Archive for July, 2010

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Can Healthy Eating and the Family Grocery Budget Belly Up To The Same Table?

Eating healthy and family budget generally are not two phrases that get linked together too often in our discussions and planning, but don’t fret, we’re not alone. There’s a large gap in what we are searching for on the Internet when it comes to healthy eating versus the family grocery budget. Here is the latest look at Google┬« Search Engine traffic:

Healthy Eating vs. Family Grocery Budget

Yes, that nearly non-existent red line at the bottom of the graph is our search engine usage for the term “Family Grocery Budget” and the other, seemingly more impressive one in blue is our interest in the search engine for “Healthy Eating” – can the two ever be at the same table?

Budgeting Tips for Healthy Eating

While everyone’s situation is different, here may be a few ideas that can help bring your desire for healthier eating closer to your need for a manageable family grocery budget:

Holistic Health Defined

Holistic health has come to mean a many different things to a many different people, depending on what is read, heard, and understood. For a more basic and elementary approach, let us simply begin with the root holism, from the Greek root holos, simply meaning the whole (all, entire, total). So simply put, when we are talking about “holistic health” we are approaching the subject by looking at the entire body, the entire overall “whole-person” health system, not just one part while ignoring the implications or inter-connectivity of the other parts of the whole system, or body in this case.

Holistic Health Buzz

A great combination: Pain-killers and Alcohol

So it’s the holiday weekend and many of you all will engage in dangerous behavior this weekend but before you do I have a special warning for you! It’s very common for people to mix alcohol and pain killers even though they know better. Why would people do this? Well because alcohol can enhance the effects of these drugs. So if you are feeling “high” – then you will feel “higher”.

The FDA recently notified healthcare professionals of changes to the Warnings section of the prescribing information of tramadol/acetaminophen combination (Ultracet) and tramadol (Ultram).  So I figured I would share some knowledge with you all and remind you of some things to be cognizant of.

Tramadol is a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic indicated for the management of moderate to moderately severe chronic pain. The strengthened warning emphasizes the risk of suicide for patients who are addiction prone, taking tranquilizers or antidepressants (Zoloft, Prozac…etc).  Tramadol-related deaths have occurred in patients with previous histories of emotional disturbances or suicidal ideation or attempts, as well as history of misuse of other drugs. Tramadol may have additive effects when used in conjunction with alcohol, other opioids or illicit drugs that cause central nervous system depressions.  Tramadol has abuse potential and patients need to be aware since you can find it in many medicine cabinets!

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