So, you’re going greener and more natural – you’re eating organic, riding your bike to work and investing in some hemp clothing. You are on your way… well, except for the fact that you have a makeup drawer full of not-so-green cosmetics, never mind your bathroom cabinet stacked with lotions and creams with labels that might as well be in a foreign language.
But, you really do love your makeup and skin care products. Must you give them up? If you want to live a healthier life, the answer is yes. Mainstream cosmetics and skin care lines are often full of chemicals that not only penetrate through your skin, but also make their way down through our drainage systems and into [...]
Meditation alleviates stress, lowers blood pressure and increases energy levels, among other benefits. And now, according to recent studies, meditation might provide another benefit: decreasing aging in the brain.
As people age, they are at increased risk for mental illness and neurogenerative disease. However, UCLA researchers conducted a study in which they found that meditation seems to help preserve gray matter in the brain, which contains neurons, and is a sign of decreased aging. After comparing 50 people who meditated for years with 50 people who did not, scientists found that those who meditated had more gray matter in the brain than those who did not.
No matter how far I’ve moved away or how many new friends I’ve made, there’s a part of me that’s still the loud, musical-loving, inappropriate-joke-making kid I was so long ago. What has changed, however, is that I no longer weigh over 200 pounds. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, that was quite an amount of weight to carry. I was born and raised in the midwest, Grand Rapids, MI to be precise, and was hardly the fattest person in my class. That said, I was definitely far from being fit.
My weight was never a prevalent health issue; my yearly check-ups never resulted in any alarms. My doctor once even mentioned I was healthy and it was just how I was built. I could actually run a decent [...]
Recently the American Medical Association classified OBESITY as a disease. This has send ripples into our culture as the AMA has thrown the gauntlet and is forcing us to look at this issue. We all know that obesity is a huge medical problem and leads to many life-threatening diseases which are costing us a fortune in healthcare expenses…but…is it a disease per se?
Let’s look at some arguments on both sides of this debate-Obesity is a disease The move by the American Medical Assn. board means that one-third of adults and 17% of children in the U.S. have a medical condition that requires treatment It should encourage primary care physicians to get over [...]