Which vitamins and supplements, if any, are worth actually taking on a regular basis? No snow-flaky details here, just a regular, out-of-shape, delivery food-eating, occasional exerciser who sits in an office all day. [more inside]
My work has a use-it-or-lose-it "health and wellness" benefit that I need to use up before EOY. What things (especially biking related) can I spend it on? [more inside]
I've had health issues my entire life. I'm approaching my mid twenties and it's time to accept the fact that I'll likely never be 100% healthy. How do I do this? [more inside]
One of my oldest friends just died and I'm feeling serious Crohn's pain starting to creep up again, threatening my remission. Everything in my life right now is stressful and exhausting, and I know that if I do nothing I will have a full-bore flair on my hands by thanksgiving. I need help finding a health resort/ wellness retreat on the East Coast - optimally between DC and Boston. My wealthy uncle says money is no object, so my only real stipulation is somewhere that isn't too scary/isolated for a young woman alone. [more inside]
I watch many people who I care a lot about suffer from depression. I would sincerely do anything to help them, and do whatever I can think of: conversations, little notes and random texts, hanging out, offering help with thinking through options if they want it, etc. But, as someone who is lucky to not have 'been there', it's hard to know when I'm crossing a line and what's really needed. In fact, I think most of my efforts translate to "I know you mean well, but..." even though I'm also one of the few people these friends go to when things get bad. On top of worrying and trying to help, I also spend (probably too much) time thinking about what they're going through and what would be most helpful. It's exhausting for me and stressful, but it's personally not an option not to care. I end up internalizing this stuff and it affects my normal activities, even though at the end of the day, I'm not the one suffering. I want to be as good a friend and resource as possible to these people I truly care about and also want to avoid falling victim to anxiety or depression myself because of it. Any tips from either the 'been there' - depressed and knows what's helpful - perspective or the sincerly-caring-friend side of this equation would be much appreciated. Thanks.
I'm a newish mom who works from home. Mini-me sleeps through the night and we get plenty of rest, but I'm still utterly exhausted every day and it seems to be getting worse. I know it's time to start getting more exercise (I work from home now so I feel like I'm just on my butt all day every day) but I need delicious facts to convince my brain to go to the damn gym already. What type of exercise should I be doing and how long do I have to do it before I start to see an improvement in my energy levels?
My mom just had her third surgery to repair hip tendons and its expected that she will not be able to go anywhere without 2 crutches for 6-8 weeks. Besides limiting mobility, it also means that she won't be able to cook for some time--her lifelong passion and joie de vivre, besides plants. If she were nearby i would go spend time with her, but she's across the Atlantic (France, I'm in the US). I'm trying to think of ways to cheer her up, make life easier, ease the tedium. [more inside]
A few years ago I attended a talk on women's wellness in which the speaker referred to the idea that in our male-dominated society, work quality/style is considered superior when the work is cranked out regularly (in the way that men produce sperm all day long), whereas a feminine perspective would be more cyclical (as in the menstrual cycle), with production of work involving periods of contemplation/incubation and rest and less volume of production. Does anyone know the origin or source for this concept? I don't think it was the speaker's original idea. [more inside]
Program, app or software to keep track of our company's health and wellness, incentive and benefits program? [more inside]
Stress is starting to hurt me. What can I do? How can I dramatically reduce stress in my life? And/or take a budget vacation? [more inside]
What are your favorite credible alternative health blogs and websites? I'm particularly interested in those sites that critically draw upon existing research, less interested in those that are attached to really fringy political or philosophical approaches or other weirdness. [more inside]
I have a few questions about vitamins and supplements. Does anybody have any experience with Calcium/Magnesium/Vitamin D & B-Complex improving anxiety and mood? And, can anybody recommend a joint-health supplement for a puppy with a genetic tendency towards hip dysplaysia? [more inside]
Recommendations for quality health newsletter? [more inside]
What should I spend $100 by the end of the year to help me lose weight? [more inside]
Alright, so it's cold/flu/etc season and my roommate brought home a package of Emergen-c. He welcomed me to it, so I figured what the heck, I'll take a look at it. Then I noticed it says you can take it post-workout, which spiked my interest because I'm a self-described 'gym bum.' [more inside]
My fingers hurt and I'm too young for arthritis! I've been working in the tech/construction field for 3-4 months now and my hands are killing me. I like this job and want to keep doing it. I also want to be able to play guitar in 20 years. What can I do? [more inside]
What I'm looking for are the dumbest current ideas to lose weight and look good. Not for me. For work.
Is there a website devoted to crazy beauty, health and wellness treatments? [more inside]
Anyone have any interesting medical or health-related rental ideas? I'm interested in starting a local rental business, and am researching ideas. Considering people are living longer, with more conditions and disability, any interesting ideas for a rental business?
First-ever visit to the gynecologist approaching, and I'm kind of nervous. What should I expect? [more inside]
I am interested to hear about opinions about the health and wellness industry and potential jobs. I have been in corp. america for almost 10 years and tired of the inability to help and make a difference in peoples lives. [more inside]
Am I turning into a hypochondriac? [more inside]
Do Bananas constipate or do they do the opposite? My daughter needs to eat foods that make stool soft. Some people have told me to feed her bananas and others say to stay away from them. Which is the truth? My daughter is five years old. [more inside]
How do knees stay healthy? [more inside]
How can I reach potential clients and new avenues for my health business? Would love specific suggestions for online networks, writing and speaking opportunities, and individual consultations. My business revolves around holistic health, life coaching, homeopathy, and intuitive skills. [more inside]
I need to lose the weight I gained while I was pregnant ASAP, any suggestions?? [more inside]
We just painted our one-year old son's bedroom two days ago. Is it safe to let him sleep there tonight? Will the fumes give him headaches? (The new paint stench is still vaguely present, although my wife says she doesn't notice it at all. I'd like to hear from any pediatricians out there, if possible.)
VitaminFilter: I am a reasonably healthy male in my twenties, and I take a regular old Centrum multivitamin every day. My current huge container is almost empty, and before I buy another one, I'm wondering if there's something better. Is there really any difference between the various brands of multivitamins? Is there a brand better suited for someone my age? I have access to Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Trader Joes, etc., if that helps.