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Go Millennials!

Baby Boomers step aside – the Millennials have taken over! According to Pew Research, the number of Millennials (those born between 1981 to 1997 and the children of Baby Boomers) has surpassed the number of Baby Boomers. Why is this important? They have a voice – a loud voice. They are making it known to Big Agriculture and Big Business what they want and don’t want in their food, and the big guys are listening. What don’t Millennials want? Antibiotics, GMO’s, and artificial ingredients. What do Millennials want? Organic, locally...

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Advocacy for Good Health in 2015

Last month I was at Mayo Clinic with my sister. While she was having some tests, I had time to go to the Patient Resource Center, a library of medical information located in the clinic. Upon entering the resource center, painted in big letters on the wall was the following quote, “The object of all health education is to change the conduct of individual men, women, and children by teaching them to care for their bodies well, and this instruction should be given throughout the entire period of their educational life.” Charlie H. Mayo. That was...

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Musculoskeletal Pain During Pregnancy – You Don’t Have to Live With It!

Back pain and sciatic pain are common complaints during pregnancy.  Fortunately, physical therapy is available to help pregnant patients with these conditions.  Physical therapists trained in women’s health issues, can instruct prenatal patients with safe and appropriate exercises on land and/or in the pool.   Learning safe exercises can decrease the mom-to-be’s stress level and improve overall physical mobility.  Education on proper posture, proper supports to the joints, and proper body mechanics  (learning safe ways to move to...

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Some brief thoughts on “wellness”

It used to be that “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything at all.”  Now that we find ourselves tethered to our smartphones at all hours of the day/night, spending our lives at our desks or in the car chauffeuring our children to various after-school activities, “health” appears to be the furthest thought from our mind.  Our lives are about speed and expeditiousness.  We need to learn to slow down and take a little “me” time. So, a few thoughts on best practices to help you begin...

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Thanksgiving Traditions Revisited in 2014

Thanksgiving – it’s a feeding frenzy and a day of guilty pleasures. We eat more than we should – and oh my – the calories! Here’s how to have an epic Thanksgiving dinner with a nutritional boost, and save on the waistline at the same time. 1.  Serve soup as a first course. A vegetable soup would go nicely with the rest of your Thanksgiving meal. The water and fiber in the soup is satisfying, so we will eat fewer calories. 2. Add parsnips to the mashed potatoes. Two or three parsnips would be fine, depending on how much...

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Incontinence – Ladies – You Don’t Have to Live With It!

Urinary incontinence can be frustrating, inconvenient, and can even limit social outings.  In the elderly population, it is sadly a large contributing factor to nursing home placement.  While some medical conditions can contribute to urinary incontinence and should be treated medically, quite often there is an underlying musculoskeletal dysfunction that can be contributing to the condition.  Some typical musculoskeletal problems can include: Pelvic floor muscle weakness (these muscles help “close the door” of the urethra (where...

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Back Pain – Taking a Natural Approach to a Painful Condition

Nearly 80% of Americans will have back pain in their lifetime.  Americans spend at least $50 billion a year on back pain. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Various back disorders include sprains, strains, herniated disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and degeneration of disc. The spine consists of 30 vertebrae and is the body’s main support structure.  The vertebrae protect the spinal cord running through the central opening of the vertebrae called the vertebral canal and the...

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