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Archive for February, 2008

29 Feb

A Salad With Your Sorrow?

A pint of Ben & Jerry’s. That whole freaking bag of potato chips. A box of donut holes. No, it’s not the MDA trifecta of evil (although it could be). Sure, they’re among the proverbial symbols of “mood food,” and the saying about Ben and Jerry’s is true: ice cream tops the list, according to […]

29 Feb

Announcement!

Five days of Mark’s Daily Apple isn’t enough, you say? You’ve spoken and we’ve listened. If you haven’t already noticed we are now bringing content to all of our dedicated Apples (that’s you!) seven days a week! Check back this (and every) Saturday and Sunday for more rants, raves, heated debates and healthy living tips. […]

29 Feb

Study Finds Moderate Exercise Reduces Stroke Risk

A study presented at the American Stroke Association’s recent International Stroke Conference 2008 suggests that achieving a moderate level of cardiovascular fitness can reduce stroke risk in men and women. In the first study to explore the link between cardiovascular fitness and stroke risk, a research team led by the director of the Prevention Research […]

28 Feb

Reader Response: Being Fit is Good for Sex

Last week we heard from reader, primalman08, in response to the Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy post: I would like to encourage you to do more on the sexual benefits of living well. In my practice, I am astonished and saddened to hear about the lack of sex people over 50 are having with […]

28 Feb

Healthy Tastes Great!

Just about everyone has had scrambled eggs, omelets and deviled eggs. I will spare you the standard egg recipes and offer up some not-so-ordinary recipes for your culinary enjoyment. (Don’t knock ‘em till you’ve tried ‘em…)

28 Feb

Smart Fuel: Eggs

Remember in the movie Runaway Bride when Julia Roberts’ character could never decide how she liked her eggs? We say, don’t worry about it Ms. Roberts, with so many health benefits associated with the consumption of eggs, you should eat ‘em however you can get ‘em! On the most superficial level, eggs are an excellent […]

27 Feb

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow

We’re mixing things up here a bit at MDA and wanted to offer up ideas for (primal) healthy meal plans. What does it mean to do MDA fare, sun up to sun down? Though the choices are mind-boggling, here’s our first installment, a humble (but delicious) design for a full day’s worth of eating recommendations.

27 Feb

Crazy Burger Mania! It’s Crazy!

You may have heard by now. Mallie’s Sports Bar and Grill in Southgate, MI has created (built? constructed? engineered?) a burger that weighs in at 134 lbs, setting a new Guinness record. Congratulations, Mallie’s. You have done your part in giving foreigners the world over ample evidence to believe the notion that American’s are just […]

27 Feb

3 Ways to Keep Exercise Fun and Rewarding – Variety, Variety, Variety

They say variety is the spice of life, but it’s also pretty darn integral to exercise, both in terms of keeping your mind engaged in the activity at hand and ensuring that your dedication to exercise continues to pay off, be it in gains of physical strength, endurance, or simply just feeling good about your […]

26 Feb

Chronic Pain and the Brain

Last week we brought you news that the costs of treating neck and back pain had gone through the roof in the last several years but patients were actually getting less relief. As many of you wrote, the constantly lingering pain is enough to encourage patients to give multiple therapies a try. And research out […]

26 Feb

Study Suggests Carbohydrate-Rich Diet, Obesity Linked to Esophageal Cancer Risk

A study slated for release in an upcoming edition of The American Journal of Gastroenterology suggests that rising esophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma) rates in the U.S. may be due to recent dietary trends that emphasize heavy carbohydrate consumption. Although the cause of esophageal cancer has yet to be determined, previous studies have suggested that obesity is […]

26 Feb

Top 10 Ways to Make it Through the Flu Season

Last week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance (CDC) released a report suggesting that cases of flu had peaked in recent weeks. But rather than go crazy and hole up in your house until the flu season passes, we suggest you follow these tried and true tips for avoiding – and recovering from […]

25 Feb

Health Boost from a Restaurant?

It’s the height of cold and flu season. Should you add a restaurant outing to your immunity arsenal? Well, if it’s one of the new “immunity-enhancing” menus being touted at a number of new California restaurants, it might not hurt. Now, restaurant menus here are marrying the broader commercial movement of “functional” foods – those […]

25 Feb

Dear Mark: Encore on Omegas

The posts involving omega-3s have spurred a lot of discussion and a good number of excellent questions. Thanks to Ed Parsons and company I thought I’d give more time to the topic and see if I can complete the picture a little more. Thank you for your comments and questions. Dear Mark, Can you give […]

24 Feb

CrossFit

Ever heard of it? If you are a regular to MDA and you subscribe to a Primal Health lifestyle I’m guessing it is likely. If not, now you have. Crossfit is a type of physical training that blends power lifting, gymnastics and sprinting. Why do we like it? Because it fairly closely aligns with our […]

23 Feb

We Are What We Eat?

Sometimes, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. We think this photo essay, “What the World Eats, Part I,” from Time Magazine speaks volumes. Among the piles of articles we (and I’m sure many of you) read in a given week, this photo montage is the kind of piece that stays with […]

22 Feb

Pet Smarts: Keeping Family Members of the Canine and Feline Variety Healthy

You do everything in your power to keep yourself – and your family – healthy, but is there more you could be doing for your four-legged friend? The following is a list of tips on how to keep your pet in tip-top condition.

22 Feb

Friday Link Love

Lifehacker posts their Top 10 Body Hacks. Diet Hack gives you the best and worst ways to tone your tummy. Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb debates the necessity of ketosis in a low carb diet. Blog of Herbs gives us many reasons to love garlic. The Tao of Good Health serves up Things You Should Know […]

22 Feb

Physical Inactivity Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk

According to a study in this month’s Cancer Causes & Control, men who hold desk jobs are more likely to develop prostate cancer than those with careers involving manual labor.

21 Feb

Reader Response: Simple vs. Complex Carbs

Last week Bill suggested that, although “there are plenty of reasons to cut out highly-refined foods,” there wasn’t a clear case that a “diet high in complex carbs from whole grains and vegetables is unhealthy.” We thought the comment was a pertinent one. In the coming weeks, we’ll offer some definitive guide material that goes […]

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