Tuesday: Health

Benefits of organic foods are now less controversial

Ask the average consumer, the proverbial “man-on-the-street,” and you will likely find their knowledge about nutrition greater than it ever has been. The information super-highway, although loaded with flawed sources and falsehoods, does have a plethora of accurate sources of facts and ...

Knowledge is power

MARQUETTE — National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday — health departments across the nation, including Marquette County Health Department, are working to spread the word about the importance of getting tested. “Each year on June 27 we observe National HIV Testing Day,” the Centers for ...

Talk With the Doc

With the recent tragic news about several major internationally known celebrities committing suicide, there are new reports being released about the alarming world wide rate of suicide today. Here is the most recent data regarding suicide from the USA National Institutes of Health. Current ...

Steroids have place in modern medicine

Advances in pharmacology have provided tremendous benefits to humanity in improved health, longevity and quality of life. Although much controversy now exists regarding our current dependence on the prescribing of pharmaceuticals as a primary form of therapy, there is no denying drugs have ...

LIVING WITH OCD

MARQUETTE — Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is a mental health condition with a neurobiological basis that affects an estimated two million adults in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. But behind this statistic, are many stories to be ...

Urology Pearls

The other day, when I was watching “Newshour,” a TV news show on PBS, I realized that I am not alone in trying to answer the question, “What can we learn from each other?” In a segment called ‘what can orchestras teach executives about business,’ residents, doctors, surgeons, and ...

Arch support therapy treats problems

Although few think about it, I contemplate the subject of body mechanics frequently. It is a fascinating topic, that of body motion and body mechanics. There is much to be discovered, so much we do not yet know. Think for a moment, if you would, of the wonders of human locomotion. I have no ...

Early detection key

MARQUETTE — The American Cancer Society is now recommending average-risk adults start colorectal cancer screening at age 45, rather than age 50, after a recent retrospective study done by American Cancer Society Researchers showed the incidence of colorectal cancer is rising in average-risk ...

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The term “personal success” has many definitions. My favorite definition of personal success is as follows: “Success is the progressive realization of a worthwhile goal.” Of course, this refers to personal goals we have set for ourselves, and setting personal positive goals is ...

Deformity of foot often missed at birth

The vagaries and varieties of the human form never cease to amaze me. So many people living on this planet, and no two are just alike. Predictably, this extends to our skeletal structures, its shape and form, from facial anatomy right down to our feet. The former means we each look different, ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation awards grants

MARQUETTE — Five Upper Peninsula organizations were awarded grants courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation and the Superior Health Foundation Monday at the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan office in Marquette. Over $300,000 was ...

Ancient fermented tea has become big business

As a scientist, I find it an obvious statement that what we put into our bodies has a great influence on our health. What else can our bodies use to build new tissue, to repair damaged cells other than the foods we eat? Our bodies are in a constant state of renewal. Did you know that our skin ...

Urology Pearls: What we can learn from each other

Several years ago, I was on a visit to Ann Arbor, where my two older sons were students at the University of Michigan. The first words I heard them utter were: “Dad, let’s go to Zingerman’s.” The Zingerman’s Delicatessen, they meant, the one established in 1982. The line was long ...

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels ...

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Our human body is truly an amazing creation. Today, let’s look at some interesting facts about our body cells, our bones, and our muscles. • Human body cells — It is estimated that the human body has about 40 trillion cells. It is further estimated by various cellular biology experts ...

Bill expanding private care for veterans goes to Trump

WASHINGTON — Congress delivered a victory to President Donald Trump by expanding private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote recently, also averting a disastrous shutdown of its Choice private-sector ...

Just snap out of it

MARQUETTE — “There are other people who have it worse.” “Be more positive.” “It’s just an excuse.” “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” “You’re just too negative, appreciate the good in life.” “Just snap out of it.” “You’re not depressed, you’re just ...

Fear and the medical lecturer

Most of us, being human as we are, have fears of one sort or another. Perhaps it’s a fear of spiders or snakes. Some have a fear of heights or enclosed spaces. Many of these are quite understandable, and some are perfectly appropriate. (Falling from a height can be dangerous and is something ...

Urology Pearls: NASCAR doc: Saving lives at pit-stop

George fell to the ground at once, and without any warning. He and his wife, Jane, were on a trip to San Francisco. They were walking along the beach. Jane was facing the ocean, pointing at the Golden Gate Bridge and at a seagull that was hovering in the skies, and when she turned around, she ...

Standing tall

MARQUETTE — May is Posture Month — with an estimated 80 percent of Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, it’s important to not only recognize the importance of good posture, but find ways to implement practices that promote good posture. Posture Plank, a new ...