7 Physical Health Challenges Associated with Adult Autism

adult autism health We often talk about Autism in children and about social challenges that accompany the disorder. But have you ever wondered which physical health concerns correlate with Autism in adults? You aren’t alone.

As reported by Maureen Salamon, Kaiser Permanente researchers  found that, based on a comparison of prevalence of diagnoses among 2,100 adults with an autism spectrum disorder to 21,000 adults without the disorder, those with an Autism diagnosis showed higher rates of mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, as well as higher rates of physical ailments.

The team had examined medical records from 2008-2012. Reporters highlighted the following seven findings on physical health challenges:

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Heart Attack Symptoms: Are Women and Men Different?

woman heart attackHeart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. But the commonplace portrayal of men clutching their arms and chests in a dramatic fashion may cause some confusion about what symptoms women experience.

Often, the attack may be much less obvious than the classic portrayal indicates. Consider the commonly discussed symptoms: An elephant on the chest. Pain in the left arm. Now consider that a heart attack may not present that way; that doesn’t make it any less important to get help fast.

To be sure you can get the right help during or after a heart attack, pay attention to these potential symptoms:

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Herbal Supplements And Labeling: Truth Matters

truth label herbal supplementsAt DaVinci, we are believers that our customers have choices. When a company doesn’t tell the truth about what’s inside their supplements, those choices become less and less informed.

Perhaps more bothersome is that they become choices based on deceit, rather than honesty. Because we believe in choice, we believe in a simple concept called “truth in labeling.”

What exactly does that mean? It means that we list everything (and we mean everything) in our supplements right on their labels.

We don’t hide anything. We don’t leave out warnings or believe that not including one ingredient or naming the wrong ingredient is beneficial to our customers — so we don’t do those things, either.

When you are choosing supplements, look for a company that truly stands behind its commitment to sharing the facts on each label, for each product. When you consider the recent news about several large corporations not meeting their label claims on herbal supplements, you see that a commitment to truth is a number one requirement of any company you choose.

What are your thoughts on today’s news about herbal supplement labeling? Share in a comment!

How to Stop Drinking Soda for Good

8855510_lStop drinking soda. It will be the best decision you’ve made in a long time, guaranteed. Here’s how you can do it.

When you drink soda, you are, more often than not, a soda drinker.That’s because both the sugar and the caffeine in soda are addictive substances, and caffeine is actually a drug.

Even diet soda has potential to be addictive. That also means it’s hard to quit. It’s not just something you do from time to time—instead, it’s a habit that can become entwined with your identity. Recent results of a study of patients at four different health centers prove how drinking soda linked to other lifestyle factors.

And quitting anything like that (smoking, soda, alcohol) is an uphill battle. But you can do it. Many people recommend quitting cold turkey: making the this-moment-right-here-right-now-as-we-speak-immediately-and-forevermore choice to never take a sip of soda again. If you can do that, do.

It’s likely also beneficial to speak with your doctor about the process. If he or she doesn’t ask, you can bring it up at your next appointment.

No matter how you choose to stop drinking soda, these tips should help.

How to Stop Drinking Soda in 5 Steps

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Is a Standing Desk Right for Me?

standing deskYou’ve no doubt heard the buzz about how terrible sitting is for your body, and about stand up desks, but have you really considered the many benefits and possible downfalls of working on your feet? Read on for our list of the top benefits of standing desks.

Using a standing desk:

• Eases back pain caused by sitting all day

• Helps maintain focus and mental stamina

• Increases productivity

• Increases energy levels

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Gallstones Don’t Belong At Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Emergency room on thanksgivingER trips on Thanksgiving and Christmas are surprisingly common. Even more surprising is the cause.

Often, the visits aren’t because of a sliced thumb attained while carving the bird, or a bout of food poisoning from spoiled milk.

Instead, they’re the result of some serious upper abdominal pain that’s caused by gallstones that have formed over months or years.

Gallstones are believed to be the result of over-consumption of fats and refined sugars, as well as bacterial imbalances caused by lack of nutritive intake and dehydration.

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An Interview with Naturopathic Doctor Susan Jacobs

During Naturopathic Medicine Week, we were very fortunate to receive some time with a practicing Vermont primary care naturopath, Susan Jacobs.

Susan’s perspective is one that we need to share, because it’s based on a value system which we at DaVinci also hold true, one that involves whole body wellness, comprehensive understanding and preventative care.

Dr. Jacobs, who practices in Shelburne at the Champlain Center for Natural Medicine, first came across the concept of naturopathy at a young age.

“It was in my junior or senior year of high school and I was at a friend’s house where the family was talking about nutrition and how it could affect cholesterol,” she said.

As an undergrad, Susan studied pre-med and was still on the track to go to modern allopathic medical school, but realized it didn’t fit in with her worldview and philosophy on health vs. disease. She was more interested in “how do you treat with non-invasive methods? Be proactive instead of reactive?”

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