Is positive thinking the best medicine?

Can we really “think” ourselves back to health? Does being a “Debbie Downer” lead to increased risk of disease? It has been known for a long time that the mind has a powerful impact on the body’s function. In fact, drug companies have to take into account the powerful placebo effect when testing new drugs. Some patients just improve with sugar pills because they “think” they are taking a powerful drug.

Tips for keeping memory loss at bay

Summer is here! What a great time of year, with all those fun outdoor activities—picnics, sports, strolls, and swimming pools. The simple message is be safe, don’t overdo it, drink plenty of water, and, if the heat index is high, find a place that has air-conditioning and stay inside!

Back-to-school eye exam: a vital supply for academic success

If you’re the parent of a school-age child, it’s time once again to compile that all-important back-to-school checklist to ensure he or she isn’t lacking any vital supplies as the new academic year gets underway. But as you jot down items such as pens, pencils, markers, scissors, crayons, notebooks, folders, and new gym shoes, don’t forget to add a comprehensive eye exam to the list.

A Walk in the Park | Searching for our Yukon estate

Like Ralphie in A Christmas Story and millions of other 1950s kids, I was a sucker for the prizes that came from collecting box tops or Ovaltine labels. Some prizes, as with Cracker Jacks, were right in the box for your instant gratification. Maybe it was just a little plastic gimcrack, but it was greeted as eagerly as the “major award” won by Ralphie’s Old Man.

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