Secret Foods That Can Fix Your Pain Fast! Dr. Travis Stork

Did you know chronic pain affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes and cancer – combined? Check out these numbers:

~ 100 million Americans experience chronic pain.
~ 80 percent of people will experience back pain in their lifetime.
~ 1 in 5 adults has arthritis.
~ 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches.
~ Americans spend $17 billion a year on over-the-counter pain killers.

“The numbers don’t lie. We are an inflammation nation,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “The numbers are so overwhelming, but here’s the good news: There are proven ways to reduce pain, fight inflammation, take back your body, and I’m not talking about drugs.
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Five Steps for a Great Medical SEO Campaign

Even if a medical practice has an excellent website, it is not going to be effective if no one can find it. This is where search engine optimization, or SEO, comes into play. The goal of SEO is to increase search engine visibility by incorporating key phrases and words into existing online marketing efforts. SEO includes creating links and building content geared towards boosting a site’s placement on search engines such as Google. With more than 8 million Americans searching for medical information online, it is not a strategy that should be ignored. Here are five ways to incorporate an effective SEO campaign to boost the online visibility of a medical website.
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The Stigma of Mental Health

Earlier this week, Dr. Aaron Carroll linked to a post at Gawker by a woman whose son has extreme mental health issues, and he got a ton of feedback. Many were upset by the post, mainly because you felt the mother had done terrible harm to her son by making his issues public.

Quoted from his December 20th blog, he says “while I understand your concerns, they make me sad. After all, if her son had asthma, or hemophilia, or cystic fibrosis, I’d wager none of you would have had these concerns. But mental health carries a stigma, and therefore many people believe that this mother did wrong by talking about it in public.
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It’s Not the Video Games

Dr. Aaron Carroll, an associate professor of Pediatrics and the associate director of Children’s Health Services Research at Indiana University School of Medicine, states in his December 19th “the Incidental Economist Blog” that he cannot prove that a video game hasn’t upset or made some child somewhere more violent. But he goes on to say that we’re having an awfully hard time detecting the relationship if it’s there. Video games are incredibly prevalent. When Call of Duty: Black Ops II was released a couple weeks ago, it did more than $1 billion in sales in 15 days. That’s one game. These things are popular.
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Heading for the Slopes? Don’t Forget Your Helmet

Dr. Cynthia Green, agrees with other experts in brain health, and has long recommended the use of helmets for sports with a high risk of head injury, such as skiing. Yet some on the slopes have resisted, claiming that helmets could actually increase their risk for cervical spine and neck injury. A recent meta-analysis published in this November’s issue of The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery confirms that helmet use significantly reduces both the rate and severity of head injury to skiers, and that there is little evidence that wearing a helmet increases chances for other injuries. This finding underscores the need for stronger recommendations and policies requiring helmet use on the slopes. 
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Dr. Melina Assigns Your Mission…Should You Choose To Take It!

Do you find weight control “Mission Impossible” in December.  Dr. Melina has a mission, should you choose to accept it: Aim To Maintain.  Here are five tips from her book, The Calendar Diet:

1. Exercise: Don’t abandon your workouts completely, even if you have to cut them in half.

2. Cocktail & Dinner Parties: Eat a small (100-150 calorie) protein and fiber rich snack and drink a large glass of water before heading out the door.

3. Alcohol: Nibble on something with a little bit of fat before you drink (like a few nuts or a small piece of cheese).

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Get Serious About Mental Health Care

In the wake of last week’s tragedy in Newtown, Dr. Aaron Carroll has been asked a million questions about gun control. He’s seen pictures of the weapon the killer used. He’s heard stories about the number of bullets in the clip and the number of guns in his mother’s home. He’s even heard politicians argue that school officials should be armed with semiautomatic weapons. He’s also heard about mental health. Read Dr. Carroll’s response at
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