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Talking Fast Food

taffIt’s hard to beat fast food for speed and taste, but as far as nutrition goes…well, most of us try not to think about it when we’re feasting on french fries, shakes, and double cheeseburgers. But when eating in fast-food restaurants becomes more than a once-in-a-while treat, it’s time to rethink your fast-food choices.

Fast-Food Nutrition

Fast food are not bad. All food, including fast food, has nutrients your body needs. Nutritionally, however, fast-food meals generally come up short in the vitamin and minreal departments, while being high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. When fast-food meals are consumed once or twice a month, these nutritional problems aren’t a big deal. But relying on your local buger joint for meals once or twice a week? Not a good idea.

Luckily, making nutritious choices at the fast-food counter isn’t nearly as …

You Can Beat The “Blues”

We all get the occasional blues–when we can’t fit into last summer’s swimsuit, for example, or after we’ve fallen out with an old friend. As human beings, it’s only natural we should feel our of sorts from time to time. It’s part of the light and dark, the yin and yang, of our nature.

ycbtbWhat’s more, these melancholy hours can be seen as a positive time for reflection. Depression, according to many holistic physicians and therapists, is like the proverbial canary in the coal mine–a warning sign that something is out of balance in our lives. “We need to go inside and see what’s happening,” says James S. Gordon, M.D., a clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. “What is disturbing, agitating, and overwhelming you? For most people, the answers aren’t such

How A Couple Got Together To Fight Prostate Cancer

You’re leading a happy, healthy life. Why should you be concerned about prostate cancer? My husband, Allan, and I weren’t either, until we received the devastating news from his doctor. Out of town at an antique music box convention, our future appeared uncertain as we clung to each other in shock. But our initial bewilderment and emotion faded as we counted our blessings. His cancer was diagnosed at an early stage. In our opinion, consistent healthy lifestyle choices had delayed this diagnosis more than 10 years.

fpcAllan has been very conscientious about getting regular screenings for prostate cancer, following a healthy diet and exercise program, taking selected supplementation, and not smoking. When he was in the Army, doctors had told him that he was at increased risk for prostate problems because of the surgeries he required then.

Allan explained the

Shaking That Baldness Stigma

If your crowning glory isn’t so glorious anymore, don’t panic. You can look to new and better treatments to give hair loss the heave-ho.

stbsABOUT 40 PERCENT OF WOMEN over 50 suffer the demoralization of thinning hair, according to the American Hair Loss Council. “By the time you’re 50, you have roughly 50 percent of the hair you started with,” says John E. Wolf Jr., M.D., chief of dermatology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. While men experience receding hairlines and bald spots, for women it’s diffuse thinning all over the scalp, usually the result of declining estrogen levels and other normal changes of aging. Here’s what to do if you notice a thinning pate:

GET EXPERT HELP See a dermatologist who’s treated plenty of cases of thinning hair. “Women tend to consult a doctor very early, so

Juvenile Arthritis – It’s A Real Thing

jnatsLife is full of little annoyances: your shrill alarm clock, your stuck locker door, the trampling herd rushing up the stairs past you as classes change. It can be stressful–tests, zits, passing driver’s ed, that really awful airball you threw during the basketball game in gym class (yes, it was coed).

But what if you’re one of more than 71,000 young people in the United States who have a painful disease called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)?

Your alarm clock may sound at the crack of dawn because you must have a long soak in a warm bath just to be able to move your stiff joints and get going. Your locker may need to be equipped with a special device just so you can open it. You may have a special schedule because you have to avoid crowded hallways altogether …

HIV And Teens: A Livable Curse

hivatnsMichele A. grew up in a middle class suburb of San Diego. Early in her teenage years, Michele drank alcohol and took some pills too. But then she decided to change her life. She decided to straighten out and attended Alcoholics Anonymous to help her through.

A lot of teenagers come through difficult periods like these armed with bad memories and some hard-learned lessons. Michele seemed to be one of them. Then Michele learned she had AIDS. Later, she learned she had gotten infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from sexual contact with a boyfriend when she was only 16. Here is her story: I got married in March 1990 when I was 21. Everything was going real well. I was working full time and going to college, too.

Then in mid-November, I noticed my tongue was real …

Be Quiet With The Good Morning Snore Solution

Living with someone who snores can be stressful; both for the snorer and the person who does not. There are a variety of lifestyle changes that can be adjusted to alleviate snoring such as changing your diet, ceasing heavy smoking or drinking for bed and managing your stress levels. Lifestyle changes can be exceptional difficult to manage and they are not done overnight. In the meantime, you may find yourself needing support. There are many options available on the market to help stop snoring and it’s important to pick the one that works best for you.

The sound of snoring is caused when the airways in our mouths and throats get blocked while we sleep. This can happen if the muscles in your throat are too relaxed and loose while you sleep or when your tongue falls to the back of your throat and block the airway. This causes that sound we all know and love.

Of the devices that are available, many people find success with mouthpieces. Mouthpieces work from inside your mouth where the issue generally lies. Some other devices such as chin straps, vibrating wrist devices and pillows try to address the problem from the outside. This is not always effective and many people find their money has been wasted on these devices.

There are two major mouthpieces that users tend to gravitate towards: The Good Morning Snoring Solution® (GMSS®) and the ZQuiet®. Both the GMSS® and the ZQuiet® have been successful on the market but the question becomes which one is better? It really depends on your personal needs. Remember, you’re unique. Check out this Good Morning Snore Solution review to get started. Continue reading

Looking Into Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer usually–but not always–grows slowly. It is best treated if still prostate-contained, but it usually manifests no symptoms until it’s spread beyond the prostate. Fortunately, medicine has developed early screening tools. In a digital rectal examination (DRE), the doctor inserts a finger into the rectum (often after an embarrassed apology) and feels for enlargements or other abnormalities.

Only some tumors can be felt. About 1990, doctors added a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. PSA, measurable through a blood test, is produced only by prostate cells. Cancerous cells produce more than normal cells. PSA level can be a red flag long before other symptoms develop. (1)

Based on my PSA; the type of cancer found in my biopsy; and my age, health, and best-guess life expectancy, I was a candidate for virtually every major treatment: surgery,

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Allergies: What A Pain!

agwpnWinter’s here. So are the coughs, headaches, sore throats, and sneezing caused by the most common diseases at this time of year–colds and the flu. Colds can strike any time of year, but the flu, which can be more severe, usually occurs between Thanksgiving and Easter. Millions of Americans suffer bouts of flu every year. Adults get about two colds a year, but young people average six or more a year.

The miserable symptoms of colds and flu are familiar to most of us. Both colds and flu usually start with a scratchy, sore throat. After a day or two, colds develop into sneezing, a runny nose, and tiredness. Coughs sometimes come next. Luckily, the worst of most colds is over after four or five days.

The flu lasts longer, from seven to 10 days. Within two days after a …

Ease Your Pain Caused By Rheumatoid Arthritis By Changing The Diet

ctdThe old Greek physicians knew that food can be a medicine that can cure diseases. In those ancient times, people knew that bad eating habits may influence people’s health. What we eat may heal us or make us sick. When people have rheumatoid arthritis, the solution for easing the pain can be in changing the diet. Drinking water is prescribed for almost all diseases, so water should be included in any rheumatoid arthritis diet plan. Each person should drink at least six glasses of pure water. Water will clean the body from the inside as well as it cleans us when we take a shower. So that is first to be included into a diet if a person did not have the habit of drinking water. The next step is to change eating habits. Certain food can be used to …