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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

Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.

A new drug, created to treat just one patient, has pushed the bounds of personalized medicine and has raised unexplored regulatory and ethical questions, scientists reported on Wednesday. The drug, described in The New England Journal of Medicine, is believed to be the first “custom” treatment … Read at NYTimes

How ancient remedies are changing modern medicine

Long overlooked by Western science, traditional Chinese treatments are yielding cutting-edge cures.

In my hand I’m holding a warm, beating heart. About the size of a softball, it’s a luminous globe of scarlet, pink, and white tissue. I can feel its chambers contracting and hear the whoosh of the fluid it’s still pumping. It’s slimy and gives off a slightly pungent odor. The organ is alive almost eight hours after I watched Paul Iaizzo remove it from a sedated pig in a basement lab, connect it to tubes simulating arteries and veins, and spark it…. Read at NG

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

“The Digital Health Revolution” by Kevin Pereau

“The Digital Health Revolution” by Kevin Pereau

Review by Ricky Fishman, DC

In The Digital Health Revolution, Kevin Pereau describes a new world of medicine: a digitized world. He takes us from electronic health records (EHRs) to new self-monitoring devices that provide continuous feedback about blood pressure, heart rate, and how many steps we take each day. Knowing the number and type of calories we have taken in, how active we have been (or not), and our blood sugar levels, can be very helpful.  This information provides a pathway to prevention, and often reversal, of many of the chronic diseases that plague us today.  Eighty per cent of all illnesses we suffer from fall into this category.

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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

Seniority Matters with Nancy Stein, Ph.D. (E17)

Seniority Matters with Nancy Stein, Ph.D. (E17)

Nancy Stein, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist and founder of Seniority Matters, a company designed to help aging parents in need of companion care as well as help with tasks such as bill paying, meal preparation or transportation solutions. Nancy, who spent many years providing long-distance care for her own parents, understands the value of having an experienced, trusted advisor. As a Miami resident for 25 years, Nancy has built an extensive network of healthcare contacts and resources. You can think of her as your personal caregiving coach, who can help you create a care strategy, sort through your options and fine-tune solutions as your individual needs change.

In our conversation, we discuss the problems many of us encounter as caregivers and offers up solutions. Combining her academic work with real, in the weeds, practical experience, Nancy is a great source of information about how we can best support our loved ones as they age and need us.

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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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The complicated, political, expensive, seemingly eternal US healthcare debate explained https://t.co/aykz8KXGixhttps://t.co/YGT4BykFlM
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Check out my interview with Kevin Pereau, leader in the field of digital health. We discuss the promise and perils… https://t.co/lxHGcVjwFu
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RT @darlin: Important analysis of something that might have slipped by. Trump’s New Order For Medicare Packs Potential Rise In Patients’ Co…
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Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops; Health protections must be on the books. Thi… https://t.co/pOoWvYbpE9
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Scientist Who Discredited Meat Guidelines Didn’t Report Past Food Industry Ties ; the controversy continues.… https://t.co/DIgzfA7GDk
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Judge rules Philadelphia supervised injection site does not violate federal law; An important step in fighting the… https://t.co/xTRbXKFM7c
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- September 30, 2019

Benchmark Employer Survey Finds Average Family Premiums Now Top $20,000 The not so hidden rising costs of health ca… https://t.co/WnCZ7FAaQm
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- September 30, 2019

More outrageous, hidden hospital bills. Her Biopsy Report Was Benign. But The Bill Is A Spot Of Contention.… https://t.co/TpsCkRtxVg
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A Biopsy Came With An Unexpected $2,170 'Cover Charge' For The Hospital https://t.co/1DtNygiVMz
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Journalists File Lawsuit To Force Feds To Release Medicare Advantage Audits great journalism yields great results… https://t.co/lNu2PbhgFa
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Check out our new podcast with Kevin Pereau speaking about his new book “The Digital Health Revolution.” https://t.co/XlriSiOySG
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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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