For optimum health, we need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each day. Unfortunately, millions of Americans consistently get less than 6 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, which harms their health and negatively impacts the economy. In a report published last November, researchers from RAND Corp., a non-profit group, found that this…

Spring officially starts next Monday, March 20. For those of us with the winter blues, this is a cause for celebration. After all, sunlight offers some significant benefits to our emotional and physical health. However, too much sunlight can increase the risk of skin cancer. In this blog, we examine sunlight’s effects on our health…

When we hug and embrace those that we love, a special kind of magic is released and exchanged.  It is a powerful and intimate moment that feels us with warmth, hope, and a profound sense of belonging.  For that moment in time we lose ourselves, our cares, our worries, and the past and the future…

It is interesting to note that, from a statistical perspective, the benefits of telehealth are most-often utilized by young, technology savvy men. It is true that 20-something men and women can benefit from telemedicine due to its cost and time saving benefits, but the demographic that could undoubtedly benefit the most from VideoMedicine is the…

The use of artificial dyes in food products has been a common practice since the days of ancient Egypt. As far back as 1500 B.C. substances such as red wine and mustard have been used to help improve the color of foods and fabrics, and the trade of such colors/herbs/dyes is a longstanding tradition. But…

Sometimes, momma knows best. Many of us had moments growing up when Mom prescribed a home remedy to better our health. Most remedies in the Valentine Household came from food. I can only assume this is because we were a big Italian family that loved to eat. Any excuse to enjoy ourselves a little more…

Hot foods were a hot topic for this interesting medical study. See what we did there? Experimental, or small population studies, over time have shown health benefits of spices and their bioactive ingredients. For example: Populations with a higher consumption of spices have a lower incidence of cancer. Bioactive agents of certain spices have shown beneficial roles…

The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stopped its study early to announce significant preliminary landmark findings. The findings state, “More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease, and lowers risk of death in a group of…

Once school begins after a long summer, parents have to focus less on feeding their kid’s attention span, and more on feeding their mind and bodies. Close to 32 million children rely on school meals every day. Many of these meals are counted on to supplement children with up to half of their daily calories. Your school’s…

The Summer of 2015 witnessed the explosion of a new buzzword/trend, “Dad Bod.” What is Dad Bod? We’ll let Urban Dictionary help us out. Dad Bod is a male body type that is best described as “softly round.” It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child,…