Your free gym: The Earth

Published: April 19, 2010 @ 11:07 a.m.

MOLLY SUHADOLNIK: Take advantage of the gorgeous weather with summer in full swing!  You have a free lifetime membership to the best gym in the world- the Earth! Learn to utilize your surroundings to get a great workout while enjoying some fresh air.   

Brown-bag lunches can save you money and calories

Published: April 19, 2010 @ 11:06 a.m.

Packing a brown-bag lunch is a great way to save money and skip added calories. Fifty years ago, only 25 percent of food dollars were spent outside of the home. Fast forward to the present and a whopping 48 percent of food dollars are spent on meals prepared away from home, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service .   

Acute low back pain: A user's guide to self-help

Published: April 19, 2010 @ 11:06 a.m.

PAUL A. SMUCKER, MD: Low back pain - it affects almost all of us from time to time.  There are some simple things a person can do when faced with this problem.
Low back pain may be longstanding, or acute.  "Acute", in medical parlance generally refers to an affliction that is of sudden or recent onset.  The sudden onset of low back pain may or may not be associated with an identifiable provoking incident. 

Urinary dysfunction: Don't let bladder problems control your life

Published: April 19, 2010 @ 11 p.m.

DR. SOHAIL A. SIDDIQUE:  Urinary dysfunction is common in women age 40 and older and billions of dollars are spent each year on pads, panty liners, diapers, etc., to help with urinary leakage.  Many women will avoid social activities for fear of incontinence or will have to map bathroom locations when out of their homes.  Some may avoid important events including vacations, weddings or graduations because of fear of urinary dysfunction.  Some women avoid sexual relations because of urinary dysfunction.

Achoo! How to survive spring allergies

Published: April 15, 2010 @ 4:01 p.m.

The spring warm-up is causing the trees to produce pollen. The blue skies and warm weather can add to outside activity, but can be a problem for those who suffer from allergies. Dr. Richard M. Bass, a professor of otolaryngology, which is a branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of the nose, ear and throat and related allergies, provides the answers on the symptoms, causes and treatment for those who suffer from allergies.  

Tips on how to have a healthy heart

Published: April 15, 2010 @ 4:01 p.m.

Marc Shelton, M.D., cardiovascular disease specialist and interventional cardiologist at the Prairie Heart Institute, provides tips on how to have a healthy heart. Advice includes what your diet should be, what exercises help and what you should avoid when it comes to your heart.  

The truth about mucus

Published: April 12, 2010 @ 11:32 a.m.

Dr. Richard M. Bass, a professor of otolaryngology, which is a branch of medicine that specializes in the treatment of the nose, ear and throat and related allergies, provides the answers to questions on what is the purpose of mucus and what important role it plays for our health.  

How to eat well on campus

Published: April 12, 2010 @ 11:31 a.m.

JENNA HOGAN, MPH, RD: For many, college is the first experience to living life on their own without direct parental control.  You choose what to have for dinner, you choose what time to come home at night, you choose whether or not to attend class, and so on.  This sudden freedom to make our own decisions can be so riveting that it can be tempting to make the wrong decisions, if not careful.  

The importance of exercise, nutrition, and being adjusted

Published: April 10, 2010 @ 11 p.m.

BRYAN TAYLOR, DC: Everyday your body fights and fends off diseases from the common cold to cancer.  The human body wants to be well and is built to do so if you simply feed, condition, and keep its joints, muscles, and nerves free of interference.  If you can keep your body dynamic by keeping balance between the bodily systems, your body will respond positively.  Environmental factors trigger body response.  

Chronic brain distress: What causes the brain to malfunction?

Published: April 06, 2010 @ 10 p.m.

JOHN D. STARMAN, MA: Now there is a way to understand the mind/body system and the tools to help it learn to function better and to develop high performance. To reach high performance, all parts of the system must operate at their best.  Simple stressors can build up over time, from the mind, the body or the environment causing chronic brain distress. 

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