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5 tips for clean living year-round

Last time, I talked about some of the reasons why restrictive, quick-fix “cleanses” and trendy detox products go against common sense and lack scientific evidence. Your body naturally and continually does detox on its own, without any gimmicks. That is the primary purpose of the liver, for example, which is the biggest organ in the …

Debunking detox diets

I hear a lot of celebrities talk about their favorite detox diets or weekend cleanses. But they are usually paid promotions. And the companies the celebrities stump for must spend more on advertising than on their actual products. In my view, no quick “detox” diet that you endure over one agonizing weekend, or week, will …

Surprising connection found between online “friends” and longevity

If you’re reading today’s Dispatch on a screen, don’t be alarmed by the striking statistics on increased mortality associated with watching TV from yesterday’s Dispatch. I suspect the TV-death mortality statistics relate to the unhealthy behaviors that happen while watching TV…as well as the healthy behaviors that don’t happen while you’re in front of the …

This common habit linked to 8 major causes of death

“Binge-watching” on Netflix…or Hulu…or Amazon Prime…or on any number of other Internet-based streaming services is all the rage right now. Even among Baby Boomers. But you might as well binge on greasy French fries and ice cream, considering the results of a new study about the effects of watching TV conducted by researchers from the …

Why the working “backbone of America” is in crisis

During last year’s national election, Donald Trump spoke about how the U.S. government ignores and even punishes the white, working-class population. And one shocking medical finding would certainly support that argument. As I reported last year, two Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton (who just won the Nobel Prize in Economics), stumbled across this …

Finding your way back

As we reach the depths of winter, many people often begin to feel a little low. I often think of the 1981 Jefferson Starship song Find Your Way Back at this time of year. Of course, the song’s literally about the singer’s loneliness on the road and finding his way back to a girl, but …

Key mineral shown to slash stroke risk by nearly one-third

A new study out of China shows how getting just the Recommended Daily Allowance of one magnificent mineral could reduce your stroke risk by nearly one-third. It also protects against heart failure, Type II diabetes, and overall death, as I’ll explain in a moment. But first, let’s back up… Mainstream medicine is starting to pay …

The safe way to stay slim — without eating less or exercising more

You may have heard how rosehips — which are popular in herbal teas, jams and juices — are a potent natural source of vitamin C and other nutrients. Maybe you’ve also heard how this fruit of the rose plant has been used for centuries to promote healthy digestion and smooth joints. But there’s one health …

8 tips for surviving winter’s worst

Cold weather is here again. And with it comes colds and flus. Viruses, such as the common cold or influenza, spread through airborne transmission from one person to another. After you’re exposed — new research shows — microbes congregate and multiply in your soft palate at the back of your mouth. From there, microbes spread …

Cheers in the New Year

In the New Year, you may be feeling the need to lighten up and improve your digestion. Fortunately, you don’t have to undertake one of the unpleasant cleanses or detoxes that are so popular these days. You have many natural options for improving digestion daily. First off, many herbs can help improve your digestion. Many …


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