Liz, a woman in her mid-eighties, had two main problems.
Her first problem was low back pain and weakness in her legs – sure signs of spinal stenosis. In order to understand her diagnosis better, I timed her walking down the hallway in my office. It’s a pretty long hallway, but still, it took her nearly 40 seconds – way too long, if you ask me, even for a woman in her eighties.
What made her problem even more of a challenge was that six months previously she had had surgery that was supposed to help her stenosis.
Why You Shouldn’t Eat Late in the Evening
To improve your health, organize you daily schedule so that you’re not eating anything after 8pm (or even 7pm, if you can manage it).
There are two reasons why.
Welcome to the second part of a guest article on hydration authored by acupuncturist Karen Flicker.
Adding a pinch of sea salt to water helps the kidneys to retain water so you don’t urinate as quickly, sea salt also aids the body to detoxify. The best is Celtic sea salt or Himalayan sea salt, both loaded with minerals and electrolytes that help the body to function.
As an athlete, if you don’t begin your workout properly hydrated or aren’t hydrating properly during activity, dehydration can occur via sweating. As little as 2% dehydration can result in a decrease in athletic performance. Of course, thirst is the number one indicator that you may be dehydrated.
The best times to hydrate
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.
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.
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
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 »
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.
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.
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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