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Reassessing Flu Shots as the Season Draws Near
by Roni Caryn Rabin
November 5, 2012
A report released last month said influenza vaccinations provide only modest protection for healthy young and middle-age adults, and little if any protection for those 65 and older.
It's flu-shot season, and public health officials are urging everyone over 6 months of age to get one. Many businesses provide on-site flu shots, and some hospitals have told staff members that they have to wear masks if they do not get the vaccine. By 2020, United States health leaders want 80 percent of the population to get yearly shots. For vaccine manufacturers, it's a bonanza: Influenza shots - given every year, unlike many other vaccines - are a multibillion-dollar global business. But how good are they?
'Different' kind of treatment delivers chronic pain relief
by Sonia Azad
December 17, 2016
If you have chronic pain in your neck or back, you know how miserable it feels day-to-day. Perhaps your options have whittled down to pain killers, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy or surgery.
There is no cracking or aggressive movement involved in NSA. Lewis and business partner Amy Gunderson focus on gentle, precise touch to your spine and the connective tissues around it. "I honestly was at a point where I was willing to try anything," said Madeline Kiefer, who calls NSA a lifesaver.
New Allergy Treatment
May 27, 2009
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? There is a new option for allergy sufferers, by way of a bio-feedback device that has been cleared by the FDA.
It's called the Bax 3000 and its used with much success by an Amherst Chiropractor Dr. John Zilliox. Then laser therapy is used to stimulate the accupressure points to negate the reaction.
What The Color and Smell of Your Poop Is Telling You About Your Health
by Dr. Mercola
April 5, 2016
If you ignore what you deposit in your toilet, you could be flushing your health down the drain!
When it comes to toileting habits, the topic is not exactly a favorite among Americans - at least for those above the age of four. Mention poop and you can easily clear a room - or at the least, generate some unusual facial expressions, nervous laughter, and wisecracks about "too much information." But your bodily emissions are an important health topic that deserves serious attention, regardless of the "ick factor." In fact, if you ignore what you deposit in your toilet, you could be flushing your health down the drain! Did you know the average person generates about five TONS of stool in his or her lifetime? Turns out, there is much to be learned from this mountain of poop.
Can Quitting Gluten Be Bad for You?
by Sandi Busch
November 26, 2015
Following a gluten-free diet used to be a dreaded challenge faced only by people who had celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
Wheat is a major source of gluten. Following a gluten-free diet used to be a dreaded challenge faced only by people who had celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Now gluten-free products are easy to find and going gluten-free has become a diet option for anyone. But it's not always the best choice. If you're not careful about your food selections, a gluten-free diet may lack essential nutrients. Gluten proteins in wheat, rye and barley trigger an autoimmune response in people with celiac disease. Following a gluten-free diet relieves celiac-related symptoms. However, a medical professional should make such a diagnosis. Deciding to go gluten-free can be risky. You might not be as strict about avoiding sources and forms of gluten as you must be. If you have celiac disease, eating even a small amount of gluten damages your intestines, resulting in health problems throughout your body. Undiagnosed celiac disease also can increase your risk of osteoporosis and thyroid disease. If you experience bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, joint pain or a skin rash, consult your doctor.
Study Finds Scented Candles and Air Fresheners Pose Dangerous Health Risks
by Alexis Hobbs
February 12, 2017
The holiday season is the perfect time get out those scented candles and stock up on new ones. Apple pie, pumpkin spice, and evergreen are some of our favorites - year round, really. But some of the results from recent studies have given us pause.
It started when we spied an article by John Naish of the Daily Mail - the reporter said he found evidence to suggest that scented candles could actually make us quite sick. And it's not just candles; apparently "aerosols, plug-ins, gels, and incense sticks" are also troubling. The fear lies in the chemicals that can be found in the fragrance and wax. While more research certainly needs to be done to make a truly definitive statement, some researchers feel that extended, long-term use of certain scented items might lead to asthma, lung damage, or - in extreme cases - even cancer.
Dangers of Essential Oils
by Tori Rodriguez
April 11, 2016
Odds are you know someone who sells essential oils for a multi-level marketing company, and they might just tout them as a miracle remedy for just about everything.
Anything powerful enough to have a beneficial effect on the body could also have negative effects, says Bauer. "Whether it's a drug, an herb or an essential oil, all should be treated with respect," he says. "What works for one person may not work for the next-or may interfere with medications," he says, or have other side effects. Don't assume it's safe because it's natural, and be aware that "not all essential oil companies test their oils for quality," says Roz Zollinger, a certified aromatherapist, instructor and founder of the Heal Center in Atlanta. Research the company before you buy.
10 All-Natural Allergy Remedies
by Barbara Brody
April 8, 2016
Your allergies are driving you crazy, but you really don't like to take conventional medications. Or maybe you've tried over-the-counter allergy meds-or even prescription ones-but you're not getting the relief you need. What else might work?
You might be tempted to pack up the humidifier, but hold off, recommends John Salerno, DO, a family practitioner at Patients Medical holistic wellness center in New York City. "When it's still a little cool at night and indoor humidity is low, using a cool-mist humidifier can help get allergens out of the air," he explains. "Water droplets bind to the allergens, and they get heavy and fall to the floor so you don't inhale them." Getty
A chiropractor's holiday travel tips
by Janis Prout
December 18, 2012
Ever leave on a trip feeling great but return needing to recover from traveling? Chiropractor Janis Prout sees patients in pain daily. When they're getting ready for a trip, she helps them prepare, but often they return home sore and sadly subluxated.
Back pain from sitting is just one of the issues she helps with. Whether you're leaving on a holiday trip, traveling for business or dealing with a daily commute, she shares tips on how to end your trip in great shape.
New local faith-based chiropractic clinic takes holistic treatment approach
Woodlands Villager (TX)
by Deborah Rowe
November 3, 2005
The new Abundant Life Chiropractic Clinic in The Woodlands aims to educate and treat as many families as possible so they can reach their God-given health potential through natural chiropractic care.
"We provide our patients with the necessary tools that will enable them to live a healthy and more prosperous life in the absence of dysfunction and disease," he said. "Our mission is to be stewards of what God has called us to do in helping the community maximize the possibilities of life through health."
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