Health

Dr. Brené Brown, arguably the world’s leading expert on vulnerability, defines being vulnerable as setting ourselves up for “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.” In our everyday lives, as well as in romantic relationships, being vulnerable can be highly uncomfortable, if not downright terrifying! Brown, however, emphasizes the fact that vulnerability is at the core of many positive emotions, including love, courage, empathy, belonging, hope, and joy. If you’re feeling unhappy and disconnected from both yourself and others, there’s a good chance ... more ...
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that is defined by widespread musculoskeletal pain and other mental and physical symptoms, such as sleep problems, fatigue, stiffness, and cognitive difficulties. The condition affects millions of individuals worldwide, with about 80% of sufferers being female. If you’ve been experiencing pain throughout your body along with a myriad of other symptoms, it is possible that you’re suffering from fibromyalgia. Read on to learn more about the ways in which fibromyalgia is identified, diagnosed, and treated. Symptoms Though there a... more ...
Sexual abuse has plagued society since the dawn of time. Recently-reported cases of sexual abuse from high-profile individuals have brought discussions of abuse and trauma to the forefront. Despite being more openly discussed, sexual harassment and assault continue to be major problems today, leading many individuals to suffer from long-lasting trauma. Have you, or someone you care about, been the victim of sexual abuse? Though the past cannot be erased, you can take steps to help yourself and others heal. By extending care and compassion to yourself and others, you can reduce the negativ... more ...
The pancreas, a gland located just below the stomach, plays an important role in regulating many bodily functions. This important organ secretes hormones such as insulin, which regulates blood sugar levels, as well as enzymes that affect digestion. Serious conditions such as diabetes and pancreatitis can negatively impact the functioning of the pancreas. The most serious condition affecting this gland, however, is pancreatic cancer. According to recent statistics, roughly 1.5% of adults will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during their lifetimes. With just 8.5% of patients surviving 5... more ...
Diabetes is a chronic health condition resulting from the body’s inability to effectively produce or process insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. High blood sugar, formally known as hyperglycemia, results from unmanaged diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes has the potential to damage nerves, blood vessels, and organs throughout the body. The condition is one of the leading causes of heart attacks, strokes, blindness, organ failure, and limb amputation worldwide. Unfortunately, the prevalence of diabetes is on the rise. In 1980, 4.7% of the global population suffere... more ...
For individuals who are struggling with mental health issues, medication and therapy are the two treatment options most commonly recommended by medical professionals. Patients, however, are often overwhelmed by the numerous drug and therapeutic treatment options that are available to them. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, often known by the abbreviation CBT, is one particularly effective form of psychotherapy. For patients seeking a structured, goal-oriented path to better mental health, CBT may offer valuable solutions. What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy? Cognitive-behavioral th... more ...
Fasting, the act of avoiding or limiting one’s food and beverage intake for a given period of time, is a practice that has long been associated with health and religion. In recent years, however, fasting has become an increasingly popular trend in the world of dieting and wellness. According to proponents, fasting offers many health benefits. Nevertheless, undertaking a fast isn’t for everyone and must be carefully planned to avoid potential health risks and complications. Would you benefit from fasting? If so, which kind of fast should you undertake, and for how long? Read on... more ...
Chronic low libido impacts men and women of all ages. More formally known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), the condition is estimated to affect nearly 20% of adult men and 30% of women. Though levels of sexual desire fall within a range and naturally fluctuate over time, a perpetually low sex drive may ultimately take a toll on one’s self-esteem and intimate relationships. Is hypoactive sexual desire disorder affecting your life? Read on to learn more about common causes and potential treatment options. Low Sexual Desire: Common Causes Why is your libido low? T... more ...
For those who have never practiced it, the concept of meditation can sound intimidating. How exactly does one meditate? How do you know if you’re “doing it right?” Practicing meditation has been scientifically proven to benefit both the mind and the body, boosting immunity, reducing blood pressure and inflammation, and improving mood and focus. Follow these simple tips to get started with meditation for yourself!  Start small and begin early. When picturing someone meditating, we often imagine a blissed-out hippie sitting on a mountaintop for hours on end.... more ...
Getting back to a healthy diet after the holidays can be tricky! With leftover cookies sitting on the counter and half a bottle of eggnog still in the fridge, it can be tempting to drag out the holiday dining for a few days or weeks longer than planned. Though indulging during the holidays is perfectly normal, studies show that the pounds most adults put on between November and January never come off. Instead of letting those extra slices of pie hang around your hips, get back on track with your health in the new year! Follow these simple tips to get back to your pre-holiday baseline... more ...