27Sep, 2010

Ice or Heat?

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Many people wonder: should I use ice on this or heat this injury or ache.  I hope this helps you make an informed decision. ICE Ice is what I recommend the most to my patient.  Ice is a vaso-constrictor which means it causes the blood vessels to narrow and it limits internal bleeding at the injury site thus reducing swelling and pain.  Ice should be used on an acute condition which means a new condition of a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury.  An acute condition might be a fall or collision.  […]
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24Sep, 2010

Peanut Butter-Banana Yogurt

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I found this recipe on www.noshies.com made by a friend of mine.  I love this recipe!  It is easy to make, healthy, and keeps me full from one meal to the next. Peanut Butter-Banana Yogurt Recipe by Maura Dieringer Serves 1 Ingredients 1 cup plain nonfat  (or low-fat) yogurt  (I use Stonyfield Farm)* 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1 medium banana, cut in fourths (if you freeze it first, it’s extra good)! Instructions Add the yogurt, peanut butter and banana to a food processor or blender.  Pulse until incorporated.  Either keep […]
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22Sep, 2010

Obesity

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After watching “The Biggest Loser” last night, I was inspired to blog about obesity.  Obesity is more than just overeating;  it is an addiction to food.  But, you do not need Jillian to help you through it. Obesity has now over passed smoking as the number one cause of preventable deaths in America.  This is the first time in decades that the life expectancy is expected to shorten for our next generation.  Childhood obesity is higher than ever  along with the lung and heart problems that it causes. Complications of […]
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20Sep, 2010

Posture

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I am sure you heard your mother tell you to sit up straight more than once and this is one of the many times that mother knows best.  Good posture helps keep our bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that can result in overuse disorders, muscles strains, and osteoarthritis. Several factors that contribute to poor posture are most commonly stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes.  In addition, decreased flexibility, a […]
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16Sep, 2010

CBS News Smoke-Free Article

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A recent CBS News article called “Smoking Bans Help Curd Kids’ Severe Asthma Attack” talks about how smoke-free laws are helping curb the number of children hospitalized for asthma.  Another reason we can be grateful that Clayton is now smoke-free. To read the article, click here.
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10Sep, 2010

SPF- Spontaneous Physical Fun

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Health is often defined by pain and how much we do or (hopefully) do not have. People will focus on it like a job and try to eat the exact right foods, do the exact right exercises, get the exact right amount of sleep, etc. Sometimes, health can be stressful. I will never say those things are not important, but adding spontaneous physical fun (SPF) to your life may be more important. John Morley, M.D., director of the division of geriatric medicine at Saint Louis University, wrote an article in […]
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12Aug, 2010

Dr. Rachel’s Nutrition Tips

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1. Drink more water- not tea, not coffee, not soda, not Crystal light, WATER! Once you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. The body is made up of an average of 60% water. Keep it replenished. 2. Eat more fruits and vegetables- Fresh is best, but frozen is better than canned in water. Variety is key, so try something new every week. 3. Reduce salt- Salt can be responsible for high blood pressure. Lower salt intake can reduce your risk of heart disease. Cook with herbs, spices, vinegar, and juices […]
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