Take a FREE 2-week webinar course: Living Your Calling

13010797_10100900508645359_1318403916692274435_nMeet Rosanna Tomiuk, a well-known personal & business life coach, professional athlete and musician, who is offering for the first time a FREE course online on “Living Your Calling”. She is quite an amazing person and public speaker, and you will not be disappointed! 🙂

Here is the link: Living Your Calling course

What You’ll Learn In This Introductory Course

How to:

  • Identify your passions
  • Gain clarity around what your strengths are
  • Discover the ingredients to living your calling
  • Make room for what matters in your life
  • Overcome the challenges you’ll face in living your calling

Week 1 Contents: DISCOVERY

Week 1 contents will be released on April 25th and can be covered at your own pace. Watch the videos and then do the corresponding Activity Sheets. The focus of this week is Discovery!

Week 2 Contents: ACTION

Week 2 Contents will be released on May 2nd. Like Module 1, you can cover the contents at your own pace. The focus of this week is Action!


Tune in to CJAD 800AM radio station tonight at 10pm

Tune in to CJAD 800AM radio station tonight (around Montreal,QC) at 10pm for an interview with our own Ivan Rubio (psychotherapist and counselor at PAE and Optima Santé Globale Inc., and founder of Compass Orientation Services) who specializes on the topics of anxiety, depression and self-esteem.

He is the host at many of our upcoming mental health events/workshops and will explain more about those as well 🙂

I have known Ivan Rubio, as a friend and colleague, for almost 10 years and his dedication and passion for mental health are beyond imaginable!

Check out his facebook business page below. His website is coming up very soon!



Come to our “Workshop: Understand & Overcome Your Anxiety” – May 27, 6:30pm

Workshop: Understand & Overcome Your Anxiety

Friday, May 27, 2016, 6:30 PM

McGill Faculty of Medicine – McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler (Drummond), H3G 1Y6, Room 208/209 Montreal, QC

1 healthy lifestylers Attending

This unique workshop will teach us how to manage everyday anxieties to increase our well-being and help us uncover blind spots that are holding us all back in the important aspects of our life! Come take advantage of this opportunity at a significantly reduced cost, and learn to use the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that therapists us…

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This unique workshop will teach us how to manage everyday anxieties to increase our well-being and help us uncover blind spots that are holding us all back in the important aspects of our life! Come take advantage of this opportunity at a significantly reduced cost, and learn to use the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that therapists use to reduce and control anxiety.

Ivan Rubio, a psychotherapist, counselor at PAE and Optima Santé Globale Inc. and founder of Compass Orientation Services, will guide this workshop.

Number of participants: 10-25.

Healthy refreshments will be served.

A private psychotherapy session (worth 100$) will be drawn among attendants!

“Expanding our comfort zone & enjoying life. Learning various behavioral and cognitive techniques proven to help reduce anxiety.”

See you there 🙂

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-understand-overcome-your-anxiety-tickets-24934345298

Venez voir notre “Atelier: Comprendre et Vaincre Votre AnxiĂ©tĂ©” – 20 Mai, 18h30

Atelier: Comprendre et Vaincre Votre Anxiété

Friday, May 20, 2016, 6:30 PM

McGill FacultĂ© de MĂ©decine – McIntyre Sciences MĂ©dicales
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler (Drummond), H3G 1Y6, Salle 208/209 Montréal, QC

1 healthy lifestylers Attending

Cet atelier unique nous enseignera la façon de gĂ©rer nos angoisses quotidiennes pour augmenter notre bien-ĂŞtre et nous aidera à dĂ©couvrir nos points faibles qui nous empĂŞchent de rĂ©ussir dans les aspects importants de notre vie! Venez profiter de cette occasion Ă  un coĂ»t considĂ©rablement rĂ©duit, et apprennez Ă  utiliser la thĂ©rapie comportementale e…

Check out this Meetup →


Cet atelier unique nous enseignera la façon de gĂ©rer nos angoisses quotidiennes pour augmenter notre bien-ĂŞtre et nous aidera à dĂ©couvrir nos points faibles qui nous empĂŞchent de rĂ©ussir dans les aspects importants de notre vie! Venez profiter de cette occasion Ă  un coĂ»t considĂ©rablement rĂ©duit, et apprennez Ă  utiliser la thĂ©rapie comportementale et cognitive (TCC) que les thĂ©rapeutes appliquent pour rĂ©duire et contrĂ´ler l’anxiĂ©tĂ©.

