Don’t Be Afraid of Your Food


“I’m afraid my food was grown in poor soil and doesn’t have the right nutrition.” “What if my food has been contaminated by pesticides?” “Will I get cancer from my food?” “Did someone irradiate my food?” “Do I need to avoid a certain types of food?”

These are questions heard by nutritionists every day from concerned…

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Traveling Health


Doctor Bob folded up his stethoscope and put it in his pocket. “Is there anything else I should know, Ken?” He stood at the counter, entering his findings of the yearly physical for this retiree.

"No, don’t think so.” Ken buttoned his shirt. “Marie’s home packing. We’re going to the Caribbean for two weeks.” Ken smiled…

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A Mother’s Diet Changes Baby’s Genes


A healthful diet during pregnancy results in a healthy baby.  This is common sense and universally known to be true.  But research has discovered that a woman’s diet at the time of conception can permanently impact the genetic code of her baby.  

The genes of the baby are forever changed by mom’s diet before…

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So What?

In our last blog post we learned the most critical stage of “filtering the firehose” of health information: knowing what health info you can trust.

However, that can still leave us with a LOT of solid health advice. The firehose is still spewing more than we can drink, so we ask our second filter question: So…

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They All Have Side Effects


Look at the folded paper, stapled to the professional white pharmacy bag, which instructs you on how to use the drug you just received. Or look at one of several websites which discusses various drugs or herbals that you might be taking. In either of these sources, did you notice, in addition to the “mechanism…

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Testosterone — the New Male Miracle Medicine


A casual perusal of night time television, the sports channels, or the masculine adventure channels will reveal a plethora of ads for testosterone therapy for men who think they have low “T” (testosterone). While twenty-five percent of the males over age 45 have lower than normal testosterone levels, only a small segment of these males…

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Statins and Grace

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Statins are an important class of medications for lowering blood cholesterol levels. Statins can help unblock arteries and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The first line of treatment for high cholesterol is dietary. Eating fewer dairy products, eggs, and red meat will often dramatically lower cholesterol levels. Statins can be added if diet alone doesn’t…

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New Guidelines for Old


Late in 2013 new guidelines were published for health care professionals to manage people at risk of cardiac or vascular (stroke) disease. The guidelines were written because the old guidelines did not 1) address the risk of stroke, 2) consider younger patients with risk factors but normal cholesterol numbers, and 3) make recommendations in the…

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The Truth About Caffeine


The information available on caffeine these days is very confusing. Some sources advocate caffeine drinks as “energy” drinks. Some recommend caffeinated drinks but suggest avoiding the “additives” in caffeinated drinks – sugar, fat, vitamins, and amino acids. Others claim that caffeine is addictive with nasty side-effects. Others condemn caffeine in all forms and for all…

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Now What?


We’ve been filtering the firehose of health information with some simple questions.

Q: Know What?
A: Rely on what trusted health sources claim.

Q: So What?  
A: Focus on relevance; choose health info that supports your personal health goals.

The next logical question is…

Now What?

It’s a simple process of making one of three choices:

  1. Forget it: Discard info…
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Am I Allergic to Myself?

What disease affects 23.5 million Americans (2.5 times as many as have cancer), costs $100 billion in direct expenses (2 times as much as cancer), receives 1/12 of the research funding ($594 million) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as cancer ($6.1 billion), and is the tenth leading cause of deaths in women under…

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Know What?


In my last blog post, I gave an overview of how to “filter the firehose” of health information overload. You don’t need to know it all; you only need to know enough to make positive choices for your health. It requires filtering for trusted information you can act on. I suggest using a three question…

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The Bigger the Mess, the More God’s Grace Is There

[It is Christmas! While we often blindly assume peace and good will reigns everywhere, it does not. Kent A. Hansen, JD in his weekly Word of Grace newsletter beautifully brings into sharp focus an area of healthcare for which most of us are unaware. I quote only part of it for your edification (if you wish…

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Aspirin Is NOT a Miracle Drug.


Read it again carefully: Aspirin is not a miracle drug. Recent international news flashes are touting the “protective effect” of aspirin against melanoma in females. Aspirin has previously been announced as “preventative” in breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Please note again: Aspirin is NOT a miracle drug. Aspirin does NOT prevent cancer.

Aspirin does…

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“Know-It-All” or Know Enough


If you're like me, you can often suffer from health information overload. We both want to make positive choices about our health. However, one Google search can explode into a plethora of passionate predictions from doctors, health researchers, naturopaths and snake-oil salesmen leaving you with a mountain of “irrefutable” yet often contradictory advice. Never mind…

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Get Some Sleep!


