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  • The best clean, effective sunscreens

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Protecting our skin is just as important as protecting our internal and mental health. Which products are on my current and favorite clean sunscreen list? We'll get to that soon. First, let's talk basics. What is clean sunscreen? In my opinion, it's a brand that cares and values human health and the planet. The ingredients are transparent, easy to understand (no dictionary needed), has minimal ingredients, and does not harm your body. The assumption is many non-clean brands...

  • United States food recalls protect our health

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated May 9, 2024

    Another day – another food recall. It seems like we are constantly hearing about more and more food recalls. This is something we have seen affecting the majority of the states and products that have been distributed through both grocery stores and big box wholesale companies. Due to the number of recalls, it’s beginning to impact the wider population. This news can bring about a wide range of emotions. Are you becoming weary with fear, stress, concern, or is your mind filled with the question – why? An expert in the field...

  • What does a lymphatic drainage massage feel like?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 17, 2024

    Understanding the technique: Benefits and process You know when your toothpaste tube is running low and you squeeze it to get every last bit out? The maneuvers with your hands are intentional, directing the "flow" of toothpaste, and to get every last bit, you have to be systematic. The process of a lymphatic drainage massage is kind of like that. Lymphatic drainage is a powerful and multi-faceted technique. On top of that it's a unique experience. The technique is "used to...

  • Trifecta of chronic pain, stress, and anxiety is impairing health

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    Treating patients with chronic pain on a daily basis, Hana Doustar, offers her expertise, approach, and advice to individuals living with chronic pain and anxiety, as well as combating stress. The top three root causes of pain she sees firsthand? 1 – "Headaches from stress related to work (hours staring at computers) 2 – Injuries from car accidents 3 – Back pain from emotional ailments" When asked what percentage of people she sees that have developed anxiety based on pain, sh...

  • Learning to be 'mindful'

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    The course I took focused on utilizing mindfulness when in stressful situations such as relationships, work, medical pain, panic, and general anxiety. I signed up for an eight-week series of classes. Each class varied a bit and participation was necessary. We had homework, which included writing down times during the day when we felt different emotions and the circumstances surrounding them. We wrote down what we ate, if we ate it mindfully, notes on the texture, taste, and...

  • How healthy is your milk?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    I'll cut to the chase – likely very questionable. Do yourself a favor. Turn your milk container around. It doesn't matter if you drink whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, or cashew milk. Turn it around. Look at the ingredients. If it seems: You can't pronounce them Have no idea what they are, or It's a tremendously long list (just for milk) It may be time to re-evaluate your weekly milk purchase choice. Milk is not just milk anymore. What was delivered to our parents or g...

  • What is the pain scale?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 25, 2024

    You've been asked this question before. Where do you rate your pain on a scale from 1-10? Do you know what each number means? It's confusing but clarity will soon be yours. Most medical facilities use the Stanford Pain Scale (1-10) as a reference guide. Pain tolerance is subjective. This is how the scale is generally explained: Pain level: 0 – You are not experiencing any pain at all. 1 – You are having an occasional mild pain, but it doesn't have much effect on you. 2 – Y...

  • Food carries health risks

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jan 11, 2024

    Did you ever stop to think that every bite of food you eat comes with its own set of health risks? Given that studies have indicated we spend a little over one hour a day eating – isn't it worth educating yourself on best practices, as well as tuning in to how restaurants approach crafting your meals? What you put in your mouth today has gone through several stages: It has been grown, watered, touched, picked, lugged, transported, refrigerated, frozen, prepped, cleaned, c...

  • Simple blood test reveals dangerous disorder

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2021

    Top-notch cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen, recognized as one of Time Magazine's World's Most Influential People, has a suggestion that may help add years to your life. A seldom-used simple blood test, which reveals genetic destiny, can reveal whether an individual is at high risk or not for cardiovascular disease. To demonstrate how under-used this test is, "Only one percent out of 1.4 billion people in the world who have this disorder know they have it," said Nissen. "Most...

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    Histamine Intolerance is worth looking into

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    There are many chronic conditions that still aren't getting as much recognition as they warrant from the medical community. Some doctors question the reality of the existence of these afflictions. One of those is Histamine Intolerance (HIT). This condition presents itself more predominantly in persons with gastrointestinal disorders, and if you are an individual affected by it, you are in no doubt how real it is. Symptoms include diarrhea, headache, runny nose, watering eyes,...

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    Droopy eyelids, trouble swallowing could be Myasthenia Gravis

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated May 19, 2021

    Many health conditions have trademark symptoms. Droopy eyelids, trouble with eye movements, and difficulty swallowing are some of the ones associated with the autoimmune disease known as Myasthenia Gravis. Between "40,000 and 60,000 people are thought to have Myasthenia Gravis in the United States," said Dr. Payam Soltanzadeh, who specializes in neurology and neuromuscular medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center. Soltanzadeh said the condition is...

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    The test that "best measures fatigue"

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Apr 21, 2021

    Many medical conditions cause patients to feel significant, ongoing fatigue. In some cases, the fatigue is so profound that it is disabling and the individual can no longer perform everyday chores or the work they have depended on for their livelihood. Workwell Foundation provides disability evaluations for individuals with fatigue-related illnesses. The foundation focuses on research concerning the functional aspects of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome to...

  • Veterans exposed to toxins have another battle after war

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Feb 24, 2021

    A large number of our U.S. military troops are deployed internationally during wartime to protect America's interests. Little did many know that after stepping up to serve their country, they would have another battle to fight. This battle unfortunately can be more difficult to win. Dr. Nancy Klimas, who is the director of Clinical Immunology Research at Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center, works routinely with veterans who have been exposed to dangerous toxins which have...

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    Firing a doctor can lead to better health

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to Village News|Updated Jan 27, 2021

    There may come a time when it's necessary to fire a doctor to achieve your best health. The right doctor may not be the convenient one five minutes down the road from your home. It may not be the one that everyone else thinks is the best in town. Having a feeling of solid trust in your doctor is what is important. For those who have a specific, recurring condition, it is typically a quality specialty network that is the key to the best possible health. Not all medical groups...

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    Do you love wine? Does it love you?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Dec 23, 2020

    Americans love wine. They love it so much that wine consumption has nearly doubled in the U.S. in the past 25 years. A glass of wine is viewed by many to be the perfect accompaniment to a special meal. However, many people have experienced unwelcome symptoms from the histamines found in many wines. Researcher Dr. David Meadows has provided some valuable insight on this topic. Meadows explained that histamine is "one compound in a broad class of biogenic amines that trigger...

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    Medical expert says, 'We are living in a very toxic society'

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Dec 2, 2020

    In regards to one's health, it's common to have an understanding of family medical history and whether or not you are living a healthy lifestyle. But how aware are you of the chemical content in the food you ingest day after day? Weighing in on this topic is Dr. Nancy Klimas, who has advised three Secretaries of Health and Human Services serving the United States. Klimas received international recognition for her research and clinical work in multi-symptom disorders....

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    Understanding chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines and 'brain fog'

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to Village News|Updated Nov 4, 2020

    Everyone knows what it feels like to be tired. But what if you seem to always be tired, extremely tired, day after day, even after a good night's sleep? Could it be that you have chronic fatigue syndrome? Dr. Nancy Klimas, the director of the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, specializes in myalgic encephalomyelitis – chronic fatigue syndrome. She explained the debilitating condition, which commonly results in migraines, "brain fog" and o...