Ivan Rubio, psychothĂ©rapeute, conseiller au PAE et Optima SantĂ© Globale Inc. et fondateur de Service d’Orientation Boussole, guidera cet atelier.

Nombre de participants: 10-25

Une collation santé sera servie.

Une sĂ©ance de psychothĂ©rapie privĂ©e (d’une valeur de 100 $) sera tirĂ© au sort parmi les participants!

«L’expansion de notre zone de confort et profiter de la vie. L’apprentissage de diverses techniques comportementales et cognitives Ă©prouvĂ©es pour aider Ă  rĂ©duire l’anxiĂ©tĂ©. ”

INSCRIVEZ-VOUS ICI: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/atelier-comprendre-et-vaincre-votre-anxiete-tickets-24934686318

Do You Have to Love Yourself Before Someone Else Can?

Source: Do You Have to Love Yourself Before Someone Else Can? | Psychology Today

There’s a common belief that, in order to truly love others, you must first love yourself. In order to have happy and healthy relationships with others, especially in romantic relationships, the thinking goes, individuals must first believe that they are lovable people of value themselves. Indeed, entire schools of thought in therapeutic settings within psychology have been focused on this very idea, such as person centered therapy and rational-emotive therapy.

What does it mean to love yourself in a manner that benefits not only you as an individual but also your interpersonal relationships? Researchers have long focused on high levels of self-esteem as the primary way that people feel good about themselves. As discussed in previous posts here, high compared to low levels of self-esteem generally predict individuals pursuing closeness and connection in their romantic relationships, especially when facing threatening circumstances Continue reading

12 Surprising Ways Sleep Makes You Happy, Healthy and Wealthy

Source: 12 Surprising Ways Sleep Makes You Happy, Healthy and Wealthy

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. — Thomas Dekker

Are you struggling to control your weight?

Do you catch every cold going around?

Are you struggling to concentrate at work?

Is your sex drive slowly shrinking?

And are those bags under your eyes slowly enlarging?

Face it, you’re tired.

No, not tired, exhausted.

You’re one step away from overwhelm or burnout.

And if you’re honest, you know it’s impacting on your partner, your kids, your work and your health.

And it might just be killing you.

I used to be the same, but I finally understood why a good night’s sleep should be top of my, and your, to-do list.

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What is the key to healthy aging? New gene study sheds light

Source: What is the key to healthy aging? New gene study sheds light – Medical News Today

A new study may bring us closer to unlocking the secret to healthy aging, after uncovering an array of genetic variants among healthy, elderly individuals that may protect against Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
[Happy older people in a circle]
Researchers have uncovered some of the secrets of healthy aging with their new gene study.

The findings come from the ongoing “Wellderly” study, in which researchers have so far applied whole genome sequencing to the DNA of more than 1,400 healthy individuals from the US aged 80-105 years.

Launched in 2007, the study aims to pinpoint certain genetic variants that may contribute to lifelong health.

“This study is exciting because it is the first large one using genetic sequencing to focus on health,” says Michael Snyder, PhD, chairman of the Department of Genetics at Stanford University in California, who was not involved with the research. Continue reading

Having a Baby After 35: Information and Associated Risks

Source: Having a Baby After 35: Information and Associated Risks – Medical News Today

Pregnancy later in life, after the age of 35, is becoming increasingly common. Women are delaying childbearing for a variety of personal and professional reasons. However, are there health implications in delaying pregnancy?

