Do You Need a FitBit Intervention?

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Are you FitBitten? Is that little device on your wrist ruining your life? Answer the following questions honestly to find out.Have you ever gotten out of bed at night because someone passed you in a daily challenge and you march in place until you retake the lead?Is there someone you've always gotten along with, someone that you think is perfectly

Rocky Balboa's Comeback Is Harder Than Starting the First Time

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The other night at the Golden Globe awards, Sylvester Stallone got the biggest standing ovation of the entire evening. Everyone loves a comeback. At the podium, he spoke of being at this ceremony 40 years earlier. Coming back after being gone is harder than the first time. In fitness, there is a big difference between getting to your goal vs. makin

Healthy Child Healthy World: Empowering Parents To Make Safer Choices

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By Nancy and James Chuda, founders of LuxEcoLiving and Healthy Child Healthy World Michael Weatherly, with his beautiful wife Dr. Bojana Jankovic, shares his concerns as a father and advocate for right-to-know. Photo credit Tiffany Chien.Healthy Child Healthy World is the organization Jim and I founded in 1992 in memory of our only child Colette,

How to Change Through Inspired Action

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Numerous articles are written on how to change extolling the powers of will, goals, and visualization, even advising what to change.Goals have their place when it comes to project planning and reminders to keep us on track. But when it comes to personal resolutions, ideal goals may unnecessarily set us up for judgment and failure or even limit our

Terrorism as Cancer and Vice Versa: Of Waving Fists and Forgotten Gloves

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Terrorism is commonly, and aptly, I think, compared to cancer. Generally, however, those making the association fail to follow where the logic of it leads and even insinuate the merit of bravado belied by it. That's my proposition to you here; let's explore, to the limits of its validity, this oft-invoked resemblance.I recognize that neither cancer

Space Past Failure: The Musk of Zero

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Until this week, it was space 3, Elon Musk, zero. One Falcon 9 Rocket exploded shortly after takeoff, and two that flew as hoped failed to land as intended. But then that indefatigable blend of dreamer and engineer tried again. He not only rocketed past those prior failures to the space beyond, he brought the rocket safely back, a feat never before

According the Future Its Due

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'Tis, as the saying goes, the season. As I write this, if not necessarily as you read it, 'tis the season of rhetorical flourish, soaring aspirations. Even if often wrapped in crass commercialism, or delivered in the lyrics of a particularly corny carol, the sentiments are real, the yearning -- perennial and fervent. We feel it always, I believe --

Integrative Nutrition: 4 Factors More Important Than What You Eat

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Before I founded the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world's largest nutrition school, I worked in a small natural food store. All day I watched health-conscious customers read labels and ask questions about the products in the aisles. They gave great care and attention to the foods they chose to eat.Then after work, sometimes I would go t

Holiday Fitness Flight Plan

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Here is a list of things that used to scare me:Airplane turbulence. Terrorist threats. Not being able to locate my kids when they don't text me back. Swimming in deep water. Mannequins. Frogs.Now? I am not so afraid anymore, not of those things anyway. If the plane rocks, I just remind myself that I've had a great life so far. If the code goes to o

Holiday Eating Strategies

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Every holiday season I used to gain five to ten pounds. The indulgences were everywhere: gift baskets at the office, parties, family gatherings and to top it off New Years!Afterwards, I would feel angry and disappointed with myself for my lack of self-control. It would take me months, if not the whole year, to get the extra pounds off. There were t

Pulling an All-Nighter Is Worse Than Six Months of Unhealthy Eating

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By Samuel Blackstone for DETAILS. (Getty Images)Health pieces tend to focus predominately on exercise and diet. Whether it's the best exercises for a rock hard butt, the perfect V-lines, or an explainer on organic foods and the difference between a cage-free egg and free-range egg, the topics are exhaustively covered. But what about sleep, the thin

How a Trip to the Dentist Illustrates America's Healthcare Problems

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Dear Dr. XXX:I wanted to bring to your attention my recent experience at one of your offices. As a fellow business owner, I would want to know when one of my customers had a bad experience since transparency and feedback are great remedies. In that spirit I wanted share my recent experience at your office. I am not sure whether it was your team'

That Beer Belly May Actually Be Killing You

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By Anna Breslaw for GQ.(photo: Getty Images)Research is a beautiful thing. It cures disease. It sent us to the moon. It determined the color that looks good on everyone. But research can also be alarming. For instance, a bunch of people with several letters after their names (specifically MD's and PhD's) recently got together to study how weight af

