Before you tune out, this post is not just about sports.
I had a different blog planned for today, but I felt strongly about this message.
If you haven't heard, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series on Wednesday night in an epic (literally epic) game seven. I could attempt to list all of the "hasn't happened since" moments, but just know it was a game for the books.
I'm not a born Cubs fan. I'm actually a Minnesota Twins fan, good or bad, through it all. But, when this team got to the Series after not having won the whole thing for 108 years (yes, you read that correctly), my heart was with them. I didn't feel like I was betraying my team at all. And, I wasn't jumping on the Cubs bandwagon.
The flu shot receives a lot of attention at this time of year, but remedies for cold and flu season drastically differ depending on where you live in the world.
From the Iranian Honeypot to the French homeopathic remedy Oscillococcinum, there are many culturally diverse ways to calm and minimize flu-like symptoms.
Common flu-like symptoms include fever, chills, body aches and pain.
In Mexico and Spain, garlic tea is a go-to solution because of its antibacterial properties. Iranians will use turnips mixed with honey (called an Iranian Honeypot) as an expectorant for respiratory illness. The Greeks have used oil of oregano since the days of Hippocrates for respiratory infections.
Some of these remedies that are closer to the earth are worth giving a shot.
Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving, health goals go out the window to make room for treats galore.
We start planning menus focused on traditional recipes, and even with the best of intentions, end up compromising on intake of sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial additives in order to enjoy some family time around the table.
What if I told you that you can stay true to those flavors of the holiday without having to undo all the hard work you put in throughout the year to get healthier?
By swapping a few ingredients here and there, you can still have your sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cranberries and all the other comfort foods this time of year brings to the table. A recipe with just the right pieces can not only deter you from making the wrong choices this holiday, but also add some much needed nutrients to your plate.
Before you grab that morning cup of coffee on an empty stomach, that lunchtime slice of pizza, or indulge in a steak dinner or ice cream while watching TV, understand that what you eat and when you eat it can lead to stomach upset.
It can also trigger more severe issues in your gut.
On the flip side, there are some foods that when eaten at certain times of day may soothe already existing stomach issues or may even prevent stomach ailments from occurring down the line.
Dr. Gina Sam Assistant Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, offers insights on what and when to eat certain foods for a healthy gut.
You won’t find this berry in your parfait, and you may have never even heard of it.
The berry you need to know about is from the Aronia family of shrubs, which are native to North America.
The best-known fruit of aronia are Aronia melanocarpa and Aronia prunifolia, known as black chokeberries due to their astringency. Their dark pigmentation is the result of an abundance of polyphenols that include flavonoids, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants. Among berries, aronia is particularly high in these factors.
Compared to elderberry, seven varieties of black and red currant, and six varieties of gooseberries, aronia has been shown in research to contain the highest total anthocyanin concentration and antioxidant capacity!
An opioid epidemic sweeps the nation affecting tens of thousands of young males, those with their whole lives ahead of them. Policy makers feel impelled to do something, anything to curb the tide, and so they act.
The year was 1914. The primary policy was the Harrison Act. As a result of this act, physicians who prescribed more opioid than what was deemed reasonable faced loss of license and criminal prosecution.
The patient in pain became someone to be feared and avoided at all costs. Out of a sense of self-preservation, physicians chose to view chronic pain as merely a character flaw, something not worthy of attention.
But, there was more…
Because of this act and subsequent interpretations by the Supreme Court, those addicted to opioids and other drugs became criminals.
Millions of people have been harmed by this act, unnecessarily, and are still being harmed.
Just today in the New York Times there was an opinion piece by Paul Tough entitled, To Help Children, Coach Their Parents, about research on young children who were at high risk for developmental and behavioral problems in Jamaica.
What did they coach the parents to do? Promote more educational activities? Nope.
Use techniques to help children improve their behavior? Guess again.
Play more? Yes!
Parents in one arm of the research study were coached to spend time enjoying being with their child in a fun and interactive way with long term positive impacts on I.Q., less aggressive behavior and better self control.
We humans suffer most when not knowing all that needs to be known, especially when there is so much to fear.
I choose, as do many dictionaries and as have countless great religious leaders and philosophers, to define “anxiety” as “fear of the unknown.”
I frequently relate a parable to my patients on this crucial subject.
Let us travel back in time to the clan of the proverbial caveman. In one cave, somewhat safe from the elements and huddled about a fire, is a family fraught with anxiety toward the savage carnivores outside. These beasts only know this clan as prey. The clan shrinks under the weight of this presumed knowledge, convinced that the predators will most assuredly find and devour them. The clan huddles all the closer, shaken by every foreign sound and every dimming of the fire. They dare not move. They are not ready to battle for their next meal or to survive.
That is the primordial example of paralysis by analysis; it is as old as man. That is anxiety.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age, affecting 10-15 percent of women and upward of seven million women in the U.S. alone.
The condition affects a woman’s entire body, with symptoms such as weight gain, irregular periods, infertility, acne, hair growth on the face (hirsutism), and hair loss.
PCOS also steps-up a woman’s risks for type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease as she gets older.
And, it doesn’t go away after menopause.
While there are genetic links, environmental factors like endocrine disruptors (both natural and man-made) also impact PCOS. Endocrine disruptors are everywhere; however, there are ways you can reduce your exposure to them.
Some things you can do include avoiding plastics in your food or when cooking and being mindful of the beauty products and household cleaners you use.
Keep reading for some steps you can take to avoid exposure.
Anyone who has been given a cancer diagnosis makes an immediate re-calibration of every previously held ambition.
Friends and loved ones often don't understand how priorities held for a lifetime can change overnight when someone learns that he or she has cancer.
Reactions to a cancer diagnosis, regardless of the prognosis, will vary according to personality… but, each person will experience an onslaught of fear, worry and uncertainty.
A recent report from the National Cancer Institute estimated 14 million people in the U.S. have had a cancer diagnosis, but that number is expected to grow to 19 million by 2024. More and more people must struggle with how to face the new reality of a life-threatening disease.
And, over on the sidelines, friends and loved ones struggle with how best to support them.
Consider these five approaches to supporting your loved one with cancer...