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Caring for Your Liver

Every single person today has a liver that needs proper care. Your liver plays a fundamental and critical role in your health and in what your health will look like in 20 years.

Mozart as Medicine

We’ve been playing music since the Paleolithic Era, 40,000 years ago. Music as therapy has been documented since at least biblical times. The first music therapy experiment was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1914.

What is "Normal" Blood Pressure

For the first 90% of our evolution, humans ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day. Why? Because we ate mostly plants. Since we went millions of years without salt shakers, our bodies evolved into salt-conserving machines...

Animal Protein Linked to Death

A study released this week shows that among two very large American study populations (female nurses and male health professionals), those that consumed the most animal protein compared to plant protein had a higher risk of death, particularly cardiovascular disease.

Why You Should Care About Nutrition

Does it really matter what we eat? Well, the good news is, we have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity. The majority of premature death and disability is preventable, with a healthy enough diet. It’s…the…food.


Does Your Doctor Take Drug Money?

The long-time editor of a prestigious medical journal started his editorial on physicians’ conflicts of interest describing a fantasy that doctors treat patients using simply the best evidence and experience, rather than being influenced by money or self interest.


Meats Cause Cancer

Red and processed meat products are linked to cancer, according to a report from the World Health Organization published today in Lancet Oncology.


GMOs for Profit: The Missing Context of Industrial Agriculture

In Lipids Health Disease, researchers say “spikes” in cholesterol increase free radical activity, triggering inflammation and increasing heart attack risk.


Vitamins a Waste of Money?

About one in three Americans take a multivitamin. Is that helpful, harmful, or just a harmless waste of money?


Cholesterol Ages

In Lipids Health Disease, researchers say “spikes” in cholesterol increase free radical activity, triggering inflammation and increasing heart attack risk.


Pesticides & Produce - What You Need To Know

Studies of farm workers who work with pesticides suggest a link between pesticide use and brain cancer, Parkinsonís disease, multiple myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma, and cancers of the stomach and prostate.


Live Longer with Nuts

We’ve known increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including heart disease and diabetes. But do those who eat nuts actually live longer lives?


The Importance of Fiber

What can fiber do for you? Numerous epidemiologic (population-based) studies have found that diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber are associated with a reduced risk of certain cancers, diabetes, digestive disorders, and heart disease.  


Secrets of Weight Loss

Follow these tips to achieve and maintain your weight-loss goals.


Plant-Based Prescription for Blocked Arteries

What people need to know is that heart disease is not caused by age or genes for the most part. Rather, it comes from things we can control, with meaty diets and smoking at the top of the list. 


Processed Meats Too Dangerous for Consumption

World Cancer Research Fund: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.


Food and Beverages that are harmful to the body

Once you realize the harm caused to your body by unhealthy refined, chemicalized and deficient foods, you’ll want to eliminate these “killers.”  

Happier is Healthier
It's the opposite of a vicious cycle: Healthy people might be happier, and a new study shows that people who are happy and satisfied with their lives might be healthier.

Airline Snack & Food Survey with Health Ratings / 2011

Survey Provides Travelers with the Best In-flight Food including Health Ratings. Making Healthier Choices 35,000 Feet in the Air. Virgin America and Air Canada Receive Top Rating,


June is National Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Month

In order to achieve optimal nutrition for health, wellness, longevity, and a beautiful, more youthful, ageless appearance, it is critical to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables every day.


May is Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Being physically active is one of the most important steps that Americans of all ages can take to improve their health.


Eat Right With Color

During National Nutrition Month 2011 and Beyond, American Dietetic Association Encourages Everyone to Eat Right with Color


#1 Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Life in 2011

According to U.S. News & World Report Magazine, the #1 thing you can do to improve your life in 2011 is to adopt a plant-based diet

Holiday Travel Guide for Healthy Airport Meals

As the holiday travel season begins, nutrition experts with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have reviewed the food served at some of the country’s busiest airports.