Sleeping Giants

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In 2005, the U.S. Olympic Committee, in consultation with sleep expert Mark Rosekind, upgraded the rooms at its Colorado Springs training center. The renovation consisted of better mattresses, blackout curtains, and encouragement for the athletes to aim for nine or ten hours of sleep. And many have taken the advice to heart. 'Sleep is huge in my sp

Emerging Crisis for Seniors: It's Probably Not What You Think

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As November is National Caregiver Month, I wanted to shine a light on a topic that caregivers and their loved ones are facing at increasing rates, but that very few people are talking about in public - senior malnutrition.The sheer number of malnourished elderly adults is truly staggering. One in three patients who are admitted to the hospital are

Can Fitness Really Be Fun?

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This seems to be the eternal question of the patron dabbling with the idea of buying into that big idea that is fitness. We know that exercise is essential, in one form or another, to living a healthier life. I don't need to give you a recap on the decades of evidence that real scientists have compiled in exercise science. Yet, why do people avoi

What Foreigners Believe Is Wrong About America

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The echo from most parts of the world is that "America is a country with the very best and the very worst." This article is about the very worst.Egos. Nobody can't understand the selfish philosophy in America, why a young person or for example an unfortunate lady with a bad start in life is less valued than any others. Many people ask why there mus

No Gym, No Problem: Training Outside the Box

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Trouble making it to the gym? Missed group power class? Forgot today was spin? It has happened to all of us. Trust me, if I had a dollar for all the things I've forgotten to set my timer for in life, I would be sipping on a cocktail in Tahiti where I'm sure clocks are irrelevant. For some of us, when we miss an exercise class or have found ours

Junk Food: From Confusion to Clear and Simple Truth

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I was somewhat startled, and quite concerned, to learn directly from the source while sipping coffee together, that my wife was confused by the latest study on junk food, generating headlines such as: "Junk Food Not to Blame for America's Obesity Epidemic." I was startled because my wife, an expert cook and mother of 5, has become very knowledgeabl

The Great British Sleep Survey

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As the Great British Sleep Survey found, poor sleepers are seven times more likely to feel helpless and five times more likely to feel alone. These are consequences that can impact everything from our relationships and our ability to focus to our health. -- Arianna Huffington, ThriveThe survey also found that the top five physical factors that affe

Brand New CrossFit Man

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"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win." -Pre

Boost Your Morning Workout When Daylight Savings Time Ends

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Daylight Savings Time changes, both in the spring and in the fall, and it's a great time to switch up your workout, much in the same way that many people switch their smoke alarm batteries.The Fall Back; where we gain one hour, is an especially opportune time to add or change your morning exercise plan. If you are like me, you'll wake up next Monda

Staying Fit This Fall Season

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The fall may be my favorite season of the year. The weather is warm during the day and nights are crisp. The foliage paints a beautiful backdrop for the already pristine landscapes. There is a sense of quiet in the air when a light breeze whispers through the trees on a sunny autumn morning. And let me not forget the awesome power that is NFL f

Take 15: How Just 15 Minutes a Day Can Change Your Life

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The No. 1 excuse people give for not making time for their health and well-being is "I DON'T HAVE TIME." While some people have less free time than others, that statement is still 100% bogus. Let's face it; you make time for the things you value. So when you make that statement, you are saying NO I don't value myself, instead whatever is monopolizi

Food Day at Yale

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Saturday, October 24th is Food Day, and we will be celebrating it at the very heart of the Yale University campus, on the beautiful expanse in front of Sterling Library. Much as we need rain in this part of the country, please join me in hoping it doesn't come that day. We have a canopy, just in case.Food Day is an annual event, established several

How to Make the Baby Nursery a Toxin-Free Haven in Your Home

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Whether it's the first or fifth child, waiting for that little bundle of joy is a very exciting time for expectant parents. Ensuring that your little girl or boy has a joyful, cozy, and -- most importantly -- safe space to come home to is obviously of chief concern as they prepare for the arrival. That's why it's good to be mindful of everything fr

Confessions of a Former Overweight Professional Athlete

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The most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control show that obesity rates around the country continue to remain high. What's worse is that since the 1990s, the numbers have continued to rise and more than a third of U.S. adults are obese and around 17 percent of children are obese. Yet despite the dangers of obesity that we're all aware

Stress Bust Your Fall

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Stress is inevitable. We are constantly fighting to make deadlines, rushing our kids off to school and dealing with finances, family and friends. Modern-day culture asks us to juggle 1,000 things at once, and it simply isn't easy. But while stress can feel like a huge weight on our shoulders it can also be an important emotion to appreciate. It not

Stunning Health Benefits of Cotton Candy Proposed

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No, not really.The controversy and clamor attached to the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee would seem to suggest that something that radical had been proposed. But that's not quite the case.The group did not announce that spinach, heretofore considered nutritious, actually causes human eyeballs to burst into flame (how the h

Milking Dietary Discord: Who Holds the Bucket?

