Vision & Hearing

Vision and hearing are two of our most important senses. It’s how we take in the world around us, and ensuring that you maintain good eyesight and hearing throughout your life will help you as you age.

Ease Your Computer Eyestrain

woman covering her eyes to deal with eye strain
We’ve all been told that it’s not polite to stare—but it’s not inherently unhealthy. Just rude. However, the same is not true if you’re staring at a computer, cell phone, tablet, or e-reader. The American Optometric Association tells us that the average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer. I’ll bet the […]

Prevent Macular Degeneration with Supplements

close up on blue eye
Impaired vision and total blindness are far more common than most people realize. In fact, more people lose vision to some degree than lose hearing or cognitive function. I don’t know why so little attention is paid to what can be a very serious problem. Especially when the most common form of impaired vision is […]

8 Vitamins for Eye Health

Close up on woman's eyes
When I was growing up, my mother always told me to eat my carrots. Carrots are great for your eyes, she would say. They’ll help you see well at night. Today, I know she was absolutely right. The beta-carotene in carrots is essential for eye health. But it turns out that the link between nutrition […]

Hearing Aids for Emotional Wellbeing

Too many people deal with hearing loss by turning up the TV or accusing others of mumbling. This is classic denial behavior. I see it in my patients all the time, and it creates real problems for the person with hearing loss, as well as their family members. But there are good solutions—so hear me […]

Preserve Your Hearing with Supplements and Ear Plugs

man with a hand cupping his ear
Misunderstanding directions, constantly asking people to repeat themselves, avoiding noisy restaurants and social events — these are just a few of the issues created by hearing difficulties. I am not a hearing specialist or otolaryngologist, but I have counseled enough patients with difficulty hearing to know that this is an invisible health problem that has […]

Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms, Risks, and Prevention

Senior man sitting on a wooden bench and looking at camera, in a park
If you know someone with Parkinson’s disease, you know how difficult it can be to live with this illness. Often, Parkinson’s begins with tiny, almost imperceptible changes – a bit of tremor in the hand, anxiety, constipation, stiff muscles, movements that feel slow or heavy, the sensation that a leg or foot is “dragging,” depression, […]

Salmon Dip with Crunchy Romaine Leaves

Salmon is an excellent source of good fats known as omega-3 fatty acids. Canned salmon (I prefer the small 5- or 6-ounce cans that do not contain bones or skin) is less expensive than fillets. It’s already cooked, so it’s perfectly suited to this easy and festive holiday dip. To keep calories low, I like […]

Pan-Fried Trout with Honey

Trout contains the same healthy omega-3 fatty acids as salmon, but it’s less expensive, and many people prefer its mild flavor. If you’re not a trout lover, this easy recipe may change your mind. Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 trout fillets (about 4 to 6 ounces each) 1 lemon, cut in half 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/3 […]

Roasted Winter Squash Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds

Save those seeds! Every time you prepare a squash or pumpkin, set aside the seeds for snacking. They’re easy to roast, plus squash and pumpkin seeds are full of nutritional goodness, including protein, good fats, and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, and the cold fighter zinc. Serves 4 Ingredients: 1 cup winter squash seeds or […]
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