As women age, it can become more of a challenge to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy. Fertility begins to decrease during the ages of 32 and 37, with a more rapid decline after 37.1

Women are born with a certain amount of eggs. As they age, the quantity and quality of eggs begin to decline, particularly during the third decade of life.1,2

Additionally, conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids that may have a negative impact on the ability to conceive become more common with increasing age.1

While it becomes harder to conceive with increasing age, there are also a number of risks occurring with pregnancy that can affect the health of both the mother and baby. In this article, we will examine these risks, as well as look at a number of tips for having a healthy baby later in life.

Risks of pregnancy later in life

Becoming pregnant over the age of 35 can increase the risk of pregnancy complications for both mother and baby. As women age, the risk of them developing high blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes (including gestational diabetes) either before or during pregnancy increases. These conditions can have a negative effect on pregnancy.1,2

A pregnant woman holding her back.
Women who become pregnant later in life are at an increased risk of hypertension and gestational diabetes.

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10 Things Cancer Experts Do To Avoid Getting The Disease

Source: 10 Things Cancer Experts Do To Avoid Getting The Disease | Prevention

There’s really no way to soften this: About 1,685,210 cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2016, according to the American Cancer Society, and almost 600,000 Americans will die from these dread diseases. But there are many things you can do to lower your chances of becoming a statistic. We asked top oncologists and other cancer specialists for advice.

Pop a baby aspirin. Continue reading

Tips to save time, eat healthy and exercise regularly

Source: Tips to save time, eat healthy and exercise regularly – Mayo Clinic

We live in a busy world and few people have too much time on their hands. This makes living a healthy lifestyle and managing weight challenging, because it takes time and effort. So, how can we more effectively manage weight in this busy world we live in?


It helps to have the right perspective. For almost all of us, I’d suggest it isn’t time that prevents us from making efforts, it’s priorities. Achieving a healthy weight can help improve health in many ways, improve quality of life, and help us live longer. What could be more important than that?

Although it takes time to implement healthy lifestyle habits, the return on investment is tremendous — which makes the time investment worth it. Continue reading

Join us for our 1st workshop on anxiety! :)

Workshop: Understanding & Overcoming Anxiety

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016, 6:30 PM

McGill Faculty of Medicine – McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler (Drummond), H3G 1Y6, Room 208/209 Montreal, QC

1 healthy lifestylers Attending

This workshop will teach us how to manage everyday anxieties to increase our well-being and help us uncover blind spots that are holding us all back in the important aspects of our life! Come learn the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach that therapists use to reduce and control anxiety.Ivan Rubio, a psychotherapist, counselor at PAE and O…

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Life expectancy depends on wealth and where you live

Source: Life expectancy depends on wealth and where you live – Medical News Today

How long a person in the US can expect to live may depend on where he or she lives, as well as income, says research published online by JAMA. Findings show that from 2001-2014, wealthier people, on the whole, could expect to live longer, but the odds varied according to location; and the gaps are getting wider.
[flag and stethoscope]
Where you live can impact how long you live.

Previous research has revealed a link between higher incomes and longevity, but the more complex picture is far from complete.

It remains unclear, for example, how the gaps between socioeconomic groups are changing over time, and what effect living in a specific place has on life expectancy.

The roles played by inequality, socioeconomic stress and differences in access to medicine are also subject to debate. Continue reading

What should I expect during labor?

Source: Labor: What are the Stages of Labor? – Medical News Today

You may think that knowing when you are in labor is obvious, but for many women, it may not be so simple.

At times, women may experience symptoms of false labor, including Braxton Hicks contractions (also known as practice contractions) which, although similar to real contractions, are not labor.

Determining what is real labor and false can be accomplished by clocking contractions, timing how long each contraction lasts for and how long it takes from the start of one contraction to the next.

If you are having Braxton Hicks contractions, they will be irregular and go away in time. They may resolve with walking, lying down or through other changes in activity, but true contractions and labor will not resolve and will increase in intensity.

This MNT Knowledge Center article will look at the three stages of labor and how you can tell that labor is about to begin. The article will also examine rapid and prolonged labor, when to go to a hospital and what forms of pain relief are available during labor.

Signs of labor

Pregnant woman's belly is being examined by doctors.
The onset of labor can be signified by cervical changes that are present on physical examination.

