Nine Uncommon “Green Leafy Vegetables” Worth Trying

Bok choyYou hear it virtually everywhere these days: eat more green leafy vegetables. And with good reason; leafy greens are among the most nutritious of all vegetables, offering major benefits to your entire body, including your brain, your bones and your heart, while helping to prevent cancer, detoxify your body, boost your immune system and give your more energy. Not bad for a bowl full of greens!

However, most Americans are not eating enough of these incredibly healthy foods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that less than one-third of American adults eat the amount of fruits and vegetables the government recommends, despite the fact that diets rich in these healthy foods are known to prevent disease.

Give These Uncommon Greens a Try

If your diet is lacking in healthy greens, or if you’re looking to experiment with a tasty and healthy side dish tonight, the following greens deserve a spot on your table. They’re incredibly good for you, low in calories, easy to prepare and, best of all, they’re delicious.

Amazing Facts about U.S. Homes, Mortgages & Homeowners, Plus the Most Common Home Styles

home ownersBuying a home is an integral part of American culture, and ranks way up there on most people’s idea of the “American Dream.” Echoing this, the United States has about 3.75 million homes for sale, and nearly 69 percent of Americans are homeowners, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The average purchase price for a single-family home went up over 14% in December 2015. The average price in your market area matters most! By example the average price was $214,000 in July, 2014, up 13.5 percent from a year prior versus in October 2006 was $306,258, according to the The Federal Housing Finance Board. Although the market has been improving clearly most home owners are still challenged with their homes not being at the price level they would like while many first time home buyers still struggle with finding affordable housing due to the increases in other inflation based costs yet while mortgage rates are going up the deflation trends due to such factors as gas prices should begin to free up more financing..

For instance, average families who live in the middle income areas like Dupage County, IL, and earn the county’s median income of $72,400, could not afford to purchase a single-family home at the median 2006 rate in the area, $343,500. Today they could be struggling with “getting bank approvals” and per government guidelines at the current median rate level of $214,000.

 

 

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How Does the Way You Think Impact Your Health?

“Disease cannot live in a body that’s in a healthy emotional state,” at least, so says author Bob Proctor in the film, “The Secret.” “The Secret” — which was not being shown in theaters, but rather was spread through a viral, grassroots marketing campaign — discussed a centuries-old principle that has earned a “new-age” reputation.

“The secret is the Law of Attraction. Everything that’s coming into your life you are attracting into your life. And it’s attracted to you by virtue of the images you’re holding in your mind,” Proctor said.

The idea is simple and very general: whatever it is that you focus on, think about and occupy your thoughts with will appear in your life. Humans, in this way, are like magnets, attracting into their lives whatever it is their emotions, beliefs and thoughts focus on.

However, says Katherine Puckett, LCSW, director of mind-body medicine at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, while stress and negative emotions can certainly contribute to illness, things aren’t always so black and white.

 

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I am closing my online Vitamin D Store

I am sad to announce to my patients and readers that I am closing my online Vitamin D store effective this week.

Due to my very busy practice of medicine, along with my very time-consuming teaching schedule at the UCLA School of Medicine, I have not had the time to attend my online store like I did when I first opened it seven years ago.

I have wanted to keep the online store open as long as I could because it is a guaranteed source for the exact amount of vitamin D that is listed on the label. As I have told you before in my writings, unreliable labeling with regard to potency is common. A recent study by the multiple sclerosis consortium of physicians found after purchasing 10 different brands of vitamin D, none of them had the amount on the label. In fact they averaged 34% of what was on the label.

I know that for this reason many of you have continued to buy vitamin D from me for many years. In addition, I have tried to keep the price of my vitamin D very reasonable.

I will still be providing my vitamin D3 for the patients in my own practice of medicine. However, regrettably I will not be able to fill any mail order requests for vitamin D that you might submit to my office, as I just don’t have the staff to manage it at this time.

Two points of good news in all this:

  1. You can buy high-quality vitamin D from my online vitamin store -Dr Soram’s Healthy Living Shop. You can find it by clicking here. You will need to register to become a customer, but registration is easy. You will be able to find good brands of vitamin D there. Specifically, you can find the 1000 IU and the 5000 IU potencies.
  2. The other bit of good news is that I am hopeful at a future time I will be able to open a bigger online store with more of my own labeled products for many different health conditions. My Vitamin D of course would be part of that store.

Again, thank you to all of you for being my customers for so long . I look forward to staying in touch with you through my newsletter and on Twitter and Facebook.

Dr Soram

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Radon Essentials: What You Need to Know About Radon

Representation of rn-222 atomRadon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon but it may be a problem in your home. When you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeons General’s Office have urged widespread testing for radon. They estimated that as many as 20,000 lung cancer deaths are caused each year by radon. Next to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.

The EPA says that nearly 1 in 3 homes checked in seven states and on three Indian lands had screening levels over 4 pCi/L, the EPA’s recommended action level for radon exposure.

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The Healing Power of “Silence”

noise healthNoise exists all around us, externally in the form of things like traffic, television, and cell phones, and internally in the form of constant thoughts. More and more, both mainstream and alternative experts are encouraging increased silence, both from outside and inside your mind, as a way to improve your health and well-being.

Hospitals Reduce Noise to Help Healing

Noise levels at hospitals around the world are known to be incredibly high, and now anti-noise campaigns have been started to help keep things quiet.

According to Margaret Amato, clinical director of nursing at Montefiore Medical Center, noise levels during a shift change in a hospital can reach 113 decibels (a motorcycle, for comparison, is 95 decibels).

