The Heart of the Matter: Understanding Heart Disease

The Heart of the Matter: Understanding Heart Disease February is American Heart Month. Despite it being the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease is often misunderstood. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four Americans dies from heart disease. However, according to the American Heart Association, 80% of heart disease incidents could be avoided with the … Continue reading The Heart of the Matter: Understanding Heart Disease

Buns (in the Oven) of Steel: Why I Exercise While Pregnant

Buns (in the Oven) of Steel: Why I Exercise While Pregnant Here it comes again — that insidious tickle in the back of my nose, alerting me. And here I am in the grocery store, where any sneeze attracts enough unwanted attention during a global pandemic. A sneeze is undesirable for most any expectant mother due to the lack of bladder control, but add that … Continue reading Buns (in the Oven) of Steel: Why I Exercise While Pregnant

Bread of Life: Should You Eat or Eschew Carbohydrates in 2021?

Bread of Life: Should You Eat or Eschew Carbohydrates in 2021? We’ve all been there — when you think it’s a good idea to cut out carbs as a way to lose some weight fast. You think to yourself, I will finally get rid of my extra belly fat just in time for summer. All I have to do is cut out carbs! A few … Continue reading Bread of Life: Should You Eat or Eschew Carbohydrates in 2021?

Understanding the Vagus Nerve: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Understanding the Vagus Nerve: Not All Who Wander Are Lost The vagus nerve has been around for a while — it’s part of the body, after all — but you might have recently started hearing more about it. The word “vagus,” which is Latin for “wander,” is a fitting name for this complex pathway connecting your head and your gut — a path also known … Continue reading Understanding the Vagus Nerve: Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Pioneer, Inventor and Inspiration: Meet Dr. “Mac” Sims

Pioneer, Inventor and Inspiration: Meet Dr. “Mac” Sims Dr. Hewatt McGraw “Mac” Sims is a pioneer of the orthopedic world, specializing in spinal surgery. He has changed the game in medicine by being an inventor, educator and teacher. His invention, The Syzygy Stabilization, has helped many battling with spondylolisthesis, a disease that causes one of the lower vertebrae to slip forward onto the bone directly … Continue reading Pioneer, Inventor and Inspiration: Meet Dr. “Mac” Sims