such as a park can boost mental health, researchers claim.

  • Cows on Drugs

    The pharmaceutical industry and agribusiness face the difficult challenge of developing antimicrobials that work specifically against animal infections without undermining the fight against bacteria that cause disease in humans.

  • Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health

    Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it's not pretty. So why isn't anyone in America doing anything about it?

  • Walking Three Times a Week Slashes Death Rate Risk by Half

    As little as 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week can reduce the risk of early heart-disease-related death by 60 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Department of Cardiology in New Orleans and published in the American Journal of Medicine.

  • WHO Says Cell Phone Use Linked to Brain Tumors

    A large multinational research effort overseen by the World Health Organization has concluded that heavy mobile phone use significantly increases the risk of brain and salivary gland tumors.

  • Indian Village May Hold Key to Beating Dementia

    As the sun breaks through the morning mist in Ballabgarh, the elders of the village make their way to their regular meeting spot to exchange stories and share a traditional hookah pipe.

  • Chanting and Meditation Can Lower Blood Pressure

    Despite living what doctors described as a 'virtuous life', Claudia Zeff was at risk of heart disease. A genetic predisposition to high blood pressure meant she faced a lifetime of medication and the risk of health problems in later life, including stroke and kidney damage.

  • Rickets is on the Rise Once Again in Britain

    A clinical review paper published in the British Medical Journal is warning the public that widespread vitamin D deficiency is resurrecting the once-obsolete disease called rickets. According to Professor Simon Pearce and Dr. Time Cheetham, authors of the paper, people are getting far too little sunlight exposure which is necessary for the body to produce adequate levels of vitamin D.

  • Living Near Green Lowers Anxiety, Study Finds

    People living near gardens, parks and other green spaces have lower rates of anxiety, depression and poor physical health than those living in urban areas, Dutch researchers found.

  • Govardhan Hill Should be World Heritage Site

    Mathura, Jan 11: American landscape experts, who are drawing up a conservation plan for Mount Govardhan-significant in Hindu mythology-feelthe hill deserves to be recognised as a world heritage site.

  • Health Care Reform and the “V” Word

    Kudos to Michael Pollan. His September 9, 2009 Op-Ed contribution to the New York Times, Big Food vs. Big Insurances, raises unspoken, yet hard to ignore, issues in the US Health Care Reform debate.

  • Op-Ed: Food for the Soul

    On a summer visit back to the farm here where I grew up, I think I figured out the central problem with modern industrial agriculture. It’s not just that it produces unhealthy food, mishandles waste and overuses antibiotics in ways that harm us all. More fundamentally, it has no soul.

  • Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass

    For decades, farmers, lawn care workers and professional green thumbs have relied on the popular weed killer atrazine to protect their crops, golf courses and manicured lawns. But atrazine often washes into water supplies and has become among the most common contaminants in American reservoirs and other sources of drinking water.

  • Divorce, It Seems, Can Make You Ill

    Married people tend to be healthier than single people. But what happens when a marriage ends? New research shows that when married people become single again, whether by divorce or a spouse’s death, they experience much more than an emotional loss. Often they suffer a decline in physical health from which they never fully recover, even if they remarry.

  • Cabbages 'Cut Lung Cancer Risks'

    Eating vegetables from the cabbage family can reduce the risk of lung cancer for people with a certain genetic make-up, scientists say. Such cruciferous vegetables had already been linked to reduced rates of lung cancer, but it had not been clear why.

  • When the Heart Pays the Price of Anger

    Many of us harbor the “make my day” fantasy, emblazoned into the American psyche by Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry. Americans get mad — and get even. However, when people pursue such satisfaction they run the risk of triggering someone else’s thirst for revenge, and so begins a recurring, sometimes escalating, cycle.

  • Health: Eating Turmeric "May Fight Dementia"

    Eating a curry once or twice a week could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, a US researcher suggests. The key ingredient is curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric. Curcumin appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques - thought to cause dementia - in the brain.

  • Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat

    There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years. Now a new study of more than 500,000 Americans has provided the best evidence yet that our affinity for red meat has exacted a hefty price on our health and limited our longevity.

  • Coughing Travellers May be Detained at Indian Airports

    The Government of India has announced new airport screening measures at each of its international terminals in response to the outbreak of H1N1 flu in a number of countries. These measures will take effect immediately.