“Hospital noise levels are far too high internationally, and this has been known for decades,” said Roger Ulrich, a professor of architecture at Texas A&M University.

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Back Pain: The Nine Most Common Sources of It and Natural Steps to Remedy It

back painBack pain is extremely common, with four out of five adults facing it at least once during their lives, according to the Mayo Clinic.

And a nationwide phone survey of over 1,200 Americans, sponsored by Stanford University Medical Center, ABC News and USA Today, found that back pain was the most common type of pain reported (followed by knee and shoulder pain, joint pain and headaches).

Because your back is part of your body’s core muscles, and is necessary for nearly every movement you make, it’s also very vulnerable to injury. In fact, most back pain is caused by overusing, straining or injuring the muscles, ligaments and disks that support your spine.

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Coronary Microvascular Syndrome (CMS): The Hidden Heart Attack Risk They STILL Aren’t Checking For

As many as 3 million U.S. women may be unknowingly at risk of heart disease because they suffer from coronary microvascular syndrome (CMS), according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) study.

Women with CMS may have shortness of breath or chest pain, but, upon visiting their doctor, be told nothing is wrong and sent home. That’s because CMS is not detected by an angiogram, which is widely accepted as the best test for diagnosing heart disease.

Unlike typical heart disease cases, in which accumulated plaque in the large arteries shows up as bulky clogs, in CMS plaque “evenly coats” the very small arteries of the heart. The arteries are too small to appear on the angiogram, much like “seeing a pine tree’s branches but not its needles,” said Dr. George Sopko, a heart specialist at the National Institutes of Health.

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Concussion and Your Children

For many years, I have wondered why more attention hasn’t been paid to the constant head-butting that goes on in football, and other sports that our children are playing.

I was recently able to watch the new movie Concussion starring Will Smith and was so happy to see that Hollywood is now bringing attention to this issue.

The movie was about the recognition by a courageous pathologist from Nigeria named Bennet Omalu,M.D., of a new brain disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). The reason it took so long to recognize this disease is that it can only be diagnosed after death, by examining the brain under a microscope.

CTE is a progressive degenerative brain disease that is found in some athletes with a history of repeated brain trauma. More than 50 former NFL players have been diagnosed with the disease after their death, so far.

With this disease, nothing is seen on an MRI or CAT scan of the brain while the person is alive. This is the reason that the NFL was able to argue for so long that there is no evidence of damage to its players’ brains.

In April 2015, a class action lawsuit brought by more than 5000 ex-NFL players reached a settlement. The agreement allowed up to $5 million per retired player for serious medical conditions associated with repeated head trauma. Of note, over 200 former players opted out of settling the lawsuit so that they could sue the NFL on their own.

In November 2015, former players’ attorneys appealed the NFL’s $1 billion plan to address concussion-linked injuries in former players because the plan excluded the diagnosis of CTE, which is the signature brain disease of football, from being compensated!

In addition, the movie with Will Smith brings out the point that one condition for the settlement was that the NFL did not have to reveal to the public what it knew about brain related injuries, or when it knew it.

In a recent court hearing, there is a significant quote from the NFL head lawyer Paul Clement. He stated that:

“The science could determine that all that matters for CTE is the concussive hits you took before your 18th birthday.”

As a physician I think it very unlikely that CTE results exclusively from the head injuries occurring before the age of 18. This comment will have repercussions for the NFL, when thousands of mothers hear this remark and stop their children from playing football.

Most likely, it is the accumulation of the head injuries over the course of an individual’s life that leads to these tragic diagnoses.

I wrote this article largely to bring this issue to the attention of the mothers that get my email and read my blog, whose sons are playing football. Another quote from the end of the movie is that actuaries have calculated that anyone playing football has a 28% chance of ending up with some type of brain disorder including CTE.

I also ask the same question regarding “heading” the ball in soccer. Does that knock out IQ points in our kids?

There is a quote from the movie where the NFL rep says to Dr Amalu: “Do you understand the impact of what you are doing? If just 10% of the mothers in America decide that football is too dangerous for their sons to play, that is IT. It is the end of football.”

Are you in that 10%?

Please read some of the links I give you below to see what is happening with this issue.

Here is an excellent interview and discussion of the movie and on concussions from NPR:

Here is a video-albeit simple-of what happens to the brain with a concussion:

References

Meet the Real Dr. Bennet Omalu—with a great video interview of Dr Omalu 

How CTE Affects the Brain from PBS 

NFL Cringes at Clements comment

Playing Contact Sports in Youth May Raise Risk for Degenerative Brain Disease

Contact sports played by amateurs increase risk of degenerative disorder

Judge ApprovesNFL Concussion Lawsuit Settlement 

Former NFLer: ‘Your mind just goes crazy’

87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease

Doctor: NFL player who killed girlfriend, self likely had CTE

NFL concussion deal excludes central brain injury

NFL Concussion Litigation

For the average adult with brain injury, the unemployment rate two years after diagnosis is 60 percent

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Sudbury Youth Soccer

Mayfield Clinic

Dr Amaulu and Will Smith

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Honey Works as Good as Cough Syrup: Four Beneficial Uses of Honey

honey flowersBeekeepers have been raising bees to produce honey since at least 700 BC. Back then, this sweet, natural sweetener was a rarity used in religious ceremonies and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes.

Typically, the only people who could afford honey for eating were the very wealthy.

Nowadays, you can find honey in a variety of colors, flavors and textures (not to mention qualities) in just about every supermarket.

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