General Health

Can Oil Pulling Improve Your Dental Health?

Submitted by Cheyenne Luzader, MS, Coordinator of Integrative Health, Beebe Healthcare

Recently I went for my regular check-up with my dentist of many years. He said he had never seen my gums look so pink and healthy. Since gum disease is a concern in aging, I was delighted with his comment. I told him the only difference was that I had been practicing oil pulling – a practice I had...
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Healthy Snacks for the Beach or Pool

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Summer and swimming make many of us hungry. The aromas from the boardwalk shops or concession stand can stimulate your appetite. Although it is fun and convenient to buy food at the beach or pool, it can be expensive. With some planning, you can spare your wallet and your waistline by packing some...
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August is Family Fun Month

Submitted by Stacey G. Fox, MD, FAAP

August is National Family Fun Month! Here are some ideas of free or low-cost activities to enjoy this month and into the fall. 1. Beaches. We live close to the Delaware Bay, Inland Bays, and the Atlantic Ocean, so planning a trip to the beach is a fun and easy way to enjoy family time. From jumping...
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Triglycerides & Your Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

Triglycerides are a type of fat that accounts for about 95 per cent of all dietary fats. Both animal and vegetable fats contain triglycerides. Once digested, triglycerides circulate in the bloodstream to be used as energy by our cells. Any excess triglycerides are stored as body fat to fuel the...
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Lean Into Love – Coping as a Caregiver

You probably didn’t see it coming and had no way to prepare, but here you are – someone you love has received a diagnosis that rocks your world. Your role has shifted; life has changed. You are the caregiver, the one responsible for maintaining daily physical needs and navigating the heavy...
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How Sleep, Or Lack Of It, Affects Our Health

Submitted by Vikas Batra, MD

Having a good night sleep is very important. If you are not sleeping well, or are not rested in the morning, seek help. You may have a sleep disorder that can be treated. Treatment of sleep disorders may help you manage your chronic diseases better, and may improve your health and longevity. About...
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How Salt Affects Our Health

Submitted by Debra Dobies, MA, RD, LDN

The words “salt” and “sodium” are often used interchangeably, but have different definitions. Salt, or sodium chloride, is a crystal-like compound found in nature and is used to preserve and flavor food. Sodium is a chemical element found in salt and is a mineral. Sodium is an essential nutrient...
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Stay Hydrated While Exercising in the Summer Heat

Submitted by Andrew Clements, PTA, CPT

With summer and increased air temperature days approaching, it is important to learn how to safely exercise and be active outdoors. Common strategies include: Better choices for what to wear, exercise intensity consciousness and timing, and having water or hydration fluids readily available...
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Don’t add a trip to the Emergency Department to your summer vacation

Submitted by Paul Cowan, DO, Beebe Emergency Department

Summer means tens of thousands of people are visiting Delaware beaches. They are strolling on the boardwalk and spreading out in the sand with towels, chairs, and umbrellas. The Delaware beaches offer a summer playground with the ocean waters bringing relief from the sun’s sweltering rays. Yet, the...
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Speech Therapy Helps People With Parkinson’s Disease

Submitted by Nicholas P. Bollinger, M.S. CCC-SLP

Each May, Speech Language Pathologists across the nation celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month by bringing awareness to impairments that impact speech, language, and hearing. These deficits impact people’s ability to live independent and productive lives. Many diseases and disorders such as...
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