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Chronic Illness

Lessons From Chronic Pain

M. Shin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Shin

One of the hardest aspects about living with an invisible disability is that people, usually through no fault of their own, just do not get it. Some people find it incredibly difficult to understand that someone who has no apparent disability could be in pain.

Eliminate the Choice Between Food or Medicine

David Waters | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
David Waters

Hi-tech medical treatment can be complicated and costly, especially for those with life-threatening illnesses. But sometimes things that should be simple and affordable, like food, can have the greatest impact on health care costs.

Just a Lil' Potty Talk

Kevin Swan | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Kevin Swan

Anyone who is familiar with ALS knows that it is tenacious and a master thief. It robs its victims of the physical use of their bodies, but maybe even more damaging is how it rapidly steals away elements of life like privacy and dignity.

Vegan Creamed Spinach With Caramelized Onions

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Taste
Jamie Rautenberg

It tastes like a guilty pleasure, but it's no guilt and all pleasure.

Chronic Illness Will Never Stop This Woman From Being Glamorous

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women

When artist Karolyn Gehrig is undergoing treatment for her chronic illness, she doesn't want to feel invisible. So she posts glamorous selfies of hers...

The Microbiome Diet: Evolving Past Paleo

Dr. Raphael Kellman | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Raphael Kellman

There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to the microbiome. You could be a vegetarian who eats all those grains and legumes that the Paleo people demonize -- and be extremely healthy. The key is to keep supporting your little friends inside -- your microbiome.

Slow Medicine Sees the Body as a Plant, Not a Machine

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

For many years, I have been an avid gardener. Not only does gardening have numerous health benefits related to breathing fresh air, touching mineral-r...

Gluten-Free Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Taste
Jamie Rautenberg

The perfect gluten-free alternative to the classic snack!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Sarah Hannah | Posted 02.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Hannah

It's the 18th of December and the Christmas countdown is officially on. Last week, I came across a new trend unravelling on my Instagram -- #ShareATre...

Stronger Patient Protections Are Around the Corner

Myrl Weinberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Myrl Weinberg

While overuse of costly services benefits no one, policymakers should ban cost-sharing arrangements that impede appropriate health seeking behaviors, especially for people with chronic conditions.

The One New Year's Resolution Every Person Living With Chronic Illness Should Make

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

If this is your only intention for 2015 it will be a far better year than previous years.

How To Be A Survivor: Flu Season 2014-15

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

This year, since the flu shot may not contain the proper viral particles, everyone, but especially those with compromised immune systems, needs to be more aware of their risk for developing the flu. Here are five tips to be a flu survivor this season.

Erin Schumaker

This Doctor Believes Your Back Pain Is All In Your Head

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living

What if a bad back or unexplained nerve pain aren’t really bodily malfunctions, but instead manifestations of painful emotions, stress and unmet amb...

The Hospital Isn't a Warzone, and I'm Not a Warrior

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 02.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Blahovec

One can continue to call patients "brave" and "fighters" all they want, but this often reinforces the idea that they must live up to the expectation of being strong.

Life And Death On Your Terms

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 02.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Hospice and palliative care are both available to provide end-of-life care. The major differences between the two involve the expected length of time until death and whether or not curative treatment is still being provided.

The Place of the 'Able' in Disability Activism

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

While the voice of the "able" is very welcome in a discussion of disability, those who actually deal with disability and discrimination should not be afraid to speak up and voice their opinions and concerns.

Change Your Health In 6 Simple Steps

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 02.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

If you're like I used to be, you're skeptical that you'll actually make the lasting changes needed to get the health you desire. I know exactly how you feel. I've jumped on the "I'm going to get healthy" train more times than I'd like to admit.

Moving Beyond Shame

Kaly McKenna | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Kaly McKenna

While the reasons for the shame are as diverse as the millions of women who suffer in this world, here are three reasons highlighting why it is so difficult for women to move beyond the shame.

Choices

Sarah Hannah | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hannah

Today I thought I'd give you all a taste of what life can be like for someone with a chronic illness. It's important to remember that no two days are the same, and while this is an average day for me, some can be better and others may be much worse.

The Picture of Health: My Secret Struggle to Convince Western Medicine I Was Sick

Sarah Jacobs | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Jacobs

People think I grew up with green juice in my sippy cup and kale chips alongside my chicken fingers. But it's just not so. It's been a long-time learning experience for me, too.

Chronic Illness: The Ride No One Ever Chooses

Chris Dean | Posted 01.12.2015 | Comedy
Chris Dean

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages...welcome to the land of Chronic Illness: the wildest ride that no one ever chooses! Do not...

National Dialogue on Mental Health Must Integrate Public Health

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

To move beyond racial stereotyping the national conversation on mental health must heal the schism between mental health and public health.

6 Questions Your Doctor Isn't Asking You (Which Might Be Keeping You Sick)

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

You haven't felt well in a really long time. You've sat in your fair share of waiting rooms, taken a million tests, and filled more prescriptions than your medicine cabinet can comfortably hold. But you still haven't gotten to the bottom of your chronic health issues. Why isn't anything helping Maybe it's because your doctor isn't asking you the right questions.

Paradoxically, Slow Medicine Is the Best Quick Fix for Your Health

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Hyman, M.D. -- a leading functional medicine doctor and author of numerous books, including The Bloo...

Your Story Matters. Here's Why.

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamie Rautenberg

When I was more of a night owl, I spent a lot of time in the East Village at the theater Under St. Marks listening to one of the most powerful storyte...