Circulation 101

A lot of news stories have been coming out lately speaking to the health complications that can arise from having a lifestyle that doesn’t involve a lot of movement.  Working in an office environment, commuting, working at a computer, playing video games, watching TV – many of the modern activities that people engage in, especially in America, just don’t involve as much movement as the generations proceeding this one. Continue reading

Stair Calf Stretches: A How-To

As most people have probably experienced, the calves hold a lot of tension. This can occur because of posture issues, the way people sit, nutritional issues, athletic activities, and clothing. Unfortunately, the calves are also one of the most difficult muscles to adequately stretch and relax on one’s own. Continue reading

Why Traditional American Dishes Are No Longer Appropriate for Most Americans

With the recent revelation that celebrity chef Paula Deen has entered into a contract with diabetes drug manufacturer Novo Nordisk, it seems like a good time to examine why it is exactly that traditional dishes such as those popular in the Southern and Midwestern states are so bad for people living in today’s America. Continue reading

Eat Some Red Meat

Preface: The following advice is not intended for those who adhere to a vegetarian diet for moral, religious, or dietary reasons. People who have made a formal decision to remove meat and animal products from their diet have often made the proper substitutions to ensure that they are getting all of the nutrients they need. This article is predominately aimed at individuals who consider themselves omnivores, but for whatever reason have chosen to remove red meats from their diet. Continue reading

Diet and Climate or Why the Weather Outside Should Affect Food Choices

The modern world offers a lot of options that were never available to humans of the past. However, as with most modern advances in the name of convenience, there are often unacknowledged reasons why the humans of the past did things differently that had nothing to do with their lack of access to modern technology and transportation. Continue reading

The Back – Additional Stretches, Exercise, and Advice

As important as treatment can be in resolving low back injuries and pain, the most vital part in reversing these conditions is the work that a patient does at home.  With that in mind, here are some more stretches and exercises that can be very helpful in stretching the muscles involved in chronic back discomfort. Continue reading

The Neck: How it Works and Why it Hurts

After several years of working on the human body, there is one observation that always seems to hold true: with the exception of people who have issues with being touched, everyone loves neck rubs.  Seriously, both people and animals will stop whatever they are doing when someone skilled with his or her hands starts to work on their necks.  Why is this? Continue reading

A User’s Guide to the Human Body – Scarcity, Dieting, and Exercise

When it comes to addressing weight loss in the developed world, one of the great ironies is that even though people now have unprecedented access to fitness facilities and healthy foods, obesity is the number one health problem facing many of it citizens. What has changed in recent years that makes it so much easier for people to gain weight but simultaneously makes losing that so difficult? Continue reading