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Meet Your Weight Loss Goals

I think the most difficult health issue that many people struggle with these days is managing their weight. A common misconception is that overweight and obese people have a lack of motivation, will, or knowledge. As a dietitian, I know these opinions are not true and many times overweight people are misunderstood. Still, there are…

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Pain Relief with Foods and Supplements

The hot peppers known as cayenne (capsicum) contain a compound called capsaicin that relieves pain, apparently by inhibiting the release of substance P, a neurotransmitter responsible for communicating pain sensations. Capsaicin can be absorbed through the skin; mix cayenne pepper with enough wintergreen oil to make a paste and apply it directly painful joints, or…

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Himalayan Pink salt versus Grey Celtic Sea Salt

There is good salt and there is bad salt. Over the past 40-60 years, there has been a lot of scientific advice suggesting salt is bad for our bodies, kind of like a poison. People have been taught that salt causes high blood pressure. This is till the general medical position, and this is absolutely…

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Good Body Fat versus Bad Body Fat

Did you know body fat is classified into two types? One type is called Brown Adipose Tissue, or BAT and it burns calories even while you are at rest. It is containing many more mitochondrion, these are tiny energy-producing factories inside each fat cell. The number of mitochondria is influenced by a variety of diet…

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Gallbladder Dis-ease (Gallstones and Cholesystitis)

Did you know the primary cause of gallstones is diet? Specifically, fiber deficiency, fried foods, saturated fats, excess dairy products, excess sugar and refined carbohydrates, and overeating are the cause of most cases of gallstones. The typical American diet of high cholesterol and saturated fatty foods such as fried eggs, bacon, white toast, butter, and…

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The Truth About Milk

Research has suggested that 75-90 percent of the people with Type-1-diabetes have abnormally raised antibody titer against their own beta cells. These B-cell antibodies seem to be associated with drinking cow’s milk. Finland, which has the world’s highest milk consumption, also has the world’s highest per capita rate of insulin-dependent type-1 diabetes. The problem is…

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TV Watching and Diabetes

Summer vacations mean plenty of time for relaxing on a beach, in a hammock, or on a deck. Vacations like this usually lead to literary goals like reading a book a week or plowing through the book club pick you’ve been sitting on since Memorial Day. But there’s a reason why people don’t reach their…

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How Do Diabetes Medications Work?

GLP-1 Diabetes Drug Treatment Drugs: GLP-1 (glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonists) are incretin mimetics which have several benefits for diabetes management. They suppress post-prandial glucagon release, delay stomach emptying, and increase insulin sensitivity. The most common side effects reported are headache, nasopharyngitis, and upper respiratory tract infection. At this time, major safety concerns with incretin-based therapies (GLP-1 receptor agonists and DPP-4 inhibitors) include pancreatitis,…

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