Dr. Banik's Eye Health And Wellness Blog

Thoughts and suggestions on how you can maintain health for your vision, mind, and body.

Caffeine and the Migraineur- Friend or Foe?

Caffeine is the world’s most popular drug, found in coffee, tea, energy drinks, and even chocolate. Surprisingly, decaf beverages also contain small quantities of caffeine. And much of the world is addicted, with up to 90% of Americans consuming caffeine on a daily...

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The Blind Side- Visual Loss After Stroke

First, imagine a vertical line coming down and splitting your vision exactly in half. Then imagine your vision on one side of that line being entirely missing, or black.  You would be seeing only ½ of the world.  This is what many patients who have had strokes...

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Migraine- When Medications Don’t Work…

Did you know that 1 out of 10 people have a history of migraine? That's a staggering number, over 33 million people in the US alone! With those odds, you or someone you know, such as a family member, friend, or coworker, suffers from debilitating migraine. Why is this...

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What to Eat, and Not to Eat- That’s the Question

A number of foods have been found to benefit the immune system in a range of ways. One group of foods is thought to reduce inflammation in the body, leading to less wear and tear on all your bodily systems, including your immune system. Adding anti-inflammatory foods...

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How Probiotics Can Help Your Immune System

By now, almost everyone has heard of probiotics, the active cultures in a range of dairy products such as yogurt, some cheeses and kefir, and in fermented foods such as miso, kimchi and sauerkraut. Most of these are tasty additions to our diet that can also help...

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Myths and Facts About Boosting Your Immune System

There are a lot of theories on how to boost the immune system to ward off diseases, particularly in reference to cold and flu season, when people are most concerned with avoiding illness when everyone around them seems to be sick. But is there any truth in these...

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New Link Found Between the Brain and Your Immune System

A new study has just revealed a startling hidden connection between the brain and the immune system. Researchers always assumed that there was no lymph system in the brain. Now they have discovered lymphatic pathways hidden deep inside the brain that can help explain...

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Success Strategies for Boosting Your Immune System

Many over the counter products, vitamins and supplements claim to help improve your health, but the best strategies for boosting your immune system involve a number of simple strategies anyone can follow through with. Some of the best success strategies to boost your...

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Alcohol And The Gluten Free Dieter

When you’re eliminating gluten, it’s important to consider booze and the gluten free dieter. How will you be affected by alcoholic beverages? You may not have thought much about how alcohol is made, but it can affect your exposure to gluten. Any beverages that are...

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A Gluten-Free Grocery List

When you have gluten intolerance, it helps to have a gluten free grocery list as a reference. The good news is that many foods are naturally gluten free and you probably already eat many of them. Grains - You’ll want to avoid wheat, barley, and rye. But that leaves...

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Inflammation and Your Immune System

The word inflammation comes from the Latin inflammare, to set on fire. In the context of our immune system, heat, redness, pain and swelling form as a reaction to either injury, or a perceived threat in the body. If you've ever hit your thumb with a hammer, you can...

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How Stress Affects Your Body and Immune System

Stress is a normal part of modern daily life, but most people are not aware of the negative consequences of stress on their health--until it is too late. Some people are able to cope with stress better than others, while others take practical steps to reduce their...

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The Gluten-Free Diet and Your Family

When you’re getting ready to make big changes, you need to think about the gluten-free diet and your family. Should everyone go gluten free? Or is it too much? It’s important to understand how to feed your family in a healthy way. Eliminating gluten means eliminating...

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Modern Agriculture and Human Gut Health

If you've done much research on gut health, you already know that antibiotics, even when prescribed and used correctly, can really do a number on your digestive health. While they're killing off the pathogens they were meant to eliminate, antibiotics also rid your...

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But Whole Grains Are Supposed To Be Good For You

For years, we've been taught that eating whole grain foods - from bread to pasta - is what's best for building good health. And whole grain truly is better than the refined version of foods: more vitamins are retained, a lot more of the beneficial fiber is available....

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Fermentation Myths Busted

Fermented foods can help to improve your health and wellness. But there’s a lot of misinformation about these probiotic foods. Learn the truth behind some of the myths and misconceptions…

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Probiotics Are Pro-Health

You’ve probably been prescribed antibiotics throughout your life to fight infections. And you’ve definitely seen antibacterial soaps and detergents. That must mean all bacteria are bad, right? The truth is that many bacteria are actually very good…

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