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  • Healthy Eating
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Fitness from the Inside Out
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • The Fit Family
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

  • Healthy Alternatives
    • Giving Holiday Thanks for Pumpkins

      In mid-November I drove over to Half Moon Bay, California, pumpkin capitol of the world, and was saddened to see so many pumpkins languishing in the fields post-Halloween. The majority of American consumers seem to think that this thick-fleshed squash is good only as an October porch decoration, carved and candled to light the way for trick-or-treaters, but it is so much more than that. And their loss is my gain, as I was able to pick up pumpkins for a mere $1/apiece at my favorite farm stand.

    • Breakfast Cereal: The Marketing of Sugar

      It’s not often you see an advertisement for Shredded Wheat, All Bran, or low-sugar organic cereals. What you do see, in a very repetitive and aggressive way, are ads for high-sugar, low-fiber content cereals. You know, Trix (Trix are for kids!), Lucky Charms (they’re magically delicious), Corn Pops, and Cap’n Crunch (one of my childhood favorites).

Acupuncture Deemed Safe for Children

Canadian researchers have established that treating children with the age-old practice of acupuncture is safe, and poses little risk if performed by a qualified practitioner.

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Top 5 Prenatal Vitamins

Top 5 Prenatal Vitamins

Pregnancy is a special time in a women’s life and requires special attention to diet and lifestyle, as well as the necessary addition of prenatal vitamins to your daily routine. Here are 5 choices of plant-based prenatal vitamins to get you off to a good start.

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Ginkgo Doesn't Live Up to Memory Claims

Ginkgo Doesn't Live Up to Memory Claims

Ginkgo biloba is one of the most common of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) extracts found in many medicine cabinets across the world. For years now ginkgo biloba has been touted as the natural way to increase your brain function and cognition. Unfortunately it may all have been for naught, as science has now determined that gingko isn't actually working to preserve brain function.

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Take Some Oregano and Call Me in the Morning

Take Some Oregano and Call Me in the Morning

Research suggests that oil of oregano, an extract made from one of two plants, the origanum vulgare, or the thymus capitatus variety from Spain, can be used as an antibiotic to prevent many illnesses in humans.

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Old World Frankincense Offers Hope for Arthritis

Old World Frankincense Offers Hope for Arthritis

Osteoarthritis—the most common form of arthritis—generally targets weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. It is characterized by chronic painful swelling and stiffness in the joints which restricts movement, often making even simple daily tasks difficult. The typical treatment is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce the swelling, but they come with many adverse side effects. New research is showing that the old Indian herb frankincense had a surprising analgesic effect on the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

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Minimizing Arthritis Inflammation through Nutrition

Minimizing Arthritis Inflammation through Nutrition

Arthritis is a common and often chronic disease that is most often treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Many arthritis sufferers would prefer to steer away from prescription drug treatment, particularly when the symptoms are not severe, or would like to find alternative treatments to use in conjunction with NSAIDs.

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Black Pepper Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Black Pepper Is Nothing to Sneeze At

Studies show that the easiest and most cost-effective way to bring out the flavor in your cuisine may be boosting your health in unimaginable ways.

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Tea Tree Oil: Natural Treatment Alternative

Tea Tree Oil: Natural Treatment Alternative

As an essential oil used in aromatherapy, tea tree oil is found in many face and body creams, soaps, lotions, hair products and candles. Even though tea tree oil is a natural product, there have been studies done to prove its effectiveness as a treatment for certain ailments.

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Probiotics: Can Yoplait Chase the Flu Away?

Probiotics: Can Yoplait Chase the Flu Away?

During the summer when kids would rather chase the ice cream man down the street than eat the GoGurt (portable squeezable yogurt) that they may be used to in their lunch bags, there may be a new reason to keep yogurt on the menu…even during the summer months. It seems that probiotics—the healthy bacteria found in food and dairy products like yogurt—may be able to prevent the flu.

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Branched Chain Amino Acids

Branched Chain Amino Acids

Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) is the name given to three of the eight essential amino acids needed to make protein: leucine, isoleucine and valine. The combination of these three essential amino acids makes up approximately one-third of skeletal muscle in the human body and can slow down tissue damage after exertion.

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Kava Kava: A Natural Anxiety Reducer

Kava Kava: A Natural Anxiety Reducer

Instead of popping prescription meds for anxiety, stop it before it gets too far with a little bit of natural help. The Kava kava plant is here to help slow your mind and reduce your workday, school day, and dinner time anxieties.

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Ancient Tai Chi Tackles Modern Fibromyalgia

Ancient Tai Chi Tackles Modern Fibromyalgia

Studies have shown tai chi can help a wide array of illnesses and conditions. Now a new study shows that tai chi’s slow, repetitive movements can be more beneficial than traditional stretching exercises in relieving the pain caused by fibromyalgia.

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Alternative Therapy for Hand Pain

Alternative Therapy for Hand Pain

Here are some helpful tips for helping your hands get the relief they need after a hard day... whether you have an office job pecking on a keyboard, working outside with your hands, crafting, tending to a garden, or simply suffering from sore and overworked hands.

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Please Pass the Milk Thistle

Please Pass the Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is most often used as an extract to improve the function of the liver and gallbladder and as a defense against toxins.

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Arginine May Help Obesity

Arginine May Help Obesity

Arginine is an essential amino acid that our body needs, and now researchers at a school in Texas were able to produce positive effects using arginine on obese rats.

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