Tweeting For Your Health

A longtime ago, before social media, I was sitting in an outdoor coffee shop in Los Angeles. A man of about sixty-five whom I had never met engaged me in conversation. He was just saying pleasantries, but I quickly sensed something was wrong, so I asked him if he was okay.He said, “No.” He proceeded to tell me that he had had a pacemaker implanted about a week before and he was very, very afraid. Read More...

Osteoporosis in Women (and Men)

Our bodies are like well-built houses: made of natural materials and impressive architectural strategies: joints, valves, even ornamental features that serve the cause of beauty. As with houses, maintenance and upkeep are required. If our bones are like the foundation and structural support of our bodies, age brings termites and water damage.Osteoporosis is a combination of two Greek words meaning Read More...

Damaging Neurological Diseases

Sobering exercise: peruse the list of neurological disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association.So much can go so wrong with our precious brains. And aging is not our side. Most people reading this blog will have firsthand experience of at least one of the more than 600 neurological diseases and disorders Read More...

Heart Healthy, Easy Snacks

Our foraging ancestors—heck, even our great grandparents—would never have imagined the predicament we’re in: trying to decrease our caloric intake while we wade through a sea of quick, cheap, delicious snack foods!Technological and agricultural revolutions have brought on the previously unimaginable. Our taste buds and are the winners, but our waistlines, hearts, and pancreases are the losers. Read More...

Are Fad Workouts Helpful or Harmful?

Sometime around the 5th century BC, a messenger ran 26 miles from the town of Marathon to the town of Athens to announce a Greek victory over the Persians. As soon as he had shared his good news, he died. And a new workout was born.We humans are always coming up with new ways to get what we want. Aside from, let’s say, money and love, what everybody seems to want most is health and beauty. In Read More...

Chemicals in Cosmetics: The Forgotten Toxins

What price do we pay for beauty? We certainly spend a lot of money on cosmetics, that's for sure. The U.S. cosmetics industry brought in nearly $60 billion in revenue last year. But are we paying the ultimate price with our health? When George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” we're pretty sure he wasn't referring to cosmetics. Still, the adage works Read More...

Hormone Therapy: Risks Outweigh Any Rewards

Of all the body’s systems, one of the most mysterious to common knowledge (and to medical science) is the endocrine system, a series of mostly small organs that produce and secrete hormones via glands: the thyroid, the hypothalamus, the pineal gland. These glands plug away every day, and most of us are quite unaware of them…until there’s a problem. Problems that could bring these glands to our Read More...

Organic Dairy Regulations: What Makes a Cow "Organic?"

Today more than ever before, people are concerned about the safety and integrity of their food – where it comes from and what goes into it – and the same is true of dairy products. Many people have a basic understanding of what organic produce means: no chemicals and no pesticides. But what are the regulations for organic dairy? We know cows make milk, but do you know what makes cows “organic?” Read More...

Start a Romance With Heart Health

Love it or hate it, Feb. 14 is celebrated throughout the world as the feast day of St. Valentine, a Roman martyr from the third century who, history has it, acted as a priest to marry Christians against the law of Roman authorities. Over the years, of course, Valentine’s Day has come to represent romantic love, and the heart has become the universal symbol of that love: heart-shaped boxes of Read More...

The Link Between Heart Health and Other Diseases

"The heart of the matter." "A change of heart." "It’s what my heart tells me." While the heart is only one of many organs in the body, just hearing common clichés and colloquialisms proves that many think the heart is the most important of them all. A beating heart signals life, and a “broken heart” symbolizes great sadness. So it should come as no surprise that heart health goes hand in hand Read More...

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