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Health Concerns

  • Double Your Weight Loss With a Plant-Based Diet

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | June 21, 2017

    plant-based-dietThere’s one question that nearly everyone wants answered: which diet will really help me maintain a healthy weight? New research presented this week from the Physicians Committee’s Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, at the American Diabetes Association’s 77th Scientific Sessions finds a plant-based vegetarian diet is the answer.

    Dr. Kahleova’s research shows that a vegetarian diet centered around vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes is twice as effective at boosting weight loss, compared to a traditional diabetes diet. For the study, she split 74 adults into two groups Read more

  • Alternatives to NSAIDs

    by Paula Gallagher | June 14, 2017

    knee-painAccording to the CDC, as many as 54 million Americans  have been told by their doctors that they have arthritis. Arthritis usually leads to restriction of physical activity, increasing the risks of heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and depression. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, are most commonly prescribed to provide pain relief for arthritis.

    These drugs only provide temporary relief and may even lead to further deterioration of the joint and surrounding tissue. Read more

  • How to Choose a Natural Toothpaste

    by Paula Gallagher | June 12, 2017

    brushing-teethPicking a toothpaste can be very confusing. With promises of minty fresh breath, stronger enamel and whiter teeth, the toothpaste industry has become very competitive. Conventional toothpastes usually contain many chemicals, from fluoride and triclosan to sodium laureth sulphate and artificial sweeteners. One segment of this industry that is growing is natural toothpaste.

    Here are the most common chemicals to AVOID in toothpastes:

    1. Fluoride. The chemical most commonly found in toothpaste is sodium fluoride (also just labeled as fluoride). Read more

  • Improving Thyroid Function

    by Paula Gallagher | June 6, 2017

    thyroid-healthI was diagnosed with hypothyroidism over 13 years ago. Having an underactive thyroid can cause fatigue, weight gain and sleep problems. However, some people have hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, which can cause weight loss and sleep problems. The thyroid is a little gland that plays a big role in your body, and keeping it running properly with some key nutrients will make a big difference.

    Some research has shown that as many as 59% of Americans have a thyroid condition of some kind. Hypothyroidism is the most common, and it usually crops up in women, people older than 60, and those with a family history of thyroid problems. Read more

  • Sinus Health: 10 Tips for Travelers

    by Dan Gay | May 30, 2017

    travel-healthTravel season has started for many people. For some, this means the beginning of relaxation, but for others travel can bring agonizing sinus pain. Traveling is taxing on your body. It can be downright exhausting. Many people come back from a trip with a sinus infection or a virus. Why is that?

    • Cabins in airplanes recirculate the air. With a few hundred people in close proximity, it's easy to be exposed to viruses and bacteria.

    • Many  of us don’t get enough sleep. Read more

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