Back in the mid-1990s I became very interested in how fatigue and sleep deprivation impacts human performance. There was a good amount of research tucked away in some obscure journals and on the shelves of almost unknown institutes. Yet what I found was very intriguing and startling.

At the time media coverage of this topic was…

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Sould I Be Taking Calcium Supplements?


"Dr. Jack, I was told that I should be taking calcium supplements because of my age. What do you think?” Nora, a 52 year old, small, thin, pale Caucasian stared intently at her doctor. “I was told that I had small bones and was probably osteoporotic. Should I be taking calcium and Vitamin D?”

Dr. Jack Reynolds…

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Humans Can’t Change Bad Behavioirs


It is difficult for humans to change the way they do something when they have been doing it the same way for a long time. New research on the often deadly cancer, melanoma demonstrates this frustrating tendency as described in the Bible.

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you…

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If You Have Had Cancer


"If you have had cancer…" sounds like a bad way to begin a positive and helpful suggestion for a healthful lifestyle, doesn't it? The truth is, if you have had cancer, you are like everyone who has had some type of life-changing health problem – a heart attack, a kidney stone, or an ulcer. You…

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Is There a Good Carbohydrate?

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The purveyors of popular fad diets are enraptured by the evils of sugar. Consequently, they try in every possible way to recognize sugar in all its forms (honey, dates, bananas, soda, etc.), which is a good thing–and eliminate it. However, they confuse the issue when they label simple sugar as a carbohydrate (which it is)…

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Live Longer with Lower Vitamin D Levels


Studies of the role of vitamin D in human physiology indicate that vitamin D is involved in bone formation, the growth and development of immune cells, and stimulation or inhibition of blood vessels in cancer. Those who have lower levels of vitamin D are found to have higher death rates from heart disease, diabetes mellitus,…

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Head Start a Failure

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Nearly one million children are enrolled in the federal Head Start program that provides preschool and daycare services for disadvantaged children. By any and nearly all measures Head Start has failed to meet any of its intended goals.

Head Start was begun in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty. Head Start was designed to…

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Another Problem with Sleep Apnea

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The optometrist leaned back in his chair. To Chuck, it looked like a position in which to deliver bad news.

“Chuck, take a look these results of your visual field test.”

“Yeah, I noticed that you took longer on this test than the last time. I thought the test would never be over,” Chuck commented, his mouth…

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Here’s the Key

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(Note: The Ol’ Doc series provides illustrations of lifestyle change related to particular love relationships, of which three are the most significant;  Person-God (P-G), Husband-wife (H-W) and parent-child (P-C).)

The special love relationship between parents and children is life-changing on both sides. I have watched families deal with healthy children, those with autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, and attention…

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These Could Be Prevented


Over 2.5 million Americans die every year. Most people would like to avoid being in this group and live a long, healthy life, but aren’t sure how to do it. Is early death a matter of bad genetics? Limited access to health care? Let’s look at the facts and draw some conclusions.

Fact # 1:  What are…

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Resolve to be Grateful This Year!

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People in the United States recently celebrated Thanksgiving, the holiday least associated with commercialism (unless you are a turkey!). It is a day to focus on our blessings as families and friends meet together. Just a few days ago, we celebrated Christmas, which is probably the most commercialized holiday around the world. 

This holiday originally focused…

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New Year’s Resolutions that Stick


Guess what the biggest medical epidemic of the year was – for the last several decades. Clue:  This problem is set to become the number one cause of death because it increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many cancers.

Obesity! Every state in the union now has a 30% obesity rate. Over two-thirds…

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The Gift of a Good Influence


We all intuitively recognize relationships at home form the basis of successful and positive outcomes in life. Of course, there are some who defy the odds, and in spite of incredibly negative early experiences become positive influences in this world. 

Alina Baltazar and colleagues from Andrews University examined the dynamics…

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Physician’s Puzzle


Now let me tell you about the “good ol’ days,” back when I was convinced that people would change their habits if they only knew a better way. While this happened to be true for most of my pregnant clients, it was seldom the case for those struggling with hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

On patient was…

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Preamble: The Ol’ Doc series provides illustrations of lifestyle changes related to a particular love relationship, of which three are the most significant; Person-God (P-G), Husband-Wife (H-W) and Parent-Child (P-C).

