Experts advise against FluMist vaccine


Vaccine experts who advise the US government said yesterday that FluMist, the nasal flu vaccine used by millions, should not be administered this coming flu season, since it hasn’t worked over the past three flu seasons. The vaccine is made by AstraZeneca, which in response said it would take an $80 million writedown on its supply of FluMist.
Posted in Children, Health & Wellness, Safety, Technology

Can You Get Body Aches With Pollen Allergies?

Some people may experience body aches with pollen allergies

By Holly Case

Allergies can produce a variety of symptoms, but one thing everyone affected with allergies experiences is discomfort. People can be allergic to pollen, pet dander, dust, foods and plants. Pollen allergies most commonly cause nasal congestion, a runny nose, sore throat and itchy eyes. Less frequent symptoms include hives, itchy skin, cough, mood changes and body aches.

Find Out More Here

Posted in Allergies, Back Pain, Health & Wellness

Seat Belt Injury Symptoms

A seat belt can save your life and still leave lasting injuries

By Linda Ray

Seat belts and airbags can help to prevent serious injuries in a car accident. At the same time, these protective devices can create physical problems themselves, report doctors at MedStar Emergency Medical Services. Seat belt injuries may not always seem immediately obvious. There are symptoms to watch for following an accident that can indicate further damages from the seat belt.

Find Out All Symptoms That Can Be Caused By Seat Belts During An Accident HERE

Posted in Auto Injuries, Safety, Symptoms & Conditions

Gardening Tasks and Your Back

The Back Safe Way to Dig, Weed, Plant and more.

Gardening and back pain don’t have to be synonymous.  Flare ups, strain, injuries or just plain ‘ole aches ‘n’ pains may be due to things that you can control, namely your body mechanics.

In this article, you’ll find an overview of common gardening chores (digging, weeding, using a wheelbarrow, etc.) and how to do them in a safe way for your back. Each illustrated summary contains a link to more detailed, step-by-step guides for you to follow. So dig in – and healthy gardening!

Read The Tips  HERE.

Posted in Back Pain, Exercise, Health & Wellness, Posture, Preventative Treatments

5 Myths About Back Pain Debunked

New science questions conventional wisdom surrounding this common affliction

By Nick Tumminello


Do you have lower back pain? If not, you probably will, and sooner than you think. It’s one of the most common afflictions in the U.S., with roughly 85 percent of the population suffering from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is also the second most common reason for seeing a doctor in the U.S., following coughs and other respiratory infections. These statistics are similar in other countries. 95 percent of back pain cases (such as muscle spasms or a dull ache in the lower back) are what experts call non-specific. That means that the exact cause is usually elusive and cannot be attributable to an identifiable condition (such as infection, tumor, arthritis, or inflammation, which are specific cases, and the minority). With non-specific low back pain (LBP) being so common and so elusive, it has become a big business with Americans spending at least $50 billion each year on potential treatment and prevention strategies. You Can Find Out All 5 Myths HERE

Posted in Back Pain, Preventative Treatments, Symptoms & Conditions, Techniques & Treatments

Tips to Host a Better & Healthier BBQ

Your summer barbecue can be delicious AND healthy

By Allison J Stowell MS, RD, CDN

An afternoon barbecue is the symbol of summer: Firing up the grill and filling your yard with the smell of delicious food, fun games and the feeling that there’s nowhere else you need to be.

Of course, a barbecue also means hours of drinking and eating high-calorie beverages and not-so-healthy foods. The combination of the summer sun and long afternoons make it easy to consume more than you mean to. But with a few swaps, you can save some calories — and your waistline:

Learn How To Build a Better Burger and More HERE

Posted in Health & Wellness, Preventative Treatments, Weight Loss

Tight Quadriceps – How they Relate to Low Back Pain

Tight Quadriceps – How they Relate to Low Back Pain

Are your quadriceps muscles tight? If they are (as they tend to be in most people), they may be creating a chronic posture problem that includes pain related to tight lower back muscles. Overly tight quadriceps muscles may alter the placement of your pelvis by pulling on it. They may also (indirectly) result in weak hamstring muscles, which are the muscles located at the back of your thigh.

All of this affects your pelvic alignment, which is an important key to a pain-free lower back.

Here’s what happens:

The quadriceps muscles are the big, bulky muscle group (made of 4 separately muscles that work closely together) located at the front of your thigh. Like the hamstrings at the back of your thigh, the quadriceps are often referred to as “2 joint muscles.” In reality, though, only one of the 4 – the rectus femoris attaches both at the hip and near the knee. In this way, their work not only influences the individual joints to which they attach –- the hip and the knee –- but also regionally by means of a phenomenon that kinesiologists call the kinetic chain. The kinetic chain refers to the way in which the movement of one part of the body affects other areas of the body. The idea of the kinetic chain plays out in a lot of ways, but two spine related examples are described below:

Read More  HERE.

