Getting the Right Athletic Shoes

March 23rd, 2012

One of the first steps you can take in protecting yourself from injury during exercise is to chose the right pair of athletic shoes. Your everyday shoes aren’t designed to provide the proper support or stability to keep your feet cushioned from discomfort no matter the athletic activity. For instance, if you are looking for shoes to play racketball or basketball, you want to find a pair with the right type of sole, one that has proper shock absorption and flexibilty. Conversely field sports such as socker or football require cleats or spikes, as well as a cushioned insert to help. You don’t want any of your shoes to have too much room inside as the shoes moving will increase friction and could lead to blisters.

Learn More Here: http://news.yahoo.com/health-tip-choosing-athletic-shoes-120205738.html

Dr. Alan Weidner
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More Evidence Against Tanning Beds

March 21st, 2012

Last year the State of California banned the use of tanning beds for people under 18 years of age. This was in response to the increased medical evidence that tanning beds increase the risk of skin cancer for any age. A study out of Harvard just added to the pile of scientific research against the use of tanning beds. This study showed that women who used the beds at least four times a year were significantly more likely to develop skin carcinoma. Each additional usage increases the likelyhood, infact by the time you’ve used it 7 times a year, the likelyhood has increased to 73%.

Learn More Here: http://news.yahoo.com/more-evidence-links-tanning-beds-skin-cancer-study-011213890.html

Dr. Alan Weidner
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Turn Off the TV

March 20th, 2012

It isn’t uncommon for people to get home from a long day at work to simply sit down and veg-out in front of the television. The hope is that this lack of activity will allow one to relax and unwind. While this relaxation may be possible, there are other, more healthy, alternatives to TV. For instance, taking a stroll around your neighborhood or local park can not only allow you to get fresh air and exercise, but you can also enjoy the scenery of the season. Perhaps you can end that walk at a friends house to visit and catch-up. Look around you for other techniques that will add to your health as well as your relaxation.

Learn More Here: http://news.yahoo.com/health-tip-skip-tv-active-120205870.html

Dr. Alan Weidner
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Should You Be Taking Selenium?

March 6th, 2012

If you walk down the health aisle of your local grocery store you will likely be overwhelmed by the numerous quantities of health supplements. If you walk into a health supplement store, you will be even more overwhelmed. One of the recent increases has been in the number of people taking selenium supplements. If your body is lacking in this supplement, you will want to get more in your system as it has been shown to help with prevention for some forms of cancer, as well as infections of the bladder and lungs. However, taking too much selenium can increase your chances of type 2 diabetes. As always, before you add a supplement to your daily regime, check with your pharmacist for any possible reactions that can occur with your medications.

Learn More Here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242381.php

Dr. Alan Weidner
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Picking the Right Fitness Ball

February 29th, 2012

For many years fitness balls have been available for public purchase. Several fitness plans use the fitness balls within their exercise programs to help with balance and strengthening of what are often referred to as the ‘core’ muscles, essentially your back muscles and abdominal muscles. But before you simply get the prettiest fitness ball, or the cheapest, take a little time and make sure you are getting the correct size for you. A ball that is too big or too small can cause as many problems as using the right ball can solve. A simple way to test is to make sure that when you are seated on the ball, your knees form a right angle with your feet flat on the floor.

Learn More Here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/health-tip/HT00229/rss=6

Dr. Alan Weidner
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The Many Benefits of Vitamin D

February 27th, 2012

Hopefully by now everyone knows how important vitamin D is to the body. While your body can make vitamin D through exposure in the sun to UV rays, you can also supplement your vitamin D through vitamin enriched foods, such as milk. While it has been long known how important vitamin D is to the immunse system, recent studies have shown how important it is to the inflammatory cascade in your body. Having an adequate amount of Vitamin D helps signal your body when it needs to release protiens to help with inflammation. Quite often patients with asthma, arthritis and prostate cancer suffer from low levels of Vitamin D, if you experience any of these, you may want to find supplements to your typical sun exposure.

Learn More Here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242123.php

Dr. Alan Weidner
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How Effective is a Cold Water Bath for Your Muscles?

February 21st, 2012

Many professional sporting facilities contain cold water baths; large metal tubs that are filled with water and topped with ice where the athletes can soak their bodies after a game or a difficult practice. The theory behind the cold water bath is an effort to reduce the swelling of muscles through use and the resulting stiffness that is the latter result. While not everyone can have access to a cold water immersion tub, there are other things you can do at home to help with your muscle soreness. For instance, try a cool water tub in your own bathroom, or use compression stockings. Check out the linked article for more information.

Learn More Here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/241916.php

Dr. Alan Weidner
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Consider Your Neck Pain

February 7th, 2012

Neck pain is not uncommon, in fact, nearly 80% of people in the U.S. will experience neck pain at some point, but before you simply dismiss your pain as being caused by sleeping in a funny position, you should take a quick inventory of possible other causes for your pain. For instance, if you have recently experienced an injury of some kind you shouldn’t ignore the pain, even if it doens’t occur until a day later.

“Neck pain can stem from a variety of factors and conditions, from injury to a soft-tissue abnormality. Most cases resolve on their own, but some require immediate diagnosis and treatment. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this list of warning signs that you should call a doctor: If you have severe pain stemming from an injury caused by a fall or car accident. If your neck pain feels like it extends into the legs or arms. If your pain is persistent and continuous. If the pain is accompanied by tingling or weakness, numbness or headache.”

Learn More Here: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=153438

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Picking the Proof From the Theories

January 24th, 2012

We are now into the fourth week of the new year, and I would hope that everyone has started to see results from their hard work of excercise and dieting. If you haven’t, and are considering trying a different or a new program, make sure you don’t take the decision lightly. Too often people invest a large amount of money into starting a diet and exercise regime and don’t look too closely and real results, rather they take the superficial claims of extreme results as the reality for all participants. Pick a diet that will provide a healthy weight loss with balanced nutrition.

“No one wants to start an exercise or nutrition program where the success rate is zero. Yet a lot of people invest their time and money in programs without knowing anything about their effectiveness. If you’re looking for results, only commit to a program that can prove it actually works.”

Learn More Here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/nutrition-coaching/01/prweb9096229.htm

Dr. Alan Weidner
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Does Your Vacuum Cleaner Affect Your Health?

January 19th, 2012

A lot of money is spent in finding ways to eliminate allergies, or at least, limit the amount of allergens present in the home. One of the ways people fight back is by using vacuum cleaners to remove allergens, such as dust, from the home. The problem is, that many vacuums don’t eliminate the allergens, rather they spit them back out through the filter. This goes even for the vacuums that are supposed to remove 99% of the allergens from the air, in fact, the study showed only a small percent difference between the special filters and the regular ones.

“All released some bacteria, dust, and allergens back into the air. Newer and more expensive vacuum cleaners generally caused less indoor air pollution than older, cheaper models, the study showed. Vacuums with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters released only slightly lower levels of dust and bacteria than vacuums that did not use these special filters. HEPA filters are supposed to remove 99.9% of the pollen, animal dander, and even bacteria from the air.”

Learn More Here: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=153394

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