Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

By Bren Boston, MD

Help, I can’t get my school-age kid to go to sleep!  If this sounds familiar, then you must be a parent because this is a universal parent experience.  What parents need to remember is that kids are not born knowing how to sleep and they don’t care that sleep is important.  If left to their own devices, kids will not choose to get the amount of sleep that is optimal for their health and brain development.  That is where the ...

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What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

By Dr. Maggie Ney

*This is an updated article Dr. Ney wrote in 2019 on healthy school lunches.

It’s time to pack up school lunches again!  School mornings can be hectic so pack or plan your kids lunch the night before.  With some planning, packing lunches can be a rewarding process because you can take control of ensuring your kids eat a wholesome, nutrient-dense lunch. The best lunches should always include a protein, a vegetable, a fruit (seasonal is best), and something ...

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Families and Screen Time

Families and Screen Time

By David Laramie, PhD

While recently traveling on vacation, I was wholly unsurprised yet continually dismayed to see the incredible hold that cellular phones have on the modern mind.  My favorite example was seeing a father who had ordered fried eggs at a breakfast buffet.  During the scant one or two minutes that his eggs cooked, he frantically played a game on his phone.  This was despite the fact that if he had lifted his head, he could have taken in ...

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Healthy Aging Men: Would You Like a Spot of T?

Healthy Aging Men: Would You Like a Spot of T?

By Bren Boston, MD

Aging in men does not carry the same taboo as it does for women.  There is not the same pressure to dye your gray hair and botox your wrinkles if you are a guy. But men have the same desire for longevityand prolonging the feeling of vitalityas women.  

Healthy aging requires a whole lifestyle approach:

  • Anti-inflammatory foods that promote cellular health 
  • Exercise to increase lean muscle mass
  • Stretching to maintain elasticity 
  • Stress reduction
  • Detoxification with healthy liver & kidneys
  • Avoiding environmental toxins
  • Mood boosting with meditation, mindfulness, and altruism

As ...

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Children’s Obesity, The Top 8 Genes influencing Weight and Children’s Health

Children’s Obesity, The Top 8 Genes influencing Weight and Children’s Health

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk , MD ND

According to the World health organization, Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2016 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 41 million.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens ...

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Nutrient Highlight of the Month – Vitamin K2

Nutrient Highlight of the Month – Vitamin K2

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

If there is a single vitamin you need to know more about, it is Vitamin K2. Why?

  1. You likely aren’t getting enough of this essential nutrient
  2. It doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for promoting health and longevity

Vitamin K2 plays multiple vital roles in various physiological processes in the body including:

  • Directing calcium to bones and teeth, preventing osteoporosis and cavities. ...
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Food & Community – Why Eating Together Leads to Better Health

Food & Community – Why Eating Together Leads to Better Health

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

Throughout the history of human evolution, eating has always been a social event – or at least it used to be. The majority of Americans spend their meals apart from others, in front of their computer, TVs, in their cars, or grabbing something to-go. Not taking the time to sit down to eat with family and friends is costing us our health.  Conviviality pours from the social benefits of social eating ...

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Are You Sabotaging Your Vaginal Microbiome?

Are You Sabotaging Your Vaginal Microbiome?

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Ladies, did you know that there are good bacteria that live in your vagina and help to keep it healthy? Talking about bacteria living in your vagina might make you wary, but you should know that these friendly organisms are necessary for a healthy vagina. There has been a lot of press lately about the far-reaching importance of our gut microbiome and its impact on health. Research has been showing that the DNA of the microbiome ...

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Masculinity: Developing Warrior-like Emotional Intelligence

Masculinity:  Developing Warrior-like Emotional Intelligence

 

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

A part of me can cringe at the phrase “get in touch with your feelings.”   The words can be associated with an image of someone who is too soft, docile, or a pushover.  A part believes the traditional image of the Marlboro Man will always be the real masculine:  sturdy, tough, nonreactive, and non-emotional.  Childhood images, or the ways of our own fathers, can be hard to die.  This can make the hype ...

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June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

June is Men’s Health Month: Spotlight on Heart Disease

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Per the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the US, causing 1 in every 4 male deaths. The American Heart Association states that 1 in 9 men, compared to 1 in 30 women, will experience sudden cardiac death. Half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.

Half of Americans have at least 1 of the top 3 risk factors for cardiovascular disease: high blood pressure, ...

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