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Vegetarian Foods: Powerful for Health

World-renowned figures as diverse as philosophers Plato and Nietzsche, political leaders, Benjamin Franklin and Gandhi, and pop icons, Paul McCartney and Bob Marley, have all advocated a vegetarian diet.


Parent's Guide to Building Better Bones

Most parents recognize the need to encourage healthy eating habits in their children...


Preventing and Reversing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can lead to serious and sometimes disabling fractures...


Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Every day, nearly 2,600 Americans die of cardiovascular disease.

Eat Right to Reduce Holiday Stressl
During times of stress, we often turn to traditional "comfort" foods such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, and ice cream. Ironically, these high-fat foods are usually the worst possible choices.

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There's nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90s.

Permanent Weight Control
Many people believe that to lose weight they have to go on a low-calorie diet. That often means starving oneself until the diet is no longer tolerable
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veggies Vegetarian Nutrition and Diet
Today scientific research has established that a healthy vegetarian diet can play a major role in preventing disease and achieving optimal health and longevity.

Why Americans Weight More

The rise in obesity in the United States since the 1970s was virtually all due to increased energy intake

Sleep Well to Stay Light
Could sleep be a critical component to maintaining a healthy body weight? According to new research, body mass index is linked to length and quality of sleep in a surprisingly consistent fashion.

Modest Exercise Can Shrink Your Middle
Moderate amounts of exercise alone can reduce the inflammation in visceral fat, belly fat, that has been linked with metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that predict heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Wealth, Beauty and Fame are No Paths to Happiness
If you think having loads of money, fetching looks, or the admiration of many will improve your life, think again. A new study demonstrates that progress on these fronts can actually make a person less happy.

Breathing Dangerous Air
Six out of ten Americans, 186.1 million people, live in areas where air pollution levels endanger lives.

Clean Air Extending Lives
A new study shows that average life expectancy in 51 U.S. cities increased nearly three years over recent decades, and approximately five months of that increase came thanks to cleaner air

Staying Healthy in the Skies
Although in-flight medical emergencies are rare in general, they can have a significant effect on other passengers and crew, potentially with operational implications for the flight.

Fit Body, Sharp Mind
New research finds that being physically fit helps the brain function at the top of its game.

The Dessert Tray Paradox
Does the mere availability of something tempting weaken the will to resist? The answer is of more than theoretical interest to public health experts, and the problem goes far beyond serious addictive disorders.

Saving Bones with Vegetables
Findings from a new study suggest that natural pigments found in plants may help protect against bone loss in older men and women.

Cough Medicine and Kids
It's cold and flu season which means misery for kids and the parents trying to help them. But doctors are asking parents to resist the urge to give children under the age of 6 over-the-counter cough and cold medication.

More Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
A new study suggests that people trying to lower their blood pressure should also boost their intake of potassium, which has the opposite effect to sodium.

Healing the Heart with Joyful Music
Listening to your favorite music may be good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers have shown for the first time that the emotions aroused by joyful music have a healthy effect on blood vessel function.

Walk Away Cravings
The benefits of exercise in helping people manage dependencies on nicotine and other drugs have previously been recognized. Now, for the first time, newly published research shows that the same may be true for food cravings.

American Nutrition Trends
Increasing numbers of American adults are aware of the importance of nutrition and physical activity and are taking steps to eat a healthy diet and engage in exercise.

Western Diet Hurting Hearts
The typical Western diet - fried foods, salty snacks and meat - accounts for about 30 percent of heart attack risk across the world.

Slowly Turning on the Wheat
Elementary school students will eat more whole grains when healthier bread products are gradually introduced into their school lunches.

More Strawberries, More Antioxidants
Foods high in antioxidants may be excellent sources of healthful compounds, and researchers are striving to learn more about their ability to be absorbed and utilized within the human body.

Beware the 100-Calorie Pack
Beware of mini-packs and mini-foods, especially if you're a dieter.

