FitDC Coach Carrye Brown Looks to the Past for a Healthier Future

by Catherine McCarthy It was a history lesson that made D.C. resident and FitDC Coach Carrye Brown, 63, reconsider what she was eating. “Three years ago, I decided I wanted to know what the enslaved people ate in the Middle Passage,” says Brown, referring to the stage of the Atlantic slave trade where captives were taken by ship to North ... Read More »

Chinese Fruit Teas For Good ZZZs

by Tisha Claudia Lim Having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can be very distressing and tiring. According to Healthline and WedMD, insomnia could reduce immune functions and impair concentration on daily performance. Rather than relying on medications, there is a simpler and gentler remedy in treating insomnia—dried Longan-red dates herbal tea. Longan (also known as “dragon eye” in Chinese) ... Read More »

Calming and Soothing Chamomile

by Laina Poulokas Chamomile is a small daisy-like flowering plant. It grows aromatic, whole flowers with yellow centers. These flowers are the part of the plant that are typically used for their beneficial properties. Chamomile is helpful in dealing with a variety of ailments, but is especially useful in calming and soothing nervousness. A tea can be made from the ... Read More »

Natural Mood Boosters

Safe Alternatives to Antidepressants by Kathleen Barnes Depression darkens the world of the 16 percent of Americans diagnosed with clinical depression and the untold millions more that try to cope without a formal determination, according to a University of Colorado study published in Clinical Therapeutics. Just as daunting, an estimated 30 million Americans take prescription antidepressant drugs for premenstrual discomfort, ... Read More »

Bioceramic Dental Implants Are Here: Replacing Missing Teeth Now Safer than Ever

by Dr. Sammy Noumbissi A healthy, beautiful smile is an essential part of our appearance. Missing teeth can cause many problems, like not being able to eat essential foods like raw vegetables, nuts or fruits, as well as cause embarrassment that can make you withdraw from otherwise pleasant social or important business situations. Neglecting to replace missing teeth will lead ... Read More »

American Holistic Nurses Association Regional Conference

Holistic Self-Care: Your Secret Power for Enhancing Patient Care, a regional conference of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) will be held November 14 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants will learn about self-care and why it is essential to both personal thriving and quality patient care. The keynote speaker will ... Read More »

Fourth Annual Achieving Optimal Health Conference at Georgetown University

Live-Love-Breathe—is the motto for an upcoming conference, Achieving Optimal Health, to be held on October 24 at Georgetown University. If you are seeking a recipe for change and are ready to create a masterpiece: a life you love—you are encouraged to attend. At the Achieving Optimal Health Conference, health experts from around the country share their thoughts on how to ... Read More »

Early Puberty

The New Normal? by Kathleen Barnes 21st-century girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers. Many American girls today are experiencing budding breasts and pubic hair before they are 7 years old, according to the government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The threshold age has been steadily falling for decades, with the most dramatic ... Read More »

Tips for Sexual Health and Function at 60 and Beyond

By Mary Kendell Yes, contrary to popular beliefs, older folks do engage in sexual activity. In fact, a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that 20 to 30 percent of men and women stay sexually active well into their 80s. Data from the University of Chicago’s National Social Life, Health and Aging project (NSHAP) found that men and ... Read More »

Hypothyroidism – The Great Masquerader

by Dr. Sushma Hirani According to the American Thyroid Association, about 20 million Americans suffer from some kind of thyroid disease.  Moreover, a large number of them are unaware of their thyroid disorder. The thyroid gland controls the chemistry of every organ in the body. It is a walnut-sized gland that secretes the thyroid hormones necessary for energy production and ... Read More »