15. March 2016 · Comments Off on Is Your Childs Heart At Risk · Categories: Health · Tags:


Parents around the country were shocked when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that as many as 20 percent of American teens already have cholesterol problems. But take heart: You can help your kid make a few simple changes that can not only reverse unhealthy cholesterol levels, but also reverse the bad habits that got him or her there. Here’s to healthy living!

Get Physical Don’t worry if your child’s not a big athlete. Living actively doesn’t have to mean playing competitive sports. Walking, cycling, swimming and hiking all count.

Limit screen time The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids get fewer than two hours a day of TV, computer time, video games—total. Granted, this will be a hard sell. But anything you can do to reduce sedentary play and make it easy for them to be active helps.

Ditch the soda Swap out sugary sodas and energy drinks for flavored waters. Liquid calories are one of the most common causes of youth obesity.

Cook wiser Switch from full-fat milk, yogurt and other dairy products to low-fat ones. Serve up heart-healthy recipes that include brown rice and other whole grains, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables,

10. March 2016 · Comments Off on The Truth About Emotional Stress and Your Heart · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,


Good news first: “Stress is not a direct cause of heart attack or the buildup of plaque inside your blood vessels,” says cardiologist Stephano Sdringola, M.D., principal investigator for the heart disease research project known as the Century Health Study. However, stress can lead to high blood pressure, which can indeed hurt you. And unchecked stress can also play a big role in heart disease by leading to unhealthy choices. “You may smoke, eat poorly, not exercise and gain weight to cope.” After all, who hasn’t engaged in some stress-eating? And when we do, chances are we’re not grabbing a bag of baby carrots.


What’s more, stress also sets off the release of the hormones known as adrenaline and cortisol. Imagine what you feel like when you almost get into a car crash. When you have a close call, you can’t breathe, you can’t focus, because these stress hormones are circulating in your body. When you’re stressed all the time, those hormones remain chronically high, which may keep blood pressure elevated. Granted, it’s the rare occasion where you can simply make the stressful situation stop. What you can do, however, is change the

05. March 2016 · Comments Off on Healthy Eating · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,


Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your outlook, and stabilizing your mood. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. But by using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create a tasty, varied, and healthy diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.

“Instead of emphasizing one nutrient, we need to move to food-based recommendations. What we eat should be whole, minimally processed, nutritious food—food that is in many cases as close to its natural form as possible.”

–Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University

How does healthy eating affect mental and emotional health?

We all know that eating right can help you maintain a healthy weight and avoid certain health problems, but your diet can also have a profound effect on your mood and

25. March 2016 · Comments Off on Eating diet · Categories: Health · Tags:

All humans have to eat food for growth and maintenance of a healthy body, but we humans have different requirements as infants, children (kids), teenagers, young adults, adults, and seniors. For example, infants may require feeding every four hours until they gradually age and begin to take in more solid foods. Eventually they develop into the more normal pattern of eating three times per day as young kids. However, as most parents know, kids, teenagers, and young adults often snack between meals. Snacking is often not limited to these age groups because adults and seniors often do the same.


  • Eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner); it is important to remember that dinner does not have to be the largest meal.
  • The bulk of food consumption should consist of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts (with emphasis on beans and nuts).
  • Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars; look at the labels because the first listed items on the labels comprise the highest concentrations of ingredients.
  • Control portion sizes; eat the smallest portion that can satisfy hunger and then stop eating.
  • Snacks
28. February 2016 · Comments Off on Protein Test May Help Diagnosis in CJD · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

A test for a protein implicated in sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) can reduce the uncertainty of the diagnosis in many cases, according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology.

But testing for the cerebrospinal fluid protein 14-3-3 lacks the diagnostic accuracy either to include CJD as a possibility or to rule it out, according to Taim Muayqil, MBBS, of King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and colleagues on the guidelines subcommittee of the academy.

However, if the probability of sCJD is between about 20 percent and 90 percent based on other criteria, doctors should order the test to reduce uncertainty, Muayqil and colleagues reported online and in the Oct. 2 issue of Neurology.

