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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 …

What you need to know about pneumonia

We think of this time of year as the dreaded “cold and flu season.” But a far more dangerous complication can develop if your cold or flu symptoms linger beyond a week or ten days. You could develop pneumonia, which is a more serious lower respiratory infection. Pneumonia can actually affect anyone, at any age, …

The magnificent mineral you don’t get enough of

In mid-winter, following the holiday season, concerns set in about staying fit, getting enough sleep, and keeping up your mood. It turns out, a single, simple mineral micronutrient covers all these bases and many more: magnesium. Indeed, magnesium is involved with so many aspects of human health. But let’s start with your muscles… Magnesium for …

Bean there, done that

I often report on the important role of legumes (beans) in the diet. Legumes are highly nutritious foods that also benefit the environment. Bacteria that grow on the legumes’ root nodules fix nitrogen from the soil. The bacteria “feed” the nitrogen to the legumes. This extra nitrogen means that legumes have more amino acids, protein …

There’s no place like home for the holidays

Just in time for the hectic holiday travel period, studies show that frequent flyers have high amounts of mental, physical, and social stress. Considering that stress is the No. 1 contributing factor in any number of chronic diseases, it’s no wonder researchers have also found that long-distance travel can cause serious health issues. In fact, …

The scandal sweeping through supermarket aisles all across the country

Today, I hope you’re keeping an eye on your turkey, basting it frequently with good, quality olive oil. As I often report, olive oil offers many health benefits. Perhaps most notably, it prevents metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. Of course, people often opt for “virgin” or “extra virgin” olive oil …

The Presidential cover-ups you don’t hear about on the news

With Halloween over, the scariest thing on the calendar is this year’s presidential election. And one of the scariest things about the 2016 election may be the presidential candidates’ hidden health problems and cover-ups. The problem of poor presidential health is not new, however. Approximately half of all presidents, going back to George Washington, have …

The surprising health risk factor deadlier than obesity

Emily Dickinson described the quiet devastation of loneliness as “the horror not to be surveyed.” But modern researchers are surveying it and increasingly view it as a public health issue. And for good reason. Mounting evidence links loneliness to physical illness and cognitive decline. In fact, as a predictor of early death, loneliness eclipses obesity, …

What is “paranormal,” scientifically speaking?

At this time of year, I try to bring you news about scientific studies on the “paranormal” phenomenon, which many feel may question the Nature of reality. But if scientific studies make these observations, are they really “paranormal”? Or do we need to expand our definition and boundaries for what is normal? Parapsychological researchers investigate …


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