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There is a famous, precautionary canard about surrendering oneself to the tender mercies of lawyers. I am using it here as an illustration- no offense intended to any lawyers who happen by! As two people lay hold to either end of a cow, contending she is theirs, and pull in opposing directions- the lawyer milks the cow, and leaves the on-going stru

Speaking Freely of Guns

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I am about to speak freely of guns, because I can. When I do, many of you will no doubt be inclined to mutter "amen," quietly to yourselves. Others of you will no doubt feel compelled to throw up all over me, as you have done under similar circumstances before. I expect to hear preferentially from the latter group, because they seem perennially inc

Weight Loss Plateau Breakers

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Are you within 10 pounds from your goal weight? Do you hover there, getting close by exercising and dieting? Until Thursday, that is; and then the weekend rolls around every darn week. When you are almost where you want to be, say within five pounds, you tend to allow yourself more wiggle room. Your clothes still fit, but maybe not all of your clo

Is That Seafood Safe? What You Need to Know

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Photo: Pond5By Laurel Leicht for Life by DailyBurnYou know fruit and vegetables have the most flavor during the months when they're being harvested. It might be surprising, though, that the same is true of seafood. "Many species are migratory, meaning they're available fresh in various regions only at certain times of the year," says Jeff Ludwin,

The 5 Foods to Avoid If You Want a Six Pack

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By Lisa Freedman for DETAILS.(photo: John Ashley/Flickr)Carrying a spare tire around your belly? You're not alone: Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults now have abdominal obesity, up from 46 percent in 2000, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. If you fall into that category (male abs are considered fat if t

Doctors, Death, and Dignity: The Semantics of "Suicide"

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Inevitably, death comes to be seen as the enemy in medical care. A resuscitation effort ends with success, or death. Death is the antithesis of triumph in medicine. It is where options run out, where treatments end, where the final desperations of hope surrender. It is failure.Nor are we in medicine unique in this tendency. Poets, too, have interpo

The Trouble With Disinfecting Wipes

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By Megan Boyle, Editorial Director, Healthy Child Healthy WorldReproduced with the permission of the Environmental Working Group www.healthychild.orgThey're cheap, appealing and easy to find. They even smell nice.It's no wonder that disinfecting and antibacterial cleaning wipes are so popular. Last year Clorox executives reported that about half of

Gratitude Beauty, Part 1

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True beauty lets you fly. True beauty grounds you in gratitude. It grounds you, crowns you and abounds in youth. It's vibrant from the roots up so you may thrive. Swapping conventional personal care products for clean treats is one of the easiest and simplest ways to boost your radiance, enhance your performance and massively increase your magneti

Different Fuel for Different Workouts

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I know the look. It's the wrong food choice look. I've seen many people in my exercise classes get that look on their face a few minutes into class that says, I just ate the wrong food.Sometimes it's not enough food, sometimes it's too much. Sometimes it's just the food choice. Eating the right thing before lifting weights or jumping on the treadmi

The 10 Healthiest Beers, Ranked

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By Jaqueline Burt for DETAILS.There's no question that beer gets a bad rap when it comes to whether or not it's good for you--in fact, you've probably just come to accept the fact that knocking back a pint or two is somehow derailing your general well-being. But while it's true that a few too many six-packs can wreak havoc on your waistline--and po

Breast Cancer Screening: of Chances, and Choices

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A sardonic insight by Bertrand Russell deftly, if disturbingly, conveys much of what is wrong in the realm of modern health promotion, particularly where diet is concerned: "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." Ordinarily, I would follow the ramificatio

DISPATCH: Rising Strong with Dr. Brene Brown

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What does it take to get back up when you fall? How do you rise again when you've failed? What really makes a leader? How do relationships stay strong? How do you keep innovating?In Rising Strong, Dr. Brene Brown lets you in on exactly that. The logical next step in her research on vulnerability, courage, and worthiness after The Gifts of Imperfec

