The Arthritis Foundation: What We’re Excited About

The number one cause of disability in the United States is arthritis, affecting over 50 million Americans, according to the Arthritis Foundation. This means 1 in every 5 adults, 300,000 children, and countless families, the AF says. Arthritis is a painful condition that affects one’s quality of life. The AF’s …

READ MORE →

The Lyme Disease and the Fibromyalgia Connection

Your chances of getting bitten by a mosquito are greater than by a tick. But if you like the outdoors and live in certain areas, your risk is higher. And if the tick is carrying one of the 14 major diseases it is known for in the U.S., you may …

READ MORE →

Rheumatoid Arthritis Acts Differently in Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may be increasing, at least among women. In 2005, for instance, studies showed that it had gone up from 0.8 percent in 1995 to one percent in women, while the prevalence among men had …

READ MORE →

The Danger of Gender Bias in Medicine

I traveled to South America several years ago with a friend of mine. When we arrived for our stay, he recommended that I take melatonin to help reset my body clock, since the time zone was several hours different from our own. I had never tried melatonin before, but I …

READ MORE →

Fetal Cells Remain With Mom for Life – And May Protect Against Disease

A mother’s child lives in her heart forever. The precious curls, the adorable gurgling laugh or the soft curve of a baby’s cheek can etch themselves in a woman’s mind long after her baby has left for college. But new research is beginning to understand ways in which this connection …

READ MORE →

Holistic Health: Treating the Whole Person

You may know the term best as “alternative” medicine, but this moniker is no longer accurate. Better described as holistic health, naturopathic or even complementary, this form of integrative medicine has become more mainstream. Rather than looking at just specific symptoms, holistic health is more comprehensive. Practitioners look at the …

READ MORE →

How Your Gut Microbiome Is Affecting Your Health

Did you know that the average human body has 10 times more bacteria than human cells, and that over 4,000 different species of bacteria reside just in your gut? Otherwise known as “gut microbiome,” the bacteria in our gut aren’t all bad. In fact, this has become a hot area …

READ MORE →