Last week, I hammered away on the concept that we are what we eat and the idea that by making better food choices we can inoculate ourselves against those things that might damage our health. Dr. Eva Selhub, an internationally recognized expert, physician, author, speaker and consultant in the fields of stress, resilience and mind-body ...Read more
Have you ever wondered where the phrase "you are what you eat" came from? As pointed out on the Culinary Lore website, this statement, regardless of its origin, is not just a simple observation about bad food bringing on bad health. It can mean something profound, something more philosophical, referencing food as a culture. Humans eat a great ...Read more
I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled Fourth. Independence Day is a time for family, friends and fireworks. It is time to maybe attend a public event, have a backyard barbecue or take a trip to the lake. As you look back at this holiday, I have an important health question for you: Did you have fun? The health benefits associated with good...Read more
In the modern world, there have been steady increases in life expectancy. It has more than doubled in the last two centuries -- that is, until now. As widely reported, for the third year in a row, the U.S. death rate rose last year.
Until recently, the big debate for demographers had to do with what the ceiling for human longevity might be. ...Read more
As noted in a recent Chicago Tribune editorial, the term "deaths of despair" is not something that emerged from refugee camps or war-torn cities or famine-wracked villages in poverty-stricken countries. It is a term used to describe a crisis born in one of the most advanced societies on the planet, and we own it.
It was first coined in 2015 ...Read more
To build a more in-depth understanding of the effects of the constant parade of fragmented, ever-shifting images that make up today's digital experience, research science needs to go beyond looking at the amount of mere "screen time" devoted to our devices. They need to dig deeper if they are to comprehend what exactly individuals are exposed ...Read more
By November 2013, the term "selfie" had been used so frequently that the Oxford English Dictionary chose it as its word of the year. Two years later, 24 billion selfies were posted on Google. Snapping a selfie is now a common part of daily life. It is also a common means of far too many deaths. One analysis of news reports from October 2011 to...Read more
As discussed last week, studies of our immune system continue to demonstrate its central role in heath. We have also learned that, as a rule, if we feed this system well, it will protect us well. The best way to do that is to consume whole fresh foods rather than the engineered "pseudo-foods" that continue to populate the majority of ...Read more
As I noted last week, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other forms of cancer combined. Even though incidence rates continue to climb, skin cancer remains one of the more survivable forms of cancer. Early detection is key. Much of what was covered last week related to nonmelanoma skin cancers such as Basal cell ...Read more
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. In recognition of the scope of this problem, the month of May has been officially designated as Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
But before we recoil at the mention of the C word, please take note that today, even ...Read more
We see the image of a stooped-over old man, selfish, confused, disdainful about the world and snapping at everyone around him. Or the 50-something employee, technologically inept, struggling to adapt and fit in with her younger co-workers. Or a sweet little old lady, shuffling down the street, blissfully unaware of dangers around her. We see ...Read more
International researchers, policymakers and public health practitioners, I am guessing, were happy for the opportunity to gather at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Health last month for a forum. They met to identify policies and practices for enhancing something the pursuit of which is constitutionally guaranteed in our country -- happiness. This ...Read more
We live in a sometimes-crazy world that moves at lightning speed. We all know what stress feels like. I felt more than a tinge of it in reaching my deadline for this article. Stress is hard-wired within us as the body's response in the face of danger. It is the instinct that helped our ancient ancestors cope with a hazardous world. We know ...Read more