In the United States, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) are about to take effect. Opponents of the law are concern...
Proper breathing in a slow, controlled rhythm is the fastest pain reliever you can use. Your goal is to relax -- the opposite of what the pain response is. It is normal to tense up when in pain. By activating the relaxation response you are, in fact, reducing your pain.
Every day thousands of women ask themselves that question when their feet start hurting. Is it my shoes or is it my feet?
The first place to start if you have a chronic illness is to become intimately aware of what goes in you, on you and surrounds you. Awareness can bring about change.
Ask our son about pain. He will tell you about the heavy burden it places on him along with everyone close and important to him. He will tell you that pain is real and it is personal.
Though nearly 50% of the world's cancer patients and 90% of the world's HIV/AIDS patients live in low-to-middle income countries, they only receive 6% of the world's morphine supply.
It's the middle of the day and you're on your back with the blinds closed, a wet washcloth over your eyes, and a nauseated feeling in the pit of your stomach. What's that got to do with perimenopause? In a word: hormones.
Most physicians agree that tick bites can transmit Lyme but many dismiss you unless a bullseye rash occurs at the site of the bite. But how silly (and potentially deadly) since only 50 percent of people ever get that rash and most people never even see a tick!
Our bodies have an inborn reflex that organizes all our bodily stress. It's called the startle reflex. Everyone experiences it. You've probably observed it in others. You step off a curb that's unexpectedly high and feel yourself beginning to fall. A car zooms by too close to you. Your child suddenly screams at a high pitch. In each of these cases, you will experience the startle reflex.
Have you seen the amount of homework kids have and the size of their book bags? I've gone through some of the most recent research and ideas on backpack safety for kids, as well as the treatment for injuries related to carrying these heavy bags.
I wish my dermatologist had originally said something a little less specific like, "Let's do a blood test to see if we can figure out what the problem is" or something equally general. I might have then assumed it was a vitamin or mineral deficiency. But that word, diabetes, triggered panic.
It may be surprising to you that most of us are already unknowingly experiencing aromatherapy benefits. As we go about our daily life, we are exposed to many scents throughout our day. Some create positive mood and thoughts for us while some provide the opposite response.
Although I think it's tragic that this epidemic is what's causing legislators to stand up and do something about the shocking numbers of women who are overdosing on prescription drugs, I am also someone who is grateful that it is happening within my lifetime.
When I was wholly honest about my sobriety and in unbearable pain, I couldn't actually get any relief -- or even on the phone with the doctor to explain myself. In other words, because of the fact that I'd told the truth, I'd been characterized as a scheming addict.
Elephants live long lives, generally over 40 years. From an evolutionary standpoint, an animal that large should not develop degenerative changes that threaten its longevity. Yet, they can, in fact, develop arthritis.
There are many different arch support products available to choose from. Some are even designed to stick in the arch area of sandals, wedges, flip flops, flats and pumps and will provide the extra support needed to cradle the arch of the foot.
The difficulty accepting uncertainty is just as strong today as it ever has been. It leads now to excessive testing, quack treatments, and blaming the patient. We need to expand our frontiers of knowledge, but also to recognize our limitations and do the best we can within them.
What if you get headaches? The right piece of music can make you feel euphoric in just moments. Much of this effect is due to an increase of various neurotransmitters such as dopamine.
Migraines steal these days. The rest of the world keeps going and you are left in a dark room trying to go somewhere deep in your mind where it doesn't hurt, until it leaves. For me, it's been more than 30 years of this, so naturally, I've had to find ways to cope.
While more scientific evidence is necessary to solidly confirm efficacy of many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for RA, there are CAM modalities with preliminary data suggesting its benefits as adjunctive therapies in RA management.