Easy Ways To Reduce Neck Pain

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doctorOnline access can help people improve their health. The Internet can offer a means to research health conditions, connect socially, reach health care providers, find diet and nutrition information, and learn about exercise.

When the source of neck pain seems like a mystery, the culprit may be a smartphone or laptop, reports the June 2016 Harvard Health Letter. Bending the head down to look at a screen puts the body in an unhealthy position. “Think of it as an overuse injury. The neck and shoulders are being forced into one static position for too long,” says Dr. Clare Safran-Norton, a physical therapist and clinical supervisor of rehabilitation services at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Looking down flexes the neck forward. Supporting this position requires the help of the muscles in the neck, and sometimes the shoulder and shoulder blade muscles. “After a while, the muscles will get tired, overstretched, and weak, and will begin to hurt,” says Dr. Safran-Norton.

But there are plenty of simple fixes. Many focus on raising the screen or reading material to eye level to avoid looking down. For instance:

* Place a pillow on the lap, then rest the laptop or tablet on the pillow.

* Raise a monitor to eye level by placing it on a stack of large, sturdy books.

* Prop up a book in a book holder, and then place that on top of a pillow or table.

Simple neck exercises can also help reduce pain. But when pain lasts more than two weeks, Dr. Safran-Norton recommends seeking professional help. More serious causes of neck pain include arthritis, neck bone spurs, ruptured discs in the spine, fractures, scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine), old whiplash injuries, and poor posture.

Read the full-length article: “Do your habits cause your neck pain?”

Also in the June 2016 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* Five ways the Internet can help boost health

* How stress affects seniors, and how to avoid it

* What to know when taking multiple medications

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/health or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Study Shows Folic Acid Can Reduce Risk Of Stroke

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Royal River Natural Foods publishes results of study that shows folic acid can reduce stroke risk in people with high blood pressure.

healthyheartbpRoyal River Natural Foods, a locally-owned independent natural health store in Freeport, Maine, reports a new study that found people with high blood pressure who took folic acid along with standard blood pressure medication were 21 percent less likely to have had a stroke after 4.5 years of follow-up compared to those who took blood pressure medication alone.

The report is part of the July 2015, issue of Natural Insights for Well Being®, which Royal River Natural Foods publishes free each month for those in the Freeport community interested in new nutrition science. Also in the July issue, pre-diabetic women who took vitamin K had lower insulin and blood sugar levels compared to those who did not take vitamin K; and female students who took ginger root capsules had as much relief from menstrual pain as with standard pain medication, among other important findings.

“New evidence continues to show that everyday nutrients help not only improve the quality of daily life, but also extend healthy living as we age,” said Becky Foster, supplement manager. “New findings this month include well respected, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the ‘Journal of the American Medical Association,’ the ‘Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders,’ the ‘Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics,’ among others,” Foster said.

Natural Insights for Well Being® is free, and Royal River Natural Foods invites all those who wish to gain more valuable nutrition knowledge to stop in and pick up the July issue and meet the friendly, knowledgeable staff.

About the company:

Founded in 1994, Royal River Natural Foods is a unique community, natural food store. They are committed to well-being, body and soul. Experience their outstanding customer service in a warm and welcoming environment. Royal River Natural Foods proudly features local organic food, produce, locally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, pork and seafood, healthy takeout foods, bulk foods, snacks, special dietary products, specialty wines, micro-brewed beers, gourmet food made in Maine, unique gifts, eco-friendly products and much more. Royal River Natural Foods is committed to providing local, organic and sustainably-produced foods that enrich their customers’ lives. For more information about Royal River Natural Foods, visit their website at http://www.rrnf.com.

The Experts Discuss How To Reduce Toxicity In Your Kitchen

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newsThank you to PRWeb for supplying this article on How To Reduce Toxicity In Your Kitchen. Health Food Emporium invites popular doctors to discuss common toxins that we all encounter in our kitchens everyday, and how to avoid them. What are your thoughts on this article, please share in the comments section below…..

