Looking for a super simple addition you can make to your diet this summer that delivers significant health benefits? Say hello to hemp.
If the thought of eating hemp makes you a little uneasy, rest assured that the edible hemp seeds you see in the store do not contain THC (the psychoactive component of marijuana). In fact, you should think of hemp in the same way you do poppy seeds – which come from the opium plant.
Hemp has rapidly gone mainstream, available in most supermarkets in seeds, powder, milk, butters and oils. And its impressive nutrition prowess makes it worthy of superfood status. Here’s why: Read more »
With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to talk about men’s health. June is Men’s Health Month, and you should think about your fathers, husbands, brothers and sons. We men are suffering from a “silent health crisis in America,” according to Dr. David Gremillion from the Men’s Health Network. I agree. Men die at higher rates from the top 10 causes of death than women, including heart disease, cancer, stroke and suicide.
As a result, on average men have shorter lifespans and live with more sickness than women. The life expectancy gap is steadily increasing. In 1920, women outlived men by about one year on average. However, that gap has since increased to 5.2 years by 2007, with the gap being as high as 7 years at some points.
There are many reasons for this – one of them is the doctor. According to the Centers for Disease Control, women are twice as likely to visit their doctor than men for preventative care and check ups. Part of this explanation comes from the fact that women are more likely than men to report and act on health concerns. Women also tend to be responsible for the family’s health and may think about health care concerns more than men.
Men’s health isn’t just for men. Everyone can help promote and protect men’s health.
Here’s how you can do your part: Read more »
Summer is the best! Due to warm climate and plenty of days in the sun, we find ourselves cooking outside more than inside. Unfortunately, we may also find ourselves slathering our chicken and fish in sugar. Yes – that’s right, sugar. That’s because many of the marinated and BBQ sauces out there are loaded with it; often in the first few ingredients. You wouldn’t run your chicken in a bowl of spicy sugar would you? Lucky for you, better food choices in the BBQ world exist – and if you less into buying your sauce and more into making it yourself, we have a recipe that will make every BBQ-er happy! Chef Perko’s amazingly delicious BBQ sauce offers the tang and taste that you desire without the triglyceride and weight gain increasing sugars! In fact, one serving provides only 2 grams of sugar. Compare that to a traditional BBQ sauce which has on average about 16 grams of sugar per serving and – there really is no comparison at all! Read more »
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting 40 to 50 million Americans every year. As a nation, we spend billions on acne treatments annually. And when creams, facials, peels, spot treatments, masks and even prescriptions fail, we are tempted to try just about anything.
So of course, when we hear the often-repeated notion that a little tanning can fix the problem, our instinct is to run outside and start soaking up some serious rays. But the sun doesn’t actually clear your skin — what you’re seeing is the tan darkening the skin around pimples, thus making them stand out less. Sorry, just an illusion, folks. Read more »
Last week I got a call from a patient who was really shaken up by the news that 39-year-old fashion stylist Annabel Tollman had died and there were reports that the cause of death was a blood clot.
Was it her birth-control pills? Should she go off?
Let me start by saying I have no knowledge of Ms. Tollman’s personal medical history, but I can tell you that in most cases, people who develop a blood clot have at least one risk factor. And while taking birth control pills is the most well-known risk factor, it is not the most common risk factor.
