Entries by Jay Wojcik

So Your Teenager is Going Vegetarian

Lindsay Hutton shared her thoughts in Green Living about how to come to terms with the decision that your teen plans to go vegan—and how keep them healthy. She empathized that your little darling has emerged into the rollicking years of adolescence. The hormones are raging, piercings and odd haircuts materialize, and her ears are […]

More brain injuries in elderly from falls

U.S. government researchers say elderly people are suffering brain injuries from falls at what appear to be an unprecedented rate, The Associated Press reports. The reason for the increase isn’t certain, according to the new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But one likely factor is that a growing number of […]

Check your skin for signs of cancer

A regular skin self-exam is the best way to look for early signs of skin cancer so you can alert your doctor, Harvard Medical School reports. By checking your skin regularly, you’ll learn what is normal for you and can more easily note skin changes and abnormalities that require attention. The best time to check […]

Red Flags to Red Meat

College of DuPage Nursing Student  Zach Striplin writes that in most suburbs in America, burgers and hot dogs are readily available. In my neighborhood alone, I can count 10 fast food joints within a 5-minute car ride. America is the largest consumer of red meat, and more likely than not, if you have had a […]

Oriental Medicine for Injury Rehab and Relief

Healthy Lombard Foundation Vice President Jenn McGrath shared that after sustaining an injury, the healing process goes through two stages. The first is called the acute stage and is characterized by redness, swelling, inflammation and pain. The second is the chronic stage in which a patient may experience pain only when overusing the injured body […]

Rooted in Benefits: Ginger

College of DuPage Nursing Student Ellis Quinn asks you to think of the last meal you made. Did the ingredients include ginger? The answer is most likely no, like many other Americans. Ginger is not a commonly used spice in the American diet. Zingiber officinale, better known of as ginger, is a widely used spice in […]

96 Year Old Twins Share Health Tips

Keith Hartenberger from Edward-Elmhurst Health shared the story that as twin sisters, 96-year-old Tracie Banser and Yolanda “Lonnie” Buseman, who now live in Elmhurst, have been nearly inseparable for much of their lives. “We’ve only been separated when she got married,” Lonnie said. “We didn’t dress alike any more, but we would call each other […]

Dry Mouth

Saliva is one of your body’s natural defenses against plaque because it acts to rinse your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other harmful materials. Dry mouth (also called Xerostomia) is a fairly common condition that is caused by diminished saliva production. People with medical conditions, such as an eating disorder or diabetes, are often plagued […]