Fearing 2012, Calamity, Change? It’s Time to Let It Go (Guest Post)

Do you feel as though your worldview is transforming? I feel as though mine is in a constant state of change these days, and even though I might resist initially, when all is said and done, I find my viewpoint has arrived at a better place. The resistance is nothing more than fear – fear …

Maintaining Balance in Unusual Times (Guest Post)

We’ve finally arrived at the threshold of the long-awaited Summer of 2010. Stargazers have been wondering what this particular summer might bring because there is a rare alignment of planets in the sky. The last time they danced together was during the revolutionary mid-60s when the unexpected coincided with social unrest and an unraveling of …

Scrutiny Under the Headlines

Earlier this month, we groused a bit about scare-mongering, drug-privileging headlines on some worthwhile news stories. It didn’t take long for similar examples to pop up. For instance, there was the Consumer Reports Health Blog item on choosing a safe acupuncturist, which came under the headline “How Safe Is Your Acupuncturist?” (a type of headline …

The Oral-Systemic Health Link & Other News of Note

Your Mouth Can Tell a Lot about Your Health (SFGate) Troubled teeth and gums aren’t always just a dental problem. Sometimes they indicate deeper issues, and dentists are increasingly picking up the clues…More… Influenza Vaccines: Poor Evidence for Effectiveness in Elderly (PhysOrg) Evidence for the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines in the over 65s …

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk & Other News of Note

Gum Disease Raises Arthritis Risk (WebMD) “We’ve known for a while that there is an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis. But our new work suggests periodontal disease is causal,” says study head Jerry A. Molitor, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of rheumatology and autoimmune disease at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. …

Oral Care Key to Transplant Success and Other News of Note

Oral Care Key to Successful Organ Transplants (MediLexicon News) Study after study point to the connection between oral health and a person’s general well-being. However, for thousands of Americans waiting for an organ transplant each year, maintaining good oral health, free of infection, is critical for successful organ transplantation and requires specialized dental care. In …

Stat!: Health Conditions Most Apt to Keep You from Work

Top five health conditions causing people to miss work for 10 or more days each year: Heart disease Diabetes Depression High blood pressure Stress/anxiety Notably, these are overwhelmingly preventable conditions, brought on or aggravated by lifestyle choices. Could the bad economy spur more of us to make better health choices? There’s certainly financial incentive. After …