Health Tips & Medicine

3 Useful Health Tips

Health tips to keep you going:

  1. Some people say that one hour of sleep before midnight is worth two hours after midnight.
  2. If you’re studying for an exam or have an important interview, have dinner the evening before that includes fish. Fish is considered ‘brain food’ because it contains lots of Omega 3 fats, healthy for brain function.
  3. Low blood sugar increases stress. Eating small, frequent meals/snacks helps to maintain blood sugar levels. Keep fruits and veggies handy. Herbal teas also help reduce stress.

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Health Tip: Forest Bathing

Forest Path in Part Shade

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Health tip: I heard on the radio that a walk in the forest is more beneficial for the brain than a walk elsewhere, such as a walk in the city. So I did a little research. In Japan, a walk in the forest is called shinrin-yoku – it means “forest bathing.”

A study in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that volunteers suffering from depression who took a 50-minute walk in the woods improved their brain function and were better able to Continue reading

Painkillers of the 1800s

“Give me somethin’ for the pain, Doc…” How many times have you heard this in a Western movie?

If you were to rate the knowledge about painkillers in the 1800s in North America, which one would you say:

  1. Doctors knew very little. Most of the time, they just gave whisky.
  2. They knew enough to help some people. Mostly with unknown herbs.
  3. They used the major painkiller that is still the major painkiller we use in hospitals today.

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Apothecaries: Drugstores of the 1800s

photo112Drive past any drugstore today and you’ll see the signs. “Open 24 Hours.” “Pharmacist on Duty.” “Refill Orders by Phone.” We even have drive-thru pharmacies, unimaginable a century ago.

How did the settlers ever manage? What did they do if they had a stomach cramp in the middle of the night, or their sinuses were full?

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1800s: What You’d Find in a Surgeon’s Bag

Herb GardenJust like Mary Poppins’ magic carpetbag, medical bags of the 1800s carried surprising things. The medical profession was more advanced than we may think. Did you know, for instance, there was more than one bag a doctor might have carried to a house call? Depending on the type of call, a doctor would have grabbed his or her general medical bag, an obstetrical bag or a surgical kit. A simple surgical kit would include scalpels, tweezers, razors, scissors. They would have carried Continue reading