    The screening measures include requiring all travelers arriving on international flights to complete a questionnaire that will be reviewed by health care screeners upon arrival. Travelers who answer yes to any of the questions or show signs of fever or cough may be referred to a doctor and possibly detained for observation. Travelers showing signs of fever or cough during a flight may also be asked to wear a mask for the duration of the flight.

  • Herbicide Used in Argentina Could Cause Birth Defects

    BUENOS AIRES – The herbicide used on genetically modified soy – Argentina’s main crop – could cause brain, intestinal and heart defects in fetuses, according to the results of a scientific investigation released Monday. Although the study “used amphibian embryos,” the results “are completely comparable to what would happen in the development of a human embryo,” embryology professor Andres Carrasco, one of the study’s authors, told Efe.

  • Vegetarians' Bone Density Identical to Non-Vegetarians

    Vegetarians have been delivered some "very good news" in an Australian study of a group of strict vegan Buddhist nuns. Bone density among the 105 nuns, who live in temples and monasteries across Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, was found to be the same as non-vegetarian women matched in every physical respect.

  • The 'Soul' of Biking to Work

    Tuscon, Ariz. - There's a road out there and it stretches into the distance. It's a road that leads to more roads, creating a web of concrete that crosses the country's spine. It connects suburbs to downtowns and zigzags back out again to exurbs. It's out there waiting to be explored. And it was made for a car.

  • Mayapur Crash Victims Continue to Make Steady Recovery

    The two ISKCON Mayapur residents who were badly injured in a car crash on March 12 are steadily recovering after devotees around the world feared the worst. Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark and his wife Braja Sevaki Dasi from Australia were rushed to the local Apollo hospital when their taxi collided head-on with a truck near Kolkata airport.

  • Organic Products May Not Be What They Seem

    My first introduction to natural, organic and eco-friendly products stems back to the early '90s, when I stumbled upon Burt’s Bees lip balm at an independently owned health food store in the heart of Westport, Kansas City, Mo. Before the eyesore invasion of ’98, when Starbucks frothed its way into the neighborhood, leading to its ultimate demise, Westport was the kind of 'hood I still yearn for.

  • Mayapur Residents Recovering After Car Crash

    Two ISKCON Mayapur residents, Jahnudvipa Dasa from Denmark and his wife Braja Sevaki Dasi from Australia, were badly injured on March 12 when their taxi collided head-on with a truck near Kolkata airport in the early hours of the morning.

  • India Protects Traditional Medicines from Foreign Patents

    In the first step by a developing country to stop multinational companies patenting traditional remedies from local plants and animals, the Indian government has effectively licensed 200,000 local treatments as "public property" free for anyone to use but no one to sell as a "brand".

  • A Drug Called Compassion

    “God personally came to me! I even gave Him a beautiful flower! It was such a touching experience; so much of my pain is gone. I already feel half cured!” This may sound like an addict hallucinating under the influence of drugs, but no; it is the soulful outburst of a patient (suffering from post operative depression) eulogising the customary practice of bringing a mobile temple, daily, right to the bedside of every single patient at Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira Road.

  • India to Launch Cow Urine as Soft Drink

    Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India's Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine. The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India's biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

  • Can Our Natural Rhythm Heal Us?

    Could a natural rhythm - which some experts believe we all possess - be a cure for a variety of health problems? Some certainly think so. Musician Simon Lee, from Kent, is called on to teach drumming to patients with problems ranging from addiction to autism, and learning difficulties to mental health issues.

  • Meat 'Ups Prostate Cancer Risk'

    Eating meat and dairy products may increase the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests. Such a diet raises levels of a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) which promotes cell growth.

  • Still Spooked by High-Fructose Corn Syrup

    By now most everyone has seen ads from the Corn Refiners Association, claiming that our fears about high-fructose corn syrup are misplaced. Since our kids will soon be loading up on Halloween treats laden with the substance, it’s a good time to consider why so many people find corn sweeteners so scary.

  • Radha Govinda Maharaja Recovering from Brain Hemorrhage

    In remarkable semblance to Jayapataka Swami's recent health crisis, ISKCON guru Radha Govinda Maharaja is currently recovering from a brain hemorrhage in a New Delhi hospital.

    While traveling by train on January 8 from Vrindavana to Ludhiana, Punjab, where he was scheduled to give a talk, Maharaja stopped off at the town of Jalandhar to visit the local ISKCON temple.

