Number One Reason People Call Poison Hotline

pill bottle

Pain Killers

Tak­ing dan­ger­ous lev­els of pain drugs is the most com­mon rea­son that peo­ple call poi­son hot­lines.

Actu­al­ly, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts rep­re­sent 4 of the top 5 cat­e­gories of tox­in that prompt a call to a poi­son con­trol cen­ter. (The oth­er rea­son in the top 5 is house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts.)

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Science Reveals Simple Steps to Health — 4 Latest Examples

Health is sim­ple.  We just keep mak­ing it com­pli­cat­ed.

We need all of the high tech med­ical pro­ce­dures and tests that sci­ence can devel­op.  But huge steps for­ward in health — of indi­vid­u­als and also of soci­ety — can come from imple­ment­ing much hum­bler ideas.  We need to imple­ment sci­en­tif­ic com­mon sense and shared pub­lic health val­ues.

Here are four of the latest scientific research reports that illustrate this theme.

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Two Things I Learned from My Patient Liz

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.

older woman walking

walk vig­or­ous­ly at any age

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.

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Two Best Reasons Not to Eat at Night

Why You Shouldn’t Eat Late in the Evening

pie

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.

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Feeling Hungry? Actually You’re Thirsty

You can learn a lot about your body’s needs just by pay­ing atten­tion.
Many of us walk around with a low lev­el of dehy­dra­tion near­ly all the time.

needing hydration

Thirst is the most obvi­ous symp­tom if you’re water-defi­cient, but here are some of the hid­den ways that dehy­dra­tion can show up:

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Judgeth Not Those Eating Evil Foods — Not Even Yourself

judge judy

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. They tracked the use of health­care resources among all employ­ees with low back prob­lems.
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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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