The Most Common Culprits of Stress Fractures in Your Feet

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Throughout the day, our feet are the recipients of constant pounding and stress. Whether from the hard pavements of the streets or cramped conditions of work heels or dress shoes, our feet frequently take a good beating. Dramatic daily overuse can occasionally cause fractures in our feet called stress fractures. Stress fractures are the result of chronic overuse or repetitive force, which can lead to small hairline cracks in the bones of the foot.

The most common sites of these stress fractures are in the weight bearing bones of the feet. In my office, I frequently see stress fractures on the metatarsals, which are the long bones in the middle of the foot. However, they are also common on the heel and the midfoot bones. Here are some of the reasons fractures like this occur. Read more  »

15 Life-Changing Habits to Sleep Like a Baby

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We’ve all struggled with the endless mental to-do list at three in the morning: the tossing and turning that leads to more tossing and turning; the creep of technology into what used to be our psychological and physical winding down time. Luckily, there are natural ways to help you say good night and actually mean it! Read on for 15 tricks you can try to rest easy. Read more  »

The Importance of Making a Promise to Feel ‘Em

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Story provided by Erica Bartol, founder of Promise To Feel ‘Em

Two years ago I had this vision that stemmed from the ever-so unbecoming diagnosis of breast cancer at the unsuspecting age of 30 years old. Ironically, a few days before that horribly momentous day, I had felt compelled to perform a self-exam as a direct result of watching The Dr. Oz show that specifically featured younger women’s breast cancer journeys. That day I heard the words, “you have breast cancer” turned my world upside down. It was also the moment I decided that this was not going to defeat or define me. I needed to define it. Soon thereafter, my story ended up reaching a friend of a friend who subsequently did a self-exam and found an early stage breast cancer at the exact same age. As I began to share my diagnosis I realized that women my age were saying they were doing them, but were admittedly remiss. Read more  »

The Environment and Breast Cancer

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Written by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

We launched the Army of Women® and the Health of Women [HOW] Study™ because we wanted to advance research into the cause—and prevention—of breast cancer.

It is widely accepted that breast cancer is caused by a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental risk factors.

Your genes, you are born with. Your estrogen (hormonal) risk factors are linked to the age at which you begin menstruating and go into menopause; whether you use birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, and for how long; and if you had children, at what age, and how long you may have breastfed them.

Environmental factors don’t just mean chemicals in the environment. The “environment” also includes behavioral factors like exercise, diet and alcohol consumption, and physical factors like radiation. It can also include social, economic, and cultural factors that influence your diet or might determine what chemicals you are exposed to. Read more  »

Bringing Love and Romance Into Your Heart and Home the Vastu Way

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Cowritten by Michael and Robin Mastro

Vastu shastra, the sacred Hindu tradition that creates harmonious, stress-free living and working environments can support your success in all areas of life. Vastu even assists you in eliminating obstructions by freeing up stuck energy and setting the stage to fulfill your deepest heart’s desires for love and romance. After all, what is more important in life than to give and receive love?  You may have all the success, money and fame the world has to offer, but love in its many forms is the nectar that nurtures and sustains us all. Read more  »

The Shocking Increase in Heroin Deaths

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Heroin continues to kill.  Just how bad is it? Beyond bad, and more terrible than you have heard. The numbers should scare the shoes off of you.

According to a report last week by the feds, heroin deaths doubled from 2010 to 2012. That’s a massive spike in a short amount of time that represents a ballooning of a preexisting heroin overdose epidemic. One author of the study gives this reason for this rise: “This big increase in heroin-related deaths is directly tied to the epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse.”  Read more  »

4 Tips to Making Behavior Changes That Stick

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Whether you want to lose weight, save money or get more sleep, you’re going to have to change your current behavior to achieve your goal. Most people only think about the positive aspects that a change will bring about, but if you really want to succeed, you need to consider the downside of the choices you’re making.

I’ve taught my patients that the key to making behavior changes stick is to anticipate the obstacles ahead of time so you can problem-solve and be prepared when you hit a roadblock. And don’t forget about the positive aspects that your behavior change will bring about. You’ll need to remind yourself of those benefits to motivate you when you’re feeling challenged.

Here are four tips to make behavior changes that last: Read more  »

The Need for More Focus on Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women

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Written by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, and breast cancer tops the list of cancer-related deaths in Hispanic women. The probability of developing invasive breast cancer in Latinas is lower than in non-Hispanic whites (currently, the lifetime risk is 1-in-10 for Latinas vs. 1-in-8 for non-Hispanic whites). However, Latinas are significantly more likely to present at a later stage with larger tumors that are hormone-receptor negative, which are more difficult to treat. Read more  »