From a very young age onward, everyone hears things like drink your milk and eat your vegetables . However, you never hear anyone saying, “Eat your meat” because no one needs encouragement to eat a nice juicy steak or big delicious hamburger. Americans love their beef. But are Americans eating the right type of beef for their health? If you have osteoarthritis, you’ll want to be sure to eat grass-fed beef. Before we get into the health benefits of beef that has not been fed corn, let’s take a little peek into the life of a cow.
A little calf is born all cute and fuzzy. At first, it starts getting its nutrients from mamma’s milk. Soon, it will begin to eat the grass or flake that Mr. Rancher provides. Once that baby grows into a 700 pound beast, it is shipped to the feed lots. At the feed lot with thousands of other cows, a cow gorges on corn feed. Here the cow puts on three pounds per day. When that cow hits the 1,200 pound mark, it is ready for sla...
I decided to experiment with a conversation with myself. I asked a simple and basic question and worked my way to complex and confusing:
What is depression?
The DSM-5, psychiatry’s diagnostic bible, refers to various conditions that involve feeling sad, inability to experience pleasure, lack of self-worth, inability to concentrate, and suicidal thinking, not to mention dysregulated sleep and appetite and movement, though you don’t have to experience all these at once.
But everyone gets depressed, right?
True. We all have our bad days. Also, all of us experience grief and loss and major challenges in coping with life. But all this is considered within the “normal” realm of human behavior.
Things change when we lose the ability to function, whether at work or in our relationships or in our own sense of well-being. We are more than just “depressed.” We are not ourselves. Our brains are not cooperating with us. L...
Welcome back to the hall of shame where we find everything from shoes to purses that can contribute to pain. Today our inductee is a historically popular item and arguably the world’s first drug: sugar. The apothecary’s of old used to keep a form of sugar on their shelves, sometimes in the form of honey or sometimes in the form of cane sugar. According to a royal French decree in 1353, apothecaries were not to use honey when sugar was prescribed. 1
Soon what was once a prescribed medicine quickly became a common household item available at every grocery store, restaurant and gas station. America’s drug of choice is available without a prescription. The average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar per year. That equates to six cups per week or 312 cups per year. Where does all this sugar come from? A can of soda has 39 grams of sugar that equates to 10 cubes of sugar. Starbuck’s Mint Mocha Frappuccino has 14 teaspoons of sugar. A cube here, teaspoon...
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