Why is 1 in 6 Children in The United States Currently Obese?

Why is 1 in 6 Children in The United States Currently Obese?

 

By Bren Boston, MD

The answer is due to many reasons, including the fact that over 1 in 5 American adults are obese.  Parents set the agenda with what food is in the refrigerator and pantry, what is served for meals, and how regularly they, as role models, participate in physically active pursuits.  Current statistics show that obese children are more likely to have obesity as adults, which can perpetuate the cycle.

Current research shows that childhood obesity has doubled in ...

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly socially isolated world, is essential to our health.  It is so important that all doctors should be asking their patients about their community and support system during every annual health visit. Social connection does not require being physically present with people. Social connection is someone’s subjective experience of feeling understood and feeling a connection to others. We know that friendship (and it’s quality, not quantity) and social connection lead ...

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The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

The Power of the Mind-Body Connection

 

By Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

According to Harvard medical professor and researcher Dr Herbert Benson, “Mind body science has now reached a stage where it should be accepted as the third major treatment and prevention option, standing as an equal alongside drugs and surgery in the clinical medical pantheon.”   Yet, because highly successful drugs in a few treatment areas has caused an overuse of them in almost every area of medicine, as well as the systematic funneling of money and ...

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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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Fatherhood

Fatherhood

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD, DAD (3)

As we evolve past the stereotype of the traditional meaning of fatherhood – breadwinner, strong, hard working, man-of-the-house – we have come to understand that being a great father is so much more than that. It is having the ability to realize how as fathers, father figures, and male role models, we can help shape a child’s life. Taking an active role in a child’s physical, emotional, and spiritual development allows the child to feel secure, thus strengthening confidence ...

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Physical Fitness = Goals

Physical Fitness = Goals

 

By Bren Boston, MD

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Our bodies can be molded to a certain degree by the foods we choose to put into our bodies combined with the targeted exercise we do centering on specific muscles. Our skeletons were not designed to have a sedentary lifestyle. Our bodies thrive with a steady exposure to different types of activity, including aerobic exercises (like jogging, biking, hiking or swimming), resistance exercises (like free weights, weight machines, body-weight ...

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Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy Pregnancy

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Pregnancy is a magical time when women get to experience their day-to-day life while amazing changes are constantly happening within their body. I have three beautiful and healthy girls and loved being pregnant. I feel honored to help support women in my practice have healthy and joyful pregnancies. Being pregnant presents an exciting opportunity where women (and their partners) can feel extra motivated to take the very best care of their bodies. This is not a ...

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Are Stress and Depression Stealing the Best Years of Your Life? The Answer May Lie in your Gut

Are Stress and Depression Stealing the Best Years of Your Life?  The Answer May Lie in your Gut

 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD 

May 08, 2017

“UVA REVERSES DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS IN MICE USING PROBIOTICS,” screamed the headlines on March 7, 2017. It seems that everywhere we look for answers as to why so many of us are getting more and more tired, bloated, overweight, anxious and overly stressed, we find the microbiome listed as a possible top cause. The microbiome, that beehive-like agglomeration of bacteria, good and bad, in our gut plays a very complex and important role ...

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