The Origins of Marriage

How the institution came to be and what is best?

Published 29 Dec 2015 – updated Sept 12 2018

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In Europe before 1100 A.D. people wanting to join together for fun, to raise a family and what might be seen as marriage just got on with it. But with the growth of European civilisation there was a problem surrounding inheritance and being absolutely sure the ‘right’ child was being left the family fortune, because in those days the oldest child or the oldest boy child inherited the family assets.

To resolve this issue, the Catholic church came up with the idea of a church sanctified marriage which coincidently helped to fill their coffers. They also

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Understanding Menopause

A time of change

Menopause is one of the major changes that happens in every woman’s life. It begins when the ovaries reduce production of oestrogen and progesterone which causes biological processes in the body to change.

Medically, menopause is defined as the time after 12 months have passed since your last period. It is a biological process, not a medical illness, which involves a process of change – physically, emotionally, psychosocially, sexually, and even spiritually.

Menopause is not a disease, rather, it is a beginning of another journey towards self-realization. Many changes occur in a woman’s physical, emotional and psychological aspects during menopause. Many of these changes often cause stress and depression among women.

Some women may experience a

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A History of Sex

And the evolution of the human condition

For many people, sex is something of a mystery, an obsession, highly pleasurable but also highly regulated. Some say that sex is a part of our primal nature and akin to the essence of life itself in part because every second, millions of cells are being born within our bodies.

Sex is elemental to life without which we would not exist. We turn to sex in the desire to breed, sharing joys, relieving sorrows and despite all the different moral codes around the world, and all ways of relating over our history, sex is not well understood and often badly performed.

Sex is one of the most obvious features of our dualistic world

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Massage for Period Pain

Rub that pain away

From the onset of puberty, the woman’s mistress cycle presents a series of challenges. She needs to maintain a dietary program that contains the nutrients to replace the losses sustained during her period. She also needs to maintain a fitness program so that her reproductive system has the freedom to function as it should.

We live in an age of decay and very few women are blessed with perfectly healthy bodies, although in the thrall of youth, it is very easy to feel indestructible and totally in command of life even when you are not.

Heavy, a regular and painful periods are symptomatic that not only reproductive health is an issue, it’s also a symptom of

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Caring for Your DNA

The core of our creation

We have an old saying “if you don’t use it, you lose it.” This phrase is most usually applied to our level of fitness and strength which is declining due to all our modern conveniences and modern lifestyle but it also applies to our genetic makeup.

There is growing evidence that our genetics and our DNA is influenced and can even be changed by our lifestyle, our way of thinking, our way of eating and our activities. We know that if we overeat and don’t exercise, typically would become fat and weak. We know that if we eat all the wrong foods, these can also contribute to weight gain and can weaken us at a

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Male Reproduction

The Human Male Reproductive System

The human male reproductive system is made up of a number of organs which are located both inside and outside of the body in the lower front pelvic region. On this page you can learn the anatomy and technical names of all your bits.

Male Reproductive System

The testes which produce sperm The penis which delivers sperm to fertilise an ovum in the female’s body during sexual intercourse and then the fertilised ovum (zygote) develops into a foetus, to be born as a child nine months later. The prostate gland which surrounds the ejaculatory ducts at the base of the urethra, just below the bladder. The prostate gland is responsible for the production

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Lawsonia inermis

Temporary body decoration with henna

The Indian name for henna is mehendi, it’s a medium sized multiple branching shrub with small pinkish white flowers in bunches. The leaves, flowers, seeds and bark of the plant are the useful parts and are used for medicinal as well as cosmetic purposes. When crushed, the leaves leave a fragrant and pleasant smell behind. Leaves are used both in fresh as well as dry form. The name henna arrived from the Arabian word hina, meaning scent.

Henna is cultivated in many parts of world, most commonly in India. The leaves contain coloring matter, which leaves behind a reddish colour and pleasing odour. A paste prepared from fresh crushed leaves or

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Menstrual Cramps

And period pain

Menstrual cramps are known medically as dysmenorrhea and this is one of the biggest problems facing the modern woman. Complementary health professionals consider it to be a symptom of malnutrition and a poor lifestyle.

The Western medical system however considers menstrual cramps to be a serious medical condition that can be capitalised on. So before you rush off to your doctor, here are some things you can do.

Improve Your Diet While we have plenty of food, modern processed food is not very nutritious and is often loaded with mildly toxic chemicals that undermine our health. For the best advice on diet, a visit to your complementary health professional is advised as doctors are poorly

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A disease sometimes dismissed as heavy periods

Endometriosis is a women’s reproductive health (gynaecological) problem where the inner mucous membrane (the endometrial cells of the uterus’s inside lining) grow outside of the uterine cavity causing symptoms from mild discomfort to chronic pain and infertility.

It’s thought that about ten percent of women suffer from this notoriously painful condition, that many describe as being more intense than child birth. Unless treated early, endometriosis often causes internal scarring and it’s a common cause of infertility.

Modern medicine has no idea as to the cause, however within alternative medicine, the cause is seen as a hormonal imbalance, a cause that some medics in part agree with. The hormonal imbalance is caused by the

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Having a Pelvic Exam

Is not an invasion of privacy

You may be worried about taking a pelvic exam and it’s normal to feel anxious or embarrassed about it. But there’s no need to be once you know that it is a simple procedure that usually doesn’t hurt and takes only a few minutes.

A “pelvic exam,” also called “gynecological exam,” is a way for your health care provider to examine your female organs and check for any gynaecological problems. Pelvic exams are useful as a screening tool for sexually transmitted diseases and some forms of cancer that may affect the genitalia.

There are no definite rules as to when you should have your first pelvic exam. But the American Cancer Society and the

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