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Glucosamine, Chondroitin or Glucosamine Chondroitin for Joint Pain?

If you suffer from joint pain—especially in the knees, hips, and elbows—you’re in very good company. In fact, an estimated 27 million Americans with osteoarthritis “share your pain”. With a condition that affects so many people, it’s not surprising that researchers and clinicians are interested in finding ways to help “regrow” lost cartilage in damaged joints. Nutritional supplements have become…

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Medically Unexplained Symptoms: They’re Real and Much More Common Than You Might Think

Have you ever visited your doctor with concerns about fatigue, back pain, headaches, dizziness, or heart palpitations only to be told that he or she couldn’t find any underlying medical cause for your symptoms? If so, you’re certainly not alone. In the medical lexicon, symptoms like these are referred to as “medically unexplained symptoms” (MUS), and they’re very common. Some…

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Food as Medicine: Spotlight on Chocolate

What if we were to tell you that there is a magical substance that can decrease your appetite, lower your blood pressure, and even improve your thinking? Sound good? Well, what if we were also to tell you that it’s CHOCOLATE? To many people who adore the dark, succulent treat known as chocolate, this news sounds too good to be…

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Why Does Chronic Stress Tend to Cause Health Problems or Make Them Worse?

Many people in this modern day and age are extremely stressed out. That’s no surprise—they’re coping with a seemingly endless list of responsibilities that starts with work and family and grows from there. At the same time, relatively few adults living with substantial amounts of stress take constructive steps (such as visiting a chiropractor, getting a massage or meditating) to…

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The Best In-Pool Exercises

With summer here, many fitness enthusiasts are taking to a cooler place to get their workout: the pool. According to Women’s Health magazine, “No other workout burns calories, boosts metabolism, and firms every muscle in your body (without putting stress on your joints) better than a swimming workout.” If you’re sick of jogging in the hot sun, if you’re looking for…

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Is Third-Hand Smoke a Real Health Threat?

When it comes to the dangers caused by the smoking of cigarettes, there seems to be a correlation between proximity and risk. Those at highest risk, of course, are those who smoke, and thus inhale first-hand smoke (FHS), as established in the first US Surgeon General’s report on smoking in 1964. The case against second-hand smoke (SHS) – both “mainstream…

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Want to Upgrade Your Running Routine? Try Cross-Country

For many running enthusiasts, it is essential to keep improving the workout technique and to keep things interesting. One way of doing this is it to try out different surfaces such as the treadmill, the street, and the track. However, new information is coming to light about the best way to upgrade your running routine: running cross-country on a trail….

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Summer Water Safety for Kids

For lots of kids, there aren’t many activities in the summer that are more fun than swimming, whether it’s in a pool, lake, or ocean. And while it’s great exercise for your children to be spending a lot of time in and around the water, there are (of course) dangers that they should be aware of. As a parent, you…

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To Rinse or Not to Rinse Your Food—That Is the Question

With all of the recent concern over food-borne bacteria such as E. coli, many people are wondering what they can do to protect themselves and their families. In particular, they’re wondering whether washing their foods before preparing and eating them really does any good. Interestingly, the answer to this seemingly simple question is both “Yes” and “No” depending on the…

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Going to the Hospital? Here’s How to Protect Your Health While You’re There

Going to a hospital can prove dangerous to your health. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 225,000 deaths per year are iatrogenic (attributable to doctors or healthcare professionals). This makes “death by doctor” the third most-common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and all forms of cancer. So how can you protect your…

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Want More Brain Power? Then Get Your Exercise!

If you’re interested in becoming smarter, you don’t really have to invest in the many vitamins, herbs, and “cognitive training” software programs and seminars you see advertised on TV or on the Internet. All you have to do is go for a long walk three times a week. That’s the message of a research study published recently in the journal…

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Fear or Phobia: What’s the Difference?

It’s normal to have fears. Fear is a useful emotion that keeps us from doing things that may be harmful or dangerous. Our species continues to exist today because our earlier ancestors had a healthy fear of certain types of predators, environments and situations. In the modern world, many of those primal fears have become much less relevant. Nevertheless, quite…

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