Probiotics vs Antibiotics

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Most people think of infections and illness when they think of bacteria, but not all bacteria are bad. The gut, or large intestine, is home to millions of good bacteria, as well as fungi and other microorganisms that grow there naturally. Good gut bacteria are very important to our health. […]

Allergic to Christmas or the Mold on Your Tree?  

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Do you find yourself getting a sinus infection or suffering from allergy symptoms every Christmas? If so, don’t worry. You’re not allergic to the holidays. You may, however, be allergic to dust and mold.   Over 50 different molds have been found to grow on live Christmas trees. When you bring a […]

Gratitude is Healthy

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Both research and common sense tell us that people who practice gratitude are happier. As it turns out, they also tend to be healthier. Writing it Down Makes a Difference The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley, offers a free, online, gratitude journal Gratitude Journal […]

Can people with arthritis really feel the weather “in their bones”?  

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The answer is both “yes” and “no”. Yes, studies show that some people with arthritis feel more pain on cold, overcast days and on days following a rise in barometric pressure. However, results were not consistent and the increase in pain reported was “not clinically significant”. The reports of patients […]

2020 Stress- It’s Time to Resurrect our New Year’s Resolutions

For some people, eating is a common reaction to stress. For others, smoking and/or alcohol, are the “go-to” coping mechanisms. Healthy resolutions made in January are often on their last legs by March, which is when the Covid-19 pandemic really hit the US. If your healthy New Year’s resolutions are […]

Eating Out and Covid-19

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Now that restaurants are starting to open back up again, diners have questions that they might never have considered in the past. At restaurants, we’re exposed to things we wouldn’t be at home: food someone else has cooked, drinks someone else has poured, dishes someone else has washed, chairs that […]

Teenagers and Cabin Fever

Harassed parents of Hoosier teenagers know their kids don’t want social distancing to ease; they want it to end. Talking, texting and sharing Tiktok videos may have gotten them through the last couple of months, but today’s demand is for hangouts and overnights. The number one question on the mind […]

Henna Tattoos: A Dye-ing Art

Art fairs and festivals abound in early fall. Given the popularity of permanent tattoos, it’s not surprising that Henna art, an ancient and temporary form of body art, is so popular among festival goers. Natural henna is a reddish brown dye that is made from the henna plant. Henna art […]

Safe Tick Removal

Ticks are one of the less fortunate signs of summer. The key to safe tick removal is speed. Remove the tick as soon as possible after it latches on. Grab it as close to the skin as possible with a pair of tweezers and jerk straight up. If part of […]