We Used to Call It “Drinking” — Now It’s Called “Hydrating”

My guest author for this arti­cle is my col­league Karen Flicker, an acupunc­tur­ist and health edu­ca­tor who prac­tices in Prince­ton, NJ.

She’s focused on an impor­tant health topic — keep­ing your tis­sues hydrated for good health.

Here’s Part 1:

Every­thing You’ve Wanted to Know About Proper Hydra­tion for Good Health

If you’ve waited until you’re thirsty, you’ve waited too long to drink.

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Judgeth Not Those Eating Evil Foods — Not Even Yourself

I attended a meet­ing of the Sup­pers Pro­grams last night and heard the inspir­ing story of a mom who helped facil­i­tate the trans­for­ma­tion of her family’s health.

First she recounted the long list of prob­lems her teenage daugh­ter was having –

  • Dif­fi­culty breathing
  • Fre­quent asthma attacks
  • Emer­gency room visits
  • Per­sis­tent skin rashes

And she shared the utter frus­tra­tion she and her daugh­ter expe­ri­enced in try­ing to treat these symp­toms within the med­ical model. They were run­ning from doc­tor to doc­tor, gain­ing — at best – tem­po­rary con­trol over one symp­tom or another, but never mak­ing any real progress.

It was her expo­sure to Dorothy Mullen and the Sup­pers Pro­grams that opened up a new way of look­ing at health.

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Sitting Is the New Smoking

Too much sit­ting is bad for your health. In fact, it’s turn­ing out that pro­longed sit­ting ranks near the top of the list – along with smok­ing and obe­sity – of fac­tors con­tribut­ing to chronic health problems.

When you sit

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Why Chiropractic Isn’t “Alternative” Healthcare

Because it’s main­stream.  Or at least should be.

Here’s the lat­est from a study of low back pain among the employ­ees of a large com­pany. Because the com­pany had a self-insured health plan, they could track the use of health­care resources among all employ­ees with low back prob­lems. Read the rest of this entry »

Mix of Amino Acids, Herbs Beats Back Pain

Tak­ing ibupro­fen, naproxen, or another NSAID for back pain has its risks; gas­troin­testi­nal side-effects (at times quite seri­ous) are the biggest of them.

Now there’s yet another alter­na­tive – a cock­tail of amino acids and anti-inflammatory herbs has been proven to alle­vi­ate pain and inflam­ma­tion bet­ter than these phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal products.

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Research Proves: Reverse Cognitive Decline With Diet, Lifestyle Changes

As you get older, some of the devel­op­ments you fear the most are loss of mem­ory and other signs of cog­ni­tive decline. Many seniors become unable to func­tion in their job, or lose inter­est in vital leisure and fam­ily activ­i­ties. And tra­di­tion­ally, the med­ical prog­no­sis is bleak: once your brain starts to go south, there’s no turn­ing back – the process only gets worse with advanc­ing age.

But, for­tu­nately, in many cases the med­ical prog­no­sis is all wrong.

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Is It Just Normal Aging? (Or Am I Losing My Mind?) Two simple ways to tell

Through­out your life, you expe­ri­ence an occa­sional mem­ory lapse or momen­tary brain con­fu­sion. Then, as you age, these moments can become more fre­quent. And more anxiety-provoking.

Nor­mal, healthy aging is chal­leng­ing enough to cope with. But when mem­ory prob­lems become more fre­quent, are they an early warn­ing sign of Alzheimer’s or another vari­ety of dementia?

Here are two sim­ple ways to assess your­self.
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What My Colleague George (Dr. Russell) Taught Me About the Knee

I was feel­ing a lit­tle twisted in my right knee so I got a treat­ment from my col­league George (Dr. George Russell.)

He was able to help me a lot – he iden­ti­fied a prob­lem with the way my knee was rotating.

It’s a sub­tle thing.  That’s because rota­tion isn’t the main motion that occurs at the knee. Mostly the knee bends (flexes, in med­ical par­lance) and straight­ens (extends).

But noth­ing in the realm of anatomy is ever that sim­ple or one-dimensional.

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How Doctors Tell If You Need Statins

Before doc­tors give you a pre­scrip­tion for blood pres­sure med­ica­tion or statins to lower cho­les­terol, they want to know that you’re in a high enough car­dio­vas­cu­lar risk category.

They look at a num­ber of fac­tors — your age, body mass, fam­ily his­tory, blood pres­sure and cho­les­terol num­bers, and so forth.

The national health ser­vice of the UK thinks that (in gen­eral), any­one who has more than a 20% chance of a seri­ous car­dio­vas­cu­lar event (stroke, heart attack, angina) over the next ten years is a good can­di­date for medication.

Want to check your risk based on their standards?

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Confessions in the Gym — or, How to Use Peer Pressure for Your Benefit

The other day I’m bound­ing in to the gym where I work out and I see Steve – the head trainer.

How ya doing, Doc?’ he says.

I’m doing fine. But I haven’t been get­ting to the gym that reg­u­larly,’ I respond, feel­ing slightly guilt-ridden to con­fess my slothfulness.

Don’t tell me about it — do it for your­self, man, not for me,’ he answers.

He’s right.

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