The importance of fiber in the diet cannot be overemphasized. Dietary fiber—what we used to call “roughage” or “bulk”—can help prevent or alleviate chronic constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, IBS, and possibly colorectal cancer. There is some early evidence suggesting that a high-fiber diet may lessen or prevent food allergies, and dietary
In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared the measles to be eliminated. But in 2019, multiple cases have been reported in 19 states.
According to numbers shared by the CDC in April, 465 cases of measles have been reported in the U.S. since January 1 and 78 new
Q: Can seasonal allergies cause thinking problems? I always seem to have a little fuzzy thinking when my allergies are acting up.
A: The “brain fog” you’re dealing with is a common side effect of seasonal allergies. But the problems with concentration and focus may have more to do with the effects
The onset of memory lapses and cognition problems are often chalked up as inevitable aspects of aging. But for many people, it’s their medications that are causing some memory and thinking issues. The side effects of drugs ranging from cold medicines to anti-anxiety medications often list complications like memory lapses,
In order to fully understand the underlying cause of your fatigue and get the best possible diagnosis, you will likely need laboratory testing. If you have not already done so, visit your primary-care provider as soon as possible to describe the details of your fatigue.
A discussion with a primary-care practitioner
By now you may realize—because all of the body’s systems are interconnected—that there is usually more than one cause con-tributing to your fatigue. When one of your body’s systems is out of balance (if, for example, your HPA axis is malfunctioning be-cause of chronic stress), then other systems (like your
The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known
Do allergies hit you every fall and spring? If so, you perhaps have faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamines, often described as “non-drowsy” allergy medications: Either you sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies, or you take antihistamines and live in a fog for a few days.
Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the influenza virus, tens of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands die from flu-related illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, it’s critically important to recognize the first symptoms of flu—and seek medical attention quickly. Waiting for