Health

Building Better Balance

I amazed when I saw my 69-year-old aunt sits in a perfect flat-footed squat, like the kind you might see a three-year-old perform. It was amazing. That kind of balance is not common in people her age. It’s not even particularly common in people decades younger than her. When I commented, she said it was her party

Strong and Healthy Muscles Matter

Strong and healthy muscles matter. There is really no other way to say it. Your muscles allow you to move freely, send blood throughout your body, lift things, and promote independence. Without strong muscles, you’re at risk for increased dependence and a host of health troubles. Muscles even play a role in ways you might

Concerned About Coronavirus? Tame Inflammation to Help Reduce the Risk

Over the past few weeks, there has been growing concern about a coronavirus outbreak. Are you at high risk? Probably not. Although a handful of North American cases have come to light in the past week, the virus is largely concentrated in Wuhan, China. Other countries in the Far East have reported cases, but that

Walnuts Can Boost Gut and Heart Health

Most snacks aren’t doing anything for your health. In fact, most of them contribute to weight gain, poor gut health, and a host of associated problems. But what are you supposed to do when hunger hits between meals and you’re craving that crunch? New research affirms ancient insight and common sense: Grab some walnuts. Walnuts

Our Emotions Don’t Have to Rule Our Minds

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Unknown A few days ago, my wife said something that stirred an immediate flash of anger. Perhaps you can remember being at a similar crossroads? You can:

The WHO’s Failed Coronavirus Response Goes Beyond Structural Issues

Commentary The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) default mode of lies, secrecy, and propaganda blunted its response to, at the time, what was then a local epidemic. By not listening to and silencing frontline doctors in Wuhan City hospitals, such as the late Dr. Li Wenliang, Chinese authorities exacerbated the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. For that reason alone, China under

The Coronavirus Outbreak: What We Know and Tips to Stay Safe

What Is It? The new coronavirus first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in early December. The virus is in the same family of pathogens that cause the flu and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). The World Health Organization on Feb. 11 officially named the disease “COVID-19,” an acronym for coronavirus disease 2019. Researchers are

The 5 Steps to a Stronger Immune System

Your immune system is central to overall health, yet it can be easy to overlook. When thinking about good health, people tend to focus on their heart, muscle strength, weight, and bones. Your immune system, however, compliments all of those components. A healthy immune system can help protect you from danger, toxins, infections, allergens, and

Coronavirus Patients May Not Show Symptoms for Over 3 Weeks, Study Says

The incubation period for the new coronavirus can be as long as 24 days, according to the largest-study yet analyzing patients of the disease. The Feb. 9 study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, was led by renowned Chinese respiratory doctor Zhong Nanshan and written in collaboration between 38 Chinese researchers. It analyzed around 1,100 patients across

Foods for Better Brain Power

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a magic pill for brainpower? Or at least a food you could eat to ensure your memory and decision-making abilities remained at a high level into the future? Unfortunately, things are not so easy. Memory slips and cognitive decline are commonplace with age. Low stimulation, inflammation, isolation, and

There’s No Masking The Best Way To Avoid Coronavirus

Americans are watching with alarm as a new coronavirus spreads in China and cases pop up in the United States. They are barraged with information about what kinds of masks are best to prevent viral spread. Students are handing out masks in Seattle. Masks have run out in Brazos County, Texas. Hang on. I’ve worked as an emergency room physician.

7 Habits for Better Health

Good health can be tough to achieve, and it impacts our lives in so many ways, from finances, to how we perform at work, to our relationships with family and friends. Most of us know we should eat more fruits and vegetables, stay away from processed foods, drink plenty of water, and exercise. These are core

9 Things to Know About Sweets and Chinese Medicine

When I think about the amount of sugar I ate as a child, I am appalled. Every holiday was a love-fest of jelly beans, chocolate kisses, candy canes, and frosted cookies. At the time, we didn’t know any better, other than the fact that we were making our local dentist wealthy. Now we know better,

Reduce the Effects of Stress and Anxiety by Writing Your Worries Away

When you feel stressed or anxious, you might not want to talk about your feelings. And contrary to popular belief, that might be a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you should leave them bottled up, either. New research is showing that one of the best ways to deal with stress and anxiety is to

The Mind Body Benefits of Drinking Tea

I’m a very vocal proponent of drinking tea daily. People ask me all the time why tea is my go-to and not coffee: well, let’s be clear. I drink coffee, too, but tea has so many mind-body wellness benefits to it that there’s no debating its advantages for well-being. Let’s take a look. Theanine and Neurotransmitter

6 Alternatives to Antibiotics

Alexander Fleming discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin, in 1927. Since then, antibiotics – drugs that fight bacterial infections – have saved millions of lives worldwide. The term “antibiotic” refers to both natural and synthetic compounds that destroy or inhibit the growth of susceptible bacteria that cause disease in humans or animals. Patients sometimes ask their doctors

8 Superfoods That Can Heal Your Entire Body

By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body The typical choices we make in the grocery store have fallen significantly short of providing the nutrients we require in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Processed and chemically laden foods riddle the shelves, and much of the produce section is severely short on nourishment due to growing

4 Tips for Eating Healthy at Work

  We all know the feeling: you are pressed for time and hurriedly working on that important project, all while ignoring your stomach, which is growling so loudly that co-workers think your pet is under your desk. Even though you are a busy gal, when it is time for lunch, go eat! Work will still be

Ginger Soothes Suffering of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Are aching, swollen joints stifling your activity levels and making life a real pain? Ginger, an inexpensive, herbal wonder, can reduce pain and inflammation and allow you to do more of the activities you enjoy. One common cause of swollen joints is rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1.5 million people in the United States. RA disproportionately

9 Ways To Relieve Back Pain Naturally

About 80 percent of the population today experiences lower back pain at some point in their lives. Some will experience ongoing chronic back pain, which can significantly reduce quality of life, and stop them from many activities and tasks. While doctors may prescribe a back brace or medication, there are other ways to relieve back pain as

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