Restoring Magnesium Levels With Epsom Salt Baths

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Written by Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD

Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body needed for many physiologic functions. It is critical for healthy digestion, good bone density, proper nerve and muscle function and prenatal health.

Since this mineral is so indispensable, it’s no surprise that magnesium deficiency can be a root issue of several chronic health problems.

We’ve been talking about magnesium deficiency for quite some time now. Although awareness has been raised, the problem isn’t going away. The modern lifestyle lends itself to magnesium depletion so, in reality, magnesium therapy should be an ongoing process for many of us. Read more  »

Are You Sabotaging Your Weight-Loss Plan?

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If losing weight is one of your goals, you’re not alone. A recent Gallup poll found that 51% of adults in America want to lose weight, but barely half as many (25%) say they’re seriously working toward that goal. If you’ve tried different weight-loss plans but have struggled to maintain any of them, there’s a very good chance that you’re sabotaging your own efforts.

Did you go shopping to stock your kitchen with the approved foods on your list? Have you added weekly yoga and Spinning classes to your calendar? And have you even considered how you’re going to deal with the emotional triggers that come up during the plan? I bet your emotions didn’t cross your mind when you decided to lose weight. However, if you’ve ever reached for a chocolate bar or a bag of blue chips after a fight with your husband or a bad day at the office, then you need to learn how to manage your emotions, or the weight will never stay off.

I’ve found that in order to stick to any weight-loss plan, you need to problem solve ahead of time. So if you’re ready to make a new start, try these three tips to achieve your weight-loss goals and make positive changes in your life. Read more  »

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  »