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A New Way of Fighting Alzheimer's...Why did the rat get fat and what's that got to do about Alzheimer's?

04/24/2015 - 10:03am

A New Way of Fighting Alzheimer's...Why did the rat get fat and what's that got to do about Alzheimer's? In a recent breakthrough study, scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology showed that rats consuming a Westernized fast food diet increased the likelihood of their obesity. Now, that should not be news to anyone in America. Of course, everyone knows that if you eat copious amounts of French fries and ketchup as your only source of vegetables you will get fat. That may not seem like much of a breakthrough until we check out the rest of the story; what M. I. T. actually found caused...

The Difference Between The Male and Female Brain

09/30/2014 - 1:33pm

There is no secret that males and females are different – it’s obvious to the eye. Lesser known is that the difference between genders extends beyond what the eye can see. Accord­ing to author, John Grey, it is as if we were from different planets, “Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus.’ While the notion of brain dissimilarity between the sexes has been widely criticized by neuroscientists throughout the ages, recent brain imaging techniques, studied at The Uni­versity of Pennsylvania by Dr. Ragini Varma, confirm that the brains of men and women are indeed “hard-wired” differently....

Can We Actually Manage Aging? Yes, and No, but mostly Yes...

09/22/2014 - 4:33pm

Q. Can we actually manage aging? A. Hmmm...That’s a complex question. So, let me answer it with a rather standard cliché: There’s the good news, bad news and worse news. Worst news—we’re all going to die. Sorry, but it’s a fact of the natural order of things. The bad news? Along the way we may develop some disabilities, slow down, and possibly have some medical problems. Now, for the good news. We are, for the most part, in control of how we age. Disallow­ing for such adversities as; accidents, diseases, or genetic determinates—the quality of life you have and the length of time in which you...

Now or Later...When Will You Invest In Your Health?

08/12/2014 - 3:03pm

Confucius said, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is NOW.”  It’s inevitable—we all will age! So, the question now becomes, how do you want to age? Do you want to leave the process up to chance or do you want to take control of your own aging process? And, ultimately, do you want to treat diseases or prevent them?  First of all, how do you see yourself as you grow older? For many, “old age” brings up images of wheelchairs and nursing homes. If that’s in your mind, STOP! It doesn’t have to turn out that way! I want to clear your mind entirely of these i...

The CaveWoman Diet...Does It Really Work?

03/04/2014 - 4:47pm

As printed in West Coast Woman March 2014 A woman writes to a Cavewoman Diet blog: “Help Me, I’m flipping out here, gaining weight, and can’t seem to stop this roll that’s gathering around my waist. Nothing is helping ...can’t sleep, constant mood swings, about to have a nervous breakdown, and still not losing weight.” I was intrigued over comments made by this online blogger who was following the Paleolithic diet. This diet, sometimes called the Caveman or Cavewoman Diet, became popular in the 1970s and is hav­ing a revival today. It promotes eating meat, vegetables, nuts, and fruits, and...

Did The Holidays Turn You Into A Couch Potato?

01/03/2014 - 10:30am

Does this sound like you? For some strange reason, each holiday season you’re struck on the head by a sugar plum fairy...a daze which begins the last of November and ends the last of December. Then you wake up from this amnesia in a déjà vu on January 1st with your belly pouching out on both sides of your waist and over your pants or skirt.  Over the holidays, it’s somewhat normal to gain between 2 and 5 pounds. And this amount of weight can be fairly easy to lose once you throw out the leftover stuffing, get back to your exercise routine, rest, and cut back on the alcohol. However, if yo...

Food Allergies ~ What Are They and Could They Be Causing...?

12/04/2013 - 9:35am

My fuzzy brain, IBS, acid reflux, fibromyalgia, and joint pain. Could these be caused by foods I'm eating everyday?  We've been getting a lot of questions recently about food allergies.  Because this topic can really be confusing, I wanted to take this opportunity to try and help answer some of these questions.  What I'm finding, at the crux of this confusion, is that the term "food allergy" is used as an umbrella term for any abnormal reaction caused by food. So, what's first helpful to understand is the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance.  While there...

Hormone Balancing...Not Just For Menopause

10/23/2013 - 3:03pm

Hormone and Neurotransmitter Balancing…not just for menopause It is forever heartwarming to see a passion for integrated natural medicine awaken for the first time in the eyes of a colleague practitioner.  I can still remember being hit with that same passion 10 years ago when confronted with my own healthcare issues.  Being told I had a serious cancer and mold toxicity lent a devastating blow, but fortunately, began my journeying to research the healing power of non-traditional medicine.  So many times, I see other doctors and nurses led down that same pathway because they simp...

The Monster Within

10/16/2013 - 1:41pm

Sounds like the title of a horror movie doesn’t it? Taming your waistline without also taming the monster within can be frustrating if not next to impossible. On TV, Dr. Oz, and internet blogs, we hear more and more about inflammation and its devastating effect on our health and the incidence of obesity.   Truth is, there exists a scientific relationship between obesity and inflammation which dictates — the fatter one gets, the more inflammatory hormones one produces [i] . And, the more inflammatory hormones we produce, the fatter we get — it’s definitely a horror story! It’s also a...

Weight Gain - Is It Your Jeans or Your Genes?

07/24/2013 - 3:43pm

  Can it be that obesity is a highly inheritable trait?  Can we then blame mom and dad for our weight problems? Hold that thought.   I come from a rural Appalachian community where you hear this common expression, “My daddy's chubby, my momma's chubby, all my brothers and sisters are chubby - of course, I'm chubby! It runs in my family!”  The fact is, if you looked around, you’d find that almost everyone in that community is indeed "chubby."  Hmmm, does it really run in the family genes or could it actually have something to do with the traditional foods commonly eate...

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