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Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity. That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use…
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Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All

When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe… Read at Time

A mobile clinic is helping low-income students to see clearly — one pair of glasses at a time

Ja’karri Green can’t see mosquitoes when they land on his arm, and sometimes he has trouble reading his Japanese comic books. So it was no surprise when the optometrist who came to his Boys & Girls Club camp last week told him he needed to wear glasses…
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Happy ever after: 25 ways to live well into old age

When Susan Saunders was 36, her mother was diagnosed with severe dementia. “I had a toddler, a newborn, a full-time job as a TV producer – and I became a carer as well.” As a teenager, she had watched her mum care for her own mother, who had the same condition. “I became determined to do everything I could to increase my chances of ageing well.” Annabel Streets’ story is similar. When she was a student … Read at The Guardian

Breakthroughs In Heart Health

Dr. Haider Warraich talks about advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure and good cholesterol continues to evolve. His book is ‘State of the Heart.’ … Listen at NPR

Oliver Sacks: The Healing Power of Gardens

This is an excerpt from “Everything in Its Place,” a posthumous collection of writings by Dr. Sacks.

As a writer, I find gardens essential to the creative process; as a physician, I take my patients to gardens whenever possible. All of us have had the experience of wandering through a lush garden or a timeless desert, walking by a river or an ocean, or climbing a mountain and finding ourselves simultaneously calmed and reinvigorated, engaged in mind, refreshed in body and spirit. The importance of these physiological states… Read at NYTimes

Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World

Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity. That’s according to a growing body of research emphasizing the physical and psychological dangers of heavy screen use…
Read at KHN

Happy ever after: 25 ways to live well into old age

When Susan Saunders was 36, her mother was diagnosed with severe dementia. “I had a toddler, a newborn, a full-time job as a TV producer – and I became a carer as well.” As a teenager, she had watched her mum care for her own mother, who had the same condition. “I became determined to do everything I could to increase my chances of ageing well.” Annabel Streets’ story is similar. When she was a student … Read at The Guardian

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Your Office Is Causing Your Back Pain. Here Are 5 Ways To Fix It.

Your Office Is Causing Your Back Pain. Here Are 5 Ways To Fix It.

By Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

In the course of researching and writing my book, Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery, I met scores of people who told me that they liked⁠—or even loved⁠—their jobs and their colleagues. Still, they dreaded going to work, because it was hard to think about anything except how much their backs hurt.

More than once they’d ordered expensive new equipment, hoping to find a way to get out of pain. They’d raised their desktops to standing height, only to realize…

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Book + Product Reviews

Sit/Stand Desks: A Review And Critique

Sit/Stand Desks: A Review And Critique

By Ricky Fishman, DC

Both my patients and non-patients ask me about sit/stand desks.  They are all the rage. Many of the workplaces I visit are open-plan and stocked with various versions of these up/down desks, which enable computer workers and others who rely on monitors to change positions throughout the day.

The popularity of the sit/stand desk has given rise to a burgeoning market. There are lots of choices at a variety of price points. There are several things that determine the best choice for an individual or a company: They include space, look, ease of use and budget. I’d like to describe the pros and cons of some of the top models in the marketplace.

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Ricky’s Riffs: A blog about health and healing and a world that needs care.

The War on Health Care

The War on Health Care

Our health care system is in crisis. Everyone feels it. Premiums and deductibles keep rising, provider networks are narrowing, and the bite out of the average American paycheck gets bigger and bigger. Health care has taken center stage in the run-up to the 2020 election.

The Democrat arguments swing from elimination of the private health insurance industry and Medicare-For-All to a public option to buy into the Medicare system.  The Republicans have no plan, beyond destroying the ACA (Obamacare) and crying “socialism!”

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Health GroovesA Podcast

New Paradigms of Health and Healing with Ruchi Puri, MD (15)

New Paradigms of Health and Healing with Ruchi Puri, MD (15)

Dr. Ruchi Puri is a San Francisco based Ob/Gyn who teaches clients holistic approaches to transforming their health. She is a graduate of George Washington and Duke Universities with additional education in Ayurvedic Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture, Trauma and Modalities of Spiritual Healing. She has an integrative women’s wellness platform with on-line courses and groups to support women embody their wellness potential and regain their vitality. Her blog: Unveiling Being on www.ruchipuri.com helps readers redefine their understanding of many of the modern challenges to health we are facing today.

In this conversation, Ruchi describes her journey from being a traditional Ob/Gyn, working within the allopathic tradition, to exploring the deep causes of health, wellness, disease and dysfunction. Ruchi represents the cutting edge of twenty first century medicine.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Nicole Bianchi Nutrition

Nicole Bianchi Nutrition

a food re-education

By the time we get to adulthood, many of us have been through a lot of health challenges, and I get it. If you have been struggling with: Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Sugar Addiction, Symptoms from Perimenopause, Autoimmune Disease, Skin Issues, Anxiety and Depression, or Diabetes, proper nutrition can support you. That work is why I became a certified nutritionist, and I am here to help you find your way. The information that flows into us informs how we age and evolve, and food is our greatest environmental exposure, so let’s start there.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Nicole Bianchi Nutrition

Nicole Bianchi Nutrition

a food re-education

By the time we get to adulthood, many of us have been through a lot of health challenges, and I get it. If you have been struggling with: Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Sugar Addiction, Symptoms from Perimenopause, Autoimmune Disease, Skin Issues, Anxiety and Depression, or Diabetes, proper nutrition can support you. That work is why I became a certified nutritionist, and I am here to help you find your way. The information that flows into us informs how we age and evolve, and food is our greatest environmental exposure, so let’s start there.

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Ricky FishmanChiropractor, Advocate,Content Curator

Ricky Fishman has been a Doctor of Chiropractic since 1986. As a leader in the field of integral healing, he has brought together and assimilated the work of chiropractors, medical doctors, acupuncturists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists and others. Complementing his clinical work, Ricky has taught both graduate and undergraduate coursework in the history and philosophy of science and medicine. In addition to the treatment of back pain and other musculoskeletal injuries, he works as a consultant in the field of health and wellness with companies dedicated to re-visioning health care for the 21st century. “Condition” is the culmination of his many years in health care; of practice, teaching and research. For more information about his work, visit www.rickyfishman.com

ricky@rickyfishman.com www.rickyfishman.com
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