Dietary Fat and the Human Brain: Redefining Food for Thought

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The Labor Day weekend brings into sharp juxtaposition two irrepressible, seasonal forces: one is the culturally-sanctioned indulgence in an end-of-summer barbecue blitzkrieg, and the other is the return of our kids to the daily disciplines of a school day. We might add a return to more generally frenetic demands on ourselves as well, as the relativ

The 5 Best Ways To Lose Belly Fat

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By K. Aleisha Fetters for DETAILS.(photo: Getty Images)Repeat after me: "crunches do not burn belly fat."And it's not just crunches. Neither will planks, leg throws, nor the yoga boat pose."These exercises can strengthen your abs muscles, but those muscles will still be hidden under a cover of chub," says Chris Piegza, training manager at DavidBart

Healing, and Human Touch

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Early this summer, I spent several days in a hospital bed, tethered to an IV, with what proved in retrospect to be anaplasmosis (a nasty bit of tick-borne business), complicated by viral meningitis. The latter was likely due to the immunosuppression of the primary infection. It was all rather unpleasant.Among other things, I had a constant, moderat

How to Fuel Up for Your Workout

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By K. Aleisha Fetters for DETAILS.(photo: Getty Images)Want to get more out of your workout? You've got to start eating like it."If you don't fuel properly, you'll never train optimally and never maximize the time you spend training," says Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., R.D., author of Power Eating and a sports nutrition consultant to top NFL, NBA, and Olym

Everything Begins With a Thought

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In the yoga world, we talk often about how thoughts come first, followed by our words, which eventually determines our actions -- how we live our life. So my advice has always been to watch our thoughts. Even if we can't stop our thoughts, if we just start noticing them, we create a small space in which we can choose -- do I want to keep thinking t

Training Your Mind to Push Your Body

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Many people have a part of their brain that so wishes they wanted to exercise, but truthfully they don't want to do it. They wish they wanted to. They want to want to. They just don't. And they are sometimes jealous of people who DO enjoy exercise. Hear the good news, all of you that fall in the Don'tLoveItButWishIDid category of exercisers: My gu

Confessions of an Amateur Raw Vegan

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A few weeks ago, a friend raved to me about the way it feels to be raw vegan."It's the BEST I've ever felt. Hands down. You feel happy all the time. I was never tired and had tons of energy. Giving your body exactly what it needs makes you feel amazing."That made a lot of sense to me, so I decided to try it for a month.It didn't quite last that lon

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans: A Science-Backed Reason to Be Social

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What does it take to age well? Most people I ask say some version of the following: a healthy diet, taking vitamins, staying in shape, and seeing a doctor for annual check-ups. The emphasis is always on physical health.Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life. According to research, spending most of your time alone and feeling l

Health Care Rationing: The Roar and the Silence

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I have gotten the impression over my years in medicine that essentially no one likes to talk about rationing care. Those who oppose the concept on ideological grounds certainly don't want to talk about it. Those who are in acute need of care for themselves or someone they love are potential "victims," and especially don't want to talk about it. Pol

Travelogue of Love: Soulful Summer Edition

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Summer splendor! It's the time of year to spend more time outside than in; more time barefoot grounding on grass, in the ocean, rooting into the earth; time to soak up the abundance of luscious summer days and vibrant nights. It's time to fully step out and let in. Whether you love to unwind at the beach, relax in the mountains, explore tropical ju

Eating in Echo Chambers

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In Going to Extremes, Cass Sunstein explores and characterizes the process that can lead to religious fundamentalism, internecine hatreds, jihad, and suicide terrorism. The essential ingredient is an echo chamber, a place where the opinion to which you are natively inclined, for whatever reasons, is reflected back at you by others who share it.The

Cancer Mortality News, Between the Lines

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A CDC report just released indicates that the age-adjusted risk of cancer death is declining for Americans overall, and the trajectory is largely in line with the aspirational objectives of Healthy People 2020. There are several, salient messages in this report- and at least one more between its lines.First, as noted, the principal finding is that

Creation, Exhilaration, and the Color of Wonder

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Take time to let your mind wandermeander along neuropaths of bliss -- saturated, earth-rich, present. Thoughts and feelings flow hand in hand through your soul's ponderland.Create your new world for today, this month, this season. Built of fibers lean and strong. A foundation for life. The ease of exhilaration by your side, reverberating, tingling

Dreaming (REM Sleep) Improves Your Memory and Performance

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Dreams Are a Key to Memory and Performance"Dreaming (most often in REM sleep) helps consolidate your memories. So what might that mean for you? You will begin to see an improvement in your overall memory and your ability to organize your thoughts, and maybe getting things done." -- Dr. BreusSleep Fact When you sleep really deeply, your brain starts

