America's Future Vision

Written by Robert Abel Jr.MD.

America's Future Vision

Vision is paramount in this day and age; 80% of our sensory perception to the world is through our eyes. There are a hundred times as many nerve fibers devoted to vision than to hearing. In fact 40% of the brain is devoted to what we must see and perceive around us.

Teen Pregnancy Is a Public Health Issue, Not a Political One!

Written by Dr. Michelle Golland.

 “The story about first graders possibly getting condoms in Massachusetts showed, yet again, how the issue of sex education in our country has become politicized in such a ridiculous way that we lose sight of the importance of informing our children about their sexuality and reproductive health. This issue should not be placed in the Liberal vs. Conservative category. Rather, it squarely falls within “public health.”  - Dr. Michelle Golland


 Teen pregnancy is a public health issue that should cause us all a great deal of concern. 

The problem is that when we look at it with a religious or political view, too many people arm themselves with "family values" and claim that they don't want our public schools to address these "value" decisions. Unfortunately, birth control and teen pregnancy aren't "value" issues. They're very critical issues of child development. 

Sunscreen Facts You Need to Know

Written by Stephanie Tweito Jacob.

You know sunscreen is a must whenever you’re outside, but sunburn has probably still caught you by surprise at some point. By slathering on sunscreen, you may have thought you were playing it safe, but there’s actually more to it than that.

“Sunscreen is a misconstrued skin care category,” says Ranella Hirsch, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. Not applying often enough or misunderstanding labels can add up to lousy protection and sun damage.  

Check out these commonly held sunscreen myths, then the facts that will keep your fun in the sun safe.

The Law of Attraction for Greater Health

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal.

 Who wants better health, greater wealth and more rewarding relationships? The real question is “who doesn’t?” Why do some seem to easily attain all they desire, while others are left with constant yearning? You can gain the answer to that question through better understanding of what is commonly known as the “Law of Attraction.” 

Summer: The Season for Fireflies, Flashlights and Fractures

Written by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Tips for Diagnosing Common Summer Injuries from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

It’s not a coincidence that the season for extended daylight and outdoor activity is also the season for broken bones. Increased physical activity leads to increased likelihood of bone fractures.

Summer vacation means many children are heading outdoors to participate in their favorite sport. The football field, baseball diamond and soccer pitch all see extensive action during this time of year.

Camp Tips for Parents

Written by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Q: When should I start researching for a summer camp for my child(ren) to attend? A: In the fall. Start by getting on camp mailing lists and research websites. Most camps start the application and enrollment process in the winter and spring. Make sure to complete applications and return them by their due dates.

Q: What resources are available to select a good, quality camp?

Heat Illness Prevention

Written by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Safe Kids Georgia.

Some general guidelines to help protect your child from heat-related illnesses include the following:

-Drink plenty of fluids during vigorous or outdoor activities (including sunbathing), especially on hot days. Drinks of choice include water and sports drinks; avoid alcohol and fluids with caffeine such as tea, coffee and cola, as these can lead to dehydration.

Fish Oil- Japan's Secret to Longevity and Beauty Now Yours

Written by David Cassell.

For a long time, scientist wondered why people who live in Japan were generally healthier and lived longer than their Western counterparts.

One idea that was put forward was that people in Japan and Asia are generally had more active lifestyles than people in the West. However, scientists believed there was more to it than that.

After years of research, scientists found out that Japanese love of fish was a major contributor to their supreme health and longevity.

The Bermuda Triangle of Headaches

Written by Dr. Scott Rosenthal.

          Christopher Columbus was the first person to note bizarre phenomena in the Bermuda Triangle, reporting that he observed "strange dancing lights on the horizon."  The region, also know as the Devil’s Triangle, may be famous for unusual happenings and strange disappearances, but a triangle yielding more wreckage can be found in the human neck and skull. 

Deeper Than It Seems- A Thorough Look At Puncture Wounds in the foot

Written by Dr. Jennifer Feeny.

     Puncture wounds are more serious than most people think. Because the wound creates a hole in the foot, rather than a tear like a common cut, they are extremely prone to infections and cause more internal damage. What would seem like a simple infection on a small wound can easily spread to the bone and joint and endanger the limb if not treated in a timely manner. The severity of a puncture wound is very hard to gauge for a person without a medical background because the depth and internal damage of the foreign object is unknown. Because dirt and debris from the foreign object is able to embed so far into the body, the wound is more difficult to clean without proper equipment.

Suffer No More! Help For Stomach Pain and Reflux Disease..

Written by Dr Scott Rosenthal.

Suffer No More!   Help For Stomach Pain and Reflux Disease..

 

You sleep on a ramp made of pillows. You gag down chalky pink potions. You gulp purple pills or drinks that fizzle. Your meals taste blander than sand! Cold lips, knotted guts and searing pain are your constant companions. Suffering with heartburn, regurgitation and other symptoms associated with stomach irregularities has become the daily experience of thousands. Help may be just around the corner - and surprisingly, from the hands of a doctor of chiropractic!

Using Organic Breast Milk

 

What are the pros and cons of feeding babies formula versus breast milk? And if I purchase formula, should I spend the extra money on the organic variety?
It is generally acknowledged within the medical community that breast milk is the ideal first food for babies, though modern formula brands can get the job done, too. Human breast milk naturally contains the vitamins and minerals a newborn requires. According to the website KidsHealth.org, breastfed infants have less difficulty with digestion than their formula-fed counterparts. And since breast milk is easily digested, breastfed babies have fewer incidences of diarrhea or constipation.

