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The Coronavirus and How to Fortify Your Body Against It

February 14, 2020 | 12:01pm

The coronavirus has caused quite the scare recently.  News reports are constantly updating us on the spread of the virus and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is closely monitoring the situation as coronavirus has begun to spread between people in America. The first confirmed person to person spread with this virus was on January 30, 2020. Previously all confirmed U.S. cases had been associated with travel to China. Is the Panic Justified? As of today, 66,000 people have been infected in China with thousands more suspected of having the virus according to China’s health officials.  While it is concerning that there have been at least 1,500 deaths, the vast majority of cases have not been classified as severe. The elderly are particularly vulnerable, as they often have weak immune systems. Keep in mind that so far during the flu season in America, 8,200 people have died and 140,000 have been hospitalized. So the regular old flu can be deadly and “severe” as well.  While there is no need to panic, it does not hurt...

Back Pain and Migraines More Likely to Occur Together, Study Says

January 30, 2020 | 2:53pm

Last year, a systematic review published by researchers at the University of Warwick found that there is an association between chronic low back pain and primary headache disorders, namely migraines and tension-type headaches. Migraines and chronic lower back pain are two of the most disabling conditions worldwide. Migraines affect more than 1 billion people globally, and low back pain is the most common cause of job-related disability. Both of these conditions are a significant socioeconomic burden, costing individuals and nations billions of dollars every year in healthcare expenditures and missed workdays. The systematic review, published by the Journal of Headache and Pain, included 14 research studies with a combined total of 460,435 participants. The results of the analysis showed a positive association between primary headache disorders and lower back pain. This association indicates that frequent back pain or chronic headaches are at least twice as likely to occur in the presence of the other. Healthcare providers have always treated low back pain and primary headaches as two separate conditions. There are many drugs and natural...

Why New Years Resolutions Fail. How to Stick to Your New Years Resolutions in 2020

December 30, 2019 | 10:42am

With the new year almost upon us, you probably have started to reflect back on this past year. Did you accomplish everything you set out to do? Were you able to follow through with any of your New Year's resolutions? Chances are that the answer is no. Studies have shown that while nearly half of Americans make New Year's resolutions, a whopping eighty percent abandons them during the first 30 days of the year. A mere eight percent of the population will actually continue to follow through with their end of the year promises. People have been making – and breaking – New Year’s resolutions for thousands of years. Archeological findings have shown that ancient Babylonians, who inhabited Mesopotamia nearly 4.000 years ago, celebrated the new year and made promises to the gods for the upcoming year. Ancient Romans made promises to Janus, the god of beginnings, and ancient Egyptians made sacrifices to Hapi, the god of the Nile river, at the beginning of their new year in July. There is a reason why setting...

Migraines and Hormones – Is there a connection?

December 12, 2019 | 11:05pm

If you are reading this, you or someone you know probably struggles with migraines. In fact, migraines are so prevalent that they affect nearly 40 million people in the United States and 1 billion worldwide – that’s an astonishing 14% of the entire world’s population! But even though migraines don't discriminate when it comes to age, race, or social status, there is a clear gender divide among migraineurs. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 85 percent of all chronic migraine sufferers are women, and females also report having longer and more severe attacks than their male counterparts. But why are women three times more likely to experience these debilitating headaches – and most types of headaches for that matter – than men? In an interview with the Washington Post, Janine Clayton, director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explains that “we don’t have the answer for why migraines are more common in women than men, but women are more susceptible to every pain condition than men.”...

Sweetness Without the Blood Sugar Impact?

December 3, 2019 | 2:26pm

New Study Offers A Zero-Glycemic Index Value Alternative to Table Sugar and Sugar Substitute Do you often find yourself craving something sweet after every meal or at the same time every day? You are not alone – 97 percent of women and almost 70 percent of men report experiencing sugar cravings frequently. These cravings respond to psychological and physiological triggers like lack of sleep, stress, and even certain nutritional deficiencies. Most of us know that when a sugar craving hits, resisting the urge to reach for the nearest cookie or soft drink seems close to impossible. However, the adverse health effects of a high-sugar diet have been well documented. In a recent study published by the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), researchers analyzed the effects of a new sweetener containing erythritol, stevia, and xylitol. Erythritol, xylitol, and stevia are naturally-occurring chemical compounds that have become popular sugar alternatives because of their sweet taste and low glycemic index. Other artificial sweeteners like aspartame and dextrose are also widely used in commercial foods and...

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