How to Have “The Talk” with Your Aging Parents

How to Have “The Talk” with Your Aging Parents

Written by Lynda Shrager, OTR, MSW, CAPS
on Saturday, 21 April 2018

More than 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 each day, and 90 percent want to spend their senior years in their homes. 

Aging in place has psychological benefits for seniors because it allows them to remain socially active in their communities and maintain established relationships. It also saves on finances, as assisted living facilities cost an average of $49,635 annually.

But as time takes its toll on bodies and minds, aging in place becomes risky — if not problematic. If your parents aren’t ready to budge from their place of residence, yet you sense a decline in either their home upkeep or self-care, it’s best to be proactive before a crisis occurs. 

This requires more than a phone call to check in with them. Their answer to “How are you doing?” will most likely be “We’re fine.” To make staying in their home viable, you’ll need to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and go on a fact-finding mission.
Stem Cell Therapy Offers New Hope for What Plagues Us

Stem Cell Therapy Offers New Hope for What Plagues Us

Written by Joseph Christiano, ND, CNC, CNHP
on Saturday, 21 April 2018

We’ve long been conditioned by the medical establishment to treat any acute or chronic symptoms with symptom stoppers. Decades of turning to anti-inflammatory or pain medications have engrained this practice into our psyches. But after exhausting the over-the-counter medications (NSAIDs) options until our livers are screaming for some relief, surgery is the next step. 

But conventional treatments are slowly losing their attraction and efficacy as patients become more educated and search for better options. 

Today’s smart patients have a huge list of options before them when dealing with musculoskeletal problems and degenerative illnesses. Whether it’s elite athletes looking for more efficient ways to recover from injuries so they can return to their sport, or individuals with lingering back pain who need relief, or the man or woman with a degenerative condition that needs multiple types of treatments, adult stem cell therapy and activators are promising new disruptive technologies in regenerative medicine. 

They are becoming game changers for healing and regaining quality of life. 
3 Steps to Becoming an Effortless Environmentalist this Earth Day

3 Steps to Becoming an Effortless Environmentalist this Earth Day

Written by Gail Barnes, PhD
on Friday, 13 April 2018

Remember those moonshot earth-friendly resolutions you made last Earth Day? How many did you keep up with? 

Don’t feel bad; many of us are in the same boat. Turns out big changes are easier to make with many small changes –- changes that almost seem effortless. Because they are effortless, small changes are so much likelier to be kept!

Going green can be especially overwhelming. One of the biggest obstacles to improving environmental conditions is our daily habits. 

However, if we can start by making a few minor shifts in our daily routines, it can add up to making a big difference.
Be Kind to Yourself: How to Overcome Stress Regarding Your Weight

Be Kind to Yourself: How to Overcome Stress Regarding Your Weight

Written by Jess Walter
on Thursday, 12 April 2018

If you sometimes cringe at photos of yourself, or wish you could fit into those bargain smaller size jeans you bought in optimism, you’re not alone. 

The CDC reports that over a third of Americans are obese. In a real-world scenario, among the workplace, parks and grocery stores, over a third of the people you see are likely to be heavier than ideal. 

However, picture-perfect Facebook and Instagram accounts remind us every day of sun-kissed lean bodies. Somehow that has become the new normal. 

It’s incredibly difficult to see through other people’s carefully filtered posts and view our own bodies clearly and kindly. And yet, it’s so important that we do, because -- believe it or not -- stress can actually sabotage weight loss.
Benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy

Benefits of Equine-Assisted Therapy

Written by Trevor McDonald
on Monday, 09 April 2018

Horses are majestic creatures. 

Just being around them is enough to give you a sense of peaceful relaxation. Those who own horses glean the stress-reducing benefits that come along with caring for these animals. 

And now, even people who don’t own horses can experience therapeutic benefits through Equine-Assisted Therapy (EAP).
7 Non-Workouts for the Person Who Hates Working Out

7 Non-Workouts for the Person Who Hates Working Out

Written by Chloe Smith
on Monday, 02 April 2018

Sometimes, working out feels more like a boring chore you have to do than something that is good for you. It's no surprise such an attitude takes all the fun out of it. 

Whether because of a busy lifestyle or constantly trying to catch up with everything you need to do (sometimes there just aren’t enough days in a week), you get so tired that exercising is literally the last thing you want to do. 

Here are some great anti-workout workouts for those who don't feel like exercising… or just plain hate it.
Enzymes & Probiotics: A Quick Digestive Guide

Enzymes & Probiotics: A Quick Digestive Guide

Written by Michael T. Murray, ND
on Monday, 02 April 2018

One of the greatest areas of confusion around supporting digestive health is the difference between supplemental digestive enzymes and probiotics. 

Both offer incredible benefits when taken correctly, for the correct reasons. 

But, here is the thing. Most people with digestive complaints like gas and bloating may not be taking the type of product that really works to provide relief.
Have the Jitters? Surprising Triggers that Cause Anxiety

Have the Jitters? Surprising Triggers that Cause Anxiety

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Saturday, 31 March 2018

Anxiety is a mental illness that disrupts daily life causing feelings of impending doom along with unwanted thoughts and unpleasant physical symptoms. 

Some people are more predisposed to anxiety than others. Did you know that there are “external” factors/habits in our daily lives that can increase anxiety? 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez shares surprising things that could be causing anxiety. You may see several on this list that are causing jitters in your own life.
DVT: Tips to Combat the Dangerous "Sitting Disease"

DVT: Tips to Combat the Dangerous "Sitting Disease"

Written by Morgan Statt
on Thursday, 29 March 2018

Did you know that people who sit for less than 30 minutes at a time have the lowest risk of an early death? 

Leading a sedentary lifestyle has been linked to so many health problems, including cardiovascular disease and cancer, that it makes laying on the couch and binge-watching your favorite show way less appealing. 

It is also a major risk factor for a potentially fatal condition known as Deep-Vein Thrombosis.
High Anxiety: 5 Things that Set Us Off & What to Do

High Anxiety: 5 Things that Set Us Off & What to Do

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Monday, 26 March 2018

Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. 

It's future thinking in a negative way. 

While it’s normal to have concerns from time to time, chronic anxiety leads to loss of appetite, insomnia, compromised immunity and other diseases. 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, PsyD, shares five common anxiety triggers and offers insights and tips for what we can do to get back into ease.
7 Tips to Keep Firm in a Marriage Relationship

7 Tips to Keep Firm in a Marriage Relationship

Written by Joel Curtis
on Monday, 19 March 2018

You’re deeply in love with your partner –- and you always see your marriage as one of the best things that happened in your lifetime.

You picture yourself and the love of your life living a happy life together and want your marriage to stay as strong as possible.

For that reason alone, here are the seven tips to remember to keep firm in a marriage relationship.
Health Screening Checklist: Are You Due?

Health Screening Checklist: Are You Due?

Written by Jack Burke
on Monday, 19 March 2018

To make sure we age like the fine wine we want to be, it’s important for both men and women to have regular health exams. 

Hims recommends the following preventative screening tests men and women need to have throughout their life.

20s – 30s Screenings:
Blood pressure – every 3-5 years
Cholesterol – every 5 years, more frequently if at risk for heart disease
Diabetes – if BMI over 25
STD – depending on risk factors
Pelvic exam and pap smear – every 3 years
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