Keeping patients healthy and pain-free without resorting to surgery or long-term medications.

Try New Things:
Incorporate More Community Into Your Life

1.  Eat with others.  Try to reach out to one friend or family member each week and ask if you can share a meal together; it's a great way to catch up, listen, and be heard.

2.  Volunteer.  Offer to visit the elderly, read to kids at a children's hospital, or take care of animals at the local shelter. There are numerous ways to get involved! Pick something that speaks to you.

3. Take a class. Check out your local college or community center and see what's available; you can also look at local business for classes in pottery, cooking, yoga, whatever! 

4.  Prioritize spending time with your loved ones. Make an effort to plan special experiences with your friends and family.

5.  Say thanks.  When someone in your life takes the time to do something nice for you, be sure to give them a genuine "Thank you." Pick up the phone or send a nice card, it will show them how much their action meant to you and strengthen your relationship with that person.

6. Adopt a pet. If you're feeling lonely, getting a four-legged friend can be a really fun solution. Dogs are especially helpful in this sense because, in addition to keeping you company, they get you out of the house and make it easy to meet and chat with other dog owners while you're enjoying a walk outdoors or spending time at the park.
7. Organize an event. Take the initiative to plan a community event-chances are, you'll be pleasantly surprised by all the people that want to get involved and the number of connections you make in the process.
8. Check in on others. Check in on the people in your life who might be lonely or isolated; even if it seems like this might be a phase for them, it's important to let them know they're not alone and that they have a support system ready and willing to help. 

While it might seem intimidating to branch out of loneliness, it can do wonders for your health, attitude, and mindset. Even if you're not lonely, think about what you can do to work on the relationships you have and help others who might be feeling isolated.

Taking a few of these simple steps to create new connections and build your personal community is a vital part of any wellness plan. 

By Mark Hyman, MD
Did You Know?

Smartphone Addiction is Real... and It's Getting Worse

Does the "ding" of your phone have you dropping whatever you're doing to see who "liked" your latest Facebook status? Are you answering work emails before rubbing the sleep from your eyes? Does a low battery icon leave you quivering in fear? You, my friend, are likely suffering from nomophobia.

Nomophobia is the fear of being without your smartphone, or more simply smartphone addiction, and it's a "first world problem" that's showing no signs of slowing down, regardless of age. And while it might sound silly - can you really be addicted to a handheld device? - the implications are real.

Nomophobia hurts your personal connections, increases feelings of anxiety, and effects your sleep.  Find out the damage that nomophobia does, the signs that you're addicted, and 5 steps to ending your smartphone addiction.
Natural Wellness

Thinning Hair

Men and women of all ages yearn for thicker, fuller hair, especially when thinning hair becomes a visibly noticeable problem. Thankfully, there are natural treatments for thinning hair like balancing hormones, reducing stress, eating a proper diet and more.

The average adult head has about 100,000 to 150,000 hairs and loses around 50 to 100 hairs each day. That may sound like a lot, but it's actually completely normal. You might think that losing so many hairs would make your hair look thinner, but that's only if the normal process of new hair growth isn't up to speed. As long as hair regrowth and hair loss are in proper balance, hair thinning isn't a problem, but for a lot of people hair loss is a daily concern. Aside from the less than ideal appearance of thinning hair, there is the greater fear that the thinning will turn into permanent  hair loss and baldness.

Supplement Corner:
Coconut Charcoal

Toxins from low quality, processed food, and environmental pollution are a real problem. It is important to help the body eliminate them to promote a health digestive system and brain. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and more rapid aging.

Charcoal has been used for centuries as a natural and powerful detoxifier, and is still used in Western medicine today. Bulletproof™ Coconut Charcoal is a highly adsorbent material with millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind, and remove unwanted materials when suspect food and drink is consumed. 

Bulletproof™ Coconut Charcoal is an ultra-pure charcoal supplement made entirely from coconut shells. Bulletproof™ takes extra  care in the manufacturing of Coconut Charcoal to help wash away toxic heavy metals. The expert processing that goes into Coconut Charcoal results in ultra-fine charcoal with  the most possible surface area, creating maximum adsorption and benefit. 

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