The search for answers can sometimes lead down a very wrong path.

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By Laura Owens

Among the treasured gifts brought by the magi, gold, frankincense and myrrh, frankincense (also known as Boswellia) might have helped Jesus breathe a little easier. Known in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, the resin of Boswellia serrata contains boswellic acid, shown to inhibit leukotriene biosynthesis involved in bronchial asthma. In a 1998 study published in [...]

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Locally foraged picnic with a view

By Abigail Lewis
As we leaned against the railing to take a selfie between courses at Malibu Farm, we overheard another diner saying to her companion: “This is a typical Southern California restaurant.” But she was wrong. For starters, it’s located at the tip of the Malibu Pier, so diners are [...]

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It took two small boys to make meditation part of my routine

By Kristy Naylor Lund
Worn out from a long day, my two boys are finally tucked in for the night. I head for the living room, practically fall on my purple buckwheat pillow and face my framed scroll for nightly meditation. I take a deep [...]

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Timeless wisdom from Paramahansa Yogananda

We all strive for balance in our lives, but how do we actually achieve it? Our days are filled with activities, challenges and to-do lists, leaving us exhausted and wondering what living a balanced life really means. We seek a break from the distraction of smartphones and busy schedules, but [...]

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How sound therapy can help “bad vibes”

By Wayne Perry

Regardless of where we grew up, or went to school, somewhere along the way almost all of us got the program—usually from a primary school teacher—that our bodies are made up of about 75 percent water, much like our earth. This is only partially true.
With our [...]

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Great food and celebrity sightings make it perfect for L.A.
By Genie Davis
Gracias Madre is perfect for Los Angeles—glamorous diners in trendy couture, celebrity sightings (Jennifer Lopez, when we visited) and a luxe look in what was once an elegant antique shop at the almost-Beverly-Hills end of Melrose. Colorful cushions, golden light and high ceilings grace [...]

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Beers offers a surprising perk for arthritis sufferers
By Laura Owens
Women who tip back a few beers each week are less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis (RA), suggests a large study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism. RA is a chronic painful autoimmune disease that more often strikes women. While RA sometimes affects multiple tissues and organs, it [...]

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Aren’t yoga teachers supposed to be enlightened role models who know everything?

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Deep relaxation at a back-to-the-land resort

By Abigail Lewis
The road to Mendocino from San Francisco simply will not allow you to obsess about urban woes. Tortuously winding through redwood groves and verdant hills, it insists that you focus on nothing but the scenery and potentially errant oenophiles who’ve had one taste too many at the wineries [...]

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