Put another way, “this means that if the physician considers the likelihood of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is extremely low or extremely high, then testing for 14-3-3 protein would not be useful regardless of the result,” Muayqil said in a statement.

The utility of the test “will thus largely depend on a clinician’s judgment of the pretest probability of CJD for a given patient,” the researchers concluded.

That judgment will take into account the rarity of sCJD, which has an incidence of about one in a million every year, the

26. February 2016 · Comments Off on 5 Workout Tips For Beginners · Categories: Health · Tags: ,

With 2014 here, it’s the time of year when millions of people begin exercising to meet their resolution of losing weight or getting healthy. When beginning any exercise program, it’s important to pace yourself and not risk injury by overexerting yourself from the get-go – especially if it’s been a while since you worked out. To prevent that, here are some tips and tricks to get you started on your journey towards a healthier life.

Tip 1: Start Slow

Don’t just jump right in and start exercising five days a week — that’s a recipe for disaster, says John Higgins, MD, Director of Exercise Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. It’s better that you gradually work up to exercising several days per week while you see how your body responds.

“Start low and go slow,” Dr. Higgins said. “The current recommendation is 2-3 days per week, for at least 30 minutes per day. But for someone who is just starting out, we recommend that they start at 1-2 days per week and ramp it up from there.”

Tip 2: Know When to Stretch

Stretching right before a workout may seem like the best thing to do, but you might be putting

15. February 2016 · Comments Off on Ten Dead in Pakistan From Brain Eating Amoeba · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that 10 people in Pakistan have died from a waterborne brain-eating amoeba, according to Reuters.

Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba that lives in warm, unclean fresh water, infects the human nervous system upon entry through the nostrils, making its way up to the brain, destroying tissue.

The amoeba is not transmitted through person-to-person contact, but rather exposure to contaminated non-drinking water. Those at risk have either been swimming or cleaning with infected water.

With a fatality rate over 99 percent, infection with the amoeba leads to death in about a week; symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, stiff neck, and headaches.

Deaths were reported in the city of Karachi from March to September, according to Musa Khan, MD, head of the WHO’s Disease Early Warning System in Pakistan. However, this current outbreak is the first since the disease surfaced back in 2006.

Efforts are in the works to contain the amoeba. Authorities are testing water in various parts of the city as well as educating and alerting potentially threatened communities.

“There is no need to panic over these deaths,” Dr. Khan told The Associated Press. “There is a remote chance for the spread of this deadly disease.”

But other countries have also

10. February 2016 · Comments Off on Could Good Manners Help Spur Holiday Weight Gain · Categories: Health

Politeness and consideration for fellow diners could play a role in holiday weight gain, a new study suggests.

When people are picking snacks and other foods for themselves and someone else, their choices are different when the other person is average-sized than when the person is overweight, the researchers found.

In an experiment, participants chose a snack of either wheat crackers or chocolate chip cookies for themselves and a woman they had just met. In some cases, the woman was normal weight (wearing a size zero or two). At other times she wore a body suit that appeared to increase her weight by nearly 65 pounds (making her closer to a size 16).

Nearly 60 percent of the participants chose the same snack for themselves and the woman when she appeared overweight. This occurred about 30 percent of the time when the woman was her normal size.

“What the results show is that people pick the same snack to avoid offending someone they perceive as overweight,” study co-leader Gavan Fitzsimons, a marketing professor at the Duke University School of Business, said in a university news release.

“This means that people might pick unhealthier options for themselves and others during the holidays if they think not

30. January 2016 · Comments Off on How to Save Money on Prescription Drugs · Categories: Health · Tags:

When money gets tight, health expenses are sometimes the first to be cut out of the budget to make room for necessities like food, rent, and utilities. But prescription drugs are essential for good health, and skimping on the medications you need can lead to serious, and costly, health problems in the future. Instead of focusing on giving up prescription drugs, look for ways to get them as inexpensively as possible.

