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Confessions of a Reformed Dieting Junkie
My life revolves around healthy food. I was born into a household that believed in natural health, where a vinegar compress was considered to be the best fever remedy, and private yoga classes were hosted in our living room long before yoga studios adorned every street corner. When I grew to adolescence I took things further and began focusing a lot of attention on the food I consumed. This obsession hasn t left me, and now a good part of my work focuses o ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Aug 24
Are Carbs Evil?
Can you believe just a few decades ago, fat-free foods were the rage I remember one evening, a very fit friend offered huge bowls of jelly beans and pretzels to our group as an evening snack. She was so happy that these foods were perfectly healthy because they were fat-free. Today, people are much more wary of carbohydrates than fats. A few months ago, I was hanging out one evening with a different group of health-conscious friends. The evening treat of c ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Aug 24
Eleuthero: 12 potential health benefits
Eleuthero is a plant that has been traditionally used as an immune system booster and a general stimulant.
Medical News Today - Thu. Aug 24
Does laser therapy for knee pain work?
Laser therapy is an alternative treatment for some types of pain, such as that often associated with the knee. Research on laser therapy is preliminary, and most insurers still consider it to be experimental. However, some studies show it can alleviate pain, including knee pain.
Medical News Today - Wed. Aug 23
Box breathing for anxiety: Techniques and tips
Box breathing, sometimes called square breathing, is a simple tool for managing anxiety.
Medical News Today - Wed. Aug 23
Does platelet-rich plasma for the knee work?
Platelet-rich plasma makes it possible to heal painful knee injuries, using a person s own blood.
Medical News Today - Wed. Aug 23
Lavender: Health benefits and uses
Lavender is an herb native to northern Africa and the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean.
Medical News Today - Wed. Aug 23
Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist. But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way. And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon. Aromatherapy works for so many different things, it is amazing, said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain
Physicians might be relying too heavily on off-label use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin Neurontin and pregabalin Lyrica to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He s a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carol ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds
Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwa ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23
Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery
Alternative drug-free interventions to manage pain, including acupuncture and electrotherapy, may help reduce the need for prescription painkillers after knee replacement surgery, a new review suggests. As prescription opioid use is under national scrutiny and because surgery has been identified as an avenue for addiction, it is important to recognize effective alternatives to standard pharmacological therapy, which remains the first option for treatment, ...
Healthday - Wed. Aug 23