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What is a Cardiac Risk Calculator? What are the Best Heart Health Predictors?

Source: What is a Cardiac Risk Calculator? What are the Best Heart Health Predictors? – Medical News Today

There are three considerations about cardiac risk calculators. The first is that, whichever exact approach is taken, the idea is the same – to take measurements of cardiovascular health and analyze them for guidance on future potential heart problems and their prevention.

The second is that while the factors are common to whichever calculator is used, it is often one recommended by a doctor, validated for as much scientific accuracy as possible.

Health care professionals take the cardiac risk measurements and can help understand results and explain what to do about them to help avoid heart attack and stroke.

The third is that a prediction of future chances of heart problems is just that – a prediction. It is not supposed to be as scary or as certain as it might sound.

Risks can be put into perspective, and they would not be calculated unless there was something worthwhile that could be done to reduce them.

For some people, the predicted cardiac risk is so low that there would be no need to worry about further screening.

The reason why medicine has developed cardiovascular risk calculators is for the major effort to take on “the common risk factors fueling the epidemic of cardiovascular disease” Continue reading

Health, well-being no different for children raised in same-sex parent families

Source: Health, well-being no different for children raised in same-sex parent families – Medical News Today

Among stable families, the health and well-being of children raised by parents of the same sex are no different to that of children raised by parents of different sexes. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
[Two mothers with their son]
The health and well-being for children raised in same-sex parent families is no different to those raised in different-sex parent families.

The number of same-sex parents in the US has increased significantly in recent years. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, there are currently 594,000 same-sex couple households in the US, of whom around 27% have children.

Most studies investigating the health and well-being of children within same-sex parent families have found they fare just as well as children from families with different-sex parents. Continue reading

Chiropractic: What Is Chiropractic Manipulation? Does It Work?

Source: Chiropractic: What Is Chiropractic Manipulation? Does It Work? – Medical News Today

Chiropractic manipulation, also known as chiropractic adjustment, is a form of alternative medicine. A trained chiropractor applies sudden force to spinal joints to correct structural alignment and improve physical function.

Most often, patients seek chiropractic adjustment to relieve various types of back, neck and head pain, although it has been trialed for a wide variety of conditions.1

Chiropractic manipulation has faced controversy and receives a mixed response from health care practitioners. This is predominantly due to a lack of evidence for some of its claims and its metaphysical belief system.

In this article, we will explain chiropractic theories and methods, and look at the relevant evidence.

Fast facts on chiropractic manipulation

Here are some key points about chiropractic manipulation. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

  • Chiropractic treatments were first designed in the 1800s
  • Chiropractic is the largest discipline within alternative medicine
  • There are more than 60,000 chiropractic practitioners in the US
  • According to chiropractic medicine, vertebral subluxations are the root of many illnesses
  • The evidence for chiropractic medicine being beneficial for anything other than certain types of back pain is weak
  • There are two types of chiropractic practitioners: “straights” and “mixers”
  • The treatment they offer is referred to as chiropractic adjustment
  • Chiropractic adjustment consists of controlled, sudden pressure being applied to specific regions
  • Chiropractic adjustment is safe for most patients.

What is chiropractic manipulation?

[Chiropractic practitioner at work]
Chiropractic practitioners are still growing in number.

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Spring cleaning: your makeup bag

Source: Spring cleaning: your makeup bag | www.ajc.com

There’s something lurking at the bottom of your makeup bag, and it’s not pretty.

According to Mayo Clinic Health System Dermatology physician assistant Mary Duh, old and expired cosmetics harbor dangerous amounts of bacteria. This not only directly affects the individual wearing the makeup, but it also can affect anyone they come in contact with.

“Makeup can be infected with bacteria after only one use. The bacterium builds up over time and can cause harm to a person’s skin, eyes, lips and overall health,” says Duh. “When makeup gets old, it starts to break down, and this can cause issues from irritation and inflammation to rashes, blisters, eye infections and pink eye.”

Spring cleaning: your makeup bag photo

Old and expired cosmetics can harbor dangerous amounts of bacteria.

