Trick or Healthy Treat

healthy treats Halloween By Lisa Metzgar, PhD, Nutrition Tidbits - Halloween is the start of holiday treats.

With bags full of candy coming home from a successful night of Trick or Treating...how do we keep the sweet treats to a minimum? Halloween parties are also sweet temptations for us adults as well.

As we all know, too much sugar and processed foods will wreck havoc on our health. Sugar depresses the immune system and sends our insulin levels out of control. Once you start indulging in all the yummy, sticky treats of the season…it seems like we lose all our self control.

Learn to Listen to Your Body

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By Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health  -

One of the most important skills required to maintain one’s health is the ability to listen to what one’s body is saying.  The body expresses itself through what are called symptoms.  A symptom might be a headache, a sore throat, a fever, unusual or excessive fatigue, or any number of other abnormal sensations.  Symptoms are not diseases in themselves; they are warning signs that a disease is present or is developing.

I can illustrate the importance of looking for the causes of symptoms in this way:  Suppose that I’m driving my car and I’m eighty miles from my destination when I glance down and see a red light that says “oil” on my dashboard.  The oil light is a warning that the oil level is dangerously low.  Having seen the warning light I have several options.  I can simply keep on driving.  The light will remain lit, however, and that will cause me to feel anxious or worried.  I can pull over and add a quart of oil if I have one available.  If not, I can call roadside assistance and have them bring some oil or send a truck to tow my vehicle to a service center.  There is a more direct option, however.  I can take out a pair of pliers, identify the wire that’s leading to the light, and clip it.  That will allow me to restart the engine and drive to my destination without being bothered by that annoying red light. 

Listen to Learn and Learn to Listen

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Dr. Howard Peiper, N.D. -       

True listening is not always easy. It is a skill we develop. In this era of technological expertise and emotional unavailability, all too often there is more speaking than listening. We are not really conversing but merely exchanging gestures. For a genuine dialogue to occur, speaking and listening must both play leading roles. Conversation is a dance and play between two human minds, which naturally creates harmony. Therefore, having a good conversation is an art that benefits ourselves and others.

     In the art of conversation, two people are equal partners. When one is speaking, one is more active; when one is listening, one is more receptive. A conversation where someone is speaking, but no one is listening fosters disharmony and dishonesty, within the conversation and within the relationship. Thus, in order for the conversation to be healthy and productive and to grow, both participants need to take turns listening.

Folic Acid Supplements May Reduce Pre-term Births

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Maintaining supplementation with folic acid...

Maintaining supplementation with folic acid through to the third trimester of pregnancy may reduce the risk of preterm births, reports an important new study from Hungary.

Currently, supplementation with folate (folic acid) the bioavailable form of folate is recommended to all women of child-bearing age since most neural tube defects (NTDs), including spina bifida and anencephaly, occur within the first 22 to 28 days of pregnancy, when the mother-to-be is not aware she is even pregnant, reported researchers from the Foundation for the Community Control of Hereditary Diseases in Budapest and Semmelweis University in Hungary.

Addressing Bladder Infections

woman taking bubble bathBy Dale Petersen MD - Building  Health -

Bladder infections are one of the most common health challenges by girls and women of all ages.  They are rare in males because the urethra, the tube that empties the bladder, is longer than in females.  Because they only need to travel a short distance bacteria enter the female bladder regularly. Under normal circumstances they are washed back out before they can attach themselves to the bladder wall and cause an infection. If an individual does not urinate frequently, which typically occurs when traveling or when attending a function where the restrooms appear to be unsanitary, an infection commonly results. Infections are also more likely to occur following intercourse, when bacteria can be pushed toward the bladder opening, or after a “bubble bath” during which bacteria can easily be carried into the bladder.



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