February is American Heart Month
This month is American Heart Month, sponsored by the
American Heart Association (AHA).
While I think the AHA is a little too focused on meeting targets like cholesterol level and blood pressure (which promotes
overdiagnosis and overtreatment), their website has lots of information about keeping your heart healthy.
The most effective things we can do to protect our hearts (and brains) are to …
read on An apple a day…
Keeps the doctor away.
the old saying tells us. (It was shortened in the 19th century from the rather lengthy “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” )
Is it true? What are the health benefits of apples?
I personally love apples and really do eat one most days of the week, because I know …
read on Lifestyle matters
I remember a family practice doctor once telling me
“Most of my patients aren’t sick. They’re lonely, unhappy, stressed or bored.”
His observation resonated with me.
So many somatic complaints, like headaches, back pain and digestive problems, stem from emotional upset.
Being isolated or bored or just unhappy with life leads to eating poorly and sitting too much, which in turn leads to heart disease, diabetes and depression.…
read on Skip the elevator and head for the stairs
Last month the European Society of Cardiology published
the results of an interesting research study involving almost 13,000 adults.
What did the findings show?
That adults who were in the best shape (determined by treadmill and echocardiogram) were less likely to die prematurely of heart disease or cancer than those with poor “functional capacity.”
The authors of the study equated their testing …
read on Red, itchy, crusty
Those are common words used to describe pink eye, aka conjunctivitis.
Conjunctivitis is the inflammation or infection of the membrane, the conjunctiva, over our eyeballs. Allergic conjunctivitis is inflammation caused by an allergy. Pink eye usually refers to a viral or bacterial infection.
Related post: Home remedies for allergy eyes
In adults, most cases of pink eye are viral. That means antibiotic eye drops won’t help. Like …
read on Healthy eating tip #1: Be label smart
Healthy eating must be one of the top New Year’s resolutions, but it can be difficult. How do you define “healthy”?
That vague word makes it easy for marketers to sell their products, whether they are truly healthy or not.
Lucky for us, the consumer website
wants to inform consumers about these marketing tricks. Peel Back the Label Painful and ugly…
…are the best words to describe cold sores.
They typically show up on the lips, too, which makes them so difficult to hide.
Cold sores are caused by a virus, the herpes simplex 1 virus or HSV-1. (Herpes simplex 2 or HSV-2 is what’s known as genital herpes.)
If you’ve ever had a herpes cold sore, don’t feel embarrassed. HSV-1 is extremely common; more than 70% of …
read on December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Every year, more than 250,000 kids under the age of 14 are injured by toys.
So if you’re shopping for young children this holiday season, here are some tips and resources to help keep kids safe.
Prevent Blindness, the sponsors of Safe Toys and Gifts Month, : offers this pretty comprehensive do and don’t list Avoid toys that shoot or include parts
read on What is sinusitis?
Following my recent post about
nasal sprays, I thought it a good time to talk about sinusitis and some simple home treatments.
Sinusitis is the inflammation of sinus tissue. The swelling blocks normal drainage, which can lead to a viral or bacterial infection.
Sinusitis can be caused by colds, allergies, the
overuse of decongestant nasal sprays, or a physical blockage, such as a deviated septum … read on Immediate relief
The other day a family member asked for my advice on treating heartburn. It’s a common problem and fortunately there are many lifestyle changes and simple products to try before spending money on doctors’ appointments and prescription medications.
For the occasional case of heartburn following a large meal, or eating too late at night, or being more stressed than usual, try a herbal product or one of the …