The word is out: yoga and meditation are excellent ways of dealing with stress, pain, and other woes. Impressively, it seems people are accepting this reality, as a government survey recently revealed that more U.S. adults and young people are practicing these forms of complementary medicine.
The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), part of the National Institutes of Health, says in 2 reports released November 8 that more than 30% of U.S. adults and about 12% of children use “healthcare approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practices.”
These approaches include yoga, meditation, and chiropractic care.
Richard Nahin, the lead epidemiologist at the (NCCIH) and co-author of the reports, said:
“Many people turn to complementary health approaches, such as yoga and meditation, in order to help with symptom management, such as pain. As well, they turn to these approaches for a general sense of wellbeing.”
The reports were compiled using data from the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey, looking at the use of yoga, meditation, and chiropractors between 2012 and 2017.
The results show:
The overall number of U.S. children practicing yoga increased from 3.1% in 2012 to 8.4% in 2017, equating to about 4.9 million children in 2017.
The overall number of U.S. adults practicing yoga rose from 9.5% in 2012 to 14.3% in 2017, equating to about 35.2 million adults in 2017.
Meditation among children increased from 0.6% of children in 2012 to 5.4% in 2017.
Meditation among adults increased from 4.1% in 2012 to 14.2% in 2017.
The use of chiropractors in children remained about the same – about 3.5% of children visited a chiropractor in 2012 and 2017.
The use of chiropractors among adults rose slightly, from 9.1% in 2012 to 10.3% in 2017.
More females than males are doing yoga in both age groups: 11.3% of girls, compared with 5.6% of boys, and 19.8% of women, compared with 8.6% of men.
More adult women than men favored meditation and chiropractors than men, but in children, the rates of use between boys and girls were similar.
Children between 12 and 17 were the most likely to meditate or visit a chiropractor.
Among adults, yoga was most popular among 18- to 44-year-olds.
Meditation and chiropractors were used most by adults 45 to 64 years old.
Non-Hispanics were the most likely to use yoga, meditation, and chiropractors in both age groups.
The report states:
“The popularity of meditation surpassed that of seeing a chiropractor to become the second most-used approach among those examined in 2017.”
Nagin said all 3 methods of complementary medicine provide health benefits. Yoga is linked with an improved sense of wellbeing, and a growing body of research suggests it can help with some aspects of wellness, including mental health and stress management. The practice, which helps with flexibility, may also relieve lower back pain and neck pain.
Chiropractic care could help lower back pain and neck pain associated with injuries such as whiplash-associated disorders.
In a press release, NCCIH acting director David Shurtleff said:
“The survey data suggest that more people are turning to mind and body approaches than ever before.” 
Two of the report authors, Tainya Clark and Lindsey Black, said they’re not sure what fueled the increases, but they point to the growing popularity of cellphone meditation and yoga apps and the fact that many companies and schools are offering meditation and yoga programs for employees and students.
Megan Jones Bell, chief science officer at Headspace, a cellphone meditation app, remarked:
“Something really special is happening with our culture at a time when we need it most. At a time when mental health problems are on the rise, something that improves focus and compassion is certainly something the world needs more of.”
Just like fingerprints, no 2 tongues look the same. You may not put much thought into how your tongue looks, but its appearance can say a lot about the state of your health. There’s a lot more going on with the organ than you might realize.
Two Chinese medicine experts say that the shape, color, size, and texture of your tongue can easily be analyzed and provide a host of information regarding your health. 
Different areas of your tongue represent different organs in the middle of your body.
The sides of your tongue represent organs located on the sides of your abdomen, including the liver and gallbladder.
The center of your tongue provides a glimpse of the health of your stomach.
The tip can reveal important information about your heart and lungs.  
Emilia Herting and Maeve O’Sullivan explained: 
“A normal, healthy tongue is usually pinkish, light red, with a slight white coating and is neither too thick or too thin, and not flabby or overlapping the teeth.”
The pair added: 
“The tongue is a microcosm of the entire body, and by looking at the shape, color, coating, and texture, you are able to see any excess or deficiencies in the body.”
If your tongue is very red, it can indicate heat, such as a fever or a hormonal imbalance that is causing hot flashes or temperature changes.
A purple tongue may be an indicator of circulatory problems, perhaps caused by a major injury or pain condition. It may also suggest that you have inflammation or an infection in your body.
A pale tongue is associated with anemia or a long-standing illness that has weakened the immune system.
If your tongue appears to be puffy and has teeth marks around the edges, this could be a sign that you are lacking nutrients and moisture. It could also mean blood stagnation and a buildup of toxins in the body.