Is your kitchen toxic? Gail Bowman, the owner of Health Food Emporium stated, “I checked with Dr. Don Colbert and Dr. Mercola (both are popular TV and internet doctors) to find out what can be done to lessen the toxic load on our bodies from our kitchens. Their answers were very interesting, and a little challenging. I thought surely my kitchen was safe, but I discovered that I still have a lot of work to do. ”

1. Dr. Don Colbert said, “Everyone should practice minimal use of their microwave, or get rid of it altogether. Using a microwave to cook your food is of three main concerns. First, harmful and cancer-causing chemicals can leak into your foods from heated plastic and paper containers. Secondly, microwaving alters the molecular structure of food damaging the nutrients and even generating harmful chemicals. Third, microwaves emit radiation. although it is controversial as to how much radiation, studies have shown correlations between microwave radiation in the home and effects on the heart and blood sugar.”

2. Nonstick cookware should be avoided according to Dr. Mercola: “Non-stick cookware is made using a carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which starts emitting toxic fumes, that you inhale, every time you cook with a non-stick pot or pan! At high temperatures, the coating of non-stick cookware will also break down into a chemical warfare agent known as PFIB, and a chemical analog of the WWII nerve gas phosgene. Your best friend in the kitchen may actually be your family’s worst health enemy. It only takes 5 minutes for non-stick cookware to emit at least six toxic gases. ”

3. “Get rid of all plastics including storage bags, cups, plates, silverware and containers,” said Dr. Colbert. “Dishes made of glass are ideal. Harmful chemicals in plastics can leach into foods, especially when heated or if the food is acidic. A common chemical found in plastics is bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is associated with increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes. More and more plastic products are now appearing with a BPA Free label, but BPA is not the only harmful chemical in plastics.”

4. Avoiding canned foods is perhaps your best way to avoid BPA. Dr. Mercola states, “Recent research from the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that canned foods and beverages can increase your BPA levels by a staggering 1,000 percent in a mere five days! The lead researcher noted that given this new finding, canned goods may be an even greater contribution to your BPA levels than plastics.”

5. Store nuts and oils properly. Dr. Colbert stated, “Nuts and oils go bad quickly with exposure to heat, light and air. Rancid nuts smell and taste bad and can be carcinogenic. Rancid nuts are linked to headaches and digestive upset. Roasted, chopped and ground nuts go rancid much more quickly than whole raw ones. Nuts should be stored in the refrigerator. Look for oils that are sold in dark tinted bottles since the packaging will help to protect the oil from oxidation caused by exposure to light. Oil should be used within 1-2 months to ensure its quality remains intact, even when stored properly.”

6. Use natural cleaners for dishes, appliances, floors and counters. Jordan Rubin, founder of Garden of Life and owner of Beyond Organic, said, “Carcinogenic contaminants are found in a variety of popular household products including cleaners. The less contact with kitchen cleaners, oven cleaner, glues, paints, pain thinner and other solvents, the better. Household products have changed radically in the last fifty years due to scientists’ ability to synthesize new chemicals from petroleum. I recommend using natural ingredients such as vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda and commercially available natural cleaners to clean your home.”

– Gail Bowman is the owner of Health Food Emporium, an online health food store that has specialized in whole food supplements for over 10 years.

Reduce Obesity By Offering Choices

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badfoodchoicesFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article recently by The Morning Call, written by Cass R. Sunstein – the article is called Reduce Obesity By Offering Consumer Choices. The article begins by stating almost 70% of Americans have been overweight or obese in recent years, and more than 78 million people in the country have been counted as obese. Wow, these numbers are high. The article suggests that portion sizes must be reduced, as it appears many just eat whatever is put in front of them. This includes children, who are not mini adults, and should have portions appropriate to their size. According to the CDC, the average U.S. restaurant meal is more than five times larger than it was in the 1950s. Again, wow – why the change. Something needs to be done, and fast to reverse this epidemic. How many times have you had a bowl of chips in front of you, but you just keep eating and eating, then 30 minutes later, dinner and dessert. So, one helpful hint is to try smaller portions, and when done, stop eating for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, if still hungry, eat a little more, but not a lot. Please visit The Morning Call web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I found it very informative and educational.”

From the article…..

Almost 70 percent of Americans have been overweight or obese in recent years, and more than 78 million people in the country have been counted as obese.

The problem has many sources, but one of them is obvious: increased portion sizes. We have a lot of evidence that people will eat whatever is put in front of them, even if they aren’t hungry. As portion sizes expand, waistlines expand as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average U.S. restaurant meal is more than five times larger than it was in the 1950s. The average hamburger, once less than 4 ounces, is now more than 12 ounces. The average order of French fries, once less than 3 ounces, is now more than 6 ounces. There is a clear correlation between increases in portion sizes and increases in obesity.