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes often develops in children, adolescents, and young adults, so it's sometimes called "juvenile diabetes."   Although there is currently no cure for diabetes, we are making progress through research.  In the meantime, people with diabetes do their best to control it with diet, exercise, and insulin.

About Blood Sugar Levels

A healthy pancreas produces insulin, a hormone that the body uses to change glucose in the blood into energy.  Glucose in the blood comes from the food and drink a person consumes.  A person with type 1 diabetes doesn't produce any insulin. 

Cleaning Products Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

Written by Ann Wilkinson, P.T.M.S.

Q:  As I was cleaning my deck last week with bleach and pine sol, last week I thought I was having a stroke.  My right ear began to hurt and my face went numb with some symptoms into my right arm.  After being rushed to the emergency room and admitted to the hospital for 2 days, I was sent home with a clean bill of health. My face is still numb and drooping, my ear still hurts and when I drink liquid falls from my mouth.  I am supposed to see a neurologist in two weeks, what is wrong with me? 

A: A lot of ingredients in our cleaning products, dish detergent, shampoo and body soaps contain left over ingredients that were once created for biological warfare.  These products were just shifted to be used against bacteria ete.  For example, fluoride was not created to make our teeth white, nor was chlorine created to clean pools.  

Is The Seesaw of Health Tilted?

Written by Dr. Scott Rosenthal.


Part II
 
          In last month’s article, we took a recess to run around the playground of health. That’s because our health balances like a seesaw between greater wellness and happiness and illness and despair. The tip of the balance depends on the choices we make. Because no one can score on a playground unless he or she can see the goal, we make our best decisions when we have a clear picture of our health goal: “the perfect me.” Once that vision is ensconced in our minds, we are ready to make choices that will tip our balance toward optimum health and happiness.

Study Confirms - Height of Heel Matters in Prevention of Foot Pain

Written by American Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Society.

New study details biomechanical changes in foot associated with high-heel height

For years orthopaedic surgeons specializing in foot and ankle care have been warning women about the perils of wearing high heels. High heel wearers risk foot injury, muscle imbalance, bone deformities, knee and ankle joint problems, bunions, hammer toes and more. Now a new study featured in the November issue of Foot & Ankle International (FAI), the official scientific journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) details the biomechanical changes that occur in feet during high heel wear and the correlation between the heel height and amount of pain, pressure and strain it puts on your feet.

Living Well: The Health Benefits of Coffee

Written by Brian Strauss.

Coffee has been getting a bad rap for years. Check out some of these healthy benefits for the morning brew!

Blood pressure—
Results from long-term studies are showing that coffee may not increase the risk for high blood pressure over time, as previously thought. Study findings for other cardiovascular effects are a mixed bag. What we do know is that for non-habitual coffee drinkers, those first few cups will cause a temporary rise in blood pressure, but for regular drinkers, a tolerance develops and won’t cause any long term, permanent increase.

What does the new screening mammography guidelines mean to you?

Written by Dr Phillip Chao.

On Nov 17th (my mother’s birthday), there was a cataclysmic change in mammography.

The age at which a woman should have her first mammogram was changed from 40 to 50 and the frequency changed from every year to every-other year. Until now, it was believed that yearly mammograms were essential. As a radiologist and the son of a woman whose life was saved by mammography screening (breast cancer survivor since 1993), let me share my perspective on this issue.

Study Raises Concerns About Outdoor Second-hand Smoke

Indoor smoking bans have forced smokers at bars and restaurants onto outdoor patios, but a new University of Georgia study in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that these outdoor smoking areas might be creating a new health hazard.The study, thought to be the first to assess levels of a nicotine byproduct known as cotinine in nonsmokers exposed to second-hand smoke outdoors, found levels up to 162 percent greater than in the control group.

Melissa a 14 year old with Type 1 Diabetes

Melissa, a 14  year old type 1 diabetic, is currently a freshman at a regional high School.  She enjoys playing with her puppy King Henry, playing tennis and having fun with friends. She is also involved in volunteering for JDRF and feels that her future calling is to be an endocrinologist. Even though she faces day to day challenges with her disease, Melissa lives a pretty normal life with the help and support of her friends and family.

 
As many as 3 million Americans may have Type 1 Diabetes.  Each year more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. That’s 40 children per day.

Is There A Link Between Cell Phone Tower Radiation And Cancer?

“Based on limited amounts of research, the American Cancer Society says that the energy level of radio waves coming off cell towers is too low to cause cancer or any other noticeable human health impacts. Still, cell phones and their towers are a fairly new technology, and more research on the topic is sure to come.”

Is there any scientific evidence of links between exposure to cell phone tower radiation and cancer?
 No one doubts that cell phone towers give off low-level radio-frequency radiation (similar to the microwave oven in your home), but scientists are still debating the health effects of long-term exposure.

Mental Heath is About Resilience

Written by Robin Sesan.


While many of us wish for a life that is free of stress, harm and bad feelings, the reality is that over the course of our lives we will all encounter difficulties.  It is how we cope with life’s challenges that determine our overall mental health and sense of well-being.  As a psychologist, I continually witness the resilience of the human spirit, as clients I work with overcome tragedy, trauma, and adversity.  They learn skills that allow them to create lives that are valuable, joyful and enriching.   In life there is suffering.  How we approach suffering will affect our overall happiness, mental health and experience in the world. 

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