Jumping For Joy ... And Stronger Bones
High impact activities such as jumping and skipping that can easily be incorporated into warm-ups before sports and physical education classes, have been shown to benefit bone health in adolescents.

Black Raspberries Slow Cancer
New research strongly suggests that a mix of preventative agents, such as those found in concentrated black raspberries, may more effectively inhibit cancer development than single agents aimed at shutting down a particular gene.

Healthy Steps
A low level of daily physical activity not only is detrimental to your current health status, it could also be the reason you got sick in the first place.

Herbs Fighting Cancer
Scientists are increasingly focusing on substances from plants used in traditional medicine.

Overweight but Active
Overweight but active men responded dramatically better compared to their inactive counterparts in a first-of-its kind study.

Friends and Diet
For people trying to make a change in their diet, significant others generally play a positive and supportive role, but sometimes respond in negative ways.

Short on Omegas
The typical North American diet of eating lots of meat and not much fish is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and this may pose a risk to infant neurological development.

Eat Healthy for Smarts
Children with healthy diets perform better academically than those with unhealthy diets.

Managing Without Medicine
We've gotten used to taking pills for everything that ails us, but medications have side effects and cost money.

Eat Your Broccoli
A chemical in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables may hold a key to restoring the body's immunity, which declines as we age.

Green Tea Beating Super Bugs
Drinking green tea helps the action of important antibiotics in their fight against resistant superbugs, making them up to three times more effective.

Keep the Peace to Breathe Easy
A lack of family support and problems in one's neighborhood are associated with greater asthma symptoms in children and adolescents.

Unhealthy Kid Pressure
Unhealthy choices and pressures influence practically every part of children's daily lives.

Avocados Fight Cancer
Avocados are able to thwart oral cancer cells.

Eat Your Antioxidants
When it comes to boosting antioxidant intake, recent research indicated little benefit from taking diet supplements.

Healthy Smile, Healthy Heart
While most people are aware that lifestyle choices such as eating right, getting enough exercise and quitting smoking can help prevent cardiovascular disease, they may not know that by just brushing and flossing their teeth each day, they might also be avoiding this potentially lethal condition.

Avoiding Sweets for Longevity
A new study in Cell Metabolism reveals that worms live to an older age when they are unable to process the simple sugar glucose. In healthy people, glucose may have negative effects on life span.

Vitamin C and Cancer
Nearly 30 years after Nobel laureate Linus Pauling famously controversially suggested that vitamin C supplements can prevent cancer, a team of Johns Hopkins scientists have shown that in mice at least, vitamin C - and potentially other antioxidants - can indeed inhibit the growth of some tumors just not in the manner suggested by years of investigation.

Positive Food Attitude
Enjoying the eating process without focus on dietary restrictions may be key to managing weight and staying healthy according to researchers who have unveiled a new and effective model for managing eating.

Retraining Couch Potatoes
For lunch, Joy Hesemann loved to dive into a platter of deep-fried, crunchy chicken tenders with a side of ranch dressing.

Fruit Juice Power
In years past, family physician Pamela Rockwell told parents not to let their children drink too much fruit juice because of its link to obesity.

Yoga: A Natural Mood Lifter
The findings suggest the practice of yoga to be explored as a possible treatment for depression and anxiety, disorders associated with low GABA levels.

Salt and Ulcers
Scientists have identified yet another risk from high-salt diet. High concentrations of salt in the stomach appear to induce gene activity in the ulcer.

Watch Out for that Juice Box
Juice boxes look harmless enough, with those kids' sizes, bendable straws, and promises of 100% vitamin C.

Whole Wheat for the Heart
A diet high in whole grain foods is associated with a significantly lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.

Exercise Reverses Aging
Not only does exercise make most people feel and perform physical tasks better, it now appears that exercise—specifically, resistance training—actually rejuvenates muscle tissue in healthy senior citizens.

