New Hope for Vertigo Sufferers

October 8th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher Dr. Carol Foster developed an easy, do-it-yourself maneuver to treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) after being afflicted by the disorder herself.  Called the half somersault, this new exercise has been found to be effective in treating BPPV and can be easily done at home or with a doctor’s assistance.  In the following video, Dr. Foster explains the basics of vertigo and how to perform the exercise.

 

For more information, read the study published in Audiology and Neurology comparing the Half Somersault to a traditional maneuver used to treat BPPV: A Comparison of Two Home Exercises for Benign Positional Vertigo: Half Somersault versus Epley Maneuver

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

October 7th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Listen to the full NPR story Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk

Diet Soda May Raise the Risk of Diabetes

September 24th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Artificial sweeteners found in diet soda may alter our gut microbes and raise the risk of diabetes according to new research.  Next time you reach for a beverage, try water.

Listen to the full NPR story: Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

What’s Up With My Tongue?

September 4th, 2014 Posted in General Acupuncture | No Comments »

I get a lot of questions about why I look at people’s tongues, what I see and what that means.  Check out this basic chart and explanation of Chinese tongue diagnosis to see what I see:

Which Tongue Do You Have?

The Importance of Eating Breakfast

August 21st, 2014 Posted in General Acupuncture | No Comments »

Eating breakfast is the key to loosing weight and staying healthy, right?  Maybe not.  According to several recently published studies, body weight, resting metabolic rate, cholesterol and most measures of blood sugar weren’t effected by either skipping or eating breakfast.

Read the full article: Is Breakfast Overrated?

Keep it Cool to Boost Your Metabolism

July 18th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Want to boost your metabolism with ZERO effort?  Sounds too good to be true?  A recent study found that lowering the ambient temperature of your bedroom might do just that.

Read the full NY Times article: Let’s Cool It in the Bedroom

Interview: How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

July 9th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, presents an interesting take on evolution, health and disease.  His theory in a nutshell: our Stone Age bodies are not equipped to thrive in the modern world.

Listen to the full interview: How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

8 Hydration Myths Busted

July 9th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Trying to stay hydrated in the summer heat?  Here are a few things you might not know about hydration.

Runner’s World: 8 Hydration Myths Busted

New Study: Broccoli Detox

June 20th, 2014 Posted in Cancer | No Comments »

A new study published online in the journal Cancer Prevention Research found that consuming a beverage containing broccoli sprouts daily increased the rate of excretion of benzene and acrolein, two common harmful pollutants.  Throughout the clinical trial’s 12-week period, the rate of excretion of benzene increased 61 percent, and the excretion rate of acrolein increased 23 percent.

Researchers have yet to determine how little of a cruciferous superfood like broccoli sprouts need to be consumed daily for protection, and if the increased excretion rates will ultimately translate into cancer protection, but the results are promising.

Read the full article: Eating Broccoli May Give Harmful Chemicals The Boot

Your Brain’s Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

June 17th, 2014 Posted in General Health | No Comments »

Listen to the full NPR story: Your Brain’s Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think