Health

Mind Matters: From cemetery to science

Now that I've moved to Massachusetts, I miss the blues and purples of the Siberian squill and glory of the snow that carpet the forest of Winterthur. So, I come to the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge to look for nature’s beauty among the dead, whose remains rest there. I can see Boston’s Prudential Center as well as Sanders Theatre in Harvard Square. It’s a ...

 
 

Many people still misusing prescription painkillers

Maybe you had a surgery. Or you fell and broke your leg. At such times, your healthcare provider may give you a prescription for a painkiller. Potent pills like opioids can ease many painful ailments. But many people still misuse these medicines despite the danger, says a recent study. The opioid epidemic Since 2009, deaths from prescription medicine overdoses have ...

 

Worrying about your health is bad for your heart

Asking "Dr. Google" about your symptoms may cause more anxiety than you anticipated. Worrying needlessly about your health is easy to do, especially with instant access to a world of medical knowledge at your fingertips. You feel a slight twinge in your side or a sudden headache and ask “Dr. Google” what’s wrong by searching for your symptoms. In a matter of ...

 

Mind Matters: Creative visualization

Why not re-examine the new edition of the 40-year-old book, “Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life,” while the country, for many of us, seems to be in a constitutional crisis? After all, the author Shakti Gawain notes, “This is a time of great transformation on our planet. We all have a part to play, just be ...

 

Pain relief for sciatica sufferers

Surgery may be the fastest route to lasting pain relief for sciatica sufferers. Noninvasive and nonsurgical techniques sometimes work to alleviate the pain associated with sciatica. However, for some patients it can feel like there’s no relief from the leg cramps, shooting pains, or electrical jolts they feel running down the back of their legs. When ...

 

Wellness, Jackie’s Way: National nutrition month

Did you hear that it’s National Nutrition month? Let’s celebrate by taking the time to revisit the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Dietary Guidelines is published jointly every five years by the Department of Health and Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture. Its focus is on disease prevention and health promotion. Previous editions ...

 

The importance of colorectal cancer screening

In many cases, anticipating an unpleasant event is much worse than the reality. Doing your taxes, going to the dentist, and taking out the trash are not high on the list of fun for most people, but we get through them. Like these necessary tasks, getting a colorectal cancer screening is one of those things that most people dread doing. However, it’s not only a ...

 

Mind Matters: Stress in America

A front page headline in the Boston Globe proclaims that the “newest topic of the therapist couch conversation” is politics. Since the election, says the Globe, mental health professionals have experienced a rise in politically induced anxiety. Yes, I have just moved to “liberal” Massachusetts. So you might say, “Oh, that’s just happening there and nowhere else.” In ...

 

Helping teens overcome depression

Teenagers have always been stereotyped as moody and brooding, and it’s true that young adulthood is a time naturally filled with difficult emotional challenges. However, major depressive episodes (MDE) – a serious condition that goes well beyond the boundaries of normal adolescent angst – is on the rise among teenagers. A recent national study shows there has been a ...

 

Understanding the Heart

Understanding the Heart: Heart Attack, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Failure Heart disease takes many people well before their time. The recent deaths of celebrities Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke – all from heart conditions – has put heart health and its related problems into the public eye, and for good reason. Heart disease is the leading cause of ...

 

Mind Matters: Moments that transcend

Sacred moments of connection to another person happen in the oddest places. The other day I was shopping at one of those big box stores. It must have been an in-between time since there were only a few shoppers. A woman, even older than I, was handing out samples of a drink and I stopped to try some. She hesitated for a moment, then spoke quietly, “Yes, we need to ...