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How Your Kids’ Heavy Backpacks are Harming their Back

As we prepare for the new school season, it is wise to consider the effects that heavy backpacks may have on the health of our children. A well-constructed backpack with two adjustable wide padded straps and a length of no more than four inches below the child's waistline are just a few basic prerequisites for backpack safety, but the ultimate weight carried on the back of the child should also be a major consideration.

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Topics: Child Health Care, Pain, Chiropractic Care

The Ins and Outs of ObamaCare

You have probably heard the term “Obama Care” used on and off for the last few years, but do you know what ObamaCare is and how it will affect you? The problem for many people is that there has been so much information out there, that it is difficult to determine fact from fiction, and know exactly what is included in the official program. Below is some great information about the ins and outs of ObamaCare and to help you determine how the passage of this health care reform will affect you personally.

 

What Is Obama Care?

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Topics: Family Practice, Insurance, Williams IntegraCare

Coconut Oil: Fact vs. Myth

The continual research on the health benefits of coconut oil has confirmed and helped explain the claims of traditional and alternative health experts that the coconut, as well as its derivative products, contain astonishing properties that many consider it worthy of the title "superfood." Below are a few interesting and informative aspects of coconut oil, check it out!

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Holistic Health

What is the DMR Method?

When you tell your kids they are being a pain in the neck, you may not be exaggerating as much as you think. Bending to help your children eat, bathe, go the bathroom, get dressed, pick up their toys, color a photo, clean a scrape and search for monsters under their bed can take a toll on your body.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care

What is Omega 3 and Why Should It Be in Your Diet?

Omega fatty acids have recently become a popular subject of study by scientists and nutritionists. Since 1989, when cholesterol was linked to heart disease, science has put much energy into understanding the subtleties of various kinds of fat and their functions within the body. Of the various types of fat, the omegas are the only group considered essential for bodily function.

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Food

Choose Summer Shoes That are Good for Your Feet (and Your Body)

Many people look forward to celebrating the season of sun by liberating their feet from the hot and sweaty boots and shoes of winter, and indeed, there are benefits from wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe and bathe in sunshine. However, when shopping for one's summer sandals, it should be kept in mind that some choices are certainly wiser than others.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care

How to Identify Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Gluten intolerance is gaining importance and attention. This is a health condition that affects more people than most realize. It may be the source behind various ongoing health and weight related conditions that have gone unchecked. There are a few things about gluten intolerance that you need to understand, including symptoms, before making the necessary dietary changes that will improve your health.

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Topics: Allergies, Diet, Food

July is National Blueberry Month: 7 Health Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries are often referred to as one of the world’s healthiest foods. Several studies have been conducted on this super-food and results show that the high level of antioxidants benefits the body in many ways. The following list shows seven health benefits of blueberries.


1. High Level of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes found in some healthy foods that counteract the damaging effects of free radical damage to the cellular structure in the body. In layman’s terms, they fight things like environmental damage and damage caused by lifestyle choices to keep us healthy and strong. Blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants found in foods. This means they help ward off infection and diseases such as cancer, and even improve brain function and much, much more. 

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Topics: Diet, Food

6 Summer Safety Tips for Kids Fun & Your Peace of Mind

Summer is full of opportunities to have fun and enjoy the great outdoors. However, it is also a time when many accidents happen, so it’s important to use safe practices when working or playing in the summer weather. The following summer safety tips for kids will help ensure your child has a fun, yet safe, summer season.


1. Use Safety Equipment at all Times

Whether your child is riding a bike or swimming in the lake, it is important to use helmets or life jackets at all times. You never know when something might happen and being protected ahead of time will help avoid injury or even death. 

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Topics: Child Health Care, Safety, Food

Properly Prepare Your Body with these 8 Marathon Training Tips

Preparing your body and mind for a marathon is an arduous task.  However, it’s made much easier with proper planning and a solid schedule.  While you may think that you just need to get up and start running everyday to train, here are eight very important marathon training tips to follow as you aim for the finish line.

Tip 1:  Visit a Doctor for a Physical

It is always a smart idea to make a visit to a trusted doctor for a thorough physical.  Be sure your doctor understands the stresses your body will go through before and during a marathon.  Getting the “all clear” from your physician will ensure that your training and execution of the marathon is within your body’s ability.

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Topics: Sports Healthcare, Exercise