Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founder of Proactive Health Labs (http://www.phlabs.org), a national non-profit health information company that provides education and tools needed to achieve optimal health. Her most recent book is Minerals - The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy, available through Amazon, iTunes and bookstores.

Latest Posts By Joy Stephenson-Laws

3 weeks ago

How Knowing Your Insulin Levels Can Help You Prevent More than Diabetes After 60

As boomers, we’re used to having our blood glucose levels measured during our annual physicals. After all, our risk for developing diabetes increases with age. Many of us now know our A1C levels as well as our cholesterol, iron and…

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4 weeks ago

Want to Keep Mentally Sharp? Get Enough Good Quality Sleep

The idea that “older people do not need much sleep” has been shown to be a myth. Many of us have experienced how not getting enough sleep leaves us – grouchy, not as quick-on-the-draw mentally, tired or perhaps feeling low or anxious…

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2 months ago

Boomer Women and Insomnia: Think Twice Before Taking a Sleeping Pill!

Contrary to what you may have heard, the amount of sleep you need as you get older doesn´t decrease. Boomers need about as much sleep – between seven and nine hours – as younger adults. Unfortunately, the amount of sleep you actually get…

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2 months ago

How Building Trust with Your Doctor Can Improve Treatment Outcomes

I come from a family of medical professionals. So, it’s no surprise that my belief and trust in the medical profession, and those who practice, it has always been high. As a result, it may have been a little easier for me to see the human side of physicians…

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3 months ago

“Drinking Our Meals” Can Play an Important Role in Our Health

I recently had some dental work done and the oral surgeon told me I would need to be on a liquid diet for a while. My first thought was literally “yuck” as I imagined my meals being nothing more exciting or appetizing than bouillon and gelatin…

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4 months ago

Stay Mentally Sharp! Another Good Reason to Manage Your Blood Pressure After 60

I do my best to keep up with the latest research about high blood pressure (hypertension) because this illness has had such an awful impact on many of my family members and friends. So, understandably, the cardiovascular risks…

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4 months ago

The Importance of Vitamin C for Older Women… and a Few Problem Signs

For the longest time, I used to associate vitamin C deficiency with scurvy. Maybe this was from watching too many pirate movies when I was younger or my interest in maritime history that came from growing up on an island. For whatever reason…

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5 months ago

Think You’re Getting Enough Protein? You May Want to Think Again!

There are some nutrients that we all tend to worry about not getting enough of as we age. I would put calcium in this group. We are usually so concerned about not including enough calcium in our diet that we take any number of supplements…

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6 months ago

How to Cope with a Loss of Appetite After 60

According to statistics, up to 30 percent of us will experience changes in appetite as we age. This is a complaint my mom started having in her mid-60s. Foods she loved to eat as a teen or young adult just didn’t whet her appetite anymore…

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7 months ago

How to Stay in the Zinc “Goldilocks” Zone

Zinc is an amazing nutrient because it plays such a critical role in keeping us healthy. It is technically classified as a “micronutrient” since we need so very little of it. Many older women, for example, only need about 8 milligrams a day. Our bodies cannot…

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