JP comes from a closely knit family. As a child, religion was a major force in his life. While serving as an altar boy, he dreamed…

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Social Media and Kids


Keep the computer in a public part of your home, such as the family room or kitchen, so that you can check on what your kids are doing online and how much time they are spending there.

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Quite Amazing


It’s a time of miracles and wonderment. When a woman is ‘with child,’ she is often willing to adjust many aspects of her life. Women are amazing! While pregnant, they will stop smoking, eat more fruits and vegetables, cut out alcohol, and even exercise!

Why are so many women willing to pursue a healthier lifestyle during…

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Sleep Apnea


“Yeah, I snore a lot. Champion snorer in my family. So what’s the big deal?”

Apnea means “without breath.” If apnea continues for four minutes, you will die. It’s a big deal. If apnea occurs while you are sleeping, you will not know it. Fortunately, your body has warning systems and mechanisms that will try to…

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Lessons from Looking for a Used Car


A few years ago our family was looking for another car. The budget dictated that it would be a used one. I knew which make and model I wanted. After scouring the local ads, I narrowed the choices to two possible vehicles. After calling each owner and discussing the price, mileage, options, and conditions, I…

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Self-restrained Children become Successful Thin Adults


Children taught self-restraint by their parents at an early age reap many benefits as they grow older. In a classic study- 4-year-old toddlers were tested to see if they could delay gratification.  

A child would be put in an empty room with one marshmallow or cookie on a plate set before them. The children were…

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The Power of Motion


What would happen if we started putting our bodies in motion each day? What would happen if we stopped sitting so much, depending on so many conveniences, and rather used our own bodies to complete our tasks?

We often don’t realize the amazing power in moving our bodies! Regular movement provides the…

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What Was My Doctor Thinking!?



“Clarice, good to see you again. Welcome back.” Dr. Wilson pulled up his roll-around stool to the edge of the exam table and patted Clarice’s hand. “What can I do for you today?” [How long since I saw this patient?]

“Actually, I just…

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Grass Eaters?


I recently saw a graphic which had several panels, each with a caption under it. The first was labeled, “What others think I eat!” and pictured a field of grass. The seoncd said, “What my boss thinks I eat!” and pictured a bed of daisies. The final panel was labeled, “What I really eat!” and…

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It was Saturday night and I was in the hot seat. My wife, Sharlene, and I were one of several couples chosen to play a homemade version of “The Marriage Game.” The idea was to provide entertainment for our friends as we discovered how little we really knew about each other. All the wives…

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Intensive mobile phone use affects young people´s sleep


Young adults who make particularly heavy use of mobile phones and computers run a greater risk of sleep disturbances, stress, and mental health problems.

“Public health advice should therefore include information on the healthy use of this technology,” says researcher Sara Thomée, a doctoral student. Sara and her research colleagues at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska…

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A Quick Status Check


Tom and Alice had a backyard barbecue on the 4th of July. They invited their neighbors, Bob and Nadine and George and Beth to join them.

“Kids these days don’t know anything about what happens on the 4th of July,” Bob said around a mouthful of sandwich. “In my…

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Staying Cool When It is Hot


As I write it is unusually hot and humid–and summer has only just begun! One week ago our area was surprised by a violent thunderstorm that downed many trees and cause well over 400,000 in our county to go without power for a few hours to almost one week. As temperatures remained very high, the…

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Beware the Epidemiologic Dragon


A recent online health service noted that “40% of cancers are due to avoidable life choices….Tobacco causes 23% of [cancer] cases in men and 15.6% of cases in women. The next largest cause of cancer in men was lack of fruits and vegetables in their diets…”

Hold it right there! When someone says that a certain…

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Can Nutritional Supplements Alter Student Behavior?


A group of researchers reported that children aged 6-12 years  given low dose vitamin-mineral supplements were involved in less violence and antisocial behavior than those who did not receive the supplements. [Ref: The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. February 2000, 6(1): 7-17] The setting for this study was two “working class” schools in Arizona…

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If a Little Bit is Good . . .


“If I take two fish oil pills a day to increase my intake of omage-3 fatty acids, four pills a day would be better. If I drink 8 glasses of water a day to make sure my kidneys are functioning well, 12 glasses of water would be better. If I run 5 miles a day…

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Aspirin, the 100-year-old Medicine


Dr. Ron Atchison, internist, waited outside his patient’s room while the current group of medical students and residents filed out behind him. He motioned them to follow him down the hall to a small conference room. When they had all crowded in, he spoke.

