April 2016 - Sovereign Health Group

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curbed drug paraphernalia retailers
04-29-16 Category: Advocacy, Substance Abuse

The 2015-16 legislative session of the California State Legislature should be an eventful one for marijuana and its industry. The first four days of the session saw the introduction of a total of 166 new bills, amendments of numerous other bills and the release of Gov. Jerry Brown’s FY 2016 budget plan. Given the marijuana […]

Plants as medicine
04-29-16 Category: Health, Health and Wellness

In the United States, plant-based remedies are discouraged or outlawed. What Americans consider to be alternative medicine is actually the oldest and most universal approach to wellness in the world. Even so, at least 25 to 40 percent of all prescription medications in the U.S. are derived from plants or fungi. However, the molecules used […]

Alternative wellness: Psychedelics as medicine

The United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem met in New York from April 19 to 21, 2016, to discuss drug policy. Protestors stood outside the UNGASS this year, most of whom were against the “war on drugs.” Others demanded “freedom of consciousness” through access to psychedelic drugs without prosecution. […]

affects emotional processing

A recent study suggests that marijuana consumption, as a matter of fact, does compromise users’ ability to identify, understand and empathize with human emotions. This includes emotions of joy, grief and anger. However, the study highlights a detailed difference: the effect on the users’ ability to process emotions depends on whether the emotions were detected […]

A proven therapy

Those who practice or benefit from acupuncture no longer question its safety or efficacy, nor do the teachers who have preserved its art and science since it began in China over 3,000 years ago. Acupuncture is now used all over the world, including countries with corporate-dominated health care. This endurance alone suggests that acupuncture has […]

Alternative methods of wellness and healing

Alternative methods of wellness and healing are often attributed to Eastern origins, primarily because the people of China reportedly have the longest recorded history, the oldest civilization, and the most enduring culture and traditions. While the Chinese civilization has not yet self-destructed, unlike many of its planetary counterparts, its characteristic beliefs about wellness and healing […]

04-22-16 Category: Mental Health, Relationships

Love and hate are polar opposites, but they share a lot in common, which may help explain why an individual can go from loving someone to hating that same person within a short amount of time. Hatred is expressed in many ways in our culture: racism, political arguments, gender discrimination and religious intolerance all are […]

04-21-16 Category: Depression, Mental Health, Treatment

Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are typically found in plants (e.g., leafy vegetables, flaxseed, walnuts and other nuts), oils (e.g., vegetable oil and fish oil) and marine life (e.g., herring, salmon, halibut, sardines and mackerel). Taking fish oil supplements, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, has become an […]

mental health apps
04-20-16 Category: Advocacy, Mental Health, Treatment

We live in a tech-savvy world where our cell phones are becoming out third appendage and we are using technology to get through life instead of our street smarts. Most drivers in the United States rely on GPS navigation systems and, without these technological advances, we might not have a clue as to which freeway […]

Intravenous opioid use raises hepatitis
04-19-16 Category: Addiction, Health, Substance Abuse

“Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, federal statistics show, with more than 47,000 drug overdose deaths in 2014, about 19,000 linked to prescription pain pills and 10,600 ties to heroin,” according to an article. The opioid prescription epidemic is not new and many governing bodies including the Centers […]

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