August 24, 2011

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Is Sea Salt Better For You Than Table Salt?

Today, one of my patients told me that he is already doing good things for his heart failure and blood pressure by switching to sea salt. “Sea salt is healthier than just regular salt,” he said.  While I was happy to hear that he was trying to make good food choices for his health, I […]

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August 22, 2011

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What is Your Risk of Contracting a Brain Eating Ameba?

Naegleria fowleri is a free-living ameba found in warm bodies of water such as ponds, irrigation ditches, lakes, coastal waters, hot springs, poorly chlorinated swimming pools and infected tap water.  People may come into contact with Naegleria fowleri by swimming, bathing, or inhaling these types of water.  The ameba enters the nasal passages then penetrates […]

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August 17, 2011

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Is Repealing the Helmet Law Such a Good Idea?

The Helmet Law in Michigan currently reads like this: All persons riding a motorcycle, and any person less than 19 years of age operating a moped on a public thoroughfare, are required to wear a crash helmet on his or her head. The Michigan Department of State Police has been given the legislative responsibility to […]

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January 16, 2012

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How long do you expect to live? by George Lundberg, MD

To just what age do you expect to live? You haven’t thought about it? I bet you have. Would you like to live as long as Methuselah? Television’s “Today Show” antes up centenarians to celebrate from time to time. There are about 70,000 American outliers past the age of 100. But that’s out of a […]

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January 11, 2012

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What Do Most American’s Spend 1/3 of Their Life Doing?

What do most Americans spend 1/3 of their life doing? The answer is sleep.  That is an incredible amount of time spent wasted if the sleep you are getting is ineffective.  A large majority of Americans (47 million) are sleep deprived.  One identifying factor is “sleep machismo” in which sleep is considered an expendable luxury […]

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January 4, 2012

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Live, Laugh, Love

Ena Pugh and Lily Willward, British twins who celebrated their 102nd birthday. (Wales News Service)          What is the secret to long life?  Scientists have been studying centurions to discover the secret of long life, but have yet come up with a definative answer.  A diet low in fat and calories and high in anti-oxidants has been […]

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November 27, 2011

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“I’m Sick, I Want An Antibiotic!”

  I see many patients that come to see the nurse practitioner hoping for an antibiotic for their symptoms of cough, runny nose, headache & generalized weakness that has been going on for 2 days.  The examination is basically negative; in other words, there isn’t a specific cause for the symptoms.  If the person smokes I can […]

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November 18, 2011

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Hope for Overweight Children

 Most overweight and obese children are on a path to becoming obese adults at higher risk of  type 2 diabetes high blood pressure, depression, high cholesterol and heart disease cites Goodwin, but if these children can manage to get their weight under control and avoid obesity in adulthood, they are at no higher risk of those health […]

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October 18, 2011

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Steps You Can Take to Prevent Developing Diabetes

This is a repost from: James Haddad who is a medical student who blogs at Abnormal Facies.     In the past decade, the incidence of diabetes in the U.S. has nearly doubled – this is due in large part to the obesity epidemic.  Currently, it is estimated that the lifetime risk of developing diabetes is around […]

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October 15, 2011

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Smoking Past Your Life Expectancy

Here is my stance on cigarette smoking.  Cigarettes have been proven to have detrimental effects on people such as COPD, emphysema, and cancer to name a few.  There have been some that have lived to 80 and 90 years old smoking a pack a day for 60 years. When smokers hear about rare insistences of […]

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September 30, 2011

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Flu Facts

Flu facts: 1. The flu virus is serious. Each year, about 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized and about 36,000 people die because of the flu. 2. The flu vaccine DOES NOT cause the flu. Remember, the flu vaccine does not protect you from other viruses that can feel like the flu. 3. The […]

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September 29, 2011

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Chocolate is GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

British investigators have reported that in seven different studies people who ate the most chocolate had a 37% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 29% lower risk of stroke compared with those who ate the least amount of chocolate. In the study, published online August 29, 2011 in the British Medical Journal, Dr. Adriana Buitrago-Lopez […]

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