“This is just for the medical students. The rest of you hold…

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Infections Cause Cancer


Worldwide, there are nearly 13 million cases of cancer each year. A study published in Lancet Oncology estimates that 2 million (16%) of these cancers are caused by infectious agents. 

Viruses, bacteria, and parasites are known to cause human cancers. The most common organisms causing cancer are Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis B…

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Why You Should Read with Your Kids


The web site has posted an excellent description of why reading to children is so valuable. We all know reading to our kids is a good thing, but are you familiar with the specific advantages your toddler or preschool-age child can receive by being exposed to reading? Here are some…

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Doc, Do I Need an Antibiotic?



“Doc, don’t I need antibiotics?” is a frequent question heard by many physicians. Some of the most common problems – like colds, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis – cause many patients to miss work and feel miserable. The patients assume that…

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Exposure to Violence Damages the Genetic Code in Children


Chromosomes are composed of DNA. They carry your genetic code and are located in the nucleus of every cell in the body. As cells divide to form new cells, an exact copy of each chromosome is placed in the nucleus of the daughter cell. The integrity of the genetic code in chromosomes is preserved by…

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A Re-Evaluation


“Hello, Susan. Come in and sit down. I’ve been expecting you.” Dr. Robbins came from behind his desk, motioning to a leather arm chair.

“Good afternoon, Dr. Robbins,” Susan responded.”Yes, mother’s heart attack got my attention.” She perched on the edge of the chair, tightly clutching her purse.

“I suspect it did,” he mused aloud, leaning against…

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Reversing Heart Disease – Is It Possible?


“Men will run to and fro and knowledge will increase.” Thirty years ago in medical school we were taught that one-half the knowledge we learned would turn out to be incorrect. No one knew which half. We would be required to continue learning and discover that for ourselves.

Thirty years ago we were taught that heart…

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The Price Is Right!


“And all of these prizes can be yours – if the Price is Right!”

This is the tag line on the popular game show, hosted by Drew Carey, in which contestants win prizes by guessing the correct prices of various products. The show was hosted by the unaging Bob Barker for decades until just the last…

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The Strength of Evidence


Most of us love the taste of chocolates! 

In recent months we have been reading headlines that indicate chocolate may help prevent various diseases, and most recently, lower weight. To many this seems like a dream come true! Could it be…

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Many Youth Regret their First Sexual Experience


Statistics regarding youth and their sexual behaviors frequently appear in the media, and there is a huge amount of research reported on this topic. A recent article on the topic indicates that youngsters who engage in sex might experience regret following their sexual experience.

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Know Your Risks


What disease condition is your greatest risk for disability or death? Is it heart disease? Cancer? Stroke? Pneumonia? Not surprisingly, it isn’t the same for everyone.

There are many kinds of risks. People in third world countries are most at risk from infectious disease (think – malaria or AIDS) or violence and starvation (if there is…

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Adolescent Obesity


Obesity is clearly a problem that has huge implications not only on the present health of those affected, but on their future health as well. Many researchers have examined the basis of this problem and how to correct it.

With a prevalence approaching 20% in the United States, <a title="Prevalence of Obesity and Trends in…

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“Wow! I Can See Again”


“My kitchen curtains really are white! I thought they were dirty and yellow and I’ve been washing them every week for the last year trying to get them clean.” This is a typical comment of a patient who has just had the cataracts removed from their eyes. For those who could not see well enough…

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Smoking Makes You Foolish


Most people know that it is foolish to smoke cigarettes. Smoking causes heart attacks, emphysema, and several kinds of cancer. Now it is known that smoking also makes you stupid.

Studies in the past have indicated that smoking increases the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia and dementia caused by small strokes. Now, a new study on the…

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Before It’s Too Late


A woman in her late sixties was recently told by her physician that she could not have her total hip replacement until she lost at least 100 pounds. According to her doctor, her morbidly obese condition would make her surgery more risky, make her recovery more hazardous, and likely negate any positive outcomes the surgeon…

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Sick and Tired


Bobby! How’s it going, dude?” Josh leaned over the cubicle wall. “Great Super Bowl, huh?”

“Yeah. Great game.” Robert did not look up from his computer key board.

