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Archive for the ‘ Prevention ’ Category

4 Feb

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio

Dear Mark, I’m still having a hard time understanding what “chronic high level training” is, exactly. How much is too much? Is there a heart rate zone you guys can give me? A time limit? Am I overthinking this?? Thanks, Charlotte, for posting this question last week. As is so often the case, another MDA […]

4 Feb

You Double Dipped that Chip!!!

Cast your mind back to Sunday, when you crowded around the television with your best buds to watch a great game of football. Now cast your mind back to the eating habits of your friends. Were there any double dippers in your crew? If so, you might be interested in a new study by Clemson […]

1 Feb

Can the Super Bowl make you Super Sick?

A study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that settling down to watch this weekend’s Super Bowl could be harmful to your health! For the study, researchers from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, Germany recorded the number of heart attacks, cardiac arrests and other acute cardiac events reported in the […]

31 Jan

The Role of Lean Muscle Mass and Organ Reserve in Aging

There’s been a lot in the news lately about the question of longevity. This past week an article discussed the role of exercise in “biological aging,” the relative age of a person based on biomarkers (determined by telomere length in this study), rather than simple chronology. To add to this discussion, I want to offer […]

31 Jan

Low Carb, High Protein Diet Reduces Seizure Rate in Epilepsy Sufferers

A study in the February issue of Epilepsia suggests that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet can significantly reduce the number of seizures in adult epileptics. For almost a century, physicians have prescribed low carbohydrate diets to control epilepsy in children. Among the more popular diets is the ketogenic diet, which requires a period of initial fasting, […]

30 Jan

The Definitive Guide to Cholesterol

That makes it easy. With all the talk of fighting, battling, combating and beating cholesterol into submission, you’d think it had a black plastic body suit and James Earl Jones’ voice. Big Pharma has, dutifully created quite an arsenal for our supposed defense, and the medical community has been a willing faction, delivering the rhetoric […]

29 Jan

A Sanitized World is a Healthier World?

It’s the season for scrubbing, soaping and sanitizing. After all, no one exactly enjoys getting stuck at home miserable with the latest cold or flu strain making its way through all humankind. But is this obsession with absolute cleanliness really the best way to keep ourselves healthy? We certainly wouldn’t argue with the positives of […]

28 Jan

Dear Mark: Sugar Cravings

Dear Mark, I do pretty well in the fitness department, love my veggies and get plenty of protein. My problem is that I can’t seem to shake my sugar cravings. Suggestions? I get some version of this question on a fairly regular basis. A common theory says that we evolved to crave sweet tastes in […]

25 Jan

Study Finds Exercise Prolongs Lifespan

A study published Tuesday in the online edition of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation suggests that frequent exercise can reduce the risk of death in men. To examine the link between fitness and mortality, Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers gathered fitness data on 15,660 male VA patients undergoing treadmill testing for various medical reasons. The […]

24 Jan

Study Finds Fitness Best Determinant of Future Cancer Risk

A study in the most recent edition of Obesity for the first time finds that fitness is more important than fatness in decreasing cancer mortality in men. For the study, researchers from the not-for-profit Cooper Institute in Dallas tracked 38,410 men who completed a comprehensive baseline physical examination at Cooper Clinic in Dallas that included […]

23 Jan

Lap Bands and Type 2 Diabetes

While caution is required in interpreting the longer-term benefits of surgery and weight loss, this study presents strong evidence to support the early consideration of surgically induced loss of weight in the treatment of obese patients with type 2 diabetes. via Science Daily I have to comment on this recent study that confirms, albeit circuitously, […]

23 Jan

Natural Alternatives to OTC Painkillers

Got a headache? Pop a pill! Pulled a muscle? Pop a pill! Broke your leg? Uhh…seek immediate medical treatment! While pills can’t cure everything, here in America they are the go-to remedy for almost every illness in the book! But if you’re not convinced that popping pills is the way to go, it might be […]

22 Jan

No Joe? Caffeine and Miscarriage Update

US researchers said Monday they have conclusive proof to show that women who drink a lot of caffeine on a daily basis in the early months of pregnancy have an elevated risk of miscarriage, settling a longstanding debate over the issue. To be absolutely safe, expectant mothers should avoid caffeinated beverages of any kind during […]

21 Jan

Hold the Fries!!!

Latest news on the acrylamide front from the Danish Cancer Society: Acrylamide, if you recall, is a substance found in a vast array of common cooked foods, foremost starchy foods like potato chips, French fries and bread. Research some years ago found a “probable” association between acrylamide and cancer based on telling animal studies. Subsequent […]

18 Jan

Fun With Fiber: The Real Scoop

One of our most cherished pleasures in life happens to be challenging conventional wisdom (CW). You never would’ve guessed, right? After all the talk of meat and fat this week, we’ve been feeling, well, rather off. We figured it was the perfect time to take on everyone’s favorite gristly subject: fiber. CW says Americans need […]

16 Jan

Let the Sun Shine In

It’s the absolute dead of winter, and many of you are subsisting in ruthlessly frigid weather. The local meteorologist cheerfully announces that, since December, you now have 19 more minutes of daylight! Yippee. It’s 4:30, and the sun hasn’t completely sunk below the icy horizon. That’s all the news from Lake Tundra! As tempting as […]

15 Jan

Drink up: Red Wine Ingredient Reduces Signs of Aging

Finally, the excuse you were looking for to hit the bottle: Researchers from Sirtris Pharmaceuticals this week announced that a derivative of an ingredient in red wine may help reverse the signs of aging! The ingredient in question is resveratol, a naturally occurring substance in wine, that stimulates a gene known as SIRT1. In previous […]

15 Jan

Vegetable Victory: How to Best Preserve Produce

You know you need vegetables and you know you need plenty of ‘em. But what you can’t figure out is how to prevent your fridge full of fresh, healthy produce from turning into a vegetable drawer full of mush! Here are some tips you can use to preserve your produce: * When selecting produce, make […]

15 Jan

Flame Thrower: Top 10 Natural Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Puffy, bloated, swollen. Sound attractive? Sounds like inflammation. On the most basic level, inflammation is the way in which the body reacts to a disturbance, be it infection, irritation or other injury. More specifically, however, the inflammatory response – which in addition to swelling can also include redness, warmth and pain – occurs when blood, […]

11 Jan

Friday Food for Thought: Sounding The Alarm On Children and Food Allergies

We like to keep informed on all the latest health and fitness updates, and that includes not just the “hard news” out there – research studies, government policy reports, industry (i.e. Big Pharma, Big Agra, etc.) “developments.” It also means following (and often reveling in) other contrary voices out there who are doing the good […]

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