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Acne affects all ages and can be treated

MSR – Dr. Charles Crutchfield III MD The following is an MSR interview with Dr. Charles Crutchfield (CC) on acne, a topic of interest to many of our readers.

School Lunches Are Getting Healthier

NY Daily News Meredith Engel August 28, 2015 

Public school kids are getting healthier lunches.

How to Treat Sunburn This Summer

Medical News Today James McIntosh July 20, 2015

When the skin is exposed to too much ultraviolet (UV) light, be it from the sun or artificial sources such as sunlamps, sunburn can occur.

The websites that offer support to cancer sufferers

The Telegraph Judith Potts July 20, 2015

Whilst there is a good deal of information about cancer – and its myriad of issues – on the internet, two ladies have founded websites which fill two different gaps in the vital help and support needed by cancer sufferers.

Underage Drinking Decline in Number, Government Study Says

ISchoolGuide June 12, 2015
A new government study finds underage drinking and binge drinking rates among the youth are on a steep decline.

Insomnia

A good night’s sleep is precious for a person that suffers from insomnia. If you have suffered from insomnia, you’ll understand that sleeplessness is a vicious curse. In the United States alone, 20 to 40 percent of all adults suffer a bout of insomnia in any given year. One in three people will have insomnia sometime during their lifetime, and a very startling 60% of insomnia is chronic and/or recurrent.

Without sufficient sleep the body cannot restore itself. Restoring your health requires adequate rest. We often intentionally sell ourselves short of sleep because of our busy schedules, yet this can become a “no-choice” factor after a period of time when the body loses its natural light-dark sleep cycle. Regardless of why you or a loved one may be experiencing insomnia, the solutions are very much the same.

Set a Goal

The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep, yet when we fall short our bodies start to compensate by working off of stored energy. However, within a short period of time, the body becomes tired and energy crutches like caffeine become a must to get through to the next day.

A little caffeine or a high quality nutritional energy support product is fine to aid you through the day, yet it does not substitute for a good night’s sleep.

Insomnia is a big factor in poor health. Individuals with insomnia are 4 times more likely to suffer from depression and are more likely to suffer from heart disease, serious illnesses, accidental injuries or car accidents. Sleeplessness can also put your job performance in jeopardy.

Sleep Accommodations

Set yourself up for success and find a pillow that allows you to rest in a neutral position. You don’t want to have your head either elevated above or resting below your body. Make sure your mattress is not too hard or soft. Ensure that your room is quiet, and if not, use earplugs or a white noise machine to drown out the drone of the outside world. It is also very important to keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. Your bedroom should only be used for sleep or intimacy. Never read or watch television in bed. Lastly, never have heated discussions with a bed partner or the bedroom; the bedroom should be considered a safe haven.

Check List of To Dos:

Here is a simple list of things to try to avoid when getting ready for a peaceful and restorative night’s sleep.

Avoid Alcohol

Don’t drink alcohol 2 hours prior to bed. It can lead to needing to wake up in the middle of the night to empty your bladder and also can overly sedate your nervous system contributing to restless sleep and worsening sleep apnea (low oxygen levels at night).

Call It Quits after 12 PM for Caffeine

Avoid Caffeine 6 to 8 hours prior to bed; it can take a long time for caffeine to leave the body when it comes to stimulation of your brain. You want your being and brain to be quiet before bed.

Sugar May Not be Bad—at Least for Sleep

Many of us have heard that a little warm milk and cookies prior to bed can help one sleep. Actually a little sugar can help calm and sedate you prior to a night’s siesta. Another option is to place a tablespoon of honey in a herbal tea (non-caffeinated) and sip on it prior to bed.

4 Supplements to Consider

One or more of these supplements can help you decompress and welcome sleep with open arms. These supplements include calcium, magnesium, 5 HTP (5-OH-Tryptophan), and melatonin. Each of us needs to nourish and nurture our bodies, so find the one or two supplements that your body needs to aid your sleep goal.

In conclusion:

Sleeping is a natural process, yet for so many of us, our late nights and crazy daytime schedules have disturbed or destroyed our natural wake-sleep cycle. Without sleep, we can’t properly heal our minds and bodies. Sleep allows us to REST-ore our essence and stay younger, healthier, happier and more creative. Make sure you get adequate sleep every day.

 

US teens change behavior after searching health info online

NPR Guardian News – AFP June 2, 2015
One in three American teenagers have changed their behavior after looking up health information online, according to a major study on adolescents and technology released on Tuesday.

Fathers have big influence on teens’ drinking habits

FOX News – REUTERS May 6, 2015
Parents’ influence on teens’ drinking varies in girls and boys, suggests a new study from Taiwan.”

Bullying has worse effects on mental health than maltreatment

Irish Examiner – April 29, 2015 

Children who are bullied by their peers suffer worse as they reach adulthood than those who were maltreated by adults

Teen Girls’ Sodium Intake May Not Raise Blood Pressure

MedPage Today – Salynn Boyles April 29, 2015 

The typical teen’s diet is much higher in salt than health officials recommend, but efforts aimed at reducing sodium intake in children and teens may have little or no impact on blood pressure through adolescence, researchers reported.

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Health Tips On the Go!

Improve Posture

  • 1.Avoid slouching. Be aware of your posture as you walk, sit, and drive, keep shoulders squared and head pulled back and up.

  • 2.Imagine a thread pulling the top of your head toward the ceiling. Visualization can help improve your sense of position.

  • 3.If your job requires you to sit for long periods, take frequent breaks to stand, stretch and shake it out.

  • 4.Maintain a strong core to help support proper posture. Add core-training exercises to your daily routine.

  • 5.A firm mattress and ergonomic pillow help achieve proper back support while you sleep, so you'll stand straighter in the a.m.

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