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Thanks to this news from the Washington Post’s Martha Thomas, we’re feelin’ good about improvements in hospital menus. . . .  Go, Georgetown!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/22/AR2010032202870.html

 

Another Reason to Wash Our Hands . . .

What do Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth and researcher Spike Lee at the University of Michigan have in common? They both realize that hand washing may help rinse away mental turmoil.

Find out more from NPR:

 

Transitioning to Minimalist Running Shoes

Many of our clients have been interested in making a transition to more minimalist shoes, such as Vibram’s Five Fingers.  Here’s a link to some helpful tips for making that transition smoothly:

http://www.runbare.com/446/how-to-transition-into-vibram-five-fingers/

Five Fingers & Toes

Five Fingers & Toes

 

Got Office Butt? Try These Exercises. . . .

The April 7th edition of The New York Times magazine has a fun spread in honor of the recent reprint of “Exercises for Gentlemen: 50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On,” originally published in 1908.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/07/t-magazine/webstory_execrisesonsuit.html

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Dr. Dean Ornish on Healing

“Instead of trying to motivate [patients] with the ‘fear of dying,’ Ornish reframes the issue. He inspires a new vision of the ‘joy of living’ — convincing them they can feel better, not just live longer.” ~ Fast Company

In an inspiring video from the TED lecture series, Dr. Dean Ornish shows us ways in which we can change ourselves. . . . Thereby leading happier, healthier & even longer lives.

 

Spring 2010 Newsletter Now Available – “To Your Health”

The newest edition of our semiannual newsletter, “To Your Health” Spring 2010, is hot off the presses!

Featured articles include:

~ “The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage” – Cathy Ulrich
~ “No Pain, No Gain?” – Cathy Ulrich
~ “Massage for Seniors”

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You may download the newsletter or view it as an Adobe PDF file. The latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free download at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

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The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Pain-Killers

When Antonio Benedi of Springfield, Va., felt a case of the flu coming on one weekend in February 1993, he did what millions of others do -- he reached for a common over-the-counter pain medication. I was taking Tylenol like I was supposed to, by the label, he said. A few days later the then 37-year-old Benedi was in a coma and in desperate need of a liver transplant. Collapse (AP Photo/Courtesy Antonio Benedi)

(AP Photo/Courtesy Antonio Benedi)

Many of the dear folks with whom we work have lived in pain for years.  As a result, over-the-counter meds can play a frequent role in our lives. . . .

While Tylenol certainly can be helpful, we need to remember to exercise caution when using over-the-counter medications.

Last year, the FDA linked normal acetaminophin use to liver damage and pushed for stronger warnings and stricter dose limits for drugs that, like Tylenol, contain acetaminophen.

When Antonio Benedi (right) of Springfield, Va., felt a case of the flu coming on one weekend in February 1993, he did what millions of others do — he reached for a common over-the-counter pain medication. “I was taking Tylenol like I was supposed to, by the label,” he said. A few days later the then 37-year-old in a coma and in dire need of a liver transplant.

Read the whole story at ABC news:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/PainNews/story?id=7699582

 

15 House Plants You Can Use as Air Purifiers

How many do you have?    http://air-purifier-reviewsite.com/blog/15-house-plants-you-can-use-as-air-purifiers/

* Areca Palm Tree       * Peace Lily

* Lady Palm                * Aloe Vera

* Bamboo Palm           * Spider Plant

* Boston Fern              * Chrysanthemum

* Rubber Plant             * Snake Plant

* Dracaena

* English Ivy

* Date Palm Tree

* Ficus Alii

* Heart Leaf Philodendron

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“Healthier Solutions by Marie” Spring 2010 Newsletter

Marie Browning’s Spring newsletter just arrived in our inbox, so we’d like to share it with you.  Marie is Board Certified in Nutritional Wellness (CNW) and publishes a regular newsletter.  Her newsletter is filled with sometimes surprising and always useful information for healthy lifestyles and includes yummy recipes.  Together with the newsletter, more information is available at her website, “Healthier Solutions by Marie.”

http://www.healthiersolutionsbymarie.com/spring10.pdf

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

While we have enjoyed this year’s winter and its snow immensely, we are looking forward to the arrival of Spring!  Nevertheless, it’s good to know that the cold is indeed good medicine. . . .

Cold Weather – Is it good or bad for your health?

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Most of us spend the winter trying to stay warm, but a little bit of exposure to cold may not be such a bad thing. There are two types of fat in the human body: white fat and brown fat. Brown fat is the heat-producing, calorie-burning fat that babies need to regulate their body temperatures. Most of it disappears with age, but adults retain some brown fat. Dutch researchers reported findings last year that showed that moderately cool temperatures of 61° F activated brown fat in 23 of 24 study volunteers. This is a good thing because brown fat burns calories more efficiently than white fat, and so may help control weight. When we get chilled this winter, we may take some consolation that at least we’re firing up those brown fat cells. Read the rest of this entry »