Physician: “OK, Mr. Jones, your cholesterol and blood pressures are too high. You need to take these medicines and get some exercise. Come back in a few months. Any questions? Good! Stop at the front desk to get scheduled.”
Think back to when you were a kid and how you zipped around the playground, parks and black tops. You ran at full speed to get almost anywhere: getting in line at school, running to first base in a kickball game or trying to beat your two siblings to the car, so you didn’t get the horrible middle seat.
For months we have been hearing how a lot is changing when it comes to health care. When you remove the politics and the rhetoric, the fact remains that most Arizonans are required to have health insurance by March 31 or face paying a penalty.
Sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes. Most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. Mayo Clinic researchers found that “fungal organisms were present in 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and that inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which indicated that the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.”
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM). The American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors this national awareness annually to raise the importance of oral health. The goal of the NCDHM is to educate children on developing good dental habits, encouraging scheduled dental visits, and to promote healthy eating habits across the country.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the No. 1 cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. CVD is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. The top risk factors for CVD include hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes and obesity, a.k.a. diobesity, and smoking, which are poorly treated and often with toxic pharmaceutical drugs. Many physicians fail to measure or are completely unaware of the other risk factors and, therefore, do not treat them.
Magnesium is a vital mineral involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body. It’s important for heart and brain health, hormone production, hypertension, stabilizing blood sugar, digestion of protein, carbs and fats, and many other functions. Magnesium is found in all bodily tissues, but mainly in the bones, muscles and brain. It’s considered the anti-stress and relaxation mineral.
To mark the 50th year anniversary, the Surgeon General released an update on Dr. Luther Terry’s 1964 report on “Smoking and Health.” The new report, “Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress,” highlights the progression U.S. has made reducing tobacco use and outlines the current disease and death rates related to smoking. Even though cigarette smoking has declined from 42 percent in 1965 to 18 percent in 2012, 20 million people have died prematurely by tobacco related disease since 1964.
Maybe you work long hours. Maybe you or your spouse are away for work many weeks out of the year. Maybe you’re a single parent. Or maybe your kids are all different ages. But no matter what your family situation is, you wish to find some sort of fitness regimen, which will fit into your busy schedule, as well as find something that everyone can be involved in and have fun in the process.
On Jan. 3, Valley X competed in the Tucson Qualifying Tournament and won a finalist award for being part of the top seeded alliance and finishing in second place and the PTC Design Award for showing respect and gracious professionalism toward other teams and an outstanding robot design.
What would you think if you woke one morning and you noticed in the mirror that half of your face looked strange? By strange, I mean you couldn’t blink one eye and your lips, mouth and tongue didn’t move properly. In short, one side of your face was paralyzed. Would you be concerned that you were having a stroke? Most people would naturally be very scared and concerned that a stroke was indeed occurring.
Sassafras, or “Sassy”, is an affectionate and outgoing 3-year-old Pit Bull mix with exuberance for life that is contagious. Sassy greets her people with a grin on her face, a tail that wags non-stop, and an expectation that there will be an exchange of hugs and kisses between the two parties. Sassy loves to be with her people; always happy to sleep next to you on the couch or in bed, or find a way to place part of her body in your lap to entice you into giving her belly rubs.
It’s estimated that 30 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Half of those are silent sufferers who go undiagnosed. If you’re a woman over 35, your odds of a thyroid disorder are high, more than 30 percent by some estimates.
The holiday season is here, which can result in additional stress and anxiety for many due to time crunches, obligations and demanding schedules. Stress and anxiety interfere with immune function so stress in check is important especially since this time of year also tends to also be cold and flu season. Three immune suppressors that we have direct control over include dehydration, stress and sugar intake.
When you live in this country you know that the three major sports are football, basketball and baseball. And while track and field is considered a minor sport in the U.S., I would argue that having a good foundation in track and field can truly help any athlete in his or her chosen athletic discipline.
‘Tis the season! Over the next few weeks, schedules are filled with shopping, holiday parties, relatives, financial pressures, obligations, and plenty of food and spirits. Socializing during the holidays can be stressful and challenging, especially if your friends and family are not as health-conscious as you. The abundance of holiday treats and homemade goodies can be hard to resist. Fortunately, there’s plenty you can do to avoid holiday weight gain, manage your blood sugars, stay healthy, happy and fit, and enjoy celebrating the holidays.