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Publication Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Health Notes Health Notes (August 10, 2005)

CRYSTALS, MASSAGE AND TAROT CARDS ... What's the connection between crystals and healing? Can herbal medicine improve physical beauty? Could something like aromatherapy attract more love or wealth into your life? Find out at the Holistic Living Expo coming to the Palo Alto Hotel, 625 El Camino Real, on Saturday Aug. 20. The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Booths will showcase health and beauty products. There will be traditional massage therapy, energy healing, reflexology, tarot and palm readers, and clairvoyants. Free lectures will be held throughout the day on topics ,like soul mates and numerology. Admission is $5; seniors and teens $3. Children under 12 are free.

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND ... Karen Neuburger, author of "The Secret Life of Girlfriends", will speak at a special Silicon Valley Women in Business event. Neuburger has spent the past 10 years collecting stories of love, laughter, and inspiration between girlfriends from the thousands of women she comes in contact with through her work as the founder of an immensely popular lifestyle company. Neuurger is one of Oprah's favorite pajama purveyors. Neuburger will speak about the importance of friendships for women. The talk will be held Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Stanford Park Hotel in Menlo Park. To RSVP, contact Sarah Sherwood at 960-1431.

NEW STUDY ON PANIC ATTACKS ... Nothing can be scarier than being struck by a sudden racing heart or quickened breathing while doing the most mundane activities. But for millions of Americans panic disorder is a daily exercise in terror. Stanford University is conducting a new study to see if controlled breathing can subvert a panic attack. The study will also address two competing theories as to what causes attacks. One suggests a lowered level of carbon dioxide in the blood due to hyperventilation, while the other suggests just the opposite -- too much carbon dioxide. Individuals selected for the study receive free therapy plus $100 compensation. If interested, contact Eileen Wollbury at [email protected] or 493-5000.

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