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The REAL nutrient deficiency behind America’s osteoporosis epidemic

(Hint: It’s not calcium!) There’s an epidemic of osteoporosis in older women in the U.S. Each year, it leads to 1.5 million dangerous—and even fatal—bone fractures. But I have always been curious why osteoporosis is virtually unknown in East and Southeast Asian women. That’s why two recent Asian studies caught my eye. Problems with low …

The do-it-all vitamin takes on asthma—and reduces emergency attacks by 60%

Asthma has always been one of the most difficult and dangerous conditions to treat with drugs. But a new review of nine clinical trials shows that vitamin D, a.k.a. the do-it-all vitamin, can not only treat asthma safely, but also effectively. In fact, the researchers found that small daily doses of D reduced the risk …

The simple way to stop your sneezing, coughing, and sniffling

One common supplement can slash cold duration by up to 41% My father-in-law, Jack O’Leary (1930–2004), was a publisher who worked on legendary Madison Avenue in New York during the 1960s. He longed for the day when medical research finally found the proverbial “cure for the common cold.” He used to say, “Now that would …

Boost your mood with the spirits of the season

When you hear have “a cup of cheer” this holiday season, it may be more than just a figure of speech. A new study shows that when clinically depressed people have a few drinks, it actually makes them feel better.1 This flies in the face of the “conventional wisdom” that alcohol acts as a depressant. …

5 easy ways to get some R&R this holiday season

One of my favorite stories this time of year is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. But every time I read this classic fable, it brings to mind the opening line from another well-known Dickens novel, A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The holiday …

The “stress-free” secret for keeping your heart healthy this holiday season

The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but women who take on high-pressure tasks like refereeing family squabbles or planning holiday events may feel so much stress that they put themselves at risk for serious heart problems. Why? Because this type of stress can lead to a potentially fatal condition called cardiomyopathy—particularly in women over …


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