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Use it or Lose it: Five Tips for Maintaining Your Sense of Balance Beyond Middle Age

If you are middle-aged (40-60, by some definitions) or older, here’s 15-second self-test for you. Do you often find yourself needing to sit down or steady yourself against a table when putting on your shoes or stepping into pants? Do you increasingly need to use the armrests of your chair to “push off” when getting up? Do you generally hold…

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Public Health Conspiracy Theories Are Alive and Well in America. Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Most people love a good conspiracy theory, even if they don’t really believe it (or admit that they believe it). There’s a reason many of us are attracted to Tom Clancy novels and movies like “JFK” and “Wall Street”. We watch TV shows like “24” and “The X Files” and “The Prisoner” compulsively, waiting for unseen villains lurking in the…

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Kids’ Fitness: Stronger Muscles Now Signal Better Health Later

Preteens are often not the most “forward looking” of individuals. This is why they tend to focus on “here and now” goals—the ones with an immediate payoff—rather than on longer-term ones. When preteens participate in sports or other forms of exercise, the activity itself is usually the reward. For most of them, it’s about having fun and building skills. For…

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Medically Unexplained Symptoms: They’re Real and Much More Common Than You Might Think

Have you ever visited your doctor with concerns about fatigue, back pain, headaches, dizziness, or heart palpitations only to be told that he or she couldn’t find any underlying medical cause for your symptoms? If so, you’re certainly not alone. In the medical lexicon, symptoms like these are referred to as “medically unexplained symptoms” (MUS), and they’re very common. Some…

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Why Does Chronic Stress Tend to Cause Health Problems or Make Them Worse?

Many people in this modern day and age are extremely stressed out. That’s no surprise—they’re coping with a seemingly endless list of responsibilities that starts with work and family and grows from there. At the same time, relatively few adults living with substantial amounts of stress take constructive steps (such as visiting a chiropractor, getting a massage or meditating) to…

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Is Third-Hand Smoke a Real Health Threat?

When it comes to the dangers caused by the smoking of cigarettes, there seems to be a correlation between proximity and risk. Those at highest risk, of course, are those who smoke, and thus inhale first-hand smoke (FHS), as established in the first US Surgeon General’s report on smoking in 1964. The case against second-hand smoke (SHS) – both “mainstream…

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Going to the Hospital? Here’s How to Protect Your Health While You’re There

Going to a hospital can prove dangerous to your health. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 225,000 deaths per year are iatrogenic (attributable to doctors or healthcare professionals). This makes “death by doctor” the third most-common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and all forms of cancer. So how can you protect your…

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Fear or Phobia: What’s the Difference?

It’s normal to have fears. Fear is a useful emotion that keeps us from doing things that may be harmful or dangerous. Our species continues to exist today because our earlier ancestors had a healthy fear of certain types of predators, environments and situations. In the modern world, many of those primal fears have become much less relevant. Nevertheless, quite…

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Young Children Pay a High Price for Screen Time

Many parents are occasionally thankful for the television—after all, it can serve as a low-cost, short-term babysitter while they cook or do housework. At the same time, however, many parents are concerned about the amount of television that their children watch—and for good reason. Statistics tell us that in America, children under six watch an average of two hours of…

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Have a Cold? Top Ten Tips for Getting Better Faster

The common cold: Even though Americans have over a billion colds per year, there’s nothing “common” about it when you’ve got one. The sneezing, the scratchy throat, the runny nose, the nasal congestion, and the watery eyes can make your life miserable. Even though most colds go away within three to seven days, there are steps you can take to…

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What is “Tension Myositis Syndrome”?

Of all musculoskeletal problems, chronic back pain is the one that is seen most frequently by healthcare professionals. Not surprisingly, chronic back pain is typically treated as a purely physical problem by the many medical doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists who encounter it every day. However, in the 1970s, Dr. John Sarno proposed a psychological basis for this chronic pain,…

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Digestion, Immune System Health and the BioSET Program

Developed by Ellen Cutler, DC based on more than 25 years of research, the BioSet (BioEnergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy) program is a way of getting to the root cause of food sensitivities that can trigger a host of other health problems. The fundamental insight behind Cutler’s program is that digestive health is linked to the performance of the body’s immune system. Dr….

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