Are Mosquitoes A Health Concern?

While worries about the zika mosquito-borne virus have been in the news, it’s not the only threat mosquitoes can pose.  If on travel to warmer climates, West Nile virus, dengue fever, malaria and Chikungunya pose significant health threats.  Fortunately, in our area we have fewer concerns. Travel associated with globalization has helped spread mosquito-borne illnesses. A […]

Discovery of the Year – Vitamin W

            What has another year of research taught us about the effects of lifestyle on our prospects for attaining the best health?  In general what we had known was reinforced with “multiple exclamation marks.” Of course, research reports don’t have exclamation points, highlighting or underlining.  What these reports have are valuable numbers that improve our […]

Can a walk in the park change your genetics?

                The DNA we inherit forms the basis for our life instructions at the cellular level. In total it’s a rather complex set of instruction composed of approximately 3 billion nucleotide bases that are commonly abbreviated by the letters A, C, G, and T.  Sequences of these bases form 20,000+ genes that provide instructions on […]

Mind-Body Medicine

            Until recent times, traditional Western medicine was based mostly on a belief that the mind and body were separate.  In contrast, many ancient healing practices, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine, emphasized a belief in the mind-body connection.  Some of these ancient healing practices are now accepted as complementary medicine.  The dilemma […]