Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

The Power of Vinegar

As I read the Parade section in last week’s Sunday Forum, the headline of an advertisement caught my eye: Vinegar is like a Drugstore in a Bottle.  Since I actually “prescribe” vinegar for certain conditions, it peaked my curiosity. Certain types of vinegar have been touted as a wonder cure for hundreds of ailments since…

Summer Foods That Help Prevent Sun Damage

Summer vacation is winding down, and our thoughts turn to back packs instead of beach balls.   Despite the waning days of warm outdoor play and wake-boarding, we still need to think about sun protection.   In addition to slathering on sunscreen ( I prefer mineral based blocks with zinc and titanium) you might find…

Christmas in July

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True confession: I’ve watched more than one Hallmark Christmas movie this past week. I never knew they had a Christmas in July movie extravaganza! The movies are classic, fairy-tale love stories with an extra twist of holiday spirit, and I’m quite embarrassed that I got sucked into the drama. But I did…. and it was…

Is Happiness the New Rich? Our New Measurements of Joy


I came across a wonderful quote from the online newsletter, Elephant Journal. Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool. Around the same time, I reconnected with Kaia Roman. I quoted her in a previous article about mindfulness for kids at school….

Oh My Aching Head: Catalyst Hosts Wellness Event Focused on Headaches and Migraines June 22, 6-7:30 pm


Most of us suffer from an occasional headache. There’s the sinus headache, the weather headache, the TMJ headache, the stress headache, the PMS headache, the over-tired headache, and of course the dreaded migraine headache. Studies show that about 90% of people experience headaches, but only 5% feel they have migraines. A classic migraine is usually one-sided with…

Feeling overwhelmed by social media? Take back your power.


A few nights ago, after a bedtime story and tucking my son into bed, I picked up my laptop and settled onto the couch. I’d been planning to answer a few emails before bedtime and sort out my to-do list for the following day, but I found myself clicking over to Facebook instead. (Facebook: it’s like a…

Facts on Fat


Does trying to make sense of what is really true in the world of diet and nutrition make your head spin? You are not alone. Let’s focus on fat, maligned as a food and body part. I grew up in the fat-free era. Despite the fact that the United States has cut fat consumption by…

A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Though Mom is often on our mind, finding a special something to honor her might leave you scrambling. Gifts don’t have to be too costly to feel meaningful, thoughtful, and genuinely useful. I like my friend Melissa Schmallenberger’s advice for gifts: Get something consumable or go with an experience. I’ve got several suggestions for you. For…

Why Taking a “Screencation” is Better Than a Vacation.


Researchers say that most Americans spend 70% of their waking hours staring at some sort of digital screen. (I’ve seen a few reports with even scarier numbers, like 90%.) First thing in the morning, all day long at the office, waiting in line at the grocery store, even in the bathroom stall, (come on, admit…

SUPERCHARGE YOUR BRAIN: 3 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Focus and Concentration


Researchers have found that the average person’s attention was 12 seconds in 2000, but it’s just 8 seconds today. The average goldfish: 9 seconds. Wow. Human beings are officially less focused than those tiny fish you carry home in a plastic bag from the carnival. I don’t need to convince you that our world is…

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