That correlation helps explain why obesity has been more prevalent in the U.S. than in France. The French eat high-calorie food, but their portion sizes are smaller. In supermarkets and restaurants, and in portion sizes recommended in cookbooks, Americans are given significantly bigger servings. Even at McDonald’s, where we might expect identical sizes, servings of soda and French fries have been found to be larger in Philadelphia than in Paris.

Brian Wansink, a Cornell University professor of consumer behavior, helps to explain why portion sizes have such a large effect. He finds that much of our eating is mindless or automatic in that we tend to eat whatever is in front of us. If you are given a half-pound bag of M&Ms, chances are that you will eat about half as much as you will if you are given a one-pound bag. People who receive large bowls of ice cream eat a lot more than those who get small bowls.

In one of Wansink’s fiendish experiments, people were provided with a large bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup and told to eat as much as they liked. Unbeknownst to them, the soup bowls were engineered to refill themselves (with empty bottoms connected to machinery beneath the table). No matter how much soup the subjects ate, the bowl never emptied. The result? Soup consumption skyrocketed. Many people just kept eating until the experiment was ended.

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Soda Tax Could Help Reduce Childhood Obesity In Nebraska

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sodabottleFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting article from the Star Herald out of Nebraska written by Sara Giboney. The title of the article is called Soda Tax Could Help Reduce Childhood Obesity In Nebraska. We have written here quite often about the soda taxes in big cities like NYC and LA. Obesity has been in the news a great deal over the last few months, as many government officials have realized the high costs in the future that will be needed to assist many people who are unhealthy due to obesity. With the generous support of the media, who has discussed this in great detail, small changes are starting to take place nationwide. Now, the University of Nebraska at Kearney could play an integral role in helping Nebraska schools reduce childhood obesity. LB447, which was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature by state Senator Bill Avery, would tax soda and create the Nebraska Healthy Kids Fund, which aims to help schools implement wellness programs. What a nice gesture at the local level to help combat childhood obesity. It will be interesting to see how this tax will be received, as there are those who are in favor, those who are opposed. But, change is needed to help fight childhood obesity, as many are worried this could be the first generation of children whose life expectancy may be shorter than their parents. Please visit the Star Herald’s web site to view the complete article.”

From the article…..

The University of Nebraska at Kearney could play an integral role in helping Nebraska schools reduce childhood obesity.

LB447, which was introduced in the Nebraska Legislature by state Sen. Bill Avery, would tax soda and create the Nebraska Healthy Kids Fund, which aims to help schools implement wellness programs.

If the Nebraska Healthy Kids Fund receives funding, UNK will be responsible for collecting, analyzing and developing school-based reports for weight and fitness data.

“It’s taking the best practices from what we’ve learned here in Kearney as what seems to have been effective in decreasing the prevalence of overweight and obesity and preventing excessive weight gain and trying to implement those strategies in other schools across the state,” said Kate Heelan, professor of health, physical education and recreation and the Kearney Public Schools wellness program evaluator.

UNK has worked with KPS collecting weight and fitness data on students.

KPS has implemented new physical education curriculum, put salad bars into schools, began offering a wellness program for overweight families and more.

Lincoln Public Schools also has implemented a wellness program and has been collecting data.

Dr. Bob Rauner, chair of the Nebraska Medical Association’s public health committee and co-chair of the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians’ Legislative Committee, has been working with Lincoln Public Schools to reduce childhood obesity with the help of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program grant, the same grant KPS used to implement its wellness program.

“This bill came out as a way to sustain what we’re doing in Lincoln and Kearney, but also roll it out to the rest of the state,” Rauner said.

“We want to make it happen everywhere because it’s working.”

Rauner said every school district in Nebraska has a wellness policy, but there isn’t a mandate that says the schools have to implement wellness programming.

“In Lincoln and Kearney, it (wellness policy) didn’t just sit on the shelf, we actually did things to change the policy,” he said.

In Lincoln, some schools had eliminated recess to create more time for academics, Rauner said.

“Kids need physical activity, and it actually helps their academics when they’re more active,” Rauner said. “Now, all schools have to have recess, they have to have physical activity breaks.”

Data collection will be the first step to help school districts across the state implement their own wellness policies.

If the bill is approved, beginning in 2014, UNK will receive $500,000 a year as part of the Nebraska Healthy Kids Fund.

The funds will be used to develop and maintain a statewide database for weight and fitness data on students in Nebraska public schools.

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