Vitamin C, Zinc and Omega-3s Fulfill a Key Role in Overall Health at Today’s Critical Time: Experts

BY SANDRA GUY Zinc, vitamin C and Omega-3s can help keep you at the top of your game while we all wait out the uncertainty of seemingly never-ending COVID-19 variants. The best defense against COVID-19 and its variants remains getting a COVID-19 vaccination, staying masked, social distancing and washing your hands. But at least one... Read more »

Ways to Minimize Your Distracted Driving (and Other Bad Habits)

BY SANDRA GUY We’ve all seen the TV reporter on the local news driving while texting, knocking over traffic cones put up in a parking lot so the local police department can show viewers the hazards of distracted driving. The demonstration isn’t just a TV ratings device. And while everyone is chomping at the bit... Read more »

IBS Awareness Beckons as Spring Blooms

BY SANDRA GUY Now that we’ve turned our clocks ahead and await leisurely walks into the evenings, it’s time to do something about irritating health problems that frustrate those longings. That’s especially true after more than a year of COVID lockdown, with a vaccine’s promise of easing our anxieties about every step and every breath... Read more »

April Reminds Us of Epidemic Power: It’s STD Awareness Month

BY SANDRA GUY We’ve become only too well aware of how quickly infections can spread in a COVID-paralyzed world. April — with its designation as STD Awareness Month — gives us a chance to consider sexually transmitted diseases, their causes and their effects on our immune systems. A healthy immune system can help protect you... Read more »

COVID-era Fitness Options Offer Expansive Springtime Wellness Regimens

BY SANDRA GUY Rumors of gyms’ and workout clubs’ deaths post-COVID have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, new workout clubs are opening and offering more exercise options than ever before. And online exercise classes via Zoom and remote video are here to stay. So there’s no better time to start honing your workouts to achieve... Read more »

Take Ed Tracy’s Harrowing Yet Clarifying Experience to Heart: Get Screened for Colon Cancer

Take Ed Tracy’s Harrowing Yet Clarifying Experience to Heart: Get Screened for Colon Cancer
BY SANDRA GUY Our collective COVID pandemic experience has forced us to confront our humanity and, whether we want to admit it or not, our mortality. We’ve confronted a potentially fatal diagnosis at every turn. Who can tell us how to embrace and discern this moment? Chicago media veteran and theater critic Ed Tracy, host... Read more »

Watch Your Eyesight — Now at Home —during Workplace Eye Wellness Month

BY SANDRA GUY The coronavirus pandemic’s worries seem endless, and now eye strain has landed on the list of concerns. If you’re among those suffering dry, watery, sore, tired or itchy eyes — or other eye-strain symptoms — chalk it up to seemingly endless screen-staring time, lack of exercise outdoors and staying focused on objects... Read more »

Wellness Checkups Every Student Can Expect Amid the Pandemic

BY SANDRA GUY As scientific studies show that schoolchildren, even younger ones, can play a significant role in spreading COVID-19 infections, the concept of wellness checkups has radically changed. “In the second (pandemic) wave, we acquired much more evidence that schoolchildren are almost equally, if not more infected by SARS-CoV-2 than others,” Antoine Flahault, director... Read more »

How to Get Your Diet Back on Track After the Holidays

BY SANDRA GUY If you’ve fallen off the self-discipline wagon and you can’t stand the thought of stepping on a scale, stop beating yourself up. First, rethink your obsession with weight. Muscle weighs more than fat. And a one-pound bag of popcorn weighs the same as a one-pound gold ingot. Your goal is to stay... Read more »

Anti-inflammatory benefits of a curry spice

BY SANDRA GUY You’ve probably heard of Turmeric — a yellow-orange spice that’s a relative of ginger — but what can it really do? This curry spice has been used as a remedy for centuries, and it’s found in Indian, Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cooking. Its main ingredient, curcumin, is a naturally occurring antioxidant... Read more »