If you smoke, quit. Right now. Some of the results, in terms of health, will be almost immediate. But it could take years for you to get back to being as healthy as someone your age who never smoked. Still, it’s definitely worth it. Here are some of the benefits of quitting, according to the […]
In 2012, Kaiser Permanente did a survey and found that less than 20 percent of employers asked their employees to undergo a health risk assessment or participate in wellness programs. Some of them have made it mandatory or fined workers for not complying. One of those is CVS. The company, which employs more than 200,000, […]
Years ago, in a bold attempt to release some of my own inner turmoil, I set out to gain a better grasp on the issue of addictions. John Bradshaw’s now legendary work with addiction, family systems and the shamed “inner child” had moved me deeply and sent me scurrying to the first series of codependency […]
It’s no big news that for adults, depression increases heart attack risk and increases the chance of having complications or dying from a cardiovascular problem. But some fascinating new research points to the fact that childhood depression—in kids as young as 9—increases a host of health risks when those kids become teenagers. And that, in turn, carries into adulthood.
Ever heard of epigenetics? If not, don’t worry–most people haven’t. Broadly speaking, the field of epigenetics maintains that something that happens to you during your lifespan might be passed on to your offspring–and, more importantly, to your grandkids. [Read more…]