Are You Eating Dessert for Breakfast?

At IHOP, dessert is what’s for breakfast. Menu items such as New York cheesecake or raspberry white chocolate pancakes have 83 grams of sugar. That’s 21 teaspoons, while the daily recommended amount is no more than 12 teaspoons. The average American consumes 23 teaspoons of sugar each day. Other sweet treats are disguised as healthy … Continued

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When the Lights Go Down in the City

The American Medical Association (AMA) issued a policy statement at their annual meeting in Chicago on June 14 regarding street lighting. Many cities are replacing their high pressure sodium lamps with long-lasting LEDs to save money on energy and maintenance. The AMA issued guidelines of how to choose LEDs that minimize harmful human health and … Continued

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Common OTC Drugs Bring Risk of Dementia

Anticholinergics, including sleep aids, hay fever pills, and flu relievers, are sold over the counter and by prescription. They work by blocking a neurotransmitter in the brain and body. These common drugs treat many things and range from antihistamines to anti-vertigo drugs to muscle relaxants. Brand names for these drugs include Benadryl, Tylenol PM, Advil … Continued

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A Dangerous Line: Unknowingly Dependent on Pain Meds

Pam Makowski of Columbus, Ohio, returned to work a couple weeks after hip replacement surgery.  Her recovery was stunted by a painful complication which nearly paralyzed her leg. She took the recommended dose of pain medication, Percocet, four times each day. Several weeks after her surgery, she noticed she was sweating profusely at odd times, … Continued

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Therapy & Antidepressants Equally Treat Depression

Randomized controlled trials from 1990 through September 2015 compared second-generation antidepressants (SGAs) to non-drug treatments, such as therapy, acupuncture, St John’s Wort, and exercise. A review of the trials found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was just as effective at treating depression as antidepressants. Due to the lack of harmful side effects, non-drug options should … Continued

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Is BMI a Poor Determination of Healthiness?

When watching the Super Bowl or any other sporting event where the athletes have strength-trained to gain massive amounts of muscle, did you ever think that those fit and strong players were considered overweight? Body mass index (BMI) is a number calculated by dividing one’s weight (kg) by height squared (m). The CDC rates a … Continued

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Exercise is the Best Treatment for Lower-Back Pain

Back pain is universal, a common problem that can last from days to years. The market is full of gadgets and treatments, such as ergonomic chairs and back belts, to alleviate pain. In the past few years, the United States has spent around $80 billion on pain treatments, imaging, surgery, medication, and missed work. Researchers … Continued

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Warning: Sugar Content Higher Than It May Appear

Warning labels can be found on beer, cigarettes, and medications. Now a warning label may be coming to a sugary beverage near you. Eating healthy in America is hard. Some believe that regulations and taxes could curb potential health hazards – such as sugary beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sport drinks. California, New York, … Continued

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Talk to Your Doctor about Cooking

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates According to recent polls, less than a quarter of physicians feel they have been trained adequately to give dietary advice to their patients. Physicians mention the importance of diet all the time, but don’t explain any of the particulars to patients. Most medical … Continued

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