Colorectal Cancer: The Link to Red Meat and Processed Meat

If you’ve been anywhere near a TV or computer today, you’ve probably heard that scientists are reporting a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as their 20s and 30s. Possible explanations for this dangerous trend are obesity, sedentary lifestyles, alcohol, chronic conditions like inflammatory bowel disease and Type 2 diabetes, and HPV…

No Pressure, But Your Score Could Predict Future Heart Disease

The first time that I took the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS), my score was incredibly (almost awe-inspiringly) bad. Really, really bad. Like there is no way to make that OK level. The MAAS is a psychological test developed by Ruth Baer at the University of Kentucky and it is in the public domain, so…

3 Reasons Social Media Might Be Hurting You or Your Children

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Schools of the Health Sciences are not finding out good things about social media use among young adults. It’s making them depressed.  The researchers sampled 1,787 U.S. adults between the ages of 19 and 32, and found significant and linear associations between social media use and depression. Those who…

How Having a Broken Heart or Being Angry Can Kill You

Working in hospitals, it is common to see that when one spouse passes away, the surviving spouse goes downhill rapidly and often dies shortly thereafter. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but anyone who has worked in a hospital for a while can tell you that it’s not uncommon. This doesn’t always occur with spouses,…

How Much Exercise is Enough?

Many people mistake being busy for being active. Your feet can be aching and you can feel as though you haven’t sat down all day…but that doesn’t mean that you’ve been physically active! Thirty minutes of brisk walking five days a week is sufficient to lower the risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease,…

Common Myths About Heart Disease

Heart disease is only a concern for older adults. In fact, plaque can begin to build up in the arteries in childhood or adolescence. The number of women dying from coronary heart disease between the ages of 35 and 44 has grown in recent years. As the problems of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension…

Are Your Eating Habits Making You Tired?

It seems like everyone is tired and sick right now. I can’t tell if I’m just worn out or if my body is trying to fight off a cold, cough or some other crud. What and how you eat can affect your energy level throughout the day. If you are also feeling groggy, maybe these…

Happy Thoughts Lead to a Healthy Heart

There is a strong link between optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life and a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, people with the highest levels of optimism have twice the likelihood of having ideal heart health compared to their more pessimistic peers. Research has shown that individuals who are the most…

Prioritization: Let’s Be Realistic Here

Have you ever felt like your brain is whizzing along in a car going 95 mph down the freeway and you’re on a tricycle pedaling as fast as you can to keep up with it? Or you’re racing around in the morning and something important that you have to do pops into your head and…

Do Calories Even Matter Anymore?

A panel of researchers declared that, “our current system for assessing calories is surely wrong” at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A growing body of evidence proves that certain types of foods are processed differently in the body, resulting in more or less calories being absorbed than…