Health Tip Archive

Enhance Your Health

  • Diet Affects Inflammation

    Most people think of inflammation as the byproduct of a muscular injury, tendonitis or bursitis.  A large, puffy, swollen body part is what usually accompanies those conditions. In addition to musculoskeletal inflammation, there is a much more serious type of inflammation. This second type of inflammation is more important to the health of the human body.... Read more »

  • Cell Phone Damage

    It’s been about 24 years since the first handheld cell phones hit the market.  After a slow, trickling roll out, the gradual purchase of these much bigger, bulkier phones turned into a stampede with cellular phones being the “must have” technology of the mid 1990’s.  If my memory serves me correctly, I had a cell phone.... Read more »

  • Gardasil

    Warning, Danger, Alert!! The HPV vaccine Gardasil was granted European license in February 2006, followed by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval that same year in June. Gardasil was controversial in the U.S. from the beginning, with vaccine safety activists questioning the quality.... Read more »

  • Astaxanthin

    In past health tips, I have written about the benefits of organic coconut oil for improving overall health and specifically brain function. Coconut oil has been shown to have positive affects on improving cognitive function in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Well, after you read this week's Health Tip.... Read more »

  • Heart Attacks

    I recently came across an article of most interest to me concerning heart attacks.  In the article written by Thomas Cowan, M.D., he sites research that says that most heart attacks are likely caused by an imbalance in your central nervous system (CNS) and your autonomic (or unconscious) nervous system (ANS), which controls the function of our internal organs.... Read more »

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C holds a special place in my heart as well as my medicine cabinet. As a young teen, my interest in health was initiated by learning the ins and outs of exercise. Once I started lifting weights, I realized (from reading muscle magazines) that nutrition was very important for fitness. More reading taught me that.... Read more »

  • Brussel Sprouts

    Tis the season.  The season of Brussel sprouts! Brussels sprouts have been voted as the most-hated vegetable in both the US and Britain, perhaps because they can be notoriously smelly. But the offensive odor only occurs when these nutritional powerhouses are overcooked – something you definitely want to avoid to preserve both their flavor and nutrients. Further.... Read more »

  • Roundup

    A very popular brand of weed killer that is found in every hardware store, and garden and farm supply store is “Round up”. Scientists have said for years that not only are the active chemicals contained in Round-Up dangerous to the environment (as it pollutes and contaminates our soil and vegetation), but it is also harmful to humans.... Read more »

  • Organic Foods

    One of the strongest selling points for eating organic food is the fact that doing so can significantly lower your exposure to pesticides and other harmful chemicals used in conventional agriculture. Both the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and a US Endocrine Society task force warn... Read more »

  • Weight Loss

    Over the years, as a former competitive bodybuilder, powerlifter and elite level rugby player, I have used my body as tool to perform at a higher level in sports. For some sports I weighed as much as 237 lbs and as low as 200 lbs for others. In general, I usually maintained an average weight of 215lbs. Once my high level competitive sports years ended... Read more »

  • Fiber

    Dietary fiber (found in vegetables, fruits and grains) is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest.  Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate... Read more »

  • Change of Season

    As the seasons change and the weather turns from warm to colder, the days get shorter with less health boosting sunshine.  In a pre-emptive strike on the cold and flu season, now is the time to pay attention to your body’s immune system needs.  It is time to pay attention to what is needed to enhance... Read more »

  • Sugar

    Being overweight (no pun intended) is a huge problem. Obesity, 30 or more pounds over your ideal weight, is the leading contributor to ill health and disease in the entire countrty.

    People rightly think that smoking is bad for you... Read more »

  • Artificial Sweeteners

    The business of artificial sweeteners is built on the idea that no- or low-calorie sugar substitutes will help you lose weight. Unfortunately, this simply isn't true. Research has repeatedly shown that artificially sweetened "diet" foods and beverages tend to stimulate your appetite, increase cravings for carbs, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.... Read more »

  • Deoderant

    The underarm are is one of the most sensitive areas in the body (it is the go to ticklish spot for kids trying to tickle parents!). The underarm area is also where we tend to have the most perspiration come out of our bodies when we are over heated. The defense for sweaty, smelly armpits is underarm deoderant. We use deoderant to keep our underarms dry and block offensive odors.

    The problem is that all deoderants... Read more »

  • Heart

    I recently came across an article concerning heart attacks. In the article written by Thomas Cowan, M.D., he sites research that says that most heart attacks are likely caused by an imbalance in your central nervous system (CNS) and your autonomic (or unconscious) nervous system (ANS), which controls the function of our internal organs. He goes on to say that bypass surgery provides minimal benefit for most people... Read more »

  • Acetaminophen and Pregnancy

    Acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) is one of the most widely used pain relievers in the United States, including among pregnant women. Research published in the journal American Family Physician even called acetaminophen "the pain reliever of choice during pregnancy," and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data suggest 65 percent of pregnant women use the drug. Acetaminophen was most commonly used to treat pain, fever and flu symptoms among pregnant women... Read more »

  • Drinking Enough Water

    If you think that you have a bit of a problem drinking enough water on a daily basis, you are probably right. Even worse is the lack of water that is occurring with children.

    According to recent statistics that I have found on the internet, more than half of American children are dehydrated, which can have repercussions for their health and academic performance... Read more »