Antidepressant-induced violence and homicide is an international problem, but it is particularly apparent in the US due to the widespread use (and misuse) of these drugs Continue reading
Long after the lights go out every night, millions of Americans are lying in bed awake. Tossing and turning, their minds racing over the day’s accomplishments or tomorrow’s tasks, keeping them up well into the night. For others, it’s just blackness and frustration. As the tiredness mounts, the sleep still won’t come.
According to a 2011 poll, Continue reading
- Three recent studies severely challenge the claim that the flu vaccine will protect you against the flu. A multicenter study by researchers in Continue reading
…you could be slowly poisoning yourself while you sleep?
To be well rested, you should spend about 1/3 of your life sleeping. However, once you know what’s inside your mattress, you may find that hard to do. In order to comply with Continue reading
A new study suggests that treatment of mild sleep-disordered breathing with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in pregnant women Continue reading
Dealing with a disease is already a challenge, but when you combine it with sleep troubles, things can get very difficult indeed. Not only can a lack of sleep leave you feeling tired all the time, but it can also seriously affect your ability to do any healing. Insomnia can even become as much a health problem as the original health condition that triggered it.
If you find yourself in this predicament, here’s a health tip that could help you Continue reading
We arrive at the final part of this look at how Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners come to understand what ails you. It is essentially: the interview. The questions and answers are vital to arriving at a diagnosis, a true one, and then treating the underlying cause of the problem.
The interview is extensive, Continue reading
Among the many hidden causes of illness in our lives, our own homes would be among the most distressing. Here’s a story about endotoxins in your home that are big-time triggers for asthma. Continue reading
Today’s health news concerns a certain waste product produced by your body when you digest foods. It’s called uric acid, and it’s formed when your body breaks down purine—a substance found in organ meats and some types of fish. Normally, uric acid is carried in your blood, passes through your kidneys, Continue reading
Lots of us may like to use a little honey as a sweetener for our morning coffee, toast or tea, but there are several uses for this tasty little treat – in its pure, raw, non-pasteurized form, it can do more than just bring a smile to our face.
Manuka honey as the new ‘superfood.’ What is Manuka honey, Continue reading
We all know why sleep is so important. The body recharges. It runs certain systems and functions at night, repairs damage from the day, Continue reading
A new study has found a two-pronged approach to battling sleep apnea symptoms. Its health tip: combining a Mediterranean diet and regular physical activity could help you improve your night time rest.
The study looked at how the Mediterranean diet could help obese adults with sleep apnea Continue reading
Do you suffer from achy joints and sore muscles?
Does morning stiffness and nighttime discomfort rob you of precious sleep?
Does muscle pain Continue reading
Once the temperature drops, cold and flu season looms over health like dark storm clouds. Our fast-paced lifestyles, holiday travels and festivities, along with seasonal changes lead most of us to believe that colds and flu are inevitable facts of winter. But a healthy diet, lifestyle choices and supplementation offers protection year-round with natural solutions that help strengthen your defenses and keep you vibrant and energized.
Cold or Flu? Know the Difference
As an integrative physician, my patients often come to me with an important question: “How can I tell whether I have a cold or the flu?”
Both colds and flu are respiratory illnesses, but each is caused by different viruses. Colds are usually milder and present symptoms that include nasal stuffiness, sneezing and a runny nose. Adults and older children generally have minimal or no fever, but infants and toddlers often run a fever in the 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit range. Depending on which virus is the offender, a cold may also produce a headache, cough, postnasal drip, burning eyes, muscle aches or a decreased appetite — but the most prominent cold symptoms are usually in the nasal passages. Continue reading
Where you live in the U.S. may affect how well you sleep. When researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania put together a State-by-State map of sleeplessness, they found that residents of Southern States suffer from the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue, while residents on the West Coast generally report the least amount of problems. The results are published online in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.
“The take-home message from this study is that different regions of the country sleep better than others,” says research associate Dr. Michael A. Grandner. “We should begin to use this data to track patterns of poor sleep and try to understand why these patterns occur. Sleep is such an important part of overall health, we need to do everything we can to help give a good night’s sleep to those in the highest-risk regions.”
The states that get the worst sleep are: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia. Continue reading