Spring Cleaning: 5 Health Benefits to Decluttering Your Life

DeCluttering Blog PhotoIf you have a closet that is starting to overflow and take over your bedroom or junk drawer that has gradually started to expand from the drawer onto the kitchen counter top, then you’ve likely felt some level of stress brought on by piles of unnecessary junk. All of that stuff can be annoying to look at so it’s important to take control of your clutter.

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What You Should Know About Diabetic Foot Ulcers

By Joseph C. White, MD, FAAFP

hbot-blog-photoA diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that commonly appears on the bottom of the foot and occurs among 15% of people with diabetes, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States, and the APMA reports that approximately 14-24% of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an effective adjunctive therapy to traditional diabetic wound care.  Continue reading

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Relieving Itchy Dry Skin This Winter

dry-skin-blog-photoThe cold weather has arrived, and our skin has begun to feel the effects.  Due to the cold temperatures and low humidity levels, we are left with dry, irritated skin.  But the problem is more than cosmetic; there are dangerous health risks that are associated with dry skin.  As the skin dries it becomes more susceptible to cracking, which in turn creates an entryway for germs into the body.  To avoid exposure to infections and other diseases, it is important to take care of your skin throughout these winter months.  Here are some tips to help your skin feel healthier and better protected.

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Colder Weather Does Affect Chronic Lower Back Pain

By David J. BenEliyahu, DC, DABCSP, DAAPM

cold-weather-back-pain-blog-photoIf you have noticed that cold weather worsens your pain, you are not alone. According to a recent study by the European Project on OsteoArthritis (EPOSA) of 800 people with arthritis, 67% stated that the weather adversely affected their pain. In another study published on PLoS One by Penny Moss, those who had arthritis reported greater sensitivity to cold and barometric pressure than control subjects without arthritis. It appears that chronic pain may alter the way nerves respond to stimuli, and increases their sensitivity.

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Fitness Trends for 2017

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By Nicole Zaybak Drepaniotis, MS, RD, CDN

Get your body into shape for 2017 with a healthy diet and exercise. Here are some fitness trends for 2017 to help you stay healthy: Body weight training is…

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Slow Cooker Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili

Here’s a healthy yet hearty recipe for the cold winter days ahead. This recipe was originally posted on the Weight Loss Matters blog by Mather Hospital’s Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™.

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Breathe Deep and De-Stress this Holiday Season

By Angela Ruggiero, CTRS

holiday-yoga-breathing-blog-photoThe holiday season is an exciting and joyful time of the year. It’s a time of brilliant decorations, family, friends, celebrating and delicious food. It is also a time filled with planning, crowds, errands and financial strain. Let’s face it, the holidays can be very stressful. In the season of giving, I encourage you to be generous to yourself as well!

Yoga has become an increasingly popular form of exercise in western culture, but did you know that yoga is not only beneficial for your physical body, but your emotional and spiritual wellness as well.

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