Death from a blood clot can be the result of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that forms in a leg, thigh or pelvic vein. The danger of a DVT is that it can break off and travel other places, such as the lung, resulting in a pulmonary embolism, a serious and potentially fatal complication responsible for over 50,000 deaths in the US each year. Read more »
Administration to Stop Fighting Availability of Over The Counter Plan B: “The Obama administration has decided to stop trying to block over-the-counter availability of the best-known morning-after contraceptive pill for all women and girls, a move fraught with political repercussions for President Obama.” According to the Times, “the government’s decision means that any woman or girl will soon be able to walk into a drugstore and buy the pill, Plan B One-Step [levonorgestrel], without a prescription.” The Department of Justice, which “had been fighting to prevent that outcome…said late Monday afternoon that it would accept its losses in recent court rulings and begin putting into effect a judge’s order to have the Food and Drug Administration certify the drug for nonprescription use.” (New York Times)
Hospitals Taking Extra Measures To Reduce Noise: Some hospitals are replacing staff paging systems with wireless headsets or installing white noise machines and sound-absorbing ceiling tiles. Other hospitals offer “quiet kits” that contain sleep masks, earplugs and crossword puzzles. Efforts to reduce noise picked up steam last year after Medicare announced it will base a percentage of hospital reimbursement on quality measurements, which include patients ratings on quality of care. In these ratings, noise is consistently cited as the greatest annoyance. While many hospitals offer private rooms, there is only so much to be done in shared rooms. Officials ask visitors to use a quiet voice and to take care while walking around the hospital. (Wall Street Journal)
Kids Who Undergo CT Scans May Have Higher Cancer Risk Later In Life: Researchers looked at data from seven HMOs on children who underwent CT scans. They “estimated that 4,870 future cancers may occur each year in the future from the 4 million annual pediatric CT scans of the head, abdomen/pelvis, chest or spine.” The study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, also suggested that “reducing the highest doses of radiation from CT scans to the middle dose may prevent 43 percent of these cancers.” Approximately “7 million CT tests are performed in children each year in the U.S. and the number is rising about 10 percent annually, according to the Image Gently Campaign and the Alliance for Radiation Safety in Pediatric Imaging, which is funded by the Society for Pediatric Radiology, the American College of Radiology and other organizations to push for lower radiation doses in children.” (Bloomberg News)
Do you remember those funny ads depicting a fungus trying to break through a toenail and create infection? Are fungal toenails that common? Fungal nails or “onychomycosis” affects approximately 36 million Americans yearly. That means every time you walk barefoot around a pool or in a gym locker room, or perhaps getting a pedicure, there is a chance that someone near you could be infected, and that little fungal spore could be searching for a new place to call home, your toenails!
What are the best treatment options out there for this condition? Here are some of the methods currently being used to tackle this condition.
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Can choosing the right foods to eat help you sleep better? We know that sleep has a great effect on how we eat. But does how we eat – or more precisely, what we eat – have an effect on our sleep? One thing we might not be talking about enough is how choosing the right foods can help strengthen sleep.
Foods full of vitamins and minerals are the basic components of a healthy diet – promoting healthy cell function, helping regulate weight, providing the energy we need to get through our busy days. Many of the foods that are most healthful to our bodies and our waistlines are also the foods that can help us sleep better. Here are some suggestions for creating a sleep-friendly diet. Read more »
Right now, take a minute to think about all of your friends and family. Consider everything you do for one another, from sharing meals and taking weekend adventures to supporting each other emotionally. Sure, there can be some work involved, but recent studies and ancient Chinese wisdom affirm that having these loving relationships not only help us thrive, they can actually add years to our lives!
A report published by the Archives of Internal Medicine found that certain levels of loneliness in people over the age of 60 can predict declines in health, longevity and well-being, and is also associated with an increased risk of death — 45% higher than people who do not identify themselves as lonely. Also, lonely people in the study were much more likely to have limited physical mobility and more difficulty performing routine tasks like personal grooming and housekeeping.
It’s no secret that friends and family play an important role in our daily lives, but the findings from this report take us a step further and pinpoint connectivity between people as the foundation of positive mental health and increased longevity. Connectivity refers to the deep emotional and spiritual connection we feel when we mesh well with other people. The healthy benefits come when we foster deeper interpersonal connections in both medical treatment and in our daily routines: between boss and employee, doctor and patient, or even between strangers. Read more »
Crunchy, healthy and refreshing, this no-cook slaw is the perfect side dish for any party! The agave and hot sauce give a sweet and fiery taste that’ll also boost your metabolism. Plus, the low-fat Greek yogurt is creamy and filling, but doesn’t cost you too many calories. In fact, one serving of this side is only 70 calories, much less than traditional coleslaw. Read more »