DISPATCH: Becoming Aware With Lisa Garr

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In NYC to share her book, Becoming Aware: How to Repattern Your Brain and Revitalize Your Life, Lisa Garr recently offered her story, insight, and inspiration on how to live your best life at a truly experiential workshop hosted by Rose Caiola of Rewire Me. If you're not familiar with the story that would change the trajectory of her life, here's t

Health Lunacy and Rocket Science

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The failure to use what we have known for more than two decades to prevent up to 80 percent of all major chronic disease -- heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, dementia -- is costing virtually every one of us years lost from lives we love, and life lost from years. Since this is all entirely fixable with knowledge long at our disposal, the cal

What You Eat Isn't What You Get: The 6 Troubling Ingredients Hiding in Your Food

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Let's start with the problem. The problem today is obesity and diabetes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about one-third of American adults are obese. The American Diabetes Association estimates that 29.1 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million Americans ages 20+ have pre-diabetes. What's more, m

Outrageous Fortune

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In his famously febrile ruminations, Hamlet contemplated suicide as perhaps the one and only way to avoid the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune." However grave the demerits of his melancholy inclination, his basic conclusion on the topic may well have been correct.Worded differently: stuff happens.I was scheduled, and honored, to give the ke

Diet Tips for Patriotic Picnics

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Do not read this if food management at the beach barbecue is easy for you.But if you love a hot dog fresh off the grill, if you cannot resist the red, white and blue cupcakes and if you always rationalize eating the nine-layer veggie nacho dip to the point where any vegetarian benefits are swallowed by the quantity consumed as well as the chips use

Places Where People Live the Longest and Their Secrets to a Longer Life

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What's one of the biggest differences between an average American's day and a typical day in the life of someone who lives in one of the world's Blue Zones?Click Here to see the Complete List of Secrets from the World's Longest-Living People According to Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer whose work and research has identified five locati

Nutrients, Nutritionism, and Historical Nuttiness

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The current issue of JAMA features a commentary by two colleagues, calling for an end to what they term the "ban" on total dietary fat. More specifically, the authors are endorsing the report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, of which I too am a fan, in which there is no specific reference to an upper limit for total dietary fat in

Big, Fat TRANSgression

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Trans fat is going, if not yet gone, and good riddance to it. The word on the street is that the FDA is acting to "ban" partially hydrogenated oils from the food supply. The slightly more banal reality is that the agency is finalizing an action, begun two years ago, to formalize the position that trans fat is no longer "generally recognized as safe

I Hate Him

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Views on god and religion vary widely, of course. My own views are likely rather transparent to those who pass this way routinely, but are immaterial either way. We may, I trust, agree -- whether we endorse a god of personal attachment, a god detached and dispersed to the far corners of the cosmos, or no god at all -- that preacher and parishioners

Your Soul On Solstice

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On Summer Solstice, when the light is the longest, extend your soul to el sol. Plunge back into the ancient visceral knowing that the cosmos celebrates you. Relax into the soothing scent of summer skies and root into the fertile soul of the soil. Shoot your beams of bold, gold gratitude into the universe, weaving now, right now, brightly into ever-

Margaret Marshall: Consider Calories as You Do Dollars

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Do you count calories? Don't! Why all the emphasis on calories when all calories are not created equal? As I say this, I believe you must know about calories and how they affect your eating, weight, and health.For example you can eat a small ounce of chocolate for approximately 150 calories, or you can choose to eat one large apple for about 120 ca

Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Searching for God in Stamford

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Whether beginning the new Jewish new year or the season of fall, the change of weather evokes feeling of renewal and rejuvenation. I recently went searching for God in Stamford at the the Arts and Crafts Fair. I posed two questions: Which season is most Divine and why and what are your hopes for the new season. The answers both holy and humorous

David Katz, M.D.: Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

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To the inevitable backdrop of John Philip Souza marches and presidential photo-ops, Big Soda has announced that it will do some vague kind of something about the excesses they contribute to our intake of calories and sugars over something like ten years. (Unless, of course, they don't.) Cue the 21-gun salute! Release the confetti!Folks, that this i

David Katz, M.D.: Our Health, on Fire: The #UseWhatWeKnow Campaign

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I was privileged to speak to hundreds of healthcare colleagues at a Lifestyle Medicine summit in Nashville, TN yesterday. I was even more privileged to give the keynote address that closed out the conference, although there are some liabilities attached to being the last thing between a restless audience and their freedom.As the conference "closer,
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