  • ISKCON Cow Protection Director Suffers Heart Attack

    Balabhadra Dasa, co-managing director of ISCOWP (International Society for Cow Protection) along with his wife Chayadevi, is currently in a stable condition at home after suffering an unexpected heart-attack.

  • Warning over 'Third-hand Smoke'

    Many people are unaware that even smoking away from babies or pregnant women presents a risk, according to US research. Poisons in cigarette smoke can linger on fabrics or hair, but a survey of 1,500 households found that fewer than half of smokers knew this.

  • Daily Nuts May Help Boost Health

    Adding nuts to a healthy diet may help release people from a dangerous combination of health problems. Up to 25% of people in the UK are thought to have "metabolic syndrome", which includes obesity and high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

  • Hope Rises As Doctors Wean Jayapataka Swami off Ventilator

    ISKCON guru and GBC Jayapataka Swami, who was hospitalized in Mumbai after two brain hemorrhages on October 23, is showing signs of improvement. On November 9, he was able to move all his limbs and became completely conscious, recognizing his visitors Bhakti Caru, Kavicandra, and Bhaktisiddhanta Swamis. He could also comprehend their reading from the Caitanya Caritamrita, and tears came to his eyes as devotees sang the song Damodarastakam by his bedside.

  • 'Disease' Names Obscure Health Perceptions

    There is a curious tendency in conventional medicine to name a set of symptoms a disease. I was recently at a compounding pharmacy having my bone mineral density measured to update my health stats. I spotted a poster touting a new drug for osteoporosis. It was written by a drug company and it said exactly this: "Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak and fragile bones." Then, the poster went on to say that you need a particular drug to counteract this "disease."

  • Radha Krishna Deaf Association: Signing for Krishna

    As a member of the Radha Krishna Deaf Association, and a trained teacher of British sign language, Prema Pradip Dasa teaches regularly, both to the children of Bhaktivedanta Manor School, as well as other devotees, both hearing and non-hearing. The classes educate students not just in standard British Sign Language, but also the additional signs that have been developed to describe Vedic philosophical concepts, main personalities, such as Radha and Krishna, and sacred texts, such as the Bhagavad Gita.

  • Jayapataka Swami in Stable Condition But Needs Medicine

    The ISKCON Governing Body Commission (GBC), which is currently meeting for five days at ISKCON's Juhu Beach Temple in Mumbai, was shocked this morning at the news that His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, our dear god-brother and GBC colleague, was rushed to the hospital at approximately 4 AM Mumbai time.

  • Ginger 'May Fight Ovarian Cancer'

    Ginger may help to fight ovarian cancer, US scientists believe. University of Michigan researchers announced at the American Association of Cancer Research that tests show ginger kills cancer cells.

  • Ayurvedic Herb Hope for Arthritis Relief

    New Delhi, Aug. 3: The extract of a herb used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine can reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis, the most common inflammatory joint disease, a group of Indian and American scientists has claimed. A clinical trial conducted by Siba Raychaudhuri from the University of California, Davis, and her co-workers in India has shown that the extract of the plant, Boswellia serrata, can reduce pain and significantly improve knee joint function.

  • Fasting One Day a Month Reduces Clogged Arteries

    Fasting for one day each month may reduce the risk of clogged arteries by 40 percent, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Intermountain Medical Center and the University of Utah and presented at a conference of the American Heart Association.

  • Wedded Less at Risk for Alzheimer's

    Being single when you reach middle age could mean more than having the house to yourself - it could increase your risk of dementia. Swedish research, presented at a US conference, found that marriage or having a partner halved the risk of developing dementia.

  • Experts Revive Debate Over Cellphones and Cancer

    What do brain surgeons know about cellphone safety that the rest of us don't?

    Last week, three prominent neurosurgeons told the CNN interviewer Larry King that they did not hold cellphones next to their ears. "I think the safe practice," said Dr. Keith Black, a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, "is to use an earpiece so you keep the microwave antenna away from your brain."

  • Exercise in Fighting Dementia

    The part of the brain responsible for memory shrinks twice as much in elderly people who have had a limited education, stunted social life or have not kept mentally active since they were teens, a Sydney study has found. University of NSW researchers followed a group of 60-year-olds over three years and found that those who had been mentally and physically active continually since the age of 13 had a larger hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls short-term memory and navigation skills.

