Get the best out of your sleep Good sleep is a necessity for the healthy functioning of the mind and body. It is also one of the things that we can forcibly deprive ourselves. Ideally, we spend one-third of our lives asleep. Improving your sleep quality can be the first step toward stress resilience and … Continue reading Patient Education: Making Sleep a Health Priority
Your microbiome/microbiota refers to the trillions of microbes that reside inside and outside your body. Human cells are outnumbered by the bacterial cell population. The highest source of bacteria in the body is within the large intestines. The status of resident bacteria has been associated with health and illness, with greater diversity being more protective. … Continue reading Patient Information: Make a Home for Your Microbiome
The first theme of YHF Community Discussion Page is regarding the process of breaking a habit. If you have had a habit that is detrimental to your health, what were some ways that you were able to liberate yourself from it? For more information on behavior change theory, refer to the recent post on Understanding … Continue reading Breaking Habits
Understanding your readiness for behavior change: I have included a revised post to refer to when thinking about the YHF discussion community board. I found out very early in parenting that even if you point out an unhealthy behavior in your child, the only way that they are going to change is when you partner … Continue reading Understanding your readiness for behavior change
What is “healthy” and would you know it if you saw it? From nature, we gather our understanding of life and how our environment affects us. We develop insights or “laws” – of gravity, entropy and heavenly bodies, through the observations we make in the world around us. At its essence, a law is a … Continue reading The Fractal Whisperer: Musings on health
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By Christopher M. CIRINO, DO MPH Your Health Forum Sir William Osler, one of the founders of modern medicine, used to refer to pneumonia as "the Captain of the men of death" and "friend to the aged", relating to the often acute precipitation of death, "protecting them from the colds of degradation". Pneumonia is not … Continue reading Protecting Yourself From Pneumonia
The heart is the center of our circulatory system and its function affects the state of health of the rest of the body. When the movements in the atria (top chambers) becomes erratic, as in atrial fibrillation, the blood is not propelled efficiently, resulting in decreased output and a 5-fold risk of stroke. Atrial fibrillation … Continue reading Atrial Fibrillation: When can it be the Tip of an Iceberg?