Category: Healthy Living

exercise safety
Jul 5 2022

Exercise safety: Why “no pain, no gain” can lead to injury

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you think that you have to really suffer to benefit from a workout, you may be setting yourself up for injuries. The mantra, “no pain, no gain,” has contributed to the belief that experiencing pain during exercise means you’re getting a better workout. However, pain is the brain’s way of signaling that you should... Read More

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Lifestyle medicine
Dec 14 2021

Could lifestyle medicine help you be healthier?

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

You know what a healthy lifestyle looks like—healthy food choices, regular activity, and avoiding health harming habits like smoking, excess alcohol, and substance use disorder. What you might not know is that there are physicians and other healthcare providers who focus on preventing and treating health problems by using evidence-based therapeutic lifestyle interventions to prevent... Read More

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mental health provider
Nov 30 2021

Signs you may need to find a new mental health provider

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

In 2020, 24.3 million adults in the U.S. received care from a mental health provider. If you’re currently seeing a mental health specialist, it’s wise to occasionally take stock and check to see if you’re benefitting from your treatment and your mental health provider is still a good fit. Over time, your needs may change,... Read More

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doctor retiring
Nov 16 2021

Is your doctor retiring? These strategies can help you find a new one.

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The stress and trauma experienced by many healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic has added to an issue that was already on the radar—a looming shortage of both primary care physicians and specialists. Many doctors are choosing to retire early and others are choosing to leave medicine because of burnout or mental health issues caused... Read More

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vaccinated
Nov 2 2021

How to ask family and friends if they’re vaccinated before holiday gatherings

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

As the winter holidays approach, people are hoping to make up for the togetherness they missed during last year’s holiday season because of the pandemic. Much has changed since last year’s holidays and even since COVID-19 vaccines first became available last winter: Vaccines: Everyone 12 and older has been eligible to be vaccinated for some... Read More

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healthy aging
Aug 17 2021

What are the key strategies for healthy aging?

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There’s no magic elixir that will prevent you from getting older, but by making appropriate lifestyle choices and being proactive about finding new ways to optimize your health, you can be healthier as you grow older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent update of the report, “The State of Aging... Read More

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anxiety
Jun 8 2021

Back to normal? For some people, it’s harder to be a social citizen again.

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

The number of people who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. continues to climb and, in response, many states are relaxing or ending rules that have been in place during the pandemic. Fewer people are required to wear masks in public, more people are allowed in restaurants and stores at the same time, and... Read More

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relationship
May 25 2021

Has the pandemic strained your relationship? Try these strategies.

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Perhaps before the pandemic you felt like you didn’t get to spend enough time with your spouse or partner. The time demands of work and social obligations may have meant less time time alone with your loved one. But for many people, that changed dramatically with work from home and limits imposed on social interaction... Read More

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wellness
Apr 30 2019

The keys to wellness during and after cancer treatment

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn, MD

PinnacleCare talked with Dr. Lise Alschuler, ND, FABNO, a practitioner at Naturopathic Specialists, LLC in Scottsdale AZ, about steps people who have been diagnosed with cancer can take to achieve a higher level of wellness during and after cancer treatment. Dr. Alschuler is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in naturopathic oncology and has been... Read More

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New approaches can help you manage seasonal allergies.
May 16 2014

Got allergies? Try these new approaches for allergy relief

Healthy Living  •  By Miles Varn

With spring well underway and summer around the corner, people with hay fever may feel desperate for relief, and their numbers continue to grow. Experts from the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) estimated that about 50 million people live with hay fever, which are also known as nasal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Nearly 30... Read More