  • Tofu 'May Raise Risk of Dementia'

    Eating high levels of some soy products - including tofu - may raise the risk of memory loss, research suggests. The study focused on 719 elderly Indonesians living in urban and rural regions of Java. The researchers found high tofu consumption - at least once a day - was associated with worse memory, particularly among the over-68s.

  • Processed Meats Dangerous for Human Consumption

    Have you ever wondered why the consumption of processed meats is so strongly linked to cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and pancreas? The evidence continues to mount, as demonstrated by a recent study showing a 67% increase in pancreatic cancer for people consuming moderate amounts of processed meat on a frequent basis.

  • Dr. Allan Hamilton: The Scalpel and the Soul

    In 30 years as a Harvard-trained brain surgeon, Dr. Allan Hamilton has not only seen disease and healing--he's also glimpsed the mystical side of medicine. After suffering a devastating back injury while serving in Desert Storm, Dr. Hamilton learned to be a patient.

  • Bhakti Charu Swami Hospitalized for Heart Condition

    GBC member and ISKCON guru Bhakti Charu Swami suffered a mild heart attack recently, but is now in a stable condition at Apollo Hospital in Indore, India. Dr. Sujata Bhargav, who cared for him at the hospital, allowed devotees to visit his room when appropriate. Despite his condition, the Swami spoke to various disciples and students, saying that he was “tired of taking rest,” and that talking to devotees enlivened him.

  • Cow Urine Trade Goes Official

    Lucknow, Feb. 5: The Uttarakhand government will now buy and sell 5,000 litres of cow urine every day. The government will purchase cow urine from cow owners and then sell it to Ayurveda pharmacies like Patanjali Yogpeeth and Geeta Bhavan, which have volunteered to buy the product for use in manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines.

  • Cow Manure Might be Key to Kicking Cancer

    Farmers can breathe easy after scientists discovered that working with manure can drastically reduce chances of developing lung cancer. New Scientist magazine reported dairy farmers were five times less likely than the general population to develop the disease.

  • Study: Meat Definitely Linked to Cancer

    People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, US researchers say. The work is the first big study to show a link between meat and lung cancer. It also shows that people who eat a lot of meat have a higher risk of liver and esophageal cancer and that men raise their risk of pancreatic cancer by eating red meat.

  • Don't Go Easy on the Turmeric

    Researchers at the University of Texas have concluded that curcumin, the dye that lends turmeric its yellow color, can block the biological pathway to melanoma and other cancers.

  • What We Learn From the Dying

    We don't like to find the word 'death' staring down at us from the wall. If we do, we'll hang it on somebody else, shrouding it behind a screen of medical abbreviations, and then we'll be gone. The word's still there — it follows us, of course, as the moon follows a moving car — but as long as we don't have to keep looking at it, we're 'okay'.

  • Mobile Phones Boost Cancer Risk

    NEW DELHI: Chances of developing a brain tumour doubles for those who are hooked to their mobile phones. This has been found in a study conducted by Swedish scientists, which indicates that an hour a day on a mobile phone for a decade is enough to increase the risk.

  • Starchy Diet 'May Damage Liver'

    A diet rich in potatoes, white bread and white rice may be contributing to a "silent epidemic" of a dangerous liver condition. "High-glycaemic" foods - rapidly digested by the body - could be causing "fatty liver", increasing the risk of serious illness.

  • Cellphones Can Trigger Tumours

    Just 10 minutes of chatting on cellular phones is enough to trigger chemical changes in the brain that can increase the risk of cancer, warn scientists.

  • Anti-Freeze in Neem

    Canadian health officials are recalling the Indian-made 'Neem' brand toothpaste found to contain high levels of diethylene glycol (DEG), a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.

    Consumers are cautioned to stop using the toothpaste, made by the Calcutta Chemical Co. Ltd., and return it to where it was sold.

  • SM Seeks SF for Long Walks and Lots of Leafy Greens

    It's not easy being green. Just ask Eric Brent. A strict vegetarian, Brent, 40, founder of the vegetarian Web site, said he "did a lot of online dating" trying to find the perfect mate. And for him, that perfect mate had to be a vegetarian.

  • HEALTH: Garlic 'Stinks' at Lowering Cholesterol, New Study Shows

    When it comes to lowering cholesterol levels, garlic stinks, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.