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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…
Read at KHN

Creating While Clean

This is a story about sober musicians—about the life that has led them here, and about the life that they live now—but there is no single story here. Some drank, some used drugs, some did more or less everything, and they did so to very different degrees. Some found themselves at the edge of the precipice, or worse; others simply re-routed from a path or trajectory that…
Read at GQ

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

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

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…
Read at The Washington Post

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

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

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Provide hope and purpose: Focus on the good for all!

Provide hope and purpose: Focus on the good for all!

by Erik Peper and Derek Doyle “Fear stops action; hope initiate action.” -Tali Sharot, PhD., author of Influential mind Observe how you feel after you read the following two news reports: Report 1. The graduating class at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College got the surprise of a lifetime on Sunday...
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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.

Continue Reading
read more

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

On Healthy Eating and the Dangers of Sugar with Nicole Bianchi, NC (e13)

On Healthy Eating and the Dangers of Sugar with Nicole Bianchi, NC (e13)

Nicole is a nutritionist, certified by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, who helps clients strategically develop food plans for themselves and their families according to their individual needs, situations, health challenges and preferences. In this podcast, we discuss what healthy eating is; how, why and what to eat. We also discuss the dangers of the most addictive substance in our diets, sugar, and how it contributes to the chronic disease that is ravaging our national health.

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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. Discover More

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. Discover More

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- August 16, 2019

It’s not just about having good ergonomic equipment. It is also about behavior! https://t.co/Gd0PTb8nLg
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- August 15, 2019

Doctors Can Change Opioid Prescribing Habits, But Progress Comes In Small Doses. They need to be trained.… https://t.co/p8oPpI8XEH
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- August 15, 2019

A looming health care crisis: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation’s future… https://t.co/7bdUmeSDmv
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- August 14, 2019

Adjusting prescriptions in the middle of an opioid epidemic. #OpioidEpidemic #PainMeds #Opioids https://t.co/WpOU9F7Mhc
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- August 14, 2019

It is one thing to have health insurance;another to be able to afford it! #healthinsurance #AffordableCare https://t.co/H1UC3S72yX
h J R

- August 14, 2019

New antibiotics are being developed. https://t.co/fkzWsOtkmt
h J R

- August 14, 2019

On the importance of keeping blood pressure low. Alzheimer’s prevention. #alzheimers https://t.co/bCjr1jME6s
h J R

- August 14, 2019

Athletes turn to plant-based and vegan diets to gain edge in a growing sports world trend https://t.co/y9nAVdXEBY v… https://t.co/nNmhLjedGD
h J R

- August 14, 2019

A simple, smart response to the gun violence epidemic. Gun Insurance? San Jose Mayor Proposes First-in-Nation Ordin… https://t.co/1r6MGA75cC
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Providing camp for disabled kids. We need goodness like this. #DisabledKids #SpecialNeedsCamp https://t.co/PTQwAbqILZ
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Hep A is spreading. Homeless encampments are major vectors. We need to make them safe. #hepatitisA #homelessness… https://t.co/tSD1TJOwRJ
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Sugar is a health hazard causing diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more. Yet lobbyists keep buying their way int… https://t.co/etqhd3SszP
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Physician Burnout: Isolation, Loneliness And The Loss Of The American Hospital via @Forbes https://t.co/PnHxxwuA7qhttps://t.co/y5FplQg0lh
h J R

- August 8, 2019

Obesity Plagues Hispanics And Blacks In Colorado, Nation’s ‘Healthiest’ State. Why? https://t.co/z5dGgbBoHy via… https://t.co/YfwrSQpqvM
h J R

- August 8, 2019

Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite' https://t.co/qSzae1bH4p #GunControl #AssaultWeapons
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- August 7, 2019

On Healthy Eating and the Dangers of Sugar with Nicole Bianchi, NC (e13); The latest podcast from Health Grooves.… https://t.co/j6CXgEIhS1
h J R

- August 7, 2019

Regulation matters! The makeup and spices were meant to be good for their daughter — not dangerous… https://t.co/k1bMq3IwLs
h J R

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

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Provide hope and purpose: Focus on the good for all!

Provide hope and purpose: Focus on the good for all!

by Erik Peper and Derek Doyle “Fear stops action; hope initiate action.” -Tali Sharot, PhD., author of Influential mind Observe how you feel after you read the following two news reports: Report 1. The graduating class at Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College got the surprise of a lifetime on Sunday...
read more

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!”
read more

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.

Continue Reading
read more

Tweets

- August 17, 2019

Diagnoses follow diagnoses in epidemic transmission. #hepA https://t.co/ghXvaHFYWp
h J R

- August 16, 2019

It’s not just about having good ergonomic equipment. It is also about behavior! https://t.co/Gd0PTb8nLg
h J R

- August 15, 2019

Doctors Can Change Opioid Prescribing Habits, But Progress Comes In Small Doses. They need to be trained.… https://t.co/p8oPpI8XEH
h J R

- August 15, 2019

A looming health care crisis: Maine families face elder boom, worker shortage in preview of nation’s future… https://t.co/7bdUmeSDmv
h J R

- August 14, 2019

Adjusting prescriptions in the middle of an opioid epidemic. #OpioidEpidemic #PainMeds #Opioids https://t.co/WpOU9F7Mhc
h J R

- August 14, 2019

It is one thing to have health insurance;another to be able to afford it! #healthinsurance #AffordableCare https://t.co/H1UC3S72yX
h J R

- August 14, 2019

New antibiotics are being developed. https://t.co/fkzWsOtkmt
h J R

- August 14, 2019

On the importance of keeping blood pressure low. Alzheimer’s prevention. #alzheimers https://t.co/bCjr1jME6s
h J R

- August 14, 2019

Athletes turn to plant-based and vegan diets to gain edge in a growing sports world trend https://t.co/y9nAVdXEBY v… https://t.co/nNmhLjedGD
h J R

- August 14, 2019

A simple, smart response to the gun violence epidemic. Gun Insurance? San Jose Mayor Proposes First-in-Nation Ordin… https://t.co/1r6MGA75cC
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Providing camp for disabled kids. We need goodness like this. #DisabledKids #SpecialNeedsCamp https://t.co/PTQwAbqILZ
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Hep A is spreading. Homeless encampments are major vectors. We need to make them safe. #hepatitisA #homelessness… https://t.co/tSD1TJOwRJ
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Sugar is a health hazard causing diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more. Yet lobbyists keep buying their way int… https://t.co/etqhd3SszP
h J R

- August 13, 2019

Physician Burnout: Isolation, Loneliness And The Loss Of The American Hospital via @Forbes https://t.co/PnHxxwuA7qhttps://t.co/y5FplQg0lh
h J R

- August 8, 2019

Obesity Plagues Hispanics And Blacks In Colorado, Nation’s ‘Healthiest’ State. Why? https://t.co/z5dGgbBoHy via… https://t.co/YfwrSQpqvM
h J R

- August 8, 2019

Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite' https://t.co/qSzae1bH4p #GunControl #AssaultWeapons
h J R

- August 7, 2019

On Healthy Eating and the Dangers of Sugar with Nicole Bianchi, NC (e13); The latest podcast from Health Grooves.… https://t.co/j6CXgEIhS1
h J R

- August 7, 2019

Regulation matters! The makeup and spices were meant to be good for their daughter — not dangerous… https://t.co/k1bMq3IwLs
h J R

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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