Occupational Burnout. Are we targeting the wrong side of the causal pathway?

September 3, 2013

  As you wind down from the Labor Day barbecues, last days at the neighborhood pool, and comment on how fast yet another summer has flown by, many of you are already thinking about the 4-day workweek that lies ahead. Depending on how seriously you embraced the meaning of Labor Day, like taking every moment […]

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Wanna get high?

August 28, 2013

As a curious (and, often naïve) teenager, I can remember being shocked at how a small amount of powder, pill, or plant had the potent ability to transform someone’s mood. Melancholy to euphoria in minutes was the idea. As an athlete, I was fortunate to find that this feeling could be achieved through exercise, and without […]

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Chronic Stress: The Body’s Stress Response Part 2

August 6, 2013

Last time, we uncovered the story of the stress response in the acute condition, and sorted out the tightly regulated process that ensues throughout the body during an emergency. From increasing metabolic demand to turning on a certain branch of the nervous system (fight or flight response), stress has played a powerful role in human […]

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Fight or Flight: The Body’s Stress Response Part 1

June 22, 2013

Like any system, it’s important to first understand how it was meant to function before really appreciating how it breaks down. The stress-response is a perfect example of a system that was originally intended for short-term emergencies, but has now morphed into a system that constantly bears the burdens of our daily hassles. Let’s run […]

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Burn Baby Burn: The Truth About Lactic Acid and Exercise

June 1, 2013

Lactic Acid, it’s likely that most of us have heard of it—whether it was from a 1980’s Richard Simmons aerobics tape or from your personal trainer last week. The fitness industry has tossed this term around for years to describe the infamous “burn” during a workout. We were told that during intense exercise, lactic acid […]

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Brazilians and Man-scaping: a recipe for infection?

March 5, 2013

For many, spring break vacations call for swimsuits and extreme body-grooming. Gone are the days of “au natural”. Instead, individuals are getting rid of everything (yep, everything). And, it’s not just women; men are now buying into these services too and coining the new terms “man-scaping” and “mankini”. However, here is a caution to all the “bare-it-all” […]

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Licking the Salt Habit: When it May Have Started and What You Can Do About it.

February 26, 2013

You’re at the movies, waiting in line at the concession stand. What’s it going to be? The salty bag of popcorn or the Sour Patch Kids, or no wait…how about those savory Reece’s Pieces? Evidence says some will go for the salty popcorn every time.  What is it about taste preferences that make some people […]

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Zombie by Day, Owl by Night–Why sleeping preference may be problematic for your waistline.

February 19, 2013

Ever wonder where the terms lark and night owl came from? If you were to ask someone whether or not they would prefer to wake up at 6 AM, it’s likely they will answer with a definitive yes or no. This difference in sleep preference has to do with what scientists call our biological clock. […]

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Monogamy: How it all started…maybe.

February 12, 2013

Sergey Gavrilets, a professor and mathematician at the University of Tennessee, published an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In his research, he uses mathematical modeling to predict the transition from promiscuity to pair-bonding in humans. Allow me to paraphrase: A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR…

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Michigan Winters: Beyond the Dry Skin and Face Masks

February 5, 2013

It’s winter, it’s Michigan, and the weekly forcast is unchanging: Cloudy, chance of snow showers, high of 23 degrees. As the motivation to get outside steadily declines because of windchill factors and frostbite warnings, you might want to consider something else this season–are you getting enough vitamin D? If you live in Michigan during the months […]

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