Dr. Susan Mathison
Confession: I've watched more than one Hallmark Christmas movie this past week. I never knew they had a Christmas in July movie extravaganza! The movies are classic fairy-tale love stories with an extra twist of holiday spirit, and I'm quite embarrassed that I got sucked into the drama. But I did ... and it was kind of nice to live in a fairytale for a short time. How did they come up with this theme "Christmas in July?"
I came across a wonderful quote from the online newsletter, Elephant Journal. Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool. Around the same time, I reconnected with Kaia Roman. I quoted her in a previous article about mindfulness for kids at school. She has a new book coming out next week "The Joy Plan: How I Took 30 Days to Stop Worrying, Quit Complaining, and Find Ridiculous Happiness."
Most of us suffer from an occasional headache. There's the sinus headache, the weather headache, the TMJ headache, the stress headache, the PMS headache, the over-tired headache, and of course the dreaded migraine headache.
A few nights ago, after a bedtime story and tucking my son into bed, I picked up my laptop and settled onto the couch. I'd been planning to answer a few emails before bedtime and sort out my to-do list for the following day, but I found myself clicking over to Facebook instead. (Facebook: It's like a magnet for sleepy people who should probably just go to bed! So hard to resist its alluring pull!)
Does trying to make sense of what is really true in the world of diet and nutrition make your head spin? You are not alone. Let's focus on fat, maligned as a food and body part. I grew up in the fat-free era. Yet, despite the fact that the United States has cut fat consumption by as much as 40 percent in the past 30 years, we have seen obesity rates double. Clearly, we've got something wrong.
Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don't have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful and genuinely useful. I've got several suggestions for you. • For the Mom who likes something to nibble on
Researchers say that most Americans spend 70 percent of their waking hours staring at some type of digital screen. (I've seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90 percent.)
Researchers have found that the average person's attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it's just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don't need to convince you that our world is becoming increasingly congested, noisy and hyper-stimulating. Even if you live in a fairly quiet city like Fargo, it's not always easy to tune out all the distractions.
The original Latin meaning of the word "doctor" is "to teach." As a physician, I consider myself to be an educator. I love teaching my patients about their medical, surgical and cosmetic options, as well as helping them choose the best treatment to get the results they want. Part of being a good teacher is being willing to learn new things. In the medical industry innovations emerge constantly, so it's important to be a "lifelong learner" and stay on top of all the latest trends, like these: Inflammation-fighting foods
If you followed the news coverage of the Olympic Games in Rio last summer, you might have noticed something slightly ... odd. Specifically: odd-looking bruise-like splotches covering certain athlete's bodies, mostly notably U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps. Celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston rave about the benefits. Are they mysterious bruises or giant hickies? Did Michael survive a vicious attack from a competing swim team or have an unfortunate incident with a vacuum cleaner nozzle?