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Why primary care visits matter

Without primary colors (red, green, blue), the world would be a pale place. No primary campaigns would make for an anemic democracy. And no primary care doctor visits? That's a direct route to health problems you never saw coming!

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that from 2008 to 2012 appointments with primary care doctors ...Read more

The really, really great outdoors

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson gave a speech before Congress, "Conservation and Preservation of Natural Beauty," announcing plans to build thousands of hiking trails across the country. Johnson noted, "Doctors recommend and encourage such activity for fitness and fun."

Today, thanks to that initiative, there are 193,500 miles of hiking ...Read more

Eating away at Alzheimer's

"An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh," Will Rogers once said. That may be true, but vegetables have an even more special talent: They keep the brain healthy and slash your risk for Alzheimer's disease, thanks to a superhero "Polly Phenol" -- aka flavonol -- that's packed into almost ...Read more

Don't let dining out be a recipe for disaster

"Kitchen Confidential" is a behind-the-scenes examination of the restaurant industry by the late Anthony Bourdain that reveals how patrons are unknowingly duped into dropping piles of money for gussied-up, low-quality food.

Clearly, a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition wouldn't have surprised him. It finds less than 0.1% of meals ...Read more

Better carbs equal better sleep

Last October, the Pittsburgh Steeler's quarterback Mason Rudolph was knocked unconscious by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas. It was a scary moment when Rudolph was face down on the field and not moving, but he eventually came to and was able to walk off under his own power.

But there are better ways to catch some shut-eye. If you're having ...Read more

How stress turns you gray -- inside and out

Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton turned gray-haired while in office. Now we know why. Genetics plays a part for sure. But it turns out the body's stress response can do a dance with color-producing (melanocyte) stem cells that cluster in the hair follicle and set off a cascade of events that strips pigment from each strand of hair!

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How to avoid low-fat and low-carb diet traps

In 1980, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued America's first national dietary guidelines. They recommended you dramatically reduce your intake of fats -- all fats. Eventually folks realized that a flat-out low-fat diet fueled the intake of processed carbs and added sugars. So, along came low-carb diets, loaded with sat fats from meats and ...Read more

Use your gut biome to beam up your health

The fifth episode in season one of "Star Trek: Voyager" (1995) was titled "The Phage." It tells the tale of the Vidiians, an alien people who are combing the universe looking for healthy organs to harvest in an attempt to outpace their physical degeneration, which is caused by an incurable disease called the Phage.

The Vidiians were off the ...Read more

It's smart to correctly monitor your blood pressure at home

Timothy West, 86, is a British actor who's seen his career go up and up and up, from his first role in 1959 through last year's appearance on the BBC's "Dad's Army: The Lost Episodes." Unfortunately, so did his blood pressure!

Around 1990, he was gobsmacked (as they say in England) to learn he had dangerously high BP. Since then he's been ...Read more

Cardiac rehab works, so why aren't you doing it?

Say hello to 85-year-old Beverly. After a severe heart attack she went from shuffling along to dancing the two-step thanks to her enthusiastic participation in a cardiac rehab program. And she's working out at a fitness center three days a week. "I don't think I could have done this alone," she told HealthyYou. "I'm grateful this rehab program ...Read more

Nuts for walnuts

In the pseudodocumentary "Best in Show," Christopher Guest plays Harlan Pepper, who is heading to a dog show with his bloodhound, Hubert. As he's driving there, he starts a monologue about his childhood obsession with "naming every nut there was."

"It used to drive my mother crazy," he says. And we believe that. But what drove us crazy was the ...Read more

What's your meditation type?

Actress Halle Berry has described her meditation practices on Instagram. She puts on comfortable clothing and goes to a secluded spot in her garden. For 30 minutes, she focuses on her breath and repeats a chosen phrase over and over to set her intentions for the day.

Berry's meditation technique, called mantra meditation, is popular with people...Read more

Post-high fog makes for dangerous driving

Tommy Chong makes no secret of his endorsement of being stoned in almost any situation. Take driving. "Everybody's worried about driving when you're stoned. Noooo. You're not going to hurt anybody going five miles an hour. Noooo. But you do get paranoid at the wrong times. One time I got pulled over by a caution light. I sat there for a long ...Read more

Got skim?

What do Steve Tyler, Tom Brady and Dr. Phil have in common? Very little -- except that they all appeared in Got Milk? ads at the ages of 54, 25 and 54, respectively. They might reconsider that today (their current ages are 71, 43 and 70), unless the ads said Got 1% Milk? That's because drinking low-fat, 1% milk makes your RealAge considerably ...Read more

Are you drinking more than you should for health and safety?

Amy Winehouse was 27 when she was found unresponsive at home. A postmortem exam revealed her cause of death was alcohol poisoning. She had a blood alcohol level that was more than five times the legal drink-drive limit.

That tragic incident was a stark reminder of something many folks forget: Alcohol is a drug, and the short and long-term ...Read more

Protect your child's IQ from flame retardants and pesticides

In the 2019 film, "Killer Sofa," a recliner is possessed by an evil spirit and becomes a serial killer, making it the chair-man of doom. (And you thought being a couch potato was risky business!)

Now, your favorite chair won't out-and-out murder you, but according to a study in Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, carpets, cushions, upholstery...Read more

This berry may give you the boost you need to feel better faster

Halle Berry, Chuck Berry, Berry Gordy Jr: That's Berry power, for sure. Without Halle's best actress performance in "Monster's Ball," Chuck Berry's hit song "Johnny Be Good," and Berry Gordy's Motown empire, the popular arts would be lacking a lot of vitality.

But another berry -- the elderberry, aka Sambucus nigra -- may deliver even more of a...Read more

Turns out, it's good to be green

In 1970, when Kermit originally sang "It's Not Easy Being Green," he bemoaned having to "spend each day the color of the weeds," and said it "seems you blend in with so many ordinary things/and people tend to pass you over." But he came to embrace his green skin as precisely what he wanted to be. Smart decision by Kermit, because there's a lot ...Read more

When it comes to BPA, substitutes are not always the answer

"The Substitute" is a 1996 thriller with Tom Beringer staring as a substitute teacher who lays waste to a high school cocaine ring, disproving students' long-held belief that a substitute is always a weaker version of a regular teacher.

The same can be said, unfortunately, of BPS, a common substitute for the now known hormone disruptor BPA (...Read more

Yoga boosts your brain power

Baddha konasana, utthita parsvakonasana, prasarita padottanasana. At first (or second or third) glance these brain-teasing phrases -- are they names or exotic recipes? -- demand your best thinking to figure out how to pronounce them and what they are.

Well, say researchers from the University of Illinois, that makes sense, since they're names ...Read more

 

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