Prevent Cancer Naturally
It turns out Mom was right—you should eat your broccoli.

Americans Still Won't Eat Their Veggies
"Eat your vegetables" has been heard at the dinner tables of America for a long time. Has the message gotten through?

Vinegar: Uses and Folklore
Vinegar folklore is as colorful as it is practical. Legend states that a courtier in Babylonia (c. 5000 BC) "discovered" wine, formed from unattended grape juice, leading to the eventual discovery of vinegar and its use as a food preservative.

Even 15 Minutes Makes a Difference
Everyone knows children are getting fatter and that both poor diet and a lack of exercise are to blame. But, what researchers have been unable to discover until now is exactly how major a role activity plays in the battle to keep obesity at bay.

Why Do We Eat What We Do?
People purchase foods based on their income level, their belief in a food's health benefit and cost. However, ethnicity and gender also impact people? food choices. Food choice is also influenced by environmental factors, such as reliance on fast food, food advertising and food pricing, and on individual factors, such as taste, palatability, convenience and health benefits.

Organic Is Better
A team of researchers at the University of California, Davis have proven that organically grown kiwifruit contain more health-promoting factors than those grown under conventional conditions.

Thin Impacts All Women
The rail-thin blonde bombshell on the cover of a magazine makes all women feel badly about their own bodies despite the size, shape, height or age of the viewers.

Danger in the Water
One fall day in 2004, Lea Anne Burke got a call from a neighbor. had she heard that the city council was talking about adding fluoride to their water supply in Snohomish, WA?

Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga is a physically-oriented technique that uses a perfect blend of playful, empowering and otherwise "tension-releasing" laughter exercises. these are interspersed with gentle breathing and stretching exercises, rhythmic clapping and chanting Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha in unison.

Is Organic Better?
Many consumers expect organic food to be healthier than food produced under conventional conditions. But scientifically, there is a lack of investigations that could support this view. One reason is that it is difficult to test the influence of foods on heath, because a range of other parameters also influences health.

Who in the World is Happy?
Evidence suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may decrease the risk of chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and phytochemicals including phenolics, flavonoids and carotenoids from fruits and vegetables may play a key role in reducing chronic disease risk.

Global Warning and Your Health
Global warming could do more to hurt your health than simply threaten summertime heat stroke, says a public health physician. Although heat related illnesses and deaths will increase with the temperatures, climate change is expected to also attack human health with dirtier air and water, more flood-related accidents and injuries, threats to food supplies, hundreds of millions of environmental refugees, and stress on and possible collapse of many ecosystems that now purify our air and water.

Supplements Facts
Dietary supplements are a topic of great public interest. Whether you are in a store, using the Internet, or talking to epeople you know, you may hear about supplements and claims of benefits for health. How do you find out whether what's in the bottle is safe to take, and whether science has proven that the product does what it claims?

Vitamins: Pills vs. Food
Many people understand the importance of good nutrition, but believe that a daily vitamin pill will substitute for actually eating the fruits and vegetables that they know are good for them.

Remember the Veggies
Eating vegetables, not fruit, helps slow down the rate of cognitive change in older adults, according to a study published in the October 24, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Trans Fat Facts
Everyone should be aware of the risk posed by consuming too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol. But what is trans fat, and how can you limit the amout of this fat in your diet?

Cleaning Green
For consumers concerned about the environment and their own health, household cleaning products that promise to be 'all natural' or 'organic' have understandable appeal. But how can consumers really be sure when they buy these products whether they are organic or not?

Low Calorie Living
Can eating a low-calorie yet nutritionally balanced diet extend human life? Initial research suggests it might, so researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are launching a long-term study to find out.

Strong Mind in a Strong Body
Greek civilization, which produced some of the greatest minds the world has known, lived by the motto: A strong mind in a strong body.They combined healthy food, deep breathing and strenuous exercise to produce physiques that have served as models of classical art.


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