ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
CANCER
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
CAREGIVING
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
Omega-3 Fatty Acid May Help 'Preemie' Girls' Brains
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Air Pollution Raises Risk of Heart Disease, Death
EYE CARE, VISION
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Kids Who Spend More Time Outdoors Have Better Vision
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Vitamin D Best Taken With Largest Meal of Day, Study Finds
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Good Sleepers More Likely to Eat Right
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
B-Vitamins Help Protect Against Stroke, Heart Disease
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
MEN'S HEALTH
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
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The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health

"There are many paths to the top of the mountain." This statement by the great sages of human history can be used to describe the various ways to reach the goal of vigorous health and wholeness. Although this is true, in more than 38 years of professional experience working with thousands of patients struggling with a wide variety of conditions, we have found one particular path to wellness most reliably and effectively helps the largest number of people with the greatest success. We recommend this path to you as the most important thing you can do to improve your health.

This path to health is called the 3LS Wellness Program. Named after the image of support, stability, and balance of a wooden 3-Legged Stool, the "3LS" Wellness Program consists of the three practices most likely to help improve anyone's health condition: Relaxation, Diet, and Exercise. We have found the most effective practice of these three is accomplished as follows:

1. Practicing an effective form of Skilled Relaxation for 20 minutes twice a day. Skilled relaxation means any relaxation technique or practice that induces a deep state of relaxation of both body and mind (characterized by an alpha or theta brainwave). You can use a practice you already know or learn a new one. Examples of relaxation practices include affirmations, applied relaxation, autogenics, biofeedback, breathing techniques, chanting, imagery, meditation, mind machines, progressive relaxation, self-hypnosis, t'ai chi, or yoga. Any technique that induces a relaxed state can be used.

2. Following a Whole Foods Diet. A Whole Foods Diet means eating foods which are whole. Whole foods have not had any essential part taken out, so their nutrition is complete. Whole foods include all kinds of fresh and frozen vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, eggs, fats, herbal teas, and certain condiments and seasonings. This means eliminating foods from your diet that are refined (some part has been removed). Thus you would not eat, for example, grains in the form of white flour or white rice, and vegetables which have been peeled such as peeled potatoes. Also totally eliminate all sugars, alcohols, caffeine, starches, and alcoholic beverages.

3. Finding and doing the Right Exercise for you. Right exercise means regular exercise (at least 3 times a week) of any kind sufficient to create a positive, sustained improvement in your metabolism and how you feel. This may gradually lead to doing Aerobic Exercise 20 to 30 minutes, 3 or more times a week.

These three practices work together. They are fundamentally interconnected, and each enhances the effects of the other. Careful practice of the three legs or parts of the 3LS Program can greatly enhance your health overall, and many chronic symptoms will clear up totally. The benefits of the Wellness Program come from helping your body heal itself, because that's the only way you can truly be healthy.

This general outline of the 3LS will benefit most people's health. There are further specifics and details for achieving the most efficient reversal of chronic symptoms using these practices. However, even just beginning to follow the very general guidelines presented in this article will start most people on a path of health and healing.

If you have a specific health problem or chronic condition that you are wishing to heal, for fastest results, start the 3LS Wellness Program and practice all three parts as perfectly as possible for at least six months to a year. We have seen this basic short-term health benefit program produce the quickest and most certain benefits for the largest number of patients. However, since results are individual, some people will get better sooner while others will take longer.

After you are feeling better, continue practicing the 3LS for maintaining that good health, as well as for preventing countless health problems. You may not have to be as diligent and perfect with it when you reach this stage of improved health. However, it is also all right, and often a good idea, to practice the three legs of the 3LS Wellness Program diligently forever.

To begin: Choose the aspect of the 3LS that interests you the most -- Relaxation, Diet, or Exercise -- and start making it a part of your life. After you've done that practice for a while and feel comfortable with it, add another one. While you can start all three practices simultaneously (if the main focus of your life is health improvement), most people do better starting with just one. So pick the one practice you would enjoy doing the most, and begin there.

How the 3LS Wellness Program works: The 3LS aims toward enhancing the function of the bodymind. The term bodymind describes the reality of how closely the function of mind and body are interrelated. Anything that really helps any part helps the whole, because everything works together and is interconnected like a spider's web. The 3LS improves the web of a person's total function, which allows the bodymind to do the job of rebalancing and healing itself. The human bodymind is really the most powerful tool that we have for healing and preventing illness.

A wooden 3-Legged Stool balances well on all three legs. Similarly, the 3LS Wellness Program is most effective at rebalancing your health when you do all three practices comprehensively and simultaneously. Each aspect of the 3LS enhances the others in an exponential way, creating a synergistic effect. It works like this: let's say you get 3 points for doing one leg. When you add a second, you get 9 points rather than 6. If you add the third activity, you get 27! Our normal thinking is if we get 3 for each part, we get 9. But the way in which the body, mind, and spirit respond to our efforts is not 3 plus 3 plus 3, but 3 x 3 x 3. Everything directly affects everything else.

Practicing only one or two parts of the 3LS Program will still bring you health benefits. However, there really is a synergy or power generated by doing all three aspects of the program simultaneously. This explains why eating Whole Foods won't address or resolve all the problems without also adding Skilled Relaxation. And Exercise won't solve everything by itself. The best, and quickest, results are obtained by utilizing all three legs at the same time. However, you do not have to start all three practices simultaneously. As we mentioned, when just beginning, most people would be better off choosing one practice and then using the benefits from that activity to have the energy to begin the next.

The best way to avoid and resolve many chronic health conditions is to be too healthy to have any of them! The 3LS Wellness Program approach to health can help you do just that.