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Bad Back? Tips for Pain-Free Traveling


Vacations are meant to be relaxing, but traveling can cause increased stress on the body and ultimately be a literal pain in the neck and spine. With 80 percent of Americans suffering from back pain, the thought of a long trip in an uncomfortable seat can be discouraging. Luckily, back pain associated with travel can be greatly reduced and, in many cases, avoided with a few easy steps.

Prepare: Cut the time you spend standing in long lines by planning ahead. Buy e-tickets, take advantage of frequent-flyer perks, use check-in by smartphone and check your luggage curbside. This will eliminate the time spent standing and carrying bags.

Travel Light: Don’t overpack. A light suitcase will reduce the stress on your shoulders and spine. Pick a suitcase with wheels and a handle for rolling.

Check Your Posture: Sitting for prolonged periods can strain the back and improper posture can make it even worse. To provide the most relief, make sure your spine is aligned against the back of the seat and the headrest is supporting the middle part of your head. Keep the shoulders straight and avoid rounding forward. Both feet should be firmly resting on the floor.

It’s All in the Legs: Keep your legs out in the extended position. The bent or flexed position leads may cause a blood clot to form in the leg veins. Make sure you get up and walk and stretch your legs and arms at least once an hour.

Read More Tips HERE

Posted in Back Pain, Chronic Pain, Health & Wellness

What to Eat for a Stronger Immune System


The right foods can prevent you from getting sick and help you recover quicker if you do fall ill. Here’s how to build a strong immune system and help your body fight off the bad guys.

You got sneezed on in the subway. Coughed on in the coffee shop. Your colleagues keep coming to work when they should be calling in sick. And your kids are bringing home illnesses you never even heard of. How the heck are you supposed to stay healthy?

It might seem like seasonal illness is out of your control. And, yeah, sometimes, sick happens. But you have more power than you think.

Your immune system is an incredible thing. The bacteria in your gut is actually a powerful army willing to fight on your behalf, but only if you feed them properly. And if you do get sick, certain foods can help you recover quicker. What you eat today can determine whether or not you get sick tomorrow.

Here’s how to build a strong immune system and help your body fight off the bad guys.

The immune system is your best line of defense.
OK, gang, it’s time to layer on the armor and bolster our defenses. (And I’m not just talking about scarves and winter coats, though those are probably good to have around too.) To stay healthy, energetic and sick-day-free, we have to strengthen our immune systems.

Here’s how the immune system works: Our body’s battle for immunity begins in the mouth. Bet you didn’t know that your saliva contains powerful antimicrobials like lysozyme, alpha-amylase and lactoferrin.

Any germs that sneak past those will confront our stomach’s hydrochloric acid.

Then, should they survive, they’ll go up against the proteins and chemical compounds in our digestive system that break down bad bacteria.

Finally, our own personal good bacterial population goes to work. They prevent bad bacteria from entering our bloodstream or taking root in our small intestine and colon. Those good bacteria are called probiotics. Think of them as an army against illness.

See more foods HERE

Posted in Health & Wellness, Natural Remedies, Techniques & Treatments

10 tips for healthy eating in the New Year

Feeling the bloat of a heavy Christmas, you’d be forgiven for ranting about how your New Year’s resolution is to cut back on excesses and have a healthier 2016.

So we’ve done a bit of research, drawing on sources including prominent food bloggers, the NHS and Weight Watchers to give you some simple tips on how to make this pledge to yourself a reality.

Get as much of your nutrition as possible from a variety of completely unprocessed foods.

It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day.

Don’t be put off, it’s easier than it sounds. A glass of unsweetened 100 per cent fruit juice can count as one portion, and vegetables cooked into dishes also count.

But you also want to get your nutrients from meat, fish, poultry and eggs that haven’t been processed. That is, when buying food, look for items that haven’t been been cooked, prepared or altered in any way.

Eat as much home-cooked food as possible

By cooking your own food you are able to avoid processed ingredients more easily. Processed foods typically have more calories and salt, not ideal for healthy living.

Some of these foods typically include bread, crisps, cookies, processed meats and ready meals.

Watch the salt

No surprises here: eating excessive salt can increase blood pressure.

And even if you don’t add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much. About three-quarters of the salt we eat is already in the food we buy, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. So watch out for those processed foods.

Cut back on saturated fats and sugar

While you need a little fat in your diet, it’s no secret that too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease. Saturated fat is found in many foods, such as hard cheese, cakes, biscuits, sausages, cream, butter, lard and pies.

Opt instead for unsaturated fats, such as vegetable oils, oily fish and avocados.

And cut down on sugary fizzy drinks, alcoholic drinks, sugary breakfast cereals, cakes, biscuits and pastries, which contain added sugar.

A typical guide is that more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g means that the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means that the food is low in sugar.

Read more healthy tips here

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