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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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.
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?
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.