Hello everyone!

I am so grateful to have been able to run this health website for almost a year. Thank you, dear loyal followers and readers, for having been part of it. It has been a great success and a steep learning curve! 🙂


I have recently moved to a smaller French-speaking town in Quebec (Trois-Rivieres) to start my residency in family medicine. I have quickly realized how very few health and well-being resources exist in French for people who do not speak English. Although I have studied medicine in English, I am fluent in French and will be doing my medical residency here, in Trois-Rivieres, in French. I consider it my duty to bridge this gap in lack of medical information available to French populations and thus, starting this week, I will be writing most of my entries on this website IN FRENCH! I am also hoping to bring my health events and workshops to smaller Quebec communities, mostly in French.

Moreover, this website will undergo a lot of interface changes over the next few weeks in order to adapt to a different language and make it even more practical and user-friendly. The website will also be renamed shortly.

I want to thank all of you for being part of this, and I hope that you have learned a thing or 2 about health & well-being. Until next time, au revoir 😉

HSP Summer Retreat Aug 12-14 2016

I am proud to introduce my dear friend and colleague, Natalie Harvey. Skilled in psychology and a dedicated performance consultant at Dale Carnegie, she is the founder of HSP Montreal, The Highly Sensitive People MeetUp group, and an HSP events host and organizer.

If you, or anyone that you know, is highly sensitive (15-20% of the population) you should check out the HSP website here where you can learn more about being highly sensitive, take a test to know whether you are or not a highly sensitive person, and find various resources available to you.

We are organizing an amazing summer retreat for this August in Vermont, USA – the first of its kind in this part of North America!! The Misty Hilltop Resort is a real gem and there will be well-known professionals and HSP coaches as well as various workshops and activities to help you harness your sensitivity. We are very excited! Click here for more information, talk to one of us from the organizing team, and to register. There are only 25 spaces and they are filling up fast.

We hope to see you there! 😉

There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today

Source: There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today | Psychology Today

How can you start incorporating mindful eating into your life? Use your five senses in five new ways! Learn how from these experiments:

1. The Crunch Effect.

Research indicates that eating loudly actually helps you eat less. In a recent study, participants were told to eat cookies quietly, loudly, or normally. Those who ate loudly ate the least. It may be that the participants were less worried about social rules and simply enjoyed what they were eating. Put a little cookie monster into your next meal and enjoy the munch. Continue reading

FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods

Source: FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods – WebMD

Agency sets short- and long-term goals in effort to cut Americans’ risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants the food industry to cut back on the salt.

In draft voluntary guidelines issued Wednesday, the agency set both two-year and 10-year goals for lower sodium content in hundreds of processed and prepared foods. The aim is to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among Americans, according to the FDA.
“Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that’s hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in an FDA statement.”Today’s announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health,” she added. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Minute: Less Salt Doesn’t Mean Less Flavor

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft of voluntary guidelines encouraging food manufacturers, restaurants and food service operations to reduce sodium in prepared foods. The average American adult’s salt intake is approximately 3,400 milligrams per day, which is more than the 2,300 milligrams per day recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans .

The goal of the new guidelines is to make a difference in salt intake when dining out; however, as an executive chef from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program demonstrates, there are ways to reduce salt in your kitchen. Jeff Olsen has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

Mayo Clinic Minute: The Truth About Gluten

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Celiac Disease Foundation wants to make the process of going gluten-free easier for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. Mayo Clinic experts agree that people with celiac disease should not consume gluten. But, many people who don’t have celiac disease also go gluten-free, because it makes them feel better. Dr. Joseph Murray says for that group, gluten may not be the issue.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses gluten with Dr. Murray.

Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn

Source: Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn

Some kids are following a gluten-free diet even though they do not have a medical condition that requires avoiding gluten, and this is worrying some doctors.

