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How Often Does Private Insurance Cover Chiropractic? How Do I Find Out If Mine Does?

Many people benefit from chiropractic care every year, and chiropractic care is frequently covered by private insurance companies. This is a very good thing, since it allows individuals and families who otherwise might not be in a financial position to afford treatment to get the help they need. However, insurers often place significant limitations on […]

Anger and Your Health

Emotions can have a powerful influence on our health, and anger may be one of the most destructive emotions we have. The results of a meta-analysis of 44 studies that was published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that individuals who were initially healthy but who experienced anger on a regular […]

Power Lines, Electromagnetic Fields and Your Health

There has been considerable controversy over the past few years about whether or not exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) is harmful to our health.  Given the conflicting studies, we are not likely to have a definitive answer any time soon, particularly until studies on the effect of long-term, low-level EMFs have been completed.  However, the […]

Recognizing Signs of Depression

Just about everyone will experience depression at some point in their life. Depression affects about 10 percent of the US population each year, which amounts to 18.8 million people. The World Health Organization indicates that by 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of death after heart disease. Therefore, it is important to recognize […]

Why Sleep Apnea is a Serious Condition

The latest research shows that having sleep apnea significantly increases the risk of death. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects at least 18 million Americans. In fact, sleep apnea is also associated with nearly double the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, as well as early death in men, particularly middle-aged […]

Childhood Concussion Dangers

Concussions arise from an injury to the tissues or blood vessels in the brain. These can occur when the soft tissues are pressed against the bone of the skull, resulting from an impact or blow to the head experienced during a fall or from sports injury. They can also occur from being forcefully shaken. Mild […]

Is Barefoot Running a Good Idea?

The latest in performance footwear isn’t on display at America’s elite university track programs. Nor will you find it on the pitch at professional soccer games. You won’t see it on the baseball diamond, basketball court or football field either. Why not? Because the most recent innovation in athletic shoes (at least among a small […]

The Importance of Hand Washing

In previous centuries, the importance of hand washing was not understood, and led to the needless deaths of many millions of people. When performed properly, hand washing is by far the most effective way to reduce the spread of communicable diseases. Up to 25% of women in the 19th century died in childbirth from childbed […]

Home Care for Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are not only the result of sports injuries, they can occur when you bend or turn the wrong way when carrying heavy groceries, from gardening or putting more pressure than usual on your joints, particularly the ankles and knees. A sprain refers to torn ligaments, while a strain is the tearing of […]

What is Normal Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure can change on a regular basis, depending on what you are doing, your diet, temperature, overall health, level of stress and the medications you may be taking. Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common problem these days, though hypotension (low blood pressure) can sometimes cause problems too. So just what is considered […]

The Dirtiest Places in Your House

Before setting off on a cleaning frenzy, it’s important to understand that not all germs are created equal. The germs you may find on your keyboard, while numerous, may not be as dangerous as the few isolated germs found on the toilet seat or in your washer. The major zones of filth in the average […]

C-Reactive Protein 101

With frequent news coverage of late, C-Reactive protein is a term that has been bandied about in the media – but what is it exactly? Produced in the liver, C-Reactive protein, or CRP, is a protein that is released into the bloodstream as a response to inflammation in the body. High levels of CRP are […]

Do I Really Need to Stretch

Stretching is the part of our workout regimen many of us tend to skip. We might say it is because of lack of time, impatience or a feeling that stretching is “pointless.” However it is important that our joints are able to move in various directions with a certain degree of freedom. As our bodies […]