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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thirst is the most obvious symptom if you’re water-deficient, but here are some of the hidden ways that dehydration can show up:
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. They tracked the use of healthcare resources among all employees with low back problems.
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.