Two Healthy Holiday Songs

Two Healthy Holiday Songs

By Bren Boston, MD

This month Dr. Boston wrote two Holiday songs to celebrate the season!

Song 1

The Twelve Exercises of Christmas 

(to the tune of Partridge in a Pear Tree)
On the 12th day of Christmas
Exercise is key:
Twelve Biceps curling
Eleven Calves a-Raising
Ten Legs a-Leaping
Nine Tummies Crunching
Eight Hamstrings Stretching
Seven Triceps Dipping
Six Arms a-Lifting
Five Second Plank
Four Jumping Jacks
Three Side Lunges
Two Mountain Climbers
And a Deep Squat Bending My Knees

Song 2

Holiday Belly

(to the ...

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Is there an addiction gene? The COMT hypothesis

Is there an addiction gene?  The COMT hypothesis

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk MD (France), ND

What is COMT? 

Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT) is an enzyme that metabolizes brain hormones, such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These hormones help to regulate heartbeat, breathing rate, focus and attention, memory, mood, and pain perception (heard about the fight or flight response, how the body reacts when we sense a danger?). COMT inactivates estrogens in male and females.

In the brain, catechol-O-methyltransferase helps break down certain chemical messengers called neurotransmitters. These chemicals conduct signals from one nerve ...

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Summer Mindfulness

Summer Mindfulness

By Alicia Maher, MD

Ahhhh, summer. So many wonderful things that we look forward to all year. The kids are out of school and there’s more time for the unstructured and fun.

But sometimes a house full of people with unstructured time can also mean more noise and stress. When we start feeling stressed, there’s a quick, simple mindfulness practice that may help. This is a mental exercise to decrease the reactivity we have throughout the day. This one can even ...

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Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

 

By Dr Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Since the 2000s, our lives have dramatically changed with the omnipresence of social media and smartphone use. We are now online 24/7 and bombarded with information, such as friend requests, Instagram posts, videos and more. Along the way, we seem to have somewhat forgotten how to interact face- to-face with our peers. And  although we are a part of this large and ever growing social media community, we appear to ...

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