The Home Stretch

Regular stretching provides numerous benefits, including enhanced flexibility and adaptability of your musculoskeletal system, that is, your bones, muscles, and joints.1 As a result, regular stretching helps improve overall mobility and range of motion. Regular stretching helps reduce injury by improving circulation, bringing increased supplies of oxygen and critical nutrients to the large muscles of your thighs and legs and … Continue reading

The 2010 OPTIMA [Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Ageing] study showed that the accelerated rate of brain atrophy in elderly with mild cognitive impairment could be slowed via supplementation with homocysteine-lowering B vitamins, which included folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. This is an important finding, as 16 percent of individuals older than age 70 have mild cognitive … Continue reading

McDonald’s Begins Closing Restaurants

Finally our efforts to avoid processed foods and Frankenfoods are paying off. For the first time in decades McDonald’s is struggling and has to close more restaurants than it opens after worldwide drops in sales. According to an Associated Press review of McDonald’s regulatory filings, this hasn’t happened since 1970.   Earlier this year the fast food giant announced the … Continue reading

Recumbent Bike

Recumbent stationary bikes provide an excellent way to condition, improve cardiovascular function, and burn fat. Even for people who have bulging or herniated discs, they are usually a safe form of exercise.   When pedaling the legs should not have to be wider than the position they would normally be. The pedal at its highest point should come no higher … Continue reading

Annual Mammograms

Do annual mammograms save lives? Several studies over the past few years have concluded that mammograms do not save lives, and may actually harm more women than they help, courtesy of false positives, overtreatment, and radiation-induced cancers. According to research1 published in 2010, the reduction in mortality as a result of mammographic screening was so small as to be nonexistent … Continue reading

Common Core

Core strength is critical for everyday activities such as placing heavy grocery bags into the trunk of your automobile, carrying a gallon jug of milk from the refrigerator to the dining room table, and even walking to the mailbox. When your core strength is diminished, even bending over to pick up a pencil may result in a serious spinal injury. … Continue reading

Alternatives to Coffee

Many studies have found that coffee is not as bad for the health as was once thought, and that it does have valuable anti-oxidant properties not previously understood. Even so, there are still good reasons for eschewing America’s favorite addictive substance. Many do not like the energy crash they experience when the caffeine wears off; others feel jittery after a … Continue reading

Combining Foods

Rice and beans is a well-liked combination of foods that is not only delicious, but also good for you. Other well-known examples of food combinations, such as corn and lima beans (succotash), tomatoes and avocados, and even orange juice and oatmeal, provide benefits beyond those gained by eating these sound nutritional choices individually.1 For example, the combination of rice and … Continue reading

Social Media and Health

An Epsilon study found that 40% of online consumers use social media for health information. Social media refers to the many online tools that allow people to communicate with each other and share information and resources. Social media can include text, audio, video, images, podcasts, and other multimedia platforms. What to look for on social networking sites Many people turn … Continue reading

Text Neck

Please read this article to find out what everyone should know about texting and the problems it can cause for your spine.