A revealing study from Duke University evaluated the effects of varying amounts and intensities of exercise in sedentary overweight men and women. Duke researchers found that in study participants who did not exercise, visceral fat rapidly accumulated deep in the subjects’ abdomens and their waist...Read More
Chiropractic is an important component of the United States health care system and the largest alternative medical profession. This drug free, touch therapy is based on the theory that the body is a self-healing organism. Instead of treating the symptoms, such as lower back pain, doctors of chiropractic...Read More
Miraculous recoveries have been attributed to a myriad of techniques commonly lumped together as "faith healing in the name of a greater power.” But what is this spiritual side of healing touch--a side that some claim as miraculous, yet that is controversial among many? Faith healing is a process...Read More
At menopause, a decline in estrogen speeds up the removal of bone. During the 5 to 10 years after menopause, there is an accelerated bone loss. In fact, women have a 40% chance of having a fracture at some time by age 50, and many women have lost a startling 25% of their bone density within the first...Read More
Certain hormone problems can cause erectile dysfunction along with other illnesses. Your doctor can discover these when you have your check-up to be sure there are no specific medical causes of erection problems. These can often be treated, many times simply by taking a medication, as when the thyroid...Read More
Although the risk of bone fractures increases with age, findings presented at a clinical meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest that many women develop dangerously low bone mass and fractures even during the first years after menopause. Researchers said that in...Read More
Ways to ease back pain include:
- apply moist heat twice daily to affected area (or bathe in a warm tub of water or use a Jacuzzi)
- do neck, hip, and back exercises
- focus on stretching and strengthening muscles
- do crunches to strengthen abdominal muscles
- swim to strengthen muscles, increase e
Tension headaches (also called muscle contraction headaches) are the most common type of headaches and happen when the muscles of the neck tighten, causing pain. Tension headaches are common in times of stress or when you’re overtired. Chronic tension headaches average more than 15 days each month...Read More
Eating the following foods can help reduce pain:
- Black cherries contain antioxidants.
- Blackberries have salicylic acid, which is the same active ingredient in aspirin.
- Broccoli is a powerful antioxidant. It contains vitamin C and calcium.
- Cheese (dairy and soy) contains calcium for stronger
Many people breathe from their chest, taking shallow, rapid breaths, but this type of breathing only hinders relaxation. Taking slow, deep "abdominal" breaths not only oxygenates the brain, it helps to end the stress cycle and enables your heart rate and blood pressure to return to normal.
The brain makes...Read More
If you have two or more of the following signs of depression, talk to your doctor. There is help available with medications and/or professional counseling.
- Significant weight loss or gain
- Change in appetite (decrease or increase)
- Change in sleep patterns
- Fatigue or loss of energy