100 million Americans live with chronic low back pain. A recent study indicates that some people may be more susceptible to chronic pain than others, based on the structure of their brains. This information can help alter the way we think about and treat long-term pain.
Many have been conditioned to think that exercise has to be boring to be effective, which is the exact opposite of the truth. If your heart is happy before, during, and after exercise, you are more likely to continue to pursue that activity. Join Amanda Ronan as she grooves to the beat and gets her heart rate pumping faster at the same time!
Who would have imagined that being grateful could actually help your physical health? Besides making you more appreciative of the good things in life, studies show that an attitude of gratitude affects both the brain and the body.
The heart plays a part in many bodily functions and also guides us to a loving lifestyle. As the Just Be Well Movement shifts its focus to heart health, we are not shifting away from the rest of the body. Instead, we are honing in on the driving force behind everything we do.
Almost all of us feel stress at times. But for many of us, stress has become a constant state of being. If we understand the physiological toll that continued stress causes, we may be more willing to change our behaviors to increase our chances for long-term health.
Aleksandra Corwin begs us to answer the question, Can you truly be well if you have anger and hate in your heart? We often think of heart health in regards to the muscle, the arteries, and the healthy lifestyle needed to take care of ourselves. But, that is only one piece of the puzzle. Journey with Aleks as she ignites the power of positivity and extinguishes the negativity from her life.
It takes more than a stethoscope, thermometer, and other medical tools to be a great doctor. It takes wisdom, understanding, and an attentive ear. Dr. Sult explains a few of the key tools that he uses every day.
Instead of delegating tasks and mentoring staff, some entrepreneurs forget to train. Innovation and success are stifled.
Love is an infinite gift that we can give to others, but we often forget to give that gift to ourselves. Dr. Sult reminds us that in order to share our love more fully, we must love who we are - which is also a key to heart health.
The Mediterranean Diet is quite popular these days, but what is really different about the Mediterranean Lifestyle is that their happiest hours are spent with fresh foods, in the kitchen, preparing meals with lots of love. Francesca's time spent in Rome gives us a unique perspective on getting past the fad and embracing the lifestyle.
A large part of eating healthy is eating fresh fruits and vegetables. By looking at the "Dirty Dozen" (12 foods most likely to contain pesticide residue) and the "Clean 15" (15 foods that contain the least amount of pesticide residue), you can focus on eating healthy, and eating clean!
A lifestyle change starts from within. Are you a yes person? Do you surround yourself with yes people? By looking at how you can surround yourself with positive energy, you are taking control of your life. Take the time to say yes to you - your health, your happiness, and your life!
As a parent, getting older teens and young adults to incorporate healthy habits can be challenging—but not impossible, particularly if you don't mind being a little bit sneaky. Pamela offers six ways to help her teens live life healthier—whether they know it or not.
Sometimes, Pamela DeLoatch finds herself telling her children to "Just do enough." How setting small achievable goals and taking them one step at a time could be the mental switch that makes a difference.
Corey Blake's journey towards wellness began a little more than a year ago when he was introduced to Dr. Tom Sult, a man who cared so deeply for the people he served that he wept when he spoke of their challenges. It has been a year of steps, small steps, that have led to a lifestyle choice of loving himself.
It’s normal that conventional approaches to treating cancer can seem impersonal, with many big words and strange abbreviations. Dr. Sult’s simplified lists and ‘shortcuts’ are meant to challenge this
Pamela DeLoatch lost her mother, Beatrice, in 2011, and wonders if dementia is her future, too. Dr. David Haase offered her some information, some words of comfort, and some lovingly kick-her-ass-in-gear inspiration. She's taking steps to keep all of her memories.
Exercise is good for the body, but why wouldn't exercises targeted toward the brain work even better? It has to do with the biochemistry of the brain. Dr. Tom Sult and Dr. David Haase explain why.
Christian Panneck has been able to adapt to a completely different way of shopping and eating—one that has improved the way she eats and her overall health.
Regardless of what it is that best helps you recharge and be your best, taking care of yourself is not optional—it’s required, and should be scheduled as such.
In the United States, 26 million children and adults in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and that number is increasing.
Even more concerning, however, is that 79 million Americans have prediabetes, or an elevated glucose level. Although this glucose level isn't high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, it increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and strokes. Without significant changes in lifestyle and health, those with PD will develop diabetes too.
When it was her turn to make a potentially life-altering health decision, who was she to question the qualifications and advice of her physician? Read her quest to find the intangible emotional connection with the person she would place in charge of her healing.
While I’ve always been interested in healthy living and eating, it felt misguided to believe dietary changes could dramatically improve my health when I had felt unwell for so long. I also struggled with the confusing and often-contradictory information I read, and though I longed to be on a path towards feeling well, I didn’t know where to start.
People are worried about attacks by sharks, crashing in airplanes, or being robbed at gun point. But what is really robbing us of life and vitality is the lack of nutrients in the standard American diet. It is commonly believed that nutritional deficiencies are rare in America, but America is overfed and under nourished.
Have you gone into a doctor’s office feeling prepared yet left unsatisfied with the visit? Did you forget information you planned to discuss, felt rushed by your healthcare provider, or still had unanswered questions? If so, this worksheet can help! While your health is your first priority, your physician sees countless patients a day. This worksheet has been designed to enable you to be a more active and confident participant in your healthcare and ensure you make the best use of your appointment time. Remember, you are your own best advocate!
