I have lower back pain

Today I answered a question on the site Top Doc that I though you might find interesting. The person had the question: I have a dull pain in my lower back. How can I treat it? 
They further said: “I have been doing zumba lately and I’ve also noticed a pain in my lower back. I’m suspecting it’s due to sudden activity while being overweight. What can I do to protect myself?”
My response was as follows: One of the most important things you can learn to do is to listen to your body. … More I have lower back pain

Stressed and Depressed

It’s been almost a month since my last post. The fact that I’ve been more busy lately is my primary excuse. It it also the reason that I am again talking about stress. Chronic stress is a serious problem in our modern society and more and more studies are linking it to a variety of health issues. A recent article from Designs for Health discusses current research showing possible links between chronic stress and major depression.

First, a word on depression. Major Depression is a serious mood disorder, effecting millions of people in the united states and around the world. Greater awareness means that people suffering from … More Stressed and Depressed

Wired and Tired?

This week I will be following up on my post from November on Adrenal Fatigue, as well as connecting to my post from September about Sleep. If you are like me, stress, fatigue, and poor sleep are a daily fact that you are trying to ignore. However, understanding what is contributing to these issues may enable us to better manage and reduce the effects of this chronic problem. All of us have stressors, but each person deals with and reacts to stress differently. Also, insomnia can include the inability to fall asleep, the inability to stay asleep, or even difficulty getting into a deep sleep cycle. And both of these can contribute to feeling of fatigue, malaise, and depression. … More Wired and Tired?

Could you spot someone having a Stroke?

Today, my big sister shared a link on FB about the importance of knowing the warning signs of someone who is having a stroke. According to the post:

“A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.”

I cannot verify this, but I know from what I have learned that the sooner … More Could you spot someone having a Stroke?

So what’s so great about celery?

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted and I’m easing back into it with something simple celery.  Long crunchy stalks of celery can be very satisfying to eat, but they’re just “empty calories”, right? Not so, says the research team at Designs for Health. In an article posted last week, team members noted:

“If there’s one food at the intersection of Paleo, vegetarian, vegan, low carb, ketogenic, kosher, halal, and low-calorie diets, it’s celery. For something that’s mostly water, celery has a lot going for it. It’s nutritious, delicious, inexpensive, and can be enjoyed raw or cooked. It may not be the kind of nutrient-packed “superfood” liver, shellfish, or spinach are, but it’s time for celery to move beyond its reputation as … More So what’s so great about celery?

Curcumin improves memory and mood

As a follow up to last weeks post about curcumin, as well as past posts on memory, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. This week I’m sharing an article published on the University of California’s website today,  by Leigh Hopper (UCLA). In the article Hopper sites research published last week in the The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry which examined the effects a curcumin supplement on … More Curcumin improves memory and mood

Brain Health and Ginseng

I have long heard about the benefits of Ginseng for improving something, but I can’t remember what it was… Ha, ha, ha! Just a little memory joke there! Ginseng has been long admired for many health benefits, including boosting your memory. This article from Designs for Health has some fascinating information about research into a specific type of Ginseng (American Ginseng) and it’s potential for improving cognitive function. This is especially interesting in light of the fact that… … More Brain Health and Ginseng

Happy New Year!

I did not post anything least week. In the interest of “peace on earth” I refrained from posting. With 2018 in full swing, I thought we’d start out the new year with something to help you accomplish at least one of your New Years resolutions. To exercise or get in better shape! This is a simple challenge from our friends at WebExercises and encompasses a 4 week challenge … More Happy New Year!

’tis the season to be “snotty”

Last week, I shared info on some great acupressure points on the ear. I told you how I had started to feel a little congested and the sinus and throat point opened me up. Well, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and a full-on cold virus infection ensued. Sometimes doctors take the worst care of themselves and I’ve just been dealing with the symptoms of this infection and not doing anything about it. When I read this excellent article this morning from Forbes Middle East, it reminded me of how important it is for me to get adjusted regularly … More ’tis the season to be “snotty”