With a brutal cold and flu season fresh in our minds, there’s increased attention and awareness on preventing and treating pneumonia, which can affect both children and adults with immune systems already weakened by viral infection. People with chronic health conditions or those who have undergone recent surgeries or lengthy
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Many older adults take several different medications every day. If you do, and you aren’t careful about managing prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, you may suffer potentially harmful side effects. These can stem from taking drugs that shouldn’t be combined, taking the wrong dose of a drug, or forgetting to
Probiotic researchers have been suggesting for years that these healthy bacteria could be used as an effective natural treatment for osteoporosis, and new research is finding that probiotics can, indeed, help build stronger bones.
“Your vitamin D levels are in the toilet,” said my primary care physician, a naturopathic doctor who’s not one to mince words. Sure enough, my level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D—usually abbreviated 25(OH)D or sometimes 25-OH-VitD, turned out to be low. As we know, 25(OH)D is the compound that’s measured in the
Limes typically don’t receive the same attention year-round as their yellow sibling, the lemon. The summer season is usually when they get the most shine, thanks to their presence in key lime pie, as a mixer for cocktails, and as a finishing touch on grilled meats, fish, and guacamole. But,
Oh pinkeye, you always choose the best times to visit. Your attractive symptoms (crusty, pink, itchy, and watery eyes) are so easy to disguise—if eye patches were in fashion, that is! Since they’re not, it’s time to learn what pinkeye is, what causes it and how to treat it, or—better
Regular tea-drinkers get more from their brew than a relaxing daily ritual and a hit of caffeine to spark the brain. Tea is laced with chemical compounds (phytochemicals) with well-documented anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. For overall benefit and supporting science, the best tea to drink is the green variety, although
Wildfires, mudslides, government shutdowns, school shootings, and more. We’re glued to our phones or televisions in our quest for information–but the barrage of bad news may leave us feeling tense, sad, anxious or preoccupied.
Overexposure to the news can lead to something called “vicarious trauma,” a term introduced in 1990 to
Hand hygiene probably isn’t something you think about on a daily basis—it’s an automatic action for most us—but it’s an important part of keeping your body healthy. Practically everything we touch contains bacteria, viruses, and other harmful germs, which can transfer to our hands and cause any number of illnesses
Of all the natural home remedies your parents or grandparents made you try as kid—whether it was aloe vera or oatmeal or ginger—our guess is that honey was your favorite. Well, it turns out that it’s also a favorite of doctors due to its nourishing and healing properties. But what