If you want to live longer and better, invest in friendship. Having friends is “the single most important factor influencing our health, well-being, and happiness,” according to Oxford evolutionary psychologist and anthropologist Robin Dunbar. The Dunbar number (150) is the average number of people one can effectively manage stable social relationships with at one time. […]
You might not realize that narrowing of the blood vessels happens throughout the body. When it happens in the legs, feet, arms, brain, stomach, and kidneys, it can lead to gangrene, amputation, stroke, high blood pressure, and kidney failure. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is more serious and pervasive than I thought. For six Saturdays every […]
Paying attention to your posture may be more critical than ever. We spend too much time looking down at screens, and the effect on our posture is cumulative. In addition to back and neck pain, poor posture is implicated in jaw pain, breathing, depression, incontinence, and digestive issues. The “text neck” position is the same one […]
Book Review Growing up, we used warm water salt gargles for sore throats and cough relief, but I turned to cough and cold medicine in adulthood. After hearing Dr. Gustavo Ferrer speak at an integrative medicine conference two years ago, I was interested in reading his book, Cough Cures: The Complete Guide to the Best […]
If you’re taking a daily low-dose aspirin, you should probably weigh yourself.
Away-from-homeness is tough when you’re working on a healthy lifestyle. A week at the beach? No, I’m in Kansas. Even though I’m at my daughter’s home, my healthy regimen is taking a hit. Who doesn’t have a blood pressure monitor? I’m not doing my neck exercises and beginning to feel stiff. I think I’m allergic […]