Barbecues and summer go hand in hand, but it’s worth taking a moment to polish those grill skills before donning that apron and “firing up the Barbie.”  

 

Springtime in Georgia is beautiful, from the birds singing to the spectacular flowers and blooming trees, everything is coming alive once again.  But with this awakening of nature, many people also experience the “awakening” of seasonal allergies. The dense clouds of pine pollen hanging in t…

Many Americans reach for mouthwash as part of their daily morning routine, but over the last few years, more and more people have been swapping that dental hygiene mainstay for something a little more unconventional: oil. 

We’ve all heard about the numerous health benefits of raw honey but the same honeybees responsible for honey actually produce something even more nutritious and beneficial to our health: bee pollen.

They might make an annual appearance on your Thanksgiving table in the form of sweet casseroles and pies, but sweet potatoes are also a surprisingly nutritious vegetable that can be incorporated into your diet year-round. 

 

Did you know eating fish once or twice a week may increase your lifespan by more then two years? 

Inflammation has been associated with just about every health condition. Inflammation is not always bad. 

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death in women, affecting nearly 230,000 women annually.  However, many people are surprised to learn that breast cancer can also affect men.  Nearly 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer annually. With the incidence of breast cancer at an al…

Given the fast-paced lives most people live, adrenal fatigue has become a common problem I see in my practice.  Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms that result when the adrenals function below the necessary level.  It’s most commonly seen after times of prolonged stress or illness, a…

In the fourth century B. C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle identified the heart as the most important organ of the body.  He described it as the seat of intelligence, motion, sensation and the center of vitality. Later, in the twelfth century, Master Nicolaus of Salerno observed the heart …

If you’re looking for a quick, convenient, nutrient-dense snack option, you really can’t do better than a small handful of raw nuts or seeds. There are a host of health benefits associated with eating raw nuts, which some experts even refer to as a “superfood.”

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common nerve compression disorder of the upper extremity. One reason it is so common is because many daily activities require fast, repetitive use of the arms, hands and fingers.

It was a cold December night. Upon arriving at the hospital for my night shift, I discovered I had been reassigned from my normal orthopedics floor to the oncology floor. Although I had done a rotation through oncology in nursing school, as a new grad with less than six months under my belt,…

Cupping has received a great deal of attention in the past few weeks mainly due to the gifted swimmer, Michael Phelps, who has won more Olympic medals than any other athlete. When Phelps first hit the pool deck in Rio with large purple circles on his shoulder, people immediately began asking…

We’ve all heard about the numerous health benefits of raw honey but the same honeybees responsible for honey actually produce something even more nutritious and beneficial to our health: bee pollen.

Do you want to be happier? Research has shown positive psychological well-being is directly linked with lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, healthier cholesterol profiles and stronger immune function.

Summer is here in full force. With soaring temperatures -- as well as numerous opportunities to spend time outside, and connect with friends and family -- spending time in the kitchen is not high on anyone’s priority list.

This week’s article is a continuation of last week’s piece on the health of the soul, written by Andrea Lyle. Andrea has worked as a registered nurse for 30 years, and is now a holistic wellness consultant and SoulFit Coach.

Golf is a challenging and often frustrating sport. Many golfers feel the mental component of the game is their greatest challenge, and undervalue the biomechanics and conditioning required to play the game well and play the game longer. This is a mistake that can lead to poor play and injury.

There is a medical doctor in his 80’s whom I have to privilege to know. He is an interesting man with many stories to tell from his 55 years of working with patients. As we were talking one day, he mentioned, upon his graduation from medical school, there were only about eight known autoimmu…

Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, kombucha (kom-bu-cha) originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago. The fact that this beverage is still consumed today is a strong testimonial to the health benefits kombucha continues to bring to millions of people. In the 1990s, kombucha wa…

Thousands of years before refined white sugar appeared on the scene, people used honey to not only sweeten their food, but to support a wide range of body functions. Honey has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 4,000 years. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks were also very familiar with the …

Spending hard-earned money on groceries that never actually reach your plate is like throwing away cash. Because most of us do not have the time to visit grocery stores or farmers markets daily to get fresh produce, we tend to buy produce all at once, which can lead to early spoiling if we d…

Do you experience chronic low back pain? Are your knees painful? Do you suffer with plantar fasciitis, shin splints or Achilles tendonitis? Is it harder for you to get up from a chair because your legs feel weak, or do you have difficulty climbing stairs without feeling winded? Any of these …

Imagine climbing into bed for a peaceful night’s sleep, but instead of nodding off, you begin to feel a crawling sensation — like ants — running up and down your legs. Your legs twitch and jerk, and you have unpleasant sensations deep within the muscles. Only temporary relief is found by mov…

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), also referred to as “genetically engineered,” are live organisms whose genetic components have been manipulated artificially in a laboratory. GMOs are extremely common in food today. Statistics show more than 80 percent of the foods we eat daily are gen…

Every family has a cabinet where they keep bandages, ointments and over-the-counter (OTC) medications to treat a variety of conditions from colds and digestive problems to run-of-the-mill aches and pains. It is estimated that 4 out of 5 American adults commonly use OTC medications. While the…

Since the 1960s, we have been taught that cholesterol is “the enemy” and the main cause of heart disease, specifically coronary artery disease. However, cholesterol is NOT the villain. According to many recent studies, the belief that elevated cholesterol causes arterial plaque and leads to …

Kidney stones are one of the most common urinary tract disorders. It is estimated over one million people in the United States suffer with kidney stones each year, and over a half million people visit emergency rooms annually due to kidney stone problems. In fact, my husband and I ended up s…

We have just come through the holiday season where food is a central focus and the average person gains seven to ten pounds. Next comes Superbowl Sunday, second only to Thanksgiving, as the largest feasting day of the year according to the USDA. On average, American’s will eat about 2,000 ca…

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