Gluten-free foods are not necessarily healthier. In fact, they can be higher in calories, and may not be enriched with vitamins and minerals that are important for children, said study co-author Dr. Eyad Almallouhi, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Continue reading

Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers

Source: Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers – Medical News Today

One of the biggest challenges many new parents face is lack of sleep. But getting up on numerous occasions throughout the night to calm a crying infant is part of the job, right? According to a new study, it doesn’t have to be; letting a baby cry themselves to sleep may lead to a better night’s rest for all parties.
[A baby crying in a cot]
Ignoring a child’s cries may result in better sleep for infants and parents, say researchers.

The study suggests a behavioral technique known as “graduated extinction” – which involves letting a baby cry until they fall asleep – can lead to longer sleep duration for the child and their parents.

Study co-author Michael Gradisar, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Psychology at Flinders University, Australia, and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal Pediatrics. Continue reading

JGH/McGill Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium (FREE)

JGH/McGill Cardiovascular Imaging Symposium (FREE)

Saturday, Jun 4, 2016, 8:00 AM

Centre Mont-Royal
2200 Rue Mansfield, H3A 3H8 Montreal, QC

1 healthy lifestylers Attending

Registration is FREE and a meal is included ;)Under the theme:Meeting the Challenges of Tomorrow: Integrating New Technologies and Working with New UsersKeynote Speaker: Jae K. Oh, MD Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN, United States From Tamponade to Constrictive Pericarditis: Promoting a Simplified, Multimodality …

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Come to our Stress Management Workshop

9 participants already registered, a few more spots are still left!

Stress Management

Saturday, Jun 4, 2016, 6:00 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

Everyone experiences stress on a daily basis, but there is a simple way to take control and not let it overwhelm us! Come learn how to apply psychotherapy tricks to manage your stress, big or small, to help you excel at work and in relationships.This is a guided session with an experienced psychotherapist and a period of Q&A at the end that will a…

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What does our inner voice sound like?

Source: What does our inner voice sound like? – Compass Orientation Services

Self-talk and the intensity with which it impacts emotions will vary greatly.

Self-talk is so subtle that it is pretty much automatic and thus, its impact on emotions and behaviour, is largely unconscious.

Anxiety bubbleAnxious self-talk is based on the premise that there is potential threat, and this perpetuates avoidance, which only further reinforces anxious self-talk. Thus, avoidance is anxiety’s best friend. Examples of anxious self-talk: Oh no
I made another mistake, what will my boss think? what is I get fired, what am  I gonna do if I lose my job!? Here we see how making a mistake has been interpreted as a potential threat.

There are a variety of techniques to help reduce and better manage anxious self-talk. Continue reading

Fasting no longer necessary before cholesterol test, experts say

Source: Fasting no longer necessary before cholesterol test, experts say – Medical News Today

For the first time, a team of international experts recommends that most people do not need to fast before having their cholesterol and triglyceride levels tested.
[Cholesterol test]
Researchers say fasting before a cholesterol test is unnecessary.

Fasting is a problem for many patients, they explain, and note the latest research shows that cholesterol and triglyceride levels are similar whether people fast or not. Continue reading

Rewrite Your Life

Source: Rewrite Your Life | Psychology Today

Story Editing to Prevent a Downward Spiral

From writing down your experiences to reframing your perspective, myriad techniques can help you transcend painful setbacks and reshape your own story.

by Susan Gregory Thomas

My oldest daughter was usually quiet and exhausted on the hour-long ride home from seventh grade. Not this day. She slammed the car door shut and spat that a classmate had been “incredibly rude” to her. She veered into a rant on hypocritical teachers and finally inventoried the despicable qualities of nearly every girl in her class.

I asked her what was really going on, and she answered truthfully: For the past six months, my daughter, who is mixed-race, had been viciously bullied in racist attacks by girls at her Philadelphia school, often in classrooms, while teachers seemingly took no notice.

I pulled over and began calling every teacher and administrator involved. They would hear every detail of my daughter’s story, and then this story was going to end because she needed to know that it was over. Continue reading

Here’s how to get into the coloring habit

Source: Here’s how to get into the coloring habit – The Washington Post

Using coloring books to help relieve stress “is like learning a new habit,” says Craig Sawchuk, a clinical psychologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “New habits are best learned when you set aside routine time each day to focus,” he says. Sawchuk offered a few tips on how to get into the habit of coloring and to make the most of your time once you do.

