Health & Spirit

Reducing inflammation and obesity by endurance training

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Ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes holds several records for the longest endurance runs. In 2005 he ran 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes without sleep. A year later he ran a marathon in each of the 50 states in 50 consecutive days.

Now we don't recommend trying Dean's endurance feats, but we can recommend exercising to the point of seeing what ...Read more

It's lentilicious!

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In traditional Chinese medicine, there are four types of pulses -- floating, sinking, slow, and fast -- that practitioners use to evaluate your health. In our diets (from the East to the West) there are four basic kinds of pulses: dried peas, beans, chickpeas and lentils. (There are 11 kinds grown worldwide.) These pulses are part of the legume ...Read more

Immune system reactions to tattoos are potentially debilitating

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The Missouri Compromise, signed into law in 1820 by President James Monroe, allowed Maine into the union as a free state and Missouri in as a slave state, maintaining the balance of power between North and South in the U.S. Senate. Clearly, compromise -- so often touted as a more civilized way to govern -- sometimes can be downright wrong.

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Bacteria and bone strength

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When Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in the semi-documentary "Pumping Iron" in 1977, the six-time Mr. Olympia astounded audiences with his competitive ferocity and hyper-muscled physique. That's why it came as no surprise that he went on to muscle his way on to the silver screen with "Conan the Barbarian," "The Running Man" and "The Terminator."

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Unmasking eating disorders among the overweight and obese

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Ranker's top 10 movies about an eating disorder all focus on girls driven to become too thin. No wonder most people equate the phrase "eating disorder" with anorexia. But young adults 18-24 who are overweight or obese are more likely to have eating disorders and disordered eating behaviors than their normal or underweight peers (29.3 percent ...Read more

Three more reasons not to be D-ficient

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Tiger Woods won it in 2000, 2002 and 2008; Rory McIlroy won it in 2011; Jordan Spieth, in 2015. But what did these three have in common at this year's U.S. Open? This triple threat didn't even make the cut.

It's tough to see a triple threat like these guys booted out of the Open, but some triple threats need to be kicked to the sidelines! And ...Read more

Don't let work stress you out

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Comic vaudevillian George Burns lived to be 100 by following his own advice: "If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension."

A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology confirms his sage observation. Researchers tracked around 100,000 men for more ...Read more

Eat for your ears

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In the comic strip Pickles, Earl is eating a sandwich. "Earl, you made a mess in the kitchen when you made that sandwich," says Opal.

"No thanks, I already made myself a sandwich, see? But I appreciate the offer."

"What? No, I said you didn't clean up your mess."

"Yes that dress does look good on you," says Earl.

"Arghh," screams Opal.

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Think twice before having your child's tonsils or adenoids out

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You know the old saying, "Your past will come back to haunt you"? That's certainly the case in the 1947 drama "Out of the Past." Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum), a small-town gas station owner, has been lying low after a job went bad back when he was a private eye. His former client, Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) tracks him down -- ostensibly to ...Read more

Taking a probiotic if you have IBS can help banish depression

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LeBron James, in happier times, recalled: "Warren Buffet told me to always follow your gut ... When you have that gut feeling, you have to go with it." But, if you're bugged by some unpleasant gut feelings, physically and emotionally, we bet you want them to go away (like LeBron right about now)!

Ten to 15 percent of American adults experience ...Read more

Healthy you equals healthy breast milk

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There's one Oregon woman on YouTube who has a condition called hyperlactation and produces 1.75 gallons of milk daily. Over the past few years, she has donated more than 700 gallons to moms and babies in need.

Being breastfed clearly offers benefits: It's linked to a lower risk of teen metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and ...Read more

Finding buddies, becoming healthier

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If you Google the word "buddies," you get 412 million responses -- a testimony to just how greatly folks value the concept of a supportive pal. But many of you try to reach your health and wellness goals alone and become frustrated or (can we say it?) lazy.

Multiple studies show that if you're aiming to upgrade your life, doing it with a buddy ...Read more

Bite these! Four foods to lower cholesterol

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On an episode of "The Office," Dwight Schrute gladly switches to a new company health insurance plan, which doesn't cover anything. When asked why, he says: "Never been sick. Superior brain power. Through sheer concentration, I can raise and lower my cholesterol."

"Why would you want to raise your cholesterol?" an officemate asks.

"So I can ...Read more

Ask your doc to re-evaluate your heart health/heart disease risk

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Dr. Mike's hospital issues a 232-page Diversity Tool Kit as a modern, global guide (from "A" for "Aboriginal People" to "Z" for "Zoroastrian") for its health care providers in interacting with patients and their family members. The recognition that health care professionals need to offer appropriately individualized interaction with patients is ...Read more

Why new guidelines for colorectal screening?

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Diagnosed in 1992 with colon cancer, Pope John Paul died 12 years later at the age of 84. Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with the disease in 1985 and died in 2004 at 93. But these days it's younger folks who are increasingly at risk for colorectal cancer.

A study in the Journal of the American Cancer Institute has found that folks born in 1990 ...Read more

Walk this way

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When Steven Tyler and Aerosmith first crooned the anthem "Walk This Way," they were appealing to teenagers' unrequited -- and then requited! -- desires. But for kids, teens, young adults and seniors, the true key to happiness and good health is to walk THIS way: quickly!

A new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine reveals that if you ...Read more

Refuse that food delivery: Stopping toxic black plastic pollution

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"Black Mirror" is a sci-fi series that looks at the unexpected consequences of new technologies and contemporary behavior -- and paints a dystopian portrait of the near future that would give Rod Serling nightmares!

But that's nothing compared to the unexpected consequences of using recycled black plastic for food packaging and utensils. A new ...Read more

Making up for lost sleep

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In "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," Harry's godfather Sirius Black is about to suffer a fate worse than death for a crime he didn't commit, and Buckbeak, Hagrid's beloved hippogriff, has seemingly been executed. Dumbledore tells Harry and Hermione that by using a time turner to go back a couple of hours, "more than one innocent life ...Read more

Do you need that supplement?

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In Rachel Khong's 2017 novel "Goodbye, Vitamin," the protagonist, Ruth, records what her aging father does: "Today you held your open hand out and I shook out the pills into it, same as every day. Fish oil. Magnesium. Vitamins D and C and A. Gingko Biloba. 'Hello, water,' you said, holding the glass against the moonlight and shaking the pills ...Read more

Mangia! Eat to offset the effects of air pollution

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The Olympics allow us to witness the human body's peak abilities. But as major cities get more polluted, air quality can interfere with performance. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, six fewer outdoor world records were set than in 2004 in Athens, a fact many attributed to poor air quality.

But you don't need to be an Olympic athlete for ...Read more

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