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9 Proven Strategies for Healthy Weight Without Dieting

Source: 9 Proven Strategies for Healthy Weight Without Dieting | Psychology Today

There is only one problem with diets: They don’t work. If you stick to a diet, over time you may lose some weight, but it is highly unlikely to stay off long-term. In fact, you may regain it all and then some.

Most diets are based on willpower. When other people look like they need to lose weight, we often think they are lacking in willpower or just plain lazy. That is not the case. The truth is, hardly anybody has enough willpower to resist tempting foods if they are routinely confronted with them. That’s not just my opinion: It’s the conclusion of a brilliant, highly readable, and scientifically-based book by Traci Mann, Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again.

Below I share 9 of Mann’s best strategies for actually reaching what she calls “your leanest livable weight” without dieting or summoning mythical willpower. (There are others in the book.)

First, genetics determine much of our weight, so there’s a limit to how much we are likely to lose or gain. Second, circumstance and situation often influences weight. We need to manage our environment and our ways of thinking, not our cravings. Continue reading

Expert Q&A: What Is Emotional Intelligence?

Source: Expert Q&A: What Is Emotional Intelligence? « WebMD Interviews

Marc Brackett, PhD, studies the ways emotions affect our relationships, mental health, decision-making, and academic and workplace performance. As director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Brackett and his team are helping schools across the country teach students the principles of emotional intelligence. Their research shows that learning to harness emotions can help both children and adults thrive at school, home, and in everyday life.

WebMD: What is emotional intelligence? Continue reading

18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People

Source: 18 Behaviors of Emotionally Intelligent People – Motto

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of success.

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results. Continue reading

Cancer risk falls with higher levels of vitamin D

Source: Cancer risk falls with higher levels of vitamin D – Medical News Today

Researchers suggest improving people’s blood level of vitamin D could be an important tool for preventing cancer, after their study found that the risk of developing the disease rises as vitamin D levels fall.
Vitamin D written in sand
The study links low levels of vitamin D – produced by the body through exposure to sunshine – to higher risk of developing cancer.

In the journal PLOS One, researchers from the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine report how they analyzed the link between vitamin D and cancer to determine what blood level of vitamin D was required to effectively reduce cancer risk.

The study included all invasive cancers, excluding skin cancer. Continue reading

Eat fresh fruits daily to reduce your risk of cardiovascular death

Source: Eating fresh fruits daily may reduce your risk of cardiovascular death – Medical News Today

New research provides further evidence of the health benefits of fruit consumption, after finding that eating fresh fruits daily may lower the risks of heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death.
[Mixed fruits]
Eating fresh fruit every day can benefit heart health.

Dr. Huaidong Du, of the University of Oxford in the UK, and colleagues recently published their findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Under the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it is recommended that adults who get less than 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily consume 1.5-2 cups of fruits each day, based on evidence that including fruits as part of a healthy diet reduces the risk of some chronic diseases. Continue reading

Doctors today: Young, broke and human

Source: Doctors today: Young, broke and human

“Oh, you’re my doctor? A woman?”

Who do you picture walking through the exam room door at your new doctor’s office? Is it the Norman Rockwell depiction of an older, jolly looking male? After residency, I was alarmed at how many patients commented on my age and gender:

“How old are you, 12?” or, “Oh, you’re my doctor? A woman?”

This got me thinking about misconceptions people have about doctors, and I thought I could share a few things many people may not know about their favorite neighborhood doctor. Continue reading

Decoding Food Expiration Dates

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there is no uniform or universally accepted system used for food dating across America. There are some common freshness codes stamped on items in stores, but the information can be confusing. 

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, dietitian Angie Murad decodes the dates and explains that most don’t have anything to do with expiration. Jeff Olsen reports. 

Are you drinking too much alcohol?

If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than:

  • two units of alcohol a day most days, to a weekly maximum of 10 for women.
  • three units of alcohol a day most days, to a weekly maximum of 15 for men.

“A unit” means:

  • 341 mL / 12 oz (1 bottle) of regular strength beer (5% alcohol).
  • 142 mL / 5 oz wine (12% alcohol).
  • 43 mL / 1 1/2 oz spirits (40% alcohol).