A very thin tongue points to possible dehydration or a chronic condition that has left your body severely depleted.
You can tell an awful lot about your health by analyzing the coating on your tongue.
A thick coating may mean you have poor gut health.
A thin coating is normal, but if it’s extremely thin or non-existent, it could mean a lack of body fluids. It can also indicate that there is a great deal of strain on your body.
A yellow coating points to heat and/or infection in the body.
If your tongue has a thick, white coating on it, it can mean 1 of 2 things: Cold in the body, or a yeast infection (thrush).
If your tongue has a gray or black coating – which would be startling – you should consider it a sign that something is very wrong with your health.
If you have a bump on top of the tongue, you might have a bacterial or viral infection. It could also point to something more benign, such as an allergy to food or medication. These bumps are different from canker sores, which appear on the bottom of the tongue. Canker sores can be identified by a round, red border and a yellow or white center.
A condition called leukoplakia – a disorder of the mucous membranes caused by irritation from dentures, crowns, fillings, or tobacco use – appear as a white or gray sore with a hard surface that feels thick and raised from the tongue. Though it’s rare, some patches of leukoplakia show early signs of oral cancer.
If your tongue kind of looks like a topical map, with patchy lesions that seem to change locations from day to day, it is indicative of a harmless but sometimes uncomfortable condition called geographic tongue.
Have you ever heard of a condition called “scrotal tongue”? It sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Well, scrotal tongue makes your tongue appear wrinkly. Though it is usually a harmless condition, it can make it difficult to keep your tongue clean. If you have a combination of wrinkles and a sore or lump on one side of your tongue, it could be a sign of cancer. See a doctor immediately.
You should also see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience burning, intense pain, loss of sensation, or an inability to move your tongue.
Some are saying that Gwyneth Paltrow has given out some not-so-sage advice on her website, GOOP. In early 2017, the actress recommended that women place jade eggs inside of their vaginas all day or while they slept to “increase vaginal muscle tone, hormonal balance, and feminine energy in general.” Unsurprisingly, OBGYN’s across the country responded with shock and quickly advised women against the germy practice. Now GOOP, Paltrow’s lifestyle company, is facing legal action over some of the claims it makes about the products it sells online.  
Truth in Advertising, or TINA, has filed a formal complaint with 2 California district attorneys following an investigation, which revealed that GOOP is making deceptive health claims to promote the products it sells on its website. 
The watchdog group cites 51 examples of products sold on the GOOP website which the company advertises can “treat, cure, prevent, alleviate the symptoms of, or reduce the risk of developing a number of ailments.” Some of the products in question include a rose quartz egg for hormonal balance, and a detox seaweed bath soak which is said to fight aging. TINA is taking aim at both GOOP-brand products such as vitamins, and products from outside vendors.
TINA argues that GOOP “does not possess the competent and reliable scientific evidence required by law to make such claims.”
Bonnie Patten, executive director of TINA.org, said in a statement:
“Marketing products as having the ability to treat diseases and disorders not only violates established law but is a terribly deceptive marketing ploy that is being used by GOOP to exploit women for its own financial gain.
GOOP needs to stop its misleading profits-over-people marketing immediately.”
In response, a GOOP spokesperson said:
“Goop is dedicated to introducing unique products and offerings and encouraging constructive conversation surrounding new ideas. We are receptive to feedback and consistently seek to improve the quality of the products and information referenced on our site. We responded promptly and in good faith to the initial outreach from representatives of TINA and hoped to engage with them to address their concerns.
Unfortunately, they provided limited information and made threats under arbitrary deadlines which were not reasonable under the circumstances. Nevertheless, while we believe that TINA’s description of our interactions is misleading and their claims unsubstantiated and unfounded, we will continue to evaluate our products and our content and make those improvements that we believe are reasonable and necessary in the interests of our community of users.”
Paltrow founded GOOP in 2008, but she now serves as CEO of the company. 
“We test the waters so that you don’t have to. We will never recommend something that we don’t love and think worthy of your wallets and your time. We value your trust above all things.”
Initially, TINA sent the letter to GOOP with a deadline to change its marketing claims. However, the consumer watchdog filed a complaint after GOOP had made only “limited changes” to its materials. 
In June 2017, a NASA expert debunked the claim that body stickers sold by GOOP could balance a person’s energy in a Gizmodo article, leading GOOP to remove the claim from its website.
GOOP still sells the maligned jade eggs for $66 on its website and claims it helps “women to increase sexual energy” and promotes “health and pleasure,” as well as its rose quartz eggs.