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August 2011 (Vol. 22 Issue 5)

MagazineAugust 2011 (Vol. 22 Issue 5)

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FEATURE Beneficial beats

There are sounds that soothe us and sounds that make us laugh, but did you know that certain sounds can actually affect our brainwaves and induce altered states of consciousness? At least, that's the claim of binaural beat technology (BBT), which creates specially generated sounds designed to bring about different states of mind, such as happiness, creativity and relaxation

FEATURE The real spin doctors

Organizations backed by government agencies or multinational corporations-and organized by a small number of committed individuals-help keep the lid on all that is wrong with conventional medicine

FEATURE Beating lung disease naturally

If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are using an inhaled corticosteroid long term, you have a nearly 30-per-cent greater risk of bone fractures, according to a recently published study

FEATURE Polycystic ovaries

A new study suggests that a chemical commonly found in canned food and bottled water could play a role in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of female infertility

FEATURE Scary, scary - how does your garden grow?

The weed killers and insecticides we spray on farm crops, our rose bushes, and parks and verges can cause cancer-especially leukaemia in children, brain tumours and prostate cancer-as well as birth defects and arterial damage, independent scientists have established

FEATURE The trouble with wheat

Much has been published about wheat: that, as it's a relatively recent addition to our diet, we haven't yet adapted to it; that it's a common food allergen; that it can be addictive; and that, together with sugar, it's a major contributor to obesity (Brostoff J, Gamlin L

FEATURE Natural slimming supplements

No doubt plenty of us have been tempted by a slimming supplement at some point in our lives

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