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Healthy Halloween Treats Are Tricky!
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Healthy Halloween Treats Are Tricky!

This year when the kids ring your doorbell and sing “Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat,” wouldn’t it be nice to give them something “good for them” to eat for a change? You know, instead of handing them junk food that has no nutritional value and can damage their […]

October Is Also National Physical Therapy Month!
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October Is Also National Physical Therapy Month!

October is National Physical Therapy Month. I know October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Black History Month, but with only 12 months a year, every month has at least a couple subjects associated with it.  But since I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I can’t pass up this opportunity to build awareness for […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Fight Cancer With Food!
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Fight Cancer With Food!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States.  That’s the month when we’re supposed to work to build awareness of breast cancer issues.  I take that responsibility very seriously because my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was thirteen.  The time after she was diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment […]

Study: Fat Gene No Guarantee of Obesity
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Study: Fat Gene No Guarantee of Obesity

Many people blame their weight on genetics.  After all, maybe their father and/or mother suffer from obesity.  Plus, in the last few years the news media has covered how scientists have identified a gene that is linked to obesity, called the fat mass and obesity associated gene (FTO), or as some like to call it […]

Mattresses: Picking Out a Good Night's Sleep
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Mattresses: Picking Out a Good Night’s Sleep

For the past few months, Neil slept poorly, tossing and turning to find a comfortable position, but always waking up stiff and achy.  He wasn’t sure why he slept so poorly.  He had never had any problems sleeping before. The answer eluded him until he went to Hawaii on vacation.  While he was there, he […]

Study: To Lose Weight, Watch When You Eat
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Study: To Lose Weight, Watch When You Eat

Since losing weight takes willpower, foresight and planning, it can be challenging at times.  You have to reduce the calories you consume and take time to exercise more, so that you burn more calories than you consume. Unfortunately, according to researchers at Northwestern University, having a a successful weight loss program might be a little […]

Goat Milk?: For When Cow's Milk Won't Do
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Goat Milk?: For When Cow’s Milk Won’t Do

In Brandon’s opinion, there was nothing better than a big glass of milk to wash down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the morning.  But lately he noticed that he felt a little bloated and gassy after breakfast each morning.  On top of that, his eczema had been getting worse, lately.  Brandon thought it […]

Study: Coffee Aroma May Reduce Stress
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Study: Coffee Aroma May Reduce Stress

Whenever I enter a coffee shop, I find the smell of coffee intoxicating.  It is so rich, warm, inviting, relaxing and invigorating all at once that it feels like it must be a drug. There are so many different ways you could describe the wonderful scent of coffee. But what is it about the smell […]

Pork: Stay Lean, Don't Pig Out!
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Pork: Stay Lean, Don’t Pig Out!

Every Sunday, Tracy’s family wakes up to the smell of the bacon and eggs that she is frying up in the kitchen.  It is a long standing tradition that everyone looks forward to.  Unfortunately, it might not continue for much longer because at Tracy’s annual check up, her doctor recommended that she switch to a […]

Running In Hot Weather: Can't Take the Heat?
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Running In Hot Weather: Can’t Take the Heat?

Larry is an avid runner training for his first marathon, which is coming up in September.  Unfortunately, he is having some difficulty with his training.  The weather is just too hot where he lives, making it hard to run.  Lately, the temperatures have been over 100 F (38 C). Despite that, Larry needs to train […]

Cholesterol? Don't Forget the Triglycerides!
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Cholesterol? Don’t Forget the Triglycerides!

Darla felt good about her health when she went to her annual checkup. She had monitored her cholesterol and blood pressure for over a year and both were in desirable ranges.  So, she was surprised when her doctor told her that her triglyceride levels were high and had to be monitored also. When Darla thought […]

Buffalo: Building a Better Burger!
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Buffalo: Building a Better Burger!

Jerry loved grilling season.  Creating the perfect burger had been his hobby for the past 5 years.  For Jerry, there was nothing better than grilling a juicy hamburger.  However, at his last physical, his doctor said that he was 25 pounds overweight and that it was time for him to lose some weight.  “There goes […]

Bottled Water: Not All Water Is Created Equal!
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Bottled Water: Not All Water Is Created Equal!

Stacey wanted to cut some unnecessary calories from her diet, so that she could lose a few pounds.  She thought the best place for her to reduce her calories was to replace her soft drinks and lattes with water.  The big problem was that she couldn’t stand the way that the tap water at her […]

Exotic Fruit: Tasty and Healthy
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Exotic Fruit: Tasty and Healthy

Doris remembered the apples, pears, strawberries and oranges that were available at the local grocery store when she was a kid seventy odd years ago.  You didn’t see guava, kiwifruit, mango and papaya like you did now.  Those were all considered exotic delicacies when she was young.  But now you could find them all year […]

Can Food Labels Be Trusted?
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Can Food Labels Be Trusted?

As you walk down the aisles of your local grocery store, you will notice foods labeled as “fat-free”, “low in sodium”, “heart healthy”, etc.  Those labels make the foods sound extra healthy, but do the labels actually mean something?  Or are they just false marketing promises to convince you to buy the products? That’s a […]

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