“Whoa, man, what happened?” Josh…

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Breast Cancer


“The incidence of breast cancer is decreasing in the United States.”  This was the lead sentence in a recent newspaper article, only one of many that have been written recently.  With the recent release of cancer statistics showing a decrease in breast cancer, the nation-wide fund raiser walk-a-thons for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, an…

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Beware of Excessive Computer Use by Your Chrildren


Over the past year I have been conducting statistical analysis on many different items that are related to the health of youth. One area of interest to me has been whether excessive internet use might be associated with the mental health of young people.

I obtained a database from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of…

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TV, Exercise and Depression


There are many studies that have demonstrated that the more you exercise the less likely you are to be depressed. A large study recently took a look at TV viewing and exercise in relationship to depression. 

The study followed nearly 50,000 nurses, ages 30-55, for a period of ten years. During this time they were…

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Humble Helpers


Humility is a human social characteristic that hasn’t been extensively studied. Studies recently conducted at Baylor University in Texas have shown that the presence of humility in a person’s life is a marker for being especially helpful to other people.

College students were evaluated by several psychological measures that included specific tools…

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Food Labeling Tricks


Did you resolve to eat a healthier diet this year? That means that you are going to choose better foods, right? Simply reading food labels might prompt you to buy some items that really aren’t good for you. It is important to understand the finer points of food labeling guidelines to avoid making poor choices….

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What’s in Your New Year?


New Year’s Eve has come and gone. So have many of the New Year’s resolutions that many people have made, like not texting while driving, taking better care of your health, being nicer to the dog, spending more time with the kids (grandkids). New Year’s resolutions are notoriously ineffectual in making life changes, especially when…

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Making Effective Resolutions


A new year has arrived and it is the time we are thinking about making needed changes in our lives. We often refer to these as resolutions. I have a list and you probably do too. They might be things like,

  • “This year, I’m going to relax and not worry so much.”
  • “I will eat less and…
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May Your Holidays be Filled with Joy


You may be traveling to celebrate with family and friends, or, you may be spending quiet days at home. However you celebrate or wherever you go, we want to wish you a most fulfilling, joyous, healthy, and safe holiday season.

Our team will be doing the same, and we will resume our posts on January 3,…

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Healthy, Happy Holidays


The emergency room is about the only place people can go for  health problems during major holidays, and each holiday presents its own health risks. Take for example:

  • Fights by intoxicated guests as to who will carve the turkey sometimes result in serious injuries.
  • EMTs arrived at one home to find a man lying stabbed on the…
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Prevent Your Own Cancer


Nearly 50% of all cancer deaths can be prevented. It is reliably estimated that lifestyle and environmental factors are responsible for 42% of the cancers in the United Kingdom. What is true in the UK is likely to be true in much of the industrialized world. 

The research looked at the contribution…

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A Tough Decision?


“Margaret,” Laurie called out as she rounded the end of the last aisle in the grocery store.

“Hi, Laurie,” Margaret responded as she placed a bottle of Bordeaux wine in her shopping cart.

“I didn’t know you liked wine.” Laurie, basket on her arm, tried to speak without accusation as she approached Margaret’s shopping cart. “I thought…

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Tobacco Use


An estimated 440,000 people die from smoking – related causes each year in the United States. Nearly all smoking – related deaths occur after the age of 35, but the majority of adults who smoke began during adolescence. Eighty – two percent of adults who smoke started smoking before age 18, and virtually no adult…

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Early Drinking Influences Alcohol Addiction in Adulthood


It is fairly common to hear parents talk about the need to teach their children how to drink responsibly.  Apparently, many people assume that responsible use of alcohol at home will be projected to youth as they get older.

This is a dangerous assumption.

Recent research has focused on the connection between the age when…

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Germs Can Cause Colon Cancer


It is estimated that 15% of all cancers are caused by infectious organisms. The HPV virus causes cancers of the cervix, anus, and the head and neck. Hepatitis B and C viruses can cause cancer of the liver and the bacteria Helicobacter pylori can cause cancer of the stomach. 

Recently, it was discovered that there is…

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The Obvious Assumption

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There are two kinds of dietary information: simple and complex. Simple information categorizes everything into a few groups, either stigmatizing the bad groups or promoting a particular good group. Complex information breaks everything down into multiple options that require a chemistry/physiology degree to understand.

This seems especially true when trying to understand fatty acids: their intake,…

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Soda Clogs Arteries Even in Skinny Women


Sugary drinks create heart risks for women even if they are normal weight. This is the finding of a study presented at the American Heart Association meetings in Florida by Dr. Christina Shay.

