Psychoneuroimmunology investigates the interactions between the brain and the body. Just like exercise turns out to be equally beneficial to the brain as it is to any other system in the body, a mindfulness or meditative practice is as good for the body as it is for the mind. Afterall, a person is a whole being rather than simply the sum of its parts. If you do not have a meditative practice, religious, spiritual, or otherwise, I encourage you to seek one out. UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free downloadable short (3-19 minutes duration) guided meditations to get you started.

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Ever wonder about the ingredients in the shampoo bottle that you cannot pronounce? Wonder where dust particles come from? Get a burning sensation in your throat when cleaning the bathroom? Want to buy organic produce but also want to save money on your grocery bill? Wonder what could be lurking in your tap water? Check out the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit non-partisan consumer-advocacy organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Their website contains volumes worth of research and knowledge on environmental contaminants, how they effect consumer health, and how to avoid them.