After reviewing co-star Dylan O’Brien’s first pitch at a New York Mets game, James Corden asks Michael Keaton about his love for baseball and Michael shows us a whole different side of passion.
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Bullying has been a part of society but today’s school environments are experiencing more incidents coupled with the continuing rise of Internet and Smartphone use—setting in motion a horrific new reality for our nation’s students. The facts are staggering, with the impact on lives deeply concerning! As well, bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. And there are mounds of studies showing that it is linked to negative outcomes including impact on physical, mental and emotional health and well-being, both in the short-term and lasting long into adulthood. Bullying is not just bad for kids at the time, but bad for everybody, always.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2016, one in every five students report being bullied. And, the majority (64%) of children do not report it. Sadly, the facts are that everyday an estimated 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied. Add to this, reports estimate 35% of kids are being threatened online. In our internet-powered age, cyberbullying has escalated it to an extremely sophisticated and perilous type of social harassment.
Anyone who is bullied feels powerless and their self-identity as a competent person who is able to protect and see themselves in the world, becomes wounded. As well, although an incident of bullying may have occurred many years ago, the damage to the individual’s self-concept may remain. As an adult, victims of bullying may have doubts about their ability to handle social situations, to manage incidences of conflict or doubts about their worth. These feelings of weakness or incompetence can haunt them in their education, their work lives and in their relationships.
By Briana and Dr. Peter Borten
For the past few decades we’ve been hearing about the importance of managing stress, but unless it’s overwhelming us, stress can seem like a pretty abstract issue. When people die, the cause of death is never listed as “stress” — although it’s quite likely to have played a big role. But stress really is a feature of virtually every form of illness. Whether it’s physical, emotional or mental stress, some element of it is present whenever we’re out of balance.
The visceral intensity of being on edge becomes deeply imprinted in our nervous system. Eventually, whether the object of our stress truly threatens us or not is almost irrelevant — a part of us believes that our survival is at stake and responds with tension and vigilance. This feeling can become so constant that many stressed people don’t even perceive that they’re stressed. The feeling of being stressed is synonymous with the feeling of being awake.
It naturally follows that people who are relaxed — physically, mentally and emotionally — tend to be healthy. There are obviously exceptions to this, but relaxation is a good benchmark of health.
Excerpted from 8 Steps to Reverse Your PCOS
By Dr. Fiona McCulloch
Open: PCOS is a condition with genetic links that affects a woman’s entire body throughout her lifespan with symptoms such as weight gain, irregular periods, infertility, acne, hair growth on the face (hirsutism), and hair loss. PCOS also steps-up a woman’s risks for type two diabetes and cardiovascular disease as she gets older—and it doesn’t go away after menopause. Although it is true that endocrine disruptors are everywhere, there are ways we can reduce our exposure to them. Some things we can do include avoiding plastics in our food or when cooking, and being mindful of the beauty products and household cleaners we use, as follows:
• Avoid using plastics and choose stainless steel, glass, or ceramics whenever possible. Most containers are now available in these materials, thankfully.
• Never microwave or heat up plastic containers containing food. Chemicals from the plastic will leach into your food.
• Avoid plastic wrap when possible, and never use it for heating food.
• Don’t reuse plastic bottles. The BPA will leach out increasingly over time.
• Avoid canned foods or choose BPA-free cans.
• Do not use plastic water bottles that have heated up in the sun.
• Never use plastic sippy cups for children or plastic baby bottles. There are many glass and stainless steel options available.
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
The health benefits and advantages of Omega-3 fatty acids are great – and powerful for our overall wellbeing. Scientifically speaking, they are essential polyunsaturated fats. This term “essential” means that your body cannot make them on its own. You must get them from foods high in Omega-3 including fish, seafood, vegetable oils, nuts (especially walnuts), flaxseed products, and leafy vegetables, and edamame, to mention a few.
We are fortunate today to understand how these fats work as an integral part of cell membranes throughout our bodies – and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. Here are key understandings about the potent power of Omega-3s for you and your loved ones, throughout life.
DR. NINA’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: ABOUT OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS
Are there different classes of fats?
Yes. Fats are generally classified as “healthy” or “unhealthy” for us based upon the number of bonds–single or double–that connect atoms to one another.
- Unhealthy fats have only single bonds that create “stiffness” and as a result are solid at room temperature—they are called “saturated” fats.
- Healthy fats have double bonds that make them “softer” or liquid at room temperature—they are called “unsaturated” fats. And, the more double bonds a fatty chain has, the healthier they are—they are termed “poly-unsaturated” fats.
