Magnesium / Nutrition / Research / April 2, 2014

It must be tough living in the shadow of a giant – but that is what magnesium does every day. The need for calcium has been drummed into us since childhood, but almost to the exclusion of magnesium. The result is 57% of Americans do not meet the US RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) for magnesium intake! And if you’re in the majority who fall short on magnesium, it explains why you are more stressed and have less energy than you feel you should. Just as one missing mini microchip will prevent your computer or phone from working, your body without magnesium will prevent you from operating too. Why Magnesium Is Critical Magnesium is essential for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps: regulate muscle and nerve function; support a healthy immune system; keep bones strong; keep your heart…

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Blog / Bone-Healthy Living / Research / April 1, 2014

Guest Author : Dr. Karen Wyatt is a hospice and family physician who writes extensively on spirituality and medicine, especially at the end-of-life. She is the author of the award-winning book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.” Connect with her at karenwyattmd.com, on Facebook at fb.com/WhatReallyMattersWithKarenWyatt and on Twitter @spiritualmd. The word resilience technically describes the ability of an object to return to its original form after being bent, compressed or stretched. For us human beings resilience is a quality that determines how well we cope with adversity in life, whether it comes to us as physical, emotional or spiritual difficulty. This is an important subject for all of us right now because life on planet earth is becoming more and more precarious, exposing each of us to new difficulties all the time.…

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Nutrition / Research / March 3, 2014

Did you know the FDA banned aspartame twice – due to it causing brain tumors. Yet somehow it is still for sale?! The appeal of it, despite the risks is its low caloric content. Being approximately 60 to 220 times sweeter than sucrose, very small amounts of aspartame are needed for sweetening. So we’ve been sold that we can have our cake and eat it – and stay slim. Too good to be true? The studies say yes. Because research on this controversial sweetener led me to headlines like “European Safety Review of Aspartame a Whitewash, Says CSPI”. And ten different study paper summaries said aspartame “induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice”, leads to “urinary tract tumors” “kidney function decline in women” “leukemia in men and women” “oxidative stress in the brains of rats” “associated…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / February 18, 2014

Menopause is the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. It is the time life when the ovaries cease to function. It doesn’t happen overnight; the onset is a gradual process. It usually begins at 51 years on average, but menopause can occur in the 30s or as late as the 60s. For most women menopause lasts approximately 2 to 10 years, usually from their mid-forties to mid-fifties. There is no way to reliably test to know when a woman will experience menopause. Vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, vaginal and urinary symptoms, and mood changes are just some of the symptoms, along with nervousness, irritability, insomnia and headaches. Estrogen, the primary “female” hormone, prompts the health and growth of the female reproductive organs, and keeps the vagina moisturized, well supplied with blood and elastic. During menopause, estrogen levels generally decline but…

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Exercise / Research / February 5, 2014

Guest Author : Lorena Santacruz is a Yoga Teacher, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and Fitness Instructor at FitGa   The benefits of regular exercise (reducing your risk of chronic and debilitating illness such as diabetes and arthritis while at the same time increasing your cardiovascular health and lung function) far outweigh the excuses for not adding it to your life! Unfortunately for older adults and the elderly dealing with osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments can make staying strong, healthy, motivated and physically active quite a challenge! Older adults should start slowly. Try adding just five minutes of exercise into your daily routine and gradually increase the time to 30 minutes a day. It’s also important to add strengthening exercises twice a week to reduce muscle and bone loss and increase your flexibility and strength. My two recommended go…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / January 30, 2014

Have you heard the term “off label use” in passing, or in the news or from a friend? It refers to medications your doctor may be prescribing to you that have not necessarily been studied for that particular condition or disease. The manufacturers of the medicines, and their agents argue that the ability to make off label claims is a benefit to the end consumer as costs are reduced. But the flipside is that it can be dangerous for the consumer who becomes the guinea pig, and some argue, simply because it’s profitable for the producers. As well, the dollars you think you’re saving can vanish as health insurers often wriggle out of covering off label prescriptions. Many times this off label feud has ended up in federal court, with hundreds of millions of dollars in fines being levied against…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / January 7, 2014

Two old men in a retirement village were sitting on a park bench and one said to the other, ”How do you feel? I mean, you’re 82 years old, how do you really feel?” ”Honestly, I feel like a newborn baby,” says the second gentleman. “Oh? How’s that?” asks the first gent. “I’ve got no hair, no teeth, and I just wet myself!” I hope that joke gave you a bit of a chuckle, because that little bout of laughter can be very good for your health. And who doesn’t want to be more happy? Below are a list of reasons why laughter is, indeed, the best medicine. 1. Laughter actually improves your quality of life It’s been proven time and again, if you’re laughing, you feel better all over. Chances are, the two gents in the joke above are…

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Nutrition / Research / November 5, 2013

Sugar, one of the most enjoyable items to eat, is also arguably the most unhealthy for us. It is because it tastes so good that we eat as much of it as we do – which makes it hard to curb. And the volume we swallow every year seems to increase, along with a whole host of health problems that go along with it. The statistics say that we’re eating a half pound of it every day, double the amounts of 100 years ago! Believable when you snoop around and learn all the places that sugar is hidden in large amounts: pasta sauce, bologna, bagels, cheese spread, baked beans, yogurt, granola bars and many many other places. (1) Have You Ever Said “I Can’t Stop Eating It”? Probably. We all have. But don’t beat yourself up too much about it.…

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