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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

The 'Strange Science' Behind The Big Business Of Exercise Recovery

From sports drinks to protein powders, from compression therapy to cupping — there’s a whole industry of products and services designed to help us adapt to and recover from exercise. But does any of it work? That’s the question… Listen at NPR

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

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

The Troubled History of Psychiatry

Modern medicine can be seen as a quest to understand pathogenesis, the biological cause of an illness. Once pathogenesis—the word comes from the Greek pathos (suffering) and genesis (origin)—has been established by scientific experiment, accurate diagnoses can be made, and targeted therapies developed. In the early years of the aids epidemic, there were all kinds of theories about what was causing it…
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How Employers Are Fixing Health Care

Walmart has embraced a new approach to improve the quality of care and lower costs. The results have been dramatic. A 56-year-old man who works at Walmart — we’ll call him Bill — had been suffering from mild neck pain for years. Recently the pain had worsened, and his wife noticed a subtle tremor… Read at HBR

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

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

PerspectivesPractitioners Speak

Stress

Stress

By Ruchi Puri, MD, Msc, FACOG

Escaping STRESS is like trying to escape death and taxes. Bottom line: No one escapes stress in life. Stress is an inevitability. What I find interesting is how little we address it despite Google’s 1.32 Billion search results.

The questions I kick around are: What happens in me when I have it? Why is it different for each of us? Does it happen to me or do I do it to myself? What do I do about it? To be honest, my list of questions is much longer but this is a stressful enough start.

Stress is a big deal because there comes a point…

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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.

In Guatemala with the Integrative Health Project

In Guatemala with the Integrative Health Project

I just returned from a week in Guatemala, where I worked with the Integrative Health Project.  The project was started by a few acupuncturists about six years ago.  They wanted to work with the underserved, indigenous population living around Lake Atitlan, a beautiful, fertile and impoverished region in the Guatemalan highlands.

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Health GroovesA Podcast

With Malia Everette on the Healing Power of Travel

With Malia Everette on the Healing Power of Travel (E12)

Malia Everette is the CEO and founder of Altruvistas Travel, a tour company dedicated to educational, socially conscious travel. From 1997-2012, Malía Everette was the Director of Global Exchange’s popular and rapidly expanding Reality Tours program. In this conversation, she discusses the healing power of travel and why she believes travel should be made accessible to those who might ordinarily not be able to do so.

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Events, Activities, Healing

Optavia

Optavia

At OPTAVIA, we help you realize Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a TimeTM. Our approach to health is radically different. We believe Optimal Health and Wellbeing is about what’s added to your life, not what’s subtracted from the scale. These habits add to your quality of life by getting your mind and body working together to work for you.

For most, it starts with achieving a healthy weight. This is the catalyst for changes. When you achieve your healthy weight, you may increase your health, confidence, and vitality. You create space for the life you want.

It’s not about a smaller you. It’s about a healthier you, living your best life. The life you want is waiting. All you have to do is take the first step.
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Events, Activities, Healing

Optavia

Optavia

At OPTAVIA, we help you realize Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a TimeTM. Our approach to health is radically different. We believe Optimal Health and Wellbeing is about what’s added to your life, not what’s subtracted from the scale. These habits add to your quality of life by getting your mind and body working together to work for you.

For most, it starts with achieving a healthy weight. This is the catalyst for changes. When you achieve your healthy weight, you may increase your health, confidence, and vitality. You create space for the life you want.

It’s not about a smaller you. It’s about a healthier you, living your best life. The life you want is waiting. All you have to do is take the first step.
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Meth In The Morning, Heroin At Night: Inside The Seesaw Struggle of Dual Addiction https://t.co/rcfWQ1rfyI via… https://t.co/vi1vQvdFJL
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What makes the AR-15 style rifle the weapon of choice for mass shooters? https://t.co/yoJ5P7MFZW #GunViolence #GunEpidemic
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Trump administration’s abortion ‘gag rule’ can take effect, court rules https://t.co/EtZyteIAgw #GagRule… https://t.co/A5IJ2HfV7z
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Children battling cancer can’t always express their feelings. Now a robotic duck is doing it for them.… https://t.co/3TcKQCeXDL
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Opioid Operators: How Surgeons Ply Patients With Painkillers https://t.co/zHYAlYKmxi via @KHNews #OpioidEpidemic #PostSurgery #PainMedicine
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- June 19, 2019

‘They’re all fighting him’: Trump aides spar with health secretary https://t.co/DOWG7Iu2WZ via @politico #Azar #HealthChaos #TrumpCare
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Why another flu pandemic is likely just a matter of when https://t.co/aarnd7tpwT #FluPandemic #Flu
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Why You Should Take A Peek At Your Doctor’s Notes On Your Health https://t.co/HJZxfqHDDr via @KHNews #DoctorsNotes #HealthCare
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Biden’s divergence from other candidates on display at poverty-fighting event https://t.co/PGbVfkeKGO #Biden… https://t.co/fC6VoK5HX7
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- June 18, 2019

Opinion | Living a chronic life in a fix-it-now world https://t.co/aviFiLlobX #ChronicIllness #Pain #ProsperityGospel
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- June 17, 2019

Trump campaigned on defeating the opioid crisis. It’s hard to tell if he’s winning. https://t.co/BBphdDcgBb via… https://t.co/RqKskzxXoZ
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- June 17, 2019

A Year After Spinal Surgery, A $94,031 Bill Feels Like A Back-Breaker https://t.co/g33GG1qlwg via @KHNewshttps://t.co/goiPtLFDgU
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- June 16, 2019

As price of insulin soars, Americans caravan to Canada for lifesaving medicine  https://t.co/cbiVy4nB3E #Insulin… https://t.co/CZLRtvlua7
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- June 16, 2019

Doctors Could Refuse to Treat People Based on Race and Age Under Trump's New Rule https://t.co/tdxVHMsIFn via @VICEhttps://t.co/mmiyDsDO4b
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- June 15, 2019

Perspective | ‘The American healthcare system has just, quite literally, ruined my future,’ a disabled Georgetown s… https://t.co/zI4r3W4QJf
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- June 15, 2019

Analysis | The Health 202: Trump administration rule opens door to more people buying Obamacare plans… https://t.co/iPTAweZUm3
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- June 14, 2019

New York, epicenter of measles outbreak, bans religious exemptions for vaccines https://t.co/nhMPHP9uwBhttps://t.co/zqWFUTQq5O
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- June 14, 2019

Ketamine is opening up a new era for depression treatment https://t.co/ZxOIz4AF6n via @BW #Ketamine #Psychoactives #PTSD
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- June 14, 2019

A silver wave? California braces for elderly boom that could overburden state https://t.co/v8gnQqF2RR #BabyBoomers… https://t.co/ITjOFCjNN7
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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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