HEALING THE ENEMY WITHIN

We have posted many Blog articles about inflammation.  Inflammation plays as both friend and foe to our bodies.  When the body has been infected by bacteria, viruses or fungi, its process of releasing white blood cells to the infected areas helps to protect and heal the body.  By contrast, however, when the inflammation becomes chronic, it can cause immeasurable harm to the body.  Specifically, chronic inflammation has been directly linked to many life-threatening diseases, such as: cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune diseases, and the list goes on. Continue reading

MAYO CLINIC INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE AND HEALTH OVERVIEW

The primary mission of Mayo Clinic is excellent patient care.  Caring for the whole patient includes more than treating physical ailments.  Restoring the mind and spirit plays a critical role in health, healing, and wellness.  Mayo Clinic Integrative Medicine & Health’s mission is to offer health, hope and healing by providing unsurpassed care with Integrative Medicine approaches, informing and inspiring patients, staff, and communities, and expanding the evidence base of Integrative Medicine practices. Continue reading

HEALTH ADVICE: GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

Have you found it harder to get everything done in your daily activities?  The days seem to move faster and it feels as if we are getting fewer things done.  So, what's the solution?  Many of us may stay up later and/or get up earlier in the morning, in order to have more time to conduct our daily chores.  But, neuroscience is discovering that skimping on our sleep is one of the worst things that we can do.  Continue reading

HEALING OUR EYES NATURALLY

As we age, we find how important it is to have good health in all parts of our bodies.  Each body-part is integrated with all other parts, as together, they make up the whole, and in order for the whole... or the whole body... to be in balance, its individuated parts also need to be healthy and in balance.  Continue reading

SOS: WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE FLIES?

  Have you noticed that your car’s windshield seems cleaner today than it did twenty years ago, due to the fact that fewer insect bodies have been splattered on it?  I can remember as far back as into the middle/late 1960s when I had to clean my car windshield every few days, in order to clean off the little insect bodies that were stuck to the windshield.  But today, I can get by with only doing it occasionally.  A part of my compassionate nature-loving side is thankful that fewer bugs have been killed by my car; but, another side of my nature-loving self gets nervous, wondering ‘why.’ Why are there fewer flying insects?  One explanation may be that the transportation system is different with larger, wider highways, where fewer insects may go.  But, the bigger issue that is promulgated by science is that there are actually fewer flying insects than in the past.     According to an article in the Washington Post, titled, “This is Very Alarming: Flying Insects Vanish From Nature Preserves,” this phenomenon of having ‘cleaner windshields’ is a real sign of a dramatic problem of declining populations of flying insects.  Flying insects are worth approximately $57 Billion to the U.S. economy each year.  They save farmers $4.5 Billion per year by eating up the crop pests.  And, they make $3 billion per year by pollinating fruits and vegetables. They also represent billions of dollars by being food for birds, game, and fish.   In short, they keep our infrastructure of life going by supporting its ecosystems.   Continue reading

THE VALUE OF LEARNING DANCE ROUTINES

Have you ever found it to be frustrating to try to keep up with the steps in a line-dancing class?  Well, not to worry.  Whether or not you miss a few steps, the entire exercise experience of the line dancing (or any new dance routine) is dramatically helping your brain.  Specifically, recent scientific research suggests that dancing, particularly dancing where you are continually learning new steps and routines, not only has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus part of your brain, which controls memory, learning, and balance, but it also dramatically improves balance. Continue reading

PROTEIN: THE NEW SPINACH FOR SENIORS

  Do you remember how Popeye used to open up a can of spinach when he needed strength?  Today, PROTEIN is the New Spinach for Seniors.  Read this article to find out WHY: We may come from different backgrounds, geographic areas, and even from different attitudes and perspectives, but one thing that We Seniors have in common is the loss of muscle mass as we age.  This is a serious issue for Seniors because the loss of muscle mass may lead to more frequent falls, frailty, and other mobility issues as we age. Continue reading

TOMORROW'S ANSWER: MICROSCOPIC LIFE

  The science of microbes is one of today’s hottest research subjects.  Within recent decades, we have learned that we are made up of approximately 100 trillion microbes.   These microbes, which are collectively called microbiome (bacteria, viruses, some fungi and algae, and so on), help our bodies perform life-sustaining functions. Continue reading

A NEW STRATEGY FOR PAIN

Did you know that pain affects more Americans than the combination of cancer, heart disease and diabetes?   Continue reading

FALL PREVENTION: BUILDING STRENGTH AND BALANCE

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury and death in seniors? As a matter of fact, sources show that approximately one of out every three seniors falls every year.  There are many contributing factors causing this problem, such as, lack of physical activity, vision issues, diseases, such as, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, fogginess from medications, and environmental factors causing tripping and falling.    Continue reading