The holidays are filled with family, friends, all the joys of the season but also stress. Unfortunately for the more than 28 million people in the US who suffer from migraine headaches, the added stress of trying to get everything done, entertain, travel and keep up with normal daily life can trigger the dreaded migraine. In fact, 60 to 70 percent of those who get migraines say that stress is a major contributor. During a time when we should be enjoying the holidays, it helps to have some easy strategies to help destress and stave off tension. [Read more…]
Long linked to a whole host of problems, obesity is a far-reaching problem that affects millions of Americans today. And while it is well known that obesity can contribute to things like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, you may not realize that obesity is also linked to more common, and sometimes downright scary, conditions including migraine headaches, sleep apnea, carpal tunnel syndrome, narcolepsy and even dementia. [Read more…]
There is no shortage of fad diets today. From low carb to Paleo to diets based on your blood type, there is something that appeals to just about everyone. But what if one of these diets could actually slow the rate at which your brain ages? That is what one diet, affectionately known as the MIND diet, is promising. Today, we are taking a look at this diet and other dietary guidelines that have been shown to have positive effects on the brain’s aging. [Read more…]
Stress… Though highly subjective and different for everyone, we all know some of the characteristic responses that stress can trigger from headaches and teeth grinding to stuttering, light headedness, insomnia and difficulty making decisions. Stress can be especially harmful to those who suffer from neurological conditions but there is hope that lies in proper and effective stress management techniques, many of which are easy to do. [Read more…]
The occurrence of epilepsy and its seizures have been documented as far back as the human race, including in prehistoric times. An often misunderstood disease, people have turned to everything from religion to diet and natural cures to medicines and other chemical substances and even surgery to treat the disease. In today’s modern drug therapies, it is estimated that a fifth of patients get no relief at all from the drug therapies. [Read more…]
It seems that we are all on a quest to find ways to live longer these days. With increasingly stressful schedules, it seems there is never enough time for everything and as a result, our health sometimes suffers. There are literally thousands of suggestions on how to live longer from the commonly known things like “stop smoking” and “exercise and make sure you maintain good nutrition” to more unusual suggestions like “find religion” or “live on a mountain” or even “grow new body parts”. The information can be overwhelming and the discussion took on a new slant at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in China this September.
While hundreds of panels, workshops, meetings and social gatherings examined things like climate change, infrastructure and finances were happening, everyone in attendance brought one common thing to the table.. the human brain. One prominent focus of the meeting was how neurotechnologies will detect and record brain activity in detail never before thought possible; a focus of the White House BRAIN Initiative. [Read more…]
Most adults have felt the uncomfortable sensation brought on by acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at some time. In fact, nearly 60% of adults will experience it within a calendar year and 20 to 30 percent will feel it regularly. In the United States today, nearly seven million people have some symptoms of GERD. Left untreated, GERD can lead to serious health problems including Barrett’s esophagus, which can be a precursor to cancer. There are many treatment options for sufferers of acid reflux but the best treatments may surprise you. [Read more…]