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Why Your Pet Loves Your Grounding Mat (+ The Health Benefits Of Having A Pet)

    Does your pet fear thunderstorms or fireworks or other loud noises? Does your pet ever feel anxious or show signs of nervous energy?  You know, excessive licking, panting, barking, pacing, trembling? You might want to get them grounded.  A huge thank you to Scott Nixon, in Oldsmar, Florida, who noticed that his dog is fearful during thunderstorms, and found this article: Why Are Dogs Afraid Of Thunderstorms? In the article, chief scientific officer at the Center for Canine Behavior Studies Nick Dodman suggests that static build up that occurs in your pet’s coat of hair, and the resultant shocks …

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Your Ultimate Guide To A New Year, New You & A New Metabolism

      It’s no secret that one of the most popular New Years resolutions of all time is to lose weight. In my medical opinion, losing weight is not about reducing calorie intake, and it’s not honestly even predominately about what you eat at all. Although making nutrient dense food choices is a crucial part of your long term health, the type of weight gain I see most commonly is actually driven by stress. A combination of poor sleep, high cortisol levels, and a decrease in metabolism all combine to make losing weight, or even staying at the same …

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Heart Disease In Women As A Response To Trauma

  Today I have a very interesting new study to share with you, published just this year on March 17, 2021 in JAMA Cardiology. Most studies on heart disease focus on the male population, so this one really caught my eye — specifically focusing on the link between heart disease in women with a history of trauma. Looking at almost 400,000 women, researchers identified women diagnosed with PTSD and matched them to age and cardiovascular risk correlated female controls with no history of PTSD. They then looked at ischemic heart disease outcomes, including new onset coronary artery disease, angina or …

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Trying To Shed Your Quarantine Weight Gain? 8 Unusual Tips That Will Ensure Success

      Most people have gained a bit of weight as a result of social distancing for the past month or two. With gyms, YMCAs, and most indoor exercise facilities shut down, and even outdoor public spaces like hiking trails, bike paths, beaches, pools, and more shut down, it’s likely that your activity level decreased and your weight increased. It’s okay. Me too. But not only is it actually a good idea to gain a few pounds during a pandemic (see #3 on the list below if you need proof) I’ve got a fantastic list of actionable tips taken …

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Two Years Ago Today I Was Headed Into An Operating Room

    Exactly two years ago, I ignored a growing, intense pain in my abdomen for about 24 hours, because I felt that I could not afford to take a break from all the work I had to do.     Only when I was passing out from the pain did I have to be strapped into an ambulance and rushed into surgery because my appendix had ruptured. I ignored it and ignored it until I was in a life threatening situation. That was so dumb of me. I wish I could say two years later I was working less …

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Sauna + Grounding = A Win-Win Combo To Boost Your Health All Winter Long

  The weather is getting unbearably cold for me, so I thought today I would share with you what I do whenever it’s too cold to ground outside and too cold to go outside to exercise: I head to my local YMCA and sit in the sauna to reap very similar benefits to exercising, but without the risk of slipping on dangerous ice or feeling my lungs burn from the frigidly cold air Then immediately after my sauna session, I am warm enough to embrace grounding outside for a few blessed moments while I cool down. It’s win-win! Let me …

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It’s Never Too Late To Extend Your Life Just By Getting Active

    Dammit. Now none of us have any excuse to not exercise.     All my life I hated exercising in the traditional sense — I loved playing soccer in school and I loved chasing after my kids as a mom and I love going on long walks after dinner as a middle aged adult… it’s not that I mind being active… but as far as an exercise program, I never could stick to it. Yoga classes, pilates classes, step aerobics classes, running, biking, even trying out a personal trainer… I could just never stick with it because I …

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