Showing posts from September 24, 2017

13 Lies You Should Never Tell Your Doctor

Put It All Out There If there’s ever a place to be honest about your habits and your health, it’s your doctor's office. Forget the embarrassment -- your doctor’s there to help you, and the more information she has, the more she’s able to do. ‘I Never Binge Drink’ Don’t want to tell your doc just how hard you party? Binge drinking can throw test results off and send your doctor down the wrong path if you have health problems. ‘I Quit Smoking’ It may seem like a harmless way to avoid a lecture, but your doctor needs to know if you smoke. It can interfere with certain drugs, and might help explain symptoms you may have. And he may be able to help you kick the habit for good, through therapy or medication. ‘I Eat Mostly Kale … ’ “... unless there are doughnuts nearby.” If you leave out this last part while your weight and “bad” cholesterol skyrocket, your tall tale could lead to less effective treatment. You’re not the first person with a doughnut weaknes

12 Tips to Keep Your Mind Sharp

Use Your Brain It's true: Use it or lose it. Stretching your brain keeps your mind sharp. People who are more active in mentally challenging activities are more likely to stay sharp. Try these: o Read a book. o Go to a lecture. o Listen to the radio. o Play a game. o Visit a museum. o Learn a second language. Mix Things Up Remember trying to talk backwards as a child? Researchers at Duke University created exercises they call "neurobics," which challenge your brain to think in new ways. Since your five senses are key to learning, use them to exercise your mind. If you're right-handed, try using your left hand. Drive to work by another route. Close your eyes and see if you can recognize food by taste. Work Out to Stay Sharp Exercise, especially the kind that gets your heart rate up like walking or swimming, has mental pluses, too. Although experts aren't sure why, physical activity might increase the blood supply to the brain and improve li

Inspirational Quote – September 30, 2017

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.” I love this don’t you? It made me smile when I came across it as I can see how this would make sense. It really made me think too. A laugh does grow from a smile doesn’t it? Not always, I know, but it has to start somewhere and where better than a smile? I always think that a smile given freely can perhaps mean more to the person on the receiving end than the “smiler” will ever know. That’s why I tend to smile at everybody I interact with during my day because, knowing how much a smile can mean to me, makes me realize that it may be the same for someone else. Even better, if it bursts into a laugh……..

Seeing Through the Lens of Good

Jeanine Lim has been working with villagers in Vietnam for more than 20 years. Starting as a personal endeavor with her mother, Project Give Pray Love has grown to become a community effort that helps children in the Mekong Delta region stay in school through tuition grants, books, stationery and bicycles to get to school. Now the filmmaker and lecturer is helping introduce students to overseas community projects with a twist: by teaching them how to capture the villagers' stories through documentary filmmaking. This video follows the journey of one of the students as he wrestles with the challenge of being behind the camera but wanting to be in the thick of helping the villagers.

What Your Mouth Says About Your Health

Can Mouth Bacteria Affect the Heart? Some studies show that people with gum disease are more likely have heart disease than those with healthy gums. Researchers aren't sure why that is; gum disease isn't proven to cause other diseases. But it makes sense to take care of your mouth like you do the rest of your body. Gum Disease and Diabetes Diabetes can reduce the body’s resistance to infection. Elevated blood sugars increase the risk of developing gum disease. What's more, gum disease can make it harder to keep blood sugar levels in check. Protect your gums by keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. Brush after each meal and floss and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash daily. See your dentist at least twice a year. Sometimes you dentists may want to see you more often. Dry Mouth and Tongue Cause Tooth Decay The 4 million Americans who have Sjögren's syndrome are more prone to have oral health problems, too. With Sjögren's,

Skin Problems You Should Never Ignore

Got Skin Problems? Is your skin itchy, broken out, or covered in a rash or strange spots? Skin inflammation, changes in texture or color, and spots may result from infection, a chronic skin condition, or contact with an allergen or irritant. If you think you have one of these common adult skin problems, have your doctor check it out. Most are minor, but others can signal something more serious. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) A rash of raised dots that turns into painful blisters, shingles causes your skin to burn, itch, tingle, or become very sensitive. Shingles often shows up on your trunk and buttocks, but can appear anywhere. An outbreak lasts about two weeks. You’ll recover, but pain, numbness, and itching might linger for months, years, or even the rest of your life. Treatment includes creams for your skin, antiviral drugs, steroids, and even antidepressants. It’s important to be treated early so you don’t develop residual pain. Hives (Urticaria) Hives look lik