Essential Oils – Dispelling the Myths

Essential oils are liquid compounds that are extracted from plants. Commonly used essential oils include lavender, tea tree, lemon and eucalyptus. Essential oils can be used safely in aromatherapy and topical preparations to aid with anxiety, insomnia, respiratory irritation, skin conditions or pain. However, many essential oils cannot safely be taken by mouth. Recently, essential

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World Diabetes Day: Diagnosis, Risk Factors and Treatment

Nearly 25 million people in the United States have diabetes. It is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in our country and affects nearly 10% of the population. Diabetes is a metabolic and hormonal disorder that affects the way our bodies use the blood sugar absorbed from our diet. Patients with diabetes are

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Tips and Tricks for Halloween Safety

From costume parties to trick-or-treating for candy, Halloween is a holiday that’s made for kids. However, it can also pose some real dangers - and we’re not talking about ghosts or goblins! Below are some tips to keep Halloween fun and safe for your kids: Costumes: Swords, knives, and accessories should be short, flexible, and soft. Use reflective tape

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How to Manage Chronic Disease During a Hurricane or Tropical Storm

Houston, like many cities on the Gulf Coast, is prone to flooding and vulnerable to tropical weather such as hurricanes.  It’s easy to remember the impact of storms like Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. Storms such as these are capable of destroying homes, leaving people stranded, and forcing evacuation. Here

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Summer Exercise Tips

This summer, remember the benefits of physical activity and take time to start an exercise regimen. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity has been shown to lower risks of death, heart disease and stroke as well as its risk factors and certain cancers (colon, breast, lung, endometrial). Physical fitness

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Medical Fitness

In today’s fast-paced society, everyone is looking for the ‘quick fix.’ When it comes to overall wellness, consistency is much more important than short-term solutions. Whether your goal is weight loss or controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a consistent routine is vital. Overall wellness involves a general balance of mind, body and spirit. If one

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