There are a number of ways to get discounted prescription drugs, including:

  • Use a mail-order pharmacy. See if your health insurance plan offers a mail-order option. You can often save several dollars per prescription and that quickly adds up when you’re filling multiple prescriptions each month, says Susan Pisano, vice president of communications at America’s Health Insurance Plans, the national trade association for the health insurance industry. Mail order pharmacies are also much easier than heading to your local retail pharmacy. You may be able to arrange having your prescription drugs automatically filled and delivered to you every month, or have more than one month delivered at a time. Often, up to three months of your prescription drugs can be delivered at once.
  • Go generic. Generic drugs are the chemical equivalents of the
25. January 2016 · Comments Off on How to Deduct Medical Expenses From Your Taxes · Categories: Health · Tags: , ,

Scratching your head trying to figure out some way to justify forking over all that money for braces, glasses, pricey weight-loss programs, corrective eye surgery, and other health care? Before you balk at paying for another medical expense, consider what health care costs you might be able to deduct from your taxes.

What Medical Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

Unfortunately, you can’t deduct every medical expense — for example, that one-time $25 co-payment and that $10 prescription. You also can’t deduct your pre-taxed health insurance premiums. But, you can deduct many medical and dental expenses as long as they total more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI), says Kena Samuels-Stith, president and CEO of SKS Accounting & Consulting Firm, Inc. in Louisville, Ky. After 2012, this figure is expected to rise to 10 percent of AGI.

For the non-tax savvy, it’s easy to figure out — look at line 38 on your 1040 personal tax return, says Samuels-Stith. If your total medical expenses for you, your spouse, and any of your dependents are greater than the 7.5 percent required minimum amount, there are quite a few health expenses you can deduct from your taxes, including:

  • Legal fees related to your health. If
17. January 2016 · Comments Off on Tips for Organizing Your Health Insurance Paperwork · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

Submitting a health insurance claim often requires a lot of detail. That’s why, after your claim is submitted, it’s important to keep all the relevant information organized in a file until your claim is settled, as you may need to refer to it again.

Keeping track of all the paperwork related to health insurance claims can be overwhelming, especially if you or someone in your family has a serious health issue. But filing every health insurance claim in its proper place will make it easy to find when you need it and less stressful should a question about health insurance benefits arise.

Here are some tips on how to best organize your doctor and pharmacy bills and other important papers related to your health insurance claims.

Keep Health Insurance Records Separate

Dedicate a spot in your home for all your medical files. It will be much easier for you to file new bills, receipts, lab test results, etc., and to find previous paperwork if you always put them in the same place. File all new paperwork immediately to avoid misplacing the information.

Make separate folders for everyone in the family who is covered by the health insurance plan. Everything related to the member’s care —

20. December 2015 · Comments Off on A Healthier Heart in 10 Minutes · Categories: Health · Tags: ,

You already know that living an active life is critical for a healthy heart. In fact, it lowers your heart disease risk from head to toe. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to reap the benefits of regular cardio. The American Heart Association and American College of Sports Medicine recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (the equivalent of a brisk walk) five days of each week—or vigorous aerobic activity (jogging, for instance) for at least 20 minutes on three days. Even better, you can meet that 30-minute goal by breaking up your activity into 10-minute bouts. Rev up your activity level with the following 10-minute exercise suggestions from Larysa DiDio, a personal trainer and owner of PFX Gym in Pleasantville, New York. They all count toward your daily goal, and you’ll get a calorie-burning boost as well:

  • Dance to your favorite songs (54 calories)
  • Go for a walk with a friend or your spouse after dinner (38 calories)
  • Play a game of of tag with your kids or grandkids (46 calories)
  • Challenge your spouse to a game of badminton (52 calories)
  • Work in the garden with a shovel (46 calories)
  • Sit on a physioball instead of a chair when
15. December 2015 · Comments Off on Why Working Too Much Really is Bad for Your Heart · Categories: Health · Tags:

If you’ve been burning the midnight oil at work, you might want to forward this blog to your boss. New and emerging research published recently in the European Heart Journal found that British civil service employees who worked 11 to 12 hours per day had a significantly higher risk of heart attack, angina or coronary death than those who clocked a normal eight-hour workday. The link between heart disease and overtime work, researchers suggested, could be explained by “type A” behavior (such as aggressive, competitive and perfectionist tendencies), stress (like depression and anxiety) and possibly not enough sleep—or enough time to unwind before hitting the hay.


