Health & Spirit



Quinn on Nutrition: Yes, there is a sustainable way to farm seafood

Health / Nutrition /

According to my dictionary, to "sustain" means to supply with nourishment; to support; to preserve. "Sustainable" refers to something that helps maintain or conserve our energy and resources. My morning coffee and granola come to mind.

Relationships can sustain us as well. Recently co-workers and I participated in an event entitled "...Read more

Study Says -- Don't Skip Meals

Health / Nutrition News /

A new study in animals suggests that skipping meals sets off a series of metabolic miscues that can result in abdominal weight gain.

In the study, mice that ate all of their food as a single meal and fasted the rest of the day developed insulin resistance in their livers -- which scientists consider a telltale sign of prediabetes. When the ...Read more

Pulmonary Embolus Has Some Genetic Risk Factors

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an active, healthy 70-year-old lady who, out of the blue, was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolus. I had no prior surgeries or leg involvement. After discharge, my GP diagnosed me with Factor V Leiden mutation, heterozygous and an elevated homocysteine level. I was prescribed folic acid, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12 daily....Read more

The Beet Goes On

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When Sonny and Cher recorded "The Beat Goes On" in 1967, did they know that beets are a standout vegetable packed with phytonutrients and complex vitamins that reduces bodywide inflammation and supports a healthy cardiovascular system? Probably not, but they did have a pretty La-DEE-da-DEE-DEE attitude. But, it's true.

If you're old enough to ...Read more

FlameStower Charger keeps your electronics going at your camp site

Health / Adventure And Fitness /

Camping includes lots of gear, and new gear camping is always fun to find and buy. These items might not be necessities, but they're still pretty cool and would be good additions to your camp kit.


Like it or not, electronics are creeping into the outdoors like ants onto a dropped ice cream cone. Most of the time there's a ...Read more

Night Sweats, Frequent Urination, Lesser-Known Symptoms Of A Fib

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: About 15 years ago (I am now 62), I had night sweats, and woke up frequently to urinate, sometimes five to six times a night, but not consistently. Days or weeks could go by without these symptoms, other than some urination one or two times a night due to very mild BPH. I was in excellent health, or so I thought, and saw my ...Read more

Don't Get Kids Drunk on Sugar

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

When SpongeBob SquarePants gets drunk on ice cream in his self-titled movie, he rants, reels and generally steps in it! Seems a sugar buzz can put even a high-strung animated character on a Rocky Road. Well, now researchers are declaring that cartoon story is not so make-believe.

"Sugar is the alcohol of childhood!" says a panel of doctors, ...Read more

Window onto ailments: First database of brain-cell types released

Health / Health & Fitness /

SEATTLE, Three years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen doubled down on brain research, luring some of the nation's top experts to Seattle and pledging an additional $300 million to study the world's most complex organ at a level of detail never before possible.

Now, the Allen Institute for Brain Science is releasing initial results from that...Read more

An Idea With Teeth

Health / Scott LaFee /

Nobody likes tooth decay, not least because the remedy involves fillings, crowns, bridges and worse. Rodents don't have that problem. They may lack pearly whites, but they benefit from the fact that their teeth are constantly growing. In effect, they repair themselves through continuous regeneration, though one consequence is that rats, mice, ...Read more

More Evidence of MMR Vaccine Safety

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Last December, when nine NHL players from the New York Rangers, the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild all came down with the mumps, teams gave all players who wanted them booster shots of the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine.

Since a mumps vaccine became available in 1967, incidents in the U.S. have plummeted from around 186,000 cases ...Read more

Testing Is The Key To Informed Health Decision

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 71. I'm overweight at 300 pounds and have had Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. I haven't had any chest pain or heart problems, but a recent nuclear stress test lead my doctor to suspect buildup in one of my arteries, and he wants to do a cardiac catheterization.

I do not want to do this, partly because I feel that once you let...Read more

Our Brother's Sisters: Boys Get Money, Girls Get Lost

Health / Marilynn Preston /

President Obama deserves high praise for his continuing efforts to counsel and rescue boys and men of color and promote their well-being.

His 2014 initiative, My Brother's Keeper -- with $300 million in private funding -- must be going gangbusters. In early May, the president proudly announced a nonprofit spinoff called My Brother's Keeper ...Read more

Your Physical Re-Imagined

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Like a lot of guys, comedian D.L. Hughley avoids checkups: "My wife knew I was horrified of doctors. [She] said, 'You haven't been to the doctor in four years, so I set up a physical for you. Since you're in your 40s, you're going to have a prostate exam. They call it a 'digital exam.' I thought it meant a camera!"

Whether you're like D.L. and ...Read more

Help For Essential Tremor

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've suffered from essential tremor for 16 years. I take 500 mg of primidone and 40 mg of propranolol twice daily. I've gradually increased the dose over the years, and the combination works quite well. What is the highest dose of these medications that I can take? Also, are there any new drugs on the market that have been proven...Read more

Don't blame behavior on 'disease,' psychiatrist says

Health / Health & Fitness /

Modern psychology can do more harm than good, asserts retired psychiatrist Anthony Daniels (pen name: Theodore Dalrymple) in his book, "Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality."

Instead of taking responsibility for ourselves, "checklist psychiatry" allows us to blame any pattern of behavior on a "disease," said Daniels, 65.

When...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Brown Rice

Health / Health Advice /

Using sliced onions and green pepper from the produce section of the market helps you make this dinner in five minutes.

Wok cooking tip: Make sure your wok or skillet is very hot. Add the food to the hot wok and don't touch it for about 30 seconds. This gives the wok a chance to regain its heat.

Helpful Hint:

-- Diced fresh onions and green ...Read more

Thumbing Your Nose at Tension Headaches

Health / Drs. Oz and Roizen /

Pressure to perform at work, school or home can cause a lot of self-imposed stress and pain. It's "something you feel when you don't know what the *** you're doing," says Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. And he sure proved that in Super Bowl XLVIII, from the game-opening 2-point safety for the Seahawks right down to the last fumble. Although ...Read more

Mold And Mildew Exposure Can Have Consequences

Health / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I lived in southwest Florida for 13 years and was exposed to heavy mold and mildew due to heat and humidity from a leaky roof. About a year ago, I gradually became quite ill -- fatigue, weakness, irritable bowel symptoms, insomnia and symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Six months ago, I moved out and have slowly regained my ...Read more

FDA will consider patient experiences in their medical-device reviews

Health / Health & Fitness /

For decades, the Food and Drug Administration and the medical device industry have puzzled over how to factor the experiences of patients when making regulatory decisions. This month, they got some answers.

The Medical Device Innovation Consortium, a collaboration of the device industry, the FDA and the National Institutes of Health, released a...Read more

Quinn on Nutrition: Q: What do we know about vegetarian diets? A: Take this quiz

Health / Nutrition /

What do we know about vegetarian diets? Here is a quiz based on the latest position paper on this topic by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND):

In general, vegetarians a) eat plant-based diets; b) live in Big Sur; c) do not eat animal flesh; d) may or may not eat eggs or dairy products. Answers: a,c,d.

Because my friend Michelle ...Read more