Health

Sexually transmitted infections aren’t a topic anyone really wants to discuss. Even so, acknowledging the risks of acquiring or passing on STIs is a necessary part of practicing safe sex.There are many reasons why seniors are at an increased risk of acquiring STIs. Cultural biases, age-related health conditions, and unprotected sex are just a few reasons older adults may find themselves at a greater risk of developing sexually transmitted infections. Though for many, STIs may result in few symptoms and can be easily treated, others may develop serious conditions as a result of sexual inf... more ...
 When we’re feeling sick or suffering from pain and fatigue, many of us reach into the medicine cabinet, looking for a cure for our symptoms. Sometimes, though, natural remedies can be just as effective as over-the-counter or prescription treatments.  Most of us have made a cup of herbal tea or a pot of hot soup to relieve symptoms of illness in the past. Sometimes, simple natural treatments like these work even better than man-made pharmaceuticals. Some natural remedies, however, are more effective than others. In recent years, some home remedies have even been tested and... more ...
In recent years, news outlets and researchers from around the globe have looked on in awe at the extreme feats practiced by a man named Wim Hof. Affectionately known as “The Iceman,” Hof is known for being able to endure prolonged exposure to extreme temperatures. He has run a barefoot half-marathon over ice and has even broken records for swimming in ice water. Is Hof simply a medical anomaly? No! In fact, Hof claims that anyone can strengthen their immune system, boost their energy levels, improve their heart rate, and improve their ability to tolerate stressful and challeng... more ...
Dementia itself is not a specific disease; rather, the term describes a cluster of symptoms that are the result of the brain damage caused by different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to Lewy body dementia. Many of the early symptoms of dementia can be seen in patients of all types. Other symptoms are specific to certain types of dementia and may point towards a specific diagnosis.  Though many adults experience mild cognitive impairment with age, others will notice symptoms growing worse over time. Dementia is not a natural part of aging, so it is important to recognize symp... more ...
Grief is what we feel when we experience loss in our lives. For many of us, grief arises as a result of major, life-changing events. We all grieve when someone close to us dies. Many of us also experience feelings of loss or mourning when we lose a job, end a relationship, suffer from serious injury or illness, or suffer through other challenging or traumatic experiences. Oftentimes, big life changes, like moving to a new home or entering retirement, can also trigger feelings of bereavement.  Coping with grief can be one of life’s greatest challenges. While grieving, you may be... more ...
A guilt trip is a form of communication in which an individual uses guilt as a manipulation tactic, attempting to make a target feel guilty and thereby controlling their behavior. All of us have experienced guilt trips throughout the course of our lives. Some of us may even have a friend, family member, or lover who has guilt-tripped us frequently over time, leaving us feeling bitter and emotionally exhausted.Though those who initiate guilt trips are ultimately to blame for their behavior, we can all learn how to better cope with guilt-tripping. By recognizing when you’re the target of a... more ...
Around the world, prescription drug abuse is a growing problem. Misuse of prescription medications can lead to addiction and can result in serious consequences, as data from the last 15 years reveals. More individuals are being sent to the emergency room, and deaths from overdoses have risen dramatically.  Though many find it an uncomfortable topic, learning more about prescription drug abuse is one of the best ways to address the issue. By knowing which medications are most likely to be abused and the signs of misuse and addiction, you can better manage your own pill use, and keep a... more ...
Are you comfortable being emotionally vulnerable with those around you? Have you been in a relationship with someone who just couldn’t open up to you? Whether you’ve been on the giving or receiving end of such a dynamic, the chances are good that either you’ve struggled with your own lack of emotional availability, or have fought to connect with someone you’re close to. Being emotionally present can be difficult, particularly if you’ve been hurt in the past. With effort, however, it’s possible to work through these feelings, making you a better and more... more ...
Have you recently found yourself feeling mentally, physically, or spiritually drained? Do you feel tired, sick, or emotionally fatigued? If so, it’s possible that you haven’t engaged in enough self-care lately!Self-care practices are activities that we purposefully engage in for the sake of our health and wellness. Though self-care is a simple concept, it’s something that many of us neglect. We often spend too much time and energy focusing on task-oriented accomplishments, the well-being of our families, and more. By focusing on the external, however, we are neglecting our in... more ...
When it comes to daily habits, many of us focus on the ways in which we can improve our overall well-being. We strive to drink enough water, eat healthy foods, exercise, and sleep deeply. Unfortunately, many of us neglect one of the most important aspects of our health: having a peaceful mind.  Just as physical exercise trains the body to be better both in action and at rest, daily meditation trains the mind to function better throughout the day. A growing body of research now suggests that meditation benefits the body in a number of other ways, too, leading to lower blood pressure, ... more ...