Stuff the turkey, not yourself

Published: Nov. 21, 2009 @ midnight

Linda Castor, RN, LC: Food is all around us this time of year. How can we enjoy this season and not gain a lot of weight? Before we answer that, let's examine a couple of holiday eating myths: Stay away from the sweets, and you will not gain extra weight. OK, that's actually true calorie-wise. 

Q & A on the new mammogram recommendations

Published: Nov. 17, 2009 @ 4:21 p.m.

Dr. Lisa Wichterman, M.D., director of breast imaging at Memorial Medical Center, provides her opinion about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines that state that women in their 40s should not get routine mammograms for early detection of breast cancer.  Q: What do you think about the change for mammogram checks from 40 to 50? A: It is difficult to support the change in recommendations because 16 percent of breast cancers occur in women in there 40s. More local doctors weigh in on this issue AP story on the new mammogram guidelines  Task force recommendations Time article about the new guidelines 

Genetics vs. Environment

Published: Nov. 16, 2009 @ 2:56 p.m.

Dr. Bryan Taylor, DC: I have always been fascinated with human structure and have spent much of my life paying attention to it.  Unfortunately for my grandparents and parents, they were projects of observation and provided early understanding of health.  My grandfather, a fit 80+ year old who has had minor health issues is as bright, articulate, and physically active as I remember him at 60. A big band drummer who kept active, ate well, and exercised mildly   

Accentuate the positive – 8 strategies

Published: Nov. 13, 2009 @ 12:36 p.m.

Michele Sutton, MA, CHES: A positive attitude is associated with higher levels of wellness and has been shown to mediate the impact of negative emotions.  Too often, however, we forego positivity and succumb to self-limiting beliefs or overt pessimism.  Learning to cultivate positive emotions (joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love) can be as easy as implementing some strategies that serve to increase awareness and target an attitude of gratitude.   

Q & A on Fitness: How to look lean

Published: Nov. 13, 2009 @ 11:44 a.m.

Molly Suhadolnik: I train my abs all the time with varying exercises. I feel like they are stronger, but they do not look any leaner...What am I doing wrong? One thing you are doing right is exercising! In order to see the hard work pay off at the gym, your diet must be clean! Without proper nutrition, your body will not respond as well to the exercise.   

What you need to know about the H1N1 influenza vaccine

Published: Nov. 11, 2009 @ 11:17 a.m.

Dr. Paul Phillips, M.D., and Dr. Misty Phillips, M.D.: Influenza virus or "the flu" is a viral infection consisting of fever, chills, muscle aches, malaise and cough.  This year, the specific H1N1 influenza strain is of particular concern because it is a unique strain likely to spread and cause increased illness due to its unique structure. Vaccines are the best tool we have to prevent influenza.    

Are you making positive changes for your health?

Published: Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6 a.m.

Dr. Bryan Taylor, DC: Are you on task?  Lots of excellent healthcare professionals, information, advice; but the key is you!  In our clinic, I can help joints, muscles, and nerves, but what are you doing?  Keep things simple and consistent.Find or create a workout with activities you enjoy, eat by making choices consistent with what the planet produces (i.e. meats, vegetables, fruits, etc.) with one "cheat" day a week.  Use preventative care or get problems fixed using chiropractic, medical and mental care. 

2009 H1N1 Influenza: Taking care of our children

Published: Nov. 06, 2009 @ 2:54 p.m.

Dr. Subhash Chaudhary, M.D.: As the H1N1 virus continues to spread, parents and caregivers share the same concerns that pediatricians do - how do we protect our children.  Among those eligible now for receiving H1N1 immunization are children 6 months and older and young adults through 24.  Children younger than 2 and children any age with certain chronic medical conditions (see list of conditions below) are at highest risk of getting serious illness due to H1N1 influenza (swine flu).  We also encourage you to get your child vaccinated for seasonal influenza, too.  Hopefully, there will be more supply of seasonal influenza vaccine available here mid-November.

Q & A on Fitness: Motivation to workout

Published: Nov. 06, 2009 @ 2:54 p.m.

Molly Suhadolnik: I am about 20 pounds overweight and cannot seem to lose any weight. I usually do the ellipctical or walk fast on the treadmill for about 30 minutes 3-4 times per week. Any advice? In order to achieve fat loss, you must incorporate weight training into your routine. The more muscle mass you have, the more fat you will burn. Weight training has a much greater effect on the metabolism that cardio does.     

Embrace your temporary humanity

Published: Nov. 06, 2009 @ 1:52 p.m.

Dr. Paul Mach, DN: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world.

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