Community-Based Exercise

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Community-Based Exercise

 

By. Bren Boston, MD

Why should you try community-based exercise? Even for people who think they don’t like to exercise, community-based exercise has lots of benefits. Positive social interactions and accountability are high on the list. When you meet a group of people who are looking forward to you showing up every week (for a group walk or a class at the local recreation center, for example), it makes it more likely that you will prioritize that exercise. It can ...

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Is Better Health Contagious?

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Is Better Health Contagious?

 

Sari Eitches, MD

We all know that infections can be passed through communities, but emerging research shows that health habits- both good and bad- can also spread. The health habits of our family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even our elected officials, can influence our own health.

One study showed that if your close friend becomes obese, your chance of becoming obese increases by 57%. If your dining companions at work or home overeat, or ...

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Social Isolation is a Risk Factor for Premature Death

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Social Isolation is a Risk Factor for Premature Death

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Our sense of community, and feeling connected with others, is one of the most powerful factors that affects our health. Most doctors do devote time to discussing the importance of diet, exercise and stress management as being essential for optimal health and disease prevention. Indeed, these are the foundations of optimal health. But the importance of human connection, community and our sense of belonging is equally important for our health.

Researchers have found that loneliness and social ...

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

By. Dr. Bren Boston

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common cause for chronic pelvic pain in women. An often-overlooked piece of the puzzle is pain stemming from laxity at the pubic symphysis and sacroiliac joints.

The pubic symphysis is a joint at the front of the bony pelvic ring. It consists of a fibrocartilaginous disc wedged between the two pubic bones. There are 4 ligaments that reinforce the pubic symphysis.

These ligaments can ...

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What can Nutritional IV Therapy do for me?

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What can Nutritional IV Therapy do for me?

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk ND, MD Licensed Naturopathic Doctor

Vitamins are necessary for the optimal function of our bodies and minds. Most vitamins and minerals are not produced by the body but are absorbed from the food we eat, but intensive methods of farming, intense processing have reduced the levels of nutrients in food significantly.

Why Take IV Vitamin Therapy Instead of Vitamin Supplements?

  • Nutrients are delivered directly into the bloodstream and the cells
  • Only IV therapy can deliver high concentrations of vitamins and minerals
  • IV ...
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Yoga and Physical Therapy: The Twin Pillars of Pain Free Body!

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Yoga and Physical Therapy: The Twin Pillars of Pain Free Body!

 

By Olivia Barry, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500

“It’s all in your head.”

This comment has become an example of all the different ways medical providers can be dismissive of pain that is frighteningly real. It suggests that if pain’s root has anything to do with our emotional or psychic life, that it is less important and less treatable.

Yet more and more it’s becoming clear that physical discomfort is intimately connected to the mind and psyche. If ...

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A Gift All Dads Could Use

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A Gift All Dads Could Use

 

By Dr. David Laramie

With Father’s Day approaching, would you like to know a guaranteed-to-be-appreciated gift for any father in your life?  Besides being fun, how about a gift that will make him live longer?  And to top it off, it’s a totally free gift.  Here is your answer – every dad could use serious encouragement and support to get out and spend time with his buddies.

Lack of social connection is a serious matter.  The former Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, ...

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An Integrative Approach to Pain Management

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An Integrative Approach to Pain Management

 

By Dr. Bren Boston

After my residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, I completed a 1 year fellowship in Pain Medicine, becoming board-certified.  I was trained in what was, at the time, standard of care for treating chronic pain.  Unfortunately, after practicing pain management for a few years after my fellowship, I became acutely aware that the standard of care was not making people better.

By the time a patient gets to the office of a pain management specialist, they have ...

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Preparing for a new baby in today’s world

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Preparing for a new baby in today’s world

By Sari Eitches, MD

The last thing any pregnant woman needs is more unsolicited advice about how to gestate! That said, as a second-time pregnant mom and an integrative physician I can offer the following support for pregnancy and early motherhood in the modern era.

  1. Practice self care. You are taking care of your family when you take care of yourself. This may be most literal during pregnancy, but it remains true ...
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How Staying Healthy and Fit Helps Me as a Mom

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How Staying Healthy and Fit Helps Me as a Mom

By, Dr. Bren Boston

I’ve always had a bit of a Type A personality.  Probably most doctors do, how else can you make it through medical school?  Having a Type A personality means that my sympathetic nervous system, my fight or flight instinct, can make me a bit on edge sometimes.  It also helps me get stuff done.  But, too much of a good thing, is a bad thing.  Exercising is the main way I balance my sympathetic nervous system, ...

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