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Welcome to our Wellness topic area, which is all about how people can enhance the quality of their lives and avoid serious illness by making simple but sometimes surprisingly difficult changes to their lifestyles. Wellness is a broad topic that includes disease prevention (the taking of steps to avoid getting ill at a future date), stress reduction, and even personal, social and spiritual growth.

At least as applied to healthcare, wellness is a new idea. The western world's healthcare establishment has historically always focused on illness, and curing illness. Until quite recently, very little attention was ever paid to helping people who are not ill, disordered or diseased in some way learn how to further enhance the quality of their lives, or prevent the onset of future illness. To this day, medical doctors, psychologists and other health professionals are primarily taught categories of disease and how to fix those diseases. The healthcare insurance system is geared almost completely towards paying for interventions designed to fix disease. It is easy to get an insurance carrier to pay thousands of dollars for coronary bypass surgery. It is much harder to get them to pay for gym memberships and nutritional counseling that might have helped avoid the need for such surgery in the first place. Awareness that an "ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure" is only slowly dawning. You can get ahead of this curve by reading and takin...

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After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
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Ageless Mobility: Pain-Free Wellness For Longevity
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Athlete's Guide to Yoga
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Better Sex Through Yoga
Body By Bethenny
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Core Fusion - Pilates Plus
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Creative Writing In Health And Social Care
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Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Eating Well
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Dr. Andrew Weil's Mindbody Toolkit
Eastern Body, Western Mind
Easy Yoga
Emotions, Stress, and Health
Evamarie Pilipuf's Yoga Express DVD
Every Day Yoga for Every Body DVD
Everyday Greens
Fast Food for the Soul
Fat and Furious
Fear and Other Uninvited Guests
Fit in 5 DVD
Flow and Yin
Flow Yoga
Fluid Power Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Gaiam Pilates Slide and Sculpt Kit with DVD
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Gaiam Yoga For Weight Loss Kit
Get Ripped & Chiseled
Good Medicine
Healthy Aging
Healthy Sexy Beautiful Kundalini Yoga
Hemalayaa's Yoga for Young Bodies DVD
Hemalayaa: Bollywood Booty
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Insight Yoga with Sarah Powers
Integrated Yoga
Integrative Medicine
Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga DVD
Introduction to Qi Yoga
Introduction to Yoga DVD
It's Up to You
Janis Saffell Beverly Hills Yoga
Knowing the Nature of Fear
Kripalu Yoga
Kripalu Yoga Dynamic DVD
Kripalu Yoga Gentle DVD
Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond
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LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues--Level 1
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Living Room Yoga DVD
Living Room Yoga: Twist and Bend
Living Your Best Life
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Lunar Flow Yoga
Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian
Maui Pilates
Mayo Clinic Wellness Solutions for Back Pain
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Meditation in a New York Minute
Mindfulness for Beginners
Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot
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Perfect in Ten Abs
Perfect in Ten: Pilates
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Pilates for Beginners
Pilates for Men
Power to the Peaceful Yoga
Power Yoga
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Power Yoga for Happiness
Power Yoga: Core Power
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Pure and Simple Yoga
Pure Yoga Pilates with Kerry Bestwick
Qi Gong Fire & Water With Matthew Cohen
Qi Gong Flow for Beginners
Qi Gong for Low Back Pain
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Qi Gong for Weight Loss
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Quick Blast Method
Red Lotus Yoga
Resistance Stretching With Dara Torres
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Seven Challenges To Change Your Life DVD
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Step by Step Tai Chi
Strength & Spirit
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Sun Salutations
Super Natural Cooking
Sybel's Yoga For Sports & Fitness
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Tai Chi for Beginners with Grandmaster William C. C. Chen
Taming Your Inner Brat
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Teen Yoga
TeenYogi DVD
Ten Minutes to Relax
The Accidental Vegan
The Angelica Home Kitchen
The Art and Science of Mindfulness
The Athlete's Guide to Yoga
The Beginner's Guide to Healthy Eating
The Breathing Field
The Cafe Brenda Cookbook
The Complete Book of Raw Food
The Complete Vegetarian Handbook
The Easy Yoga Workbook
The Feeling Good Handbook
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The Heart of Yoga
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Trudie Styler's Warrior Yoga
Vegan Express
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What We Say Matters
When Things Fall Apart
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Yin and Yang Yoga
Yin Yoga DVD
Yoga & Pilates Workouts for Dummies
Yoga 4 Teens
Yoga : Beginners Flow for Everyone
Yoga and Psychology
Yoga as Medicine
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Yoga Bliss Hips
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Yoga By Teens DVD
Yoga Emergency DVD: Arms & Shoulders
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Yoga for Anxiety
Yoga for Beginners
Yoga for Everyone
Yoga for Pain Relief
Yoga for Regular Guys
Yoga for the Young at Heart
Yoga In Bed
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Yoga Inside Out: Go Deeper
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Yoga Journal's Yoga for Stress
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Yoga on Demand
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