Our eating habits are learned behaviors, and the abundance of fast food, convenience foods, and junk food can make getting kids to eat well seem nearly impossible. There are steps that parents can take to get your kids eating healthier now, and focusing on variety, moderation, and balance will help you guide your children in the right direction.
Our medical system is indeed broken, but many don’t see the primary aspect of this brokenness: a loss of compassion. We forget that medicine is a calling, not a business.
As an entrepreneur, your life runs at a different pace than most people’s. You’re balancing budgets, building teams, reporting to investors, and managing your employees. But, as you’re making strides towards an innovative future, what are you doing to ensure that your body is supporting you — not just getting in your way?
Dr. Sult shares his Top 13 (Three more than ten! Bonus!) staple items—things they always keep stocked in their house—to help you start a foundation for eating healthy, easier grocery shopping, and ultimately, turning a corner with regards to your health trend.
Though we all like to think that everything happens for a reason, sometimes there is no meaning behind the negative events in our lives. Sometimes bad things just happen. Sometimes there isn’t a purpose.
And yet life moves forward. How do we learn to cope with tragedy? How do we manage our reaction when life seems random and unfair?
How do you approach your day? Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person? The way you think can affect not just your mood but also your health.
The Beatles said it best: all you need is love. Well, maybe you need a bit more—food, water, shelter, etc., but when it comes down to it, we all have a need for affection, acceptance and connection. Wanting to feel love isn't an indulgence--in addition to helping us feel happy, love also provides a variety of health benefits.
Remember being told to drink milk because it had vitamin D and would build strong bones and teeth? Many of us did as directed, and passed that same recommendation on to our own kids. But despite our efforts, an article in Scientific American reported that 75% of US teens and adults are deficient in Vitamin D.
Am I the only one who feels like I'm supposed to accept my doctors word as the word of God? Why are we taught to bow our heads and feel inferior to our physicians? Dr. Tom Sult wants to change that and his permission has opened my eyes to what I deserve.
When traditional medicine was unable to successfully diagnose her daughter's Lyme disease, Jackie Penke sought out the expertise of a functional medicine doctor... and it opened her eyes to what the doctor - patient relationship be.
Share healthy eating and exercise habits with your kids before they develop the bad habits we share as adults. Illustrator Shane Clester gives you an entertaining tool to engage your kids in the conversation around health and wellness based on the work of Dr. Tom Sult.
Are you skilled at dieting? Many Americans practice dieting on a regular basis. A Natural News article says that 66% of Americans are on a diet at any given time. Yet, even with these persistent efforts, we often fail at our goal of sustained weight loss.
The figure presented here on how many of us are dieting at any given time is staggering. Especially because most diets don't work. Proper nutrition and wellness is a lifestyle, and dieting is a skill. Learn about it here.
Bad carbohydrates are sneaky. They can be hard to identify, even when we're trying to avoid them. We call them "bad" carbs because they are over processed, offer little nutritional value and, when we eat them, they break down quickly and set off spikes of glucose that can upset blood sugar levels. Frequently eating "bad" carbs like white bread, white rice, sugary sodas and sweets can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Most people have heard about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, but did you know that the more richly colored fruits and vegetables offer even more benefits? That's because many of the deeply colored plants contain phytochemicals—chemicals that protect against viruses, bacteria and fungi.
Supplementation is a complicated topic, and as a functional-medicine practitioner, I believe that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for anything health related.
That said, I can tell you that there are four supplements I recommend to many of my patients, simply because so many people in our health-starved society need what they offer. They aren’t cure-alls by but each of them offers a boost to wellness.
Imagine your doctor scribbling on his prescription pad. “Here,” he says as he tears off the sheet, “I think this will help.” You look at it and it simply says, Get a pet.
Pets provide companionship and unconditional love, which no doubt provides tremendous emotional benefits, but numerous studies show that having pets provides significant physical benefits as well.
We all have pivotal moments that define our direction in life. Dr. Tom Sult shares a failure that completely redirected his journey to care for patients; that critical shift from treating diseases to treating people.
Dr. Tom Sult explains the difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine. It's mindblowingly simple, and in 90 seconds, he'll have you asking yourself, "Why doesn't my doctor work this way?"
Tom Sult's recent book launch brought back fond memories of his father's 80th birthday. This piece is a reminder to share our thoughts and feelings today, and not wait until someone is gone to cherish them.
Tom Sult works what look like miracles at his office in Minneapolis. He wouldn't refer to them as miracles though. He calls them successive improvements...
In this RTC podcast, Erin Cohen leads us through the story of Aaron, a young Autistic boy in dire straights who meets Dr. Tom Sult when he is four and a half years old.
At 1:50 hear how challenging this young boy with Autism was when they met. At 5:40, you'll hear something you've never heard about the relation between Autism and diet. At 15:15 Dr. Sult describes an almost unbelievable shift. Hear the plot twist at 16:15. And at 16:44 you'll wish Tom was your family doctor.
Dr. Thomas Sult unveils the correlation between illlness and language. And while he writes from the perspective of releasing ourselves from disease, see if you can find the greater opportunity this piece presents...