Studies like these serve as a good reminder that controlling your heart health isn’t just about nutrition and fitness. These days, the (relative!) convenience of smartphones, laptops and other work-from-home tools, make it all too easy to blur the lines between business hours and downtime. If you regularly find yourself working overtime, then maybe it’s time to reevaluate your work-life balance and make some changes. After all, if you’re trying to improve upon your diet and level of physical activity in order to manage your heart-disease risk, improving your work-life balance should take equal priority.

10. December 2015 · Comments Off on A Stroke Prevention Guide for Women · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

When you’re living a heart-healthier lifestyle, you’re not only working to protect your ticker, but you’re also helping your brain ward off stroke. There are two types of these “brain attacks”: The most common is ischemic, in which a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked; the second type is hemorrhagic, in which a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. (behind heart disease and cancer), and women are more likely to die from it than men. In fact, this year, more than 100,000 women under 65 will suffer one, according to the American Stroke Association. Serious side effects can result, including vision problems, paralysis, memory loss, and speech and language problems, and sometimes even death.


While many of the risk factors for stroke and heart disease are similar (high-blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, lack of exercise and a diet high in fat and salt), some are unique—especially for women. Here’s the lowdown:


  • Migraines Women who suffer from migraines with aura (visual disturbances like flashing lights) are more likely to have an ischemic stroke compared to those who don’t, according to two recent studies. Researchers found that the risk increases even
06. December 2015 · Comments Off on How 5 smokers quit for good · Categories: Health · Tags: ,

It’s no news that smoking is the number one preventable cause of heart disease. And everyone knows quitting is crucial. You even know what to do. Thing is, it’s hard. Really hard. And it’s all too easy to give up. That’s why we asked former smokers to share how they quit for good—so you might, too. Good luck!

  • “Break the day into small increments,” suggests Susan G., from Washington, DC. “It feels more manageable and helps build momentum.” So instead of focusing on how you have to go cigarette-free the entire day, focus on getting through the next three hours, or even hour by hour. At the end of the day, give yourself a little reward.
  • “I smoked a pack a day for 10 years. Then I quit cold turkey the day the pregnancy test came up positive,” says Oakland, California, resident Leah H., who says she was too sick to miss it. “That was 16 years ago.” No one’s suggesting you get pregnant for the sole purpose of quitting (please!). The takeaway here is this: Sometimes focusing on how the other people in your life will benefit—along with you, of course—can provide that extra motivation.
  • Do an inventory of your life and
25. November 2015 · Comments Off on 10 Ways Being Active Helps Your Heart · Categories: Health · Tags: ,

Sure, you know that living an active life is good for your ticker. But do you really know why exercise is such a powerful heart-disease protector? Be active, and see all that you’ll reap:


  1. Better blood-sugar control. People with diabetes have a significantly higher risk of heart problems, so anything that keeps that disease in check protects the heart, too.


  1. Improved circulation. Your heart is a muscle, and exercise helps make it stronger. A strong heart pumps blood more efficiently, and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to every inch of your body. This improvement in circulation increases energy levels so you can do more activities without getting tired.


  1. Lower blood pressure. Being active helps reduce the risk of developing high-blood pressure, and it helps control it if it sets in.


  1. Healthier cholesterol levels. Physical activity increases HDL (good) cholesterol, decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol and decreases triglycerides.


  1. Reduced stress. Exercise triggers biochemical changes in your brain that temper feelings of anxiety and depression, a condition that has been linked to heart disease.


  1. Weight loss. Sweating it out forces the body to burn more calories, which means there are fewer available that can be stored as fat.


