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21 Aug

Timex Ironman iControl Watch Review (Better Late Than Never)

timexTimex recently asked us to review their new iPod-compatible Ironman i-Control sports watch. We’ve been having so much fun using these watches, we decided we ought to tell you all about them! (Sometimes we get products that are just not up to snuff, so we don’t tell you about those.)

You may remember my recent roundup of the absolute best fitness gadgets whether you are barefoot running or working out on the go (if you haven’t read these popular posts, you should!). I’m always on the lookout for new gear to improve my exercise experience. I also recently purchased my first iPod, so this smart watch came…just in time (cue groan at the pun).

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21 Aug

10 Forgotten Stress Relief Tips

There are plenty of excellent stress guides out there. Some will offer spiritual tips, while others will give you practical advice. Still others offer nutrition and fitness ideas to mitigate stress. Stress comes in many forms – relationships, work, health, hormones, momentary dilemmas, and more – and there are just as many ways to tackle it. Here’s a list of helpful stress soothers that are so simple, they’re often forgotten. They’re not ground-breaking by any means, but they work! So, while these won’t resolve major conflicts or heal a tired body, they will give you a quick mental lift. And sometimes, that’s all you really need.

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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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