May. 22nd

SAVE YOUR SANITY

1. Go to bed on time and get up on time so you can start your day unrushed.   2. Simplify and un-clutter your life. Less is more. Although one is often enough, two are often too many.   3. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.   4. Pace yourself. […]

May. 15th

HEARTBURN OR HEART ATTACK?

HOW DO YOU KNOW?  “My chest feels like it’s on fire!” Sound familiar?  The problem is that a fiery chest pain can be symptomatic of heartburn or of a heart attack.  An occasional episode of heartburn can usually be easily treated, while a heart attack is much more serious (duh!). The trick is knowing the […]

May. 10th

YOUR MOTHER WAS RIGHT!

Did you know that if you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib?  If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck.  If you keep your eyes open by force, they can pop out! Yikes – your mother was right!

May. 1st

HIDDEN WAYS TO HELP YOUR HEART

DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST . . . most heart attacks occur between 7a.m. and noon – possibly because the cells that help blood to clot, called platelets, are stickier then. Eating breakfast appears to make platelets less sticky . . . and less likely to clump together and block a vital artery.   LIGHTEN UP . […]

Apr. 24th

PREVENT INFECTION – WASH YOUR HANDS!

Despite the proven heath benefits of hand washing, many people don’t practice this habit as often as they should – even after using the bathroom. Throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources, such as direct contact with people, contaminated surfaces, foods, even animals and animal waste. If you […]

Apr. 17th

What Causes WALLET NEUROPATHY?

 Worrying about making ends meet? Sitting on a thick billfold? Counting currency (as with bank tellers and fathers of teenagers)?   Answer:  (2) – Sitting on a fat wallet for extended periods (like a driver) twists the spine and compresses nerves in the buttocks and legs, which can lead to inflammation, tingling, and lower back […]

Apr. 10th

Mental Health Tip – Spring Is Finally Here!

It’s been a long time coming this year, but spring is finally here! At times, it seemed as though winter was going to go on forever.  It’s affected our mood, hasn’t it?  There seems to be a little surliness around the edges . . . no matter how much we marvel at the slowness of […]

Apr. 3rd

CAFFEINE IS NOT PROPER WAY TO FIGHT DRIVER FATIGUE

Caffeine is one of the most commonly used behavior altering drugs.  According to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota – 90% of all Americans consume some type of caffeine on a regular basis.  Although most know that caffeine can increase alertness temporarily, few realize that abuse of caffeine can be harmful. Caffeine is a central […]

Mar. 27th

3 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT TASTE

The taste map you learned growing up (the one that showed the tip of the tongue registering sweet flavors; the back, bitter; and the sides, salty and sour) is a myth. While receptors for the five basic tastes do exist, they’re not confined to specific areas but are distributed across the tongue.   It’s believed […]

Mar. 20th

BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER

Do you sometimes feel as if your brain is running on empty? Here’s how to keep it in shape so you can pump up your problem-solving abilities – fight forgetfulness – and think more clearly and creatively!   Practice mentally: Studies of athletes indicate that imagining a tennis serve or ski run between competitions can […]