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21 Aug

Healthy Tastes Great!

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Stacks

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20 Aug

8 Foods to Lower LDL Cholesterol, Boost HDL Cholesterol, and Fight Inflammation

ojCholesterol! It’s the evil substance plugging arteries everywhere, and statins are the drug industry’s Drano. Even orange juice is jumping on the bandwagon! What did Americans do before the advent of plant oils, margarine, cholesterol-free soy protein, fat-free dairy, and statins? Back when they lived on beef and lard and salt pork and butter and cream and there was no 1% milk to be found, how did they manage their cholesterol? Whatever did they do?

Oddly enough, one thing they didn’t do was die of heart disease.

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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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