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November 2016

Keeping That Sense about You: Good Hearing = Healthy Brain

Hearing loss that goes on for some time makes people depressed, anxious, and paranoid. This can worsen to the point that there’s less getting together with family and friends, and less interest in social outings. And it can lead to other problems like dementia, falls, hospitalizations, accidents, and deconditioning both mentally and physically.

October 2016
A Healthy Age

Sleep Apnea Has Personal, Economic Costs

Undiagnosed OSA is dangerous; the sleeping sufferer’s airway is blocked by erratic breathing from a complete or partial obstruction. The individual may snore, gasp, or even choke during restless sleep, waking up him/herself and anyone nearby....OSA can be a contributor to or a consequence of other health problems including hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and depression.

A Healthy Age

Why Does Our Hair Turn Gray?

Internal factors affecting hair color over time may include genetic defects, hormones, body distribution, and age.  External factors may include climate, pollutants, toxins, and chemical exposure.

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When the wheel of fortune landed on me, I started graying at age 28. I covered my hair with a series of subtle and sometimes outrageous colors, tints, and highlights. When I finally stopped that expensive madness, my hair was nearly all gray and is now turning white.


Antibacterial Soap Makers Have to Clean Up Their Act

These companies spent billions of advertising dollars to brainwash you that their chemicals are necessary in order to kill germs, fend off the flu or get you really clean. Puhleese. Like I was dirtier before you put the triclosan, hexachloraphene and methylbenzethonium chloride in there?!

Eat Right Now

Reconnecting to Mother Earth: Herbal Medicine

What's old is new again as Americans reconnect with Mother Earth seeking to renew, revitalize and restore their body, mind and soul rather than taking pharmaceutical drugs advertising dire side effects.

September 2016
A Healthy Age

Why the Placebo Response is Important for your Good Health

“Expectation (from the patient) plays a potent role in the placebo effect. The more a person believes they are going to benefit from treatment, the more likely it is they will experience a benefit.”

Eat Right Now

Drink up Water Haters

Water is more than hydrogen and oxygen; it's the source of all life. Without fresh, clean, hydrating water and nutritious fresh fruit, we'd perish.

Leslie Goes Boom

Chasing Crap

No, I'm not burying my head in the sand. I know I need to have yet another surgery. I'm just asking for a little reprieve. I want to be ready for another surgery.  I want to be the happiest, healthiest sick person I know.


New Remedies and Old Solutions

Every decade or so I chuck all the household cleaning products I've accumulated and return to solutions such as baking soda and vinegar. I was ripe for such a clean out when I came across an article on the uses of ACV everywhere from the kitchen to the bathroom to the garden.

August 2016
A Healthy Age

Can Alternative Treatments Help with Pain?

Penn’s program for cancer patients also includes acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, yoga, and massage. Physicians explained that Reiki doesn’t compete with other pain treatments. “Reiki itself does not cure cancer but it may help lead to better adherence to conventional therapies, which in turn will promote better clinical outcomes.”

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