Pain comes to us all
I’ve reached that age when everything hurts.
Age, overuse, less-than-perfect posture and a family history of arthritis have resulted in a variety of aches and pains: stiff neck, sore knees, carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, foot pain, headaches, and so on.
These are the common miseries to which we all fall victim at one time or another. Occasional use of over-the-counter pain remedies such as acetaminophen, …
read on Modern life is stressful
I don’t know about you, but this has been a long and stressful winter for me.
On top of a very cold and snowy month, there have been family issues, health issues, car and home issues, etc., that have piled on, and I haven’t done a very good job taking care of myself.
I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Again and again I read articles …
read on Noise and sleep—help!
A friend recently asked me about white noise machines, and if I knew whether they helped with sleep or not.
I’ve never used one, and honestly didn’t know anything about them.
In theory, white noise masks more irritating noises, such as traffic, airplanes, barking dogs, talking, television and random household sounds.
For sensitive individuals, or shift workers or partners of snorers, noise can be a major sleep …
read on 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 Tanning beds are dangerous to your health
It’s mid-winter, and that’s when tanning beds are most popular.
Either people want a little artificial sunshine to help them cope with the weather, or they’re heading off on a tropical holiday and want a bit of color before they go.
But be warned: Tanning beds not only increase your risk of melanoma, they also increase the likelihood of a recurrence.
For years …
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 I rarely start my holiday shopping until mid December. But I keep a gift list throughout the year, and when I see an item I think is perfect for a certain friend or family member, I write it down.
Many of the gifts I give are those I’ve used myself: books I’ve read, games I’ve played, or other products I use regularly.
I like giving gifts with a healthy twist …