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Complementary Medicine: Is it for You?

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Complementary medicine is used together with mainstream medical care. An example, according to the National Institutes of Health, is using acupuncture to help with side effects of cancer treatment. When health care providers and facilities offer both types of care, it is called integrative medicine.

Complementary medicine is growing in the U.S. Americans spend about $34 billion annually on treatments such as acupuncture and herbal supplements, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Read More

Probiotics: Can They Improve Health?

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Probiotics are touted as a way to ensure good health – but what are they and should you be taking them? Probiotics are tiny living bacteria and yeasts that are found naturally in your body, mainly in your digestive system. Our bodies contain trillions of “good” or “helpful” and sometimes “bad” or “harmful” bacteria. Probiotics are considered the good guys and can help you stay healthy.

“Probiotics are particularly important for maintaining normal bowel function, good digestive and oral health and keeping the immune system strong,” says Bruce Eisendorf, M.D., a Palo Alto Medical Foundation family medicine doctor. Read More

Top Tips for Good Health

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There are simple ways you can help keep your body and mind healthy. How many are you doing already? See these tips from Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctors for good health. It can be a checklist for you, or a conversation starter for you and your family and your health care team, to determine goals and wellness steps that are specific to you.

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Tips for a Healthier Living Environment

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With warnings about environmental hazards and harmful chemicals in the daily news, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by potential health threats. Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatrician Paul Protter, M.D., offers these simple steps you can take to help create a safer and healthier environment for your family.

How can I make my home healthier for my family? Read More

Give Yourself the Gift of Mindfulness

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Why give yourself the gift of mindfulness?

“Mindfulness invites you to notice when you’re being pulled into past regrets or future worries and return to where you actually are, in the present moment,” says Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., a psychologist who teaches mindfulness classes  at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the author of the book 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem.”

“How often do we miss out on everyday events or special times because we’re daydreaming, obsessing, judging or worrying. Being aware of the present moment that mindfulness cultivates, shifts your focus from what’s wrong to what’s not wrong – one of the many “presents” of mindfulness.”

Marotta offers these five tips to give yourself the gift of mindfulness: Read More

Flu Facts and Fiction

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Each year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu (influenza) and more than 200,000 end up in hospital due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To stay healthy, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receives a flu vaccine. However, when it comes to the flu, several myths and tales persist. Test your flu facts and fiction knowledge with this quiz from the CDC. Read More