Preventing text pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses Canadians sent 110 billion text messages this past year. As technology advances, allowing us to do more tasks on smaller equipment, our bodies often pay the price. With a growing potential for injuries from technologies that we rely on, it’s important to minimize the risks. Dr. George Traitses says, “One 

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Chronic pain and depression

By Dr. George I. Traitses Pain serves an important function in our lives. When you suffer an acute injury, pain warns you to stop the activity that is causing the injury and tells you to take care of the affected body part. Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists for weeks, months, or even years. 

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Our house in Tanauan destroyed by the typhoon

Typhoon Yolanda devastated our town (Tanauan, Leyte), displaced family’s lives; SOS!

It has been two weeks since the world’s strongest storm, Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made its way across Central Philippines, and practically wiped out many towns in Samar and Leyte . For days, thousands of people with nowhere to go for shelter, clean water, food and medical aid had to survive alongside the bodies of 

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HEALTH: Harnessing Stress

By Dr. George I. Traitses Stress has become a fact of life, and for some, the daily norm. Although occasional stress can help improve our focus and performance, living with chronic stress can backfire by causing anxiety, depression, and serious health problems. Understanding who we are, knowing our major struggles, putting them in perspective, and 

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Exercise, the easy way

By Dr. George I. Traitses Think about incorporating exercise into the activities you already enjoy, or turn your household chores and yard work into exercise. If you’re on a tight schedule, at least take small breaks from work to walk around the office or go up and down the stairs a few times. Years ago, 

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How do you prepare your body for the flu season?

Most people simply make an appointment with their doctor to receive their annual flu shot and that is as far as their preventive measures go. Others will wait for signs of a cold or flu before taking high doses of vitamin C hoping to fight it off. Everyone has his or her own protocol when 

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Joint Injury Prevention: Use It or Lose It

By Dr. George I. Traitses Human joints come in many shapes and sizes. They allow us to move and carry out normal activities of daily living. Without joints, we would be rigid and immobile. But joints are often injured, causing pain and discomfort. The knees, shoulders, ankles, and spine are the most commonly injured joints. 

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Food myths uncovered

By Kalayaan Garcia De Vera “ You need to drink milk for calcium to grow strong and healthy bones.” False.   Yes, calcium is needed to build strong bones and to prevent diseases like osteoporosis, and although we have been generally told that the best source of calcium is milk and dairy, it is actually the 

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Ergonomics for truck drivers

By Dr. George Traitses Whether it’s long-haul transport or local beverage delivery, truck driving is one of the hardest jobs on the body. Not only are the long hours of sitting hard on truck drivers’ backs, but so are all their other tasks. It is easy to overlook the heavy toll that securing loads, stacking 

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Understand Your Body Mass Index

By Dr. George I. Traitses BMI can be directly related to a person’s risk for many diseases. Knowing your BMI is as important as understanding your cholesterol and blood pressure. Body mass index, or BMI, is important to understanding the health consequences your weight has on your body. Researchers have found that BMI can be 

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