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How Larry the Cable Guy May Be Giving You Alzheimer’s

If we were to follow Larry the Cable Guy’s advice, almost everyone would be taking an acid-blocking drug. Somehow, we are being convinced that getting rid of stomach acid is agood thing. This is the very same stomach acid that activates digestive enzymes and allows us to absorb Vitamin B12. … Continue reading

The HCG Diet: Yet another ineffective quick fix diet plan and supplement

I contribute biweekly to Science-Based Medicine and could easily devote every post to writing about weight loss supplements, and never run out of topics. As soon as one quick fix falls out of favour, another inevitably replaces it. Some wax and wane in popularity. And pharmacies don’t help the situation. … Continue reading

How the sugar industry has distorted health science for more than 50 years

The sugar industry has a long history of shaping nutrition policy in the United States, working to mask the potential risks of consuming too much of the sweet stuff. It wasn’t until this year, for instance, that the US Dietary Guidelines finally recommended people keep their consumption of added sugars … Continue reading

How Much Your Weight Can Change in a Day

You lose weight every day – here’s where it goes If you’ve ever weighed yourself when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed, you’ve probably noticed the numbers on the scale weren’t the same. Our body weight can actually fluctuate about 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) … Continue reading

Testosterone levels 5x lower reported by men taking long-acting chronic pain meds

The study is the first to show a significant difference in risk between short-acting and long-acting opioids Low testosterone levels occur five times more often among men who take long-acting instead of short-acting opioids for chronic pain, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in The Clinical Journal of … Continue reading

More Fiber Lowers BP

Increasing dietary insoluble fiber intake may markedly lower systolic blood pressure. Whole wheat and wheat bran foods are abundant dietary sources of insoluble fiber. GS Aljuraiban, from Imperial College London (United Kingdom), and colleagues analyzed data collected on 2,195 men and women, ages 40 to 59 years, enrolled in the … Continue reading

Researchers find molecular link behind aspirin’s protective powers

Aspirin’s ability to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and colon cancer has been a welcome, yet puzzling, attribute of the pain reliever that has been a mainstay in medicine cabinets for more than 100 years. Now researchers at Duke Health have identified a new mechanism of aspirin’s action … Continue reading

Top Summer Fitness Tips

Summer is here and people are making vacation plans. In order to get ready for that cruise or family vacation, many are looking for ways to get lean, eliminate bloating and lose weight. Here are the top fitness tips to get in great summer shape: Foods to Avoid Losing weight … Continue reading

Five steps for Better Sleep

Count your victories. As you close your eyes, review your day, choosing to focus your attention on all the things that went well for you. This is a great exercise to help you stay more positive, develop self-awareness and self-esteem. Use affirmations. Place a smile on your face, to express gratitude. … Continue reading

What to Know Before Taking Iron

You may know someone with iron deficiency. I’m here to talk to you about different forms of iron supplementation. For one reason or another, a physician may recommend iron.  There are many forms of iron and it is important to understand the difference between the amount of iron salt and … Continue reading

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