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

HEALING THROUGH TAI CHI & QIGONG

Over the past few months, we’ve written about how high intensity training is the best anti-aging exercise and non-contact boxing helps Parkinson’s disease patients.  But, did you also realize that slower exercises, such as Tai chi and Qigong, provide great health benefits? Continue reading

Spicing Up Our Vegetables

How do you prepare and eat your vegetables?  Do you sauté, steam, boil, or bake them?   Do you prepare them with herbs and/or spices?  If so, are there specific herbs/spices that you prefer, such as, garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper, cilantro, dill weed, ginger, curry, rosemary, thyme, and so on? Researchers at the University of Illinois are interested in understanding adult vegetable-eating habits, so that they may be able to figure how to convince adults to eat more vegetables.  According to many studies, we are supposed to eat an average of 2-3  1/2 cups of vegetables each day, but on average, most of us only eat 1  1/2 cups per day.   Continue reading

BOXING WORKOUTS HELP PARKINSON'S PATIENTS

Given all of the research indicating that concussions contribute to the acceleration of brain disorders, it may seem counter-intuitive to associate 'boxing' with 'helping Parkinson's Disease patients.'  However, non-contact boxing programs are helping Parkinson's patients dramatically improve their strength, balance and walking abilities, tremors, and overall quality of life.    Continue reading

ONE CUP OF TEA EACH DAY

If you haven't become a tea drinker by now, maybe this will convince you.  Research is suggesting that tea consumption may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in seniors at 55+ years of age. Specifically, according to research conducted by the Department of Psychological Medicine at National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, daily tea consumption can reduce cognitive impairment in elders by as much as 50%... and by a whopping 86% in seniors with a genetic predisposition for the Alzheimer's Disease.  Continue reading

Acupuncture: Ancient Medicine the World Needs Now!

  Acupuncture has been around for quite a long time. This form of medical treatment is a part of Chinese Medicine, a complete and separate system of medicine that has been used in China and Asia for over 3,000 years and is now used widely throughout the world.  It has survived to modern day and has evolved and been refined over the centuries. It is still practiced, used by millions daily, and its methodology is mostly intact from its early roots and humble beginnings. In those terms, it is most likely the longest research study in history. It is, by nature, a true holistic health system of prevention and treatment. It is a “path to balance” in one’s life. Continue reading

BEST ANTI-AGING EXERCISE ON THE PLANET

  It's official!  The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has deemed High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to be the BEST 'MEDICINE' EXERCISE for reversing signs of aging.  We have always known that exercise is one of the pillars that contributes to having healthy lifestyles.  We know that exercise helps us to sleep and it keeps us alert.  Not only that, it helps us look great by toning our muscles and boosting our immune systems.  And finally, based on in-depth research, researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that interval training in aerobic exercises  helps our cells to generate energy.   Continue reading

THE FIBER GAP

  If you like to discuss Trivia with your friends, here's one fact to bring up.  Researchers estimate that approximately 100 TRILLION bacteria live in the human gut, making up between 250-500 different species of bacteria.  As a matter of fact, according to a Science Daily article, we possess more bacterial cells than human cells.  But, the difference is that the human cells are much larger, approximately 10,000 times larger.  As a result, although in greater number, these bacterial cells only translate to about 3% of our body mass. Although the bacteria only make up 3% of our body mass, they are powerful enough to cause imbalances in the gut microbiome, thereby contributing to many health conditions. Specifically, many conditions and diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and obesity, directly correlate to these imbalances.   Continue reading

OUR WORDS MATTER

When someone is dealing with a disease, we often hear them discuss it in terms of  "War Metaphors," such as killing the enemy and winning the fight against the disease. Some people believe that the battling words give them the energy and mind-power they need in order to stay positive.  It psychologically helps them to build the resilience needed to work through the various treatments for defeating their particular diseases.     But, many scholars and a few medical researchers argue that using these metaphors can be damaging to the patients, particularly when dealing with diseases that may not be entirely curable at this time, such as the Alzheimer's disease.  "If applied in a careless manner, war metaphors can delude our sense of what's possible therapeutically, and give false hope to people and caregivers who are suffering," says, Daniel R. George, assistant professor of medical humanities, Penn State College of Medicine.  Continue reading

FINDING FINANCIAL WELLNESS

The concept of Living Medicine relates to ALL aspects of our lives: our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual parts of our lives.  This also includes our own financial wellness.  According to Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Arizona, Deborah Bateman, "Financial UN-WELLNESS will lead to health problems." Think about it, if you are continually concerned about being financially stable, this can lead to un-health and un-wellness through worry, stress, and the inability to care for your mental, emotional, and physical needs, thus eventually resulting in health problems.  Therefore, in a fascinating teleconference call discussion between Dr. Gladys, Foundation Membership Director Pat Burns, and National Bank of Arizona Vice Chairman, Deborah Bateman, Ms. Bateman suggests that we look at our own financial wellness from a holistic view by taking self-responsibility and working on our financial survival plans early. What does this mean?  Ms. Bateman recommends that we focus on the following FOUR KEY AREAS in order to build our Financial Well-being: Continue reading