I think we all could agree that preventing an addictive habit before it begins is the best course of action you can take. The problem is, when it comes to young people, there is so much working against us when we try to provide such advice. Let's look at smoking as an example. As I reported last week, according to the Centers for Disease Control...Read more
It may not be surprising to learn that deaths caused by alcohol use in the United States spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by CNN and others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now reports that the death of more than 49,000 people in 2020 is directly related to alcohol consumption. Putting this number in perspective, ...Read more
You have now had about a week to settle into it, so how has this switch back to standard time been for you? With such a critical national, local and regional election cycle underway (I'll save that discussion for a different venue), I'm guessing that this tradition of moving clocks back one hour may be hardly noticed.
But there are a couple of ...Read more
As noted in a posting by the Library of Medicine, scientific investigation of the effects of stress on humans spans more than 50 years. Studies have shown that stress can affect the human nervous system and even cause structural changes in different parts of the brain. More recently, it has been shown that stress is contagious, with the ability ...Read more
Last week, I focused on the concept of how food can be medicine and how what you choose to eat can be one of the most important lifestyle choices a person makes in influencing health. But it is far from the only thing.
For more than a decade, the American Heart Association has urged people to follow their list of "Life's Simple 7," a checklist ...Read more
According to Harvard Health, inflammation plays a central role in many of the most challenging diseases we face today. So, what is our first line of defense? To alleviate symptoms, the common drug of choice is what we refer to as a pain reliever. Like aspirin, they are what doctors call NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Harvard ...Read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed us in so many ways. We find ourselves often lost in the middle of the process of sorting it all out. And in that process, we are seeing two very different and equally disturbing behaviors seemingly working hand and glove. Unhealthy dietary habits are one example. Reckless pedal to the metal behind the wheel ...Read more
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate suggests that 20%-40% of premature deaths in this country are preventable. But what does that mean, exactly? According to an analysis by America's Health Rankings, the government arrives at this number by measuring those who die a premature death of a potential preventable cause before the ...Read more
Citing conditions such as prolonged isolation and loss from the pandemic, as well as other stressors like inflation and rising crime, a panel of medical experts last week made an unprecedented recommendation. They are calling on doctors to screen "all adult patients under 65 for anxiety." Writes New York Times' Emily Baumgaertner, the action is ...Read more
In response to a hot day in the past, people would often exaggeratedly refer to the heat that day as a "real killer." It is just one example of how we often dismiss or fail to see a threat to public health -- and act accordingly -- even when it is upon us.
"We never think of heat waves as mass casualty events, but they are," Kristie Ebi, a ...Read more
The great outdoors. There is nothing quite like it, especially being among nature's greenery. It does wonders for the mind and body. I have written often about the health benefits of the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing." First introduced in 1982, the act of taking in the forest through one's senses -- sight, hearing, taste,...Read more
During my adult life, I have always tried to approach things with a sense of purpose. Eating became no different. Focusing on food that is nutritious and that aids in warding off disease and in maintaining proper body weight helped supercharge my martial arts workouts and advance my career. It wasn't always so. In my 20s, I used to eat whatever ...Read more