Lately it seems as though I’ve been talking a lot about heart attacks and other cardiac issues. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty prominent subject these days. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both American men and women, and it’s not just older people who battle this sometimes ‘silent killer.’
There is an increase in the outbreak of measles in the United States. Measles is a virus and reportedly one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases. It is considered the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses and spreads just like the flu and whooping cough, through tiny droplets when infected people cough, sneeze, or talk. You can get the virus from touching a surface with these droplets or coming into contact with someone who has the virus.
Americans were shocked when fitness guru and star trainer of The Biggest Loser Bob Harper suffered a heart attack in 2017. If someone as healthy as Harper could have a heart attack, then heart disease can affect anyone.
My husband Eric and I are the proud ‘parents’ of five German Shepherds. They can be a handful, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Not only are dogs adorable and loving creatures, but owning a dog may also reduce our risk of having heart problems and stress related issues. In fact, there are many health benefits associated with owning dogs. To put it simply, dogs may help us live longer!
Summer Rayne Oakes, a thirty-something model and environmental activist, reportedly kept 670 plants growing in her 1,200-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn, according to this 2017 NBC TODAY report.
I don’t know about you, but when I look back at my years as a student I’m appalled at the way I used to eat! Eating sweets and crunchy, savory foods (like potato chips) were “life-savers” when trying to pull an all-nighter or survive exam week. Yes - stress eating was a real thing!
I am a firm believer in the adage that an “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” when it comes to my health. That’s why I usually don’t wait for symptoms to tell me whether I need to do something to take better care of myself.
I was deeply saddened to hear about the recent passing of John Singleton. The “Boyz N the Hood” director died of a stroke at just 51-years-old.
We have five basic senses: sight, taste, touch, hear and smell. If you are fortunate enough to never have experienced the loss of one of these senses, it’s likely that you often take them for granted or neglect the fact that we need to be proactive about maintaining their health. For example, many Americans fail to get their ears examined in order to prevent hearing loss.
At some point in our lives, we will find it necessary to take prescription drugs. They are necessary for our healthy lives too. And when we do, we have to be aware of the necessary nutrients they deplete from our bodies so we can work with a competent health care provider to replace them. We can replace those nutrients through diet, quality supplements or intravenously.
Water is probably the most important of the six essential nutrients our bodies need to remain healthy. (The other five nutrients are protein, fat, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins). We need water to digest our food, absorb the other nutrients from the food we eat and get rid of waste so that we can increase our chances of maintaining a healthy weight.
"It’s the kind of disease that once it gets rolling you really have to jump on it," said Missoula City County Health Department Director Ellen Leahy, in this report discussing a whooping cough outbreak in western Montana.
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