Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Dark Side of Statin Drugs

An estimated 24 million people in the United States use statin drugs daily.  First sold in the U.S. in 1987, marketed under brand names like Lipitor, Zocor and Crestor, they were designed to clear away cholesterol that can clog arteries and trigger heart attacks and strokes.  However in recent years it seems the majority of current statin users are healthy people who don’t have heart disease, simply high cholesterol.  Use among this group has made these drugs one of the world’s best-selling classes of medications.  Statins are being marketed to reduce cholesterol as a preventative for heart disease and stroke, but there is a dark side to the use of these medications.

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The 10 Ten Natural Medicine Remedies

This time of year runny noses, stomach flu and colds overtake our once happy homes, turning bedrooms into infirmaries.  Many of these common aliments can be dealt with easily and effectively at home with a little help from Mother – Mother Nature that is!!  Keeping these 10 remedies at home can help you get the family up and feeling better in no time.

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Sweet Poison

Ummmm, we all love sweets!  It’s in our nature, as cavemen sweet flavors meant calories, and calories meant staying alive.  Unfortunately that natural response has remained with us, despite the abundance of food now available to us.  Without discipline we go on binges and eat many empty calories (sugars without supporting vitamins and minerals) like white bread, candy bars, soft drinks, pasta, donuts, chips and cookies.

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Surviving vs. Thriving

In our busy lives we often get caught up in our day to day living and lose sight of the big picture of what we want our lives to look like and shape into. With all the opportunities we have to better our lives and live an optimal existence making the choices to do so often seems like a daunting task. During my education I was introduced to a book by Jim Collins; called Good to Great. The book has many great business principles to learn from and apply to our daily lives, but the real take home message is the biggest enemy of the great is the good, because if you are satisfied with good enough, you will never take the extra step to be Great!

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Stay Healthy During Your Holiday Travels

If you are like millions of other Americans, chances are you will be traveling during the holiday season to visit with family and friends or take a much-needed vacation. While holiday travel can be great, it can take a toll on your health. The journey itself can be filled with stress—traffic, flight delays and those new, more invasive airport security screenings—as well as causing a disruption in your sleep schedule and eating habits; all of these can lower your immune system’s ability to fight off cold and flu germs, making you more prone to getting sick. Once you arrive at your destination, you’ll likely face large festive meals combined with a lot of sitting and schmoozing, not great for your waistline. If you have a smart action plan, though, you might be able to clear some of these hurdles to stay healthy and fit during the holiday season. Here are 10 tips for dealing with holiday travel provided by leading fitness and travel experts.

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Starve Cancer by Feeding Your Body

Despite millions of dollars filtered each year into cancer research, the development of new drugs and treatments the incidences of cancer continue to rise.  As well, the occurrences of certain cancers like breast cancer are seen in women younger and younger each year.  There are many uncontrollable factors that contribute to the development of cancer such as environmental pollutants and genetic predisposition.  However, there are many more factors that are affected by choices we make everyday that can nourish our bodies and help our immune systems fight off cancer and starve potential cancer cells.

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Say NO to GMOs

It looks the same it tastes the same, but something disturbingly different has happened to our food without our knowledge or consent.  It is called genetic modification and according to leading doctors what you don’t know can hurt you.

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Safe Fun In The Sun

Summer is a time for being outside, enjoying the lovely weather and sunshine.  In recent years, however, our fun in the sun has been tainted with thoughts of the damaging effects of those warm rays.  We have been bombarded with information about the harmful effects of the sun on our skin, everything from premature aging to skin cancer.  So we lather on the sunscreen.  Now we hear about harmful chemicals, potentially cancer causing, in the sunscreen that was designed to protect us.  Do we throw away the sunscreen and take our chances with the sun’s rays??  Well, like most things in life, the best path lies somewhere in the middle.

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Phony Food Anyone?

If you have ever eaten at a large fast food chain you have consumed pseudo food disguised and dressed as real food. This fake food is filled with chemicals, additives and industrial byproducts designed to make food cheap that fools your taste buds.  That 99-cent value meal may seem like a great deal at the time but consider the thousands of dollars spent in health care cost that come about as a direct result of consumption of trans fats and fake food. A more appropriate price for that 99-cent value meal would be $50,000 (the cost of triple bypass surgery). Not such a great deal anymore.

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The Paleo Diet – Learn to Eat Like a Caveman

Learning to eat like a caveman may sound crazy but it can offer some significant and very beneficial changes to your health.  Our ancestors did not have access to fast food restaurants or grocery stores with prepackaged foods.  They ate much differently than many of us do today, sustaining themselves mostly on meats, vegetables and fruits.  And yes, despite not having sandwich bread and noodles they found a way to survive.

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