What You Should Know About Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death. Colon cancer starts as a growth or “polyp” on the lining of the colon. If the polyp is removed, the cancer may be prevented. More than half of deaths from colon cancer could be prevented with screening; however, one out of every three adults is…

Why Essential Oils?

The benefits of essential oils go well beyond their pleasant aroma—–they can help you sleep, improve your skin, and aid digestion. Certain oils can also have mental, physical, and emotional healing effects. You can use essential oils by rubbing them on your skin, inhaling, or using a diffuser. A top 5 list of essential oils:…

No More Excuses: You Need a Flu Vaccine

Influenza (flu) is a contagious disease which affects the lungs and can lead to serious illness, including pneumonia. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Pregnant women, young children, older people, and people with certain chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease are at increased risk of…

Sports & Energy Drinks for Kids

Sports and energy drinks both contain ingredients usually best avoided in children:  large amounts of sugar and high doses of caffeine.  The American Academy of Pediatrics says they aren’t a good idea for most kids.  Plain water is still the best option for all except extreme circumstances.  The extra sugar intake increases the risk of…

Patch for Tennis Elbow

Some sports medicine experts are using part of a nitroglycerin patch for chronic tendinopathy such as tennis elbow.  Meds should be used in addition to rehab but not instead of it.  Rehab is your best bet:  applying ice or heat, avoiding aggravating activities, stretching, strength exercises, and using braces or orthotics depending on the site…

Super Glue for Wounds

Did you know you can use super glue to mend skin wounds?  Using super glues like Krazy Glue will work in a pinch to seal small wounds such as cracks or paper cuts, but it’s not a good idea to use them on deep or large wounds, as they can be toxic to tissues and…

Sunscreen Info

Not all sunscreens protect against UVA and UVB radiation damage to the skin.  Historically the focus was on UVB protection because it’s the major cause of sunburn, but we now know that UVA rays contribute to skin damage and cancer.  Sunscreens don’t always provide optimal UVA protection.  Over 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer…