Sounding the Snooze Alarm on the Sleep-Deprived

December 14, 2018

I left off last week's conversation with the mention of some of the results of the largest experimentally controlled study on sleep deprivation to date. Developed by Michigan State University, [...]

A Wake-Up Call for the Sleep-Deprived

December 7, 2018

What is a person to do when two essential habits of busy health-minded Americans come into conflict every weekday morning? Time does not allow for both. One has to give. Does one get a healthy [...]

Thanksgiving Has Passed; Will Gratitude Live On?

November 30, 2018

My hope is that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, a day so steeped in tradition. A day centered on the communal meal, the joining of family and friends old and new. A day set aside for [...]

Vitamins — Nothing Like the Real Thing

November 23, 2018

What's on the menu for discussion today? The more than 90,000 dietary supplement products for sale. They make up a market valued at an estimated $35 billion annually in this country. We are [...]

Dietary Supplements and the Search for the Magic Pill

November 16, 2018

In the 1985 Academy Award-winning film "Cocoon," three residents in a retirement home discover that swimming in a pool containing the pods of an alien life form allows them to absorb alien [...]

Where Is the Plan to Ease the Pain?

November 9, 2018

Pain can take many forms. There is throbbing pain, stabbing pain, phantom pain, acute pain and chronic pain. Regardless of what we call it, we all know what it feels like. Pain can be both [...]

The Case of the Stress-Filled Shrinking Brain

November 2, 2018

I told myself I needed to move on. I'd covered the issue of stress numerous times in the past, most recently in April. Then I read the following news: According to a recently released study [...]

The Case of the Stress-Filled Shrinking Brain

November 2, 2018

I told myself I needed to move on. I'd covered the issue of stress numerous times in the past, most recently in April. Then I read the following news: According to a recently released study [...]

The Health Toll of Being Lonely

October 26, 2018

A recent study published in the Health Psychology journal, based on interview responses over a period of years from more than 19,000 married people up to age 90, suggests that married people who [...]

‘Pitifully Small’ Progress Made in Addressing Mental Health

October 19, 2018

An important new report (three years in the making) has finally been released by The Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, showing the progress made in recognizing mental health and mental [...]

Live Long and Eat Like a Mediterranean

October 12, 2018

In 2015, I reported on the sleeping habits of three tribal groups whose lifestyles roughly match up with living conditions found during the Paleolithic period. Like the ancient tribes of 40,000 [...]

Healthy Options Are Not Slowing Fast-Food Problems

October 5, 2018

There's little doubt that the healthy lifestyle movement in this country over the last decade or so has brought about many positive changes to America's eating habits. Today, people are much more [...]