Why Music Boosts Your Health
Music is a great relaxer, isn't it? Put the headphones on to a nice, soothing melody, and suddenly your heart rates slows, your blood pressure drops and your aches and pains seem to fade away.In fact, it works so well that when people listen to music before or after surgery it reduces anxiety and decreases their need for pain medicine.
Red Meat That's Good for Your Heart
Unless you’re a vegan or vegetarian, I’ll bet you enjoy sitting down to eat a nice beef tenderloin, prime rib or rack of lamb every now and then. While I’ve been limiting my intake of meat to around 10% of the plate every two or three days, I still enjoy it when I do. But I’ve also developed a taste for prairie-raised bison – buffalo meat – in the past few years.
Eat Your Way to a Healthy Prostate
In last Friday's issue of Advanced Natural Medicine, I talked about the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for men and women. And it triggered some pretty serious questions about prostate cancer. I get it. Over the years there have been plenty of mixed messages about testosterone and prostate cancer. That makes it hard to know what’s true and what isn’t.
Clearing Up the Confusion about Hormone Replacement Therapy
Once you hit your 40ís, itís hard not to consider the idea of taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) at some point. And it doesnít matter whether youíre male or female. Believe me. I know both scenarios by heart.
There's Something Fishy Going on...
After two decades of debate, the FDA recently approved genetically altered salmon for human consumption. And in just a few years, youíll be able to buy this "freaky fish" at your grocerís fish counter.
15 Minutes a Day to Total Fitness
Getting and staying fit is on the top of everyoneís list these days. But, by far, one of the biggest problems I hear is that thereís just not enough time in the day to get into a regular exercise routine.
Why Antibacterial Soaps Don't Stop Colds or Flu
Well, itís official. Cold and flu season is here. Some of my patients are loading up on antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers. Others are showing up at my office with runny noses and hacking coughs...along with demands for an antibiotic. If you fall into either of these categories, let me set the record straight.
Eternal Youth is Hiding in Your Telomeres
Most of my patients and other folks I talk to want to reach - and even surpass - their 100th birthday. While this may sound like a pipe dream to you, it's a reality for more than 315,000 centenarians worldwide. And, by far, the largest populations of these elders are found in two countries.
Weird Vitamin D Connection Shuts Down Depression
When sunshineís at a premium during the short days of winter, it can leave you feeling listless and blue. You can become sluggish, withdrawn and may want to sleep to your heartís content. And while weíve long known that these disruptions are somehow linked with low vitamin D levels, the reason hasnít always been clear.
Holiday Secret: Mistletoe Kills Cancer Cells
Now that the holidays are in full swing, Iíll bet youíll find yourself under a sprig of mistletoe a time or two over the next couple of weeks. You might even get a few pecks on the cheek. But mistletoe isnít just for kissing. It also shows great hope as a powerful weapon in the fight against cancer.
A Cocktail a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Now that holiday party season is in full swing, alcohol is flowing more freely than at any other time of the year. Thatís why Iíve been cautioning my patients to drink responsibly and stay off the roads if theyíve had too much. Iíve also been taking the time to explain alcoholís two-faced nature.