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20 Aug

Americans Popping Pain Pills in Record Numbers

candyQ: What weighs 200,000 pounds?

A: Our annual painkiller consumption.

Painkiller use has boomed by 88% in less than a decade. There are a few reasonable explanations: Gulf War and Iraq War veterans, aging Baby Boomers. But even accounting for these numbers, painkiller use – I say abuse – is an obvious problem. Of course, some “mainstream” docs will talk about improved diagnosis and treatment rates, but I believe the real issue here is that we’re failing to see the value in pain. No, no, I’m not talking about masochism. I’m talking about the vital role pain plays in healing and health. Just as the body evolved the fear response to survive, so too for pain.

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17 Aug

5 Tips to Get a Great Night’s Sleep Tonight!

sleepBefore you head out, check out these tips for serene shut-eye. You’ll wake up tomorrow feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready for your weekend!

1. Eat a light dinner tonight.

Keep the portions small this evening. Going to bed on a full stomach is not healthy, and it also keeps you from getting the deepest possible sleep. You don’t have to go to bed hungry. But do not stuff yourself simply because it is now the weekend.

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17 Aug

Primal…Hotties?

Here’s an entertaining little “primal” snippet about the birds and the bees (G-rated).

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Ahem, and now for more serious health news:

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16 Aug

Healthy Tastes Great!

Seared Tuna Steak

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This seared tuna is simple to make, delicious and a great source of niacin.

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16 Aug

Another Night, Another Niacin Flush

This week’s Smart Fuel: 3 Delicious Sources of Niacin

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This is Niacin!

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