The statistics involving opiates and opioids in Connecticut are grim, and unless you’ve been paying attention, may be surprising: Our State has surpassed the national death rate for drug and opioid overdoses since 2013. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million persons in the United States died from drug overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The number of prescriptions for some of these medications has increased dramatically since the early 1990s. A … [Read More...]
Moving beyond molds, dust, food and plant-based allergens that we ingest or inhale – especially in the spring and early summer – another entire allergy realm exists . . . and the culprits are likely to be dangling from our ears or adorning our wrists, fingers or other body parts.
Allergies to metals that we wear or come into contact with regularly are extremely common, and often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Women tend to wear more jewelry and suffer in higher numbers, but men are far from … [Read More...]
The wide variety of mouth-watering fresh fruit and vegetables this time of year is astounding. The produce sections in grocery stores are overflowing with colorful, ripe options that are attractive to our eyes and palettes, and farm stands and markets surround us, typically offering just-picked alternatives and luscious offerings that remind us why we love living in New England. But whether you purchase your fresh zucchini, peaches, corn or lettuce off the back of a pickup truck or at your … [Read More...]
Experts tell us it is important to occasionally turn off and restart our cell phones, computers, and “smart” TVs. This refreshes memory and allows system updates to download and install. Similarly, when we sleep, our bodies self-regulate, refurbishing depleted nutrients, switching focus to other parts of our brains, and promoting metabolic changes that help replenish and strengthen us.
Knowing this to be true, doesn’t it make sense that taking a vacation from work is just as vital for keeping … [Read More...]
While the debate about the use of medical marijuana continues unabated at the state and federal levels, 24 U.S. states (plus the District of Columbia), including Connecticut, have legalized the use of cannabis and its cannabinoids for medicinal purposes for treating a variety of conditions. Use must be approved by a Connecticut-licensed physician, who must write a prescription that only can be filled at a licensed dispensary using products produced locally by a handful of State-approved … [Read More...]
Some days, there’s more of the Sleepy Dwarf in us than we’d care to admit. Beyond the excuse of extremely active weekends and occasional late nights, we’ve gotten too used to feeling fatigued. We drag ourselves to work, school and activities with the promise that, next weekend – or when we take that last exam, get through this big project, or finish the season – we’ll get some much-needed sleep. But how much IS enough? Is five or six hours a night really cutting it for us?
The answer, for … [Read More...]
Think about the years before wearing seat belts in automobiles was mandatory. Thousands of U.S. adults and children got seriously hurt or killed every year in car accidents, but that wasn’t enough to change behaviors. Safety officials and physicians advised people to install and use these restraints, and national legislation requiring mandatory seat belt installation in cars was passed in 1968. Still, it took until 1984 before the first state laws were passed requiring people to actually wear … [Read More...]
These past several years have seen a significant shift to more cost sharing between employers and employees. Specifically, the trend has been to higher-deductible plans, increased co-pays and revamping traditional POS, PPO and HMO coverage in favor of health savings accounts and related plans designed to help employees and their families manage their health and the cost of care. The good news is that this evolution is helping to control the annual cost of employee premiums for many members, but … [Read More...]
Let’s face it, most of us push ourselves too hard and burn the candle at both ends -- as well as in the middle. We work a ton, chase the kids and animals, and prowl the grocery store at night. We run around days and weekends, go out for adult play, stay up late, and simply don’t get enough sleep.
Of course we’re tired. Even if we try to eat healthfully, exercise regularly and get better-than-average sleep, fatigue may set in. It could be stress related, a nutritional deficiency, or poor sleep … [Read More...]
When we were kids, pedometers were pretty cool . . . right up there with Dick Tracy two-way communication wristwatches, which weren’t real, but we knew they would be, some day. That day came and went with a yawn – people (the Boomers) really didn’t care that much. But then millennials took over the world, geeky became trendy, mobile phones changed our universe irrevocably, and personal fitness took center stage. So the marketing wizards figured out how to put chic back on our wrist and in our … [Read More...]