The present moment is reality but “the past” may be stored in “muscle memory,” i.e. tensions, tightness or physical constrictions that limit full range of body motion. Habits are subconscious behaviors captured in the physical, mental or emotional body. Yoga practice helps to free constricti…

If you experience a persistent ringing in your ears, you are not alone: some 50 million people across the U.S. experience tinnitus. For some, it is an occasional nuisance that is easily ignored. But for those less fortunate, it can interfere with many aspects of their daily lives as a psycho…

SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Hypertension: It’s Not Just the Numbers” lecture on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. Join us to learn more about the often underappreciated and misunderstood topic of high blood pressure. The definition, causes, consequences and prevention of hyper…

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced more than one yourself. Millions of people endure this pain on a regular basis just in the United States alone. In the January 2020 edition of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, there was a ca…

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Now that we are firmly into 2020, it’s time to start looking at goals for the new year. Looking at what I’ve lost the past year, my primary goal would be to lose an additional 40 pounds, which would bring me to the goal I set for myself last year at 100 pounds lost.

SEBRING — Looking for a fresh start? Need a new Plan to accomplish your goal to be the best you in 2020? Starting Jan. 8, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is introducing a new Focus on Weight Loss Program, an 8-week series to help you get on track fast and reach your goals this year.

The present moment is reality, so let’s explore a new yoga pose for the new year. In yoga we confront new postures every time we throw out the yoga mat that invigorates new learning. As we move into each new pose, we do the best we can and adapt our body to move forward. We begin to learn a …

Caregivers are important for many reasons. While many of our patients are married and have spouses to help with their needs, many people do not. So who constitutes a caregiver? Really, just about anyone who helps someone else with tasks that they can no longer perform.

Coffee gets a bad rap sometimes, but this is almost everyone’s drink of choice when they gather together to share information with one another. The effect of coffee consumption on glucose metabolism is of interest to many people who feel they’ve lost all their sweet treats in life, and their…

TAMPA — AdventHealth West Florida Division has once again earned the highest marks possible for patient safety and quality. The prestigious Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, announced the Top Hospitals in the country and AdventHealth Carrollwood, AdventHe…

A UCLA-led study revealed a new way to predict which patients with “stable” heart failure — those who have heart injury but do not require hospitalization — have a higher risk of dying within one to three years. Although people with stable heart failure have similar characteristics, some hav…

I bet some of you who deal with chronic fatigue are feeling very misunderstood by others. Maybe you have a fear of not being believed or being perceived negatively. I have compassion for you. Fatigue is not something someone can see like a broken ankle, it’s something that they have to take …

Standing tall creates a “majesty” to our being. Standing tall builds confidence. Lengthening the leg muscles, joints and pointing the toes, frees the tightness which restricts oxygenated blood from flowing into the extremities. Lengthening each leg with assistance of a strap wrapped around t…

Happy New Year! Did you make your New Year’s Resolution? Many will try to achieve better fitness and better health. I think one thing on most people’s agenda is to stay in better touch with friends and family. I think that is actually mine. In such a busy world, we just don’t get to have as …

Sometimes the strongest food cravings hit when you’re at your weakest point emotionally. You may turn to food for comfort — consciously or unconsciously — when facing a difficult problem, feeling stressed or even feeling bored.

YMCA Yoga practitioners Beth, Royal, Meredith, Bonnie, Gary, Roberta and Lara demonstrate how to wrap the strap around the ball of the foot, lengthening the entire leg as well as elongating the back and tightening the core.

If was looking for just one word to describe the past 12 months, it would be tornado. You know, when your life is picked up, turned upside down and scattered about, taking you out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective. That’s been my 2019.

An inherited bone disorder capable of interrupting the way the ear amplifies sound, and thus causing hearing loss, otosclerosis affects nearly three million Americans. While we know what happens to the middle ear as a result of otosclerosis, we don’t know exactly what causes it. The medical …

SEBRING — On Jan. 6, 2020, AdventHealth Medical Group will open a new Prompt Care location in South Sebring to provide convenient and flexible care to the community. The location will be open seven days a week with extended evening hours to better serve the Heartland. Both locations hours ar…

MINNEAPOLIS — Wade Holcomb has a lot to be grateful for this year. In addition to graduating college and getting a job, he also has a beautiful 4-month-old girl — who will be celebrating her first Christmas with her dad clearly wrapped around her tiny fingers.

The cool weather seems to put everyone into the Christmas spirit! Patients coming into the office seem to have quite the “pep in their step.” I have seen many treasured Christmas sweaters and shirts. It’s just fun to have it cool enough to wear some “winter clothes” around the holidays. So i…

Classical Greek philosopher Socrates (470-399 BC), one of the founders of Western philosophy pondered, after having seen all the inventions of his time, “This is interesting but what have your learned about yourself?” More importantly, he added, “How do people get time for what is infinitely…

The YMCA 10:30 a.m. yoga class in a spirit of self-discovery. Pictured are Jenny, Terry, Bonnie, Peggy, Laurie, Armado, Kath, Celest, Suzanne and Cory.

Long before Tim Hollingsworth earned the James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year award and served as chef de cuisine at French Laundry, he was learning to cook by his mother’s side at home. As a kid, Hollingsworth would measure ingredients to help his mom make dinner, and he’d …

At this point, you should probably just throw out all your lettuce. It doesn’t matter if it came from Salinas, California because other states may be involved now. There have been over 100 reported cases across 23 states at the time of this writing. There is an official recall.

The holiday season is nearing its climax as shoppers are frantically searching for that perfect gift and retailers are doing whatever they have to do in order to get you into their stores.

Yoga is a practice that we take with us as it can be done anywhere, even at a Cow Camp in Venus, Florida washing dishes. This is why Yoga is a “Practice,” not an exercise, since we focus on incorporating Yoga poses into everyday activity. Yoga is “visualization,” focusing inward, envisioning…

Concussions have been connected to myriad mental and physical impairments — from depression to vision issues — but many people, including the medical community, aren’t aware how closely hearing impairments and concussive events are bound around one another. We know that the vestibular system…