Living to 100 and Beyond

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Living to be 100 years old was once considered a rare occurrence, but with advancements in medicine and lifestyle changes, living to be 100 is not so improbable today.

In 1910, the average life expectancy was only about 48 years for men and 51 years for women. Menopause was hardly even experienced! How times have changed!

As a group, there are more centenarians worldwide than ever before, with the largest population found in America. Five places have been identified worldwide where people live the longest, healthiest lives.… Read more »

Share the Love! Friends Help Friends Stay Healthy

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While many people use supplements, self-help books, or health care providers to help them stay healthy, they often overlook a powerful tool that is right at their disposal–friends!

Did you know that friendships and positive social networks can have a major impact on your health and well-being? It’s true. Good friends are good for your health. Friends help you celebrate the good times in your life and they support you when times are tough.

Friends may even have a great effect on health than a spouse or family member.… Read more »

Vitamin E Supplements Increase Incidence of Prostate Cancer

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According to the recent Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT), published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, vitamin E significantly increased the incidence of prostate cancer in healthy men. More than 35,000 relatively healthy men, aged 50 or older, from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico were divided randomly into four treatment groups to receive daily doses of selenium (200 micrograms from L-selenomethionine), vitamin E (400 international units [IU] of all rac-α-tocopheryl acetate), both selenium and vitamin E, or a placebo.… Read more »

Thinking About Becoming a Vegetarian?

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During the holidays, we often eat “traditional” meals that include meat and poultry. But have you ever thought about “going meatless” and choosing to become a vegetarian?

There are many reasons that people choose to become a vegetarian. Some are compelled by environmental reasons, others by health reasons, some by economic or aestheic reasons, and others are compelled by religious or ethical concerns. Today, six to eight million adults in the United States are vegetarians and there are millions more in Europe, India, and the Middle East.… Read more »

Let’s Get Moving–Physical Activity and Health

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Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to get outside and get moving! While many people think that the only beneficial exercise is strenuous exercise that leaves you breathless, sweating, and exhausted, that is no longer true. Any form of movement, whether it is gardening, dancing, playing sports, swimming, jogging, walking, yoga, tai chi, or engaging in many other activities, is beneficial. Physical activity and movement is essential for our health and well-being no matter what our age.

Physical activity is usually classified as either aerobic or anaerobic.… Read more »

Hormone Replacement: The Importance of Timing

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Authors of the newest consensus statement on menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) have concluded that MHT is the most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms and that benefits are most likely to outweigh the risks if MHT is prescribed before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause. The primary use of oral MHT is for relief of menopausal hot flashes.

Key Conclusions

  • MHT is the most effective treatment for vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause at any age, but the benefits outweigh the risks for the treatment of symptoms if prescribed before the age of 60 years or within 10 years after menopause.
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Hospital Construction Focuses on Creating Healthy Environments

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The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood in Denver is undergoing a bit of a revolution. The city’s housing authority is using a relatively new decision-making tool called a health impact assessment to design a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability.  The new project, known as Mariposa, will incorporate ecological construction materials and practices (such as solar power and geothermal energy) in an effort to create and support a healthy, vibrant community.

Doctors, nurses, community groups, and social agencies have long felt that environmental conditions contribute to such health conditions as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.… Read more »

Patients Experience Less Pain, Increased Satisfaction with Integrative Care

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A recent report commissioned by the Bravewell Collaborative surveyed 29 prominent integrative medical centers in the United States. The report, entitled Integrative Medicine in America (2012), revealed that in more than half the hospitals surveyed, these therapies help reduce anxiety, nausea, and pain levels, as well as increase patient engagement. With the advent of value-based reimbursement, in which payments to hospitals are tied to patient satisfaction, integrative health therapies may improve bottom lines, as well.

The hospitals in the survey used many types of integrative therapies, such as food/nutrition, supplements, yoga, acupressure, guided imagery, aromatherapy, massage, expressive arts, medical clowns, meditation, sound therapy, and Reiki.… Read more »

Color and Healing: What’s the Connection?

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We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color.

Color, one of the most powerful elements in our environment, affects us in many ways.… Read more »

Clinical Hypnosis and the Treatment of Postmenopausal Hot Flashes

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In a recent study funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and published in Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society, clinical hypnosis was shown to produce significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Hot flashes and nights sweats (vasomotor symptoms) affect as many as 80% of women. The use of estrogen and progesterone to manage hot flashes and night sweats has declined due to widespread concerns over health risks.… Read more »