9 things doctors wished you didn’t keep in your home

Source: Life Hack Thursday: 9 things doctors wished you didn’t keep in your home | CTV News

The staff working in hospital emergency and trauma departments see a lot of injuries come through the doors every day, including those they know could have been avoided.

So what are some unexpected things commonly found in many homes that cause easily preventable injuries? We spoke to a few doctors and a registered nurse to find out.

Microwaveable soups

“You know those heatable soups that come in Styrofoam cups? I’ve seen a huge number of people get burned very badly from opening those,” says Toronto-area emergency room physician, Dr. Brett Belchetz. Continue reading

The Current Opioid Epidemic

Source: The opioid epidemic: It’s time to place blame where it belongs

The media is full of stories about the current opioid crisis. But unlike many national crises, such as the Flint lead-contaminated water crisis, the focus is on solutions and not blame. A few weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines for prescribing opioids in chronic pain, Congress approved funding for prevention and treatment, and the US HHS released a “National Pain Strategy.”

So to fulfill my duty as an American, allow me to place blame for our current opioid crisis. Allow me to start with physicians. We overprescribe opioids, just as we overprescribe antibiotics. But it is generally well meaning; we don’t want our patients to experience pain. Healthy Living magazine recently published a heart-wrenching story of a woman whose life was nearly destroyed by two weeks of oxycodone prescribed by a well-meaning physician for arthritis. These physicians can best be described as innocent bystanders. But “pill mill” doctors who set up shop, accept cash as the only payment and are willing to prescribe to anyone for any ailment, real or feigned, are criminals and need to be stopped. They cast a long shadow on the work of every other physician trying to help patients. Continue reading

Exercise is Relatively Ineffective for Weight Loss

Source: Exercise vs. Diet: Which Is More Important for Weight Loss?

If you’re perplexed by the information above, don’t worry. There’s a simple explanation behind it, which we’ll break up into two parts.

Reason 1. Calorie expenditure through exercise is relatively small in the grand scheme of things.

In order to see why exercise-focused weight loss programs might yield low efficacy, it’s important to understand the accounting behind our daily caloric expenditure. Continue reading

Four Myths About Hydration That Refuse To Die

Source: Four Myths About Hydration That Refuse To Die

As Derek Zoolander wisely put it, wetness is the essence of life. Whether you like drinking water or not, it accounts for about 60% of your body weight, and plays a pretty darn important role in making sure your body functions normally. But statistics aside, there are a couple of myths about hydration that refuse to die.

Myth One: You Need To Drink Eight Cups A Day

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The Ideal Amount of Sleep for Each Age Group, According to the Experts

Source: The Ideal Amount of Sleep for Each Age Group, According to the Experts

It seems like a question that’s as old as time itself: “How much sleep do I really need?” The nonprofit National Sleep Foundation and a panel of 18 prominent medical scientists and researchers reviewed over 300 sleep studies to try and finally answer it.

The short answer is, of course, “it depends.” There’s no perfect sleep number that can fit every person, but The National Sleep Foundation’s major report—recently published in their own Sleep Health Journal—has revealed an updated list of sleep duration recommendations for all age groups. Continue reading

Do I really need to avoid all dairy if I am lactose-intolerant?

Source: Lactose intolerance Lifestyle and home remedies – Mayo Clinic

Most people with lactose intolerance can enjoy some milk products without symptoms. It may be possible to increase your tolerance to dairy products by gradually introducing them into your diet.


Some people find that they can tolerate full-fat dairy products, such as whole milk and cheese, more easily than dairy products with no or reduced fat. Continue reading

How to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Source: Allergy-proof your home – Mayo Clinic


If you have hay fever or allergic asthma, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home. Some steps to reduce indoor allergens are complicated and time-consuming — but there are some easy things you can do that may help. Some steps may be more effective than others, depending on what particular allergy or allergies you have.


