Health Advice



High doses of misinformation can lead to diabetes

In October 2020, a study by the Digital New Deal found the number of interactions with false content on Facebook had spiked 242% since 2016. But social media isn't the only place where news gets skewed so innocent bystanders -- like you -- get skewered.

A recent study declared "high doses of saccharin don't lead to diabetes in healthy adults." ...Read more

For your child's future mental health, make smart choices today

When moms were interviewed about the qualities they hoped their children would develop, a survey from Motherly found kindness was No. 1, followed by attributes such as respect, resilience, curiosity, intelligence, generosity and bravery. All are characteristics of an emotionally healthy child, teen and adult.

But those traits may turn out to be...Read more

Foods that cool chronic inflammation

Love Fest 2021, this year's free music extravaganza out of Chardon, Ohio, is being held virtually on June 26, streaming live on YouTube. Now that's something to love that's loving you in return -- just what Dr. Mike says is the dynamic that makes for a perfect meal plan. You want to love the foods that love you back.

Quick check: Do you have ...Read more

Finding your whey

Joe Manganiello, of "Spider-Man," "Magic Mike" and "Justice League" fame, is known for his ultra-defined abs and his love of smoothies made with whey powder, water and banana to boost his bodybuilding.

But you don't have to be aiming for a cinematic physique to use whey powder to build and retain muscle -- especially as you're losing weight, ...Read more

Where there's smoke ...

Actress Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games" trilogy and the "X-Men" series) has been photographed smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and vaping. That's the trifecta of lung-damaging, life-shortening puffs. According to a trio of new studies, ditching cigs for vaping or marijuana isn't eliminating toxic chemicals or significantly reducing your ...Read more

The importance of managing obesity before becoming pregnant

Leah Remini, Molly Sims and Milla Jovovich each gained 70-80 pounds while pregnant. They're not alone. Around 48% of women gain too much, putting themselves and their fetus at risk for complications during pregnancy and birth.

As unhealthy as that is, for the 25% of women in the U.S. who go into pregnancy already obese, the health challenges ...Read more

Say 'so long, fat' with oolong tea

Monty Python's sketch called "Hell's Grannies" featured a gang of gray-haired, leather-wearing troublemakers with the slogan "Make tea, not war" on the back of their jackets. Not bad, but we'd like to suggest a different slogan, one that touts another remarkable power of this much-loved, leafy beverage: "Hello, oolong; so long, belly fat."

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More veggies, less blues

In 1940, when Franklin Roosevelt said, "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people," science had not yet discovered the connection between a fiber-rich diet and a positive outlook. But we're betting he knew that the fiber that makes up your good nature is as beneficial to your well-being as the fiber ...Read more

Another gutsy move that might reduce your diabetes risk

Bugs are tromped, stomped and sprayed to a fare-thee-well in this country. But around the globe, they're often prized as a tasty food. It's estimated that 9.5 billion caterpillars are harvested each year in southern Africa, bringing in $85 million in sales. And in Mexico, maguey worms can end up in a tortilla or at the bottom of a bottle of ...Read more

The Goldilocks Principle

In "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," the heroine declares one bowl of porridge tastes too hot, another too cold and the third, well, that's just right. The idea that avoiding extremes provides the best results is called the Goldilocks Principle and researchers from New Zealand's Otago University are advocating it so you can flourish emotionally....Read more

Slash your GERD symptoms by 40%

So many pro football players have had to contend with gastrointestinal reflux disorder that you could call their playing field a GERD-iron. But both the Denver Broncos' John Elway and the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre, who suffered mightily during their former quarterback days, now know how lifestyle changes can help keep GERD under control.

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Say hello -- and then goodbye -- to VLDL

In September 2017, workers in London discovered the world's biggest fatberg -- a clog of fat and debris in a sewer line that was the size of 11 of that city's iconic double-decker busses. One way to avoid such a mess would be to cook with and eat less fat and therefore have less fatty waste flowing through the sewers.

The same solution would ...Read more

Optimizing your health after retirement

There's a retirement boom going on. In the third quarter of 2020, about 28.6 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 said they'd retired. That's 3.2 million more boomers than retired in the same quarter of 2019.

If that's you -- or soon to be you -- it's important to recognize retirement's rough spots and access its pleasures. Those who...Read more

Dodge the risks, get the benefits of bisphosphonates

Five years ago, TechCrunch predicted that in 2021 checkbooks, cash, credit cards and passwords would be entirely replaced by digital magic. Well, that didn't happen. But we can see the advantages of eliminating them (especially passwords).

The new recommendations for postmenopausal use of the bone-building medications called bisphosphonates say...Read more

Want to keep muscle as you lose weight? Exercise is essential

You've heard over and over that the key to losing weight is reducing food intake, not exercise. And exercise plus control of portion size is what's needed to keep weight off once you lose it. Well, that's technically true. But healthful weight loss isn't just about numbers. You want the reward for all your hard work to be looking good and ...Read more

Vegans need to protect bone health

Gwyneth Paltrow was a vegan for many years and still enjoys vegan fare, although these days she doesn't rule out any one food (well, probably burgers and fries). And that may be a good thing since she was diagnosed with osteopenia in 2010, alerting her to her risk for brittle bone disease (osteoporosis).

A new study has found that, compared to ...Read more

Guard against falls if living alone or lacking social interaction

In the U.S., 27% of adults 60 and older live alone -- more than in any other country. A Pew Research Center survey of 130 nations found that globally only 16% of older folks live solo.

Given how many older folks live alone -- and the increase in isolation this past year -- researchers from University College in London would not find it ...Read more

Cold weather exercise helps you burn more fat

Every year, thousands of folks join in the Hypothermic Half Marathon, a frigid, multi-city run in Canada. Although it's virtual this year, in 2016, more than 500 folks in Winnipeg endured -52 degree temperatures (with wind chill figured in) for the fun (?) and glory of doing it.

Fortunately, according to a study by researchers from Laurentian ...Read more

Exercise snacking

In March 2019, Hot Springs, Arkansas, hosted the "First Ever World's Shortest Zero K St. Patrick's Day Race." The 299-foot-long course was one foot shorter than the notorious Wacky Florida Keys Cow Key Channel Bridge Run that stretches 300 feet!

They might be on to something. Turns out exercise snacking can be a great solution to the health ...Read more



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