One of the most popular health fads these days is the paleolithic diet, typically referred to as the caveman diet or paleo diet.
Understanding the paleo diet
The nutritional framework – popularized by the work of best-selling author Loren Cordain, PhD – is intended to emulate the dietary habits of humans who lived more than 10,000 years ago, prior to the development of agriculture and the concept of livestock.
Millions of men and women worldwide are stricken with sleep disturbances and back pain. Since both of these problems are so incredibly common, Israeli researchers from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and University of Haifa sought to expand our understanding of the connection between the two disorders.
Is your sciatica keeping you up at night?
According to the Virginia-based National Sleep Foundation http://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/pain-and-sleep, 15% of American adults say that they are suffering from chronic pain. The number is significantly higher among senior citizens, with one in two stating that they experience regular discomfort.
We are all aware that it’s important to limit the amount of salt that we eat, and part of the problem is literally in our heads. High intake of sodium contributes to head pain, according to a new study that appeared in the December 11 issue of the UK’s BMJ Open. The connection between dietary salt and headaches is strong in another, separate way as well: high sodium causes blood pressure to rise, which in turn leads to headaches.
Smart phones may be smart, but they are weighing us down. Our heads are drooping to check our mobile devices, and we are paying the price with additional back pain. The angle we tilt our heads to read our phones and devices can put severe pressure on the back and neck. Discover how to avoid this unnecessary pressure and strain on the neck and back.
There is a long-running debate about running in the field of medicine.“The jury is still out,” Dr. Jon Schriner of Michigan State University told LiveScience in 2012. “Some say yes, running is bad for the knees; some say no.” Just-released research heavily favors the pro-running camp, demonstrating that it reduces the likelihood of osteoarthritis (OA). The scientists conducting the study at Baylor College of Medicine assessed subjects who ran on a regular basis for a substantial part of their lives, revealing that they were no more vulnerable to OA than non-runners.
Previous studies have shown a strong correlation between running and the degenerative joint disorder. These new findings suggest that the activity itself serves as a defense against physical wear-and-tear such as OA.
Karen Weintraub of USA Today brought us the story of Kimberly Smalling, who has fibromyalgia so severe that she can’t always raise her arms.
Smalling takes out an analgesic back patch, splits it into pieces for each shoulder, and goes to sleep. This quick-fix over-the-counter pain relief solution has had value for her in the short term, allowing her to continue her career as a men’s hairstylist.
To start out the new year, it’s common to write down a few resolutions, ways we intend to change our behavior and improve our lives. However, many of these “resolutions” prove themselves to be failed attempts. About 45% of us make resolutions each year, according to the Washington Post, but only one in four people who do make resolutions stick with them for the first week. In other words, many people are already letting their 2015 personal development goals slip.