  • Bed and bedding. Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Wash sheets, pillowcases and blankets at least once a week in water heated to at least 130 F (54 C). Remove, wash or cover comforters. Replace wool or feathered bedding with synthetic materials.
  • Flooring. Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring or washable area rugs. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile instead of high-pile carpeting and vacuum weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Shampoo the carpet frequently.
  • Curtains and blinds. Use washable curtains made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.
  • Windows. Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills. Use double-paned windows if you live in a cold climate.
  • Furnishings. Choose easy-to-clean chairs, dressers and nightstands made of leather, wood, metal or plastic. Avoid upholstered furniture.
  • Clutter. Remove items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, tabletop ornaments, books and magazines. Store children’s toys, games and stuffed animals in plastic bins.
  • Pets. If you can’t find a new home for your dog or cat, at least keep animals out of the bedroom. Bathing pets at least once a week may reduce the amount of allergen in the dander they shed.
  • Air filtration. Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter. Try adjusting your air filter so that it directs clean air toward your head when you sleep.

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How Healthy are Your Defense Mechanisms?

Source: How Healthy are Your Defense Mechanisms? | Psychology Today

Freud may not have been right about everything but he certainly knew his defense mechanisms. His belief that we need defense mechanisms to protect ourselves from knowing just how much we are possessed by sexual and aggressive drives is now generally refuted. However, there is still relatively widespread acceptance that defense mechanisms serve an adaptive purpose. Having a healthy set of defense mechanisms can help you keep in check your anxiety, frustrations, feelings of low self-esteem, and despair over the losses that life occasionally deals you.

One research team in particular seeks to discover the hidden truth behind our tendencies to hide the truth from ourselves. Psychiatrist George Vaillant, who heads up the Study of Adult Development at Harvard University, discovered a number of years ago that the key to psychological health in adulthood is the use of what he calls “mature” defense mechanisms. His taxonomy of defense mechanisms became the basis for American psychiatry’s classification of personality disorders ranging from the “acting out” and dramatic cluster (antisocial and borderline personality disorders) to the more restrained cluster in which people’s pathology is less overtly expressed (schizoid and paranoid). Continue reading

What is Toxoplasmosis?

Source: Toxoplasmosis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment – Medical News Today

The disease toxoplasmosis is caused by an infection with a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. In the US alone, more than 60 million people may harbor the infection.

Toxoplasmosis often causes flu-like symptoms, although it can lead to more serious complications such as encephalitis and developmental impairments.

Pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of developing serious health complications with toxoplasmosis.

You will also see introductions at the end of some sections to any recent developments that have been covered by MNT‘s news stories. Also look out for links to information about related conditions.

A pregnant lady with a cat.
Toxoplasmosis can be contracted congenitally and through contact with cat feces.

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You have no idea what it’s like working in the ER as a pregnant physician

Source: You have no idea what it’s like working in the ER as a pregnant physician

When I was pregnant with my first child, I worked full time as a physician in the emergency department. I worked mostly 9-hour shifts, but some 12-hour shifts as well. Days, evenings, nights, holidays and weekends were divided up amongst the entire group of physicians. I worked my share of those shifts as well.

I have worked in the ER while pregnant twice now, and while I am proud to be an emergency physician and love my job, I didn’t love it when I was pregnant. I found the ER a challenging work environment for a pregnant woman.

Unfortunately, I had a lot of nausea and morning sickness for the first trimester of both of my pregnancies. Working in the ER, there are strong smells: vomit, diarrhea, pus, stinky feet and unbathed homeless people, to name a few. There were many a time when I would run to the bathroom to vomit and have to come right back out and see the next patient as if nothing had happened. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Minute: Mediterranean Diet Improves Bone Health

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

Women who eat a Mediterranean diet are slightly less likely to fracture a hip, according to a new study.

Researchers examined whether diet quality affects bone health in postmenopausal women. Study results, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, show women who adhered to a Mediterranean diet were 0.29 percent less likely to fracture a hip than women who didn’t stick to the diet.

The Mediterranean diet is high in fruits and vegetables, and lower in red meats and dairy; however, it’s more than just a list of ingredients. In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Jeff Olsen talks to Dr. Donald Hensrud, director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, about the staples and subtleties that make up the Mediterranean diet.

