As mentioned last week, to generate discussion and stimulate action toward resolving a major heath issue, Sept. 8-14 was designated as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. What I failed to mention is that September is Suicide Prevention Month. I was reminded of this by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs press release that encourages ...Read more
At times, there are issues we would rather not talk about but must. Certainly, suicide has historically been high among them. Yet it stands today as the 10th-leading cause of death for people of all ages in the United States. It remains a major public health problem and a tragedy that warrants society-wide recognition and discussion and a ...Read more
I'm no doctor, but I can recognize a prescription for disaster when I see one. What would you predict as the prospects of a profession where one practitioner commits suicide every day, the highest percentage of any profession in the U.S.? More than half of those studying for careers in this profession can expect to experience symptoms of ...Read more
The long hot summer of 2019 is at last drawing to a close, and we already know it's one for the record books. July proved to be the Earth's hottest month on record. That said, 2019 is unlikely to set a new record for the warmest year, but it is a lock for making the top five. Researchers believe there is a 90% chance that 2019 will wind up as ...Read more
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. Just the thought of contracting this disease -- which can rob us of our ability to think, learn and remember and can eventually steal from us our very sense of self -- is fear-inducing. The best way to overcome the fear and uncertainty associated with Alzheimer's is ...Read more
In just the past few years, billions of dollars have been put toward ending cancer. We know the importance and urgency of achieving this goal. We accept it and support it. What we are less aware of and engaged in is the equally vital need to find an effective treatment for another devastating disease: Alzheimer's. Each year, it kills more ...Read more
Last week, I explored how the way we perform everyday movements and positioning of our head -- without knowing it -- can bring on chronic neck pain. Most neck pain is something we do not have to endure; it is within our power to address and correct it.
This week, I believe it is time we give our hands a "hand." They are the body's unsung ...Read more
Throughout our lives, we are saddled with carrying around this weighty orb -- about 10 to 12 pounds' worth -- in a constant balancing act while we swing it this way and that. We can't carry it low, clutching it to our chest. No, it has to be constantly at the tiptop of our body, with only our neck to support it. Is it any wonder our head can ...Read more
At this point in the summer, sunburn might be among the least of our concerns. A dangerous heat wave has blanketed roughly two-thirds of the nation, and as I write this, final reports of the toll of these oppressively high temperatures have yet to come in.
What is known is that many cities across the Midwest and Northeast will likely surpass ...Read more
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