Entries by Jay Wojcik

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 […]

Reduce the Risk of Many Mental Disorders by a Healthy Microbiome and Exercise

Robert Leo Plucinsky, MS, Health Education and a Healthy Lombard Foundation 2017 Health Hero Award winner shared that  healthy bacteria helps digestion, nutrient absorption, increases immunity response, eases stress, and control inflammation, a key factor in degenerative diseases in body and brain. This includes Alzheimer’s, depression, anxiety, MS and others mental ills that can be […]

7 Ways to Avoid Gaining Weight After You Quit Smoking

This article written by Jen Laskey in February, 2017 for Everyday Health was Medically Reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD and contains excellent information. It’s true that some people gain weight after they stop smoking, but here’s what you usually don’t hear: The weight gain is often only temporary. “About four out of five people who quit smoking […]

How Much Salt is Too Much Salt?

College of DuPage Nursing student Teresa Hammonds shares that there are foods that many consider to be low in sodium but you must keep in mind how the foods are processed. The American Heart Association recommend a range frpm 1500 to 2300 milligrams of sodium a day. To cut back you need to decrease the […]