A Pain in the Neck

Neck Pain - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark By John Hanks, DC

Neck pain is a common occurrence, so much so that most people try to fight through it and carry on with their daily activities. Somewhere between 5 percent and 10 percent suffer severe neck pain; however, even if you do not experience disabling pain, there's a good chance it will be stubborn and recurrent to some degree. Fortunately, research suggests a...

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Starting Them Off Wrong

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Our children are consuming far too much sugar and they're starting at an increasingly younger age. That's a big problem because excess sugar, particularly if it doesn't come from a natural, whole-food source such as fruit (although too much fruit sugar isn't good for you, either) can contribute to the same health issues it causes in adults: weight gain,...

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Balancing the Brain

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Balance and brain health are two important health variables that can suffer dramatically as we age. Fortunately, research suggests improving one can benefit the other, particularly in terms of their interaction. Researchers have found that senior patients who perform balance exercises improve brain neuroplasticity – essentially the brain's ability to...

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Fasting: Good for the Heart

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Fasting is a buzzword these days because of its potential benefits when it comes not only to weight loss, but also overall health and longevity. Fasting also may be a literal lifesaver for patients who have a heart condition that requires cardiac catheterization – a procedure in which a long, thin tube is threaded from an artery or vein in the groin,...

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Know Your Vitamin D Status

Vitamin D is dubbed the "sunshine vitamin" because it is produced in large amounts when the body is exposed to sunlight. But between sunscreen, long winter months, desk jobs and an increasingly indoor (screen-time-driven) culture, many people don't get adequate amounts of this important micronutrient. Unfortunately, there are few food sources of vitamin...

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Wide Awake in America

When was the last time you enjoyed restful, restorative, uninterrupted sleep? You know, the kind of sleep that leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world, rather than leaving you with an overwhelming desire to crawl back under the covers? OK, now when was the last time you tossed, turned or otherwise failed miserably at achieving the...

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