Swapping Food: a better choice for your health

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05/26/2015
The waiter arrives to take your breakfast order. You ask for the buttermilk pancakes and coffee with cream. The waiter says, “What would you like on the side? Cottage cheese or bacon?”Let’s admit it: the waiter has presented you with a guilt-inducing choice. If you’re a carnivore, you know the cottage cheese isn’t nearly as satisfying as the bacon. Cottage cheese is even farther away from bacon Read More...

Stress and Your Heart

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05/06/2015
This may come as a surprise: the word “stress” as we know it is relatively new. Initially used by physicists to refer to a force that causes strain on a physical body, “stress” was taken up by physiologists and biologists only in the 1920s. The basic concept is that a stressor—that which causes the stress—acts upon something that is in relative equilibrium, and throws that equilibrium off.An Read More...

Tweeting For Your Health

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04/29/2015
A longtime ago, before social media, I was sitting in an outdoor coffee shop in Los Angeles. A man of about sixty-five whom I had never met engaged me in conversation. He was just saying pleasantries, but I quickly sensed something was wrong, so I asked him if he was okay.He said, “No.” He proceeded to tell me that he had had a pacemaker implanted about a week before and he was very, very afraid. Read More...

Osteoporosis in Women (and Men)

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04/22/2015
Our bodies are like well-built houses: made of natural materials and impressive architectural strategies: joints, valves, even ornamental features that serve the cause of beauty. As with houses, maintenance and upkeep are required. If our bones are like the foundation and structural support of our bodies, age brings termites and water damage.Osteoporosis is a combination of two Greek words meaning Read More...

Damaging Neurological Diseases

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04/10/2015
Sobering exercise: peruse the list of neurological disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association.So much can go so wrong with our precious brains. And aging is not our side. Most people reading this blog will have firsthand experience of at least one of the more than 600 neurological diseases and disorders Read More...

Heart Healthy, Easy Snacks

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03/30/2015
Our foraging ancestors—heck, even our great grandparents—would never have imagined the predicament we’re in: trying to decrease our caloric intake while we wade through a sea of quick, cheap, delicious snack foods!Technological and agricultural revolutions have brought on the previously unimaginable. Our taste buds and are the winners, but our waistlines, hearts, and pancreases are the losers. Read More...

Are Fad Workouts Helpful or Harmful?

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03/18/2015
Sometime around the 5th century BC, a messenger ran 26 miles from the town of Marathon to the town of Athens to announce a Greek victory over the Persians. As soon as he had shared his good news, he died. And a new workout was born.We humans are always coming up with new ways to get what we want. Aside from, let’s say, money and love, what everybody seems to want most is health and beauty. In Read More...

Chemicals in Cosmetics: The Forgotten Toxins

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03/09/2015
What price do we pay for beauty? We certainly spend a lot of money on cosmetics, that's for sure. The U.S. cosmetics industry brought in nearly $60 billion in revenue last year. But are we paying the ultimate price with our health? When George Santayana wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” we're pretty sure he wasn't referring to cosmetics. Still, the adage works Read More...

Hormone Therapy: Risks Outweigh Any Rewards

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02/25/2015
Of all the body’s systems, one of the most mysterious to common knowledge (and to medical science) is the endocrine system, a series of mostly small organs that produce and secrete hormones via glands: the thyroid, the hypothalamus, the pineal gland. These glands plug away every day, and most of us are quite unaware of them…until there’s a problem. Problems that could bring these glands to our Read More...

Organic Dairy Regulations: What Makes a Cow "Organic?"

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02/19/2015
Today more than ever before, people are concerned about the safety and integrity of their food – where it comes from and what goes into it – and the same is true of dairy products. Many people have a basic understanding of what organic produce means: no chemicals and no pesticides. But what are the regulations for organic dairy? We know cows make milk, but do you know what makes cows “organic?” Read More...

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