How to Protect Your Spine

Four great ways to help promote a healthy spine including, avoidance of nicotine, maintaining appropriate conditioning, using proper ergonomics.

Dr. Schuler emphasizes the connection between spinal health and genetics. He outlines four great ways to help promote a healthy spine including, avoidance of nicotine, maintaining appropriate conditioning, using proper ergonomics, as well as maintaining a healthy body weight and nutritional intake.

Video created by the doctors at the Virginia Spine Institute

Photo of Plastic Spine: Michael Dorausch

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Benefits of Drinking Water

Drinking plenty of  water has many health benefits  and as a bonus, it has no carbohydrates, fat, calories or sugar.

The amount of water we drink on a daily basis could play a crucial role in keeping our body healthy. Professionals recommend at least eight to ten glasses of water per day to keep our body well hydrated.

In addition, the Institute of Medicine has determined that the adequate consumption of total
beverages on a daily basis to be about 2.2 liters or 9 cups for women and 3 liters or 13 cups
for men.

Not drinking enough water …

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Boiled Wool Slippers

Slippers made of boiled wool sounds more ominous than the actual product. They are merely super comfortable slippers made of woolen fabric.

By: Anita Oksa

A slipper, by definition of the Oxford Dictionary, is a light, loose, comfortable indoor shoe.  Many cultures, notably Asian, routinely grace their feet with slippers upon entry to their homes.  In Northern Italy I visited my friend’s family home and upon entering, was offered paper slippers in exchange for my shoes. Not only are slippers enticing to wear but cleaner and safer for your floors. In one instance, my colleague related to me that …

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well being

Well-Being in Later Life

Well-being is not an either-or-experience, but rather a way of learning how to live with things that are unchangeable. So, how do you find a sense of well-being?

By: Deborah Serani, Psy.D

Many people misunderstand the word “well-being”.

Typically, they believe that it means to be well.

It’s true. Those actual words are right in there… well being.

The phrase, however, is actually the experience of learning how to live as well as you can with all the good in your life, but also by accepting all the bad… and everything in-between too.

Well-being is not an either-or-experience, …

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Attempting Suicide

Attempting suicide was like having sex: there was always a lull before having another go. For the moment, Althea might be sick, but she was safe.

By: Ashley Prentice Norton

But when she tried to hang herself, the shower rod couldn’t sustain her weight and it slid down the wall, taking her with it. Jesus. Her sole injury was a laceration from smacking her head on the tub. The only upside of this whole fiasco was that she had found something to do from 8:42 a.m. to 9:06 a.m. Filling time was always a bitch during the Tombs.…

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healthy skin

10 Steps to Healthy Skin at Every Age

Your skin can speak volumes about your emotional and physical health. Healthy skin is the first thing that people will notice about your appearance

Your skin can speak volumes about your emotional and physical health. Healthy skin is the first thing that people will notice about your appearance. Therefore, you’ll want to develop a program that will maintain a healthy looking skin at every stage of your life. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take that will keep your skin fresh and beautiful at any age.

1. Step for Treating Acne
If you think only teenage girls …

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water for diabetics

Diabetics Need to Drink More Water

Diabetics who drink enough water can help regulate their blood sugar and may lower their risk of additional health problems such as obesity.

Just over 9 percent of the U.S. population, or 29.1 million people, are living with diabetes, reports the American Diabetes Association. To stay healthy, people with diabetes must make significant changes to their diet and lifestyle. However, much of the nutrition advice diabetics receive focuses on their need to regulate blood sugar. While appropriate blood sugar regulation is an essential part of healthy diabetes management, the role of hydration is often overlooked. Proper hydration is …

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Suffering From Seasonal Allergies?

Over the counter antihistamines may give you some relief from seasonal allergies. Here are some more tips provided by experts.

For weeks I have been sneezing and wheezing due to the pollen permeating the air that I breathe. I love the spring and enjoy spending time outdoors but this year my favorite activities have been severely curtailed.

Last week, I played in a golf tournament and when the wind came up, I knew I was in deep trouble. I took an antihistamine in the morning but it didn’t help. Or, it might have been worse, if that’s possible.

I spent …

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hearing impaired

Hearing Loss is a Common Condition in Older Adults

Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older adults. One in three people older than 60 and half of those older than 85 have hearing loss.

Hearing problems can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor’s advice, to respond to warnings, and to hear doorbells and alarms. They can also make it hard to enjoy talking with friends and family. All of this can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even dangerous.

What Should I Do?

Hearing problems are serious. The most important thing you can do if you think you have a hearing problem is to …

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Prevent Wrinkles with these foods

Help Prevent Wrinkles With These 13 Foods

Certain foods are loaded with nutrients that can help prevent wrinkles giving you a radiant youthful complexion.

By: Huyen My

These foods can help reduce and even reverse the formation of wrinkles while keeping your skin firm. Now, let’s have a look at these thirteen foods for wrinkle prevention.

1. Avocado

Avocado moisturizes and nourishes the skin. This fruit is loaded with B-complex vitamins and vitamin E that nourish the skin. In addition, the essential fatty acids present in it help moisturize your skin, keeping it smooth and soft. Last but not least, this fruit is low in pesticides as …

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive. Use these tips and materials to make healthy choices while staying within your budget.

Create a Grocery Game Plan

Before heading to the grocery store, developing a “game plan” can help you get organized and save money. It also allows you to rethink your food choices and pick healthier options.

List Your Weekly Meals
Before making a grocery list, write down meals you want to make this week. Buying for the week means you’ll make fewer shopping trips and buy only the items you need. Here are some basic tips for creating …

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Why Medicare-For-All CAN’T Work

Medicare doesn’t work for 49 million of our seniors. Why should it suddenly work for 320 million Americans?

By: Dr. Deane Waldman MD, MBA

Doctors are becoming harder and harder to find. More and more services are deemed Not Cost Effective. Care that is approved is deferred or delayed until it is too late. Ask a veteran. Make sure you find one who isn’t among the “307,000 who…died” waiting for their authorized care.

It is no wonder that Medicare doctors and other care providers are endangered species. President Obama’s reform of health care—sorry, he changed that to reform of …

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Tips for Brain Training

Improve Your Brain Power

Your brain is what makes you distinctively you, allowing you to solve problems, judge situations, store memories and process your everyday surroundings.

Brain training is said to have a multitude of benefits, including improving your memory, increasing productivity and your reactions. It can also give you a positive sense of wellbeing.

Here are a few suggestions that are believed to do just that. Activities can be done solo or in a group, and involve ideas which are both practical and rather unusual.

Did you know that the way you dress is reported to affect how your brain functions? To …

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5 Ways to Slow Down Time

As we get older, time can seem like it has gone full-speed ahead and there are a number of theories out there that can help to explain this.

With our hectic and chaotic lives, it’s easy to let time slip by and not be able to get everything done.

We live in a world where everything may feel like it has a sense of urgency and has to be done right there and then. Is there a thing as being able to slow down time? It’s certainly something we all wish we could be able to do every now …

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Are Wrinkle Treatments Cosmetics?

Americans spend a lot of money on creams, lotions and other cosmetics that promise to improve their skin, hair, and even eyelashes.

Some products are marketed with claims that they will make people look younger. But are these products cosmetics? It depends.

  • Products intended to make people more attractive are generally cosmetics. For example, moisturizing is a cosmetic claim. So, if a product is intended to make lines and wrinkles less noticeable, simply by moisturizing the skin, it’s a cosmetic. Similarly, makeup or “primers” intended to make the signs of aging less noticeable just by hiding them are also

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