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
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