Intensive exercise may keep the aging mind sharp

Source: Intensive exercise may keep the aging mind sharp – LA Times

Older Americans who engage in strenuous exercise are more mentally nimble, have better memory function and process information more speedily than do their more sedentary peers, new research suggests. And as they continued to age, participants who were very physically active at the start of a five-year study lost less ground cognitively than did couch potatoes, according to the study.

The latest research, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, is the most recent study to underscore the importance of moderate to intensive exercise in healthy aging. In addition to keeping diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis at bay or in check, a welter of studies suggests a good workout is powerful medicine for the aging brain, preventing and treating depression and shoring up cognitive function. Continue reading

Less than 3 percent of Americans have ‘healthy lifestyle’

Source: Less than 3 percent of Americans have ‘healthy lifestyle’ – StarTribune.com

If living healthy was a class, the vast majority of us would be flunking, a study published recently in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found.

Just 2.7 percent of Americans have a “healthy lifestyle,” which researchers defined as hitting all four benchmarks of good health. They are: not smoking; getting regular, moderate exercise; eating a diet rich in vegetables and whole grains and low in saturated fat, and maintaining a low body fat. Continue reading

Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles

Source: Core exercises: Why you should strengthen your core muscles – Mayo Clinic

Core exercises are an important part of a well-rounded fitness program. Aside from occasional situps and pushups, however, core exercises are often neglected. Still, it pays to get your core muscles — the muscles around your trunk and pelvis — in better shape. Read on to find out why.

Core exercises improve your balance and stability

 Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. This leads to better balance and stability, whether on the playing field or in daily activities. In fact, most sports and other physical activities depend on stable core muscles.

Core exercises don’t require specialized equipment or a gym membership

Any exercise that involves the use of your abdominal and back muscles in coordinated fashion counts as a core exercise. For example, using free weights in a manner that involves maintaining a stable trunk can train and strengthen several of your muscles, including your core muscles. You may also try several specific core exercises to stabilize and strengthen your core.

Person performing a bridge exercise.

A bridge is a classic core exercise. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Keep your back in a neutral position, not arched and not pressed into the floor. Avoid tilting your hips. Tighten your abdominal muscles. Continue reading

Sex After Pregnancy: When Can I Resume Intercourse?

Source: Sex After Pregnancy: When Can I Resume Intercourse? – Medical News Today

Most mothers will agree that the last thing on their mind after having a baby is sex. However, this is not often the case with their partner! On the other hand, some women may be ready to resume sexual intercourse shortly after having a baby. But when is the right time to resume sexual intercourse?

In general, it is recommended that sexual intercourse is avoided for the first 4-6 weeks following a vaginal or cesarean (C-section) delivery; however, it is important to speak with your health care provider before resuming sex.

A woman is staring out of a window with a mug.
Multiple factors can influence when a woman is ready to resume sexual intercourse following pregnancy.

Most often, especially in cases of a C-section, perineal tear or episiotomy, it is recommended to wait until after you are seen for your 6-week postpartum visit for the green light from a health care provider to resume sexual activity. Continue reading

Stillbirth risk could be halved with seasonal flu shot during pregnancy

Source: Stillbirth risk could be halved with seasonal flu shot during pregnancy – Medical News Today

Expectant mothers who receive the seasonal flu vaccine may be at significantly lower risk for stillbirth than those who are not vaccinated. This is the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
[A pregnant women with her hands on her belly]
Expectant mothers who received the seasonal flu shot were found to be at 51% lower stillbirth risk than those who were not vaccinated.

In the US, around 1% of all pregnancies are affected by stillbirth, and around 24,000 babies are stillborn every year.

While the causes of many stillbirths are unclear, birth defects, genetic problems, issues with the placenta or umbilical cord and certain medical conditions in the mother can play a role.

Expectant mothers who are over the age of 35, smoke during pregnancy, obese, have experienced a previous pregnancy loss or who have had multiple pregnancies are also at greater risk for stillbirth. Continue reading


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