Fitness

Alternative Health Methods Can Help With Chronic Pain

Alternative Health Methods Can Help With Chronic Pain

I’ve had a pain in the muscles in my upper arm for months, apparently from lifting weights improperly. Aspirin and other over-the-counter pain medicines helped, but the discomfort emanating from my “rotator cuff” soon returned. I recently read Ann Romney’s book In This Together (2015, St. Martin’s Press) about her long struggle with multiple sclerosis (MS) and was impressed with...

Do your city a favor: Ride a bike to town

Do your city a favor: Ride a bike to town

Charleston, S.C. — one of the world’s most popular cities — is a nice place to live, especially if you have good physical health.   A morning stroll along The Battery overlooking Charleston Harbor is delightful, especially during the spring and fall. You are certain to see ships entering and exiting past Fort Sumter to and from the Atlantic Ocean. The...

Spirituality and Health

Spirituality and Health

  Spirituality comes naturally, and it is typically a very healthy activity. If you have found meaning, hope, comfort and inner peace in your life, you know what I’m talking about here. Spirituality is available to you through religion, music and art, nature, exercise and possession of a high sense of principle and morality. Being a spiritual person is the...

Statins Cut ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

Statins Cut ‘Bad’ Cholesterol

You have your blood tested, your “bad” cholesterol is high and your doctor prescribes a statin to cut plaque buildup on the walls of your arteries, thus reducing the risk of angina, heart attack and stroke.  Which, of course, is good.  But should you worry about side effects of this potent drug? Although proper diet and exercise is critical in...

Get Smart with Exercise

Get Smart with Exercise

Regular exercise is not only a young person’s game.  Studies show that as your age, getting a regular workout affects the brain in such a way that strengthens cognitive abilities. How long do you exercise daily?   Do you wear a tracking device that records the number of steps you take each day?  If not, then consider buying one.  Fitbits and...

“Bug Season”

“Bug Season”

It’s always the “bug season” down at the gym, so beware! There’s a cliché out there about staying out of hospitals because germs gather there. It’s misleading, of course, because hospitals typically take extra care to clean everything thoroughly.  But it’s also true. Most hospital executives steer clear of questions about staph infections, for instance. Same goes for gymnasiums. There...

Get Smart with Blueberries

Get Smart with Blueberries

It’s the spring growing season in South Carolina.  Have you forgotten that this is the time to get your garden ready for organic delectables?  Why not try blueberries this year?  The small blue fruits that grow happily on bushes in sandy soil gives your brain the juice it needs to run smoothly year after year, according Science Daily about healthy...

Use It or Lose It

Use It or Lose It

“Use it or lose it!” You’ve heard this cliché practically all you life, right?  That’s because it is absolutely correct.  You could buy a brand new car, park it in a brand new garage, protect it from all the elements etc., but if you don’t crank it up regularly and go for a ride, it will fall apart. The disintegration...

No More Excuses

No More Excuses

Good question:  What is “apathy?” Apathetic answer:  “I don’t know and I don’t care.” You are not apathetic. You care.  If you didn’t, you would not be reading my health blog.  You would not know that apathy is a leading cause of death. Yet, in the context of your wellbeing, it’s critical to remind yourself every day that “apathy” means...

Are Nutritional Shakes Worth It?

Are Nutritional Shakes Worth It?

Are those powdered protein shakes everyone seems to be purchasing now from stores as well as home dealers good for you?  Are they the secret to losing weight? “Maybe,” according to a recent report published by the Mayo Clinic.  But they certainly are not a secret elixir to weight loss. The key to dieting is the fact that dropping pounds...

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