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healthy activities outdoors
Summer weather, longer daylight hours and no school means plenty of time with friends and family. This is a great time of year to embrace activities that get you moving and outdoors. Not everyone’s ideas of exercise is fun. And not everyone likes to go for a run or...
tai chi for heart health
Reducing stress can go a long way in protecting your heart and improving your overall health. This may be common knowledge, and yet many people struggle to manage their stress. Your physical fitness routine plays a key role. You might think of yoga or intense cardio like cycling, but...
is vaping safer
You’ve probably never seen a pack of cigarettes without a health warning on it. That’s because in 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General, Luther L. Terry, M.D., released a warning about the health risks of smoking cigarettes, says the CDC. Governments of other countries likewise mandate health warnings on tobacco...
improving your posture
"Stand up straight!” If an adult ever gave you this order when you were a child, perhaps poking you between the shoulder blades, that adult knew what they were talking about. Posture affects much more than how we appear to others. It plays a role in how our bodies...
acupuncture works when done right
When I was a young hospital intern, I decided to do an elective rotation with a father-son physician team who practiced acupuncture exclusively. I experienced first-hand how well it worked for the great majority of patients who came to the clinic. I was so impressed that I chose to...
try Pilates
In the past 20 years, Pilates has become one of the most popular workout routines. Fitness instructors can’t say enough good things about it! Have you considered hopping on the bandwagon? If so, then take a look at these three things before you try Pilates. I want you to...
kidney disease
Every day we seem to hear about the effects of heart disease and diabetes on Americans. One thing you don’t hear about nearly as often enough, in my opinion, is chronic kidney disease (CKD). The lack of coverage on this topic is a real shame because it is in...
integrative nursing
Integrative--or alternative--medicine isn’t so alternative these days. More and more medical professionals are training in more holistic approaches to patient care, and nurses are no exception. The American Nurses Association officially recognized integrative nursing in 2006, according to American Nurse Today, and continues to grow. Nursing, like many professions, changes...
never wear shoes at home
Have you ever been a guest at someone’s home and they kindly ask you to remove your shoes before entering? It might seem like a hassle, and you may think of them as a “neat freak.” However, there’s a good chance their request goes far beyond a fear of...
what causes migraines
As you recover from a migraine, you may feel drained and exhausted. One of these episodes--much more than just a headache--takes a lot out of you. So your first thought might be how to prevent another one. To do that, you need to figure out what causes migraines. To ask...
keep your brain sharp with games
What comes to mind when you think of board games? Some first thoughts may include Sorry, Monopoly, or Uno. Those games are only the beginning. Today, you can find a game for any age, taste, or occasion. But here’s the best part. Did you know that games may actually...
floating tank sensory deprivation
Have you ever wanted to just float away from your problems? What if you could actually do that, for at least a little while? Float clinics are popping up in cities across the country and for good reason. Anyone coping with everyday stress can reap the benefits of floating. But...