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
At some point in our lives we all experience the misery of physical pain. An injury or accident; pulling a muscle; bumping into an obstacle; a hard fall; touching a hot surface; a chronic condition like arthritis; pinching a nerve; a tooth or ear ache; a sore throat – the list goes on and it is l-o-o-o-o-n-g. The common denominator is an unpleasant feeling in our body that makes us want to stop and change our behavior.
When your body is injured in some way or something else is wrong, your nerves—cells that help your body deliver and receive information—send millions of messages to your brain about what’s going on. Your brain then makes you feel pain. And while it is an unpleasant experience, the truth is that in the amazing way our bodies operate, we all need the sensation of pain to let us know when our bodies need extra care. It is a very important warning signal.
Once we sense pain, it generally helps us to pay attention to that area and supports us to take the steps to fix what hurts – while helping to prevent us from injuring our body even more. If your ear didn’t ache, you might not go to the doctor to treat the infection. Or, if it didn’t hurt to lift an object with a broken arm, you might continue using it which could cause even more damage. [Read more…]
It’s that time again! Can you believe it?
It’s just about time to start packing up the kids to send them away to college. For some parents, it’s your first time that someone is leaving the nest; for others, it has become second nature.
Whether your child is going into their freshman year or starting graduate school, we have a list of recommended school supplies for their dorm or apartment.
New this year—we added a category for your elementary and high school age children.
Also, just a special thank you to those of who also sent in your back-to-school gift ideas and suggestions for 2017. If you’re looking for a gift idea, our annual gift guide features a wide variety of gift ideas in the categories below:
- Beauty Products
- Dorm Life
- Fashion and Accessories
- Food and Snacks
- Health and Wellness
- Teens and Pre-Teens
Huddle House announced today that it’s spreading its “Any Meal, Any Time” mantra into Pennsylvania, revealing plans to open a new location in Pittsburgh.
The iconic neighborhood diner has much in store for Pittsburgh, a community clamoring for a warm hometown hub where every conversation, sip of coffee and bite of home-cooked meals are savored.
Known for its round-the-clock breakfast, Southern hospitality and big portions at fair prices, Huddle House has plans in place to open an additional 100 restaurants over the next few years, including Pittsburgh locations. Showing strong growth potential, the brand is expanding its warm, friendly atmosphere and charm into key markets throughout Texas and North Carolina, and into attractive DMAs such as Pittsburgh, Nashville and Cincinnati. The growth represents a 25 percent increase in unit count.
“What we’ve done extremely well is maintain our neighborhood, hometown vibe while also pushing the brand forward with modern design, menu innovations and operational advancements,” said Michael Abt, CEO of Huddle House. “Pittsburgh is a natural next step for Huddle House. The brand is sailing on a new plane – advancing with our talented group of existing franchise partners and a new collection of owners that value how we’re evolving and see the benefits of being part of it.” [Read more…]
By Dr. Nina Radcliff
Today diabetes (a group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood), takes more lives than breast cancer and AIDS combined – claiming the life of one American every 3 minutes. It is a leading cause of heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, vision loss, nerve damage and amputations. Diabetes is serious, common, costly, but, in most cases, can be manageable.
There is much that we can do to defend ourselves and loved ones against the trials of this disease. We must remain vigilant to take action for prevention, early detection, treatment—accompanied by effective and proven lifestyle changes—in regards to diabetes, and its impact on your health.
The National Diabetes Statistics Report is a periodic publication of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides updated statistics about diabetes in the United States. Their findings are alarming— with more than 100 million U.S. (1 in 3) adults now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to the recent report. It impacts men and women from virtually every cross-section of life. As well, Type 2 diabetes, which was once considered a disease mainly faced by adults is increasing amongst youth and becoming more common in children.
Small steps can make a big difference. It is important to know there are ways to reduce your risks.
Dr. Nina’s What You Need To Know: Reducing Diabetes Health Risks
Today, patients are taking a more active role in their health care than ever before, but there are areas that still need more emphasis. Though patients want to have a voice and be actively engaged in making decisions about their health, many struggle with the conversation being had — or in some cases, not being had — in the eye doctor’s office.
In fact, a recent online survey by Allergan, makers of Restasis Multidose, and Kelton Global, revealed more than half (53 percent) of respondents are most comfortable talking about their health with a general practitioner, while only 6 percent said the same about their eye care professional.
Many patients may not realize that good communication can be as important as the physical eye exam in identifying symptoms, determining a diagnosis and recommending customized treatment plan. So how can you get the most out of your next visit with an eye doctor? Knowing what to ask and which changes and symptoms to discuss, can guide the conversation and help your eye doctor spot signs of eye conditions — and even other health conditions that first manifest with eye symptoms. [Read more…]