How Negativity Adversely Affects Your Health

Negativity surrounds us daily. Whether it is thoughtless attacks across social media, unkind words overheard at the grocery store, or internal uncertainty and judgment, pessimism can be a grueling matter to deal with – both mentally and physically. Ways Negativity Hurts Weakened Immune System – Studies have shown that negative emotions are linked to a lowered immune response against disease, making you more prone to illness, heart attack, and even stroke. It’s Contagious – We all know that if we experience someone unnecessarily complaining or being overly toxic, we can get worked up. Although we don’t always consciously allow others’ emotions to affect our own, it’s natural and can happen without us even realizing it. Intelligence – Yes, really. Negative …


New Bill Imposes Strict Regulations on Prescribing Controlled Substances

In response to the rising opioid crisis in the United States, Nevada law makers recently passed Assembly Bill 474, otherwise known as the “The Controlled Substance Abuse Act,” making various changes to how doctors prescribe controlled substances to their patients. The bill, which went into effect January 1, 2018, requires prescribers to evaluate each patient and their specific needs before prescribing large amounts of medication. The hope is that the rigorous processes may lead to proper use (and less abuse) of specific medications, which may not be necessary for the patient. Before writing an initial prescription for a controlled substance each prescriber must have: An established relationship with the patient Given the patient a comprehensive physical and mental health assessment Obtained …


8 Good Mood Foods

When you’re feeling tense, there are many ways to manage and, in fact, reduce stress levels. Your diet and nutrition choices can make your stress levels go up or down. Certain foods provide comfort and actually increase levels of hormones in the body that naturally fight stress. Other types of foods and beverages can reduce stress by lowering the levels of hormones that trigger it. Have a Cup of Soothing Comfort Sometimes, it’s the effect of a food or drink that can help reduce stress, not necessarily its nutrients. A warm cup of tea can actually calm many people. There’s the soothing effect of sipping a warm drink, regardless of the flavor — but certain herbs, like lavender and chamomile, …


Top 10 Benefits of Physical Therapy

First, NFL coach for the Denver Broncos, John Fox, falls ill on the golf course and is undergoing open-heart surgery two days later. Then, NFL coach for the Tenessee Titans,  Gary Kubiak, drops to his knees walking to the locker room at halftime of a nationally televised game, suffering what is later diagnosed as a mini-stroke. Having TWO NFL coaches suffer heart related medical emergencies over the course of the weekend really reinforces the importance of doing everything we can to keep our hearts healthy. Let’s take a deeper look at what happened to the coaches, and what you can do to help fend off these scary conditions… Coach Fox’s Aortic Valve Replacement Let’s start with Coach Fox, who found out …


Stay Safe in the Smoke!

  Regular air quality updates for our region can be found at nvair.ndep.nv.gov. With several summer fires roaring through our region and air quality levels reaching a “moderate” to “unhealthy for sensitive groups” smoke level, it’s important to be mindful of our surroundings and make small adjustments to our daily routine to stay safe. Carson Tahoe Health recommends everyone start to consider the following precautions in times of moderate or worse levels: Shelter in place, stay indoors.   Keep hydrated to progress a cough and help prevent smoky air from settling in the lungs  Use air conditioning if possible, to help filter air throughout a house Keep all doors and windows shut in both home and vehicles, if in a vehicle …