In this study, 4000 women from 45-84 years of age were followed for 5 years. Women who drank two…

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Family Connectedness


Adolescent risk behaviors have been a focus of research for many years as scientists try to understand what influences are important, and what can be done to prevent risks.

One focus of recent literature is the impact of family connectedness on teenage health.

Research tells us that family connectedness has a positive influence on adolescent risk behaviors…

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Outdoor Play Prevents Nearsighted Vision


If you let your children get plenty of play outdoors they may never need glasses for nearsightedness. Nearsightedness, (myopia), is very common. Nearsighted school children are often assigned seats in the front of the classroom and usually need to wear glasses to see distant objects clearly. It is estimated that nearsightedness affects 42…

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Nature or Nurture?

Which has the greatest effect when it comes to the cause of disease? Although only a few statistical studies try to answer this question, one recent study suggests that about 5% of obesity is caused by genetics. That means 95% of the overweight problem is a result of environment – cultural patterns, economic constraints, formal…

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Obesity Gene Switched Off by Exercise


In 2007, the FTO (fat, mass, and obesity) gene was discovered which predisposes humans to develop obesity. This obesity gene is found in about 75% of people from Europe, and African Americans but only 44% of Asians.

People with one copy of the FTO gene have an increased risk of obesity of 30%. A person with…

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The Truth about Prostate Cancer


Martin Ware sat on the edge of the exam table, dressed only in his underwear, barely covered by a paper thin examination gown. “I hope we get this over with soon,” he thought. Martin was worried.

Dr. Doren breezed into the room, a patient chart in his hand and a smile on his face. “Good morning,…

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Diet Controls Genes for Heart Attacks


Heart disease kills more people than any other disease. Major causes of heart attacks include cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. You can also inherit defective genes from your father or mother that will increase your risk of having a heart attack. 

You can control what you eat but your genetic make up is…

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Holidays and Traffic Accidents


The holiday season is reving up. Soon some of the busiest holidays will be upon us. On the Thanksgiving weekend, the busiest of all holidays for road traffic, 91% of those traveling are doing so in an automobile.

For as often as people casually do it, getting into an automobile is the most dangerous activity a…

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Daughters Get Breast Cancer Sooner than their Mothers


The genetic markers BRCA1 and BRCA2 indicate an increased likelihood of developing breast cancer. A recent study shows that children with these genetic markers will develop breast or ovarian cancer much earlier than their cancer prone parents did.

The research was done at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The…

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Exercise: Cardiovascular


When I left my internship in 1969, I went to the Air Force Flight Medical Officer’s training program in San Antonio, Texas – in August. Another Air Force doctor was also in San Antonio – Dr. Kenneth Cooper. He was training astronauts – and Air Force personnel – using the aerobics program – aka cardiovascular…

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In a Rush on the Way to the Airport


The other day as I was rushing to return a rental car and catch a flight I remembered I needed to fill the gas tank — making my schedule even tighter. As I hurried into a gas station and pulled up to a pump I noticed a bearded man with tattered clothes warily shuffling up…

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Diet that Lowers Cholesterol as Good as Medication


Diet is an important part of healthful living. There are foods that hurt your health and foods that improve your health. What you choose to eat is just as important as what you chose NOT to eat. This is particularly true for foods that help control your cholesterol levels. 

Saturated fats in the diet are harmful…

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Know How to Use Social Media Yourself!


The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. This blog report is from that AAP web site:

Be aware of the ages of use for sites your tweens and older elementary school kids want to…

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The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same


In 1997, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research published Food. Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer: a global perspective. It became the “bible” of information for governments and agencies around the world to study and quote in establishing health care policy and writing health care brochures and books. In…

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“I Want to Weigh a Ton”


Thirty two year old Susanne Eman, is a resident of Arizona. Pictures of her bloated body flashed around the world as news agencies publicized her great aspiration in life to become the world’s heaviest woman and tip the scales at one ton.  

Suzanne weighs in at 720 pounds and consumes…

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Influenza: Real Threat, Real Prevention


Short Message: get your flu shot today – especially if you are over 50 years old, younger than 2 years old, or have a chronic illness – like lung disease, heart disease, cancer, kidney disease, diabetes – to name a few. If you are not in any of these categories, have you been reluctant to…

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Monitoring Your Kids Social Media Use


The journal Pediatrics (from the American Academy of Pediatrics) has designed a website with recommendations for parents about their childrens’ use of social media and monitoring use. This blog report is from that AAP web site:

Share a bit about your daily social media (SM) use as a way to facilitate…

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