  1. Sounder sleep. Living actively can help
20. November 2015 · Comments Off on Outsmarting Your Family History · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

If your family tree is full of broken hearts, you may worry that there’s a space for you on the next rickety branch. After all, one to five percent of people younger than 65 who have a heart attack are more likely to have inherited a susceptibility to heart disease. In fact, researchers believe at least two dozen gene regions are involved in cardiovascular disease, says Sekar Kathiresan, M.D., author of several recent studies on the genetics of heart disease and director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. At least 13 of those regions predispose you to high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, which is proven to cause heart disease. The goal is to identify people at high risk for developing heart disease and treat them early with lifestyle changes and, often, medications that target these genes.

In the meantime, it pays to figure out your risk for having a heart attack, because you can use that information to protect yourself. Dr. Kathiresan recommends using the Framingham Risk Score, which calculates your chance of developing heart disease in the next 10 years. The test uses your age, gender, total cholesterol level, “good” HDL cholesterol level,

15. November 2015 · Comments Off on How Heart Disease Affects Men and Women Differently · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

Heart disease may be the number one worldwide killer of both men and women, but that doesn’t mean it affects us in the same way. In fact, there are some key differences in how the condition manifests—and knowing what they are is one of the first steps in warding it off. Neica Goldberg, M.D., author of Total Heart Care highlights a few of the unique factors in men and women, along with a few tips that can benefit us all:

Women and Heart Disease

  • One third of women have some form of cardiovascular disease.
  • Women tend to develop heart disease 10 years later than men. Scientists believe the estrogen produced prior to menopause helps regulate cholesterol, decreasing heart attack risk, according to the American Heart Association.
  • However, when heart attacks strike early—before age 50—they’re twice as likely as men’s to be fatal.
  • Heart attack symptoms in women tend to be different, and often more subtle, than those in men. According to the Women’s Heart Foundation, early heart attack signs in women can mimic the flu: extreme weakness, unusual fatigue, headaches, nausea and stomach upset. Chest pain may not be present. Other commonly reported symptoms are sleep disturbance, jaw pain, and shortness of breath.

Men and Heart

10. November 2015 · Comments Off on Six Indulgent Ways to Help Protect Your Heart · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

Taking care of your heart is not just about exercise and losing weight. While additional studies are needed, new and emerging research suggests that each of the following may be pleasurable ways to help boost heart health. (Moderation is key, though, with every one!) Protect your ticker with these heart-right moves.


Drink coffee
Coffee has long been linked to a reduced risk for diabetes, a disease marked by high levels of blood sugar that threaten the heart. And now experts understand more about coffee’s potential protective effects. A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that women who regularly drank decaf or regular coffee at lunchtime had a reduced risk of type-2 diabetes compared to those who didn’t drink java. What does coffee have to do with diabetes? The study’s researchers believe that the beverage’s nutrients may help slow digestion and help support healthy blood sugar levels. Other new and emerging research suggests that coffee consumption helps support the cardiovascular system by fending off chronic inflammation and promoting the production of HDL “good” cholesterol. You can drink to that!


Sleep more
Recent research from Wake Forest University linked sleep deprivation to belly fat, which plays a big role

05. January 2015 · Comments Off on · Categories: Health · Tags: , , ,

Top 12 Strategies for Optimizing Your Health

A recent article by CNN1 lists 25 ways to get healthier. Some of the suggestions certainly have merit, but it was more noteworthy for the many ridiculous tips they included, and some of the crucially important ones they neglected.

Actually, no surprises there, as the media is a mere reflection of the corrupted medical paradigm that focuses on treating symptoms rather than addressing the foundational causes of disease.

So, here’s my own list of the top dozen lifestyle strategies I believe can make the biggest difference in your health as they address most of the disruptions that are at the core of most health challenges.

#1. Add Sprouts to Your Diet

One of the most nutritious powerhouses to add to your diet are sprouts. They are an authentic “super” food that many overlook or have long stopped using. In addition to their nutritional profile, sprouts are also easy and fun to grow in your own home as they don’t require an outdoor garden.

They can contain up to 39 times the nutrition of organic vegetables grown in your own garden, and allow your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat. During