When I left my job as a registered nurse to stay home with my first baby, I would never have dreamed I’d end up where I am now. In fact, I thought I’d be perfectly content to not have a career and instead to devote myself to caring for my family, but that wasn’t the case.
I’m the kind of person that likes being busy. I like challenges. I like having something of my own that pushes me.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Being a stay-at-home-mom… keeping my house in order, caring for my family,…
Added by markblake on July 27, 2017 at 8:04pm — No Comments
Do you voluntarily throw down some burpees during your lunch hour workout or in your living room when you’re binging on Netflix?
Yeah … neither do we. They’re the worst!
If you hadn’t heard, burpees are now officially recognized as the most dreaded exercise on the planet. Let’s stop hating on them for one second, though. There are plenty of other painful exercises out there that hurt so much in the moment you’d rather pass. Although they mainly work the entirety of your…Continue
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When I first heard the term forest bathing, I imagined a group of outdoor diehards from “Survivor” searching for creative ways to shower beneath pine trees. But forest bathing isn’t a physical cleansing practice. It’s an emotional one.
The term comes from the Japanese word “Shinrin-yoku,” which means “taking in the forest atmosphere.” This Japanese-based practice began in 1982 when the agriculture ministry of Japan promoted nature as a form of eco-therapy, or healing that happens by…Continue
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Does the summer heat have you craving a sweet frozen treat? You’re not alone! Ice cream is no doubt a nostalgic (and effective) way to cool down on hot summer days. But if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant (or you just prefer a dairy-free lifestyle!), viable ice cream can be hard to find.
Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up eight delicious ice cream alternatives even you can indulge in. And even better? They’re made with healthy ingredients and are fairly easy to prepare in your own…Continue
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Companies that consistently provide positive customer experiences enjoy higher sales and customer loyalty.
A Forrester study comparing revenue growth at several companies in their customer experience index found that leaders outperformed laggards by as much as 24%. Other surveys (and everyday experience) also show that people are willing to pay more for a brand that consistently delivers and delights.
“We are riding an “experience business” wave. This is the battleground where all…Continue
Added by markblake on July 26, 2017 at 3:55pm — No Comments
When Amazon announced its bid for Whole Foods, you could practically hear the screams coming from the C-suites at Kroger and Wal Mart. When a giant like Amazon bites into your market, the chances of survival diminish—and the grocery industry is already famous for thin margins.
Buying physical locations is an interesting strategy because most grocers are doing the exact opposite. They are all working like mad to bring online shopping and unified ecommerce to customers.
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In industrial manufacturing, machine-to-machine communications allows sensors in one place to communicate with control systems for an automated response.
For example, if the temperature in a commercial food processor reached a critical high, a sensor could send that information through a supervisory control and data acquisition system. In response, the control system could trigger a cooling system to bring the temperature down. No human interaction was necessary and plant operations…Continue
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By next year, Forrester estimates that digital technology will play a part in almost 60% of all in-store transactions, which will equate to roughly US$1.8 trillion. While most brands have spent decades building their physical presence, many are losing out online because they simply aren’t holding any digital real estate.
In today’s quickly changing market landscape, missing out on a segment of your target because you aren’t selling through a channel they frequent could mean business…
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Despite being a less common cause of low back pain, sciatica is still something I regularly see as a general internist. Primary care doctors can and should manage sciatica, because for most individuals the body can fix the problem. My job is to help manage the pain while the body does its job. When a person’s symptoms don’t improve, I discuss the role of surgery or an injection to speed things up.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica refers to pain caused by the sciatic nerve that…Continue
Added by markblake on July 25, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments
We all know the drill by now: the healthiest diets are those with a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats with an emphasis on high fiber, whole grains, and modest portion sizes. Vegetables play a featured role in most healthy diets.
For example, the Harvard School of Public Health’s “Healthy Eating Plate” says that with few exceptions, the more vegetables we eat, the better. (The big exception? Potatoes! They have high carbohydrate content and affect blood sugar in a…
Added by markblake on July 25, 2017 at 3:22pm — No Comments
It’s no secret that alcohol affects our brains, and most moderate drinkers like the way it makes them feel — happier, less stressed, more sociable. Science has verified alcohol’s feel-good effect; PET scans have shown that alcohol releases endorphins (the “pleasure hormones”) which bind to opiate receptors in the brain. Although excessive drinking is linked to an increased risk of dementia, decades of observational studies have indicated that moderate drinking — defined as no more than one…Continue
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What is conjunctivitis exactly?
Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the thin membrane that covers the whites of the eyes. There are three main types of conjunctivitis: allergic, viral, and bacterial.
Allergic conjunctivitis often accompanies other allergy symptoms like itchy, runny nose or sneezing.
Viral conjunctivitis is the most common and is triggered by the same viruses that cause the common cold. Therefore, it is usually accompanied by cold symptoms…
Added by markblake on July 25, 2017 at 3:16pm — No Comments
On a wet afternoon in early November of last year, I arrived 20 minutes early to an appointment with a new (to me) pain specialist. I had first scheduled the appointment in September. Since I had never visited this particular provider before, and because he was outside of the facility where I received most of my care, my health insurance required a referral from my primary care physician. This had taken nearly two months of bugging my PCP’s office, but two weeks before the appointment was…Continue
Added by markblake on July 22, 2017 at 10:29pm — No Comments
There are exercise guidelines, of course. One of the most widely quoted physical activity recommendations comes from the US government’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion that recommends everyone exercise at a moderate or greater intensity for at least 150 minutes a week (or 30 to 45 minutes most days of the week). While this may sound reasonable enough, most people don’t follow it. The reasons are many and diverse, but a common one is that physical activity is not part…
Added by markblake on July 22, 2017 at 10:28pm — No Comments
The easy answer is for bones. Vitamin D facilitates absorption of calcium and phosphate, which are needed for bone growth. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones become brittle (in children this is called rickets and in adults it is called osteomalacia) and break more easily. Vitamin D is likely beneficial for other parts of the body as well; studies suggest an overall decrease in death in addition to reductions in blood pressure, respiratory illnesses, cancer, heart disease, and depression.…Continue
Added by markblake on July 22, 2017 at 10:27pm — No Comments
We remember when we go to the beach or pool, but we don’t always think of it when we go sightseeing, do gardening, go to an outdoor event, or just play outside. If your child is going to be out in the sun, use sunscreen. Use a sunscreen that is water resistant, at least SPF 30, and blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Cover all exposed skin, and remember to reapply every couple of hours, sooner if your child has been in the water. Not only does this protect your child from the discomfort of…Continue
Added by markblake on July 22, 2017 at 10:26pm — No Comments
In the athletic world, many nations have long strived for developing competitive advantages in sports by employing various scientific methods to improve the athletes’ peak performance in hope of winning competitions. Developing effective methods to help the athletes quickly recover from muscle fatigue after exercise training or fierce competitions and to help them achieve the best physiological situations is deemed essential, especially prior to international competitions. Acupuncture, one…Continue
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Research by Hiroaki Nanba, Ph.D., a professor of microbial chemistry at Kobe Pharmaceutical University in Japan, shows that one powerful mushroom can be used to treat cancer. Dr. Nanba administered Maitake mushroom to cancer patients. The patients took no anticancer drugs. Yet the mushroom helped to halt the cancer’s progression. Memorial Sloan-Kettering is one of the world’s premier cancer centers. Their experts are also recognizing the anticancer effects of this mushroom. They’ve completed…Continue
Added by markblake on July 21, 2017 at 9:21pm — No Comments
This post comes from my colleague, Dr. Marty Eisen. A new study by the American Association for Cancer Research supports recommendations by the World Cancer Research Fund to limit red meat intake and avoid processes meats to reduce risk of digestive organ cancer.
Dietary protein is made up of amino acids, which can be turned into "biogenicamines." Previous research has shown that the processing and storage of red meat, like liver and salami, increases amine concentrations. When…Continue
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It seems that stress has become an all too familiar work companion for most people. Whether caused by work relationships, getting to and from work, or the work itself, stress shows up and the effects of it come in many forms.
What is stress? It’s a normal physiological response to the demands of life, the physical adaptation to deal with the impending dangers of the natural world. It can help improve your chances of survival by increasing hormone levels, heart rate, breathing and…Continue
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