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Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a flat band of ligaments that connects the heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is strained, it gets weak, swollen and irritated. This condition is called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is responsible for about 2 million medical visits per year. As we age, the condition affects males more often than females due to the deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the heel after the age of 40.

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is a by-the-numbers biopic

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” tells the fictionalized true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant unschooled mathematician whose work changed the field. Let me stop you before you say “A Beautiful Mind” or “The Imitation Game.” This biopic, from writer-director Matthew Brown, is a dutiful effort that never quite adds up to those vastly superior efforts.

Psychology at play for some who text and drive

Q. I have a friend who was seriously hurt in an accident a few weeks ago because a teenage girl was texting and ran her off the road. Although my friend will be fine, I am very angry that so many people don’t realize the harm they are causing others by texting or reading texts while they are driving. Please address the dangers this is causing not only to teens, but to all other innocent people.

Mindset

For most people who need to lose body fat and gain strength, it can be argued that programming doesn’t matter much and that there is probably not a “best” nutrition plan. Now, I hope everyone knows that I’m not proposing an “eat Twinkies and lose weight diet” or a “sit your way to a 15 minute 5K” plan. What I am saying is that if you’re starting at (or near) zero, there are many things that CAN work. It’s all about your mindset.

Verbal abuse is still abuse

Q. My daughter is being verbally abused by her husband. She says she loves him, and denies that he is abusive, but I have overheard the arguments, and I know she is in denial. He throws things and screams about everything, especially when he’s drinking. She was so self-assured, and now she is scared of everything. What can I do to help her realize there is a problem in her marriage?

All drinks are too many during pregnancy

Q. In one of my college classes, the instructor said that one should not drink alcohol at all during pregnancy. My gynecologist said it was OK as long as I only had one drink. Two other girls in class said that their doctor told them the same thing, and they continued to drink throughout their pregnancies. What is the right answer?

Exercise and eye health

The role of exercise in promoting good overall health is well established, especially in relation to preventing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. The role of physical activity on good eye health, which was once in short supply, is mounting as well. It is becoming evident that exercise is very important in helping to prevent some of the most common and most serious eye conditions.

Stagger not at the promises

(As it is written, “I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (Romans 4:17-21 KJV)

Genetics and Fitness

Here’s a shocker — we’re all different. We have different body types, different cellular reactions from foods, different strengths and different weaknesses. So it should come as no surprise that we each have different behaviors that we’re more likely to succeed in … and that we will have more difficulty in.

Depression not character flaw

Q. I am in my second semester of college. Lately I have been feeling depressed for the first time ever and falling behind in my work. I have talked with a school counselor and she agreed that I’m depressed. She suggested medication and therapy. My parents, who are paying for my insurance, are highly against medication and “telling my problems to a stranger.” They tell me that my problem is my lack of faith in God and that I don’t pray enough. I feel so confused. Please help.

Food for Thought - Fighting memory loss

Nearly 3.4 million Americans suffer from memory loss and another 5.4 million Americans over the age of 70 suffer from memory loss that impacts their ability to live independently. Memory loss is described as unusual forgetfulness or amnesia, which effects the ability to remember new events, recall past events or both. Some memory loss may be short term or transient. However, prolonged or worsening memory loss may be associated with an organic disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Cast of ‘The Choice’ picks their 5 favorite love stories

Maggie Grace’s role in Nicholas Sparks’ locally filmed “The Choice” was almost too easy, the actress admitted on set in 2014. Her supporting role is that of the intuitive sister of leading man Benjamin Walker. She’s the first to recognize that the neighbor he’s butting heads with, played by Teresa Palmer, is actually his soulmate. “I just show up and root for love,” Grace said.

One man’s spiritual journey captured in ‘Risen’

Just in time for Lent, and from the same folks behind “Heaven Is For Real,” comes the faith-based “Risen.” It isn’t so much the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as it is the telling of how one man found faith when he discovered Yeshua, as Jesus is called here. So, don’t expect an Old Testament swords-and-sandals actioner. This isn’t that movie, no matter what the trailer promises.

Maximize your ‘fitness’ time

Just as in life, there are many cliches in the realm of health and fitness. One that most of us have heard is: “doing something is better than doing nothing.” While that may be true, is that the extent to which we value our time and effort? Not me! And as a result, I strive to make sure I am getting maximum benefit out of the time I do have. The time we dedicate to our health should be highly valued as well. In the interest of maximizing your “fitness time,” I’d like to introduce the overload principle.

God is love

Valentine’s Day is set aside to show love to one another and many people get gifts and expressions of love. Some people don’t get these things though and are lonely.

Each new prescription should have list of questions

Q. I’ve been having panic attacks for the past few months. I know what they are because I had them when I was younger. Now, I am also experiencing some depression. I have an appointment with my doctor to discuss medication for both of these. I get nervous, and forget to ask questions about medications. Can you give me a list of what I need to ask?

Seth Grahame-Smith’s Jane Austen-zombie mash-up makes it to the screen

When Seth Grahame-Smith came up with the idea for a mash-up of Jane Austen’s most popular book and a tale of today’s probably equally popular armies of the undead — resulting in the 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — he had no idea that it would be such a huge success. He went on to have another hit with another genre novel, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and though that book’s film adaptation fizzled at the box office, the new film of “PPZ” has some very strong buzz going. Grahame-Smith spoke about the book recently in West Hollywood.

Comic talent saves goofy ‘Zoolander No. 2’

Fifteen years later, Ben Stiller and his teeny-weeny flip phone are back on the runway for a continuation of his fashion-industry farce in “Zoolander No. 2.” And Stiller, who also co-wrote and directs, accessorizes his movie with the same fun and goofy energy as the first, even if the story is thinner than Kate Moss.

Is juice as bad as soda?

Many studies show that a high soft drink intake is associated with an increased caloric intake and an increase in body weight. Soda consumption is also correlated to a decreased intake in calcium and other nutrients and an increased risk of many diseases (such as diabetes). This is all due to their high sugar content.