Is Michael Moore a genius, a troublemaker, a whistleblower, a crazed man, a brilliant filmmaker or all of the above? The opinions about Moore may vary but the premise of “Sicko” is considered universally legit: The American health care system is critically ill. Although there are 50 million Americans without health insurance, Moore’s film focuses primarily on the millions of people who dutifully pay their insurance premium each and every month, and when it comes time to draw upon the reserve, find themselves ensnarled in red tape. Moore takes aim at the insurance companies, health maintenance organizations and legislators who
Our pets love summer fun as much as we do. However, hot weather can create serious health hazards for our beloved pets. With a little planning and information, you can make this a fun, safe season for your four-legged friends. Bear in mind that dogs are not good at keeping themselves cool and they want to go everywhere you do, even if it’s too hot. It is up to you to use good judgment to protect your pet. Jogging is particularly dangerous in hot weather even if your dog is in good health. As the weather warms, humans alter the
You’ve decided to eat only organic foods and to eliminate red meat from your diet. In the interest of good health and nutrition, you get up early every Saturday morning and hit the organic market for the best and freshest foods available. Then you prepare them in your kitchen. Unfortunately, you may have some uninvited toxic guests in your kitchen who are trying to foil your efforts to stay healthy. For example, check out your pots and pans. They may look innocent enough but many are made with substances that can be harmful. Aluminum pots and pans can react with
A cool dip in the water is a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, for many people the benefits of the refreshing plunge are dampened (literally) by swimmer’s ear. The scientific name for the condition is otitis externa and it is typically caused by moisture in the ear from showers, shampooing or swimming. With frequent immersion, water swells the cells that line the ear canal. Eventually the cells pull apart far enough for the bacteria that are normally found on the surface of your ear canal to get underneath the skin, where the warm environment promotes bacteria growth.
While most people are all too familiar with the term “antibiotics” there are still many people who do not understand the critical role that probiotics play in maintaining optimum health. The term stems for the Greek phrase meaning “for life.” They are live microbial substances which improve intestinal balance and boost the immune system. Probiotics are commonly found in cultured dairy products but they are also available in supplement form. Thousands of years before it was possible to see bacteria with a microscope, people used tiny organisms to produce cultured dairy products such as cheese, sour cream and yogurt. Fermented