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The problem with medical TV shows. A surgeon sets the record straight.

Source: The problem with medical TV shows. A surgeon sets the record straight.

I never really watched medical shows, even before and during medical school. I watched maybe one season of ER, a couple of seasons of Grey’s Anatomy and House MD and maybe one episode each of Private Practice, Chicago Hope, Emily Owens MD and other random medical shows. The only medical show I made an exception for was Scrubs, because it was funny and poignant and the closest to replicating what life is actually like in a hospital (but still a long shot I’m afraid!). Oh, and I want to be able to whistle like Dr. Cox.

I’m sure like every profession, seeing your own profession on the big or little screen is generally frustrating because of the gross misrepresentation of your profession, daily life or working environment. Hollywood likes to play fast and loose with facts and science. Entertainment is great and all but that doesn’t stop me from yelling at the television: “That’s not real!” So I thought I would compile a list of some of my favorite fictional faux pas. Continue reading

Spring Into Better Health: The Pantry Edition

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

With spring often comes spring cleaning. You may have a chance to clean your house inside and out. However, what about your pantry? How often do you clean your pantry? If you’re trying to lose weight or adopt a healthy lifestyle, consider these questions.

“There are many reasons to consider cleaning out your pantry,” says Amanda Leisenheimer, who is a registered dietitian with Mayo Clinic Health System. “You might have set a New Year’s resolution to start eating healthier, but still have old temptations waiting for you on the shelf. Removing those temptations from your grasp will help you stay on track with your goals.” Continue reading

Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart

Source: Mediterranean diet linked to a healthier heart – Medical News Today

Choosing to eat a Mediterranean diet is better for people with heart disease than avoiding the unhealthy contents of a so-called Western diet, says research published in the European Heart Journal.

A Mediterranean diet includes a high proportion of fruit, vegetables, fish, and unrefined foods. A Western diet contains refined grains, sweets, desserts, sugared drinks, and deep-fried food.

The new research shows that the Mediterranean diet can decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke in people who already have heart disease.

At the same time, it suggests that if people avoid the unhealthy aspects of a Western diet, they also avoid worsening their risk of cardiac problems.

Guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables, fish, and other whole foods, say the authors of the current report. Continue reading

Patients are not customers

Source: Patients are not customers.  Here are 6 reasons why.

Recently I wrote about the problems with maintenance of certification requirements. One of the phrases I repeatedly read when I was researching the piece was “the patient as customer.”

Here’s a quote from the online journal produced by Accenture, the management consulting company:

Patients are less forgiving of poor service than they once were, and the bar keeps being raised higher because of the continually improving service quality offered by other kinds of companies with whom patients interact — overnight delivery services, online retailers, luxury auto dealerships and more. With these kinds of cross-sector comparisons now the norm, hospitals will have to venture beyond the traditional realm of merely providing world-class medical care. They must put in place the operations and processes to satisfy patients through differentiated experiences that engender greater loyalty. The key is to approach patients as customers, and to design the end-to-end patient experience accordingly.

Except for one thing. Patients are not customers. Continue reading

Test your knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease!

Source: Mayo Clinic

Do you know how many people in the world have Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms? Raising awareness and understanding is an important part of our fight to find better ways to treat — and eventually cure — this debilitating disease. So take our quiz today and see how much you know!

Take the quiz HERE!


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 🙂


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-ĂȘtre et nous aidera à dĂ©couvrir nos points faibles qui nous empĂȘchent 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…

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Cet atelier unique nous enseignera la façon de gĂ©rer nos angoisses quotidiennes pour augmenter notre bien-ĂȘtre et nous aidera à dĂ©couvrir nos points faibles qui nous empĂȘchent 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 contrĂŽler 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©. ”


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 |

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.

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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